The Best East Coast Spring Break Destinations

Asheville NC Blue Ridge Mountains Sunset and Fog Landscape

Once you’ve had your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors, you will be ready to head out for spring break. You can take a road trip up the east coast or you can spend the entire break in one spot. 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 spring break. 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 at 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.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

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

Going into the New Year on a Positive Note

Person silhouette jumping in 2017

Gyms become more crowded, Amazon sells more books, and people start stuffing a few extra dollars into their piggy banks. A new year means a fresh start, and that’s why many Americans choose to make resolutions for the New Year. Some resolutions have proven to be more popular than others over the years, and these 10 are guaranteed to start 2017 off on a positive note.

1. Read more books. As smartphones and tablets begin to take the place of books, many Americans are hoping to revert back to the basics. The resolution to read more books is one that continues to be in the top 10 year after year.

2. Lose weight. Gyms overflow in January every year, but losing weight can be a tough resolution to keep. However, there’s no doubt that losing weight is on just about every list of the hottest New Year’s resolutions.

3. Quit smoking. The more studies come out about how bad smoking is for everyone’s health, the more people are trying to quit. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it’s a resolution that many smokers will try year after year until their goal is accomplished.

4. Save money. Saving money is on a lot of people’s minds after the holiday spending has ceased. Paying off debts and saving more money is a resolution that many choose in the New Year, but it also means a commitment to a change of lifestyle.

5. Eat healthier. Eating healthy is difficult for many busy Americans, but the vow to eat more fruits and vegetables or change junk food eating habits entirely is seen as a positive way to start the New Year.

6. Live with less stress. Stress is something that drags many people down everyday, and removing that stress can mean a happier and more productive lifestyle. However, relieving stress can be one of the most difficult resolutions to keep.

7. Travel more often. Traveling is a way of incorporating more relaxation, adventure and culture into your life, and it’s hard to see a downside of escaping work and everyday stresses more often. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that traveling more often means keeping better track of your budget too.

8. Give to more charities. Whether it’s time, money, clothing or other means of donating, many people vow to help others more in the new year.

9. Spend less time on Facebook. This relatively new resolution has gained popularity as Facebook has become accessible everywhere we go. Spending less time on Facebook could result in higher levels of productivity, especially when you’re tempted by social media at work.

10. Try an extreme sport. For many, a new year means new adventures, and bigger and better adventures can mean a more amazing year than the last. Bungee jumping, skydiving and other adventure sports require courage from the participant, but these activities are found rewarding to those who have a little bit of adrenaline junkie inside.

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Make 2017 the best year yet with a new or used Chevy from SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia.

Holiday Drink Recipes

Christmas drink: eggnog with cinnamon and anise in red mug

Bring these favorites to your holiday gathering for a great hit! The peppermint brittle makes a great snack or after dinner dessert; and you’ll want to curl up in front of the fire with the eggnog. But, before you do that, be sure your Christmas shopping is finished – including that new car you are getting from SouthTowne Motors for your spouse.

Peppermint Brittle

  • 2 pounds of white chocolate
  • 30 small peppermint candy canes

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with heavy-duty foil. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave – 5 to 6 minutes on medium or use the “melt” function, stirring every couple of minutes until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Unwrap the candy canes and place them in a plastic zipper bag. Break them into chunks using a rolling pin or mallet. Stir the chunks into the white chocolate. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and chill for about an hour or until it is set. Break the bark into pieces by slamming the pan on the counter.

Eggnog

  • 4 cups milk
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 cups light cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine the milk, cloves, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and cinnamon in a saucepan. Heat on low for about 5 minutes, then slowly bring the mixture to a boil.

Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl. Slowly whisk until the mixture is fluffy. Whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Strain the eggnog to remove the cloves and let it cool for an hour.

Stir in the cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla and the nutmeg. Refrigerate the mixture overnight. Serve with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of nutmeg for garnish.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors

If you haven’t had your vehicle serviced yet, be sure to call for an appointment. And, if you are planning on taking advantage of our year-end sales, time is running out, so come on over to SouthTowne Motors to test drive your next new vehicle.

