• Summer Road Trip Destinations in and Near Michigan

    Chicago Skyline

    Summer is a great time to hit the road and explore, but you don’t have to go far to enjoy a successful road trip. There are plenty of great opportunities for fun all within short driving range of Albion—these are just some of them worth considering.

     

    Ann Arbor and Detroit

    Detroit is a major cultural center that offers a variety of things to see and do, from historic charm to great food and drink to excellent nightlife opportunities. If you’re headed to Detroit from Albion, there’s no better decision than to make a stop in Ann Arbor on your way, a city known for its artsy atmosphere and small-town-in-a-big-city charm.

     

    Huron Manistee National Forest

    Outdoorsy types won’t be able to get enough of the Huron-Manistee National Forest, located northwest of Albion and featuring a diverse variety of ecosystems spread across nearly one million acres of pristine wilderness.

     

    Chicago

    There’s no city like Chicago, with recognizable attractions ranging from Millennium Park to Willis Tower to the Navy Pier. Whether you’re planning a romantic vacation for two or bringing along the little ones for a family adventure, there are plenty of sights to see and places to grab a great bite to eat.

     

    Mackinac Island

    Historical charm and island life await you on this island on the northernmost end of Michigan. It’s known for its local fudge shops, carriage rides, water recreation, and horseback riding among other things.

     

    There are just some of the many possibilities available to you within driving range of our fair city. If you need a reliable vehicle to get you to your vacation destination, look no further than College Chevrolet Buick.

     

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    Last-Minute Road Trip – Top Things To Do in Michigan

    Don’t let summer slip away without taking another road trip or two. Get your car tuned up at the College Chevrolet Buick service department, then head out to experience one of these fun things to do in Michigan.

     

    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    Summer is the perfect time to visit the Upper Peninsula. The whole area is beautiful, but if you’re in need of a specific destination, you can’t go wrong with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Gorgeous rock formations, scenic hiking trails, and sand dunes all face the vast horizon of Lake Superior.

     

    Motown Museum

    Honor Michigan’s role in Motown music by visiting the official museum in Detroit. A guided tour will teach you everything there is to know about the Motown spirit. You’ll feel so connected to the history you might even imagine you see Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, or the Four Tops in the hallway.

     

    Detroit Institute of Arts 

    While you’re in Detroit, be sure to stop at this world-class museum. You’ll be surprised at the richness of the permanent collection, as well as the diversity of rotating exhibitions.

     

    Mackinac Island State Park

    This park is another of Michigan’s must-see natural attractions. Not only will you enjoy gorgeous views of water and land, but you’ll experience something special on this automobile-free island, where life seems slower and simpler.

  • Eat Outside at These Michigan Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

    When the summer rolls around, there is nothing quite like enjoying a cold beverage and a fresh meal on the patio of a great restaurant. Fortunately for residents of Albion, there are a number of excellent dining establishments within driving range that offer outdoor seating to further enhance your eating experience.

    Michigan Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

    Hungry Howie’s (Albion)

    While there are several great places to eat right here in Albion, a lot of the finer dining establishments have, let’s say, a more industrial aesthetic. Hungry Howie’s is one of the very few places to eat in Albion with a patio, which is reason enough to visit in the summer, but Howie’s pizza should be all the incentive you need to drop in. We recommend the Howie Special on thin crust in particular!

    The Curragh (Holland)

    Looking out over the water at Milwaukee is The Curragh in Holland, MI, an Irish pub famous for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration and unique menus. Stop by this season to dine from the Tulip Time 2017 menu, which includes exceptional Guinness® Cheese Soup, the Ambassador Sandwich and unforgettable Guinness® Fish & Chips. Enjoy all of this with—you guessed it—a cold Guinness® from The Curragh’s patio and soak up the sun. To learn more about what’s going on at The Curragh, visit CurraghHolland.com.

