Top Adventure Spots in the Hill Country

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Road Trippin’ In Your Chevy

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Now that Spring is here you’ll want to spend some time in the parks just to relax after a long week at work. Pack the picnic basket, grab the bathing suits and throw everything you need for a fun day in your Classic Chevy and head out for some fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating and more.

Cooper Lake State Park is about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 F.M. 1529 South, Cooper, Texas, 75432. Cooper Lake State Park is a newer park and it features a large lake, hiking trails, nature trails, biking trials, horseback riding trails, a fishing pier, boat rental, water skiing, swimming and shelters.

If you want to camp overnight, you can rent a cabin or bring your tent. Be prepared to see wild turkey, bald eagles, deer, raccoons, waterfowl and more while you enjoy your stay at the park. For more information contact the park at (903) 395-3100 or visit the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cooper_lake.

Cedar Hill State Park is another park you can visit – you can visit for the day or make a weekend of it. Cedar Hill State Park is located at 1570 West F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, Texas, 75104. The park land used to be the old Penn Farm. It features a lake and some original farm buildings. The park also features nature trails, hiking trails, fishing, swimming, a boat ramp and more. For more information about the park, contact (972) 291-3900 or visit the web page at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cedar_hill.

Eisenhower State Park is another destination that’s not too far – about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at 50 Park Road 20, Denision, Texas, 75020. You can reach the park at (903) 465-1956 or by visiting the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/eisehower. This park features camping spaces for tents or RVs, water skiing, nature trails, hiking trails, biking trails, fishing, a fishing pier, swimming and more.

Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of all the fun – and include your Classic Chevrolet in the pictures. Stop by our dealership to test drive a new vehicle, make a service appointment or to just show us pictures of you having fun in your Chevrolet.

Road Trippin’ from DFW!

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Spring is around the corner and most people are anxious to get out of the house, even if it’s for a day trip or a weekend away with your Classic Chevy truck and your family. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area has many places to visit that are a short drive, yet far enough away from the city to make it feel like a mini vacation.

Plan to visit Athens if you like scenic rolling hills and valleys. Stop by the East Texas Arboretum or visit Athens Scuba Park to explore for underwater treasures. You can even take a tram tour at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center or watch a dive show. If you like wine, stop by a vineyard or winery to taste the different wines. And for those who are really adventurous, visit Texas ZipLine Adventures.

If the mountains make you happy, head over to Davis to visit the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma. Visit the natural pools under the 77-foot waterfall, located in Turner Falls Park. Visit the Arbuckle Wilderness Park to take a safari tour. If you are a history buff, visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center and National Recreation Area for Native American history or the Arbuckle Historical Society Museum.

Another great historical site is Granbury – a town with lots of folklore legends and frontier history. The town square has many antique shops, restaurants and unique boutiques. Granbury is also the home of the Hood County Jail and Historical Museum. Take the Ghosts and Legends tour for some ghost hunting or ride the free trolley around town. If you happen to be in Granbury on the second Saturday of the month, you just may see a gunfight in the square. If it’s warm enough and you want a great way to cool off, visit the city beach.

Saint Jo also has a lot of history including the Chisholm Trail, Stonewall Saloon Museum and the Red River Valley. Visit the Running N Ranch’s VW Beetle sculpture garden and Devil’s Backbone. Taste some wine at Arche Vineyard and Winery. Stop by Ancient Ovens for a great meal.

Before you head out on day trips or weekend trips, be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet to make sure all maintenance is up to date and that your vehicle is in good running condition.

Traveling with Your Chevy this Holiday Season

Before you hit the road, even for a short trip, you should have your Chevy checked. If you haven’t brought it in for regular maintenance at Classic Chevrolet and it’s due, all our service department to schedule a maintenance appointment. If you have completed all maintenance and your Chevrolet is running good, you should still check it before you go on a long trip.

Road Trip Tips: Traveling long distances can be tiring. Add holiday traffic, bad weather or both, and tempers tend to run short, drivers get frustrated and tired and accidents happen. You can avoid accidents by:

  • Share driving responsibilities with someone, even on trips as short as four or five hours.
  • Leave early. If you expect your trip to take 12 hours, leave 13 or 14 hours before your arrival time. This gives you time to stop several times for food and rest on the way. Your trip is also less stressful.
  • Plan your trip around heavy traffic times. If you have to drive through a large city area halfway through the trip, leave at a time that allows you to avoid the area during rush hour.
  • Keep a cooler with ice, water and soda where you can reach it. This way, you won’t have to stop every couple hours for a drink – you only need to stop every four or five hours to refresh yourself.
  • Bring plenty of good music. You may drive in an area with no radio reception. Good music also helps keep you alert.

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive this 2014 Chevrolet Equinox. For more information call the dealership or click on the photo. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet.

Service Tips: You can bring your vehicle into Classic Chevrolet for maintenance or service before you leave. However, if you’ve just had your vehicle serviced, you still need to check the fluids and other items before you go on a long trip. Things you should check include:

  • Belts for dry rot, tears and looseness
  • Hoses for leaks
  • Brakes – sometimes you can see the brake pads through the wheels
  • Oil and water leaks
  • All the fluids including power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, clutch fluid (if applicable), oil and transmission fluid (if applicable).
  • Tires for wear or for signs of separation

If you notice something that concerns you such as a bubble on the tire – a sign of separation , uneven tire wear, brake pads that look thin, leaking water or oil or any other thing that may give reason for concern, stop by Classic Chevrolet to let our certified service technicians check your vehicle.

Travel To To El Paso, Texas

El Paso, Texas

El Paso is exceptional in many ways. It’s the kind of place that sparks more than just your regular tourist interests. El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and stands on the Rio Grande across the border from Jarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Very easily, El Paso became its own little world. Visitors who flock to this city have no difficulty finding plenty of things to do and become captivated with El Paso’s irresistible charm.

Looking for a real spark of adventure to get your blood pumping? Load up your DFW Chevy truck and try rock climbing at Hueco Tanks State Park. This park provided a diversity of outdoor activates such a camping, hiking and rock climbing. Among climbing groups, Hueco Tanks has been established as one of the best locations in Texas. Incuding everything from beginners to the most advanced, climbers are sure to find a spot that strikes their interest. You may even become drawn to the historic sites and the prehistoric pictographs that cover the cave walls.

If you’re not afraid of heights, take a trip up to the Wyler Aerial Tramways at Franklin Moutians State Park. Once arriving at the parking area at an elevation of 4,692 feet, visitors can buy tickets at the tramway station to ride the gondola that will carry them to the top of Ranger Peak. This four minute ride ascends above a massive canyon that’s 240 deep in certain points. The Tramway ride is the most memorable experience no one will soon forget. It offers a view of the vastness and stunning beauty that only the southwest could offer.

Take a visit to the city’s first and oldest street. Historic El Paso Street has seen the footsteps of Billy the Kid, President William H Taft and was the sight of the infamous Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight. This shooting happened on April 14, 1881 on El Paso Street. So drop by your Texas Chevy dealer today to get out there and see some sights!

Have any other Texas destinations you would recommend to our readers? Comment below and let us know or post your ideas on our Classic Chevrolet Facebook page.