DIY Holiday Car Decorations

Wooden car carrying a christmas tree

This year, take Christmas decorating to a whole new level. Don’t just decorate your house: decorate your vehicle, too. Whether you have a brand new vehicle you just picked up from SouthTowne Motors or you’re driving one that’s a couple of years old, have fun with decorating it.

Mobile Christmas Tree

You wouldn’t want to put a big tree up through the moon roof as that would definitely restrict your vision, but you could put a small tree in the vehicle. Decorate the tree to the hilt, but make sure it doesn’t block your view in the mirrors or out of the windows.

Wreath

Add a wreath to the front of your vehicle. The grille allows air in to help cool the air conditioning condenser and the radiator, so be sure the wreath doesn’t block too much of the air flow. Decorate the wreath with bows or large Christmas bulbs.

Big Red Bow

Another great way to show the Christmas spirit is to add a big red bow to the front of your vehicle. Add sparkles to the bow to add a bit more decoration. You could also add small decorations to the bow, including small wreaths, which would be set off by the red color.

Lights

Add Christmas lights to the bottom of your vehicle. Wire them in to light up when you turn the ignition on. Or you could wire them to a switch so that you could turn them on and off when needed. Use lights made for underbody lighting; just choose red and green or multiple Christmas colors.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle for the holidays. Once you have your new vehicle, you’ll be able to decorate it with festive decorations. If you are not ready for a new vehicle because your current vehicle is only a year or two old, be sure to call our service department for an appointment to have maintenance completed or to have your vehicle, including the tires, checked for the winter.

Take a Short Road Trip Over the Holidays

Shops and restaurants at River Street in downtown Savannah in Ge

Some people take the opportunity over the holidays to escape the cold and head south. While Atlanta has mild winters and is already south, sometimes it’s nice to get out of town for the holidays, even if it’s just for a short trip. Try one of these destinations if you’re looking to get out of town with your time off.

Charleston, South Carolina

Explore historic Charleston, shop until you drop, or spend long days walking the area’s many beaches — it’s the perfect getaway to relax and ease your winter blues. The city combines historic charm with and upbeat modern vibe.

Key West, Florida

Key West is full of resorts ranging from crazy party spots to serene (and luxurious) ocean-side getaways — whatever your ideal winter destination is, it’s likely it’s somewhere in Key West. This is an ideal destination if you’re primarily out looking for a beach to relax on.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is a southern town on the rise — known for its great cuisine, beautiful beaches nearby, historic charm and endless shopping. Explore its historic city squares under the shade of oak trees, check out houses and mansions that date back to the Revolutionary War, and stroll along the cobbled riverfront.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors Before You Go

Before you skip town for a holiday trip, stop in at SouthTowne Motors to make sure your vehicle is on the up and up. Looking to upgrade or to surprise someone special with a new car? Check out SouthTowne Motors’ inventory and test drive the cars, trucks, and SUVs that appeal to you.

Thanksgiving Road Trip Through the Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains in Autumn

Whether you’re heading through the Smoky Mountains to visit family for Thanksgiving or just want a destination to get away from it all during the holiday, the Smoky Mountains are full of natural beauty and provide a wonderful drive and a great place to camp.

Assuming you’re going to stop at least once even if you’re just passing through, here are some great places to check out:

Cherokee, North Carolina

The Adventure Trail Campground features 20 acres of relaxing beauty and is family friendly. Cherokee also has Yogi in the Smokies Campground. This campground features 200 sites, a camp store, swimming, showers and laundry. Yogi in the Smokies is also family friendly and welcome children.

Robbinsville

Visit Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort if you are bringing your bike with you. This area features the famous Dragon’s Tail with 318 curves in 11 miles. The area features a campground, pub and grill, store and more.

Waynesville

Moonshine Creek Campground features secluded camping at 3,500 feet. The campground features WiFi, heated clean bathhouses and more.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Whether you like history and culture or nature and science, you will be fascinated with what the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer. Learn more about the Southern Appalachian history from the Paleo Indians through early European settlers, loggers and, in the 20th century, the Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees. The park has many preserved historic landscapes, structures and artifacts that show you how people lived through the years.

