Best Places to Spend Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a time to spend with your family, but this doesn’t mean you have to stay at your house for your traditional dinner. If you don’t want to spend Thanksgiving day in the kitchen rather than enjoying your family time, then venture out and enjoy the holiday somewhere new. Here are some of the best places to spend Thanksgiving.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee: During the fall, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, turns into an autumn haven. Known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this destination is the perfect place for those that love fall foliage and family-friendly fun. There is the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show on Thanksgiving weekend from November 22-27, which means you can get a head start on holiday gifts, too.

New Orleans, Louisiana: If you are looking to escape to somewhere warmer—that also has a party atmosphere—look no further than New Orleans, Louisiana. As you might expect from the Big Easy, Thanksgiving is just an excuse for the city to enjoy delicious Creole-inspired cuisine. This city was even the birthplace of a modern Turkey Day tradition—the turducken, which is a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey. Enjoy Thanksgiving in a non-traditional way in this great Southern city.

Plymouth, Massachusetts: The first-ever Thanksgiving happened in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so there’s no better place to enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend. At Plymouth Plantation, you can explore live exhibits, including a 17th-century English village. This destination even has its own Thanksgiving feast, complete with a roast turkey and plenty of traditional New England trimmings.

Johnny O’Connell Comes Away with Cadillac Racing Win at Laguna Seca

CadillacCadillac is known for its luxury, but it is quickly becoming the go-to name in the performance field, too. Earlier this month, this was shown when Johnny O’Connell outdid himself during the Pirelli World Challenge Championship GT race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, bringing in a Cadillac Racing win.

O’Connell is a four-time Pirelli World Challenge Championship (PWC) GT champion and battled for the first-place position with Porsche driver Patrick Long. He started out from the pole during the October 10th race, and led the race throughout its duration, though Long did put the pressure on at some points.

For instance, Long tried to pass O’Connell on the outside of turn four after a Lap 27 restart. Luckily for Cadillac Racing, O’Connell didn’t let him, causing Long’s Porsche 911 to go off track and into the gravel.

After Long was no longer in commission, O’Connell then had to fend off Alvaro Parente in his McLaren 650S. With his veteran racing experience, Cadillac’s racer was able to hold off Parente and crossed the finish line first. His Cadillac Racing teammate, Michael Cooper, followed behind Parente in third place.

This Cadillac Racing win allowed the team to finish second in the team championship, coming in after the K-Pax McLaren team.

Naples, FL November Events: Explore the Area!

beachNaples, FL November events are around the corner. You can hop in your car and drive to some truly fun and exciting activities, many of which are great for all ages. From the BaconFest to a ladies fishing weekend, there is plenty to do in the area.

According to Paradise Coast, one of the most popular upcoming events is BaconFest Naples on November 12th. General admission is just $10, and all ages are welcome. You can find bacon upon bacon at this event, including some truly bizarre and exotic preparations. In addition to tastings, there will also be a contest for best bacon dishes. Restaurants and chefs from around the area will all be participating.

Looking to take a weekend off? Check out the Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Weekend. Naples is known for its sunny shoreline and superb fishing, making November 18-20th the perfect time to hit the water. This two-night experience will go to Chokoloskee Island, a true angler’s paradise, as well as the open water of the Gulf. Registration is just $75, though VIP options are also available.

These are just two of the many events and activities in the area. Hop in your car and explore the Naples, FL area. There is truly something for everyone.

The Benefits of Tire Rotations: Proper Tire Maintenance

Cadillac CTS TireThere are a number of important services you can have performed on your vehicle in order to properly maintain performance and extend its life. One of the basic automotive services is a tire rotation. This quick and easy service is more important than you might think, as it contributes to better handling, fuel economy, and safety. Read on to learn the benefits of tire rotations.

According to Pep Boys, a tire rotation is designed to maintain even wear on all four tires. Because your car is typically heavier near the engine, the tires nearest to the powertrain wear faster. Wear can also be affected by alignment or the drivetrain setup (e.g., front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive). Tire rotations prolong the life of the tires and they lead to a comfortable and smoother ride.

How do you know if you need a tire rotation? There are some basic signs to keep in mind. First, look for uneven wear. For example, if you notice that the front tires have less tread than the rear tires, it may be time for a rotation. Also, listen for tire noise and vibrations, as these can be a sign of uneven wear patterns.

How often is a tire rotation needed? The basic rule of thumb is to rotate the tires every time you get an oil change—every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. A tire rotation will lead to a smooth ride, even grip, and it can even extend the life of your tires. Be sure to ask for a rotation the next time you bring your car to a shop.

Importance of a Fuel Filter

Vehicle ServiceYour car has hundreds of parts. However, some of them are more important than others. One vital part is your fuel filter. The importance of a fuel filter cannot be overstated, since without it, your car’s engine could malfunction completely.

A fuel filter does exactly what it sounds like—it filters contaminants from the fuel before it gets sprayed into the engine. It is set between a vehicle’s fuel pump and the fuel injectors.

Over time, as the contaminants are collected in the fuel filter, it can get clogged. A clogged filter can cause a lot of problem in your engine, and that is why fuel filters need to be replaced every so often. How often this needs to happen depends on the make and model of your car along with your driving habits.

There are specific signs that you may have a clogged filter. If you experience a hesitating engine, stalling, not starting, hard starting, or varying performance at different speeds, your fuel filter may need to be changed. A dirty fuel filter will also hamper your car’s efficiency, since fuel isn’t flowing into the engine at the proper rate.

If you are experiencing any of these problems with your Cadillac, schedule a service appointment today and we will inspect your car and diagnose the problem.

