Summer Road Trip Play List

6-15-2015-SummerRoadtripPlaylist

If you are planning a road trip, that means getting packed up, making reservations, figuring out what games you’ll use to keep the kids entertained and making a play list. Of course, you can’t forget the most important part of pre-preparation for your trip: Getting your vehicle serviced or checked, or picking up a new Chevy. Be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet for service, maintenance or just to have your vehicle checked before you head out on the road trip.

If you are a country fan, there are just some songs that are a must on a road trip play list. These include:

  • What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life, Ronnie Milsap
  • Linda on My Mind, Conway Twitty
  • Kaw-Liga, Hank Williams, Sr.
  • Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich
  • There’s No Gettin’ Over Me, Ronnie Milsap
  • Friends in Low Place, Garth Brooks,
  • Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, Barbara Mandrell
  • Harper Valley P.T.A., Jeannie C. Riley
  • Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings
  • You’ve Never Been This Far Before, Conway Twitty
  • Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
  • Rocky Top, The Osborne Brothers,
  • Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard
  • Delta Dawn, Tanya Tucker
  • Tight Fittin Jeans, Conway Twitty
  • The Battle of New Orleans, Johnny Horton
  • Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  • Watermelon Wine, Tom T. Hall
  • I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today, George Jones
  • Crazy, Patsy Cline
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams, Sr.

There are tons more great classics that you can add to your play list, but this is a good start.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked before you head out on your road trip. And, if you are in the market for a new vehicle sometime this summer, pick it up sooner rather than later so you can take it on your road trip.

Texas Road Trip Destinations

6-1-2015-TXRoadTripDestinations

If you are looking for something different to do this summer, plan a road trip to visit old-timey soda fountains in different areas of the state. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevrolet – or pick up a new Chevy if you plan on getting a new vehicle this summer.

The Jefferson General Store

Visit this general store’s old-timey soda fountain to see one of the most authentic fountains in the state. The general store and soda fountain is housed in a building that was built in 1860. Plan to spend some time here so you can look at the memorabilia on the walls of the building. The building was built by Rudolph Ballauf and was the first hardware store in this river port town. The cast iron safe that was originally installed is still in use by the current owners. The general store and soda fountain is located at 113 E. Austin Street, Jefferson, Texas. The store’s phone number is (903) 665-8481.

Owl Drug Store and Soda Fountain

This old-timey soda fountain and the drug store has been serving people since 1923. The fountain features a grill where you can get breakfast or lunch just like in the 1950s. Miss Texas visits every year to leave an autographed picture, which is hung on the wall with her predecessors. Long-time customers who are leaving the area leave gifts which are displayed on a shelf in the store. Try the Owl Burger, a handmade shake or malt. The Owl Drug Store and Soda Fountain is located at 312 Commercial Avenue, Coleman, Texas. The store’s phone number is (325) 625-2178.

Dublin Bottling Works

You can’t visit soda fountains without visiting the birthplace of Dr. Pepper. The Dublin Bottling Works has been in business since 1891. You can take a tour of the plant, the museum and the new W.P. Kloster Museum Annex. Stop by Old Doc’s Soda Shop for your favorite flavors including Retro Grape, Cherry Limeade and Vanilla Cream. Stop by at lunch for a custom sandwich at the antique soda fountain. Hours are Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The fountain is located at 105 E. Elm, Dublin, Texas. The phone number is (888) 398-1024.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new Chevrolet for your road trip.

Top National Parks In Texas

5-13-2015-TopTXNationalParks

This summer, you’ll want to spend a lot of time in the national parks in Texas; and that means your vehicle should be in good working order especially if you are traveling a long distance and spending more than a day at a park. Call Classic Chevrolet to set up a service appointment to have your Chevy checked and serviced before you get on the road. Or, if you are planning on a new vehicle this year, stop by to test drive the vehicle you have in mind.

Big Bend

Big bend is located in the big bend of the Rio Grande in western Texas. When you visit this park, you’ll see tons of different bird species, ancient limestone, rivers, mountains and desert. And, you’ll also see many different types of cactus. Be sure to bring your camera as you’ll want to capture the magic you can find at Big Bend.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you want to hike and backpack, head over to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. In this pristine wilderness area, you’ll find tons of history, tons of birds and other wildlife, and lots of fun. The park is located 110 miles east of El Paso on U.S. Highway 62/180. It is also 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

If you have never been to this park before, be sure you are prepared. Dell City is the closest town with gas, so be sure you fill up. It is also the last stop for food, ice and diesel. The park features campgrounds, but they are primitive. RVs will need their own power and holding tanks. Your cell phones may not work in the park as coverage is unreliable. And, the weather is unpredictable, so even in the summer, you should be prepared with cool weather clothing and extra clothing, especially if you are hiking.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Before you head out to these national parks, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Classic Chevy. Even if you just serviced your vehicle in the past couple months, it’s a good idea to bring it in to have everything checked.

