Things to do at Paintsville Lake – A Fun Outdoor Vacation

There are so many great things to do at Paintsville Lake!

There are so many great things to do at Paintsville Lake!

Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC knows how important it is to find activities that the whole family can enjoy. We also recognize the critical component of finding valuable places to visit on a budget.

If you are looking for a place that has many affordable options for outdoor fun, look no further than Paintsville Lake. Located in Staffordsville, Kentucky, this 242-acre Lake State Park has been open to the public since 1984. The lake itself is about 26 miles long and has some places of depth over 100 feet.

Fishing is a favorite activity at the lake. This mountain lake features many catfish, rainbow trout, sunfish, walleye, as well as largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. A full service marina is available along with a four-lane launching ramp. Bring your own boat or rent one a houseboat, pontoon, or fishing boat.

There are rugged hills and valleys which have inspired poets and singers for years. Take a hike along one of the many trails to experience the scenic beauty for yourself. While walking, keep an eye out for wildlife which can be found in the woods surrounding the park.

After hiking or boating, relax in the campground which features 32 developed sites. Hookups are available for RVs and restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities are provided. For those wanting more primitive camping, there are 10 sites for tent camping. Recreational features of the camp ground include a horseshoe pit, sand volleyball court, and a basketball court.

We at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC know that there are many exciting things to do at Paintsville Lake. If you need a vehicle to get you there, stop by and we will help you find the perfect vehicle for your outdoor vacation needs.

Prepare for the Cold with These Winter Car Necessities

Prepare for winter with these winter car necessities!

Prepare for winter with these winter car necessities!

Winter is by far the toughest season of the year for driving. Be prepared this year, with these winter car necessities you should keep in your trunk in case of an emergency.

  1. Blankets. If you get stuck in your car, keeping yourself warm will be your primary concern. Blankets are the easiest way to do this. Have enough so that everyone in your family can be covered (you can share blankets).
  2. Spare cell phone. That old cell phone you have laying in your junk drawer can be put to good use. Charge it up and wrap it the blankets. That way it won’t get damaged in a crash and you can use it to call 911, if needed.
  3. Empty cup or bottle. In the summertime, having a few bottles of water in the car is recommended. This isn’t true in the winter, since they can freeze and explode. Instead, keep an empty cup or bottle in the car. You can fill this with snow and when the snow has melted, drink up.
  4. First-aid kit. You want to be able to help if someone is hurt in an accident. Get a first-aid kit and learn how to use everything in it.
  5. Nutrient-dense food. Your body can’t keep itself warm if it doesn’t have any energy. Keep a supply of food, like nuts, dried fruits, granola bars, etc., in the car to keep you going while you wait for help to arrive.

What supplies do you keep in your car during the winter? Let us know at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY!

Benefits of Winter Tires for the Snowy Season

Do you know the benefits of winter tires this season?

Do you know the benefits of winter tires this season?

Winter is fast approaching and we all know that that means snow and ice covered roads are almost upon us.  Before you hit the road after the first snowfall, make sure that your car is properly prepared to take on those ice covered roads.

With winter weather comes a number of winter driving hazards. Make sure you protect your passengers—and your car—this winter by purchasing winter tires for your vehicle.

Winter tires are designed with special grips and tread to deal with snow and ice easily, increasing your traction and handling, and making you safer out on the road. And trust us, when you find yourself on an icy hill, you’ll be glad that you have winter tires to help you.

The benefits of winter tires really cannot be understated during such a dangerous time of the year. To learn more about them, visit us at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY, and be safe out there!

Three Great Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Are you looking for great last minute Halloween costumes?

Are you looking for great last minute Halloween costumes?

Halloween is just around the corner. However, the biggest scare is sometimes forgetting to pick up a costume for your child until the day has arrived. If you’re scrambling for a great last minute Halloween costume, then look no further—we’ve got a list for you! Here are three last minute Halloween costumes for your kid: Fortunately there are plenty of easy last minute Halloween costumes you can use.

  1. Ghost

For a spooky and simple costume, go with a sheet ghost. All you need is a white sheet and scissors to allow your boy or ghoul to see.

  1. A Bag of Jelly Beans

One cute costume you can come up with quickly is a bag of jelly beans. Just assemble a group of multicolored balloons, and place them and your child inside a plastic bag with holes cut out for the head, arms, and legs.

