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Jul 09, 2009 01:22 PM
    So, your PCS'ing to Quantico. Where is Quantico Marine Corps Base? It is about 1 hour South of Washington DC depending on traffick and about 25 miles North of Fredericksburg. It is home to OCS, TBS, and the Marine Corps War College. It also hosts the world famous Marine Corps marathon. Now that you know where you will be moving what should you do next? LOCK ON LODGING!!!!! When you get there you will need some place to lay your head. Maybe even call home for quite some time. We all have heard about those families who have stayed in lodging for months waiting for base housing, an acceptable rental, or the closing on a purchased home. It's not fun living out of a suit case, epsecially if you have kids. So you need some place that is comfortable and hopefully has a bit of room to ease the pain of living on top of one another. There are close families and then there are PCS'ing families!!

    The Crossroads Inn at Quantico is where we stayed most of our transition time (we had to stay a few nights at the Hampton Inn because I didn't make reservations early enough!) Crossroads Inn has 78 rooms, 42 efficiencies, and 24 suites. Now it gets tricky when I try and tell you which room is the best type of room. We stayed in 2 different types because of my error in prior planning. We loved the 1st room. It had a room for mom and dad with a bed and television and then it had a "living room" with sofa bed that my kids slept on. My kids are still small so that worked for us. But the best thing was the full size refrigerator with a freezer and a great little kitchen area. The room that we didn't care for so much still had two rooms and a sleeper sofa but it had a very small, no, tiny refrigerator. If I remember correctly it didn't have a freezer, or if it did it could hold a couple ice trays!! This is not real handy when you are tired of eating out and the added expense of doing so. Now either room was great compared to our room out in town......any frig and stove is better than no frig and stove!!! But when you make reservations and you are interested in the the full frig ask for it by name. I thought I was getting the same full frig room when we checked back in and was suprised by the small frig. I think we had a breakdown in communication at the front desk when the differences in effeciency and suite were being explained to me....I still am not sure which is which!!! Rooms 150 and 250 are full frig rooms.

    Every morning coffee, juice, and donoughts are served. There are vending machines on each floor for that late night candy bar or cup of soup for dinner since you were too busy and tired to make it to the commissary because of house hunting with the kids all day. They also have a laundry room to do your wash. It costs $1.00 to wash and $1.00 to dry. For the kids they have a small play ground outside. In the summer the pool is just a short walk away and it is free for Inn guests. It is a nice pool area with a seperate zero entry pool for the smaller kids. My kids enjoyed cooling off from the Virginia heat at the pool while dad had to take care of work stuff. ( By the way it gets REALLY HOT here in the summer!!! ) The commissary is a few miles away along with a newly remodeled exchange. Near the Exchange there is a McDonalds and a gas station.

    The Cross Roads Inn will make reservations for PCS'ing families 6 months in advance. It is highly suggested that you make reservations as early as you can. They book up quickly, especially in the summer months when a majority of military families are moving. You can check out the Crossroads Inn at :

    www.quantico.usmc.org/Dining_Hospitality/Crossroads_Inn.htp

    The phone number is 703-630-4444 or 800-965-9511 .

    I plan on discussing topics about living near Marine Corp Base Quantico and my experiences here. If you have any questions that you need answered please ask them and I will do my best to find the answer or direct you in the right direction and maybe even someone who reads the post may have the answer!!
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    Jul 09, 2009 01:23 PM
    Just realized that I did not spell check before I posted!! Please excuse all of my mistakes!!!
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    Jul 09, 2009 01:23 PM
    Susan, thanks! This is excellent info and believe it will help a lot of folks moving to the area! Joe
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    Jul 09, 2009 01:29 PM
    Thanks for the information Susan. I'm sure you've been to the Quantico commissary since moving to the area. I live in the Western part of Prince William County and make a trip out to Quantico once a month. You can't beat the savings at the commissary. I was there during the grand opening of the remodeled exchange and it was a crazy. They had tons of drawing for free gifts. I found out by chance that the exchange will give out free gift cards to students in 6th grade and up who make A's and B's on their report cards! The gift cards can range from $5.00-$25.00! Anyway, it takes me 30-40 min to get to Quantico, but the savings are worth the drive down there.
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    Jul 09, 2009 01:30 PM
    Wow, what an incentive to get good grades!!! I agree the savings are worth the drive. I do most of my shopping there. Thanks Laura.
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    Jul 09, 2009 01:31 PM
    hotel & commute

    We PCS'd to Quantico in 2003. There have been many new hotels built since that time but I still would like to warn against staying at the Ramada Inn just outside the main gate in Triangle. Granted, they may have made changes there, but it was awful. We were there for about 3 weeks, thank goodness we did not have kids. If it is suggested as an option, please have a look at it first if you have the opportunity!! That's all I'm saying.

    The Crossroads Inn is a good facility. We had a good experience there and the kitchen (with full fridge) was SO helpful. The breakfast "bar" was much appreciated every morning too.

    We lived in Stafford off of the 1 in Greenridge and my husbands commute to TBS was about 10-15 min's. We were very glad not to have lived off of the 610 in Stafford because that gets quite logged with traffic at the rush hours. We were happy to live in Stafford just to keep the commute to base short however there is definitely more to do in Fredericksburg. Our biggest complaint in the area would have to be the traffic. It was so unpredictable, you could be dead stopped on 95 at 10a.m. and have no idea why. It was just crazy that way.
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    Jul 09, 2009 01:32 PM
    a note on appropriate clothing

    I do have to say that "they" are pretty strict with clothing requirements on base at Quantico. I was told at the 7-day store that I couldn't wear a tank top (a normal tank top, not a thin strap kind) because my arms/shoulders were showing! I know another woman who went to the O-club to pick up a take-out order for her family (to eat at the Crossroads Inn) and she was told that her shorts were too short. They made her wait somewhere to the "side" so that she wasn't in view of other patrons! Just be warned.
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    Jul 09, 2009 01:33 PM
    BWarnick,

    Thanks for the heads up on the hotel. It is probably good to do the research on any hotel you may be stuck in for quite awhile. You always want to be able to sit your kids in the tub and not be grossed out!!

    On the nights that we didn't get to stay at the Crossroads we stayed at the Hampton Inn, I believe it was on Route 1. It was clean, had a pool, served a complete breakfast, and had a small frig and microwave in the room. We were also allowed to use their computer, which when your are moving and house hunting is invaluable. I would recommend it to my friends.

    About the traffic, you are right, at times it is a bear. Lucky for us we seemed to pick a "perfect" location. I don't hit much traffic beacuse I can use back roads and hardly ever get on the 95. My husband uses a combination of the 95 and back roads to get to work, although he doesn't actually go on base, his office is on the 610, so I don't know how much more time that would add to his commute. I definetly recommend doing a dry run from any prospective home during commuting hours to see if the time spent on the road fits in with your family. It would really stink to find out you will have an awful commute after you have signed on the bottom line.
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