Fall in Love With Your Chevy

ThornMonkey/Flickr Creative Commons

If you want to fall in love with your Chevy again, stop by Classic Chevrolet to have it detailed inside and out, and then pack it up for a road trip. Pick from several one-tank trips so that you can make a day or a weekend of the trip.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Airplane lovers won’t be able to resist this trip. Visit the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison to see a collection of 58 restored plane from the early- to mid-1900s. While you’re there, take a ride on a World War II-era trainer. For more information including admission, call (972) 380-8800 or visit cavanaughflightmuseum.com.

North Texas Horse Country Tours

Visit Denton’s North Texas Horse Country Tours to take a four-hour guided tour of the breeding and training facilities in North Texas. The tour starts in Denton’s downtown square on the first Saturday of every month. For more information call (940) 382-7835 or visit discoverdenton.com.

Lake Tawakoni State Park

Head over to Wills Point to spend a day at Lake Tawakoni State Park. Enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, bird watching, camping and mountain biking on 376 acres. Call (903) 560-7123 or visit tpwd.state.tx.us for more information.

Collin Street Bakery

If you have a craving for some best cookies, cakes, pies and fresh lunches, drive your Chevy to Corsicana to visit the Collin Street Bakery. The new location is on I-45. For more information call (800) 504-1896 or visit collinstreet.com.

Outlets at Hillsboro

If you’re one of the people who like to get your Christmas shopping done early, then take a drive to Hillsboro to shop in over 35 discount stores at the Outlets at Hillsboro. For more information visit outletsathillsboro.com.

Lake Whitney State Park

Drive over to Whitney to visit Lake Whitney State Park. You’ll have almost 1,000 acres to explore, fish, swim, camp, boat, dive, bird and picnic on – and it even has an airstrip. For more information call (254) 694-3793 or visit tpwd.state.tx.us.

Southwest Dairy Museum and Education Center

Learn how to separate cream from milk and how to make cheese, butter, ice cream and whipped cream when you visit Sulphur Springs’ Southwest Dairy Museum and Education Center. For more information call (903)439-6455 or visit southwestdairyfarmers.com.

Stop by Classic Chevy

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle detailed, serviced or to test drive a new car, truck or SUV. Grab some of the available year-end specials while you can!

Top Adventure Spots in the Hill Country

Nan Palmero/Flickr Creative Commons

If you just bought a new vehicle or had your current vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy, it’s time to take a road trip to Hill Country. With a new vehicle or just-serviced vehicle, you don’t have to worry about breaking down and you can take a trip in comfort. Head out this weekend to smell lavender, mine for topaz, take a hike or even just go for a drive.

Take time to smell the flowers. Regardless of the season, you can drive out to hill country and see fields of flowers. To find the most beautiful blooms of the season, stop by any small-town café and ask the locals – they will be able to tell you what is in season and where to find it. Lavender and bluebonnets start blooming in May. Also, the Texas Department of Transportation Wildflower Hotline can help you find blooms. Call the Texas Department of Transportation’s Wildflower Hotline at (800) 452-9292.

Dig for topaz in Mason County – that is the only place you’ll find this gem. Topaz is clear or blue-tinted and are usually close to the surface near granite outcroppings in ditches or creek beds. You can hunt for all the topaz you want at Lindsay Ranch. For more information, call the ranch at (325) 347-0475.

If flowers and digging for gems are not exciting enough, take a hike to Gorman Falls. It’s along a wildflower drive – State 16 through Llano and Ranch Road 501 to Colorado Bend State Park. The hike is a 1.5-mile trek through some rugged ranch country. Make sure you have the proper clothing and gear – the last 100 yards is a steep, rocky trail that leads down to the falls. Gorman Falls is made of about six cascades that fall from a 60-foot limestone cliff into a grotto surrounded by fern and moss.

If the physical trip isn’t your thing, drive Scenic Highway 16 for the 30 miles through Hill Country between Kerrville and Medina. You’ll see ancient live oaks, yucca plants, limestone outcrops and more. Be sure to have your camera ready – and bring your patience with you. Not that there’s much traffic, but other drivers may be taking in the scenery at a leisurely pace.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you head out to make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip – or if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now is the time to buy or lease.

Southern Adventures

gsloan/Flickr Creative Commons

If you’ve worked all summer you and have not taken a vacation yet, it’s time to take some “me” time. Jump in the new truck you just bought from Classic Chevy – or your newly serviced car – and head out to one or more of these great southern vacation spots.