  1. Playing Card

If you have two poster boards, markers, and some string, you have all you need to have a last minute ace up your sleeve for a Halloween costume.

Do you have any other great last minute Halloween costumes?  We at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY would love to hear your ideas!

The Best Fall Road Trips to Take Down South

Don't hesitate to go on one of the best fall road trips!

Don’t hesitate to go on one of the best fall road trips!

You might think the best time for a road trip has passed, but, oh, how wrong you’d be! Taking your long-dreamed-of scenic drive in autumn instead of during the summertime means beautiful, fiery colors as the leaves change; it also means cool, comfortable temperatures both inside and outside your vehicle, and less congestion from other vacationers on the road. You don’t need to go far to find amazing sights, either! Some of the best fall road trips happen right here in the South.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Kentucky

Just around the bend here in the fine state of Kentucky is the Bernheim Arboretum, one of the nation’s finest arboretums. At Bernheim, you can take yourself on a stroll along the tree-lined paths or participate in one of the many educational events offered, like their regular Moon Hikes for lovers of the night. They even have ColorFest coming up in October, a family-friendly event dedicated to celebrating the season with hayrides, local foods, and art vendors.

Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

Going just a bit north into Southeast Ohio, you can find one of the loveliest forests in the United States. With plenty of rental cabins available year-round, Hocking Hill State Park is the perfect autumn getaway. The roads roll with the many tree-covered hills, and come mid-September its plain to see why Hocking Hills is on the list of best fall road trips.

Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina

Chimney Rock State Park is perfect for those craving a bit of adventure along with their beautiful vistas. The sheer stone bluffs rising throughout the park make for a perfect rock-climbing venue. Add this to the miles of bike trails, and you’re bound to have a wild time! If you need something more relaxed, Chimney Rock also has easy walking paths and lovely, calm lakes.

There’s no need to hesitate if you’ve been longing to take a weekend and see something unforgettable.  Let us here at Hutch Chevy of Paintsville, KY hear all about your trip!

Camping Tips To Celebrate National Camping Month

Get some great camping tips to enjoy National Camping Month!

Get some great camping tips to enjoy National Camping Month!

June is the month where we finally emerge from our abodes and shake off the last remnants of cabin fever. It also happens to be one of the best months to pitch a tent and brave it for all-night adventures in the wild (or semi-wild). Makes sense then that June is National Camping Month.

As many of you have likely experienced, camping can be tough. To ensure that your night out amongst the flora and fauna goes off without a hitch, here are a few helpful camping tips.

Make sure you bring the right supplies! Some sort of water filter and hydration bladders to store the water. Fire resistant gloves are a must if you enjoy cooking over a campfire. A multi-tool is absolutely essential to any camping trip.

Your success can largely depend on your campsite. Choose a location upwind from your neighbors, away from potentially falling dead branches, but otherwise with plenty of tree cover to abate a light rain.

Trail Sherpa provides other tricks to help you have the best camping trip possible. “Cotton balls with a smear of petroleum jelly make great fire starters,” and “Create various zones at your campsite,” like one for eating, another for lounging, etc. Bring activities and games for the kids! Camping can be thrilling for them, but it helps to keep them occupied at all times.  Tell us here at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY your camping tips!

Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

Plan the perfect Valentine's Day date!

Plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date!

This year, we want you to have the best Valentine’s day of your life—and here at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY, we are here to help you achieve that goal. We’ve got a list of the best gifts to give your Valentine, the best movies to watch together while snuggling, and it all adds up to the perfect Valentine’s Day date.

But if you just need the advice, keep reading. We’ve compiled all our experience and wisdom, and here are some ideas to make the day special.

Consider buying some candles and lighting your evening by candlelight, it will add atmosphere and mystery—and of course up the romance—to your night.

If you’re more of a creative type, consider writing your loved one a poem—or even buying a heart-shaped waffle maker and surprising them with breakfast in bed.

Of course, no Valentine’s Day is complete without a movie date! Choose from old classics like Casablanca and An Affair to Remember or newer favorites like The Notebook and Crazy Stupid Love.

And if you need a new vehicle to transport your Valentine on your awesome date, we’ve got you covered here at Hutch Chevrolet.

United Way – Chevrolet Will Donate to United Way If You Share Its Message

Join Chevrolet in supporting United Way this holiday season!

