Free Things To Do in Fayetteville

If you’re bored out of your mind but need something to do on the cheap, we at Bryan Honda know of a few free things to do around Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Local Museums

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is the only US Army museum not located on a military base, while other museums like the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex detail the history of the local region. If you still want more history, other historic landmarks like Cross Creek Cemetery, Averasboro Battlefield, and Fort Bragg are nearby, too.

Themed Driving Trails

Did you know the Cumberland County website has a list of 18 different themed driving trails? Spend the day following local attractions via the American Independence Trail, All-American Adventure Trail, Gaelic Beginnings Trail, and more.

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The Art Council’s Cultural Events

The 39th International Folk Festival is coming up in September, but if you don’t want to wait that long, you can just head to the Art Council’s website to see what events are coming up soon – like 4th Fridays, Art Attacks, and a number of other local cultural activities.

The Great Outdoors

From the Cape Fear River Trail to the Fayetteville Rose Garden, there’s plenty of beautiful, scenic areas for you to spend your day out with the family enjoying the local flora and fauna.

There’s plenty of free things to do in Fayetteville. You just have to know where to look!

Honda Launches “Keep the Peace” Campaign for New Odyssey

If you’re a parent, you know how tough it is to “keep the peace.” You’re not alone; parents all over the world struggle with preventing their kids from arguing, whether they won’t share their toys or they just like to annoy each other for no reason. That’s why the new 2018 Honda Odyssey was designed to help busy parents pay attention to what their active kids are up to. This is showcased in Honda’s new “Keep the Peace” campaign, a series of advertisements illustrating how convenient the Odyssey is for families everywhere.

Keep the Peace campaign

The minute-long ad that kicks off the campaign opens with two giant monsters attacking a city. One of them picks up a bus, which the other monster wants, and the two begin to fight over it. While the two monsters are fighting, two soldiers make a plan to split the earth, separating them before they can cause any more damage. Right at that moment, the scene cuts to reveal that the two monsters are actually just a brother and sister fighting over a toy bus, and the whole “splitting the earth” thing? Actually just the Odyssey’s “Magic Slide” seating at work, allowing Mom to easily separate the kids and give the sister a new toy airplane to distract her.

“When kids are happy, parents are happy,” says Susie Rossick, Honda Marketing assistant vice president, who highlighted the core of the “Keep the Peace” campaign in a statement to The Drum.

North Carolina Summer Events

North Carolina Summer Events

 

North Carolina summers offer some of the greatest weekend trips and local events, designed to attract visitors from around the country. Of course, the warm climate and sandy shores make it a great place to vacation, even if you don’t intend on planning any events, although attending a summer festival can make any North Carolina stay well worth the trip. So, here are a few can’t-miss North Carolina summertime events recommended by us here at Bryan Honda!

Independence Day

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Lake Junaluska! This family-friendly event features live music, a parade, and square dance to lead into the night. A fireworks show over the lake starts at 9:30pm and makes for a great way to close out the celebration of American independence. Taking place on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Independence Day at Lake Junaluska is a must-attend event to celebrate the country we live in!

Christmas in July Festival

The Christmas in July Festival takes place on June 30th and July 1st. Live country music and street dancing makes up most of the 30th while the largest street festival in the county kicks off on the 1st. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, Civil War reenactments, and much more! Best of all, the event is free to attend!

North Carolina Black Bear Festival

North Carolina is home to the highest black bear densities in the world so it only seems right to celebrate it. Now in its third year, the North Carolina Black Bear Festival features a 5K, paddle event, mechanical bear ride, and more!

2017 Honda Civic Si Price

2017 Honda Civic Si

The 2017 Honda Civic Si arrived at dealerships not long ago, but customers are already snatching them up! An affordable price and impressive performance have made the compact car an impressive contender, and that’s not to mention the new technologies and convenience features in the new Honda Civic Si.

Available in either a coupe or a sedan, drivers can get behind the wheel of the new Civic Si for the same affordable price: $24,775 MSRP. The new model builds on the Civic EX, a value-oriented trim with plenty of standard features and a turbocharged engine that delivers 174 hp.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Civic Si without a few upgrades. Available with a six-speed manual transmission, the performance-driven model boasts a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.

That kind of power comes balanced with excellent efficiency, as the 2017 Civic Si earns up to an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.* Plus, the standard 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration software will almost certainly seal the deal for drivers of all ages.

The 2017 Honda Civic Si won’t top the lineup when it comes to performance, though—the Civic Type R would fit right in on the track and will start in the mid-$30,000 range.

We here at Bryan Honda can’t help but be impressed at the new 2017 Civic Si!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

Fayetteville Firefighters Cooking Show Teaches Kitchen Safety

The firefighters of Fayetteville, North Carolina, have traded in their fire suits for aprons in their new show, “Cooking with Fire.” The Fayetteville firefighters cooking show teaches kitchen safety. It has become a big hit with the local residents.

The Show

“Cooking with Fire” gives the people of Fayetteville a look into the lives of the firefighters and lets them see what a firehouse kitchen is like. Angie Cimino-Locklear, the fire department’s Fire and Life Safety Educator, is the host. She brings on different firefighters to cook a meal and demonstrate different fire safety techniques.

Outdoor Cooking

Recently Cimino-Locklear teamed up with firefighter Corey Tedder to film two episodes on grilling, which featured meals like salmon and asparagus, hamburgers and corn, and roast potatoes. Tedder prepped the meal in the firehouse kitchen, and when it was time to grill the food they went outside to throw everything on the grill.

