Best South Carolina Road Trips: Ideal Destinations

South Carolina Road Trips Image From National Geographic
Mapping Out Our Destination

Looking for the best South Carolina road trips? At Bradshaw Automotive we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite destinations to visit, so you can easily hop in your new SUV or crossover and hit the highway. South Carolina has a range of landscapes to choose from, one reason there are so many great road trip destinations to mention.

Best Beaches

According to Road Trip USA, there are tons of places to stop at in the Palmetto State. One of the most popular vacation destinations is Hilton Head Island, with several sunny beaches, unforgettable lighthouses, and dolphin tours, among other things. You can also get some of the best seafood in the country, including fresh shrimp and oysters on the half shell.

Charleston

Next, check out Charleston. Established as the capital in 1670, this city has one of the longest histories in the country. Though it is no longer the state capital, Charleston still retains a regal feel to it. You can check out mansions, churches, and the open-air City Market. If you visit in the near future, you may catch the Spoleto Festival.

Myrtle Beach

Finally, stop by Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach. As one of the most popular road trip destinations, the beach has more than 13 million visitors per year. You can see world-famous golf courses, roller coasters, malls, and more.

These are just some of the many fun road trip destinations you and the whole family can enjoy. And, with a new Chevy SUV, you can easily fit the whole family, luggage, and more. Come see for yourself at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC today!

June is National Camping Month: Here’s What to Pack

National Camping Month
Let’s Go Camping!

June is officially designated as National Camping Month. That means it’s about time to head to the great outdoors. There are a number of things you should pack in your new Chevy SUV, and we’ve put together a list of camping tips to help you make the most of your experience outdoors.

First, according to the Boy Scouts Guide, every camper should at least pack the bare essentials. This includes the following:

  • First-Aid Kit
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Clean Water (64 oz/person per day) or water purification tablets
  • Bug Spray

You won’t make it far without water or bug spray, and a first-aid kit is essential for anyone who plans on spending time outdoors.

What food should you pack? If you drive an SUV or crossover, you can probably pack a few coolers—one for meat or other raw food and one for fruits and veggies. Bananas and apples, hot dogs, and grilled cheese all make for great campfire meals.

In lieu of a traditional tent, you might also consider SUV tents. You can easily prop open the back of your car, put the seats down, and make a comfortable shelter for you to spend the weekend in. If possible, you should also bring an air mattress to make sleeping more comfortable (though some simply prefer a hammock covered in a mosquito net).

These are some of the basics to pack for camping. Above all else, remember to read up on “Leave No Trace” principles. These refer to practices like putting out the fire properly, taking any garbage with you, and leaving flora and fauna untouched. Before you leave, stop by Bradshaw Automotive to make sure your car or SUV is ready for the trip.

A Few Great Camping Spots In Upstate South Carolina

hiking in the mountains - camping spots in upstate South Carolina

The camping spots in upstate South Carolina are numerous and choice. There are opportunities for fishing, swimming, hiking and just plain soaking up some of the most beautiful landscapes this fair land has to offer. We here at Bradshaw Automotive have thrown together a few of our favorites for you just as summer approaches.

 

Devil’s Fork State Park – Salem

 The campgrounds at Devil’s Fork State Park are situated on the banks of the pretty and placid Lake Jocassee. Anglers will find the spot to their liking as the lake features both trophy trout and smallmouth bass. Kayak rentals are available and make for a wonderful way to get around the lake. Camping facilities feature restrooms with hot showers in case you decide to stay for a few more days.

King Mountain Park – Blacksburg, SC

 A wonderful place to camp for both tent campers and RV owners, King Mountain Park features two beautiful lakes, tranquil thanks to motor restrictions. In fact, non-motorized boats are available for slow perusing of the calm waters and intense watching of bobbers.

Croft State Park – Spartanburg

 Croft State Park is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, even casual birdwatchers will delight in knowing that all sorts of species can be spotted there, including different varieties of hawks, bald eagles, and wood ducks. Secondly, the park features a skeet shooting park just outside its gates!

Spring Community Events Happening In Greer

family playing games on beach - Spring community events happening in Greer, SC

Living in Greer can make you feel lucky for a number of reasons. It’s a beautiful town populated by folks who know exactly what it a neighborly spirit means. This place also knows how to bring people together in a fun and wholesome way.

Speaking of which, we here at Bradshaw Automotive wanted to make you aware of some exciting Spring community events happening in Greer, SC.

 

Greer Family Fest – May 5-6

Heading into its 33rd year, the Greer Family Fest just keeps getting better and better. Sponsored by Perlham Medical Center, this festival features something for everyone. There’s tons of kiddie rides and games as well as great fair food, not to mention live music on two stages.

Food Truck Rollout – May 26

Located at the Greer City Park, the Food Truck Rollout involves a lot more than food trucks. That’s not to say that they won’t be there, so bring your appetite! There’s also live music and tailgating games (cornhole, anyone?).

Moonlight Movies – June 1-July 27

 Starting on the first of June and going through July 27th, the Moonlight Movies series serves up a family-friendly flick at the Greer City Park Amphitheater every Thursday night. The 2017 lineup has yet to be announced but if last year’s selection are any indication (Minions, The Good Dinosaur), this year is bound to be just as fun!

Fun Easter Activities for the Family

Easter activities

Now that we’re in spring, Easter is just around the corner. As such, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to do with the family this holiday season. To help you create a memorable holiday, we’ve put together a list of some of the most fun Easter holiday traditions.

Basket Hunt

 What better way to start off the morning than with a basket hunt? While the kids are sleeping, put together a basket for them filled with candy, and then hide those baskets. Have them search for the baskets in the morning.

