5 Best Parks In and Around New Bern

After a long and stormy winter with its fair share of snow, ice, and even rain, we’re finally staring down a warm spring and a hot summer (though no promises on that rain ever ending). When you can find a sunny day, pack up your new car from Trent Cadillac and head out to explore the outdoors.

Not sure where to go? These are the five best parks in and around New Bern, North Carolina:

  • New Bern Historical Society Civil War Battlefield Park: If you are a history buff who enjoys a walk through nature, take a tour of this historic battlefield set on 30 acres, which played host to the Battle of New Bern.
  • Kidsville Playground: The youngsters may not appreciate the significance of a battlefield, but they’ll sure love the playground equipment at Kidsville.
  • Isaac Taylor Garden: This outdoor garden area in downtown New Bern can be reserved for private events, like a family picnic or a summer wedding.
  • Island Creek Trail: Enjoy a good hike? You’ll find plenty of loop options at Island Creek Trail with beautiful views.
  • Creekside Park: Go play a game of baseball or just take a dog for the walk at this beautiful park.

The perfect way to get to these beautiful parks is in a new vehicle purchased at Trent Cadillac.

Celebrate Music with the Craven Concert Series

The Craven Concert Series has been providing New Bern and the surrounding area with the opportunity to experience live music for 34 consecutive years – and this year is no different.

For the 2018 season, the series has a number of concerts lined up. On Tuesday, March 20, you can enjoy the musical comedy of 3 Redneck Tenors. This trio are all classically trained, but like to bring some down-home laughs to their performance. Many say it’s like Duck Dynasty goes to the opera – and who wouldn’t want to see that? Even better, 3 Redneck Tenors were Finalists on America’s Got Talent, so you know they will definitely entertain.

If jazz and R&B are more your style, then you should see the Side Street Strutters performance, which is happening on Wednesday, April 11. Hear some of your favorites like Gershwin, Ellington, and, of course, Sinatra. The Strutters were awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award by the International Association of Jaz Educators and awarded First Place at the Breda International Jazz Competition.

All performances within the Craven Concert Series are held in the Grover C. Fields Performing Arts Center and begin at 7:30pm on the date they are scheduled.

Enjoy some music this year and get your tickets for these performances now. Just order them online or at the box office before the performance. If you need a ride to get there, stop by Trent Cadillac.

The Meaning of Dashboard Indicator Lights

When the seasons change, the chance you will begin to experience issues with your car increases. Your dashboard lights can help you easily diagnose any problems your car is having before they become a bigger problem. Here is a quick look at the more commonly seen dashboard indicator lights and their meanings.

Tire Pressure Warning: Fluctuating temperatures mean your tire pressure will fluctuate. When your pressure is over or under its recommended range, the Tire Pressure Warning indicator will light up. Make sure you check your pressure and either fill your tires or deflate them slightly to keep them at the proper pressure.

Check engine light: The Check Engine Light can come on for a range of reasons, from having a loose gas cap to needing new spark plugs for your engine. If this engine-shaped light comes on, it’s a good idea to bring your car into your local mechanic’s shop to make sure your car keeps running smoothly.

Battery charge alert: Shaped like a battery, the Battery Charge Alert light will come on when your car’s battery is running on a low charge – or is dead. Keep an eye out for this alert, as batteries tend to last about five years or so.

Being aware of your dashboard lights can go a long way towards helping you keep your car out of the mechanic’s shop and on the road. If you see any lights illuminate on your dash, be sure to bring your vehicle into Trent Cadillac to have the issue addressed.

Valentine’s Day Activities: Things to Do in New Bern, NC

Valentine’s Day is nearing, which means many businesses in the area are preparing for a surge in customers. Whether you’re getting flowers and chocolates or trying to find a romantic restaurant, there are a number of places to visit in New Bern. That’s why we at Trent Cadillac have created a list of spots to visit and things to do on Valentine’s Day.

According to WITN, you should stop at Occasions to Celebrate. Whether you’re looking for presents for a special someone or you just want to let others know that you care, you can find most of what you need at this retailer. As Scott Price, the co-owner of Occasions to Celebrate, says, “Roses, stuffed animals, and balloons. We do a lot with all three of those categories and chocolates.”

There are also tons of restaurants in the area. We won’t list them all, but there are some to consider if you’re looking for fine-dining. Bay Leaf is great for those who love Indian food, while Morgan’s Tavern is a classic steakhouse. Bakers Kitchen has vegetarian options for those who have dietary restrictions, while La Rosa has classic Italian that’s perfect for any date night.

Looking for Valentine’s Day activities? If your date loves games, you should consider Room Escape Games. Boat tours can be romantic for many, though it may be a bit chilly this time of year, and the Bear City Fudge Company is great for those with a sweet tooth. These are just some of the many things you can do during Valentine’s Day this year.

