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How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions | Lancaster Nissan | East Petersburg, PA

A majority of people who set New Year’s resolutions break their goals by February. While that may sound depressing, it’s important to remember that New Year’s resolutions are not necessarily meant to turn you into an entirely different person. Instead, the success of a resolution should really be judged on whether you change for the better, however slightly.

The American Psychological Association, also called the APA, suggests starting small if you really want to succeed. That doesn’t mean you can’t aim high; instead, the APA says you should gradually build to resolutions. For example, if you want to exercise more frequently, start with one or two days a week. Instead, of starting with seven days of intense training, a few days at a time is much more manageable.

Next, focus on one thing at a time. It’s commendable that some people try to quit smoking and drinking while also getting more exercise, but changing multiple behaviors simultaneously can be overwhelming. Focus on the easiest task first, and then work your way up to bigger goals (sometimes called the “snowball strategy”). With the confidence you have from making easier changes, you’re more likely to succeed with difficult resolutions.

Finally, don’t make your resolution all or nothing. In other words, if you want to quit eating junk food but you slip up and have chips for lunch, don’t quit. People are more likely to achieve their resolution goals when they recognize that perfection is unattainable. If you fail one day, don’t beat yourself up. At Lancaster Nissan, we can’t wait for the New Year to arrive.

Ideas for New Year’s Resolutions: Set New Goals

New Year's Resolutions | Lancaster Nissan | East Petersburg, PA

New Year’s is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to think about your next New Year’s resolution. Some of the most common resolutions is to exercising more, but we at Lancaster Nissan have created a list of creative ideas as well. Above all else, it’s important to set realistic goals.

According to Daring to Live Fully, one particularly effective resolution is to learn something new each day. That might sound like a daunting task, but you’d be surprised how often you learn new things as the day progresses. Maybe you’ll learn a new word one day, while on another you can pick up a new skill. Learning something new each day is the perfect challenge for most people.

Next, eat fewer calories. For those looking to lose weight, you should set a specific number, as you’re more likely to achieve a resolution with clear goals. Losing weight can vary from person to person, but one thing is constant: caloric output has to be more than input to lose weight. We suggest a graduated scale (cut back 50 calories, then 100, then 200, etc.) as a way to start your weight-loss adventure.

Finally, read more books. For example, try reading 10 classic works of American fiction or the 5 best detective novels of the twentieth century. If you prefer poetry, try to work your way through a movement or group, like the Beat or Black Mountain poets. Not into fiction or poetry? Try history or memoirs. You can easily customize this resolution to fit your tastes, but be sure to set specific goals.

Looking for other resolutions? Try writing a business plan, organizing your documents, hiking once a week, starting meditation, keeping a journal, or travelling more. You can’t go wrong with most of these resolutions.

Christmas in Lancaster

Christmas in Lancaster is about bringing the community to celebrate as one happy family. A variety of Christmas events offer plenty of opportunities for everyone to take part in the holiday season. Here are a few of our favorites Lancaster Christmas events!

Christmas in Lancaster

Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas

There are few better ways to kick off the Christmas season than by attending the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and “Tuba Christmas.” The event takes place in Penn Square, the perfect location for all Lancaster residents to see the spectacle in person.

Kitchen Kettle Village

Of all the areas in Lancaster that celebrate the Christmas season, few do it better than Kitchen Kettle Village. Dubbed Kitchen Kettle Christmas, the village is a winter wonderland designed to give families a Christmas they’ll never forget. Visitors can have breakfast with Santa Claus and a gingerbread man mascot, or dine in the evening with Mrs. Claus.

Christmas Tree Train

There’s nothing quite like traveling on the Christmas Tree Train to Leaman Place Grove to find your family tree! Once families have chosen their tree, it’s cut and shipped back to the station where children will be entertained by holiday classics and rides on the Tinsel Trolley.

We here at Lancaster Nissan hope to see you out and about taking part in the festivities this holiday season!