2017 Cadillac XT5’s Features Impress

2017 Cadillac XT5The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a brand new addition to the Cadillac lineup. It offers buyers an excellent new choice in the compact luxury crossover segment. The XT5 delivers a pleasant ride, good handling, a spacious interior, and excellent features. In fact, the Cadillac XT5’s features may be the best thing about it.

Inside, the XT5 is a versatile roomy space. The rear seats can be lowered to reveal up to 63 cubic feet of storage space. Plus, to make this process as easy as possible, the XT5 has Remote Fold-Down Rear Seats with a unique 40/20/40 split for unique seating and cargo configurations. Passengers in both the front and rear seat will appreciate the class-leading leg room.

Keeping passengers safe is something the XT5 does incredibly well. It incorporates high-tech safety along with a suite of standard air bags to keep everyone safe. Available features such as Side Blind Zone Alert, Pedestrian Collision Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, and a Head-Up Display let technology work for the driver.

To make your drive more enjoyable, the XT5 features integrated technology features like Cadillac CUE and the available Rear Camera Mirror.

Stop by DeVoe Cadillac and take the 2017 Cadillac XT5 out for a test drive today.

2017 Cadillac XTS Preview

CadillacThere are few luxury sedans that are developed from their brand’s heritage and reputation as the 2017 Cadillac XTS. A sedan that exceeds expectations in every way, this is far from the average luxury car. Boasting a sleek, high-class design and a roomy, ergonomic cabin, the Cadillac XTS offers a refined experience that will leave every driver wanting more.

Starting at $45,295, the 2017 Cadillac XTS features an interior with straightforward lines, top-tier materials, and an attention to detail no other luxury sedan can match. To top it all off, this sedan offers modern amenities to give drivers an experience they’ll never forget.

The Cadillac XTS comes stocked with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 304 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, V-Sport models offer a more powerful twin-turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 410 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. With both engines mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, shifting is as smooth as silk.

Equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, the most advanced suspension system to date, the Cadillac XTS offers a smooth ride that adjusts to the road. From sensors that read the road up to 1,000 times per second to shock absorbers that change their density based road conditions, the 2017 Cadillac XTS is a work of art.

We at DeVoe Cadillac are proud to off the highest quality car on the market.

Get to Know Charitable, Expert Golf Teacher Tom Patri

GolfDealerships tend to partner with everyone from celebrities to local businesses and, more often than not, that helps them give back to the community at large. We’re no different and our partner Tom Patri is one of the most outgoing souls we’ve ever met. Let us here at DeVoe Cadillac tell you all about Tom Patri.

During summer, Tom travels to Long Island and Maryland, while spending his winters in Naples, Florida. A professional golfer with the Professional Golf Association, Patri has spent more than 30 years and 50,000 hours playing the sport he loves. A teacher, coach, and player, his heart is truly on the golf course.

To date, his junior students have won over 125 tournaments in almost every junior tour there is. A coach of club champions, state champions, national champions, and major professional champions, he’s clearly one of the best teachers there is.

Today, golf teacher Tom Patri continues to participate in tournaments himself while taking on new students every season. The founder of TP GOLF SCHOOLS at the Esplanade Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida, Patri helps recreational players improve their game while bettering themselves at the same time.

A true patron of the community, Tom Patri is far from your average golfer.

Cadillac CT6 Surround-View Camera Operates Like a Dashcam

Plenty of cars on the market have already employed technology like rear back-up cameras, blind spot monitors, and similar technology to make the experience of driving even safer. However, 360-view cameras present an even newer advancement in the realm of vehicles security. Cadillac takes advantage of this with the CT6 surround-view camera, which employs four exterior cameras and a recording feature that allows the Cadillac CT6 to capture its surroundings on video.

2016 Cadillac CT6

The surround-view camera and the recording system can be easily accessed through the CT6’s infotainment system touchscreen as long as the vehicle has been fitted with the proper equipment options. Drivers can select from two modes; the first mode uses the front and rear cameras to record while you’re driving, while the second activates the surround-view cameras automatically when your parked vehicle has been “disturbed” in order to catch any break-ins on film.

The Cadillac CT6 surround-view camera feature comes standard with a 32-gigabyte SD card, which allows for up to 32 hours of filming. Even better, you don’t have to go through and manually delete what you don’t want; when the card is full, it will just record over previous data. The surround-view camera can be used both for performance purposes or to keep your vehicle safe and secure.

Delicious July 4th Recipes for the Family Cookout

cookoutJuly means the middle of summer break, high temperatures, trips to the pool, fireworks, and—best of all—cookouts. If you’re having your family over for a cookout and fireworks show this Independence Day, you might be looking for some unique July 4th recipes to liven up the menu.

Appetizers

People like to snack while they wait for the grill to fire up, so keep your company happy with summer finger food like deviled eggs, spinach dip, or Mexican-style treats like salsa verde or pico de gallo. Try making homemade chip dip for a classic favorite.

Main Dishes

Nothing says 4th of July like some grilled food. Provide alternatives to the traditional burger and hot dog options like grilled shrimp, skewered chicken, corn on the cob, and barbecued ribs. Try marinating the meat overnight ahead of time to give dishes an extra kick, or even look into veggie burgers for any herbivores in your family.

Dessert

Everyone love sweets! Red, white, and blue strawberry shortcake is a festive option, or you can cool off with homemade fudge pops, fruit pops, or try your hand at making your own ice cream. There are plenty of July 4th recipes available, so be creative and have fun to make your cookout more interesting!