East Coast Spring Destinations

Chesapeake Bay spring vacation

Once you’ve had your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors, you will be ready to head out for a spring road trip. The east coast has tons to offer so no matter what you prefer, you’re bound to find a favorite place.

Maryland and Virginia

Visit the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay and Chincoteague, Virginia for a relaxing trip. While Chincoteague is a summer beach town, the National Wildlife Refuge is open year round. You’ll get a chance to spy on the wild ponies while they are in their natural habitat. Be sure to bring binoculars – and you may want to bring bicycles to better move about the refuge.

Kids of all ages will love the NASA Visitor Center a Wallops Flight Facility, which is located just outside of Chincoteague. Learn about the rockets that were launched nearby.

The other side of the peninsula – the Maryland side – features the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Maryland Science Center and the B&O Railroad museum. To refuel between touring museums, stop by Vaccaro’s at 222 Albemarle Street to grab some cannolis.

Asheville, North Carolina

If you prefer mountains to beaches, head up to Asheville, which is located about two hours east of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy the arts and food scene in Asheville, head over to the park in Tennessee or visit The Biltmore, which is just a few miles from Asheville. The Biltmore is the largest private home in the United States. Take a tour of the house, explore the acres of landscaped grounds or stop at the winery and working farm.

The nearby mountains also offer zip-lining, rock climbing, hiking and steam engine rides on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Be sure to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway while you are in the area.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors before you leave to have your vehicle serviced or to pick up that new vehicle you have been eying for some time. Imagine taking a spring road trip with all of that new car smell!

Fun Easter Egg Hunts for Families

There are lots of fun-filled activities and events happening in your neck of the woods this year for Easter. Celebrate this spring holiday with massive egg hunts, egg decorating, brunch with the Easter Bunny, and so much more. If you’ll be traveling around the Atlanta metro area in your Newnan Chevy, there is something to do around every corner for this weekend.

Right in the thick of Newnan sits the Serenbe Playhouse and this year they are hosting their Annual Family Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31. At 11:30am, join the stars of their adaptation of The Wizard of Oz as you hunt for eggs and treats around the lawn. There will be activities for the children such as face painting, pony rides, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Admission is $5 per child. This will be one Easter you won’t soon forget.

Also on Saturday, March 31, will be the Eggstravaganza held at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. This has been a family favorite for many years and features thousands of prize-filled eggs. There are even three golden prize eggs for lucky children. Baked goods will be for sale and there will be lots of arts and crafts, as well as carnival games, face painting, and a cake walk. So be sure to bring your basket for a fun-filled morning that all can enjoy.

The Mount Paran Church EggFest at the Lovett School will be held on April 1. This will not only have the usual egg hunt, but will also include bounce houses, games, and food galore. Prizes and giveaways will be handed out in the three different age groups. Admission is free, so there is no excuse to join in the fun.

We know that all of that egg hunting has made you hungry. There are several restaurants in the area that are having brunch specials on Easter Sunday. One of them is Ray’s on the River where you can delight in an award-winning buffet anytime from 9am until 8pm and also meet the Easter Bunny. There will also be a photo booth provided by Shutterbooth where you can capture the day with your family and friends. It is strongly advised that you call ahead for preferred seating, but it is not required.

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Enjoy these wonderful outdoor egg-hunting events this Easter. From the SouthTowne Motors family to yours, have a safe and Happy Easter.

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with These Irish Recipes

Homemade Irish Beef Stew

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the food and fun associated with St. Patrick’s Day. These simple recipes are guaranteed to make your St. Patrick’s Day feel a little more authentic.

Irish Lamb Stew

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound lamb meat (cubed)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 1 pound potatoes (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 large celery stalk (sliced)
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Layer the meat, carrot, celery, onion and potatoes in a casserole dish. As you’re layering, season each ingredient with salt, pepper and parsley.
  3. Pour the beef stock into the casserole dish and cover.
  4. Bake until the vegetables and meat are tender (roughly 1.5-2 hours).
  5. Garnish each serving with fresh parsley and enjoy.

