Whether you’re planning a spring break trip or just want to get out and about this spring, spring’s warmer weather and longer days present the perfect opportunity to explore new places. You don’t have to venture down south or spend big bucks, however, as there are plenty of spring road-trip destinations in the Midwest. Here are a few that we recommend.
The state of Wisconsin has over 15,000 lakes, so you’re sure to find beautiful wildlife and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state. Door County is a popular spot in May for locals and out-of-towners, as the peninsula boasts lilac fields, quant towns, and shopping venues.
If you’ve never been to Chicago, spring is the perfect time to do so, as the weather is much more temperate than its freezing winters and hot summers. From the Art Institute of Chicago to Shedd Aquarium, the Windy City has something for everyone. Since it’s located on the shore of Lake Michigan, it a hotspot for paddleboarding, going on dinner cruises, and more.
If you’re a bird lover, you might want to consider attending Warbler Weekend (May 10-12) at Minnesota’s Frontenac State Park. Warbler Weekend is hosted by the Saint Paul Audubon Society and features activities like guided bird walks. You can camp at Frontenac, or try out some of the state’s other outdoor venues, like Carley State Park (known for its lovely Virginia bluebell flowers) or Beaver Creek Valley State Park.
Stop by H&H Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you to and from these Midwest destinations. We can also schedule a maintenance appointment for your current vehicle, to help ensure your safe travels.
Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to live in warmer months, but sometimes the winters are pretty intense with snow and ice. However, you shouldn’t let that hold you back. The Keystone State has many outdoor activities to entice you out from the warm fireplace for some chilly fun.
Visit a Ski Resort
Pennsylvania has many ski destinations Pennsylvania has to offer, like the four-star Bear Creek Mountain Resort. It features 23 ski trails during the winter months and boasts a full hotel, spa, and all the amenities for a one-stop shop for winter relaxation and fun. It’s located just a short drive from Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, so the resort is also a great place to meet family and friends from all over.
The Pocono Mountains
A visit to the Pocono Mountains is perfect for someone seeking a high-class outing or just someone who enjoys the winter countryside for more than skiing. For some guided fun, destinations like the Skytop Lodge offer novel outdoor activities like dog sledding and tobogganing on 5,500 glistening acres of snow.
For the truly adventurous outdoors person, a winter drive to the Great Lakes is always an option in Pennsylvania. Pymatuning State Park is a popular ice fishing destination thanks to the added convenience of nearby camping facilities. Don’t forget to register for a Pennsylvania fishing license before you head out.
Don’t let winter lock you inside your home. If you need a vehicle to conquer the snow with, contact us at H&H Chevrolet.
Hot chocolate is the drink of the season for a reason: when we come inside from the cold after building a snowman or making snow angels, hot chocolate warms us up, no matter what age we are. Make your winter adventures even more exciting with these fun hot cocoa upgrades.
Spice it up
One way to upgrade your hot chocolate is to add spices. You’ve had the pumpkin spice latte—why not try throwing some pumpkin pie spice in with your cocoa? Add cinnamon for more subtle flavoring, or even try cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
Stir in herbs
Mint is the perfect herb to add to hot chocolate—just crush up a handful of fresh mint or even add peppermint extract to get that cool flavor alongside the rich cocoa. You can also try adding other dessert-friendly herbs, like basil.
Make it creamier
When it comes to hot cocoa, the creamier the better. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, or whatever your favorite nut butter is to make your hot chocolate super thick and creamy, without detracting from the flavor. You can even try adding some cookie butter to make it sweeter!
Of course, nothing beats the classic additions, like a bit of vanilla extract for that silky taste and an espresso shot or two to keep you from falling asleep by the fire as you watch the snow fall outside. (Don’t give this one to the kids, though!)
If you need a car to help you get through winter weather in one piece, contact us at H&H Chevrolet.
