Overnight visit in November

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  1. PotentialParent

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    My son will be completing an overnight visit in November. I am assuming there is a parent tour the morning we drop off, but can someone clarify that for me. Also, any suggestions for a nice dinner location for my wife and I would be greatly appreciated. Finally, I am assuming business casual dress for my son. Please let me know if that is incorrect. Thanks in advance for any information.
     
  2. America's Finest

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    Yes, there is a tour for the parents after dropping him off. Casual clothing is good. There are no requirements of which I am aware of but that seems to be the norm. Nothing too fancy though (no tie, suit, etc.). Just make sure he some good winter gear since it will likely be snowing by then. Also make sure he brings a set of gym clothes in case his plebe has a gym class or for athletics time, he does after all want the full experience.

    As far as dinner goes, Shade's pizza is one of the most popular places around here but that's assuming you don't want something fancier.
     
  3. WAMom68

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    The morning of the visit all candidates and parents meet at the admissions office. There will be a brief talk by one of the admissions officers before the candidates will leave with their assigned plebes. Then a Cow or Firstie will talk to the parents and answer any questions you have. After that the parents will be taken on a walking tour of West Point, guided by a Firstie. You will be done by noon if not before. Business casual for both the candidate and parents is appropriate. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

    If you want to have dinner in Highland Falls there is the Thayer Hotel. I have heard Shade's is good (I believe they serve more than pizza). We have eaten at the Park Restaurant several times and it was always good. Here is list of some of the restaurants: http://www.visiontownofhighlands.com/places_to_dine.htm

    If you want someplace fancy try the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. I haven't eaten there yet but I have heard it is fabulous. You do need to make your reservation well in advance. Website: http://www.ciachef.edu/visitors/hp/
     
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    I have never eaten there but The West Point Club is open to the public. It is on post across from The Plain and overlooks the Hudson River, so the view would be beautiful. Dinner is only served on Friday nights, so that may not coincide with your visit. Here is their link: http://www.westpointmwr.com/ACTIVITY/WPC/index.HTM

    Shades is good- large menu - casual.

    The Thayer Hotel is on post like the West Point Club and also overlooks the Hudson River. It would be considered more fine dining.

    We have toured and eaten at the Culinary Institute of America. The tour is fascinating if you have the time. It is about a 45 minute drive from West Point. They have several restaurants of varying degrees of 'niceness'. I would definitely call ahead for reservations for the nicer restaurants and to make sure that they are open. We drove up there one time to find that the whole place was closed because they were on break. :frown:
     
  5. mmartin14

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    I have a similar question about attire. I am also touring overnight in November. The confirmation email I received said to dress in business casual (at least for the initial meeting and the closing interview). I understand business casual, but I'm from Texas. My business casual involves pencil skirts and button-down shirts with heels (... I'm a girl, not a cross-dresser. :smile:). This is obviously not condusive to snow. Any ideas?
     
  6. mmb5

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    OK, mmartin, we're thinking suburban-exurban NYC in November 2009, not North Dakota in January in 1889. There is some slight chance that there would be snow on the ground that sticks. There is a stronger chance that there is a nasty November wind that cuts through what you're used to. My thoughts: if you're there for just an interview, i.e., not a lot of time outside, dress for low temperatures but heels andhose are fine-don't worry about walking through snowbanks. If you're there for a candidate's visit weekend to follow a plebe, dress appropriately: wear flats that will allow you to keep up with your guiding plebe and won't be ruined by precipitation. Good luck!
     
  7. WAMom68

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    Another option is to substitute slacks for the pencil skirt. Your legs would be warmer. mmb5 is right about the shoes - wear something you can walk long distances comfortably in.
     
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    Khaki slacks for both young men and young ladies are fine. Add a blouse and comfy flats and you are good to go. Remember, if you are going to class, the cadets are in uniform (ladies are in slacks). You will fit in nicely in khakis or other slacks. The wind up there is brutal, so you will appreciate dressing in layers. Many cadets are wearing a base layer in October.
     
  9. sailaway91

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    When I did my over night, my one regret was not bringing a suitable jacket. The one I brought was very light and didn't do much for the wind. I wore nice slacks and a button down shirt, looked a little bit more professional than the some of other recruits who were wearing sneakers, jeans, and sweatshirts :wink:. Just remember to take it all in and get the full experience. Ask a lot of questions, about anything! You're there to find out exactly what the next potential year of your life is going to be, take advantage of it!
    Good Luck!
     

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