Fried Irish Cabbage and Bacon

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 small head of cabbage (finely chopped)
  • 1 package bacon
  • 1/4 cup bacon grease
  • ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Fry the bacon in a deep skillet until crisp (5-7 minutes on medium heat).
  2. Remove the cooked bacon from the skillet and place on a paper towel to the side.
  3. Drain the bacon grease, but leave 1/4 cup of grease in the skillet for frying.
  4. Stir cabbage into the skillet and fry for roughly 5 minutes until it is wilted.
  5. Crumble the bacon strips over the cabbage and continue stirring the mixture until the bacon is warm.
  6. Season the cabbage and bacon mixture with black pepper and serve.

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Visit SouthTowne Motors this St. Patrick’s Day to test drive a new vehicle and see what options we have on our lot. You can also contact the service department at SouthTowne Motors for maintenance or shop our parts and accessories store.

Spring Into a New Chevy Camaro

If you are in the market for a new vehicle with some style and class, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the new 2018 Chevy Camaro. This model comes in several colors, so come pick out your dream car today!

Entertainment Features

Entertainment features include an AM/FM stereo, CD player, MP3 decoder, graphic information display, music navigator, an auxiliary input jack, six speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel.

Safety Features

Safety features include StabiliTrak, traction control, daytime running lights, dual stage frontal airbags, thorax side impact airbags, driver and front passenger airbags, head curtain airbags fro the front and rear outboard seating positions, a passenger sensing system for the airbags, Directions and Connections for 6 months, The LATCH system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Mechanical Features

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro features a 3.6-liter engine with variable valve timing backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 323 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 278 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The transmission features TAPshift manual shift controls on the steering wheel. Additional mechanical features include a sport suspension, variable ratio power steering and four-wheel ABS brakes.

Interior Features

Interior features include front sport bucket seats, a three-spoke urethane steering wheel, driver information center, power programmable door locks with lockout protection, express up and down front windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, the PASS-Key III theft deterrent system, air filtration with a pollen filter, a rear window defroster, two power outlets, cup holders, map pockets, driver and passenger vanity mirrors and a lockable glovebox.

Exterior Features

Exterior features include 18-inch painted aluminum wheels with P245/55R18 black wall all-season tires, black roof ditch molding, tire sealant and inflator kit, body-color lower rocker moldings and front and rear body-color fascias with front grille and rear diffuser.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro today to learn more about this model’s convenience, entertainment, security and safety features.

The 2018 Chevy Traverse: Chevrolet’s Best Family Car

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The all-new 2018 Chevy Traverse was named one of 2018’s best family vehicles by KBB.com. With tons of cargo space, seating for 8 people across 3 rows, and plenty of entertainment features, it’s easy to see why. The 2018 Traverse certainly brings a lot to the table as a family vehicle. Here are more reasons to schedule a test drive at SouthTowne Motors.

Lots of Space

The spacious interior features supple touch surfaces and a Smart Slide second row seat that moves to allow easy access to the third row. The Traverse features 116.3 cubic feet of maximum storage space with 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row. You’ll still have plenty of room for luggage, even when the third row is being used. Access the cargo area through a power remote lift gate.

Technology

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features a USB port in the front center console and two in the rear, plus you can get an available rear seat entertainment system. Enjoy features such as Bluetooth, syncing your phone through a USB port, Internet Radio, Pandora and SiriusXM satellite radio. Use touch controls or your voice to access your favorite media and tunes.

Stay connected via a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen. Add RemoteLink Key Fob services through OnStar so you can remotely lock and unlock your vehicle and activate the horn and lights so you can easily find your vehicle.

Safety Features

Standard features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, high-strength materials, the LATCH system for cars seats and six airbags. Available safety features include side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert and more.