 Chocolate Hunt

 Once the kids have found their baskets, you can then put together a fun chocolate hunt. First, divide your home into separate spaces for each child. You can then hide chocolates around each space. The first kid to find all of their chocolate pieces is the winner!

Big Hunt

 Once you’ve done your small family traditions, you can then do a larger family or neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Set up different prizes for the winners to add motivation. You can even split everyone up into different age groups to have more winners.

Most importantly, enjoy the time with your family. All of us here at Bradshaw Automotive wish you a happy holiday!

Glance at the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

 

As one of Chevrolet’s most stalwart vehicles, the Equinox remains one of the most-talked-about cars each and every year. With recent announcement of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, car lovers everywhere are starting to get excited. Here is everything that you need to know about the new Equinox.

 

With the 2018 version of the Equinox, Chevrolet seems to have listened to past remarks that the Equinox was a bit too big to appeal to drivers in its market. GM solved this problem by making the new Equinox just a tad bit smaller and more modern. The expectation is that this will put it in direct competition with the CR-V, Escape, and RAV4.

 

This year’s model now features a wheelbase that is 5.2 inches smaller, a length that has been cut down by 4.7 inches, and a curb weight has been reduced by around 400 pounds. While it is a much smaller and lighter vehicle, GM hasn’t sacrificed any quality in the process.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about how the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is going to shift the market for crossover SUVs, feel free to contact us at Bradshaw Automotive. We would love to hear from you!

5 Cool Things About the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD Diesel

GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD Diesel

The new 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD Diesel is here, and it’s set to impress. This heavy duty diesel pickup is so exceptional it might even earn some diesel converts. Here are a few of our favorite things about this truck.

  1. New Engine

This year’s Sierra Denali 2500HD gets a new 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine. This bad boy boasts 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque.

  1. Excellent Handling

Despite is large side, driving the Denali 2500HD Diesel is smooth sailing. Not only is it easy to navigate turns and various terrains, but you can take this pickup up to nearly 100 mph and it will still feel like it’s cruising at 60.

  1. Built to Tow

This GMC diesel truck was built to handle towing like a champ. Features like the cruise control, stability control and engine braking were all engineered to be of use when towing up to 15,400 pounds.

  1. Luxurious Ride

Heavy duty trucks used to be made for hard work and nothing else—but not anymore. The 2017 Denali 2500HD has a luxurious cabin that offers you and your passengers a comfortable and quiet ride.

  1. Smart Features

This pickup is equipped with the latest technology, plus neat functional features like side view cameras that kick on when the turn signal is activated. With tools like these, you can feel confident while you work in the 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD diesel.

Upcoming Events at Greenville’s Peace Center

Peace Center

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, March 2-3, 2017

Gather up the kids for a family-friendly event that takes you back 65 million years. This performance lets you interact with incredibly lifelike dinosaurs while teaching you about pre-historic Australia. Tickets are $10.

Amos Lee, March 10, 2017

Fans of soulful, American folk music are in for a real treat when acclaimed songwriter Amos Lee comes to town. His beautiful songs will charm you, entertain you, and leave you feeling enriched. Impress a date with this performance or share it with a friend. Tickets are $35-55.

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue, March 12, 2017

For years, Bollywood music and movies have been entertaining audiences across the globe. Its combination of colorful, traditional garb, rich sounds and inspiring dances make for an exceptional, unique style. Taj Express brings together the best of Bollywood, past and present, for one special live performance. Tickets are $25+.

Join Lake Conestee for the “Nature’s Sweethearts” Event

Nature's Sweethearts Event - Bradshaw Automotive - Greer, SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park always provides plenty of fun and educational programs for the whole family to enjoy as they learn about the flora and fauna native to the area. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Lake Conestee is holding a special event on Saturday, February 11th called “Nature’s Sweethearts.” The Nature’s Sweethearts event will teach attendees about the relationships between various organisms in the park.

The event begins at 3 PM and ends at 4:30 PM, costing $8 for one adult and one child, plus $5.50 for each additional child. This gives you and your family an hour and a half tour of the park in which you’ll learn about how the members of Lake Conestee’s ecosystem interact in order to sustain the environment and one another. This will be followed by a fun arts and crafts activity in which children will be allowed to create animal-themed Valentine’s based on the book My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall.

All ages are welcome at the Nature’s Sweetheart event, but it’s primarily aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 8. Lake Conestee will also be providing a campfire and warm beverages in order to keep everyone cozy during the cool February weather! Make sure to pre-register for the event ahead of time by Friday, February 10th.

Chevrolet Turns Up the Charm With a Real Lego Batmobile

real lego Batmobile - bradshaw automotive - greer, scThe Lego Batman Movie is sure to be a great experience for all ages, but the last thing most people expected was for Chevrolet to team up with Lego to create a real Lego Batmobile. The brand kicked off the 2017 North American International Auto Show with a blast by showing off the 100% functional life-size Lego vehicle as part of its Detroit auto presentation. The debut of the unique vehicle was unveiled alongside a new commercial for the Lego Batmobile featuring Lego Mini Figures.

The advertisement is a spoof of the “Real People, Not Actors” ad campaign that Chevy has been implementing, with the tagline “Real Lego Mini Figures, Not Actors.” The commercial to commemorate the Batmobile’s unveiling is lighthearted and fun, with the audience speculating what sort of person would drive the Lego Batmobile.

The Lego Batmobile took 222 hours to design, consists of just under 345,000 Lego blocks, and weighs almost 1,700 lbs. It also has a real powertrain, with a capable engine underneath the hood. Using the tie-in with the new Lego Batman Movie isn’t just smart marketing; it’s a throwback to the old 1989 Batman movie, which featured a Batmobile constructed from two Chevy Impala chassis. The real Lego Batmobile is technically for sale – but unless you have $48 million sitting around, the price is a little steep.