Nature and science buffs will appreciate the biological diversity the Great Smoky Mountains offers. The park has over 17,000 species of plants, invertebrates and animals. Also, scientists think that there may be up to an additional 80,000 species that live in the area that have not yet been found.

The park is so diverse because of the glaciers, mountain formation and weather over the years. The range forms the border between Tennessee and North Carolina and is over 5,000 feet for 36 miles. Elevations range from 875 to 6,643 feet. The difference in the elevation also plays a part in the diversity of the species that call the Smokies their home. The Smoky Mountains were formed about 200 to 300 million years ago. The Smoky Mountains, because of their location and northeast to southwest orientation, have not been invaded by glaciers or oceans – this allowed species to shelter from the weather and glaciers of 10,000 years ago.

Additionally, you will find about 100 species of native trees. Almost 95 percent of the park is covered with forests, and about 25 percent of that is old growth. If you’re counting, you’ll find over 200 species of birds, 67 native fish species, 66 types of mammals, 43 species of amphibians and 39 varieties of reptiles.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Before you get ready to go, be sure everything is working fine with your vehicle. Make an appointment with our service department at SouthTowne Motors. Need a new car or truck for your holiday travels? Let SouthTowne Motors help you find the perfect vehicle.

Tailgate in Style

Vintage football over grass

Tailgating is a time-honored American pastime at this point. Load up your toughest and roomiest vehicle, usually a truck or SUV, with all the makings of a party, head out to the parking lot at the stadium ahead of a big game, and celebrate the sport and spectacle with family, friends, and fellow fans.

Sound like a good time? Of course it is. Need a tailgate vehicle of your own? Want to be the one who makes the party happen? Of course you do.

Do it in style with one of these great vehicles from SouthTowne Motors:

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

If you’re looking for that ultimate tailgating vehicle, the 2016 Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition is right up there with the best.

Featuring an extended cab on a long box 4-wheel drive, the Colorado Z71 Trail Boss has all the comforts and features to make your tailgate party great.

The audio system is of special note here. Featuring Apple CarPlay capability, an aux jack, Bose Premium 7-Speaker System, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the truck is ready to blast whatever tunes you want for whatever party you want to throw.

Of course the long truck bed is nice for toting all the gear you’ll need and for setting up a surface for serving your guests.

2016 GMC Yukon SLE

On the other hand, you could go with the GMC Yukon SLE, which can store just as much as a truck for tailgating, but that also offers more seating when it’s not game day.

With seating for up to 7 adults, the GMC is great for hauling your crew around. Even if you’re not the one hosting the tailgate party, you’ll still be the hero that can transport most of the attendees there!

Head to an Atlanta Falcon’s Game in Your New Truck

After you get your new truck, it’s time to give it a spin. Why not debut it at an Atlanta Falcon’s game by throwing a tailgate party for your family and friends?

Here are the games that the Falcons still have to play this season. Home games are in bold.

  • Nov 3 at Buccaneers
  • Nov 13 at Eagles
  • Nov 27 vs Cardinals
  • Dec 4 vs Chiefs
  • Dec 11 at Rams
  • Dec 18 vs 49ers
  • Dec 24 at Panthers
  • Jan 1 vs Saints

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Come test drive your next tailgating truck at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia. SouthTowne Motors offers auto sales, service, parts, and accessories. Stop in and shop or schedule service for your car, truck, or SUV today!

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a day that kids anticipate all year long. It’s an opportunity for them to dress up as their favorite characters and head door to door in search of candy. However, Halloween can be a more stressful holiday for parents.

Parents have the difficulty of deciding if their children are old enough to trick-or-treat without supervision, and if they’ll be safe doing so. This guide will help ensure that you and your kids stay safe on this exciting fall holiday.

Hit the Streets Safely

Walking on the streets at night can be dangerous, so it’s best to be  cautious at all times. Always cross the streets at corners, using crosswalks and traffic signals.

