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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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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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Mazda Unveils New Electronic Chassis System

Mazda is committed to always bringing the best of the best to its customers, and that means putting effort not only into big, obvious new features like the latest tech on the market and more powerful and efficient engines, but also considering the little things. The new Electronic Chassis System, recently revealed by the brand, is a result of Mazda’s efforts to make long-distance drives more comfortable while also reducing fatigue.

Electronic Chassis System

The trick to the Electronic Chassis System is to tweak the engine torque in order to put more weight on the front wheels. According to Mazda representatives, this small change improves cornering and maneuverability, as well as providing better overall ride comfort for drivers and passengers alike. The torque is monitored and distributed by the new G-Vectoring Control System, or GVC.

 

The GVC system isn’t the only effort Mazda is putting into improving the experience of riding in its vehicles. The company also has plans to develop more comfortable and firmer seats for passengers, and its research and development department is scheming ways to make the cabin more rigid. Putting more weight on the front wheels with the new Electronic Chassis System is just the first step of many.

 

To check out Mazda’s full lineup of tech-savvy vehicles, come visit us today at Parks Mazda.

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Family Fun at the All-a-Flutter Butterfly Farm

The All-a-Flutter butterfly farm offers visitors one of the most unique and fascinating experiences of a lifetime. The farm’s April through October season accepts field trips of more than 20 guests by appointment; however, throughout the summer, All-a-Flutter invites families to come into the farm on a walk-in basis on preset Family Show days, which are designated on the farm’s event calendar. That way, you can bring your whole family to the All-a-Flutter Farm to see their exhibit of beautiful butterflies and learn about their life cycle.

 

All-a-Flutter butterfly farm

 

Aside from the show itself, families are invited to use one of many picnic tables available for public use before and after the show, where you can eat lunch on the countryside while children play in the farm’s open, grassy fields. The Family Show presentation itself starts at 10:00am on Saturdays and invites audience members to participate in a skit about the biology, life cycles, and behavior of butterflies. Additionally, visitors are given sugar pads they can use to attract and feed the butterflies up close!

 

So give your family the opportunity to meet butterflies in person by planning an afternoon out learning about these beautiful insects at the All-a-Flutter Butterfly Farm. There’s fun to be had and sights to be seen by the whole family.

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How to Choose the Right Pair of Sunglasses This Summer

A pair of sunglasses offers many functions.

 

First and foremost: sunglasses are cool, and no one disputes it. But more importantly, sunglasses can increase your visibility when driving, and they can protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from the sun. Both great pluses when out on the road.

Choose the Right Pair of Sunglasses

 

Given all that they can do for you, it’s important to choose the right pair of sunglasses. You want sunglasses that will reduce glare, fit your face, and protect you from UV rays. Going into a store with these in mind are invaluable assets.

 

Typically, polarized sunglasses do the best to reduce glare and are a must-buy for the beach and for the snow, though most sunglasses will effectively shield you from the brightness on an average day.

 

However – not all sunglasses really protect you from UV light, which can cause cataracts, wrinkles, and more. You need protection from both UVA and UVB light, so be sure to find a pair that promises 100% protection from each type. It’s for your health, we promise.

 

And if you keep a spare pair of sunglasses in your car, we promise you will never regret it! For more warm-weather driving tips, contact us or visit us anytime at Parks Mazda.

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