DIY Holiday Crafts That Look Great Without Breaking the Bank

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Decorating your home for the holidays is one of the best parts of the season! But you don’t have to break the bank to turn your home into a winter wonderland. Try out these DIY holiday crafts from H&H Chevrolet and really get into the holiday spirit.

 

Holiday Napkin Rings

Make these charming homemade napkin rings for super adorable place settings at the table this year. All you need is some leftover wrapping paper, tape, and rickrack or string. You probably already have these items lying around the house and in just minutes you can kick things up a notch at your holiday meal.

Paper Garland

Ditch the plain construction paper and opt for strips of reflective scrapbook paper for this glitzy take on a holiday classic. If you don’t have these items already, a quick trip to the craft store and a few dollars will set you up with everything you need!

Festive Snowman Candles

Kids will love making these awesome snowman candles around the holidays. The best part about this craft is that you only need cheap dollar store candles and common crafting supplies to create these adorable glowing snowmen that look fantastic on the mantle or on the doorstep.

 

Before you go over budget this year, try out these great DIY holiday crafts. You’ll be surprised how far some common household items can get you as you decorate your home this winter.

Make a Fall Bucket List With Your Family

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Making a bucket list is a great chance for anyone to set goals and have life experiences they might not have done otherwise. And with the changing seasons, it’s a great time of year to sit down and pen a fall bucket list with your loved ones. But what should you put on it?

Hiking

Whether you’re setting out on a real weekend camping trip or just heading for a nature walk in a nearby park, hiking is a great way to get out of the house and see the changing fall foliage.

Pick Apples and Pumpkins

Its harvest time for local orchards and pumpkins patches, which means you can find nearby spots that allow you and your family to pick fresh apples or cut your own pumpkin off the vine.

Baking

Now that you have fresh, local produce from going apple-picking, you can use these ingredients to make goodies from scratch – like fresh apple pie or candy apples. You can even make use of pumpkins for treats like pumpkin spice pancakes!

Crafts With Leaves

With all the pretty leaves dropping from the trees, it’s a great opportunity to get your kids thinking creatively by making arts and crafts out of fallen leaves.

Farm Activities

Local farms, in addition to letting you pick seasonal produce, may also have events like corn mazes or hayrides that let people come to their farm and play.

Put these on your fall bucket list for a season the whole family will enjoy.

Escape the Everyday with These Off-the-Grid Road Trips

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Here in Pennsylvania, we are familiar with the same-old, same-old destinations: a trip to Hershey Park, a D.C. weekend, a Pittsburgh afternoon for one of those black-and-yellow professional sports games. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with these spots, sometimes it’s nice to experience something new, something wild, something unique.

 

Our H&H Chevrolet “fun experts” have whipped together our top-three off-the-grid road trips right here in Pennsylvania so you can end your summer with a bang.

 

Blakeslee Natural Area

130 acres of largely untouched and protected wild land means that at the Blakeslee Natural Area you’ll see a side of the Quaker State rarely seen since the Quakers roamed free. If you come here, don’t be afraid to get muddy!

 

Where can I find Blakeslee Natural Area?

Input “20 PA-115, Blakeslee, PA 18610” into your Maps app.

 

Susquehannock State Forest

This is a perfect spot for the adventurous. With ample trails for hiking and biking and access to horseback riding paths, you won’t want for activities at Susquehannock State Forest!

 

Where can I find Susquehannock State Forest?

Input “3150 East 2nd Street, Coudersport, PA 16915” into your Maps app.

 

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

If you take the drive to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, prepare your eyeballs for the some of the most stunning vistas you’ve ever seen. Ornithologists, bird-watchers, and just casual fans of our feathered friends will love Hawk Mountain for obvious reasons (see name of locale).

 

Where can I find Hawk Mountain Sanctuary?

Input “1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529” into your Maps app.

 

Need an off-the-grid kind of vehicle for one of these off-the-grid road trips? Visit us at H&H Chevrolet to check out our huge selection of Chevy crossovers, trucks, and SUVs.

Best Small Towns to Visit in Pennsylvania in the Summer

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Pennsylvania has some of the best tourist cities in America—Philly, Pittsburgh, the capital Harrisburg—but the small towns have a lot going for them to, especially during the summer. Filled with beautiful parks, street festivals, markets, and more, these towns are the perfect place to take a day trip.

One of the best small towns to visit in Pennsylvania during the summer is Mt. Gretna, a tiny town of just 200 residents where you can see the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show and the Summer Craft Market. If antiques are more your thing, check out the Summer Antiques Market in Eagles Mere, along with their Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.

Renovo is another gorgeous spot, where you can go to the beach, hike, or check out the many activities in town. Outdoor lovers will also enjoy a trip to Hawley, where you can spend a day on a boat at Lake Wallenpaupeck or lounge by the water.

Check out Dushore in late August for their Founder’s Day festival, which makes the usually quiet town come alive. Finally, Ligonier is a beautiful historic town full of quaint shops and restaurants and an old-fashioned amusement park, and it’s the perfect place to go to feel transported back into the early 1900s.

From the staff at H&H Chevrolet, have a great trip and drive safe!

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania (No Reservations Required)

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Pennsylvania is home to all kinds of beautiful campgrounds where you can enjoy the scenery, swim and fish, hike—no matter what you’re looking to do on your camping trip, you can do it at one of these beautiful Pennsylvania campgrounds!

One of the best campgrounds in Pennsylvania is Ravensburg State Park, a pet-friendly spot where you and your furry best friend can splash through the water of Rauchtown Creek. Fowlers Hollow State Park is also pet-friendly and features plenty of amenities like flush toilets.

If you’re looking for great hiking and beautiful views from the top of a mountain, PA has you covered. Colton Point State Park overlooks a massive, lush valley, and Sara’s Campground in Erie sits right on Lake Erie, so you can get a perfect spot right on the beach by the lake.

Other great campgrounds that don’t require reservations are Riverside Campground in Montgomery, Penn-Roosevelt State Park in Huntingdon, and Patterson State Park in Coudersport. All of these offer beautiful waterfront views, provide modern bathrooms and other amenities, and secluded camping environments.

For camping tips and tricks like road trip safety, how to pack camping supplies in your car, and ideas for traveling with kids, just give us a call at H&H Chevrolet!

Ethnic Festivals in Pennsylvania

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If you’re looking for something fun, educational, and full of delicious food to do this summer, look no further than the many ethnic festivals in Pennsylvania. Celebrating a wide range of cultures and traditions, these festivals reflect the diversity of our great state.

Three festivals are going on just this weekend, so you have to decide fast! The Mother of Divine Grace Italian Festival in Philadelphia, the Erie Pangryi Greek Festival in Erie, and the PDCD Italian StrEAT festival will all take place from July 8th to the 9th or 10th.

The weekend after that, the Berks Celtic Festival, day-long festival featuring live entertainment and authentic food, is coming up in Sinking Spring. Then check out the Himalayan Festival in Harrisburg, where you can watch Himalayan artists and musicians compete in a variety of contests from beauty pageants to film competitions.

The Hanover Dutch Festival will take place on July 29 and feature more than 300 vendors. A few festivals will take place in September too, like the Cambria City Ethnic Festival for East European culture, the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival, and the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s many summer festivals or to find your perfect road trip car, give us a call at H&H Cadillac today.