Summer Vacation Planning

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For many, school is either out or will be out soon. Families all over are gearing up for one of the biggest and most anticipated seasons of the year — summer. Planning for summer vacation is exciting, but can be overwhelming at times. Don’t let the stress get to you this year. There are several ways you can help this process go smoother. Here at SouthTowne Motors, we’ve compiled a short list of ways that you can plan your summer full of fun more easily.

First and foremost, create a budget for your trip. No matter what, stick to this. You don’t want to run yourself broke from overspending on hotel rooms or those fancy souvenirs. Keep it modest and simple if needs be. Choose where you will go based on what you can afford. Keep the age of all going in mind in case you have children or young relatives going with you. You can usually find great deals online or through a travel agent. There are several websites that have specials on rental cars, hotel room and even airfare.

If flying, when choosing an airline, decide on one that has experience in dealing with families or large groups. Sadly, not all airlines are created equal and, therefore, some may treat you better than others. If you have the choice, go with something that will keep the kids entertained during the flight. This is also a good time to figure out just how many seats you might need. Figure out how many people are going and if you will need someone who can watch the children should you need to go out.

There are infinite choices when deciding where to stay. There are, naturally, hotel rooms that have adjoining rooms for a large party. You can also rent apartments or condos if you’re not visiting relatives who you can stay with. Another great option, which is kind of off the beaten path, is renting an RV or motorhome. That way you have both your hotel and vehicle in one. It is also a good idea to pre-plan your activities and events with your children before you head out. Let them help in the decisions and do their own research if possible.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Stop by SouthTowne Motors this summer before you hit the road on any trips. We’ll make sure that your car is in good shape or we can help set you up with a new vehicle that’s road trip ready!

May Events Around Georgia

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After you pick up a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors, you’ll be ready to head out to various festivals and the circus in and around Newnan and Atlanta. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to have your current vehicle serviced before heading to Atlanta, especially if you think you’re going to be sitting in traffic.

Festive Friday in Atlanta

On May 12, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., head over to the FloatAway Cafe, 1123 Zonolite Road, Suite 15 in Atlanta for Festive Friday in Atlanta. The event will be held in the meadow behind the FloatAway Cafe. Enjoy this block party experience including live entertainment, complimentary food and beverages and an artist’s market. Suggested donations of $5 to $10 are well-appreciated and benefit the South Fork Conservatory’s Nickel Garden. Bid on event floral design, restaurant packages and more.

Fiddlin’ Flea Market & Family Festival

On May 17, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. visit the Powers Plantation, 4766 W. Highway 34 in Newnan for the Fiddlin’ Flea Market and Family Festival. Look for unique gifts, antiques and more. Enjoy food, desserts, live music, volleyball, horseshoes and tons more. For more information visit fiddlinfleamarket.com. Admission is $3.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, be at Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Avenue West N W in Atlanta at 11:30 a.m. for the Shaky Knees Music Festival.

Cirque du Soleil Kurios Atlanta

On May 26, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. be at the Big Top/Grand Chapiteau, 171 17th Street NW in Atlanta for Cirque du Soleil Kurios Atlanta. Tickets are available at Stubhub.com.

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.

Take a Southern Spring Road Trip

Looking to get out of town this spring? Head to one of these fantastic southern destinations if it’s been too long since you’ve enjoyed the beach.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy an affordable, family-friendly getaway. This coastal South Carolina town offers affordable accommodations, plenty of beaches, and lots of downtown fun for kids and adults. Whether you’re hoping to relax with a swim-up bar, see some live music or enjoy fun-filled days with the little ones on roller coasters and water slides, Myrtle Beach offers all of the makings of an unforgettable spring road trip.

Islamorada, Florida

Enjoy all of the perks of a tropical spring destination without the outrageous expenses in Islamorada, Florida. Islamorada is often regarded as the most beautiful of the Florida Keys, with its cartoon-like palm trees, turquoise ocean waters and stunning sunsets. Islamorada is also known for its world-renowned sport fishing, mangrove trails for paddleboarding, diving, snorkeling and bounty of must-visit waterfront bars and restaurants.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

You don’t have to venture all the way down to the Keys to enjoy a hot and sunny Florida spring destination. The Clearwater area is known for being one of Florida’s most stunning places, with picturesque white-sand beaches and light blue Gulf of Mexico waters. Even better, Clearwater is located just 90 minutes from the multitude of attractions in Orlando, including Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, before you hit the road to any southern spring destinations. We can make sure that your car is in good shape before your trip.

Best Weekend Trips in Georgia

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Looking for some relaxing weekend trips here in Georgia? Try one of these top Georgia destinations the next time you’ve got an open weekend and an itch to travel.

Jekyll Island

Admire the mansions, cruise the cozy streets or sit in the shade under a magnolia tree — Jekyll Island is known for its Georgian luxury, but it’s also the perfect place to sink your toes into the sand and relax.

The Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world, and the building’s 10 million gallons of water are home to stingrays, jellyfish, gators, sharks and countless other underwater species. Your kids will love the touch pool where they can learn about, and even feel, live sea creatures.

Historic Savannah

Carriage rides, ghost tours and some of the best southern eats in the country are just a few staples of downtown Savannah. Spend your days exploring the historic city, then indulge in the fine foods and happening bars at night.

Pebble Hill Plantation

Get a true taste of southern history at the Pebble Hill Pantation in Thomasville. Enjoy a picnic under the oak trees and admire the horses roaming about the estate. Book your tour of the main house ahead of time, because the Pebble Hill Plantation is a popular destination in summertime.

Stone Mountain Park

Just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta is the exciting family-fun center of Stone Mountain Park. With rides, ropes courses, nature trails, a cable car and plenty of other outdoor activities sprawled across the park’s 3,200 acres, your entire family can run wild and blow off some steam away from the city.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors

SouthTowne Motors, located in Newnan, Georgia, is standing by to help make sure that your trip goes off smoothly. Whether you need to get your car checked over before hitting the road or need to shop for a new vehicle that’s suitable for road trips, SouthTowne Motors can help!

Road Trip Ideas for Spring Break

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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 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.

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!

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!

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.

Etowah Indian Mounds

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While there are a few warm days left of the season, take a trip to visit the Etowah Indian Mounds. Before you head out, call our service department at SouthTowne Motors for an appointment to have your vehicle maintained or checked; or stop by to test drive a new vehicle if you are ready for something new this fall.

Admission Information

Admission to the Etowah Indian Mounds is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors aged 62 and older, $4 for youth aged 6 to 17 years and $2 for children under 6 years of age. Additionally, youth groups with youths aged 6 to 17 years have reduced admission of $3.50; and bus parking is available for the groups. You must give advanced notice to get the group rate.

Facilities

The Etowah Indian Mounds site features a gift shop, museum with a film, 20 picnic tables, riverside benches and the six earthen mounds. The site is located at 813 Indian Mounds Road, S.W., Cartersville, Georgia, 30120.

About the Site

The Etowah Indian Mounds site is 54 acres and was home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. and 1550 A.D. The site features borrow pits, the village site, a defensive ditch, a plaza and the six earthen mounds.

The museum features artifacts that show how the Native Americans lived and dressed themselves. You’ll see hand-carved stone effigies, items made from seashells, stone and woods, shell beads, and evidence of how the people decorated themselves with paint and complicated hairdos.

You can also follow a trail along the Etowah River where you’ll learn about V-shaped fish traps the Native Americans used and learn how they used trees for medicine and food.

Only nine percent of this site has been excavated, including Mound C and the surrounding artifacts. Mound C is a 63-foot earthen knoll and it was most likely used as a platform for the priest-chief’s home. Excavators found nobility buried in elaborate costumes and with the items they might need in the afterlife in another mound.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Give us a call at SouthTowne Motors to set up an appointment for service or stop by to test drive a new vehicle before you head out to visit the Etowah Indian Mounds.

De Soto National Monument

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Once you’ve picked up your new car from SouthTowne Motors, you’ll be ready to take a road trip. And since this fall seems to be cooler than usual, what better place to road trip to than Florida. Bradenton is home to the De Soto National Monument and is a great place to head to for a long weekend in a brand new car.

About Hernando de Soto

De Soto was born in 1500 in Extermadura, Spain. He spent many years trying to get permission to form an expedition for the New World. After many setbacks, he finally made his expedition to La Florida. He was finally able to leave in May 1539. The expedition eventually cost him his fortune and his life.

Park Information

The Visitor’s Center is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every day. The grounds are open from dawn to dusk; however, the parking lot gates are locked at 5:00 p.m. If your vehicle is locked in, it will have to stay overnight – and may be ticketed. The park does not offer overnight camping, so if you come as part of a road trip, be sure to have reservations at a local hotel.

The De Soto National Memorial is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. During hurricane season – June through November – check the weather as the park may close if a hurricane is imminent.

During the winter season, Camp Uzita is open and staffed. Rangers provide living history programs. For more information about the living history programs, call (941) 792-0458.

Fees

De Soto National Memorial is free, though donations are accepted. The donations will be used to help support park operations. Group tours are also free, but groups should register at least 30 days in advance.

If you want to use the park for a special use, there is a fee and permit. You can hold your wedding, a memorial service, arrange for photography and cinematography, hold corporate activities or hold after-hours activities at the park.

When you call, we’ll let you know what the fee is and whether you need a permit. For example, if you want to use the park grounds for a commercial activity, you’ll need an Incidental Business Permit. Research studies also require a permit.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Visit SouthTowne Motors before you head out on your trip to ensure that your vehicle is in road trip condition. However, if you just drove off the lot with a new vehicle, you’re ready to go!