My Son is currently in Groton, Ct. for Submarine School then "A" School.
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@Defiance my son has had his girlfriend at the time, stay on base, he has to arrange that, but my son's brother and I have stayed at Best Western, #360 on rt#12 it is 3 minutes from the base, they have a restauant on site, with sauna, pool, and weight rm.
not an eligant place, but is not bad it cost a little bit more then you staying on base
I liked Mystic too. I wanted to do a lot more site seeing while I was there but my son just wanted to relax like watching movies in the room. Which reminds me. A lot of people want to stay on base but if you do your sailor will never be able to fully relax because they are still on the base.
I made another reservation to visit my son in August but I am hoping my son will get an opportunity to fly home after TCHNO and before A-School.
:). Hi everyone, I feel like I know this area better now so I can comment.
Defiance Mom: The reason your son isn't sure is because things don't work on an airtight schedule the way they did in boot camp. The school does assign a chronological training schedule but it can get scrapped or moved or changed around for any number of reasons. In boot camp, it was nine weeks like clockwork and that's that. In Groton there could be changes, "classups", "holds" and things that take precedent. If he's not sure, it's because he really is not sure.
That said, if there is a date mentioned BESS *is* planning to have something happen on that date and they WILL tell the boys if there's a change. If he's given you an actual date, he got it from somewhere and that's the best information there is, so it's safe to act on it.
The Navy Lodge is nice, and cheap. There are also several hotels very near post that will do fine and run in the seventy dollar range. Outside of Groton, there's the tourist town of Mystic which is the coolest little town on the planet in my opinion. The high end there is running 230 a night for tourist season but you can check out my absolute favorite B and B there, the Taber Inne, for somewhere running about a hundred bucks OR the Inn at Mystic for about the same. Neither of those have kitchens but TI has a pool and free breakfast.
It's an absolutely *magical* place in the US if you knock around there awhile. You'll love it.
Also make sure your kid gives you a tour of the base. It's ancient and beautiful and given the East Coast flavor and how pretty it is, you might come away thinking your kid has something on whoever he knows who's going to Brown.
If you're in Mystic, check out SeaSwirl, which is a takeout place on the river that makes fried clams that are out of this world, Mystic Seaport - twentyish bucks for a daypass to see the last wooden whaling ship in existence plus a cool museum exhibit on Sailor Tattoos, and Kitchen Little, the most amazing seaside breakfast restaurant on the planet.
Defiance Mom: I checked into Navy Lodge for BESS graduation on July 15 and they are completely booked. So, I decided to stay at Navy Gateway Inn and it's only $56 a night.
Colleen: My husband also graduated Boot Camp on May 13 and is graduating BESS July 15.
Defiance, Lynn.....I strongly recommend Navy Lodge. I stay twice and I love it. Is a little expensive but is a big room with a kitchen (little stove and big refrigerator, microwave) very clean, nice staff and you don't pay taxes. I'm visiting my son the 4th of July weekend and already make my reservation. ONE thing to keep in mind you can call and make the reservation but once you get there your sailor have to check you in. So you will have to make arrangements with your sailor (make sure he is available by the time you get there) to check you in.
ABOUT the four day weekend (4th of July) is true that is why we are going to visit my son that weekend to expend more time that a regular weekend.
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