Unusual Places to Visit in Texas this Summer

Texas is a more varied state than is usually credited. If you’re looking for some truly unusual and surreal places to visit within Texas this summer in your Classic Chevy, try visiting one of these unique spots on your road trip.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon, located near Amarillo, is a sight to behold. While everything in Texas is usually bigger, this is one case that proves that wrong. It’s actually the second largest canyon in the United States behind, unsurprisingly, Arizona’s Grand Canyon. At “only” 120 miles long and 20 miles wide, it’s nowhere close to the Grand Canyon’s 277 miles length and 18 miles width. Don’t let that discourage you from a visit, however. Palo Duro Canyon is one of Texas’s (and the country’s) most beautiful landscapes.

Hamilton Pool Reserve

A remarkable natural pool about 23 miles west of Austin, it was formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed. There’s no sight quite like it: there’s an overhanging crescent of rock that provides natural shade to the pool as a waterfall cascades into the pool. The rock formation creates a natural acoustic chamber, which amplifies the roar of the falls and drives out other sounds. The result is a shaded, cool area to sit and relax.

Caverns of Sonora

Millions of years ago, perhaps as long ago as five million, the stunning natural calcite crystal formations of the Caverns of Sonora began to form 155 feet below the surface of Texas. The caverns glow a pearlescent white under the glow of lights, transforming the caverns into one of the planet’s most indescribably beautiful caves.

Enchanted Rock

Near Fredericksburg (which is worth a visit on its own merits), Enchanted Rock is a monolithic pink granite rock that covers 640-acres of land and rises 1,825 feet above sea level. You can actually hike to the top for an unparalleled view of the surrounding countryside.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevrolet this summer before you hit the road to any destination, however unusual. We’ll make sure that your car or truck is in good traveling state or help you pick out a new or used vehicle if it’s time to update your ride.

Make Your Own Popsicles

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It’s summer time and nothing beats a cool popsicle on a hot day. Try these easy popsicle recipes the next time a hot day hits!

Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pops

Try these if you’re looking for something light and refreshing.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and sliced bananas
  • 2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 8 small paper cups
  • 8 popsicle sticks

Directions

  1. Place the mixed blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, yogurt, and sugar into a blender. Cover, and blend until fruit is chunky or smooth, as desired.
  2. Fill paper cups 3/4 full with fruit mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil on each cup.
  3. Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.

Double Chocolate Frozen Fudge Pops

Give these a try if you’re after a more decadent popsicle. They’re great as an evening snack too!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, and stir until thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and butter. Transfer to a heatproof bowl, and refrigerate until cool, approximately 20 minutes.
  2. Stir the chocolate chips into the cooled chocolate mixture. Pour into molds and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

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Dallas Area Drive-In Theaters

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If you are in the mood for a good movie, but are tired of fighting the crowds in multiplex theaters, go to a drive-in theater instead. Tune into the proper radio station and you’ll have great sound, especially if your Chevy has a premium audio system. Not to mention you can sit in the comfort of your own vehicle and drink your favorite beverage. Though you could also bring your own popcorn and snacks, it just isn’t the same unless you have movie theater popcorn.

Coyote Drive-In

The Coyote Drive-In, which opened in 2013, is located at 223 N.E. 4th Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76164. Relax in your vehicle or on your favorite lawn chair. This theater features double feature releases on three huge screens, let the kids play on the playground, grab some great munchies or visit the huge beer garden. Gates are open at 6:00 p.m. every day and the movie starts at nightfall. Admission is $8 for children over 11 years and for adults; and for those aged 4 to 10 years, admission is $6. Children aged 3 and under are free. For more information, call (817) 717-7767.

The Brazos Drive-In Theater

The Brazos has been showing movies since 1952. This theater is located at 1800 W. Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas, 76048. Though the theater is older, you can listen to the movie on AM radio instead of attaching the speakers to your car. Double features are shown every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $20 for a car load or $10 if you are by yourself. For more information visit thebrazos.com or call (817) 573-1311.

Galaxy Drive-In Theater

The Galaxy is located at 5301 N. Interstate Highway 45, Ennis, Texas, 75119; and it features six huge screens. This theater opened in 2004 and shows Dolby digital 3D movies on several of its screens. Hang authentic vintage speakers on your vehicle or listen to the sound on FM radio, play a round of mini golf and get some great concessions. This theater shows double feature first-run movies. For more information visit galaxydriveintheatre.com or call (972) 875-5505.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give us a call for an appointment to have your current Chevy checked or serviced. After leaving in your new car or truck, stop by a drive-in for a classic American pastime!

The Perfect Side Dishes for Your Spring BBQ

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It’s grilling and BBQ season. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ this spring or later this summer, you’re going to want to have some incredible sides to back up your main courses. Try making these sides if you really want to impress your family, friends, and neighbors.

Baked Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs baking potatoes
  • 3/4 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 6-8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 4-5 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash potatoes and poke a few holes in them with a fork or knife. Bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour or until they are fork tender and cooked through. Remove from the oven and cool completely. At this point you can peel them, or peel half and leave the skin on the other half to get a real baked potato feel. Cut the potatoes into small, half inch pieces.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sour cream and mayonnaise and stir well. Add the potatoes and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Add the bacon, onion and cheese and fold the mixture gently to coat everything evenly. Refrigerate before serving. Garnish with extra bacon, cheese and onions, if desired.