Advise your children that they should always look left, right and left again when crossing streets. Don’t let them use electronic devices, like cellular phones, while walking.

Walk on designated paths or sidewalks whenever possible, and if there are no paths, walk far off of the left side of the road facing traffic. Always carry a flashlight while trick-or-treating.

Should Your Child Be Accompanied?

It’s difficult to tell whether or not your child should be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating. However, Safe Kids Worldwide suggests that any children under the age of 12 should never be alone at night without supervision. If your child is old enough to trick-or-treat without supervision, make sure he or she travels with friends and stays in a familiar area.

Choose a Safe Costume

It’s no surprise that kids always want to have elaborate costumes, but it’s important to keep those costumes safe. Always decorate costumes with reflective tape on them and choose light colors whenever possible. Kids love carrying glow sticks, and they can be handy safety devices too.

Here at SouthTowne Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC, we want you to have a safe and reliable vehicle for your family too. Stop in and see us for an unbelievable deal on a brand-new, top-quality car, truck or SUV this fall.

Spookify Your Ride

Halloween pumpkins cut in shape of face

Spook your passengers this Halloween season, or simply express your Halloween pride, by decorating your Newnan Buick. There are lots of different ways you can do this. If you need a few ideas of how to decorate your ride, here are some easy things to do for both the inside and outside of your vehicle.

Getting into the festive spirit doesn’t have to be expensive. The dollar store can be your best friend for cheap decorations that go a long way. Turn your back window into a spooky theme. Simply purchase fake cobwebs and a bag of plastic spiders. You can also look for small coffins that will easily lay down in the back window. Spread the cobweb out and add your creepy crawlers along with your coffins. This is not only enjoyable to passengers, but other drives can see your spectacular spider cemetery while driving buy. You can even go as far as to add spider webs to the ceiling of your car and gently weave the plastic spiders through the webbing.

Create a spooktacular Halloween playlist that everyone can sing along to when they ride in your car. Not sure what to add to it? Here are some of the classic seasonal songs to get you started.

  • Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
  • Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon
  • Monster Mash, Bobby Boris
  • Thriller, Michael Jackson

The sense of smell is a wondrous thing that can help get everyone in the spirit. Stop by your local retailer and grab some festive car air fresheners. You can never go wrong with apple cinnamon or spiced pumpkin this time of year. Now that you’ve got into the Halloween spirit in the interior, lets work on your car’s exterior.

Grab some decals that can easily be stuck to your window. Look for small ones so they don’t block your vision. Look for the easy peel and stick decals with words such as “Do Not Enter” or fun shapes like bats and pumpkins. Apply them to your windows. Another great touch is fake severed body parts made for car trunks. These are great for adding that extra touch to your vehicle’s overall Halloween décor. When placing these, be sure they don’t cover your license plate.

Remember to have fun with your SouthTowne Motors vehicle this year.

Classical Music Playlist

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It’s Classical Music Month; to celebrate, you should try putting together a classical music playlist and take it on your next road trip (or listen to it while commuting to work).

If you don’t know your Bach from your Beethoven, but want to create a list nonetheless, let us suggest some pieces for you to include.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, “Fate”: I. Allegro con Brio
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, “Choral”: Ode an Die Freude
  • Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op. 8, “Spring”: Allegro
  • Richard Wagner – The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries
  • Frederic Chopin – Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467: II. Andante
  • Edward Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: Land of Hope and Glory
  • Johann Strauss II – On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scene
  • Claude Debussy – Suite bergamasque, L 75: Clair de Lune
  • Jean Sibelius – Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Bedrich Smetana – Ma Vlast (My Fatherland): Vltava (The Moldau River)
  • Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 72
  • Giuseppe Verdi – Nabucco: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Va’, Pensiero, Sull’ali Dorate)

Visit SouthTowne Motors

If you’re going to listen to classical music, why not make your next car an American classic from an American brand: a Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, or Cadillac? SouthTowne Motors offers vehicle sales, service, and accessories in Newnan, Georgia. Stop in and test drive the car you’re interested in today!