When the temperatures start to drop, there’s no better place to escape than the Gulf Coast. The pristine white sand, emerald-colored waters and postcard-worthy scenery somehow sweep the fall and winter blues away.
Next time you’re looking to get away from the often overwhelming season of fall, escape to one of these top five gulf coast road trip destinations.
Orange Beach, Alabama
Orange Beach is a little more off the beaten path than most Gulf Coast destinations, especially in fall. Cooler temperatures and mild fall crowds make it the ideal destination for families seeking a little more beach time after the summer months have passed. Uncrowded beaches, sailing charters, fishing charters, family-friendly restaurants, Sharky’s Family Adventure Park and a long list of other activities await those who visit.
Perdido Key, Florida
Florida’s Gulf Coast keys aren’t as popular as its southerly ones, and that’s what makes them so special. Perdido Key is a secluded beach destination waiting for travelers seeking a peaceful and scenic getaway from the usual stresses of life. Golfers will also fall in love with the esteemed Perdido Bay Golf Club and Lost Key Golf Club courses.
Galveston Island State park, Texas
Galveston Island State Park feels thousands of miles away from it all, yet it’s only a short drive from the exciting day and nightlife of Galveston. The 2,000-acre park offers undeveloped beaches that are ideal for fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, swimming, camping and just about every beach-related outdoor activity you can imagine.
Pensacola Beach, Florida
When you’re looking for calm, turquoise waters and beaches that look like they popped out of a magazine, there’s no better escape than Pensacola Beach. Step away from the sand, and you’ll find the Portofino Boardwalk, which is loaded with fun shops and restaurants. Other Pensacola activities include taking paddle boarding lessons, exploring nearby Casino Beach, attending the National Museum of Naval Aviation and snapping photos from the famous Pensacola Pier.
Port Aransas, Texas
Port Aransas, a small town on Mustang Island, is one of the Texas coast’s longest barrier islands. The area is known for it’s endless opportunities to enjoy water sports, including fishing, paddle boarding, surfing and more. However, Port Aransas offers plenty to do when you’re not on the sand too. It’s known for a number of endangered birds that winter at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and nearby hiking and biking trails that let you experience the island from a different viewpoint.
Port Aransas is a place to uncover your adventurous and more natural side by getting out and exploring the Gulf Coast environment in a more hands-on way.
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All of these awesome Gulf Coast destinations are just waiting for you to take a road trip. Find your dream road trip vehicle right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. Our location nestled just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area means you can get unbeatable deals on brand-new Chevrolets by shopping just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city.
When making your Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to try something new or put a twist on one of your standard side dishes. Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new vehicle and then head out to the grocery store to pick up any special ingredients you might need.
Instead of making regular cornbread, make creamed corn cornbread. Cook it in a cast iron pot in the oven and you’ll surely make an impression on everyone. Instead of using shortening or vegetable oil to grease the pan, use bacon fat. It brings out the flavor of cornbread when you use a cast iron pan.
Macaroni and Cheese
Though macaroni and cheese is not a standard Thanksgiving staple, many families like to add it, especially if you have hard-working hands at your table that need lots of energy. To make the best cheese sauce use half Velveeta sharp cheddar because it melts easily. For the other half, use at least 25 percent pepper jack and another favorite cheese. To make the cheese sauce, melt about 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Add about ¼ cup milk and a combination of ½ to ¾ pound cheese.
Give your mashed potatoes a kick by roasting garlic and adding it to the potatoes. When you mashed them, use a stick of butter and about ¼ cup of milk for every pound of potatoes. Add in the roasted garlic to taste and mash them until they are creamy.
Whiskey Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Bake sweet potatoes with pecans, agave nectar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, apples and whiskey to give these sweet potatoes a kick.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle. You’ll find that no matter what your needs are, you’ll find something that fits your family, whether you want an economical sedan for commuting, an SUV to take the family on road trips or to take your kids and their friends to school events or even a truck to help with projects around the house or the farm.
The holiday season means it’s time to give thanks for everything we have, whether it’s family, friends, a comfortable home or even a safe vehicle. Chevrolet makes some of the safest vehicles in the auto industry, so it’s no wonder that Chevrolet owners are thankful for the time and effort that goes into making each vehicle a safe way to get from Point A to Point B this time of year.
The following Chevy features are just a few of the many that make this legendary company safer than the rest.