The Traverse also features OnStar with automatic crash response and OnStar Advisor, which uses GPS technology to request emergency help to be routed to your location.

For families with teen drivers, the Traverse tracks your child’s driving metrics and sets parameters for use, giving you more control to keep their drive safe and know if they’ve done anything reckless.

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Visit SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Chevy Traverse or any other model in our inventory and find out why Chevrolets make great family vehicles.

Fun Events Near Newnan This March

wing festival

Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle and then make plans to attend some March events around Georgia. If you’re not ready for a new car yet because yours is only a year or two old, be sure to at least have it serviced before you head out anywhere, especially if you’ve got Spring Break plans outside of town.

Georgia Wing Fest – March 18

Head over to Albany, Georgia, for the Georgia Wing Fest, which will be held at 810 S. Westover Boulevard. Enjoy a wing competition, live music, a kids’ zone, plenty of food, a wing eating contest, clucking contest, food vendors, and craft vendors. The fest starts at 11am and tickets cost $5. For more information about the 8th annual Georgia Wing Fest, call (229) 869-0364.

18th Century Colonial Market Faire – March 29-April 1

From March 29 through April 1, head over to 210 S. Broad Street in Winder, Georgia, for Fort Yargo Living History Society’s 9th Annual 18th Century Colonial Market Faire. Enjoy blacksmith demonstrations, woodwright demonstrations, candle-making demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and more. Food and craft vendors will be on site. The event costs $5 for adults and is free for children 12 and younger. There’s also a $5 parking pass. For more information call (770) 867-3489.

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The 2018 Buick Enclave

If you are in the market for an SUV that has tons of features, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Buick Enclave. This model is perfect for commuting, taking long road trips, or even taking the kids and their friends to school activities.

Convenience and Entertainment Features

The 2018 Buick Enclave features dual zone climate control, interior air filtration, rear air conditioning with separate controls, rear heat with separate controls, a heated steering wheel, power heated mirrors, heated eight-way power driver and front passenger seats, third row seats, leather seats, memory positions for two drivers, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio controls, speed proportional power steering and reclining rear seats.

Additional features include cruise control, a full center console with covered storage, power lift gate, a multi-function remote for the tailgate and remote engine start, external temperature display, compass, a universal remote transmitter, trip computer, tachometer, remote power door locks, one-touch power windows, Bluetooth, OnStar Guidance and Bluetooth.

Safety and Security Features

The Buick Enclave’s safety and security features include a rear window defroster and wiper, intermittent window wipers, tinted glass, four-wheel ABS brakes, daytime running lights, Xenon dusk-sensing headlights, a passenger airbag, turn signals integrated in the mirror, ABS and driveline traction control, stability control with anti-roll, a tire pressure monitoring system and curtain first, second and third row head airbags.

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Buick Enclave features a 3.6-liter double overhead came engine backed by a front-wheel drive automatic transmission. This combination makes 288 horsepower.

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Why Having a Road Map is Still Beneficial

Newnan road map

After you pick up your new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, this spring, you’re ready to go on a road trip. However, if you choose to go someplace you’ve never been before, you might need a map or a GPS. Sometimes paper maps are better than the GPS, especially if you don’t want to go directly from point A to point B.

They’re More Affordable

Paper maps are more affordable than GPS units. Even if you buy a plug in GPS, you can expect to put out over $100. If you are on a limited budget, paper maps will get you where you’re going for much less than a GPS unit.

They’re Detailed

When you plug in a destination, the GPS will take you directly to that destination. Instead of showing you the side roads or attractions that are not on the main drag, it bypasses all of that. If you are on a road trip and want to take side trips, maps are more beneficial. And, when you do change your mind as to your destination, paper maps don’t yell at you, telling you to “turn around when possible,” and “recalculating.”

