Naples, Florida was voted one of the top 10 best towns for Christmas last year by Coastal Living, thanks to its abundance of festivals and attractions that keep the holiday cheer going through the whole month of December. So, in the same spirit, here are some fun things to do in Naples at Christmas.
Spending Christmas at the beach is unusual, but fun—especially since it’s a low-stress way to spend time with family, and we all know Christmas can be a stressful time. Plus, Naples has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches around.
This year’s Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay will take place the evening of December 9th, and boaters will decorate their ships with lights—one even turned his boat into Santa’s sleigh—and sail around the bay. Make sure you arrive early to find a great spot to watch!
Every year, Fifth Avenue South downtown is decorated elaborately with Christmas lights while a band plays Christmas music. The Naples Botanical Garden is also beautiful around the holidays, and if you’re just visiting, you’ll definitely want to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, which turns into a winter wonderland around Christmas.
The staff here at DeVoe Buick GMC wish you the happiest of holidays!
If you’re like many people, you like to get a solid start on your Holiday shopping by venturing out on Black Friday. You can find dozens of excellent deals if you know where to look. Use these Black Friday shopping tips from DeVoe Buick GMC to make the most of your shopping.
Make a List
Before you head out, you need to get organized. Make a list of what you’re looking for and order it based on priority. Know which store you need to visit for each item, and have a backup plan in case you can’t find what you wanted.
Shop Together and Apart
You can make the most of your Black Friday shopping if you go with a friend or two. Not only is it more fun, but you can split up when needed to cover more ground more quickly.
If you don’t like the busy stores, no problem! You can still find tons of great deals online, especially if you do your research ahead of time. Many websites will advertise their sales beforehand so you can plan your purchases.
When the crowds get frustrating, remember that everyone is out for the same reason as you are. Try to be patient and careful when in the stores and in traffic. Bring a book or headphones if you’re going alone so you’ll have something to do while you wait in line. You might want to pack snacks, too—especially if you’re susceptible to becoming “hangry!”
Since your parents started dressing you in that (totally awesome) pumpkin costume, you’ve associated Halloween with trick-or-treating. But just how did it all start? Here’s some history about how trick-or-treat came to be, from us here at DeVoe Buick GMC.
The term “trick-or-treat” was only coined in 1951, when it was made popular by the Peanuts comic strip. However, that’s not the origin of the actual practice of trick-or-treating. Back in the Middle Ages, people would dress up as ghosts or demons and would perform “tricks” for food and drinks.
In later centuries, young people in Scotland and Ireland would dress up (called “guising”) and go door to door, telling jokes or singing songs in exchange for a treat of some sort.
Guy Fawkes Day was a celebratory holiday in England. In the 19th century, children began dressing up as Fawkes (a famous conspirator) and asking people for “a penny for the Guy”.
In the United States, trick-or-treating spawned from the American colonists who celebrated Guy Fawkes Day as well as the Irish and Scottish who practiced their tradition of “guising”. Pranking on Halloween became a common practice during the 1920’s, which ending up leading to the “trick-or-treat” practice.
After a short halt on trick-or-treating during WWII, it became popular again during the postwar baby boom. And we’ve been trick-or-treating ever since!
Florida is the ideal place to live if you love food and fun. Thanks to our excellent year-round weather, it is always a good time to go outside. And, some of the most fun things to do outside are to go to any of the great festivals in Florida.
Here are some of the best.
- Florida Seafood Festival. The 54th annual Florida Seafood Festival will be held November 3rd and 4th this year. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to Apalachiola’s Battery Park. Along with the delicious food, you can enjoy crafts, live music, and other seafood events.
- Taste History Culinary Tours. This is a year-round food event that happens in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth & Lantana, Delray Beach, and Boyston Beach on Saturdays. Check the schedule and purchase your tickets in advance.
- Summer of Rum Fest. This booze-filled festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd, in Downtown Tampa.
- Stone Crab Festival. Head to Naples October 27th through the 29th for this fun-filled, free festival. Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood, live music, water cruises, and more.
Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we love living and working here in Florida and hope to see you at one of these great festivals.
Pack for the perfect picnic!
Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. One great way to celebrate is with a picnic. Here’s how to pack the perfect picnic basket to ensure both safety and fun.
Remember what your teachers always told you—safety first! Food safety is the number one priority when packing picnic baskets, because you want everybody to enjoy the food without getting sick. One way to avoid that is to ditch food that’s been left out more than two hours. In warm weather, food can go bad fast. Make sure that you fill your picnic basket with ice packs to try to keep the food cool as long as possible.
Besides being safe, you’ll also want to be smart. Pack essentials like napkins, plates, and utensils so that you’re not stuck using your hands for everything! Make sure that you also bring a garbage bag to avoid littering.
Finally, there is the fun part—the food itself! Coming up with the perfect picnic meal can be hard, but we’re here to help. Travel-sized food is perfect for picnics because it’s easy to pack. Bite-sized sandwiches won’t make a mess and they’ll fit in your basket neatly.