Ultimate Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 (16-oz) cans pork and beans
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon, cut into pieces and cooked

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan brown the ground beef. When beef is about halfway done add the onions and bell peppers. Continue to cook until beef is done and the veggies are soft. Drain meat mixture.
  3. Add the pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to the mixture. Simmer mixture for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top of the casserole. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let dish sit for 10 minutes before serving.

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Free Things to Do in Dallas in Your Classic Chevy

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If you just spent a bunch of money on things for the kids to go back to school, plus bought a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you might be looking for something to do that doesn’t cost anything so you can give your pockets a rest. If you like nature, you can find tons to do.

Go on a Wilderness Retreat

Visit the Cedar Ridge Preserve, which has 600 acres of preserved wilderness, 9 miles of hiking trails, a picnic area and native plant nurseries. This retreat is just a short drive from downtown Dallas and is located at 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway. Hours are from 6:30 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. through October 31. The hours are shortened to a closing time of 6:00 p.m. from November 1 through March 31. The retreat is closed on Mondays. For more information call (972) 709-7784.

Hike the Trinity River Forest

This activity is only free on the third Thursday of each month. Hike the trails of the Trinity River Audubon Center, view hands-on exhibits and visit the Children’s Discovery Garden. Be sure to take note of the over 50 species of birds. The Trinity River Forest is located at 6500 South Loop 12 and hours are from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. For more information call (214) 398-8722.

Visit Green Spaces in Dallas

Dallas has tons of parks with a combined over 21,000 acres in the city. Visit the parks for your lunch break or plan to spend the day on the weekend with a picnic. Be sure to try Main Street Garden Park (Woodall Rodger Parkway and Pearl), Belo Garden (1014 Main) and Klyde Warren Park (St. Paul).

Take a Bike Ride or a Hike

Bike or hike one of the many biking/hiking trails in Dallas. Trails include the Santa Fe Trail, White Rock Lake and Katy Trail.

Farmer’s Market

Walk through the Dallas Farmer’s Market to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. Often, farmers offer free samples The market is located at 1010 S. Pearl Street and is open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every day except New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle if you are still deciding which model you want; or call our service department for an appointment for service or maintenance.

Fire Up The Grill This Spring

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It’s springtime and that means the official start of grilling season as far as we’re concerned. Fire up the grill and prepare your favorite recipes. If you want to truly inaugurate the season, however, it’s got to be with prime rib.

Grilled Prime Rib

What you’ll need:

  • 3 prime rib steaks (each roughly 2.5 pounds and 2-inches thick)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 2 heads garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 sprigs rosemary

Grilling instructions: 

  1. Preheat the grill and remove the steaks from the refrigerator. Allow the steaks to reach room temperature.
  2. Season the steaks heavily on both sides with salt and pepper. Press the seasonings into the steaks.
  3. Make a garlic paste by trimming the stems off of the cloves. Place a skillet on medium heat and add 4 tablespoons oil. Add the garlic and simmer before reducing the heat to low. Strip the leaves off of the rosemary sprigs and chop them until you have 2 tablespoons.
  4. Add the rosemary to the garlic and continue cooking until the garlic cloves are golden brown (roughly 10 minutes). Toss occasionally.
  5. Remove the garlic and mash it into a paste. Mix the mashed garlic back together with the oil and rosemary.
  6. Place the steaks on the preheated grill and cook until they’re browned on both sides. This should take about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the other.
  7. Cut two lemons in half, then cut the ends off. Brush them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Place the lemons on the grill.
  8. Smear 2 tablespoons of paste over one side of each steak. Move the steaks to the grill rack.
  9. Allow the steaks to finish cooking on the cool side of the grill with the lid closed for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and let them rest for 10 minutes. Cut each steak into 1-inch slices and serve.

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After you’ve had a great lunch off the grill, make plans to head on down to Classic Chevrolet. Whether you want to test drive a new or used vehicle, schedule some service, or shop for parts and accessories, Classic Chevy can help.

Slow Cooker Lo Mein

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If you need an easy, filling, and healthy meal on a busy day, try this slow cooker Lo Mein. Not only is it easy to cook (just prep the ingredients and allow your slow cooker to do the work for you), but it’s easy to clean up as well.

Slow Cooker Lo Mein

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1 (5-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 pound spaghetti

For the sauce

  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves, garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste), or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions

  1. Line a slow cooker with a slow cooker liner for easier cleanup. Open slow cooker liner and place it inside a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker bowl. Fit liner snugly against the bottom and sides of bowl; pull top of liner over rim of bowl.
  2. Whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, sambal oelek, oyster sauce, ginger and sesame oil in the slow cooker. Add pork shoulder, then cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  3. Remove pork shoulder from the slow cooker and shred the meat before returning to the pot with the juices. Stir in broccoli, carrots, celery, snow peas and chestnuts. Cover and cook on high heat for 15-30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  5. Serve pasta immediately, topped with pork mixture.