Bringing your pet on a road trip is nothing short of fun, especially if your pet can’t wait to hit the road. Nevertheless, there are important safety tips to keep in mind when you’re driving with pets, especially dogs and cats. Above all else, make sure your pet is comfortable and happy when you’re driving.
According to the American Humane Society, it’s a smart idea to take some short test trips before you commit to a longer road trip with a pet. Get your dog or other animal used to the experience and try to give your pet treats when they get in the car so they associate the vehicle with a positive experience. In some cases, your pet may get car sick, which may require special medicine to prevent nausea.
Be sure to get proper ID tags and update your microchip registration. In the event of an accident, it’s fairly common for pets to flee the scene. If they’re not identifiable, pets can get lost. This is also why it’s a good idea to buy restraints like a car carrier, pet seat belt, or barrier to keep your pet secure in the event of a collision.
Never allow your pet to stick their head out the window, as they might be struck by road debris. Wind can also irritate the mucous membranes in many dogs, so there can be negative secondary effects. You should also avoid putting dogs in the bed of a truck, as roughly 100,000 dogs die in accidents each year because they were in the back of a pickup.
For a new ride that’s perfect for bringing along your animal best friend, contact the team at H&H Chevrolet.
Chevy’s Road Trip Coming To You
Have you dreamed of seeing the entire country by car? Now’s your chance with Chevy’s road trip, designed in conjunction with data scientist Randy Olson. The trip takes you through all 48 contiguous United States (you’ll have to get to Alaska and Hawaii some other time) with an exciting stop in each state, including theme parks, national parks, and famous landmarks.
All Across America
The trip covers 13,389 miles of American roadways and would take roughly 214.56 hours—that’s nine days—of pure driving. But since you will probably want to stop to eat, sleep, and use the rest room (and fill up at the gas station and get some oil changes), the trip will likely take you much longer. In fact, with each of the 48 planned stops and your own detours to see family, friends, and travel destinations you’ve always dreamed of, you should probably plan for at least a month on the road.
Shared Memories With The Family
“Road trips are about creating shared memories and quality time with family and friends,” remarked Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “And when on the road, travelers can trust Chevrolet vehicles to help get them where they’re going reliably. Chevy is now the only brand to earn J.D. Power Dependability Awards for cars, trucks and SUVs three years in a row.”
Whether you plan to tackle all of Chevy’s road trip or just a portion near us in Pennsylvania, make sure to get your routine maintenance done first at H&H Chevrolet in Shippensburg, PA.
March is here, and that means spring is right around the corner. With things like spring break and warmer weather coming up fast, it’s never too late to start planning your first big outdoor excursion of the year using our list of the top 5 hikes in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley. Make the most of the valley’s beautiful recreational opportunities outdoors this year.
Perhaps one of the most well-known hiking trails in the world is the Appalachian Trail, and a segment is here in the Cumberland Valley. Parts of it are good for beginners and have plenty of parking and several access points. Considering that the whole trail is about 2,200 miles long, do your homework before you set out on your hike.
Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
This is a very simple, flat 11-mile trail, which makes it excellent for biking if you’re not much of a hiker yourself. There are even horseback riding opportunities on this trail.
Flat Rock Trail on the Tuscarora Trail
Amateurs should not attempt this trail, which is rated “moderate to difficult.” However, its challenge rewards dedicated hikers with a gorgeous 180-degree view of Cumberland Valley.
Kings Gap Trail Network
Have hikers of varying skill level in your group? The Kings Gap Trail Network offers many scenic trails of different difficulties and lengths.
LeTort Spring Run & Nature Trail
This simple 2-mile trail surrounds the popular fly-fishing stream known as LeTort Spring Run, providing gorgeous scenery known throughout the area, which rounds out our list of top 5 hikes in the valley.
If you’re headed hiking and you’re looking for a capable vehicle to take you to the trail, consider stopping in at H&H Chevy.
Shippensburg March events
One thing the H&H Chevy team loves about living in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania is that there’s always plenty to do. You can stay busy for the rest of the winter with these cool Shippensburg March events. Read on and mark your calendars!
