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“I think we're finally Home!” 5 of 5 stars
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Groton, CT
Burlington, Vermont
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38 reviews 38 reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“I think we're finally Home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

At 91 and 80 years, we have been looking for the perfect place to spend our golden? no, more like rusting years. Long time cruisers who loved these waters, and having children fairly nearby, we gave up living on Lake Champlain in VT and decided to TRY to settle down.

We've come to a 65+ facility in Groton (Windham Falls) and are quickly adjusting to eating 24 hours a day. We still have a car so are able to check out the surroundings. They are lovely! At Eastern Point there is a great small beach right on Long Island Sound. UCONN has a gorgeous campus next door where their marine biology courses are held. There are marinas, boat ramps, a par 3 golf course as well as a regulation town course.

My favorite is a dog park called (and I love it...) "Central Bark." Nearby is the new Senior Citizens' Center with every activity you could ask for as well as trips. The library is across the parking lot. Banks and supermarkets are all over the place. And restaurants? Are you kidding? Dozens to satisfy every taste.

New London's hospital has a walk-in clinic in Groton for lab work, emergencies and out-patient surgery. There's a movie theater, and if that's not enough amusement for you, cross the Thames River to New London and take a day-long round-trip ride on the ferry to Orient Point, LI. Or spend your day at one of two first-class casinos: Foxwood, or the more popular Mohegan Sun (home of the new women's basketball sensations - The Sun.)

"Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be..." Rabbi ben Ezra by Robert Browning

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Lake Peekskill, NY
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“Great Little Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2006

Like my husband and I, most visitors use Groton as a starting point for other destinations such as the Mohegan Sun and Foxwood casinos and Mystic Seaport. Prices here are lower, and it's right in the middle of everything. The pace is a bit slower here as well, as opposed to the congestion of Mystic.

Whenever we go to the Mohegan Sun, which is quite a few times per year, we always stay in Groton in order to save tons of cash on a place to stay other than the Sun. There quite a few choices for the budget conscious traveler. Our favorites are: Quality Inn, Howard Johnson's, and the Flagship Inn. Our decision on which place to stay is based on who has the lowest rates at the time, although Quality Inn is our favorite. Our only gripe about places to stay in the area is that none of the good places allow pets, and we usually travel with ours. For that, you'll have to go to Niantic (Motel 6), or New London (Red Roof Inn). If you are visiting Mystic Seaport, Groton is also a good option for places to stay, as the prices here are quite a bit lower most of the time. The traffic is also a lot less congested in Groton.


As for dining in the area, there are many places to choose from at all price levels. Our all time fave is Norm's Diner, on Bridge Street. We also love Russell's Ribs, but have to be famished to eat there, as the portions are tremendous. And for those big losers from the casinos, there's plenty of fast food joints to choose from. If you crave Chinese, The Wokery is pretty good, and open late. As for pizza places in this area, which are rated pretty high on this site, well, if you're from New York, faggedabaddit!

The Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum is a great place to visit for folks of all ages. However, the submarine is a bit difficult to traverse, and very young or infirm people won't be able to enjoy it. It's very tight, and much of it has to be climbed through via steep metal steps. But we enjoyed it, and went in for a second time after visiting the rest of the museum. Admission is free, but I do recommend you throw a few bucks in the donation box, as well as make a purchase at the pricey souvenier shop. For what they give you, they deserve a little in return.

Opportunities for shopping are endless in Groton and the surrounding area. Our favorite place to shop is Ocean State Job Lot. We prefer the one on Route 12, away from the main part of town. We get such a kick out of that place. They have a lot of fun and unusual products, especially in the food department. And if you look around enough, you can pick up some really neat things for cheap!

All in all, we love Groton, and highly recommend it to those who want to save money, avoid congestion, and be centrally located to where all the action is.

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