Join Chevrolet in supporting United Way this holiday season!

Chevrolet is inviting everyone to share a holiday message on Facebook and Twitter to help brighten people’s days while giving back to their communities through United Way.

For every share and retweet of Chevrolet’s Facebook post and Tweet of the video, the automaker will donate $1 to United Way, up to a total of $500,000.

United Way is a charity dedicated to improving communities and individual lives through education, financial stability, and basic needs like food and shelter.

“The holiday season is a time for thankfulness and a time to help those less fortunate,” said Paul Edwards, US vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “We hope social media users will take a moment to share the spirit of giving with their friends and family while helping United Way.”

Chevrolet, General Motors, and the GM Foundation have a history of helping United Way and other organizations through various events—most recently, Chevy contributed $1 million to the American Cancer Society on behalf of the 1+ million social media users who changed their profiles to purple in time for World Cancer Day on February 4th.

Learn more about the brand’s philanthropic efforts at Hutch Chevrolet and help donate to United Way now.

How Do Potholes Form and How Can You Avoid Them?

Tips on how do potholes form and how to avoid them are invaluable for the winter season!

Tips on how do potholes form and how to avoid them are invaluable for the winter season!

As we wave goodbye to Thanksgiving for another year, it’s time to face the fact that winter is upon us. And with winter comes snow and ice, which inescapably leads to potholes. But how do potholes form, and what are some things you can do to avoid them?

Here at Hutch Chevrolet, we’ve done some investigating and have collected the most important information on potholes you will find!

How Do Potholes Form?

  1. Snow. Just like every year, we get plenty of snow and ice in December, January, and February—sometimes even in March and April! This is just the beginning of how a pothole forms.
  2. Ice. Each time we have ice or snow, it inevitably melts, saturating the pavement. As temperatures rise and dip, this water will refreeze and expand, which breaks up the pavement both above and below the surface.
  3. Cars. When the pavement has been fractured by melting and refreezing moisture, it is no longer able to support heavy vehicles which drive along its surface. The more cars drive along the road, the weaker the surface gets. Eventually, the surface breaks down entirely and potholes emerge in the roadway.

How Can You Avoid Them?

  1. Stay Back. Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front so that you are able to see the pothole with plenty of time to steer around it.
  2. Slow Down. If you do hit a pothole, the damage will be much more severe if you’re travelling at a higher speed.
  3. Keep a Firm Grip. The last thing you want to do is lose control of your vehicle when driving over a pothole. To avoid this, make sure you’re holding your steering wheel tightly so you can avoid running off the road.
  4. Avoid Puddles. Puddles are notorious for hiding potholes. If you want to avoid accidentally driving over a pothole, avoid suspicious-looking puddles (or any puddles, if possible).

Please stay safe this winter and avoid potholes!

Car Accessories for Christmas? Thanks Santa!

Need a good Christmas idea this holiday season?  Car accessories for Christmas are the answer!

Need a good Christmas idea this holiday season? Car accessories for Christmas are the answer!

Christmas is coming, and some people are hard to shop for. Here at Hutch Chevrolet, we understand your struggle and have some suggestions for gifts: car accessories for your loved ones. As people, we spend a lot of time in the car, so we should make it as comfortable as possible, so here’s a list of things to get those drivers in your life.

Read on to learn about the best car accessories for Christmas!

  • Car Chargers – who reading this hasn’t had their phone die on them on the way to a meeting, driving to their vacation spot, or just running errands every day? Car chargers are the solution to that, and chances are your loved one probably just lost theirs.
  • Reindeer Car Kit – for those in your life that just love this holiday season, what screams “Christmas is coming” more than antlers and a Rudolph nose on your car?
  • Nightmare Before Christmas Car Accessories – from seat-covers and steering wheel-covers to car charms, there’s something for the darker tempered person in your life. Those who love Tim Burton, Claymation, or just have a more cynical view on Christmas would appreciate this gift.
  • Detailer’s Max Protection Winter Care Kit – for the one in your family who truly loves his automobile, the best gift is the one that protects his car all winter long. The Detailer’s Max Protection Winter Care Kit includes everything he needs to protect his vehicle against UV, road salt, bugs, and chemicals.

From all of us here at Hutch Chevrolet, happy holidays and good luck with your shopping!