Georgia’s Best Swimming Holes

The summer’s shaping up to be a hot one and that means that you’ll want to escape the heat at least once or twice this summer. Take your car out to one of Georgia’s best swimming holes the next time the thermometer threatens to burst and cool off under shady trees and cool water.

Tallulah Gorge

This spot gets props for being one of nature’s only natural water slides. The waterfall at Tallulah Gorge is at such a shallow angle and the rocks that it tumbles over are so smooth and seamless that visitors can sit down at the top and slide all the way down to the pool at the bottom. Play on the sliding rocks, swim in the pond, and enjoy the natural beauty of Tallulah Gorge.

Lake Allatoona

Created by a dam, Lake Allatoona is a huge reservoir of water with 12,010 acres of surface area and a maximum depth of 145 feet. Besides swimming, visitors to Allatoona can camp and hunt in the area and there’s a marina and boat ramps for those with boats.

Chattahoochee River

Areas of Chattahoochee River are slow and easy going, making for a perfect swimming spot. Kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and paddle boarding are also popular pastimes along the river. The river is nice and cool on a summer day and the banks are perfect for setting up a picnic.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, this summer before you hit the road for any swimming holes, state parks, beaches, or cities in your vehicle. You can test drive a new or used car, truck, or SUV at SouthTowne Motors and find one that’s perfect for you.

Best Events to Attend Around Newnan this June

Looking for summer fun in Newnan and beyond this June? There are plenty of fun activities going on to make your calendar full, so load up the car and head to one of these local events.

Balloons Over Fayette – June 17

This annual balloon festival is a regional favorite. Taking place at Whitewater High School and Sara Harp Minter Elementary School Complex in Fayetteville, Georgia, the festival starts at 3pm and runs until 10pm and includes live entertainment, food vendors, games, and a kids zone. The balloons will be inflated at 5pm and will be set to glow at 9pm to round out the night. Tickets are only $5 and parking onsite is an additional $5.

AthFest Music & Arts Festival – June 23-25

With over 50 musical acts, an artists’ market, a club crawl, and a children’s fest, this is one festival you don’t want to miss in Athens. The 3-day festival supports music and arts education while celebrating local and regional musicians and visual artists in downtown Athens. The event brings awareness and donations to the non-profit AthFest Educates in its mission to provide much-needed funding for youth arts education.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any specials we may be running. If you are not ready for a new vehicle just yet, be sure to give our GM service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Commemorate Memorial Day with These Patriotic Popsicles

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend and, whatever your plans, these patriotic popsicles will enhance your experience. Make these ahead of time and have them ready for your Memorial Day get-together.

Red, White, and Blueberry Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Using a small 4 cup food processor, or blender, puree the raspberries until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Do the same with the blueberries.
  3. Put the yogurt and each of the berry purees in small measuring cups with spouts. The goal is to thin them just a bit so they are pourable. Use water for the yogurt and the raspberries, and, depending on the color of your blueberries, you can use water, or yogurt if you need to brighten up your ‘blue’. Keep these cups chilling in the refrigerator when you are not using them.
  4. To layer your pops, start by pouring a little of the blueberry in the bottom of each mold. The only tricky part to these popsicles is getting the layers in without too much spillage to mar your stripes.
  5. Put the mold in the freezer and freeze till firm, at least an hour, or more.
  6. Layer a little bit of yogurt into each mold for the next stripe. You will be able to see through the side of the mold to check your progress. At this point, cover the top of the mold with foil, and insert the popsicle sticks. Make sure to get the stick a little bit into the frozen layer so they will stand straight. Put back into the freezer until solid.
  7. Remove the foil at this stage, you won’t need it since the stick is in and you need to layer. Next comes your raspberry stripe, and so on until the molds are filled. Make sure to freeze each stripe until solid before adding the next.
  8. Once filled and completely frozen solid, you can un-mold your pops. Fill the sink with hot water. Remove the foil, and immerse the mold just up to the lip, being careful not to let any water splash onto the top. Hold it for 30 seconds, remove, and try to pull the pops out. If they don’t slide out, immerse again for just a few seconds.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Stop by SouthTowne Motors this Memorial Day Weekend to test drive a new or used vehicle and to find something new and improved. Even if you’re not on the market for a new vehicle, SouthTowne Motors can help you keep your current vehicle in great shape through the summer and beyond.

Planning the Perfect Picnic

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Picnics can be entertaining and lots of fun for the whole family. They are a great way to come together as a family to eat delicious food and to bond over conversation and to make memories. It doesn’t take a lot to plan your own picnic. You can even throw a great picnic at your local park. Here are a few tips from your Newnan car dealership for a successful gathering.

Start by selecting a good weekend to have your picnic since weekends are usually best for most people. Try to plan your picnic on a warm summer day. Mark it down on your calendar and make invitations. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to come. The more people you have coming, the more fun it’s likely to become. Many parks offer places to have group picnics as well as group activities.

When making your invitations, be sure to include the time, date, and location. You can also request that each person bring an item to the picnic such as food or party supplies. This helps reduce the stress and shares the responsibilities with others. Have each person bring a picnic basket of their own goods to the event. It will turn into a picnic basket blowout. Decide what you want to have and what you will be bringing.

When setting up your picnic, here are a few things to keep in mind. Be sure to have available trashcans for easy disposal of trash. Remember to place a checkered or other festive tablecloth over the tables for fast clean up while adding a decorative touch. Bring citronella candles or torches to help repel bugs. Your party guests will thank you for this. Also, plastic is your best friend at any picnic. Think plastic or paper plates, cups and utensils for easy clean up.

Don’t forget about the entertainment. Music sets the mood for any good picnic along with games. Here are some easy games or activities you can host. Give outdoor twister a go or enjoy participating in a watermelon eating competition. There is the classic egg and spoon race but instead of using raw eggs use hard boiled eggs. This makes for a mess free cleanup if the egg drops. All you have to do now is remember to have the camera on hand. Now, you’re ready for an unforgettable picnic. Enjoy, from SouthTowne Motors.

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.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

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.

The Best East Coast Spring Break Destinations

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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

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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

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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.

Take a Short Road Trip Over the Holidays

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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

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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.