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Best Things to Do in Winston Salem

 

Winston Salem is a charming little town just 20 minutes away from Parks Select. With its long, rich history and prime position near the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, Winston Salem is the perfect place for a day trip. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Winston Salem.

West End Historic District

Things to do in Winston Salem - West End Historic District

History buffs should visit this historic neighborhood full of old structures that tell the story of the city’s past.

 Black Mountain Chocolate Factory

Things to do in Winston Salem - Black Mountain Chocolate Factory

Chocolate buffs, on the other hand, should visit the Black Mountain Chocolate Factory. Take a self-guided tour to learn how chocolates are made from start to finish and partake in a taste test at the end.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Things to do in Winston Salem - Reynolda House Museum of American Art

If you’re looking for an art-filled afternoon, this is an excellent place to stop. You’ll find rotating exhibitions as well as permanent ones. This is also a great chance to get a closer look at old, southern architecture since this museum has been put assembled in an old period mansion.

Segway Tour

Things to do in Winston Salem - Segway Tour

Hop aboard the 21st century and see the city through a guided tour on a segway run by Triad ECO Adventures. Hear a little about the history and the present while gliding through the area and getting a feel for what this city has to offer.

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Best Things to Do in Greensboro

 

At Parks Select we consider ourselves lucky to be centrally located to some of North Carolina’s coolest up-and-coming towns, like Greensboro. There are so many things to do in Greensboro, we never get tired of visiting. Here are some of our favorite places to stop.

Elsewhere

Things to Do in Greensboro - Elsewhere

At first Elsewhere might just look like an eccentric, messy thrift store–and, it once was. But, now it’s so much more, acting as an interactive museum and a sort of nucleus for some of the city’s quirkiest art scenes. Stop in to see what collaborative work artists have been doing.

Tate Street Coffee House

Things to Do in Greensboro - Tate Street Coffee House

One of the things that makes Greensboro so up and coming is its college life. This coffee shop is located right next to UNC Greensboro and is always abuzz with young students and intellectuals. Come in during the week for fun people watching, or on the weekends for live jazz and wine tastings.

Greensboro Natural Science Center

Things to Do in Greensboro - Things to Do in Greensboro

One stop here can mean anything from a day at the zoo, a visit to the aquarium, or an educational experience at a natural science museum. Families and children of all ages will love the interactive learning opportunities.

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Alternate Thanksgiving Recipes for When Turkey Isn’t Enough

Tired of preparing turkey every year for Thanksgiving? These alternate Thanksgiving recipes prove that you don’t need turkey at your dinner table to make Thanksgiving delicious.

alternate Thanksgiving recipes

1) Honey-Glazed Ham: If you’re opting out of turkey, ham is the second-closest thing to having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The honey sauce in this recipe – which includes extra goodies like cinnamon and sugar – adds a sweeter touch.

 

2) Beef Brisket: The beef in this recipe gets smothered in delicious chili-based sauces and fall vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and onions. Adding beer sounds a bit unorthodox, but it adds to the flavor.

 

3) Crown Roast of Lamb: Rosemary, minced garlic, and oregano get cooked into this delicious, tender meat that’s been brushed in olive oil. Lamb is an uncommon delicacy; why not try it for the holidays?

 

4) Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms: If you have a vegetarian at your dinner table, then this might be a good idea. Portobello mushrooms have a more meaty taste than other mushrooms, and stuffing them with cheese, garlic, and eggplant puts all the yummy food in one easy place.

 

Don’t be shy – try your hand at any of these alternate Thanksgiving recipes. You just might like one of them better than turkey, and introduce a new tradition to your family’s dinner table.

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Best North Carolina Road Trips

Road Trips

 

North Carolina is among the most beautiful states in America, which means that it is also prime real estate for taking road trips. Here are some of the best routes for your next adventure.

 

Outer Banks

 

North Carolina is known for its beautiful coastline, so it goes without saying that this would be one of the best road trips. The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, also known as Route 12, is 137 miles of pure natural beauty.

 

Getting Into the Countryside

 

If you’re more interested in getting away from it all, the Nantahala Scenic Byway, also known as US 74, is a bit shorter at 43 miles, but it snakes through the Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest.

 

Experience History

 

To get a taste of North Carolina history, try the Piedmont triad- a combination of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. From colonial towns to Andy Griffith’s childhood home, you will find a lot of cool pieces of history.

 

If you have the time, you can combine all of these trips for an epic journey through North Carolina. If all else fails, just get on a highway and see where it takes you. You simply can’t get away from natural beauty in North Carolina.

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Best Barbecue Recipes for the Summer Months

Trying a new barbecue recipe is one way to start a new tradition, whether it’s with your family or the whole neighborhood. Experienced and aspiring chefs alike can enjoy the thrill of finding something new. Your taste buds might even thank you. Here at Parks Select Auto, we have the best summer barbecue recipes that will make you the star of any family gathering!

Best Barbecue Recipes

  • Spicy Grilled Shrimp – To make a dish of spicy grilled shrimp, you’ll need extra-virgin olive oil, thinly sliced garlic, celery seed, crushed red pepper flakes, whole-grain mustard, large easy-peel shrimp, kosher salt, lemons, and ground black pepper. To start, combine the oil, garlic, celery seed, and red pepper flakes in a single saucepan. Cook it on medium heat while stirring. Add mustard then move the mixture to another bowl. Throw in some sliced lemon, as well as the shrimp, then season with salt and black pepper. Refrigerate the entire bowl for at least 15 minutes. Cook the shrimp and lemon slices on the grill on medium-high heat. Squeeze some lemon juice over the shrimp. Add chives for extra effect.
  • Classic Cheeseburger – To make a perfect classic cheeseburger, you need fresh 80% lean ground chuck, sharp yellow cheddar cheese, a fresh tomato, raw red onion, and ketchup. Cool the meat on the grill to your liking. Brush a soft hamburger bun with butter then toast it. Add the other ingredients then add the meat as the final step to avoid making the bun soggy.

These are just two examples of some incredible dishes you could enjoy this summer. Have any recipes of your own? Don’t be shy! We need to share more so the worlds taste-buds can be satisfied!

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Great Summer Activities to Pass the Time

Taking a summer vacation is one way to make the season memorable but staying at home, kicking back, and relaxing is another. Not every summer has to feature a new adventure and relaxing can be the best way to spend the season. We here at Parks Select Auto have some of great summer activities to make this summer the best yet!

Great Summer Activities

 

  • Swimming – One of the most obvious ways to spend summer is spending some time in the water. Whether you’re on a lake or at the local swimming pool, it’s a great way to beat the summer heat. If you have a local swimming hole nearby, its likely less crowded which means there’s more space for families. Make sure to watch the kids!
  • Grilling – Coming up with or trying out a new recipe is a great way to make summer a little more interesting. Whether its a few simple steps or something complicated, throw a slab of meat on the grill and get to work! Your taste buds will thank you.
  • Party – When all else fails, throw a party in your backyard. Whether it’s for the whole family or the neighborhood, everyone enjoys a good summer bash! You could even ask everyone to bring a dish to avoid spending too much money.

Do you have any incredible activities your family and friends enjoy doing during the warm months? If so let us know below!

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