Adaptive Cruise Control
The holiday season means more time spent on the roads for many Americans. Chevy’s adaptive cruise control feature makes getting to grandma’s house easier and safer by adapting your speed to changing traffic conditions. Adaptive cruise control automatically decreases or increases your speed based on what the car in front of you is doing. This unique feature has the ability to reduce the number of highway collisions that happen each year.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Driving in reverse can be difficult, but Chevy’s rear cross traffic alerts make it easier. Stay safe whether you’re pulling out of the garage or out of a parking space at the grocery store by allowing your Chevy to alert you when something’s in the way. This feature is now available in more Chevrolet models than ever, making it easier for you to keep yourself and others safe.
More Air Bags
Many of Chevy’s vehicle models come equipped with more air bags than their competitors, so you know you can trust your vehicle if an emergency strikes. For example, the 2015 Chevy Cruze comes standard with 10 airbags and received a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Chevy’s 10 standard airbags, roof-crush resistance and high-strength steel safety cage are designed to keep you safe when you feel the most vulnerable.
Blind Spot Monitor
Blind spots have been making driving more difficult and dangerous since the first vehicles hit the market. Chevy’s blind spot monitors eliminate the worry associated with changing lanes by warning you if another vehicle is in your blind spot. Many of Chevy’s blind spot monitor systems will sound an alert or flash a light as you near a vehicle that is in the way.
Drive Safely This Holiday Season
The increased number of vehicles on the road during the holiday season means higher levels of danger. Stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, to view our huge selection of new Chevrolets to get you and to and from your destinations safer and with peace-of-mind this holiday season.
The Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang have fought for the top spot in America’s heart for decades. The two “muscle cars” have long been praised for their sleek styling and, mostly, their ability to go fast. The rivalry between the Camaro and Mustang may never end, but there are plenty of reasons why the Camaro reigns supreme as J.D. Power and Associates’ “Highest Ranked Midsize Sporty Car in Initial Quality.”
1. According to the J.D. Power 2013 Initial Quality Study, the Chevrolet Camaro received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among midsize sporty cars.
2. The 2016 Camaro has more power. Two of the Camaro’s three engines have been proven to out-muscle the Mustang.
3. The Camaro’s eight-speed automatic transmission beats the Mustang’s six cogs in terms of fuel economy and performance.
4. Chevrolet shaved more than 200 pounds off the 2016 Camaro, while 2015 Mustang models added more bulk than the 2014 version.
5. The 455-horsepower Camaro SS is now the most powerful super sport of all time.
6. According to NY Daily News, the 2016 Camaro’s cabin has proven to be more luxurious than the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Ambient lighting, a quality dash and soft-touch leathers are among the countless features.
7. The 2016 Chevy Camaro can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles-per-hour in 4.5 seconds and 0 to 100 miles-per-hour in 10.3 seconds.
8. There are thousands of ways to customize the interior, exterior and engine of your Camaro, which means you can drive a vehicle that fits like a well-tailored suit.
9. The new Camaro’s fully-electronic convertible top can be lowered with the key fob or the touch of a button — even when you’re cruising down the road.
10. The 2016 Camaro is ready to sweep the industry by storm. The new design offers slimmer and lower proportions, broader shoulders and a unique fastback profile that’s guaranteed to turn heads — even those of Mustang owners. This unique design also makes the Camaro more agile, so it can outperform its competitors on even the hardest turns.
Get Ready for the 2016 Camaro
There’s no doubt that the brand-new, 2016 Camaro is going to be one of the hottest vehicles of the year. And while we await the 2016 models, the 2015 Camaro is available right here at Classic Chevrolet for an unbelievably low price. Drive the car that has been the envy of Mustang and Challenger owners for decades, and get it for a price that you’ll find tough to believe.
If you are in the market for an SUV that is spacious and gets good gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS and to learn more about this model’s features. The LS time level features deluxe front bucket seats for a comfortable ride; and it features tons of convenience and safety features.
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS features power lumbar and height adjuster for the driver’s seat, reclining rear seat, a front center console with covered storage, a rear center armrest with dual cup holders, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a comfort grip steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control, Driver Information Center, express down windows, power programmable door locks, lockout protection, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, panic alarm and air conditioning.
Additional features include cup holders in the front center console, bottle holders in the doors, illuminated vanity mirrors, map pockets and theater dimming lighting.
