For many, the highlight of summer vacation is celebrating
Independence Day. What better way to do this than with a family get-together, a
cookout, some water play for the kids, and a night sky filled with fireworks.
If you are planning an even this year, here are some easy Fourth of July
recipes for you to try.
Cheddar Bacon Ranch
This delicious corn on the cob recipe will have everyone asking for more. It is cooked on the grill to give it that delicious smoky flavor. Finish it off with crumbled bacon and ranch dressing.
These mini cheeseburgers are easy to prepare and are all finished at the same time. Make a lot so everyone can come back for seconds and maybe even thirds.
Banana Split Kebabs
This kid-friendly dessert is both healthy and delicious. Take sliced bananas, strawberries, and pineapple, put them on a skewer, and drizzle with some chocolate.
Classic Caesar Salad
Add something fresh and crisp to your cookout with a classic salad. All you need is romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan, croutons, and dressing. You can get extra fancy by making your own croutons and dressing.
This simple recipe is all in the decorations. Bake your favorite cake, top it with whipped cream, and decorate it with fruit to look like a flag.
If you want to celebrate the Fourth of July in style, why not get an American-made luxury vehicle right here at DeVoe Buick GMC!
Did you know that Naples, Florida, has repeatedly been ranked one of the best places to live in the United States? In fact, according to a recent Gallup study, Naples is the “healthiest and happiest city in America.” These great accolades are one reason by so many people flock to our great city after they’ve called it a career. If you are planning on spending your retirement here, there are plenty of senior-friendly activities in Naples to keep you busy.
In addition to its beautiful, white, sandy beaches, Naples
has a variety of outdoor activities to help you spend time with nature. The
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary offers guided tours like bird watches. Or, you can
head to Naples Preserve and pack a barbecue lunch. Many local find the Barefoot
Beach Preserve an ideal spot for fishing.
Naples has no shortage of golfing opportunities. In fact,
with nearly 80 golf courses within the area, there is always a place to
practice your swing. Tiburon Golf Club and TPC Treviso are two of the more
If you are looking for ways to expand your horizons, join
the book club at the Collier County Public Library. You can also sign up for
educational classes there, too. There are also a variety of local dance schools
that offer lessons for seniors.
Whether you’re young or old, the current Buick and GMC lineups have something to offer for your needs. Stop into DeVoe Buick GMC to see just what we’ve got in store.
Our hometown of Naples is well-known for its sunny beaches in the summertime, but it is often overlooked for its beauty after Labor Day. Fall in Naples is a beautiful thing that you won’t want to miss; here are just a few of our favorite autumnal to-dos:
Visit the zoo
Folks usually think of a trip to the zoo as a summer activity, but the best time to go is arguably autumn. It’s a bit cooler, and the animals are more active and playful. Plus, the crowds of tourists have diminished drastically. Pack your family into your trusty Buick or GMC and head to Naples Zoo at Caribbean Garden this weekend.
See amazing fall colors at Naples Botanical Garden
Florida may not get the same sort of fiery, explosive fall colors as New England, but only a fool would believe you can’t find all your favorite fall reds, yellows, oranges, and more right here in the Sunshine State. One of the best places to check out for autumn hues is Naples Botanical Gardens.
Celebrate the arts during Celebrate the Arts Month
November is “Celebrate the Arts Month,” put on by the United Arts Council of Collier County. All month long, you can participate in your favorite arts and culture in the form of live music, pop-up galleries, student art shows, and a variety of entertainers.
If you need a reliable ride to get around Naples this fall — or any other beautiful season for that matter — stop into DeVoe Buick GMC and check out what we’ve got on the lot.
If you love your car and your state, then summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy both to the fullest. Take a ride in your vehicle and make these awesome day trips that are just a short drive away from Naples.
While Fort Myers is a great beach town, there’s more than just the water here. What makes it different is its historical homes, like Thomas Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory, and Henry Ford’s winter homes (perfect for car lovers).
Even those who don’t live in the Sunshine State are familiar with the Florida Everglades. If you do live here, you have no excuse not to take some time to appreciate its majesty. Everglades National Park as well as the Big Cypress National Preserve both give you a glimpse of the natural beauty that will stick with you.
Matlacha is packed with small-town charm and a great getaway from city life. It’s an old fishing village rich with color and history, as well as antique stores, art galleries, and all kinds of shops. If you enjoy fishing, the famous “World’s Fishing-est Bridge” is a quaint wooden bridge that lives up to its name.
Live the island life for a day at Marco Island — just half an hour from Naples. A day at this island means there are multiple beach fronts and plenty of relaxation ahead of you.
