Take a Hill Country Road Trip!

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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.

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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.

Plan the Perfect Chevy Summer Road Trip

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.

Create a Budget

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.

Know Where You’ll Stay

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 Classic Chevrolet

Have fun this summer, but before you hit the road, make sure you come by Classic Chevrolet. Whether you need to get your car checked out or you need to shop for a new vehicle, Classic Chevy can help.

Where to Find Bluebonnet Patches in Texas

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Texas comes to life each spring with fields full of wildflowers, though no wildflower is quite as beloved as the bluebonnet. For good reason too: not only is it Texas’s official state flower, but that deep blue color just can’t be beat. Though bluebonnet fields are inconsistently located year to year, there are certain areas and parks that you can rely upon to have the famous flowers.

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend is a great place to visit anyway if you want natural beauty, but the bluebonnets in spring add that extra incentive. The fields there aren’t quite as fulsome as they are in east and central Texas, but the park is worth the visit in any case.

Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

The Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area is located just northwest of Austin along the Colorado River near Spicewood. It’s a great place for finding bluebonnets and has consistently crowded wildflower fields. Located very close by is another good bluebonnet site, Highway 281 outside of Marble Falls, which is just a bit further northwest than Muleshoe Bend.

Ennis

Just south of Dallas, Ennis is one of the best bluebonnet growing areas in the state. The area is so consistent with bluebonnets that they even have permanent trails specially laid out for viewing bluebonnets. These trails are in their prime during April, so go check them out.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you hit the road in search of bluebonnets. Classic Chevy can make sure that your car is in good travel shape and that your trip goes smoothly. If you’re ready for an upgrade, shop our inventory of new and used vehicles.

Texas Spring Break Road Trips in Your Chevy

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If you want to take a quick spring break getaway in Texas this week, try one of these classic Texan destinations for some sun and fun in your Chevy.

Galveston

Most Texans know that Galveston is a hot vacation destination. However, many don’t know that it’s one of Texas’ most historic cities. Travel just an hour south of Houston, and you can enjoy more than 32 miles of beach, stunning Victorian architecture, museums, and, of course, plenty of sun and sand. Galveston is the ideal getaway spot for travelers seeking uncrowded beaches that are located minutes from attractions, eateries, and more.

South Padre Island 

South Padre Island is on nearly every list of top Texas destinations. That’s because South Padre Island, located near the Mexico border, offers warm temperatures, towering palm trees, and stunning Gulf Coast beaches. Spend your days on the sand, engage in a number of water-based activities (like surfing, paddleboarding or renting a wave runner), play a round of golf or venture to the action-packed Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. South Padre Island is overflowing with things to do for visitors of all ages.

Austin

Not every spring break getaway has to involve sand and the sea. The bustling capital city of Texas offers live music nearly every night of the week, world-renowned eateries, an abundance of unique shops, and must-visit festivals at all times of year. Culture is something there’s no shortage of in Austin.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi offers picturesque gulf beaches, the Texas State Aquarium, the Padre Island National Seashore, seaside restaurants, marinas, the USS Lexington Museum, and plenty of downtown fun to make this spring break the best one yet.

New Braunfels

Another no-beach option, New Braunfels could be your ideal spring break destination. This picturesque Texas town in the heart of the Hill Country is big on German-heritage. New Braunfels wows its visitors with its  historic districts, adventurous rivers, impressive golf courses, live music, shopping, family-friendly attractions, award-winning restaurants and so much more.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you hit the road to any Spring Break destination. Whether you need to make sure your car is in good shape for a road trip by visiting our service department or you need an entirely new vehicle, Classic Chevy can help!

End of the Year Road Trip Bucket List Texas Destinations

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If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas in the new year, hit up these bucket list destinations and pick something that you haven’t done before. Look at the Mystery Lights, find some dinosaur bones, find some gems and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle checked or serviced at Classic Chevrolet.

Possum Kingdom

This trip takes just under 3 hours from Dallas and if you love outdoor activities, this is a great place. Pack the tent or make a reservation for a cabin and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and more. Be sure to bring your camera so you can get some great pictures of the wildlife.