Good luck on your picnic adventures!
Mother’s Day will be here on May 14th. That means there is still time to get your mom a thoughtful gift that will make her love you even more. If you need some inspiration, here are five great gifts for mom.
- Jewelry. Let her show off her mom pride with a necklace customized to show how many kids she has. Or, jewelry customized with her birth month flower or stone.
- Hobbies. What is your mom’s hobby? Does she love gardening, playing music, reading? Whatever she loves, give her a gift to help her explore and express her creativity even more. Try this indoor herb garden for the mom who loves to cook.
- Food. Moms love a good meal, especially ones they don’t have to cook. Make her a delicious homemade feast of her favorite foods, and make sure to do the dishes afterwards.
- Time. Perhaps the best gift you can give any mom is to spend time with her. Let her relax and enjoy being surrounded by her family without any obligations getting in the way.
Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we wish all moms everywhere a happy Mother’s Day!
When you live in Florida and feel the urge to hit the beach, there’s really only one problem: which one to choose. The Sunshine State features the finest coastlines in the US. Here’s a list of the top five best beaches in Florida.
# 5 – Destin – A number of features make Destin one of the most attractive beaches in the state. There’s the pure white sand, its affordability and its constant sunshine.
# 4 – Sanibel Island – Off the coast of Fort Myers is Sanibel Island. This is where you can go when you want to avoid Spring Breakers and enjoy some quality quiet time with the family.
# 3 – Key West – Part of the fun of Key West is getting there, as you get to drive the phenomenally scenic Overseas Highway. Once you’re down there, the party never stops.
# 2 – St. Petersburg – They don’t call St. Petersburg the Sunshine City for nothing. The town bears the distinction of holding the Florida record for most consecutive days of sunshine.
# 1 – Naples – Some might argue that the best part of Naples has nothing to do with sand. They might be right, but that’s a hard argument—the beaches here are not only open to the public, they are simply gorgeous. Naples offers the all-around treatment with great restaurants, interesting attractions and superb golf courses.
Speaking of attractions in Naples, stop by DeVoe Buick GMC today and get behind the wheel of a new Buick!
There are a lot of confusing terms when it comes to checking out new cars and reading through the specifications. While horsepower is pretty self-explanatory, torque is a widely referred to spec that not many drivers can define. Even more of a mystery is what torque actually does in a car. So, just what does a car’s torque mean? Let us DeVoe Buick GMC explain.
Putting it plain and simple, torque causes a car to accelerate. While the torque specification is a higher number than the torque on the wheels, it’s still a good indicator of how fast a car can accelerate.
There are a few things that can help a car accelerate other than torque. A lighter car and lower center-of-mass will obviously help.
We’ve defined what torque is but not how it effects the vehicle in reality. Take a truck like the GMC Sierra 1500, for example.
If you’ve ever read the specifications on a full-size pickup, odds are you noticed that the engines fall in the range of a V6 or V8 and may include a diesel option here and there. The reason for that size of an engine is simple: the larger the engine, the more torque it can produce.
An engine with high torque won’t be as effective without large wheels and tires, which is why trucks are usually so massive.
The Naples Botanical Garden, with over 170 acres of property, is one of the most popular points of interest in the area surrounding Naples, Florida. The gardens have seven distinct ecosystems with over 1,000 species of plants, making it one of the most extensive in the region.
According to the Naples Botanical Garden website, the gardens have been around since 1993 and were officially incorporated in 1994. Exhibits and shows are frequently held at the gardens, including a LEGO flower display, opera performances, dog walks, and more. Plus, the facility also has resources for conservation education and gardening tips and classes.
You can become a sustaining member or simply go for a visit this weekend. The website contains a section on what is currently in bloom, giving you facts and information about what you will see when you visit the botanical gardens. Not only is this a great spot for kids and school trips, but the local botanical gardens are also great for romantic dates and gardening enthusiasts.
The Naples Botanical Gardens are just one of many local attraction here in Naples, Florida. We at DeVoe Buick GMC couldn’t be happier to be located in such a wonderful area.
The beach is a wonderful place to visit no matter what time of the year it is. However, in December, the water can get pretty chilly! Fortunately, there are plenty of fun beach activities to do in winter that avoid the ocean altogether.
Fly a Kite
The wintry winds can create the perfect conditions for flying a kite on the beach. Just let the wind carry your high-flying kite around up in the air.
Search for Seashells
Taking a peaceful stroll along the shoreline, you can keep a keen eye out for various sea shells to use as ornaments for a tropical Christmas tree.
Play a Game of Volleyball
A round of beach volleyball is perfect no matter what time of year it is. Just set up the net and get ready to serve!
Create a Campfire
You can stay warm on winter nights by setting up a campfire on the beach. You can even trade out those roasted chestnuts on an open fire for some delicious seasonal s’mores!