    Bill’s Beer Garden (Ann Arbor)

    If part of your summer plans entail a trip to Blue Country, then swing by Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor. Just a block away from Main St., Bill’s has the perfect patio for dining, conversing, and cheering on the home team. While Bill’s Beer Garden specializes in adult beverages, its partnership with Mark’s Carts means you can grab everything from paella and tapas to Indian food and pizza from nearby food carts and fuel up.

    If you want to dine outside, these restaurants are hard to beat. If you want to get there in style, College Chevrolet Buick has plenty of the latest cars, trucks, and SUVs to choose from—including plenty of models that come with sunroofs!

  • How to Celebrate Memorial Day

    Celebrate Memorial Day

     

    Nothing seems to welcome in summer vacation quite like Memorial Day. Make this year a special one and celebrate with friends and family with these ideas from College Chevrolet Buick.

     

     

    Memorial Day Parades

    Search your local newspaper for information on your area’s Memorial Day Parades. These community gatherings offer a chance to meet with friends in the morning. Plus, there’s nothing like starting your day off with some live music and colorful floats.

    Decorate with Flags

    One Memorial Day tradition is to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flags. Decorate your own house with flags, or have a craft day with the kids to make your own American flags, as a way to honor these soldiers.

    National Moment of Remembrance

    Memorial Day may be a great opportunity to spend a day off with loved ones, but it’s also good to remember why it was created in the first place—to honor our fallen soldiers. One way to connect with the reason behind Memorial Day is to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. Congress established this moment at 3 pm each Memorial Day as a way to create national unity for one minute every year. Take that minute of silence out of your day this year to thank our fallen soldiers and show gratitude for your freedom, family, and friends.

  • What to Do and How to Be Safe If Your Engine Overheats

    check engineWhile you were driving, you slowly noticed (or perhaps quickly noticed) that the needle on your engine temperature model has just bolted upwards. What do you do now? Here’s a quick guide on what to do if your engine overheats:

    • First of all, evaluate your surroundings and safely pull over.
    • Cautiously lift the hood of your car, allowing some airflow to cool off the hot contents.
    • Look around, but whatever you do, do not touch or remove the radiator cap, which would likely result in serious injury.
    • Next, call a professional and wait for help. It is not safe to drive with an overheated engine.
    • In the meantime, try to figure out what went wrong. Perhaps you are out of coolant, or one of the cooling system’s fans is broken.

    In general, the summer seems to be the worst time of the year for engines overheating. Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments.

  • Start a Healthy Habit With These Summer Breakfast Ideas

    breakfastWhether or not you’re getting up for school or work in the mornings this summer, it’s still vital to eat a healthy breakfast. In fact, studies repeatedly show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

    Here’s a short list of summer breakfast ideas to plan your next shopping trip around:

    • Parfait: All you need is your favorite, low-fat yogurt, some oatmeal, and assorted fruit to make this dish; don’t forget to drizzle some honey on top!
    • Quiche: Though an entire pie-shaped quiche is easy to make in advance, you can quickly make a quiche-for-one in under five minutes.
    • Scrambled eggs: Simple beat an egg and pop it into the microwave for quick scrambled eggs; you can even add cheese and veggies.
    • Oatmeal: There’s a reason that oatmeal has always been a classic; add your favorite fruits and spices to make it perfect.
    • Smoothie: Whether your smoothies are yogurt-based, ice-based, or banana-based, the quick and healthy potential combinations are endless.

    Do you have any breakfast staples you frequently enjoy? Let us know in the comments.

  • Join Us in Supporting Kathy’s Indiegogo Fundraiser

    bicycleKathy Roche-Wallace is at it again! The inspiring endurance cyclist and motivational speaker will be taking on the 2015 Race Across America (RAAM) on June 16th and she’s asking our community for some help.

    Kathy is a 54 year old mother of six and grandmother of five, and in 2011 she became the first woman in the 30 year history of RAAM to finish the race in the 50+ division. She is the current solo record holder and also took home the award for Queen of the Mountains.

