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Must-See Pennsylvania Summer Road Trip Destinations

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The school year is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean summer road trip destinations are off the table. There are several areas you should visit places around the state while the weather is still warm. If you’re looking for one last hurrah in Pennsylvania before all your vacation time is spent, there are a few places we at Lancaster Nissan suggest you visit.

According to OnlyInYourState, one of the best Pennsylvania summer past times is taking a float down any one of the many lazy rivers in the state. You can usually rent inner tubes for about $10 to $15 per day on the weekend, and many canoe liveries will provide supplies for the entire day. One of the best places is Coal Tubin’, which features trips for 90 minutes to up to three hours at a time.

Stop by the Camelback Mountain Adventure for an adventure-filled weekend. Thrill-seekers will love the Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster that goes through the mountains, while ziplining and Segway trips will make any summer day unforgettable.

Finally, adults can enjoy the Flagship Trolley wine tour. Totaling roughly six hours, you can sample some of the best wine in the region for just $40. Running until late October, the wine tour takes you to up to five wineries, letting you to sample premium local drinks. There’s nothing quite like a wine tour to help you relax.

Best Pennsylvania Towns to Visit in the Summer

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Pennsylvania is one of the oldest states in the country, which means there are tons of historic small towns and tiny cultural hubs that are perfect for taking a daytrip to. Here are some of the best Pennsylvania towns to visit in the summer.

One place you can learn a lot of local history is Ligonier, a quaint little town with lots of shops and restaurants as well as the old-fashioned water park SoakZone and, of course, Fort Ligonier, a British fortification from the French and Indian War.

If you’re more an outdoorsy type, check out Renovo, which is home to a gorgeous beach on the Alvin Bush Dam, plus scenic trails like the Donut Hole Trail and the Chuck Keiper Trail. Parker is another great place to enjoy the outdoors thanks to its location on the Allegheny River, where you can go canoeing and kayaking.

If you’re looking for festivals to enjoy, check out the Outdoor Art Show and Summer Craft Market in Mt. Gretna, the Summer Antiques Market and the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Eagles Mere, or the Founder’s Day festival in Dushore.

To schedule service before your next road trip to make sure your car is in great shape, give us a call at Lancaster Nissan today!

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania

If you’re from Pennsylvania or just the Midwest and you’re looking for a beautiful place to spend a weekend camping, look no further! Here are some of the best campgrounds in Pennsylvania where you can camp, swim, fish, lay out on the beach, and cook over a campfire.

Ravensburg State Park in Jersey Shore is one beautiful spot that is also pet-friendly, so if you want a location that lets you bring your dogs along, this is a great option. So is Fowlers Hollow State Park in Blain, which also features flush toilets if you don’t want to go too rustic.

Get an incredible view of Pine Creek Gorge, called the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, at Colton Point State Park in Wellsboro, or get a picturesque lakeside view at Penn-Roosevelt State Park. The Riverside Campground in Montgomery is on a gorgeous river that lets you get a rustic camping experience plus nearby access to showers.

If you want to combine your Pennsylvania camping trip with a beach vacation, hit up Sara’s Campground in Erie, which sits right on Lake Erie with a spectacular view of the huge lake. Sara’s also has access to a game room and laundry facilities, so you can extend your stay.

For road trip tips, give us a call at Lancaster Nissan!

Items for Your Spring Bucket List

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Spring really is a wonderful time of year. It’s finally getting warmer outside, days are a little bit longer, and we are able to enjoy newly green leaves and colorful blooms of plants and flowers. Don’t let this glorious season pass you by! Enjoy every minute with activities from our Spring bucket list.