Unique Things to Do in Pennsylvania

Finding something unique to do in a city you’ve lived in your entire life isn’t all that easy. You’ve likely seen all the popular attractions as well as some of the area’s hidden gems. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has a few surprises in store, even for lifelong residents. Check out some of these unique things to do in Pennsylvania recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Things to Do in Pennsylvania

Grab at Bite at Pennsylvania’s Oldest Restaurant

Founded in 1860, McGillin’s Old Ale House is the oldest operating restaurant in the state of Pennsylvania. Featuring cuisine that ranges from Shepherd’s Pie to an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The rich history is emphasized by the décor and antiques that create a rustic look in Pennsylvania’s oldest restaurant.

Take a Covered Wagon Tour

Ole Covered Wagon Tours takes visitors on scenic treks throughout the Pennsylvania wilderness. Some of the most popular spots include waterfalls and the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. The fall foliage is pretty impressive as well!

Learn How to Twist Pretzels

Pretzels are a great treat for kids and adults alike, and now you can learn how to twist them yourself. The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Company offers tours of the facility and teaches visitors how to twist the pretzels. Those who take part will receive an “Official Pretzel Twister” certificate as well as free pretzels.

Fall Day Trips

Fall Day Trips - East Petersburg, PA

Traveling throughout Pennsylvania is a great way to make this fall memorable. From taking in the scenery to experiencing fall in entirely new ways, there’s plenty of ways to take in the season. Check out these fall day trips recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Hellerick’s Family Farm

Located near Doylestown, Hellerick’s Family Farm is home to a family-friendly fall experience no one will soon forget. Explore a five-acre corn maze, take a scenic hayride, or pick your own pumpkins for carving once you return home. As though those activities are reason enough to visit, the farm also holds the Fall Harvest Festival from September 16th through October 31st.

Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch

The Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch is located in Noxen and features a number of classic fall activities. Visitors can explore a massive corn maze, take a hayride, and visit the pumpkin patch from which the attraction draws its name.

Ole Covered Wagon Tours

There’s nothing quite like exploring Pine Creek Gorge in a covered wagon! Located in Wellsboro, the gorge features some of the most scenic fall foliage wagon tours in the entire country, let alone the state of Pennsylvania. Visitors can also take a Fall Foliage Waterfalls Tour that will surely take their breath away.

Family Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List - East Petersburg, PA

Experiencing the fall season in new ways or practicing old traditions are great ways to celebrate the season. Cooler weather and luscious scenery provides the opportunity to take in nature in new ways. We here at Lancaster Nissan have a few items to add to your family’s fall bucket list.

Take a Hike

There are few ways to bond with your family that are better than taking a hike. Pennsylvania is full of areas with scenic fall foliage that will leave families, especially those with young children, speechless. Topping off the day with apple cider or hot chocolate is just an added bonus that the kids will enjoy!

Visit a Haunted House

Fall brings scenic views, cooler weather, and the start of the holiday season. Halloween kicks off a string of holidays and the perfect way to get in the spirit is by taking a tour of a haunted house. Local haunted houses have become quite popular which means you won’t have to go far to get a quick fright!

Paint a Pumpkin

Carving a pumpkin can be messy, what with all the seeds and other pumpkin insides. On top of that, young children may not be able to carve their own pumpkin. Fortunately, families of all ages can still decorate pumpkins with paint! Get creative with bright colors and interesting faces, then put it on display for the neighborhood to see.

Backroad Trips in Pennsylvania

Backroad trips in Pennsylvania

There’s nothing quite like cruising down a background in your new Nissan. From scenic views to long, relaxing drives, a backroad trip can make any driver feel complete. Check out these backroad trips in Pennsylvania recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway

Drivers hunting for a two-hour ride down the Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway will find their breath taken away by the scenic landscape. Hills, valleys, and forests cover the entire region. Wildlife is easily visible from the road. Just be careful not to hit any of the wild critters that may be trying to cross the road!

Longhouse Scenic Byway

The Longhouse Scenic Byway encompasses a 29-mile loop. Drivers will travel through Allegheny National Forest and be witness to some of the greatest miracles that nature has to offer. Those who are feeling more active and inspired by nature will have the opportunity to hike and swim. Make sure to get a good view of the Allegheny Reservoir while you’re there!

Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway is a cross-country road that extends from New York to California. Drivers who find themselves heading through Pennsylvania will be subject to tourist hotspots, such as the Lincoln Highway Experience. You won’t want to miss the giant coffee pot in Bedford!

Fun October Events in Shippensburg

Children at October Events in Shippensburg

September will be coming to an end before you know it, which means that it’s time to start planning out your October schedule. Here are some October events in Shippensburg recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan to get you started.

Creature Feature

This year’s October exhibit at the SHAPE Gallery puts the spotlight on monsters and other strange creatures and creations. Artists put their scariest works on display for all to see. Visitors will enjoy a fright from paintings and get a few chills from dolls and masks. The Dark Art Exhibition takes place on October 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admissions is free and the entire exhibit is open to the public.

2017 Wine & Stein

The 2017 Wine & Stein takes place at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey on October 12th. The Oktoberfest celebration features wine and beer tastings as well as live music to lighten the mood. Attendees are welcome to participate in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Capital Regional Partnership for Career Development.

Harvest Hustle 5K

This year’s Harvest Hustle 5K will be held on October 14th. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. and is organized by the Southampton Township Cumberland County Park & Rec department. All proceeds benefit the Shippensburg Kids Events Committee.

Our Four Favorite Ice Cream Stops in One Easy Road Trip

Favorite Ice Cream - Lancaster, PA
Ice cream season has finally arrived, and if you’re anywhere near as big a fan of the stuff as we are here at Lancaster Nissan, you’ve probably sampled (and/or binged at) every ice cream shop, parlor, or truck in your hometown. There’s nothing wrong with the tried-and-true; everyone has their favorite ice cream spots. But, if you’re in the mood for something shiny and new, consider taking our “ice cream road trip” across Pennsylvania this weekend.

 

  1. Franklin Fountain — Philadelphia
    As rich in history as its ice cream is in flavor, the Franklin Fountain is an old-timey ice cream parlor with dozens of flavors, bowtie-clad staff, and a beautiful location in the heart of the Old City neighborhood of Philly. Head’s up: they’re cash only.
  2. Lewisburg Freez — Lewisburg
    This might appear to be a simple roadside ice cream shop, but there’s something undeniably special about the simple soft serve cones coming out of the Lewisburg Freez.
  3. Eder’s Ice Cream — Montoursville
    When a business has been booming since 1927, you know it has to be good. Eder’s whips up some of the tastiest ice cream concoctions you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. This one might just become your new favorite ice cream parlor — don’t skip it!
  4. La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream — Kennett Square
    Family-run and friendly, La Michoacana is destined to delight any customer with their down-to-earth handmade ice cream. Feeling adventurous? Ask for their classic sparkling of chili powder on your cone.

The Great Taco Trek: Pennsylvania’s Tastiest Taco Spots in One Easy Taco Road Trip

Taco Road Trip - Lancaster, PA
You can find a Taco Bell a few miles off almost every highway exit in America, but that’s hardly a good reason to hit the road. So we’ve decided to make it easy for friends of Lancaster Nissan to think outside the Bell and take to the freeway with one easy taco road trip across Pennsylvania.

  1. Taqueria la Veracruzana — Philadelphia (Passyunk Square)
    If authenticity means anything to you, you better find your way to Taqueria la Veracruzana for an honest Mexican taco. Pro tip: order the carnitas tacos; you won’t be sorry!
  2. Pipeline Taco — Wayne
    Pipeline Taco takes the cake (or pastel) for unique menu options. Hawaiian-inspired in decor and flavor, Pipeline offers the best fish tacos in PA, like the Tatonka buffalo shrimp. Not a fan of fish? Go for the Bonsai BBQ slow-roasted pork taco.
  3. Taco King — Harrisburg
    Some titles can be deceiving, but not when it comes to Taco King. Simple, no-frills tacos that are a guaranteed yum every time. For those of you feeling extra-hungry, get the taco platter with refried beans and rice.
  4. Let’s Taco Bout It — Reading
    A college-kid favorite, Let’s Taco Bout It’s fare is as charming as its quirky name. This luchador-themed restaurant offers tasty tacos for just $2.50. Explorers should try the esqueleto cactus taco (and we know you’re explorers — you’re on a taco road trip!).