The Ultimate I-40 Road Trip in the 2018 Chevy Traverse

Several years ago, as you would depart Wilmington, NC going West on Interstate 40 you would be greeted with a sign on your right that declared:

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Due to the novelty of this installment, the sign was stolen many times and after 4 replacements the NC DOT decided that it would just not spend the money on putting up a new one anymore.

The memory of that sign has inspired us to take the ultimate road trip to the final destination heading West on Interstate 40 to Barstow, California in our 2018 Chevy Traverse!

Check out how our very own Fernez Family preps for a Summer Road trip:

If you are ready to pack up the family and make your own memories this summer we have put a list together for you of the “MUST SEE” stops on this Westward Bound Great American Road Trip!

Starting with….

Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Wrightsville Beach, NC was noted North Carolina’s Best Beach – it is the perfect home for those with active outdoor lifestyles.

Year round, Wrightsville Beach, NC is home to many outdoor enthusiasts who love the versatility of the area.  Known for its crystal blue waters and spacious beach, surfing and standup paddleboard (SUP) competitions, and much more, it’s easy to find something to do here. No wonder Wrightsville Beach was voted North Carolina’s best beach.

In another 159 miles, turn on Exit 273B to

The Carolina Basketball Museum

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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.

199 miles later, stop over in

Catawba Falls

 

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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

Asheville, NC

 

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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

 

Gatlinburg, TN

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Have you tried white-water rafting?  Gatinlinburg has access to several classes of rafting due to its location off the Big Pigeon River.

Ready for an epic zipline adventure?  Check out CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains Zipline Tour.  Complete with World-Class Ziplining and Mountain Biking adventures, CLIMB accommodates groups of all sizes.

And if you are a Blake Shelton fan mark your calendars – the country star plans to open the third Ole Red Restaurant and Entertainment complex right off the Gatlinburg Parkway.

Get back on US-441N towards I-40 W and in one hour you will be in

Knoxville, TN

With a walkable downtown, people love to explore and discover vibrant murals, local music, historic sitesart museumsparksgreenways and more.  Check out Zoo Knoxville, commonly referred to as “The Red Panda Capital of the World” because of their success in breeding red pandas.

Continue on to I-40 for another 180 miles and you have entered Music City –

Nashville, TN

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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!

On your way to Memphis, TN, make quick stops at the Loretta Lynn Ranch and the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum.

Continue your music education by making a stop in

Memphis, TN

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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).

The Gibson Factory is here.  Graceland is here.  Get lost on Beale Street, dubbed “America’s Most Iconic Street.”

150 miles to

Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Roland, AK

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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! –

Nicoma Park, OK

278 miles to

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

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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

Albuquerque, NM

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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).

You are so close – almost done!

En route to Flagstaff, be sure to stop and check out the Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest National Park.

About 323 miles outside of Albuquerque, you will enter

Flagstaff, AZ

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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!

And finally, in about 352 miles you will enter…

Barstow, CA

You made it!  You have seen Interstate 40 in its entirety, coming up just shy of a straight away coast to coast road trip!

 

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown HotspotsCruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Join our “Summer of Chevy” Event on Facebook for all the details about upcoming “Pop-Up” Events and Giveways June – August!

TRAVERSE TAKES THE LEAD

The all-new 2018 Traverse is a step ahead of the competition when it comes to offering cargo space, Wi-Fi technology and safety features like the industry-first Front Center Air Bag.

Ready for the road-trip of a lifetime?  Check out our Chevrolet Traverse inventory so you can be well equipped.

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2018

CHEVROLET TRAVERSE

2018

FORD EXPLORER

2018

TOYOTA HIGHLANDER

BEST-IN-CLASS

Maximum Cargo Space

98.2 cu. ft. 81.7 cu. ft. 83.7 cu. ft.
AVAILABLE

4G LTE Wi-Fi

YES YES NO
AVAILABLE

Surround Vision Camera

YES NO YES

INDUSTRY FIRST

Front Center Air Bag

YES NO NO

 

 

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Local Women Team Up for National Women Build Week

Women across the Cape Fear Region fastened their tool belts and picked up their hammers to help a local family build the home they have been waiting for.