Hops & Humor Comedy Night with Earl David Reed
If winter has you down, and laughter is the best medicine, then you need a night at the STCC Multi-Purpose Center with local comedian Earl David Reed. His live performance will have you and your friends breathless with laughter. The event is BYOB, and starts at 6 p.m. on March 2, 2018.
Philadelphia Bus Trip
If you need a vacation, consider joining in on the community bus trip to Philadelphia. The group leaves at 6 a.m. on March 10, 2018 and cost of fare is $60 per person. You’ll have ten hours to shop, eat, and explore in one of our state’s biggest cities.
Jay Leno at Luhrs Performing Arts Center
Residents of Shippensburg will have another chance to catch some amazing humor and an energetic performance when Jay Leno comes to the the auditorium at Shippensburg University. The show is on March 24, 2018 and tickets start at $79.
Whether you’re throwing a party or just looking to add a little festive joy to your home or office during the end of the winter season, these DIY St. Patrick’s Day decorations make for a fun activity. And don’t worry—if you make too many you can stop in at H&H Chevy and we’ll turn the place into a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
It’s never a bad time for cupcakes. When you add St. Patrick’s Day toppers, you have a festive treat that coworkers or friends will love. Simply create a festive print or drawing with paint and colored paper, attach to a popsicle stick, and insert.
Replace the winter wreath above your fireplace with a homemade banner. Craft paper, glitter, string, and green paint allow you to create your own triangle banner. Each triangle displays one letter to spell “Lucky” or another festive word of your choice.
If you’re throwing a party, this easy craft is the perfect centerpiece for a table. Cut out four-leaf clovers from green card stock of different shades and then glue them to skewers. Stick the clover-topped skewers into a pot or a vase and you have your very own clover garden right there on your table.
This February, shake off the cold and join the community for some fun and entertaining events in the local area. Here are some events that we at H&H Chevy recommend for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy.
So Good for the Soul: A Tribute to the Music of Motown – February 10. 2018 from 8-10pm
So Good for the Soul will take us back in time to enjoy the energetic music and beats of Motown that we all enjoy. At this even, eight veteran entertainers will perform your favorite Motown hits. These entertainers include former band members of The Jones and The Marvelettes, and performers who were on Broadway in shows such as Dream Girls and Showboat.
Valentine’s Day – Wednesday, February 14
Don’t forget to take your sweetheart out for a nice night this Valentine’s Day. Grab a romantic dinner at a local restaurant, stay a night at Cumberland Valley, or send some flowers from Fisher’s Florist.
America – February 17, 2018 from 8-10pm
This February, America comes to the Luhrs Performing Arts Center to bring their ‘70s Top-40 hits to Shippensburg University. Some of their most popular tunes include “I Need You” and “Don’t Cross the River.” Come experience their enduring music and distinctly American sound.
This Valentine’s Day, show everyone how much you care by making DIY, one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards that will warm your loved ones’ hearts. In particular, spend some extra time crafting the perfect card for that one special someone—they will surely be touched by your thoughtfulness. Here are some ideas for handmade, DIY Valentine’s Day cards from us at H&H Chevy.
Be Creative with Materials
Everyone knows that hearts are the go-to decoration for Valentine’s Days, so try to be a little more creative with what you use to make your cards. Use Scrabble tiles, Bingo boards, lace, or some of your favorite pictures. By all means, include some hearts and Cupid arrows as well. In addition, I’m sure no one would mind if you incorporated chocolate or something equally scrumptious in your DIY card.
Be Thoughtful with Design
If you’re spending the time to make DIY Valentine’s Day Cards, keep in mind the card recipient’s favorite things. If they like glam, use glitter and jewels. If they’re the outdoorsy type, draw lovebirds or use some beautiful pressed flowers. If they enjoy literature and poetry, use those scrabble tiles or find some poems that express how you feel—or write your own!