ELLSWORTH — A Maryland man proposed to his girlfriend last week by placing a classified ad in the Mount Desert Islander and The Ellsworth American.
“We were in Bar Harbor and I said let’s go for a walk,” said Eben Altmann. “We stopped at a drugstore to get a paper.”
Altmann’s ruse involved looking at the classified ads for a dog to adopt.
“We walked for a while then we sat down on the shore path,” Altmann said. “And I said, ‘Look at how cheesy this guy is’ and I showed her the ad.”
He brought out the ring and asked girlfriend Samantha Steinfels to marry him.
The answer? “Yes.”
“It was very sweet,” Steinfels said. “I was very surprised and it was the perfect spot.”
The lovebirds were in front of the Bar Harbor Hotel, one of Steinfels’ favorite paths to walk.
Altmann’s ad features a photo of the couple and the words, “WANTED: Answer from the love of my life … Sam, will you marry me? No Returns. No Refunds.”
The pair met at age 12 or 13 when they had a class together in school.
The pair reconnected at their 10-year high school reunion in 2011 and started dating.
Altmann chose Bar Harbor for his proposal setting because of the area’s significance for Steinfels.
“My family has been coming up to Maine for 40 years, so he knew this was a pretty special place for me,” Steinfels said.