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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!

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

traveling with pets

Finding a dog sitter or kenneling your dog while you go on vacation can seem like a hassle, and who wants to be separated from their best friend for that long anyway? Taking your dog with you on vacation can be a lot of fun for you and your pet, but make sure you’re following these safety tips for traveling with pets!

Before you leave, get your dog used to riding in the car for longer and longer periods of time. This will help keep them calm when you leave, and they won’t notice the long distance as much. If your dog has trouble going to the bathroom anywhere but your backyard, get them used to going other places as well.

When you’re on the road, stop every few hours so your dog can go to the bathroom. Always give them access to clean water, and feed them according to their usual schedule. Bring toys for them to occupy themselves to keep their stress levels to a minimum.

Don’t leave your dog alone in a car, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. This is dangerous! You should also avoid letting them stick their head out of the car window for safety reasons.

Remember the most important thing is to have a great vacation for you and your family, including your furry companions.  Also, feel free to bring your car into our service department before you head out on your trip!

Chevy Leads 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study for Fourth Consecutive Year

2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study

For the fourth year in a row, Chevrolet led more categories than any other brand in the 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study. The study, which JD Power has been conducting for three decades, surveys over 80,000 new vehicle owners and lessees to determine their satisfaction with their vehicles.

Chevrolet led five categories, sweeping the full-size truck category with a win for both the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD. It also won both the compact and large SUV segments with the Equinox and the Tahoe. The Spark, which saw a big design refresh in 2016, beat the rest of the city car segment by a whopping 48 points, while the others only led by 10 to 15 points.

This is another big win for Chevy, who also swept the JD Power Dependability Survey earlier this year. Chevy has already seen a rise in sales by 3% just since the beginning of 2016 and expects more thanks to the JD Power studies, which they expect will draw in more new customers. We sure hope this trend continues, and Chevy continues to produce award-winning cars!

To find out more about the award-winning lineup of Chevy cars, stop by and check out our new car inventory at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC!

Things to Do Around Greer

Things to do Around Greer

It’s that time of year again where the weather turns nice, and with it, many places and opportunities open for us to explore and see all the Greer has to offer.   Check out these few things to do around Greer, South Carolina.

We at Bradshaw Automotive love to visit the Greenville Zoo. This summer has even more opportunities available for fun times at the zoo, as there are multiple summer camps for kids of all ages.

Some of the camps for younger kids focus on concepts such as colors at the zoo, while the older kids may learn more about the animals that come out at night. There are many opportunities for kids ages 3-14. For more information on specific zoo camp options, or to plan your own day at the zoo, be sure to check out the Greenville Zoo website.

If you prefer to stay inside during the summer, you should definitely check out the Greer Heritage Museum. The museum has a library for historical and genealogical research and interactive displays throughout the exhibits. There are volunteer guides who would love to talk with you about the rich history of Greer. In addition, there is no charge to get into the Greer Heritage Museum, so you can visit all summer long!

If you are looking for things to do this summer around Greer, there are even more options! These two places to visit are just a few of the great things going on in Greer, SC.  Be sure to see what other great things our community has to offer!

Buick Avista Exterior Color Design and Designer

Buick Avista Exterior Color

When you think of jobs that are in the automobile business, usually the person who ‘colors’ the car doesn’t come to mind. At Buick, there is a “Lead Exterior Color Development Designer” named Krysti Murphy who was in charge of selecting the color for the Avista concept vehicle.

Pursuitist Autos interviewed Krysti Murphy, and it was extremely interesting to learn about this job field and designer herself. Murphy previously worked for Hasbro toys designing My Little Ponies. She would pick out the colors for the ponies and work on the transitions of the colors and styled tattoos.

Murphy mentioned that her work on the coloring of toys helped her transition into the world of automobiles. Both fields require market research; it’s just for different demographics is all. She still looks at color trends, but now focuses on finding colors pleasing to adults that also have favorable longevity.

In regards to the Avista, Murphy really enjoyed working on the sculptural surfaces as it allowed for dual tone colors. She explained that she prefers working on a show car color because it allows for more experimentation of different pigments and color varieties. For the Avista concept, Murphy pulled inspiration from water, as she created a beautiful blue with multiple pigments that change color tones in different lighting.

A lot of research and experimenting goes into selecting the perfect color for a new vehicle. To read the full interview with Krysti Murphy, click here. You’ll be amazed at how many coats of paint it takes just to get one perfect color!

To learn more about the Buick Avista or any of our current Buick vehicles, stop by and see us at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC

Wards 10 Best Interiors Includes 2017 Cadillac XT5

2017 Cadillac XT5

While you may love how your car looks on the outside, it’s the inside that matters the most. Recently, the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5 was included as one of Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2016. As a brand new model to the Cadillac line-up, this shows great things to come!

WardsAuto editors were impressed with the XT5’s “first-rate materials” along with its advanced technology. Cadillac implemented a whole-new design for the XT5, which incorporates authentic, high-end materials, decorative trims. This is best exemplified on the XT5 Platinum Edition.

To be included in this list, vehicle interiors have to be all-new or significantly redesigned. The 10 winners, including the XT5, were chosen from a total of 47 interiors. WardsAuto editors spend two months evaluating all the designs. Each vehicle is judged based on its design harmony, aesthetics, materials, ergonomics, safety, value, comfort, fit-and-finish, and user-friendliness of the technology.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 heads into production this month and for most dealers will go on sale later this year.

Here at Bradshaw Automotive we have already received our shipment of the 2017 Cadillac XT5, so stop in to experience the all-new XT5 for yourself and see what makes its interior so noteworthy.

Enjoy National Biking Month with These Great Cycling Trails Near Greer

National Biking Month

Warm weather is finally here, which means it is a great time to head outdoors. For many people, riding their bicycles is the best way to spend a beautiful day. And, it’s a great form of exercise, too. If you’re looking to go exploring on your bike here in South Carolina, here are some great cycling trails near Greer.

  • Lyman Lake. Just north of Greer is this beautiful lake. Ride just a part of the trail, or cruise the whole thing for a total of 20 miles.
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail. Head to nearby Greenville and ride on the nearly 20-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail.
  • Spartanburg County Parks. Spartanburg County has numerous trail systems available to cyclists. These range from paved paths through dirt forest trails.

This May encourage your whole family to go biking together. You’ll get to explore the beautiful scenery in and around Greer while becoming active as a family.  Before you know it, your kids might be begging you to head out on the trails with them.

Where is your favorite cycling spot near Greer? Do you prefer paved trails or more off-road cycling?  Tell us about your favorite places to go biking at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC!

GMC Earns Most Refined Brand Award by KBB.com

2016 GMC Lineup

For the third-consecutive year, GMC earned the Most Refined Brand Award from Kelley Blue Book.

This prestigious award was presented to the GMC brand at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The reason why the award is important is because it recognizes an automaker’s ability to create and maintain products that create excitement amongst prospective car buyers.

In order to determine each award winner, data from more than 12,000 KBB.com users was analyzed in the Kelley Blue Book Strategic Insights’ Brand Watch study. This study focuses on what factors are important to consumers when purchasing a new vehicle, as well as the buyer’s familiarity and loyalty towards a particular brand.

GMC’s Denali sub-brand was credited by KBB.com as being a huge reason why GMC was honored as the Most Refined Brand. Denali models are known for their enhanced style and superior luxury features. In fact, Denali vehicles accounted for 23% of all GMC retail sales last year, which outsold Porsche’s full line of products.

If you are looking for an award winning brand like GMC, stop in to Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, South Carolina today to find out more about these GMC models and the Denali lineup as well!