Hiking Trail for Summer

family Hiking Trail for Summer

Finding the perfect hiking trail to spend a summer day or weekend isn’t easy. Fortunately, Pennsylvania is full of magnificent trails. We here at H&H Cadillac know of a hiking trail for summer that you won’t want to miss out on.

Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Stretching a massive 62 miles from Wellsboro Junction to Jersey Shore, the Pine Creek Rail Trail offers a hiking experience unlike any other. The trail is one of the most popular in all of Pennsylvania so you know it’s got to be something magnificent.

Visitors can travel by bike or foot. There are a variety of trails available. The shortest trail is just 0.6 of a mile while the longest is 7.7 miles and reaches from Wellsboro junction to Ansonia. A two percent grade makes it a relaxing trail to hike and bike on. Horses are welcome on the trail between Ansonia and Tiadaghton.

The trails travels through, past, and around some of the most wonderful sights that Pennsylvania has to offer. Points of interest include waterfalls, flower fields, and Pine Creek Gorge. Wooden bridges offer a rustic biking and hiking experience.

Camping is allowed, but you’ll need a permit to do so legally. However, cell phone service is nonexistent throughout most of the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Get out there and enjoy nature as it was meant to be experienced.

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.

Spend a Beautiful Afternoon at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

At H&H Chevrolet, we love to highlight some of the lesser-known destinations across Pennsylvania that we believe families in our community would enjoy visiting. One such spot is the gorgeous Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Jim Thorpe, about two and half hours from Shippensburg.

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary is an idyllic location to idle away an afternoon spotting colorful butterflies, exotic frogs, and wildflowers and learning all about wildlife and habitat conservation. You can sign your family up for a guided tour with one of Bear Mountain’s experienced staff members or you can wander the delightful “Flutterarium” on your own.

While you’re at Bear Mountain, you must:

Take the time to stand still — the curious butterflies will without a doubt land on you to say hello!

Get up close with real poison dart frogs — have no fear; in captivity, they are completely non-toxic.

Check out one of their daily events — there is always something exciting happening here, from Birds of Prey exhibitions to kid-friendly Treasure Hunts. See their monthly Event Calendar for details.

Take home some Milkweed to plant — this is the Monarch Butterfly’s favorite food, and it’s becoming harder and harder to come by. Help Bear Mountain’s efforts to re-grow Monarch habitats right here in Shippensburg!

Need a new vehicle to haul all that Milkweed seed? H&H Chevrolet has plenty of cars and trucks to choose from — stop by to see our selection today!

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

ethnic festivals in Pennsylvania

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.

New H&H Cadillac Website Ready to Roll

H&H Cadillac Website

The new website for H&H Cadillac is up, and it’s easier to use than ever. The website is clean and simple to navigate, so whether you’re computer savvy or tech averse, you can use our site with ease—and if you’d rather call in, the phone numbers for our sales and service departments are right at the top of the page.

The first thing you’ll see is the menu bar at the top, which has all kinds of helpful links. Under “New” you can shop our new inventory, see our showroom, and get a quote, while the “Pre-Owned” tab links to our used and CPO inventory and even an article about the meaning of certified pre-owned.

The “Finance” and “Service” dropdown menus have both dealer-specific information on how to get service or finance a vehicle through us and general information where you can learn about the ins and outs of financing, how often you should get different kinds of maintenance for your car, and much more.

Underneath the menu you can see some of our most popular vehicles and go directly to the inventory or scroll down and search a specific make and model year. Keep scrolling down for more information on Cadillac parts and service, accessories, and hours and location information.

With our new, easy-to-use website, we can serve the residents of Shippensburg and the surrounding areas better than ever.

Getting Your Car Ready for Spring

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s time to start getting your car ready for spring. Winter is harsh on your car, so it’s important to help it recuperate after the cold weather and ease it into the warmth. Here are some easy but important maintenance tasks you should do.

Get an oil change, and check your other fluids

car ready for spring - oil

If any are low, now is a great time to top them off. You may also want to have an inspection done and make sure all your belts, hoses, and so on are all intact. Get new windshield wiper blades, too, especially if you were using winter blades for the season.

Wash your car and clean it out

car ready for spring - wash

Make sure you get the underside cleared of any caked on dirt and mud, and vacuum or wash your floor mats. Your car will be happier and you’ll appreciate being in a clean environment.

Check your tires!

car ready for spring - tires

Make sure the pressure is correct and add or let out air if it’s not, and inspect them for worn tread or any signs of damage, like bulging and cracking. Give us a call at H&H Chevrolet and we’ll help you come up with a spring maintenance plan!

Tips for Buying Used: What to Look For

Tips for buying used - what to look for

Tips for buying used – what to look for

Buying a used car is a great investment, often getting you the most bang for your buck. However, there are some important tips and tricks to keep in mind when researching, budgeting, and paying. Read on to see some of these tips for buying used.

According to KBB.com, you need to start with budgeting and research. Find out how much you can spend (subtract expenses from income), and be sure to account for taxes, title fees, registration, insurance, and fuel. It’s also important to research which car is right for you. Want a four-door or two-door sedan? Coupe? Hatchback or minivan? Look at what critics and customers have to say.

Next, find out the value of your current car. KBB.com is a great source for finding the value of a trade-in vehicle, and it can even tell you what to expect from a dealership versus retail value. Keep in mind that vehicle condition has a major impact on value. Sometimes we see what we want to see in our old cars—it’s fair to be a little more flexible with your trade-in.

Test drive the used car. You should never skip this step. Test driving can reveal things like engine noises and handling issues. It can also let you know if you really enjoy driving the car. Are there many blind spots? Do you like the feel behind the wheel? Could you drive this car every day for many years?

Finally, work with a salesman to get the best deal. When getting a used car, you’ll deal with three separate transactions—trade-in car, the car you’re buying, and financing. Spend time with the car salesman working out the best deal for you. And at H & H Chevy Cadillac, we are here to help you!

Financing Tips and Tricks: Saving for a Car

Tips for saving for a car.

Tips for saving for a car.

Saving for a car can be a difficult process. Not only do you need good credit to get a car loan with acceptable rates, but you also need roughly 10 to 20 percent of a vehicle’s sticker price in order to make a down payment. That’s why we’ve put together a post on saving for a car, helping you to get your dream car.

According to US News, one of the most important steps is budgeting. Learn how much you can afford by calculating your monthly income and subtracting any expenses. What you have left is your maximum budget for a monthly car payment. It’s also important to account for insurance, fuel, registration, and other fees.

Next, calculate how much you need for a down payment. The rule of thumb is 20% of the sticker price, though the average American pays only 10%. The higher the down payment you can afford, the better your interest rates will typically be.

It’s also important to determine when you need (or want) your new car. Although this might sound like a given, few people realize the impact a few weeks can make in terms of savings. For example, if you are moving soon or if you are getting a new job, be sure to account for an increase or decrease in income as well as the need for transportation.

Finally, stick to the plan. Making savings mandatory is the most important part of saving for a car. Most people find that having their work’s payroll department deposit some of their earnings into a savings account, and the rest into their checking account, helps them to save without dipping into funds. This way, your car fund isn’t affected by routine spending. If you don’t have direct deposit, consider the good old-fashioned money jar.

Not sure if you have enough money saved? Stop by our Finance Department. Tell us what you want to pay monthly, and we’ll do our best to make it become a reality.