During the week of May 5th-12th, over 200 women divided into teams to build a home for a local mother and her two children in New Hanover County. This massive team effort was a part of “National Women Build Week”, a partnership initiative by Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Throughout the fundraising campaign, donors had the opportunity to donate in honor of a strong woman in their life.

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WWAY was on hand to cover the local build organized by Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

In support of these efforts, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet donated refreshments for the volunteer teams and provided some helping hands for the first build day of the week.

National Women Build Week took place in over 300 communities across the country, timed to line up with the Mother’s Day holiday. Lowe’s Home Improvement has donated over $2 million dollars to the growing initiative.

Check out out the National Facebook Group to follow the stories across the country. Learn more for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity at capefearhabitat.org. And, check out the full album from the week here.

 

Keep up with more that Jeff Gordon Chevy is doing around the Wilmington community by following Jeff Gordon Events on Facebook.

 

4 Best Coffee Shops in Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is a place of movers and shakers. Whether you’re exhausted from a long day of work (or have just woken up and are staring down one of those long days) or need a pick-me-up after a fun day exploring the city with your dog, a cup of coffee should do the trick. These are the four best coffee shops in Wilmington:

  1. Grinders Caffé: This café is located at 5032 Wrightsville Avenue and is well-known for offering a different coffee flavor each day. We recommend an iced coffee—they include iced coffee cubes!
  2. Luna Caffé: Tucked away at 604 Castle Street, this little café is celebrated for its delicious espresso and is easy to spot from the road—just look for the bold blue bricks.
  3. Folks Café: This local café has done so well for itself that it has opened two locations—one is at 1201 Princess Street and the other is at 706 North 4th Beans are organic, fair trade, and roasted in-house.
  4. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee: Whether you prefer your beverages cold or hot, this quality joint offers a range of teas, coffees, and smoothies to quench your thirst.

Contact us here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet for more suggestions of where to get a cup of java in the area. We’ll be more than happy to recommend our favorites.

Join Jeff Gordon Chevy in Showing Support for Military Spouses

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The Milspo Project will be holding its 2nd Annual Honor Auction and Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 11th, 2018 from 5PM-8PM at The Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve in Downtown Wilmington, NC. Tickets are on sale now and for a limited time, you can get 10% off by using our discount code: JGCHEVY – expires April 20th!

Check out the Official Facebook Event

What you get when you buy a ticket:

Ticket purchases include craft beer and wine from Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve, Mission BBQ hors d’oeuvres, pecan pie from Apple Annie’s, and a chance to dance the night away to hits from our headliner, CC Martin, and foot tapping country dance music from Wilmington’s own Bryce Fox Band.

This celebration of the military spouse also includes a silent auction and raffle featuring handmade military spouse-made products and services, as well as NASCAR packages, and couples’ getaways! Attendees will learn about Milspo Project throughout the evening and about each individual military spouse business owner showcased at the auction.

There are still 2018 Honor Auction2018 Honor Auction Sponsorship opportunities available.  With your generous gift Milspo Project will be able to continue to bring more essential business resources, and support, to our military spouse members. Contact Lisa Valentine for more info.

About The Milspo Project

milspo projectEstablished in 2014, the Milspo Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was created with a dream to connect the military spouse business community and has grown to become the largest military spouse-member business community in the country. They provide military spouses with support and resources to help in their entrepreneurial ventures. Today, they have 450 members connecting daily both online and in person.

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has always been a huge supporter of those who serve and is glad to be a contributor to this non-profit in support of military spouses. We’re proud to honor the best military discount in the industry to active duty members and Reserves, including their spouses, of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard.

2nd Annual Hunt for Hope Raises Over $4,600 for Preventative Cancer Screenings

On February 10th, 2018, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet hosted its Second Annual Hunt for Hope to benefit New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Project with the goal to raise funds to provide preventative cancer screenings to local women in need. Proceeds from team registration fees, sponsorships, and merchandise sales during and following the event amounted to a $4,603 donation total to the non-profit organization.

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About The Hunt for Hope

Jeff Gordon Chevy’s Hunt for Hope ties relative themes of the automotive industry and racing with its commitment to make a positive impact and connection to the local Wilmington, NC and surrounding community. The event is a scavenger hunt by car in which participants are guided around the Port City to local businesses, completing a number of fun and entertaining challenges along the way. Teams have three hours to complete the circuit and collect as many points as they can before crossing the finish line. At the awards ceremony and after party, prizes are awarded for the top three placing teams, best team spirit, best team theme, and best social media post.