When the episode airs, it will include tips between scenes on fire safety focused on outdoor cooking. It especially focuses on what to do in the event of a grill fire. The viewer learns something valuable while having fun, and the firefighters get to have a good time and break out of the norm. The show is a great asset to the Fayetteville community, and at Bryan Honda we’re proud to be part of it!

Possible Mid-Size Honda SUV in the Works Based on Pilot

There are rumors that a mid-size Honda SUV may be in the works that would be a smaller version of the full-size Pilot. Honda currently has the compact CR-V and the subcompact HR-V, so it has plenty of room in the lineup for a two-row mid-size.

Honda Pilot

The Rumor

The smaller version of the Pilot, which would have much of the same build but be built on a shorter wheelbase, would compete with other segment leaders like the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge. Autoblog suggests the mid-size SUV may be around 187 inches long and be priced at about $27,000, squarely between the CR-V and the Pilot and on par with other vehicles in the segment.

WardsAuto came out with the news about the mid-size Pilot first, and while they have no guesses as to what the name will be, Car and Driver thinks they may revive the Passport moniker. Autoblog disagrees, saying it may go the way of Hyundai and Mitsubishi and call it the Honda Pilot Sport or just come up with an entirely new name.

Production on the new mid-size SUV will begin in September of next year. For more information on this or the Honda SUV lineup, give us a call at Bryan Honda!

New Fayetteville Homeless Shelter Opens, Gives Hope to the Homeless Population

A new homeless shelter opened in Fayetteville, North Carolina, earlier this month on March 14 and has proven especially helpful to local homeless men on cold nights. The shelter is made possible by Operation Inasmuch, an active non-profit in the community.

The 6500-square-foot facility has been in the works for three years, according to CBS North Carolina news, and its impressive quality shows that. The Inashmuch shelter was funded by the local community and has 40 beds, six bathrooms with hot showers, a kitchen, and a laundry room.

The homeless staying in the shelter are impressed with its quality and the opportunities it provides, letting them know about job opportunities like cashiering and truck driving as well as letting them wash their clothes and shower so they’re presentable for job interviews.

Stacy Sanders, who works with the county sheriff and has an office right in the homeless facility, is the go-to Fayetteville resident when it comes to the homeless population and has worked with the homeless for 13 years.

The shelter is open seven days a week, and they’re looking for volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let them know. The staff of Bryan Honda are proud to be part of a community that supports people down on their luck with facilities and projects like Inasmuch.

Honda Little League Field Restoration in Houston

Honda Ridgeline - Fayetteville, NC

Using its versatile Ridgeline pickup truck, Honda has restored an OFA Little League Field in Houston that was damaged throughout 2016 by flooding. Honda donated $55,000 to the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project to get these facilities back up and running.

Honda performed a huge range of renovations and upgrades including regrading their fields, restoring their dugouts, replacing the protective netting, and installing new equipment for the concession stands. Local Honda dealers participated to make the renovations a
reality as well as volunteers and the Honda Ridgeline truck.

The Honda Little League project is a reflection of the long-standing relationship between Honda and Little League Baseball and Softball. Honda has been a Little League sponsor since 1996 and has donated more than $1.2 million to underfunded teams in the last 21 years. Susie Rossick, the Assistant Vice President of Honda Automobile Marketing, said that “Honda is dedicated to helping young people strive to pursue their dreams” through the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project.

The Ridgeline, which was named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year, is packed with design innovations like an in-bed trunk that makes it the perfect truck for projects like this one.

For more information about the Honda Ridgeline or what Honda is doing for your community, give us a call at Bryan Honda.

Honda’s Georgia Plant Receives $100 Million Investment

Honda’s Georgia Plant Receives $100 Million

When it comes to the minivan segment, the Honda Odyssey is a game-changer. With extremely thoughtful features like a rear-seat entertainment system, an in-van vacuum cleaner, and a 115V power outlet, there’s no doubt that this van is ahead of the curve. Yet, it’s about to become even more advanced, thanks to Honda’s investments in its northwest Georgia Plant.

When Honda’s Georgia plant receives $100 million in investments from Honda, it will be put towards developing the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles. The first vehicle to receive the new 10-speed automatic transmission will be the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Later, the same transmission will go into other Honda and Acura vehicles, but for now the Honda-engineered transmission is getting tested on the minivan.

So, why the change? The new 10-speed automatic transmission is expected to greatly increase fuel efficiency as well as acceleration. It should also change gears more quickly, making highway driving more productive and responsive.

Over 18,000 Georgians are employed at automobile factories of some kind. Honda’s new transmission isn’t just good for its lineup, but it’s positive for the job market, too. We can wait to test it out at Bryan Honda, and invite you to join us as soon as it’s available to test drive.

Three Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Get Your Car Ready for Spring

At Bryan Honda, we find that there’s no better way to greet warm weather than with a fresh, clean car. Here are three tips on how to get your car ready for spring inside and out.

 

Pressure Wash

From the tires to the engine to the paint job, winter can take its toll on a vehicle. Road salt splashes up onto the sides and cakes on underneath. The salt can cause corrosion and rusting if it’s not cleaned off. Take your car to a car wash where you can use a pressure washer to clean the undercarriage of your vehicle. Rinse off any other areas, or wipe down with a gentle detergent and a soft towel.

 

Check Under the Hood

Your vehicle’s engine components might need some extra love and attention too, after working hard all winter. Check to make sure everything looks in order, and top off any fluids that may be low. Now is even a great time to get an oil change and have your mechanic give your car a good once-over.

 

Gain A Clear Perspective

Be ready for those April showers by replacing your wiper blades. Your windshield can be washed off with some glass cleaner. Afterwards, coat it in Rain-X, which will help make driving in heavy rain easier and safer.