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, located at 1700 NE 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111, is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Adult admission is $12.50, seniors and students with a valid ID get in for $9.75, children aged 4 to 12 get in for $5.75 and children 3 years and younger are free. Current exhibits include Making Change and Cowboys of Influence. Fall exhibits will include Cowboy Artists of America 49th Annual Sale and Exhibition, Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 16th Annual Exhibition and Sale, Cowboy Crossings, and several other exhibitions and sales.

Frontier City is located at 11501 N I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73131 and is now open on the weekends. Events include the All-American Rejects Concert on August 23, 2014. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and Paperscissor starts performing at 7:00 p.m. All-American Rejects perform at 8:00 p.m. Other shows include The World of Magic in the Opera House at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., The Wild-West Gunfighter Stunt Show at Crack Axle Canyon at 1:00 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and many more.

Visit the Alamo at 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, to learn about the history of the Alamo and to remember those who died during the 1836 battle for Texas’s fight for freedom. Take any one of the tours and work on projects related to preserving the Alamo and its history. If you visit the right day, you just might see a well-known author set up for a book signing.

Take a trip to Louisiana to visit the French Quarter in New Orleans. Live the culture by eating in local restaurants – don’t pick one that has typical food you can get in a restaurant at home; visit America’s most haunted neighborhood; shop the local stores and enjoy a relaxing cultural vacation.

Be sure to bring your camera no matter where you go! Visit Classic Chevrolet when you get back to share pictures, get your vehicle serviced if you didn’t do it before you left, or even to buy that new vehicle you’ve been thinking of!

Top Road Trip Destinations in Texas

If you’ve ever had a hankering for an old-timey fountain soda, you can still get one – just plan some day trips in the new Chevy you bought from Classic Chevrolet. While you’re in the area, you might plan to visit parks, museums and attractions in the area, making a day or a weekend of your trip.

The Airport Diner, located in Fredericksburg, Texas, was built after tons of research on old diners. When you walk in, it’s like walking back in time as you take in the stainless steel, black granite countertops, terrazzo floors and booths of the 1940s. The Airport Diner is located next to the Hangar Hotel near the Gillespie County Airport aircraft parking ramp. You can enjoy lunch, including the Bomber Burger and the C47 (chicken fried chicken) while you watch planes take off and land. You can also have breakfast anytime during the diner’s hours. You’ll also enjoy floats, shakes, sundaes, banana splits and more. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The diner is closed on Monday and Tuesday. The address is 155 Airport Road, Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624.

Old Docs Soda Shop, located in Dublin, lets you taste some of the great old flavors including Orange Cream, Dublin Vintage Cola, Cherry Limeade and Vanilla Cream right from their antique soda fountain. Enjoy a Triple XXX Root Beer Frosty or a cola float while you take a break from visiting the sights in Dublin. Other sights include the Dublin Bottling Works, the birthplace of Dr. Pepper, the Dublin Bottling Works museum and the W.P. Kloster Museum annex. The soda shop is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. They are located at 105 E. Elm, Dublin, Texas.

Before you head out on a road trip, be sure to have your Chevy serviced at our service department. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by to test drive a Silverado, Tahoe, Corvette, SS, Camaro or any of the other vehicles at Classic Chevy. If you visit our website before you head over, you will get a good idea of the standard features available on every model and trim level.

Take a Hill Country Road Trip!

You’ve just had your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy – or maybe you sprung for a new vehicle – and that means it’s time for a road trip. If you haven’t been to Hill Country lately, you might want to plan a weekend trip to the area around Bandera.

Between Ingram and Bandera, you can find plenty of sights to see and shopping to do, so plan to leave early in the day so you can do everything.

If you are looking for some leather furniture and some great sculptures, stop by Grand Wows in Ingram. It’s located at 3167 Junction Highway 830.

In the mood for some horseback riding? Plan to stay over at the Dixie Dude Ranch for home-cooked meals and trail rides. The dude ranch is a 725-acre working cattle ranch. You can find more information at dixieduderanch.com.

Looking for designer denim? If it’s time for a new pair of fancy jeans, stop by Schreiner Goods on the downtown mercantile at 214 Earl Garrett Street. While you are checking out the top label jeans and other denim offerings, sip a mimosa.

If you’re getting a bit thirsty after traveling, stop by the 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Be careful not to scare the horses tied at the hitching post. You’ll meet some great people including hipsters, ranch hands and bikers while you listen to live music and suck down a couple of ice cold brewskies. For more information, visit 11thstreetcowboybar.com.

