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.
We’re nearly ready to ring in the New Year which means it’s time to decide what your goal is for 2018. Here are a few tips from us here at H&H Chevrolet to help you keep your 2018 New Year resolutions.
The first step in achieving your 2018 New Year resolution is to be realistic when deciding what you want to strive for. For example, deciding to visit all seven continents with limited funds and time isn’t a realistic goal and is one most people will fail. Choosing something realistic, like kicking a bad habit, increases your odds of success.
In order to achieve you’re goal, you’ll want to start small. If you want to stop smoking, start by cutting down on your number of daily cigarettes, then stop smoking for one day out of the week, and increase it from there. Changing slowly is the best way to ensure that you’ll achieve your goal by the year’s end.
Don’t Fret Failure
Failure is a part of life, and it’s only natural to mess up a few times. Messing up on your diet or failing to keep to your routine doesn’t mean you should stop entirely. Pick up where you left off and keep striving to tackle your resolution!
The New Year is just a few weeks away which means there’s still some time to come up with a great resolution. If you’re drawing a blank, have no fear! Here are some New Year resolution ideas from us here at H&H Chevrolet to get you ready for 2018!
Learn Something New Each Day
Learning something new each day is a great way to make you the most interesting person at the party. Whether you’re interested in animals, history, or science, there’s thousands of interesting tidbits that you can add to our arsenal. Choosing to learn something new each day is easy thanks to the internet, and can help change your view of the world.
We aren’t suggesting your dedicate hours a day at the gym, just that you get up and active more. Whether you want to get a pedometer to keep track of your steps or join a sports team, getting active is the key to happier, more interesting life.
Whether you’re procrastinating work, school, or chores, you’re wasting time and energy. Choosing to stop procrastinating menial tasks in 2018 will help you achieve your goals much more efficiently. In fact, it could open up more free time that you could dedicate to your favorite hobby.
The holidays are all about getting together with friends and family and enjoying a magical time of year. Try something new and exciting this year by checking out these great winter events in Shippensburg this December. At H&H Chevrolet, we picked out our favorite upcoming events that are sure to offer something for everyone!
Cookies with the Clauses
Bring the whole family to Cookies with the Clauses this year to enjoy arts and crafts, delicious food, and pictures with Santa. The event will take place between 2 pm and 4 pm on December 2nd. Don’t miss your last chance to get your Christmas list in!
Ladies Pint Night Out and Ugly Sweater Competition
Shippensburg University Alumni shouldn’t miss the 1st Ladies Pint Night Out & Ugly Sweater Competition on December 1st at Knute’s Pub & Grill. Ladies, grab your friends and your most hideous sweater and show up for a crazy fun time.
The TEN Tenors “Home for the Holidays”
On December 9th The TEN Tenors will be at Luhrs Performing Arts Center as part of their “Home for the Holidays Tour.” Featuring holiday favorites and modern hits, this event will appeal to music lovers of all ages.
As temperatures drop, don’t keep yourself cooped up until next spring. Instead, check out these great winter events in Shippensburg!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Homemade Halloween costumes can be unique and cool without spending too much money. How about these suggestions?
This simple costume makes for an easy and funny Halloween. All you need is a normal outfit plus a lot of socks. If you’re gifted in sewing, you can sew the socks to the outfit, but you can also use a glue gun, safety pins, tape, or whatever works for you.
A ruffled dress and a matching hat made to look like a jellyfish with trailing strings is all it takes to dress up your little one like a jellyfish so they can terrorize the neighborhood with their stingers.
Raining Cats and Dogs
Want a cute visual pun? Put your child in a raincoat and give them an umbrella – but make sure to decorate the umbrella with little cut-outs of clipart of cats and dogs first!
Armor made out of cardboard and spray-painted with metallic silver paint can be worn over a makeshift tunic and pants for a simple, easy knight costume.
If you can find footie pajamas with a hood, you can pull off this scuba diver costume! Just pair it with a set of goggles and some flippers, and you’re set.
Making homemade Halloween costumes for your kids that will stand out from the crowd doesn’t have to be difficult if you consider options like these.
There’s always something fun happening here in our neck of the Pennsylvania woods. If you’re on the lookout for some family-friendly fun to do this October, there are plenty of special events in Lancaster to keep your whole crew entertained! Here’s just a few:
Check out the Fall Antiques Extravaganza at Antiques Capital, USA in Adamstown from September 28-October 1. With booths indoors and out and special antiques fit for any price range, you’re sure to find something unique — it is an extravaganza, anyway.
Take part in The Spooky Scoot across all the haunted places in Lancaster. Run by Strasburg Scooters, this bone-chilling tour is by far the most fun way to discover the scariest folklore and history from across the county. The tours take place at 7:00 PM on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28.
Get lost in the Quilt Corn Maze at the Amish Farm & House. Have a blast trying to find your way out of this enormous corn maze for some down-home autumn fun, then relax with the farm animals, cruise in an authentic buggy ride, or do a little learning in the Amish Schoolhouse. The Maze is open until Halloween.
Need a new car to get to and from all these awesome events in Lancaster? Stop by H&H Chevy today to see our robust selection of top-of-the-line Chevy vehicles.
As one of the oldest states in the Union, the Quaker State holds a storied place in the annals of American history. All these years have allowed Pennsylvania to rack up more than just a few interesting tidbits and idiosyncrasies. Here, we’ve put together a quick list of our top 10 favorite fun facts about Pennsylvania, the state that all of us here at H&H Chevrolet are proud to call home!
- The first “Zoological Garden” was built in Philadelphia in July of 1874.
- In the town of Hazleton, there’s a law that states an instructor cannot sip a carbonated beverage while lecturing students in a school auditorium.
- Kennett Square is widely known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”
- Speaking of capitals, the Borough of Kane is called the “Black Cherry Capital of the World.”
- Of all the original colonies, Pennsylvania was the only one not to border the Atlantic Ocean.
- The first Little League World Series took place in Williamsport in 1946.
- Apparently, Pennsylvanians love baseball. The first professional baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh in 1909.
- Since 1833, the city of Nazareth has been home of world-famous Martin guitars.
- On November 2, 1920, KDKA radio, a Pittsburgh station, aired the first commercial radio broadcast in America.
- One last thing about capitals: Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States of America, from 1790 to 1800.
We have a bonus entry to our list of fun facts about Pennsylvania: you can get a great Chevrolet at H&H Chevy in Shippensburg!
For the most dedicated bargain shoppers, Black Friday may be the best day of the year. If you count down the days to this ultimate shopping day, here are a few Black Friday tips to help you out.
- Use technology. It has never been easier to compare prices. Use websites and apps geared towards savings to catch the best deal. PriceGrabber.com, PriceWatch.com, and BuyVia are great places to start.
- Make a plan. Study the ads, both in print and online, the week of Thanksgiving to know what you want to buy. Compare prices to find the best deal.
- Look beyond Friday. Good deals aren’t just limited to Friday. Some retailers have a whole week or even month of savings.
- Have a budget. Know how much you’re going to spend and stick with that. You can bring cash and leave your cards at home to really make you stick to it. Avoid impulse buys because they may not be as good of a deal as they seem.
- Know store policies. While you might be familiar with a certain store’s return or price-match policy, check to see if there are any exceptions for Black Friday purchases.
With these tips in hand, you’re ready to catch the best deals of the season. Share your other tips with us at H & H Chevrolet Cadillac!