  1. Go for a bike ride
  2. Visit a farmer’s market
  3. Go hiking
  4. Give your house a Spring cleaning
  5. Watch the sunrise
  6. Play outside
  7. Start a DIY project
  8. Visit a museum
  9. Go to a baseball game
  10. Have a picnic
  11. Buy (or pick) some fresh flowers
  12. Swing at the playground
  13. Look for shapes in the clouds
  14. Go outside and dance in the rain
  15. Set up a gardening space
  16. Go for a nighttime stroll and stargaze
  17. Walk barefoot in the grass
  18. Go on nature scavenger hunts
  19. Look for four-leaf clovers
  20. Paint a picture of flowers
  21. Play outdoor games with friends
  22. Feed ducks at a pond
  23. Visit a local farm
  24. Sing in the car with the windows down

Another thing you could add to your Spring bucket list is visiting us at Lancaster Nissan! We are always more than happy to help find you the vehicle you’ve been looking for.

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Warmer weather is finally rolling in across the country which means it’s time to start spring cleaning. From the windows to the cabinets, there’s a lot to do and most people don’t have a lot of time to clean. We here at Lancaster Nissan have a few tips for spring cleaning that will help you get a great start to a wonderful season!

  • Windows – While you may want to start with something easy on a sunny day, the windows aren’t the place. Warm sunlight can dry window cleanser before you have the chance to wipe it away, dirt and grime in tow. Dry window cleaner tends to leave ugly streaks that can put a damper on anyone’s drive for spring cleaning. Wait for a cloudy day to tackle the windows.
  • Doormats – There are few places that see more dirty shoes than doormats. If you haven’t already, adding a doormat immediately inside the house can catch any lingering dirt that didn’t come off on the outdoor mat. Make sure to shake and wash the mats thoroughly!
  • Brooms – A broom is generally thought of a tool used to clean, not something that needs cleaning. Even so, a broom still needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Use warm water or a vacuum to get rid of any dirt embedded in the bristles.

The Origin of the Shamrock and Other St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

Everyone is familiar with the shamrock, leprechauns, etc. – but do you know where these St. Patrick’s Day traditions started?

The weather is getting warmer, the birds are starting to chirp, and spring is nearly upon us. You know what that means: St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Everyone is familiar with the shamrock, leprechauns, etc. – but do you know where these St. Patrick’s Day traditions started?

While the tradition of shamrocks has been debated, one thing is clear. Today, they clearly represent Irish heritage and history. It’s been said the shamrocks represent the rebirth of spring, and many claim that St. Patrick himself used the three leaves of the shamrock to represent the Christian Holy Trinity.

St. Patrick himself – by the way – was not actually Irish. In fact, he was born in Britain, kidnapped by Irish pirates, and discovered his faith while he was under their control. Even after he was freed, he returned to Ireland to spread his beliefs as a missionary.

Lastly, leprechauns have a long tradition in Irish folklore, from the Irish word “luchorpán,” which means “little body.” Different stories depict leprechauns differently, but one thing is almost always certain: they sure do love gold.

This St. Patrick’s Day, please drive safe, and if you have any concerns about your vehicle or if you would to explore a new one, feel free to stop by and visit us anytime here at Lancaster Nissan!

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

gifts for car lovers

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Looking for the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day? It can be difficult to shop for the car lover in your life, which is precisely the reason we’ve provided a list of gifts for car lovers. Whether you’re at the beginning of a relationship or you’ve been married for years, we’ve got some useful recommendations in mind.

According to Safelite, one of the best things to buy for your significant other is a car wash kit. Include things like a chamois cloth, wax, premium wash, and microfiber cloths. These things can help to make your valentine’s ride shine. Also, think about getting alloy or chrome polish as well.

Next, consider buying a night or two at a hotel a few hours away. Car lovers usually love road trips, so this may be the perfect opportunity to drive all day and spend some quality time together. Road trips are great for seeing the world, and when there is no rush it’s nice to enjoy the scenery and stops. Plus, it can be especially romantic around dusk.

Finally, consider a remote car starter. Mornings can be cold, and a car starter is a great way to show consideration. Your loved one can set the controls to warm and start the car from a distance, providing a warm atmosphere as soon as you start driving. Though seemingly small, this gift will show how much you really care.

