To showcase the Silverado during Summer of Chevy, we chose to go a different route in our filming. Earlier this year, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet met Bill O’Brien and a few other board members of Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, a local non-profit that aids veterans by giving a renewed sense of purpose and potential entrepreneurship through agricultural endeavors. The ultimate goal is to help veterans live a full, sustainable life and build a stronger community together.
“VOVG exists for several reasons. The biggest one is to connect veterans and their families socially so they don’t feel like they are alone in this journey. We focus strongly on agriculture in its many forms to help veterans become sustainable,” according to the Veteran Owned Veteran Grown website. “Farming is hard work with long hours but, it also provides a peace and serenity that no pill the VA will give you can. Everything from raising chickens to craft work. We will do whatever we can to make you sustainable.”
Please enjoy the short feature that we produced on site at Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, starring some of their members with a little help from Team RWB Wilmington.
Trying to plan a last minute summer trip? With longer days and warmer nights its time to get out on the road and get lost in the Great American landscape. So let’s “Cruze” Into Summer!
Above Photo from 2014’s “Cruze Into Summer” Photo Contest
One great low cost way to travel is in our Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel comes equipped with a 1.6L Turbo engine and a 13.5 gallon gas tank at an MPG of 31 City and 47 Highway. Fueleconomy.gov states that the Chevy Cruze Diesel 500 miles of total range before having to refuel.
If we began a 500 mile journey in Wilmington, NC, where could we go with just one tank?
We came up with a wide variety of great American cities and towns that you could get to in just one tank of gas:
Many words could be used to describe this legendary performance family, but the only one that captures all of the refinement and engineering know-how that goes into every car — from the responsive LS to the supercharged ZL1 — is Camaro.
College Basketball is THE sport in North Carolina, and whether or not your family sides with UNC, Duke or NC State, this historic stop can’t be missed. The sports lover in you will dive headfirst into the timeline showing the infamous Tobacco Road rivalry.
Stretch your legs and work up an appetite by stopping over for a breathtaking hike in Catawba Falls. Just 30 minutes outside of Asheville, NC this Blue Ridge waterfall is over 100 ft high and is located at the Southern tip of Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District, just south of the Old Fort grade on I-40.
With hiking trails and several different waterfalls this natural marvel is now open for public exploration.
Clean off your hiking shoes and heads just 27 miles West to enter
You may want to stick around for a few days. Downtown Asheville, NC is filled with iconic landmarks, independent shops, breweries, and some world-renowned dining all tucked away in a mountain community vibe. Venture out to the Biltmore, George Vanderbilt’s Winter Estate complete with century-old gardens, hiking/biking and an on-site winery. Tour the treasured American Pisgah and Nantahala Forests if you didn’t get enough Blue Ridge Mountain beauty in your last stop.
After you have had your fill of top-notch cuisine hop back in and head 82 miles west to
Whether or not you are a country music fan, a MUST DO while in Nashville is visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. This recently renovated 350,000 square foot museum showcases so much of American music history complete with the historic letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and a casual taqueria. You can also take part in the ongoing battle over who has the best hot chicken in Nashville!
About 3 hours outside of Nashville, you will be in the Western end of Tennessee. Memphis boasts to be the home to the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock and Roll and the best place in the country for BBQ (there are many in the Carolinas that will debate that opinion).
Just outside of Little Rock, AK, take a break from the city trips and take in a day hike at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. There are hiking and biking trails with varying levels of difficulty, and the peak of the mountain reaches more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley.
In about 333 miles – YOU ARE NOW AT THE EXACT HALFWAY POINT to Barstow, CA! –
This offbeat roadside attraction features 10 graffiti-covered Cadillacs standing upright in a row, buried nose-first in the ground. The sculpture is the brainchild of Amarillo millionaire Stanley Marsh III, who chose classics dating from 1948 to 1963, the “Golden Age” of the American automobile.
Continue on I-40W and in about 278 miles you will enter
Any I-40 road trip would be incomplete without a stop in Albuquerque, where the famous Route 66 brought visitors from all over the country. Historic neon signs still glow along old Route 66 through Albuquerque, which is now Central Avenue. Alongside vintage signs, you’ll see new versions put up by businesses that are continuing the aesthetic traditions of Route 66, and many museums and tours to show the growth of the city since 1926 (when Route 66 was first commissioned).
In the middle of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is an active city where a mix of small town charm and endless outdoor adventures will welcome you in. Take in a guided tour of everything from the Grand Canyon to haunted city homes to old Route 66 stops. Visit Coconino National Forest to see endless amounts of varying terrain including red rock, southwest desert, pine forests and frozen tundra – all in one place!
Rocks, mud, the competition. ZR2 conquers them all. With its segment exclusive features like Multimatic shocks and an available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine-not to mention its aggressive stance and styling-ZR2 leaves the Tacoma stuck in a rut.
No matter what branch of the armed forces you or a loved one has served in, Chevrolet is proud to honor that immense sacrifice with the Chevy Military Discounts program. This program is offered by the manufacturer and is currently available to Active Duty members, National Guard Members, Reservists, Veterans within one year of discharge date, and retirees of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It also applies to any spouses of eligible military members.
Different vehicles in the Chevy lineup have different discounts in proportion to their MSRPs. Once you have picked the vehicle that is best for your needs, visit the official General Motors Military Discount page to get an authorization number. Then bring that number to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and we’ll help you get your perfect ride and drive away happy.
Here at Jeff Gordon Chevy, we are so proud and honored to serve veterans and retirees of America’s armed forces. Without you, America wouldn’t be the free country it is today. If you have any more questions about the Chevy Military Discounts, check out our answers to some of the most common queries here, or feel free to talk to us at the dealership.
When you think of heading out on a vacation, the famous beaches of Florida and other southern states probably come to mind. However, as any true North Carolinian knows, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy here in the Tar Heel State. Take a look at some of the best options on the Atlantic Seaboard to find the beach that’s perfect for your next day in the sun.
Bald Head Island: Since Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is in Wilmington, we had to include the nearby Bald Head Island. The island is only accessible by a ferry from Southport, but the beach and its turtle residents make it all worth it.
Carova Beach: If turtles aren’t your thing, consider heading to Carova Beach. It’s reportedly one of the most isolated beaches of the Outer Banks and its lack of paved roads mean you need a 4×4 to get there. Not only will you be far from the big groups of Outer Banks tourists, you’ll have the chance to see wild mustangs that are known to roam the beach.
Shackleford Banks: Shackleford Banks is in Carteret County and it’s another good beach for a possible sighting of wild horses, but this area is most well-known for its seashells and being a part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. If you visit in the summer, you might be able to see the loggerhead sea turtles make their nests and lay eggs before heading back out into the water.
Stop by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet today to check out all our beach-worthy vehicles!