How to Visit Massachusetts While Staying Home

How to Visit Massachusetts While Staying Home | Amesbury, MA

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have had to cancel our traveling plans. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience what the wonderful state of Massachusetts has to offer. Check out these cool ideas for how to visit Massachusetts while staying home.

Explore the state in Google Earth VR

Google Earth is fun, but Google Earth VR takes virtual exploration to another level. If you own a virtual reality headset, you owe it to yourself to put it on and visit some of Massachusetts’s best outdoor attractions. Fly over Cape Cod, follow the Freedom Trail, and, of course, find where you live, wherever that may be. And yes, Google Earth VR is free.

Order delicacies to your home

Trying to get a literal taste of Massachusetts? You can’t go out to eat, but you can order some of the state’s most beloved delicacies right to your home. During the quarantine, many places are now delivering and third-party services like Grubhub or DoorDash are offering delivery deals. Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t have your cider donuts or fish ‘n’ chips. And if you don’t live in Massachusetts, you can always get some foods shipped, like the state’s famous Maple Sugar candy.

Take a virtual museum tour

If you need a cultural fix, many of Massachusetts’s museums and other cultural institutions are offering online tours and exhibits. Take a look at the personal papers of Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy at the Massachusetts Historical Society, or the paintings and sculptures in the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Amesbury Chevrolet hopes these tips on how to visit Massachusetts at home will make your quarantine a bit more fun. Remember to call us for any of your vehicular needs.

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The Coolest Colors Available on 2020 Chevy Lineup

2020 Chevy Lineup Colors | Amesbury, MA

As Americans, we spend a lot of time in our cars. For many of us, our cars become an extension of our personality. One fun way to express our personalities through our cars is with its exterior color. If you are looking for some fun or unique color options for your next car, you should buy a Chevrolet. Here are some of the coolest color options available in the 2020 Chevy lineup.

Blazer

The sharply styled Blazer looks good in any color, but the classic Red Hot or Bright Blue Metallic will really turn heads.

Bolt

The electric Bolt has some equally electrifying color options like the standard Oasis Blue or the optional Cayenne Orange Metallic and Kinetic Blue Metallic.

Camaro

Get high-speed thrills with bold colors to match when you take home a Camaro. The yellow-toned Shock and bold orange Crush will turn heads wherever you go.

Corvette Stingray

The all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray with its mid-engine design is an exciting addition to the lineup. Choose from bold color options like Elkhart Lake Blue, Accelerate Yellow, Rapid Blue, and Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat.

Equinox

Even if you are buying a new family hauler, you can still add some excitement or sophistication with a unique color. The Equinox is available in colors like Cayenne Orange Metallic, Chocolate Metallic, and Pacific Blue Metallic.

Add more color to your life when you test-drive one of the vibrant 2020 Chevy models we have in stock here at Amesbury Chevrolet.

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First Annual Tulip Fest at Cider Hill Farm

First Annual Tulip Fest at Cider Hill Farm | Amesbury, MA

Check out the first annual Tulip Fest at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Cider Hill Farm has been maintained by three generations are farmers who are dedicated to providing some of the best produce in the region. This family friendly location lets you pick your own peaches, stroll through orchards, and enjoy hot cider, among a verity of other events.

The Tulip Fest is the first of its kind, and it will be from April 24 to May 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Located at 45 Fern Ave. in Amesbury, the farm is offering pre-purchase tickets for this even, though you can also stay tuned for general ticket sales. What is the event? Cider Hill is scheduled to have over 50,000 tulips bloom at the end of April, and you can come and pick your own.

Tulips are a seasonal flower that boast brightly colored petals and come in more than 3,000 registered varieties. Believe it or not, tulips actually come from the Middle East and Turkey, though they were eventually transplanted to Europe — especially the Netherlands — in the sixteenth century. From there, they made their way to the U.S.

The Tulip Fest is a perfect event for those who want to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather of spring. It’s ideal for families, yet it can also make a romantic date. Head to the Cider Hill website for more information on this fun shindig.

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Valentine’s Day Activities with Your Best Friends

Valentine's Day with your Best Friends | Amesbury, MA

If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, you can still partake in the holiday’s festivities. Keep reading for some ideas on how to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your best friends.