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It’s Always a Lucky Day at Classic Chevrolet

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When you go to Classic Chevrolet to shop for a new car or to schedule service, it’s always a lucky day. With nearly 5000 customer reviews and a 4.5 star rating, any interaction at Classic Chevy is going to leave you smiling.

Here’s what some of our satisfied customers have to say:

  • Carl I. from Grapevine: “This is my third purchase at Classic Chevrolet. I’m sure there will be a fourth.”
  • Tynessa C. from Lewisville: “I was informed at every step of the way during the process.”
  • Aileen F. from Grapevine: “We have purchased four new cars and two used cars from Classic over the years. We trust Classic sales and service. Over the years, we have gotten to know Carl Newman. He is our answer guy at the dealership and always treats us well.”
  • Lawrence D. from Arlington: “Scheduled a service appointment and was in and out in 30 minutes total. They also washed the car. Classic Chevrolet is the best!”

Getting your car serviced is always feels like a hassle, but not at Classic Chevrolet. The staff at Classic Chevrolet want you back on the road as soon as possible, so the dealership provides excellent, quick, and professional service.

  • Making the Appointment: This doesn’t have to be a hassle. You can call in or make your appointment via Classic Chevy’s website. Simply click through to the Service page, and then click the “Schedule Service” link on the left. Once you get to the page, enter your information. Watch your email for a confirmation.
  • Courtesy Shuttle: If you don’t have time to wait while your vehicle is being serviced or if you are getting extensive work done that may take all day or longer, you can take advantage of our one-way courtesy shuttle that will drop you off where you need to go.
  • Enterprise Rental: Classic Chevy also hosts an Enterprise Rental office. You can walk over to the office and rent a vehicle for the time you need it. That way, you won’t have to worry about arranging a ride back and forth to work or missing out on doing lunch break errands.
  • Waiting: If you choose to wait for your vehicle, you can enjoy our comfortable waiting room with soft leather chairs and refreshments. You’ll feel right at home and your service will be done before you know it.

You can even choose the services you prefer on Classic Chevy’s website. If you know what your vehicle needs, just click through our service menu to schedule services such as oil changes (regular, diesel, dexos or synthetic), tire rotation (four or six tires), alignments (two or four wheel), flush services (air conditioning ventilation, brake system, cooling system, power steering system, automatic transmission), induction services (fuel and air), spray-on bed liner and more.

If you have any questions about what services your vehicle requires, contact Classic Chevrolet for any answers you need.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Chevy Car Lover

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If you’ve got a Chevy lover as your Valentine, sometimes the best gift of all is a much wanted or needed Chevy accessory. Try getting them some Chevy gear this Valentine’s Day if you truly want to capture their heart.

Floor Mats

You may have carpeted floor mats in your Chevy now, but during the winter, you should have rubber floor mats to protect the carpet from melting snow and slush on your feet. And, at some point, the snow and ice will melt, giving way to mud, which will eventually stain the carpets, especially if you have clay.

Plug-in Coffee Cup

The last thing you need on a long commute on a cold day is cold coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Instead of having your hot drink cool off too fast, get a coffee cup that plugs into the cigarette lighter so you have a hot drink all the way to your destination.

Vintage Chevy Wall Decorations

From poster to tin signs, you can find plenty of vintage Chevy signage online or at some retailers. This is great if your Valentine has an office or room for their hobbies (including the garage) that they can add their new decor to.

Chevy Merchandise

If you can’t think of any accessories they need, you can also just get them a t-shirt, coffee travel mug, baseball cap, tote bag, or anything else that’s branded with their favorite auto company.

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Chevy Unveils a Life-Size Lego Batmobile

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Evidently the Batmobile has a make and, as it turns out, that make is a Chevy. Unveiled on the last day of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show last month, Chevy actually went and made a life-size Batmobile made completely of Lego bricks.

Modeled after Batman’s high-tech car from the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie, the 17-foot long Lego Batmobile from Chevrolet features intimidating looks sure to strike fear in the bad guys.

According to the hilarious mock showroom page on Chevrolet’s website, the Batmobile will be available in your choice of colors (so long as that choice is black!). You can go with Jet, Raven, Midnight, Carbon, Coal, or Shadow Black, among others.

With a modest retail price of $48 million, it’s probably not affordable on almost any budget. You do get quite a lot for your money, though, including 120,000 lbs. of towing power, 20,000 horsepower, a rocket-powered engine, and a full complement of arms and armaments.

This is in addition to the normal features inherent in other Chevrolets, like 4G LTE Wi-FI, Teen Driver technology, and Apple CarPlay.

Based on an aluminum square tube platform, the Lego Batmobile is built from more than 340,000 Lego bricks, and weighs 1,695.5 pounds. Each tire alone tips the scale at a touch over 100 pounds. Designing the Batmobile took 222 hours, and assembly saw the Lego Master Builders team needing 1,833 hours to complete at their shop in Enfield, Connecticut.

The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10th.

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While you can’t actually own a Batmobile, you can certainly own the next best thing: a new Chevrolet from Classic Chevy. Come by today to test drive a Chevy and see why Batman prefers to drive one.