They Record Where You’ve Been

Marking up a paper map as you travel allows you to keep a record of your trip. That comes in handy when you want to revisit an attraction or out-of-the-way restaurant that you fell in love with. Or, if you loved a particular drive during a certain season, you’ll be able to mark that drive and write down the best time to take that drive again.

They Don’t Need Electricity

GPS units sometimes can’t find a satellite. But a paper map never loses its satellite. When you lose a satellite, you won’t be able to get it again unless you move from your spot. With a paper map, you’ll never be lost because of a lost satellite signal.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle or give our Chevrolet service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance or repairs if you are keeping your current vehicle.

You Know You’re From Georgia If…

You know you're from Georgia

Obviously you know if you’re from Georgia. Whether you’re born and raised, just raised, or you moved here and are making up for lost time, a Georgian is a Georgian. But if you catch yourself doing some of the following, if you can nod knowingly, then you can know you’re truly from Georgia, regardless of how you came to be here.

  • If your own twin brother is 30 seconds older than you, you probably fight the compulsion to call him “sir.”
  • You listen to the weather forecast before getting dressed. Bonus points if you’ve brought an alternate set of clothes for later.
  • Stores don’t have bags or shopping carts, they have sacks and buggies.
  • You’ve been attacked by fire ants and lived to tell the tale.
  • Fried chicken is a major part of your diet and you know the best place in Georgia to get it (and no one else quite agrees with you where that place is).
  • You can properly pronounce Senoia, DeKalb, Dahlonega, Buena Vista, Chickamauga, Valdosta, Okefenokee, and La Fayette.
  • Coca Cola is a big deal in Georgia. It was invented in 1886 in Atlanta by John Pemberton. Any Georgia schoolchild can tell you that.
  • Speaking of Coke, every carbonated beverage is a Coke. Sprite? Coke. Dr. Pepper? Coke. Coca Cola? Definitely a Coke.
  • If you don’t want a Coke, of whatever variety, you can always order and iced tea. If a restaurant doesn’t have iced tea, they’re doing something wrong.
  • A Lexus or BMW aren’t status symbols – a Chevy Silverado Extended Bed Crew Cab is. You also know that SouthTowne Motors is the place to shop for a new truck.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a truck, SUV, or sedan and to learn more about Chevy models and you’ll see first hand why you should buy a Chevrolet.

Get Your Valentine a Silverado

Does your Valentine deserve something extra special this year? Why not get them a new 2018 Silverado? When you’re looking at a new Chevy truck, you have a ton of trim levels to choose from. When you stop by SouthTowne Motors today, test drive the new 2018 Silverado 1500 with the crew cab and short box. This is the perfect truck for those who need to haul things for the yard but don’t want a huge truck.

Engine and Transmission

The Silverado 1500 features a 5.3-liter V-8 EcoTec3 engine with direct injection, variable valve timing and active fuel management. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features powertrain grade braking and cruise grade braking. This combination gets 16 mpg* in the city and 23 mpg* on the highway.

Additional features include an external engine oil cooler, an auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, a heavy-duty battery with 720 cold cranking amps and rundown protection, electric power-assist steering and four-wheel ABS disc brakes with Duralife rotors.

Safety Features

Safety features include daytime running lights with automatic exterior lamp control, StabiliTrak with proactive roll avoidance, traction control, hill start assist and trailer sway control, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, a tire pressure monitoring system, OnStar Directions and Connections for six months, dual stage front and side impact airbags, head curtain and seat mounted side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, and front and rear outboard seating airbags with a passenger sensing system.

Interior Features

Interior features include leather appointed seats, heated front seats, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, two-way power lumbar control, driver seat memory for two drivers, adjustable head restraints, a floor console, cooled front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, tilt and telescopic steering column, driver information center, 4.2-inch color display, express up and drown driver’s window, express down on all other windows, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, dual zone automatic climate control, auto dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors and a 110-volt A/C power outlet.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive the new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to learn more about this truck’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment systems.