Mineral Wells

Visit the home of “Crazy Water,” water from Mineral Wells. Supposedly, the water from this spring cured a woman of dementia in 1881. Be sure to visit the haunted hotel in the middle of The Baker. The hotel was built after the bottled water boom in the 1920s and was a place for rich people to go for a spa day. The property was abandoned in the 1950s and is haunted by ghosts from the past.

Muenster

If you want some of the best German food, head over to Muenster. The town was founded in 1889 and the mostly German population still holds. Pick up traditional German sausage at Fischer’s Meat Market and visit the wineries just outside of town. You can also visit Bayer’s Kolonialwaren for donuts, kolaches, klobasnek, and strudel.

Roma

Visit Roma, the most historic city in Texas. Over 30 buildings were built before 1900 and are located in the Roma National Historic district. The town is located on the Rio Grande and you have easy access to Mexico. You’ll need a long weekend for this trip though, as it is just under eight hours from Dallas.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Head over to Glen Rose to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park is located on the Paluxy River and features dinosaur prints and tons of dinosaur-themed things. The sandstone, limestone and mudstone that were deposited in the area about 113 million years ago are part of the shoreline of what was an ancient sea. Learn more about dinosaurs while you have a relaxing trip to the area.

Marfa’s Mystery Lights

Drive to Marfa to see the mystery lights. They usually appear in the clear night sky between Marfa and Paisano Pass. The lights show up in the southwest as you’re facing the Chinanti Mountains. The first time these lights were spotted was circa 1883 – and people still have not figured out what causes the lights.

Hunt for Natural Topaz

Go over to Mason County to hunt for natural topaz – the state gem of Texas. You’ll find the gem in ravines and streambeds in Mason County. Many of the ranches in the area will allow you to find gems – and will even set you up with all of the equipment you need to hunt for Topaz, though most are closed for deer season.

Enchanted Rock

Visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see this huge pink granite dome that has its own legend. The Comanche, Tonkawa and Apache tribes all believe the area is magical. The rock creaks and groans at night. While scientists say its from the rock cooling down at night from the heat of the sun, the native tribes believe the noises were from ghost fires.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle before you head out on the road trip of your choice.

Top 4 Hill Country Destinations for Your Chevy

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If you’ve never explored the Texas Hill Country, do yourself a favor and check it out. With plenty of interesting places to go and fun activities to do, the Texas Hill Country is centrally located around the Austin area and is only a day trip away from DFW.

Marble Falls

Just 45 minutes west of Austin, Marble Falls’ main attraction are its three lakes: LBJ, Buchanan, and the eponymous Marble Falls. For golf lovers, there’s also the popular Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Luckenbach

Country music fans will recognize the name. Luckenbach has been referenced by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. It’s a tiny place with just a general store, post office, and some picnic tables, but if that and some live country music are enough for you, it’s a place to relax and recharge away from it all.

For those not versed in its history, the town was founded in the 1800s and was beneath notice until 1970 when an entrepreneur purchased the town (population of 3) and built a dance hall that started to draw regional attention.

Fredericksburg

Like most of the Texas Hill Country, there’s heavy German influence from the numerous German settlers that came to central Texas in the 1800s, but Fredericksburg holds on to more of that culture than most places.

When approaching the town, you won’t be welcomed… you’ll instead see a sign saying “Wilkommen.” The city square is called Marktplatz and there are numerous German-themed restaurants serving both German food and Texas fare.

Shoppers will enjoy the town’s main street, which is filled with boutiques and artisans.

New Braunfels

Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country during Spring

If you’re more interested in activities as opposed to dining and shopping, New Braunfels is the place to go.

Another German settlement, New Braunfels today is popular for the Guadalupe River and the watersports you can enjoy there and for the water resort Schlitterbahn.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Before hitting the road for any Texas Hill Country destinations (or anywhere else, for that matter), remember to stop by at Classic Chevrolet to get your vehicle serviced and make sure that you’re road trip ready. About time for a new vehicle? There’s nowhere better to shop than at Classic Chevy. Our huge inventory means that there’s sure to be a car, truck, or SUV that’s perfect for your needs and budget.

