Fort Stewart Cheat Sheet!
So a few weeks ago, I posted about the six things you need to do/ locate at all new duty stations. It occurred to me that it might be helpful to point out those things for anyone new or PCSing to Fort Stewart. (If you're reading this and you're already here, I encourage you to add your own tips!) So here goes:
That's an easy one. You can check out our website for a comprehensive and ever-current list of homes available both for sale and for rent (higher BAH rates mean most folks opt for off-post living). If you're planning on sticking around a while and have time to build, consider new construction. You can pick out your plan and neighborhood and you won't start your monthly payments until the home is actually complete and you've closed.
As far as grocery shopping, Hinesville features the usual suspects; Walmart, Kroger, and a relatively new Food Lion off of E.G. Miles Pkwy. We also have a small (but awesome!) health food store, Farmers Natural Foods. And, there's a Parks Korean Grocery which is located right outside of Gate 1 next to Pizza Hut.
Looking to improve your Summer wardrobe? (Or Winter or Spring or whenever you're reading this). We do have a well-stocked Cato in the Walmart plaza. Other than that, you'll want to check out the two malls in Savannah, Oglethorpe and the Savannah Mall (both off the main drag, Abercorn). You'll also find a Marshall's, Kohls, and TJ Maxx. When you're ready, venture down town for even more shopping, including a Free People, Urban Outfitters, Kate Spade, and Marc Jacobs. And of course, can't forget our newest addition, the Tanger Outlet Mall located about 40 minutes out, right off of I-16. (I'm kind of a shopping addict. Can you tell?)
Trustworthy Service Providers
An awesome reason to check out the area Facebook groups. You can easily get opinions on any car repair shop, handyman, photographer, etc. Also check out our Chamber of Commerce. And feel free to request a Welcome Packet on our website. We always include information about local businesses; restaurants, service providers, etc.
Hospital, Police Station, and other Important Locations
If you're Military, you'll know the easiest access hospital would be Winn Army Community Hospital, located on Fort Stewart just a few blocks from the main gate. There's also the Liberty Regional Medical Center which they tell me has plans to expand throughout Hinesville. Check out our city website for information on our police and fire stations (you'll need to know the location of the latter if you're purchasing a home and applying for Homeowner's Insurance).
Greatschools.org is a super helpful website to check out the ratings for the schools in Hinesville as well as surrounding areas you may be considering for your family like Ludowici, Midway, and Richmond Hill. And some of the wives groups on Facebook are perfect forums to get others' experiences and opinions.
Fun Stuff to Do!
Okay, so I feel like Hinesville gets a bad rap as far as the whole "nothing to do" thing. In my opinion, there are always events, festivals, etc.; you just have to know where to look. Check out the Hinesville Public Relations Facebook page for up-to-date info on area invents. And watch this blog too, I always try to post about upcoming events. If you're into the whole nature thing, we've got the beautiful Holbrook Pond right off of Hwy 144, perfect for picnicking, taking the dogs for a walk, or just a few hours in the sun. There's also the recently opened Bryant Commons which features tons of walking trails, a gazebo for shade, and a dog park which they'll be expanding in the next few months. We also have the Farmer's Market which convenes every Thursday from 4-7pm in Bradwell Park (across the street from the Police Department) during the Spring and Summer months.
If you don't mind a bit of a drive, there are beaches (Tybee, Hilton Head, and Jekyll Island to name a few), countless festivals, tours, and events most weekends in Savannah. My favorite thing about being stationed here is how centrally located Hinesville is. We're relatively close to Jacksonville, Atlanta, Charleston, etc.
So there you are. Everything you ever wanted to know about Fort Stewart. More questions? Feel free to ask below!
Where to eat (the perfect spot to satisfy your sweet tooth!)
What to do
Where to live
Where to shop