Proven Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping New Year's Resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are a tradition all around the US. However, many people fail to keep their resolutions, even past the end of January. While that might shock a few, many of us have tried and failed to keep resolutions in the past. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions.

Believe it or not, medical experts have suggestions for helping you keep your resolutions. Many psychiatrists, according to WebMD, suggest exercising to help you kick bad habits. This suggestion is for people who are resolved to give up smoking, eating junk food, or drinking, for example. Whenever you get the urge to break your resolution, try working out. Believe it or not, it can increase the likelihood that you are successful by up to 27%.

Next, take it slow. By this we mean make one resolution at a time. If you’re initial goal is to get in shape by losing 20 pounds, quitting smoking, and quitting junk food, this may make realistic goals harder to achieve. Focus on one small task at a time—by breaking it up, you’re much more likely to succeed at all of your goals.

Finally, use visual cues. As evidenced by researchers at Tufts University, keeping a photo of your goal can increase the odds that you’ll achieve it. For example, get a photo of a thinner you (perhaps from years ago) to put on the fridge as motivation. Get a photo of a vacation destination for your wallet to help you reduce unnecessary spending. You get the picture.

These tips are statistically proven to help you succeed at your New Year’s resolutions. Nevertheless, the most important thing to remember is persistence. If you failed last year, be sure to try again. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail—those who persist tend to succeed.

Winter Car Care Checklist: The Essentials

winter car care

Winter can be especially harsh on your vehicle. That’s why we’ve put together a list of winter car care tips to help you keep your car running in the cold temperatures and snowy conditions. From wipers to tires, there are some helpful reminders for winter driving. Read on to learn more.

According to AutoTrader, one of the most important things to do is check your lighting. Many drivers forget that the sun sets earlier in the winter, which means you’ll rely on lighting more than ever. The lighting also operates on the electrical system, which takes a particular toll in cold temperatures. Replacing bulbs and taking a few minutes to make sure everything is working could make a huge difference.

Next, top off your fluids. This includes the basics like oil and transmission fluid. However, you should also be sure to get antifreeze/coolant for the winter. While water will do in warm climates, you’ll need an antifreeze mixture for winter to prevent the engine block from cracking. Most antifreeze actually works better when mixed with water (as opposed to pure antifreeze), so check for 50/50 mixtures when shopping around.

Finally, check the tires. Tire pressure dips in cold temperatures, so be sure to top off pressure when the winter comes around. Also, look for cracks, bulges, and low tread. Consider buying winter tires for the season, tires made with special rubber compounds to hold up in low temperatures. Winter tires also have deep grooves to divert water and thick treads for added grip.

Looking to winterize your car properly? Stop by our Service Center for a checkup. We can do all this and more, ensuring you’re ready for harsh weather and cold temperatures.

Best Christmas Movies

Watching Christmas MoviesWho doesn’t love the holiday season? It’s all about family and fun. So if you’re getting ready for a night in with family and Christmas cookies, we have a list of the best Christmas movies to watch during the holidays.

Here are the best movies broken down into a few categories so you can find the perfect one for your movie night.

Kids’ Movies

All of these movies are sure to spread plenty of Christmas smiles to the kids thanks to adorable animations and voices:

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

 Comedies

If you want plenty of laughs along with the Christmas cheer, these movies are sure to do the job:

  • Home Alone
  • The Santa Clause
  • Elf
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Classic Family Movies

It’s the age-old argument: are you a Christmas Vacation family or a Christmas Story family?

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story

Feel-Good (And Cry a Lot) Movies:

Share your appreciation of classic Christmas movies and get ready to pass around the tissue box:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street

 

Have fun watching all of these classic holiday movies. Stop by and see us at Lancaster Nissan to tell us which one of these is your favorite Christmas movie!