Safety and Security Features
The 2016 Equinox features a rear vision camera, an engine immobilizer, an anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, four-wheel ABS brakes, brake assist, hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, dual stage front airbags with a passenger-sensing system, seat-mounted airbags and head curtain airbags.
Additional features include daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, rear child security door locks, variably intermittent wipers, a rear variably intermittent wiper, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.
You’ll find plenty in the way of entertainment features on the Equinox including four auxiliary power outlets throughout the vehicle, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in hotspot trial, 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM radio, MP3 decoder, a radio data system, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, six speakers and a USB port.
Engine and Transmission
The Chevrolet Equinox features a 2.4-liter engine with spark ignition direct ignition and variable valve timing. The engine makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. The engine is backed b a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.
When you pick up a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro at Classic Chevy this fall, you’ll be able to accessorize it like you’ve never been able to do since the ’60s and ’70s models. And, that’s part of the fun about a car – being able to make it “yours.” Whether you want to add performance parts or just something to make your new Camaro look a bit different, GM has what you need.
Performance Exhaust: You’ll be able to pick up exhaust kits for the SS version the the LT1 engine and the LT version with the 3.6-liter engine. The exhaust enhances the performance sound and the looks of the Camaro and is a direct replacement for the factory exhaust system. Because the exhaust kits by GM are a direct replacement for the current exhaust, it will not void your warranty.
Suspension Lowering Kits: These kits use higher rate coil springs and tuned shocks and struts to lower the vehicle by 0.8 inch and to optimize vehicle performance and ride quality. These kits are available for LT and SS coupes and convertibles without Magnetic Ride Control.
Brembo Front Brake Package: Add four-piston calipers with this performance brake package that is available for LT models with the 2.0-liter turbo and the 3.6-liter engines. The four-pistons are aluminum; and the kit includes performance brake pads, slotted Duralife rotors, low-expansion front brake hoses and all of the hardware needed for installation.
You can also get a package with six-piston calipers for all Gen Six Camaro models. This kit features monoblock aluminum six-piston calipers, performance brake pads, two-piece vented and slotted Duralife rotors, low-expansion front break hoses and installation hardware.
Additional Parts: You can also pick up a performance air intake kit and engine covers for select trim levels.
To change the look of your vehicle, pick up one of three aluminum wheel designs in multiple finishes, grille kits, a rear spoiler, ground effects kits in 10 different colors, four different graphics packages, LED-illuminated bowtie emblems, blacked out bowtie emblems and interior trim kits in multiple colors.
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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevy Camaro and to learn more about this model; and, you can order some great upgrades for it while you’re here.
If you are looking for an inexpensive truck that can do all of the light duty work you have, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. This truck has plenty of features and power so that you can haul the things you need for projects, your tools and even furniture. You’ll even be able to tow your toys, including your UTV to your favorite hunting grounds.
Convenience and Entertainment Features
The 2016 Chevy Colorado LT features a power driver’s seat, under seat storage in the rear, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls on a tilt and telescopic steering column, multi-color driver instrument information, cruise control, power door locks, engine immobilization, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, an overhead console and driver and passenger illuminated sliding vanity mirrors.
Entertainment features include two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console, Chevrolet MyLink Radio, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen, Bluetooth, AM/FM stereo, voice-activated technology for the phone and radio, Apple CarPlay, six speakers, two additional USB ports on the instrument panel and center console, SiriusXM satellite radio, and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in WiFi hotspot.
Engine and Transmission
The 2016 Colorado features a 2.5-liter engine backed by a 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 200 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 191 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The Colorado gets 20 mpg* in the city and 27 mpg* on the highway.
Safety and Security Features
The Colorado’s safety and security features include four-wheel ABS disc brakes, electronic traction control, StabiliTrak stability control system, dual stage front and side impact airbags, driver and front passenger head curtain airbags, seat-mounted side impact airbags for the front and rear outboard seating positions, a passenger sensing system for the airbags, daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, a tire pressure monitoring system and a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines.
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Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado LT and to learn more about this model’s safety, security, convenience and entertainment features.
This holiday season, you can easily give back by participating in or donating to some of the charities around DFW. On you way to Classic Chevy to test drive a vehicle, stop by one of these organizations to donate. Toys for Tots even holds events that you can participate in, in addition to donating toys.