This year, the Hunt for Hope took place at Tavern on 17th across from the new Pointe 14 at Barclay movie theater with 22 participating teams of up to 5 members each, 6 pinpoint location sponsors, and a number of additional sponsors. UNCW film students, Noah Campagna & Nick Watson, captured the fun the day of the event – Check out the video here:


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Check out the segment from WECT!

Congrats to this year’s winners!

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Full Album Courtesy of Jason Blumenthal Photography

Huge thanks to all of our sponsors:

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RGX Rim Repair
Summit Hospitality Group
Wilmington Wellness Studio
Tavern on 17th
Halligan’s Public House
Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington University, North Carolina
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Landfall, Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, NC
Residence Inn by Marriott Wilmington Landfall
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Pink Hope Mastectomy Boutique
Hook, Line & Paddle Kayaks and Paddleboards
Belligerent Beard

Stay tuned for updates on next year’s event by following Jeff Gordon Events on Facebook and check out even more photos from the day of the event on Instagram!

Join Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Support of Oasis NC for Autism Awareness Month

Wilmington NC Dealership to Donate $25 for Every Sale, School for Children with Autism Hold Art Auction

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the team at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is working hard to help our local non-profit day school for children with autism, Oasis NC. Our General Manager has made a promise to donate $25 for every new and pre-owned vehicle we sell throughout the month of April to contribute to the school’s scholarship fund.

To help spread the word, the amazing kids of Oasis NC took time out of their very busy schedules last week, before they went on Spring Break, to stop by the dealership to check out some new Chevrolets, meet some of the dealership staff, and tell us a little more about their school. Check it out here:

 

RELATED: Jeff Gordon Chevy Teams Up with Enterprise & Wilmington Hammerheads to #DayItForward to Oasis NC Students

Painting Outside the Lines: An Auction for Autism

Starting on April 20th, 2017, Oasis NC will also be hosting their art auction through eBay featuring the students’ original masterpieces that they created on a field trip to Painting with a Twist. Throughout the month, the pieces are on display at Pinpoint Restaurant in downtown Wilmington but you can also check them out here:

 

100% of the funds raised during “Painting Outside the Lines” will go towards scholarships with students with ASD to attend a 4-week summer program at Oasis NC.

To join the auction, you can visit OasisNCPaints.com directly or search for seller: OasisDaySchool on eBay. The auction will be open from April 20th-30th 2017.

Join Official Facebook Event here.

About Oasis NC

oasis logo high resOASIS NC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in New Hanover County created by two special education teachers that provides services and support for children with autism and their families. Their regular school program helps children grades K-6. Other services provided include their Social Learning Program, Help-at-Home, STEM Club, Social Groups, Tutoring, and Summer Camp. You can learn more about the school and other ways to contribute by visiting them on Facebook or at oasisnc.org.

Local Wilmington School for Children with Autism Will Get Their Bus!

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Donates a Portion of Vehicle Sales for Autism Awareness

April was Autism Awareness Month, and throughout the entire month of April, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet created an on-site program to assist Oasis NC in their 2016 “Buy the Bus” Campaign! For every new and pre-owned vehicle sold in April, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet donated a portion of vehicle sales to the bus campaign for a total of $7,025!

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Jeff Gordon Chevrolet’s General Sales Manager, Jake Teets, presents the check to Oasis NC.

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet also ran a Malibu Giveaway for all donors to Oasis’ campaign.  For every $50 an individual donated, they would get a chance to win a 2016 Chevy Malibu.  Unfortunately, our winning donor didn’t win the Malibu in the final game, but she did get two tickets to this year’s Coca Cola 600! And, we got some great photos!

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For Leap Year 2016, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, along with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Wilmington Hammerheads gave the students of Oasis NC a day of fun and soccer at the Capelli Sports Center in Wilmington, NC.

Our #DayItForward efforts were part of Oasis NC‘s “Buy the Bus” Campaign – A fundraiser to help the school get a bus or van to allow them to transport the students to and from activities around Wilmington without having to take multiple trips by having to use their personal vehicles. We look forward to seeing what they pick out and watch them grow in the near future! Visit their website or Facebook Page for additional details on how you can get involved.