Secret Cupid: Even if you don’t have a significant other, you can still get showered with candy and flowers this Valentine’s Day if you organize a Secret Cupid exchange with your friends. Much like Secret Santa exchanges, participants in Secret Cupid will covertly deliver gifts to the person they selected in the days leading up to Feb. 14. After the exchange is over, try to guess your Secret Cupid.

Staycation: Why be jealous of couples on romantic Valentine’s Day getaways when you can have a staycation with your best pals? Stream your favorite movies, mix up some delicious drinks, and whip together a DIY face mask while you pretend you’re lounging on a tropical beach instead of in frigid Amesbury. For the full effect of relaxation, take a social media hiatus.

Volunteer: One of the best way to bond with your friends this Valentine’s Day is to volunteer as a group. A local Amesbury organization, Our Neighbor’s Table, is always looking for volunteers to help prepare meals and staff the food pantry. Even without a Valentine, volunteering can help make your heart feel a little fuller.

Amesbury Chevy wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day. Remember to give us a call for all of your vehicular needs this season.

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Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Amesbury, MA

Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day | Amesbury, MA

Whether you prefer a low-key outing or a more elegant one, Amesbury has some fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Here are just a few ideas to inspire your own holiday festivities.

A budget-friendly dinner

Childcare can be expensive, so consider getting the grandparents to watch the kids. You can write love letters that serve as reminders of what you love most about each other. Or you can cook up a quiet dinner at home and pair it with a bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.

Do something unexpected

Flowers and chocolates are all the rage, but do something this year you know that your partner will appreciate. Do the laundry if you don’t typically do so. Fold and put the clothes or towels away, too. And if your beloved enjoys having a clean car but lacks the time to tidy it up, have their vehicle detailed for that extra sparkle.

You can even surprise them with movie tickets, make their favorite cocktail, or finish that home renovation project that has been on the backburner for months.

Put on the ritz

Choose champagne and oysters for an upscale feast, or book an inn so you can spend a night away from home to rekindle the romance.

You can also take a Valentine’s Day cruise, with gourmet dining and dancing, while you and your significant other take in ocean views from one of the many rivers nearby.

Want to really impress your date? Stop by Amesbury Chevrolet to purchase or lease a shiny new 2020 Chevy.

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Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions | Amesbury, MA

As 2020 approaches, many people are setting goals for the future. These strategies for keeping your New Year’s Resolutions will help you get you started on the right foot.

Be Real

Sometimes the best way to be successful with a New Year’s resolution is to start small. Give yourself a goal that you know you can meet, like going to the gym twice a week versus six times a week.

Remember the Pros and Cons

As your initial momentum threatens to wear off, you may need some extra motivation to keep you going. Make a list of the pros and cons to keeping your resolution. Ask friends and family to contribute to the list and add to it as you think of more items. Regularly revisit your goal to help you remember why you want to stick to your resolution.

Talk About It

Talking about your goals and your process is another great way to keep in touch with what your goal means to you. Talk to friends about how things are going and seek support when needed.

Don’t Give Up

If you feel like you’ve slipped up, don’t beat yourself up over it. New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be about perfect execution. They should be about making positive changes and challenging yourself. Don’t give up. Remember that you can start over or pick up where you left off at any point during the year.

Amesbury Chevrolet wishes you and your loved ones a Happy New Year. Remember to keep us in mind the next time your Chevy needs service or if you’re shopping for a new ride.

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A Retrospective Look at Chevrolet’s Official Video Game Lineup

2018 Chevy Corvette | Amesbury, MA

You may not know this, but Chevrolet has licensed video games that allow you to enjoy virtual versions of their famous Chevy sports cars. These are the official games that you can purchase to take advantage of every opportunity to drive a Chevy.

Corvette (2003)

Perhaps the most iconic Chevrolet car is the Corvette. Chevrolet gave the Corvette its very own video game for fans to enjoy. This game was the first of the brand’s licensed games and it was developed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this model. You could choose from Corvette models ranging from 1953 to brand-new 2003 models. This game was available on the Gameboy Advance, PC, Xbox, and the PlayStation 2.

Ford Vs. Chevy (2005)

Everyone knows about the intense rivalry between Ford and Chevy in the real world, but this rivalry went to a new level in the Ford vs. Chevy video game. You could select to race dozens of models from both brands, including some that aren’t included in other licensed Chevrolet games.

Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride (2010)

Several years later Chevy gave their other iconic car its own video game. Gamers could race many different Camaros in competitions in three different continents. Wii motion allowed users to control their Camaro by using the Wii Wheel. This game was accessible via Wii, DS, and 3DS.

For more interesting facts about Chevrolet, contact us here at Amesbury Chevrolet. Or stop by to say hello and to test-drive one of the models that inspired these video games.

 

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Things to Do in Amesbury this Fall

Seasonal Activities in Amesbury | Amesbury, MA

The cooler weather of fall makes it the perfect time to get outdoors and explore your community. If you’re looking for seasonal activities in Amesbury, consider visiting Cider Hill Farm, the Brewery Silvaticus, or Lake Gardner. These are just some of the many things you can do to stay busy this autumn.

According to Trip Advisor, one of the top things to do in the area during the fall is to visit Cider Hill Farm. Started by the Cook family over three generations ago, this 145-acre farm hosts events, but you can also stop by to try their sparkling cider or their organic crops. Cider Hill Farm is dedicated to maintaining environmental sustainability, which also makes it a great place to learn about eco-friendly initiatives. Events include Friday Farm Tastings and Cider Under the Stars, as well as Pioneer Day with Laura Ingalls Wilder on Nov. 9.

Want to try some rustic ale or another hearty brew? Stop by the Brewery Silvaticus in the historic mill building in downtown Amesbury. Located right off the Powwow River, this brewery has a small tap room and an outdoor beer garden. You can also find local food trucks if you visit on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Finally, stop by Lake Gardener before it gets too cold. You can hike, paddleboard, or kayak on the lake. Though, if you prefer more land-based adventures, you can also go bird-watching or walk your dog on the trails.

Call us at Amesbury Chevrolet if you need to schedule your vehicle’s fall service appointment. We’re here to make sure your seasonal travels are as safe as they are pleasant.

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The Differences Between the 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Explained

2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD | Amesbury Chevrolet | Amesbury, MA

The Chevrolet heavy-duty pickup truck lineup is back for the new model year, and it’s the best it’s ever been. That being said, how does the 2020 Silverado HD differ from its predecessor? These are some of the differences between the 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

 

Performance

 

For the new model year, the 2020 Silverado HD now comes with two powerful engines. The first is all new and is a standard 6.6-liter V8 engine. It produces 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, replacing the 2019 model’s less powerful 6.0-liter V8.

 

The 2020 Silverado’s second engine is one that showed up mid-year on the 2019 — a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 that puts out 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. This engine now comes paired to an all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission, rather than last year’s six-speed.

 

Size

 

Bigger is better when it comes to the Silverado heavy-duty lineup. The 2020 model’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer and 1.4 inches wider. It has also gained an additional 10.4 inches in overall length.

 

Technology

 

While each of these Silverado HD model years come with a range of connective features like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2020 offers more. This model comes with a range of trailering apps, wireless smartphone charging, audio system upgrades, and more USB ports.

 

Experience the thrill of the 2020 Silverado HD for yourself when you stop by Amesbury Chevrolet for a test drive. 

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Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration

Fireworks | Amesbury, MA

Although the Fourth of July is known for its spectacular fireworks displays, the end of summer deserves its own celebration. Entering its seventh year, the annual Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration will take place on the Thursday before Labor Day Weekend (Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019) between 8:30-9 p.m., marking a close to the summer months. This WBOP Gathering will celebrate our community, love, and the end of summer with a breathtaking, family-friendly fireworks display at the Boston Harbor.

The Illuminate the Harbor celebration believes that Boston’s waterfront and Harbor belong to the Boston community and celebrates the array of individuals, communities, and public resources that support the waterfront. To show your support for love and connectedness, donate to the celebration here.

The Illuminate the Harbor fireworks display will feature fireworks set off from two barges in Boston Harbor located between Long Wharf and Seaport. The display can be viewed from anywhere along Boston’s waterfront, but several locations along the Boston Harborwalk are recommended. The recommended locations are Christopher Columbus Park, North End; Piers Park, East Boston; and Fan Pier, Seaport District. Before the celebration, you can kick off Labor Day Weekend right with some local grub, supporting local businesses along the Harbor.

We here at Amesbury Chevrolet hope to see you at this year’s Illuminate the Harbor event. Until then, feel free to stop by to test-drive a shiny new 2019 Blazer or Silverado 1500.

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