    Kathy hopes to defend her title at the 2015 RAAM, but her 3,000 mile journey dreams need a little help. She is currently raising funds to support a crew team and to complete her training. Kathy is also using this platform as an opportunity to raise money and awareness about a rare form of childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma.

    Please join us in supporting Kathy’s Indiegogo Fundraiser and donate to her cause at www.GoKathyGo.com! For more information about Kathy and her fundraising needs, please visit GoKathyGo as well.

  • Happy 4th of July!

    Happy 4th of July
    Happy 4th of July!

    Where has the time gone? This summer is breezing by as the 4th of July is now only days away. Are you looking for something to do to celebrate the holiday? Below is a list of Albion and area events including fireworks, BBQs, and more.

    July 3rd – Red, White & Blue Cruise In. The event will take place on Albion’s Historic Brick Street (AKA Superior Street). Registration for the Cruise-In starts at 4PM with the event going from 5PM-9PM. You may also enjoy Sparnfarkel’s Pig Roast during the event.

    July 3rd – Albion, Fireworks display. After dark, Albion will have their annual fireworks display over the Kalamazoo River.

    July 4th – Battle Creek’s Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. The fireworks display lasts around 15 minutes and is said to be one of the best in the entire state. Admission is $10 and there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Children under 3-ft are free. The display will begin at 10:30PM and will also feature a musical soundtrack.

    Do you know of any other events going on in the area? Let us know in the comment section below!

    Have a fun and safe 4th of July – from College Chevrolet Buick!

  • Happy Mother’s Day from College Chevrolet!

    Happy Mother's Day from College Chevrolet
    Enter our contest via Facebook!

    How would you like to take your mom out for a nice dinner… on us? This year, College Chevrolet Buick would like to send you and your mom out to Cascarelli’s, a local favorite Italian restaurant.

    All you have to do is “Like” us on Facebook and submit a photo, using our on-page app. After your photo has been submitted, get your friends to like our page and vote for your photo! The photo with the most votes (minimum of 30) by May 16th at 12PM ET will be our lucky winner! The winner will receive a $50 gift card to Cascarelli’s!

    Hurry and submit your photo, we already have lot of entries in our contest! The earlier you submit, the more time you have to recruit your Facebook fans to vote for your photo.

    When the contest ends, the winner will be contacted by email. We will create an album featuring all of our contestants. Visit our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CollegeChevroletBuick; then click the app or go to http://collegechevy.pgtb.me/fzVrw3 to enter the contest and vote for your favorite entry!

    Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11th. Be sure to thank your mom for all of her hard work. Happy Mother’s Day from College Chevrolet!

  • Chevy Transformers Return to the Theaters This Summer in “Age of Extinction”

    At this point, with the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” movie franchise set to hit theaters on June 27, the Chevrolet brand—and the iconic Chevrolet Camaro which Bumblebee transforms into—is one of the most integral parts of the franchise formula. That won’t change in the newest movie, which is subtitled “Age of Extinction.” Along with the Bumblee Camaro, “Extinction” will also feature a Corvette Stingray, a Trax, and even a Sonic Rally Car.

    Chevy Transformers Return
    2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray

    “The Transformers movies have been a great partnership for Chevrolet by allowing us to introduce our vehicles to new fans, young and old, around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “Now for the fourth time, you’ll see a Camaro as a heroic Autobot, a fitting role for one of the stars of Chevrolet’s lineup.”

    Whether you like giant summer action blockbusters, goofy mythology and dialogue, tons and tons of explosions, or wicked Chevrolet vehicles involved in death-defying stunts, “Age of Extinction” has something for you. Check it out in theaters, then hurry in to get your own “Transformer” here at College Chevy. We can’t promise you that you’ll be involved in any fights involving giant robotic dinosaurs from space—but we think you’ll be having quite enough fun that you won’t really mind that, anyways.