Best Fall Activities Around Texas

Looking for somewhere to head this fall in Texas, but you’re not sure what’s going on around the state? Try one of these festivals happening in the coming weeks.

Austin Celtic Festival – November 5 and 6

Whether you’re Celtic or not, all are welcome to celebrate the culture this November 5th and 6th in Austin. The festival will celebrate all things Celtic, like Celtic music from regional and international artists; Celtic dance, including Irish Step Dancing and Scottish Country Dancing; Highland Games (involves a lot of heavy lifting!); Celtic animals, including dog breeds, mini horses, and sheepdog herding; and Celtic history demonstrations, including Viking combat demos.

The festival will be held at the Fiesta Gardens in Austin, Texas.

GrillsGiving – November 19

Head to San Antonio for GrillsGiving, a BBQ and music festival. The BBQ and grilling contest means that you get to sample chicken, ribs, and brisket that are the result of fierce competition. Enjoy live music from local and regional artists and a number of fun activities for kids. All proceeds will benefit community programs.

Houston Tamale Festival – December 3

This all day celebration offers up great fun, music, and food. Tamales will be widely available, of course, but there will also be great Texas BBQ, assorted food trucks, fair ground fare, and much more. Visitors can also enjoy live music.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Before hitting the road, stop by Classic Chevrolet to get your car or truck serviced and road trip ready. Need a new vehicle to get you where you want to go? Test drive a new or pre-owned vehicle at Classic Chevy today!

Fall Road Trips to Take in Your Chevy

Looking for a great road trip destination this fall? Whether you’re more interested in enjoying the season or escaping it, there’s a destination waiting for you. Choose your path and hit the road in your Chevy this fall.

Fall Foliage Destinations

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Old Forge, New York

Old Forge, a small town on New York State Route 28 at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, is a charming haven for fall foliage lovers. Dine in cute cafes, canoe the rivers, hike the mountains or simply enjoy the scenic drives loaded with brightly-colored trees.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry is a charming West Virginia town that becomes surrounded by vibrant leaves in the fall months. Take in the fall colors while tubing along a river, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, rafting or on an exhilarating canopy tour. The historic town serves as an ideal place to relax and enjoy an award-winning meal after a day of adventure and snapping photos.

Warm Weather Spots

Pensacola Beach

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.

Stop and See Us

All of these 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.

Road Trippin’ from DFW!

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If you’re not ready to say goodbye to summer quite yet, but you don’t have a lot of time for a long trip, now’s the time for a day trip or a weekend away with your Classic Chevy 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.

Top Road Trip Destinations in New Mexico

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From the famous International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, there’s no better state for a road trip than New Mexico. And with sunny skies and warm weather still on the horizon this fall, it’s time to start planning your getaway to these top New Mexico road trip destinations than today.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October will be dedicated to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this year, and if there’s one annual site to see in New Mexico, this one is it. With incredible events like car shows, chainsaw carving, balloon flying competitions, balloon glows, rodeos, fireworks and tons of live music, you’ll probably want to stay from start to finish to see it all.

White Sands National Monument

New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin offers one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders — the White Sands National Monument. These gorgeous, wave-like sand dunes span 275 square miles through the dessert to create the world’s biggest gypsum dune field. The national monument is open during all four seasons, but summer and fall warrant especially desirable weather.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has been a New Mexico staple since July, 1997. It’s one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions with incredible art exhibits featuring Georgia O’Keeffe and a number of other world-renowned artists. Family-friendly museum activities, performances and educational talks take place at the museum often, so check their schedule before you arrive.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns offers a family-friendly outdoor experience that you’ll never forget. The National Park offers more than 119 caves with guided or self-guided tours available. And for those extra adventurous families, a ranger guided cave tour will take you through canyons and rocky slopes to find the most beautiful hidden treasures of the caves.

Stop and See Us at Classic Chevrolet

Start your New Mexico road trip off right with a new or used vehicle from Classic Chevy in Grapevine.