Living in Naples is a blessing in and of itself, and the ability to get to so many breathtaking destinations around the state in just a day’s drive makes it all the more worthwhile. If you need a new ride to explore Florida in, look no further than DeVoe Buick GMC.
Looking for something fun to do with your four-legged friend? Head to the beautiful Naples Botanical Garden on designated days for their special “Dogs in the Garden” events. Your pooch will have a blast socializing with the other pets while you and your whole family delights in watching them frolic.
Love jazz music and chilling on the beach? Then you can’t miss SummerJazz on the Gulf at the Naples Beach Hotel. Bring a lawn chair and lean back for the 32nd annual festival of jazz. Opening festivities take place on Saturday, June 23rd, but Naples Beach Hotel hosts one SummerJazz event each month through September, so there’s no excuse not to catch a show!
Of all the summer events in Naples, here’s one you can really feel good about participating in. Clean Beaches Week is your chance to give back to the Naples community and beautify our neighborhood. Head to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on July 5th for buy-one, get-one entry to the exhibits.
There’s plenty to see and do around Naples in the summertime, and there’s no better or more stylish way to do it than from the wheel of a brand-new Buick or GMC vehicle. To get behind the wheel of one, stop into DeVoe Buick GMC and we’ll put you one step closer to the ultimate summer.
Head to the Naples Pier to enjoy its nostalgic vibe, look at the ocean, and then head down to the beach for some much-needed relaxation.
One of the most beautiful sights in Naples is that of Gordon Drive, where sightseers can rent a bike or scooter to view the stunning Mediterranean-style houses and mansions.
Grab Gourmet Pizza
Have a dinner that’s both atmospheric and beautiful at Timeless – An MHK Eatery, a new food marketplace that features traditional coal-fired pizzas as its centerpiece, as well as stunning design and architecture.
Make sure to fill your day with great food and a fun atmosphere as you’re having the perfect day in Naples, Florida.
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.
There’s nothing quite like the throaty hum of a finely-tuned engine. It’s something we can get used to over time and that’s why when it suddenly changes, it can be disconcerting to say the least. So, what changed? Here’s a short list of what different car noises could indicate.
If your vehicle squeals when you apply the brakes, it could be telling you that you need new brakes pads. Have your vehicle inspected soon, because once pads wear out completely your rotors could be damaged.
A loose exhaust system can cause rattling that appears to be coming from underneath your vehicle. You could even take a peek under there to check it out. But, it’s probably better to seek the service of a professional.
There are a number of kinds of grinding sounds an unhealthy vehicle can make. A light grinding sound could mean that your brake pads have been rubbed down to nothing.
If you drive a manual transmission, grinding during shifting could indicate a variety of issues. It could be a dragging clutch or a failing synchronizer. These are problems that normally arise as your vehicle reaches high mileage.
If your troubles are stacking up and you think the solution may be a new vehicle, stop in at DeVoe Buick GMC to explore our excellent lineup!
If you live in Naples, Florida and are looking for something to do the evening of Independence Day, why not come to the fireworks show at the Naples Pier at the West end of 12th Avenue? It’s an annual tradition to celebrate July 4th in Naples with fireworks displays, music, and the beautiful sight of the Florida coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.
The fireworks show is set to begin at 9:00pm after sunset, but guests are permitted to come earlier to set up any blankets, towels, or lawn chairs anywhere between Lowdermilk Park and Naples Beach. The music for the event will be broadcasted through the WAVV 101.1 FM radio station so viewers can listen while enjoying the fireworks shows choreographed to the playlist.
Admission for the event is entirely free. Parking is first-come, first-serve, and areas marked “No Parking” will be strictly patrolled by law enforcement. Police will be present at the event to direct traffic. No personal fireworks such as sparklers are permitted, but coolers with snacks and beverages are allowed.
In the hot, muggy weather that a summer in Florida brings, you’ll want to plan a few trips to the beach. Here are some beaches in and around Naples that you’ll want to head to this summer.
Clam Pass County Park
This secluded beachfront is tucked away in mangroves, and you’ll access it by a tram that drives across a boardwalk. You’ll want to go here if you love nature, because you’ll be among marine and plant life, especially in the tidal bay area.
This place is great for families, especially if you’re bringing young children to the beach. It has a host of full-service facilities and lets you picnic in the gazebo. There are also two playgrounds, a duck bond, plenty of showers and bathrooms, and sand volleyball courts!
Sugden Regional Park
If you’re over salt water, then you’re in luck! Sugden is home to the only public freshwater lake in the Naples area. It’s called Avalon Lake, and not only can you swim here, but you can also rent equipment for water sports and take sailing lessons!
Richard DeVoe is a proud member of the DeVoe Automotive team. Being the grandson of the DeVoe Automotive founder, Rich has spent much of his time at DeVoe and would love to help you find your next car!