Toys for Tots
This popular charity in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area collects new, unwrapped toys for children who are not as fortunate so some others. Look for the collection boxes or visit their web page to learn about fund raising events. On November 26, the organization will be collecting during the Texas Motor Speedway gift of lights grand opening; and on December 5, the organization will be holding its annual motorcycle run. For more information and information on how to volunteer, visit dfwtoysfortots.org.
Safe Haven is similar to Toys for Tots; however this organization collects toys, clothes and books throughout the year. Tarrent County’s chapter gives the items collected to emergency shelters that are for domestic violence victims. For more information visit safehaventc.org.
Meals on Wheels
This organization provides hot meals that are freshly prepared to Dallas County residents. Many of the residents are home bound, have no reliable source of food, have low income or suffer from a medical condition that does not allow them to care for themselves. Meals on Wheels provides meals for residents five days per week.
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Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive a new vehicle. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any finance or lease specials we may be running on certain models. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle yet – maybe yours is only a year or two old – give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance. While you’re there, ask your salesperson about his or her favorite charity if you prefer donating to another charity not listed here.
If you want to celebrate buying a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, stop by one of these hot restaurants in DFW. Even if you aren’t ready to buy a new vehicle, you still go out for a nice dinner. Work an appointment in at our service department earlier in the day so that your vehicle is ready for the winter months.
Horseshoe Hill Cafe
If you like chicken fried steak, head over to Horseshoe Hill Cafe, a small, rustic eatery located in the Stockyards, 204 West Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth. Chef Grady Spears is back and he’s cooking up his enchiladas, chili and other toppings. For more information visit horseshoehillcafe.com.
Dagwoods Grinders and Growlers
If you’re in the mood for a great sandwich but don’t want the same old fare, visit Dagwoods Grinders and Growlers where chef David Hollister’s recipes and some craft beer make a great lunch. Choose sandwiches such as ham and brie with cranberry mustard or a 2-ton Reuben with Akaushi corned beef. The salads come with housemade maple balsamic dressing. Dagwoods Grinders and Growlers is located at 1736 Mall Circle in Fort Worth.
If you have a taste for barbecue, stop by Heim Barbecue, a new place run by Travis and Emma Heim. You might have to wait in line, but the brisket is worth every minute you spend waiting. And, get there early for the bacon burnt ends. Heim Barbecue is located at 201 East Hattie Street in Fort Worth.
If you want some great ice cream, visit Gypsy Scoops, 2905 Race Street in Fort Worth for great ice cream flavors including Candyland and Wookie’s Cookies, and sodas and board games. This kid-friendly place is perfect for when you’re out and about with the little ones.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, be sure to ask your salesperson about any lease or finance specials we may be running.
November in the Dallas Fort Worth and surrounding areas have tons of things for you to do in November including a huge tailgate party, Chevrolet’s Find New Road Trips and a chocolate tour. No matter what you do and how close the event is to your house, you should have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy. The manufacturer’s recommended maintenance intervals are an important part of keeping your vehicle in great running condition for many years.
Ozarka Tailgate at Southlake Carroll Dragons Stadium
On November 6, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Southlake Carroll Dragons Stadium side parking lot, 1085 South Kimball Ave., Southlake, Texas, 76092, Lockhart Smokehouse and Ozarka Water will be holding a barbecue tailgate. The owner of the smokehouse, Jill Grobowsky Bergus, will be cooking brisket sliders, mac and cheese, sausage and potato salad. The two businesses are teaming up to support the Southlake Carroll Dragons and to support tailgating for high school football. Learn some tailgating tips from Bergus and have any of your questions answered. The Dragons will be playing the Bell Raiders in this last home game of the season.
Chevrolet’s Find New Roads Trip
On November 7, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, Texas, 76177, the 2016 Camaro will be leading the Find New Roads Trip pack. You’ll get to have a first look at the new sixth generation Camaro along with four other all-new vehicles: the Malibu, Volt, Cruze and Spark. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the Camaro, learn about it’s new design and the technology in the Camaro; and you will also have a chance to support the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by taking pictures with an oversized frame and using #IDriveFor. Chevrolet donates $5 to Making strides for every picture uploaded to social media. For more information visit findnewroadstrip.com.
3D Chocolate Tour: Dallas by Chocolate Food Tours
On November 7, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., take a tour of the top chocolate venues in Dallas and enjoy sweet treats and beverages. Admission is $39. Meet at 5118 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75206. For more information call Jeanine Stevens at (972) 814-5997 or visit dallasbitesfoodtours.com.
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