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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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2016 Mazda CX-5 Sees More Standard Features

2015 was great for Mazda and the automaker is looking to keep that trend moving upward in the New Year! That’s why the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is getting a mid-model-year update shortly after its mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. Dubbed “2016.5,” the model brings more standard equipment to the road.

2016 Mazda CX-5

All CX-5 crossover models are getting a backup camera free-of-charge provided they’re equipped with an automatic transmission. That means every model except the base Sport, with a standard six-speed manual, will come with the $400 backup camera without adding to the cost of the vehicle. Mazda know’s how to keep deals with the customer in mind.

The Rear View Camera package includes a seven-inch touchscreen audio system, which is a standard feature as well. Upper-level trims already have the backup camera as a standard feature, but Mazda isn’t forgetting them in all of this love!

The upper-level CX-5 trims will receive navigation as a standard feature. The Touring model now includes heated front seats as a standard feature. Previously, the upper-level models included at $1,625 Technology package. Now, with navigation as a standard feature, that price has dropped $400 to $1,275.

Make sure to stop on by if you have any question. Now let’s be honest, that’s a steal if you ask anyone here at Parks Mazda!

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How to Pronounce Japanese Car Brands

Odds are you’ve gotten into at least one discussion about how to pronounce difficult names of car brands. For example, should you say the final “e” in Porsche, the “y” in Hyundai, and the “u” in Jaguar? The answers you’ll get will all be different depending on where you live, though at Parks Mazda our answer is “yes” to all—and we’ll give you our reasoning, too!

Porsche is a German brand and named after Ferdinand Porsche. In German, the final “e” in the name is pronounced so as to make it sound like “Porsch-uh.” Though Hyundai’s US operations is happy to make its brand name sound like “Sunday,” the Korean (and we think correct) pronunciation emphasizes the y so that it sounds more like “Hugh-un-day.” Finally, Jaguar is a British brand, and as the guys on Top Gear will be happy to remind you, it’s pronounced more like “Jag-ewer.”

But what about a name like Mazda? Simple enough, right? As we’ve just learned from a new video that shows how to pronounce Japanese car brands, we’ve been wrong all along. Most of the brands sound like you’d expect them to—Nissan, Toyota, Suzuki, and the likes—but Mazda has an curious stress on the “z” so that it almost sounds like “Ma-dzu-da.” Interesting!Japanese Car Brands Mazda Miata MX-5

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Mazda Earns Title of Most Improved in 2014 APEAL Study

J.D. Power’s 2014 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study has named Mazda the most improved non-premium brand, as the automaker climbs from 16th to 9th place of all global automakers.

The APEAL Study surveys more than 86,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2014 model-year cars and light trucks within the first 90 days of ownership to determine customer satisfaction and how gratifying a new car is to own and drive.Mazda earns most improved brand title from APEAL Study

Mazda earned 776 points in 2013 and 821 points in 2014, and the seven-place bump to number nine represents the biggest jump for any automaker this year, along with the largest index-score improvement within non-premium brands.

“One of the main principles in our DNA is ‘Kaizen,’ which is a Japanese term that means ‘continuous improvement through wisdom and ingenuity,’” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “Mazda’s improvement in this year’s 2014 J.D. Power APEAL study shows that our continued focus on improving vehicles through ongoing evaluations and customer feedback is changing their opinion of the brand, and for the better. Customers are more satisfied with their new Mazda than ever before.”

All Mazda vehicles equipped with Skyactiv Technology and the KODO design language performed exceptionally well this year, with the 2014 Mazda6 receiving the highest honors in the Midsize Car segment, scoring 21 points above the segment average.

It’s no accident that Mazda is improving leaps and bounds above the rest. Stop by Parks Mazda to learn more about our award-winning lineup of cars.

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2016 MX-5 Miata Revealed

Mazda has finally revealed the next MX-5 Roadster, and the 2016 MX-5 Miata promises to be one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles on the road. The next Miata will be lighter, more efficient, and better performing.

Mazda introduced the pristine Miata at the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Show, and simultaneously released a gallery of photos of the newest roadster. The Miata appears to have a wider and lower front end, with a nose that curves nearly all the way to the ground, a low belt-line dip, fenders pulled back further from the front, and a dramatic taper into the rear bumper.

In order to improve efficiency, the Miata will not only be lighter, but will also feature SkyActiv engine technology and will mirror the design language of other Mazda vehicles.

The debut was broadcast live in Barcelona and Tokyo, and featured director of design Derek Jenkins. Jenkins discussed the difficult balance the design team faced: how could they keep everything enthusiasts love about the roadster in an effort to respect the Miata’s current fan base world-wide, while still appealing to a new generation of drivers?

“We started with the basics,” Jenkins explained. “Simple, lightweight, affordable, and of course completely in sync with the driver.”

That pretty much says it all – simplicity, efficiency, and respecting 25 years of iconic design were major priorities for the automaker.

Here at Parks Mazda, we can’t wait to see the MX-5 Miata for ourselves!

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