Charleston Historic Tours for a Unique View into the City’s Past

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Fall is the perfect time to see more than just beautiful foliage. If you’re in the Charleston area, there’s no better time of year to get out and experience the amazing local history and architecture. Until October 29th, the Preservation Society of Charleston offers a variety of tours of the area’s most historically significant and beautiful properties. Here are some of Palmetto Ford’s favorite Charleston historic tours you can check out this fall.

Charleston historic tours

Four for $40

If you’re short on time or cash, these tours are for you. Abbreviated and inexpensive, these are a great option for those who want to quickly learn about the history of an amazing city.

Living History Lunch Lecture

Prefer to eat while you learn? This lecture series combines great food at 82 Queen and engaging presence who will entertain you with stories about Charleston’s past and present while you eat.

Amazing Building of Charleston Walking Tour

If you really want to delve into the architecture of Charleston and how it relates to the history of a nation, be sure to catch one of these tours. This is a great way to spend a wonderful afternoon in Charleston. Just remember to wear your walking shoes!

Discover something new this fall! Check out these awesome Charleston historic tours and you’ll see your city in a whole new light.

 

Don’t Miss the Annual Spoleto Festival

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Annual Spoleto FestivalIf you want natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. The city is known for its lovely nature, as well as its collection of beautiful historic buildings which make quite an impression on both visitors and natives alike. These things combined with the generous number of stunning venues and the area’s love for the arts make Charleston the perfect location for the annual Spoleto Festival.

 

The Spoleto Festival was created in 1977 as an American counterpart to Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The festival was founded largely by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and Christopher Keene. The two gentlemen sought a place that would offer just as much charm, beauty, and space as Spoleto, and Charleson was the perfect location. Now the program has run for 40 years, providing Charleston natives and visitors a place to catch everything from theatre premiers, symphonies, jazz, opera, dance, and more.

 

This year’s festival begins on May 26, 2017 and runs through June 11th and takes place at venues like the Charleston Gaillard Center, City Hall, and Dock Street Theatre, many of which are just a short drive from Palmetto Ford Lincoln. Visitors can catch things like the US premiere of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace, multiple performances of Waiting for Godot, the Charles Lloyd jazz quartet, and much, much more. For tickets and a full lineup, visit spoletousa.org.

The 2017 F-250 Super Duty Truck is Motor Trend Truck of the Year

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty - Motor Trend Truck of the Year

When Motor Trend chooses any of their “Of the Year” awards, they don’t take it lightly. It’s not just about a couple of judges picking their favorite vehicle. It’s about scrutinizing each entry with tests of engineering, strength, safety and value. So while it’s no wonder that the 2017 Super Duty truck is the Motor Trend Truck of the Year, it’s no simple victory either.

Part of what makes the 2017 Ford Super Duty stand out among its competitors is a combination of strength and smart features. The Ford Super Duty is made to be used for expert towing. Its towing power alone earned it some extra points. While the Ford F-350 stands out as the biggest and baddest, the F-250 is no modest contender, either. It offers up 430 lb-ft of torque, a 2,930 payload capacity and a 12,500 towing capacity.

The F-250 Super Duty truck was ranked high on the Motor Trend list not only for its power, but for its efficiency and its safety. The latter impressed the judges, thanks to an array of features like collision warning and trailer sway control. From top to bottom, inside and out, the 2017 Super Duty earned its Motor Trend Truck of the Year award.

Attend the Scottish Games in Charleston This September

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Scottish Games in Charleston

Kicking off on September 15th, the Scottish Games are bound to leave a lasting image in your mind. A rather unique event, the Scottish Games feature a variety of activities that span several days. With the addition of live entertainment, the enjoyment factor can only go up. Designed with attendees of all ages in mind, there’s something for everyone!

The Scottish Games kick off with a Scotch Whiskey tasting at Gage Hall. On September 16th, the Tartan Ball offers a classy atmosphere with a live band and heavy hors d’oeuvres (which are reason enough to go if you ask us). After that, the real entertainment starts.

The piping and drumming competition is one of the largest in the southeast. When it comes to heavy athletics, no people perform quite like the Scottish. The sheaf toss, stone of strength, and caber toss will all be performed by both professionals and amateurs. Shortly after, Scottish dancing presents a different take on the culture.

Saturday brings the after-party and Sunday closes things out with the Kirkin o’ the Tartan. Rathkeltair and Carroll Brown will take the stage with live music straight out of Scottish culture through the Scottish Games.

There are games, crafts, and culture for children as well as an appearance by Ronald McDonald. Children will also be able to watch Border Collie demonstrations.

We here at Palmetto Ford encourage you to attend the Scottish Games in Charleston come this September!

 

New Wheelchair-accessible SUV Based off Ford Explorer

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A new vehicle, the BraunAbility MXV™, is a wheelchair-accessible SUV customized from the Ford Explorer. BraunAbility, a company that specializes in mobility vehicles, searched the SUV market to find an option before choosing the Explorer, the best-selling SUV in the United States over the past 25 years.

“For 25 years, the Explorer name has symbolized freedom and adventure, and the BraunAbility MXV adds another chapter to that story,” said Craig Patterson, Ford utility vehicle marketing manager.

The vehicle allows wheelchair users to drive the vehicle from their chairs or to be passengers in the MXV. Customizations from the traditional Explorer design include a lighted in-floor ramp, and measures to increase space within the wheelchair-accessible SUV.

Those in need of an improved mobility experience won’t have to wait long before they are able to buy an MXV. Production starts in August, and the MXV is anticipated to be on the market by fall 2015.

“The MXV is a revolutionary vehicle, and we’re thrilled with Explorer’s role in helping bring it to market,” Patterson said.

At Palmetto Ford, we’re happy to work with you to meet your car buying needs, whether you’re looking for a traditional Explorer, or something more specialized.

Really Rest This Vacation With These Summer Sleep Tips

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Summer Sleep Tips

If you have trouble sleeping, the summer months can bring with them some of the worst nights of your year. Warmer temperatures that keep you up coupled with fewer hours of dark make for a difficult night’s sleep.

Here are some summer sleep tips to help you out:

  • Skip the flannel; get some quality, cotton sheets for your bed.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing that will make it easier for you to cool down.
  • If your home is a bit warmer than you would like, purchase a fan to aim towards you while you sleep.
  • Develop a sleep schedule and stick to it; this will make it much easier to fall asleep on time.
  • Get in the habit of a bedtime ritual (such as brushing your teeth, etc.), which will signal to your brain that bedtime is approaching.
  • Be sure to stay hydrated, as higher temperatures can cause excess perspiration. You won’t want to wake up with a dry mouth after you’ve finally drifted off.

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments.

Try not to sleep too long though! You won’t want to miss the great sales at Palmetto Ford!