Do you have a taste for seafood? Stop by Francisco’s for the best tilapia ceviche with pico de gallo and other seafood delights. Wash it down with a bottle of cold beer. For more information, visit franciscos-restaurant.com.

Now that you have a brand new pair of jeans, you’re going to want a pearl snap shirt to go with them. You can stock up at Gunslinger Dry Goods. And if you need accessories such as a hand-tooled leather bag, boots, hats and artisan jewelry, be sure you stop by. For more information, visit gunslingerofbandera.com.

If you’re looking for an exciting show, visit the Bandera Rodeo, put on by the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association. You’ll get to see tons of barrel racing, enjoy a barbecue cook-off and even the kids will have fun with kid activities. Banderarodeo.com will give you a schedule and more information.

There’s a ton of fun to be had in your new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet – so if you don’t have a new Chevy in the driveway, stop by to test drive a new truck, car or SUV.

Image by Bill Staney via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Places to Travel in the South

It’s summer and it’s vacation time, but you have no idea where you want to head out to. With a brand new vehicle or a just-serviced vehicle from Classic Chevy, you are ready to hit the road. If you have time for a lengthy road trip, consider some of the best places in the south to visit for the food, the education or just to have some fun by visiting someplace you’ve never been before.

Take a trip to Maryland even if it is just to get the best crab cake in Maryland at The Crab Claw. The restaurant has been in business for over 45 years and is located in St. Michaels. While you are gorging on crab – or crab cakes – you’ll be able to watch the yachts and sailboats on the Miles River. Be sure to stop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum while you’re there. If you’re in the area because you rented a boat, you can also dock at the restaurant. For more information and directions, visit thecrabclaw.com or call (410) 745-2900.

If Maryland is a little far for the amount of time you have, consider a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the best live music in Tennessee. Be sure your visit includes a Saturday night so that you can visit the Grand Ole Opry and take in some of the best music – just like the rest of the world has since 1925. Visit opry.com for more information, including entertainer appearances.

It’s history you want? Then head out to the best historic site in Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg. Stop by the Trellis Restaurant for Death by Chocolate – originally created by the restaurant. While touring the blacksmith shop, be sure to visit The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for a customized 17th-century-style apothecary scrub or ride in a carriage on Duke of Gloucester Street. For more information on the Trellis, visit thetrellis.com and for more information on the area, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.

If you only have a few days for your vacation or you just don’t feel like doing a several-day road trip, visit the best dance hall in Texas, located between San Antonio and Austin. The Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in the state. It was built in 1878 and saw the likes of George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and the Dixie Chicks. You never know who you might run into. For more information, visit gruenehall.com or call (830) 606-1281.

Even if you plan to stay local, be sure to have your vehicle checked over or serviced at Classic Chevrolet before you leave. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now would be a great time to visit us – you could take your road trip in a brand new Chevy.

Image by Timothy Wildey via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Kept Secrets in Texas

If you are looking for a day trip or a great weekend trip, consider visiting some of Texas’ best kept secrets. A weekend trip – or even a week-long vacation to visit more than one of the “secret” sites – is a perfect way to celebrate the new car or truck you just bought at Classic Chevrolet.

If you head out to Big Bend National Park or the Davis Mountains, be sure to stop by Marfa’s Mystery Lights. The lights are small-town Marfa’s claim to fame and show up between Marfa and Paisano Pass on clear nights. To see the lights, face toward the Chinati Mountains. The first record of these lights was in 1883. Sometimes the lights look like they are fusing and splitting, sometimes they move and sometimes they are colored. To this day, no one has figured out what the lights are from.

Glen Rose features the Dinosaur Valley State Park. While you can’t dig up your own dinosaur bones, you can see dinosaur footprints and other dinosaur-related things. The park is located on the Paluxy River and you can also see mudstones, limestones and sandstones that were deposited in that location about 113 million years ago. The area used to be a sea.

If you like treasure hunts, visit Mason County to hunt for natural topaz. The stone, which is Texas’ state gem, is commonly found in ravines and streambeds, but only in Mason County. There is no commercial mining in the area, but several ranches in the area will set you up for topaz hunting. The ranches are usually closed during deer season, so if you don’t make it out there before then, you’ll have to wait until deer season is over.

If you prefer hiking, stop by Colorado Bend State Park in Hill Country to hike to Gorman Falls. The hike is about 1.5 miles of rougher terrain, but the falls – an oasis in the middle of Texas – is worth the climb.

If you haven’t purchased or leased a new vehicle yet, but want to take some of these trips, be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle checked before you head out, especially if you take some of the longer trips. Ask our service manager about any service specials that we might be running.

Image by Tnkntx via Flickr Creative Commons