Best Fiestas and Festivals in Florida!

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 FestivalsFlorida 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.

Packing the Perfect Picnic

Perfect Picnic

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!

5 Great Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day

Gifts for Mom

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!

The Top Five Best Beaches In Florida

 

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 –  DestinA 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 IslandOff 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 WestPart 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. PetersburgThey 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 – NaplesSome 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!

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

dashboardThere 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.

Local Florida Attractions: The Naples Botanical Garden

gardenThe 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.

Fun Beach Activities to Do in Winter

beachThe 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!

Manual Versus Automatic

manual transmissionWhen it comes to manual versus automatic transmissions, both have their pros and cons, and it’s important to understand the differences when you go to make a decision on what car to buy.

If you have the resources and patience to learn to how to drive manual, it could save you a lot of money. Cars with manual transmissions tend to have lower sticker prices and use less gas than automatics.

Manual transmissions are also preferred by auto enthusiasts and sports car drivers. Acceleration is greatly improved with manual transmissions, and driving lovers prefer the better performance and extra control the stick shift provides.

Then again, with automatic transmissions being the more common choice, fewer and fewer people know how to drive manual cars. So if you want to learn, it could be difficult to find a teacher or even someone who owns a manual car. Plus, automatic cars don’t require learned skills to be able to get them up a steep hill. If you’re not an enthusiast and you prefer easy to exciting, automatic is probably right for you.

Fort Myers Craft Beer and Music Festival Coming Soon!

If you’re looking for something to do in Fort Myers this weekend, head down to the Bell Tower Shops for the Fort Myers Craft Beer and Music Festival. Taking place on Saturday September 12th from 3pm to 8pm, the festival gives attendees the opportunity to sample craft beers while enjoying music by local artists.

For a $30 general admission ticket, you get a tasting glass, a “tasting passport,” and a handy guide to the different beers being offered at the Craft Beer and Music Festival. A VIP ticket gets you unlimited beer samplings as well as VIP seating and restrooms.

The Craft Beer and Music Festival is ideally located near many shops and restaurants in the Bell Tower Shops parking lot, so food is easily accessible to festival-goers. The event even offers a cheaper ticket for designated drivers and attendees under 21 years old who won’t be drinking so they can still enjoy the concert.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Rotary Club of Southwest Florida.

Fun Weekly Events in Naples

beachIf you haven’t heard, Naples has a lot going on! The following are some fun weekly events and get-togethers provided by Naples News that take place in our beautiful beachside community. We at DeVoe Buick GMC suggest you check one out this week!

Pub Poker @ The Naples English Pub – Every Wednesday from 9 to 11pm

Join host Rita as she leads a fun-filled night of no-limit poker.

Live Music @ Shane’s Cabana Bar – Every Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30pm

Enjoy a drink from the full bar as Pyrate Voodoo provides the quality music entertainment. Oh, and don’t forget to under-dress!

Free Clam Pass Walks – Every Thursday from 9 to 11am

A guide from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will lead a group along the beach for a delightful jaunt, all the while sharing fascinating details of the local flora and fauna. Meet at the gazebo near parking lot tram stop.

Naples Writers’ Workshop @ Neapolitan Underground – Every Wednesday starting at 7pm

A free workshop for all ages and experience, this is a place where you can share story ideas and receive constructive criticism from other writers.