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Cadillac Super Cruise™ – A Hands-Free Driving System

Car lovers can’t stop talking about Cadillac Super Cruise™, an innovative new technology that is changing the way cars drive. Super Cruise™ is the world’s first truly hands-free driving system. It can only be used on limited-access freeways that are separated from opposing traffic, though many are hoping that the system is soon able to work in all conditions.

How does it work? According to Cadillac, Super Cruise™ activates several existing driver assist technologies in order to control the vehicle and keep you safe. For instance, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is turned on to monitor the cars in front of you, and Forward Collision System is set to “alert” and “brake.” Cameras and radar are activated, and there’s even a system to ensure that the driver appears attentive. Essentially, you turn on all the intelligent safety systems, keep yourself alert, and let the car do the driving.

Cadillac has proprietary head-movement-tracking technology to make sure that you appear alert at all times. Super Cruise™ doesn’t perform all aspects of driving, and it doesn’t do everything that a driver can or should do. That’s why it will alert you if you should need to take control of the vehicle. Super Cruise™ also won’t do things like change lanes or operate around road obstacles like construction.

Nevertheless, as long as you’re on a limited-access freeway, Super Cruise™ will provide an enjoyable and safe experience like never before. At Trent Cadillac, we can’t wait to see what Cadillac develops next.

Celebrating New Year’s in New Bern

Celebrating New Year’s
If you live in New Bern, celebrating New Year’s just got a little classier with the advent of the 6th Annual New Year’s Gala Ball.

Have you ever wanted to ring in the New Year during a sophisticated and elegant gala? If you live in New Bern, celebrating New Year’s just got a little classier with the advent of the 6th Annual New Year’s Gala Ball. Get dressed in your best finery, enjoy great food and awesome music, and have a good night with your friends in New Bern as you count down to midnight – and 2018.

New Year’s in New Bern is a semi-formal event, so you don’t have to be dressed to the nines if you don’t want to be. However, how can you resist in the atmosphere of the restored Stanly Hall Ballroom? The real wood floor and decor dates back to the late 1800s, and with music suited to ballroom dancing, delicious hors d’ouevres, and a BYOB policy that allows you to provide your own beverages, this gala ball is unlike any other event during the late December holiday. Plus, discounted hotel rates and $90 tickets mean that this event is more affordable than comparable balls elsewhere.

Celebrating New Year’s in New Bern is fun, classy, and unforgettable when you spend the evening at the New Year’s Gala Ball. Mark your calendars today, and don’t forget to pick up your ticket before they sell out. If you need a classy carriage to arrive to the ball in style, consider a Cadillac from the Trent Cadillac crew.

Helping Military Families in Need This Holiday Season

Helping Military Families
Do you want to do your part in helping military families this holiday season? Check out any of these tips from Trent Cadillac.

Do you want to do your part in helping military families this holiday season? Check out any of these tips.

Focus On Specific Needs

While we appreciate the work veterans have done for our country, there are many veterans who need help with specific needs, such as being elderly, homeless, or unemployed. Volunteer or donate to one of these groups if you’d like to help.

Call Your Local Military Base

Often, military bases will have a list of different programs to which individuals can donate their money or time.

Reach Out to Military Hospitals

Recovering veterans may be coping with their injuries and in need of ways to entertain and sooth themselves, so contact a military hospital to see exactly what they need.

Go Through Any of These Programs

  • Adopt-a-Family or Adopt-a-Veteran programs: There are many of these from different organizations, which allow you to care for a particular family or veteran.
  • Operation Christmas Spirit or Operation Holiday Joy: These programs are tailored specific toward holiday donations.
  • Trees for Troops: Help get a military family a Christmas tree this year.
  • Full Circle Home: This organization helps deployed service members send their wives gift boxes from afar.

Helping military families so that they can enjoy their Christmas is your own way of thanking them for their service, a cause we at Trent Cadillac are certainly passionate about.

Celebrities Who Drive Cadillacs

Cadillacs have always been a popular choice for celebrities, from old Hollywood to today. Check out this list of celebrities who drive Cadillacs and what their model of choice is.

As far back as the 1930s, celebrities have been driving Cadillacs. Jean Harlow drove a Cadillac V-12 and was photographed with it in 1930, and the legendary Clark Gable was styling in a Cadillac convertible. Iconic stars like Clint Eastwood, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and even Ronald Reagan (not yet president) were Cadillac drivers. There’s even a photo of Elvis Presley getting a parking ticket for his Caddy.

More recently, Cadillac—especially the Cadillac Escalade—has been a top pick of celebrities, with everyone from soccer star David Beckham to infamous stars of Jersey Shore Snooki and DJ Pauly D driving one. The mega-rich CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett drove a Cadillac DTS for almost a decade and stayed loyal to the brand when he upgraded to an XTS, auctioning his DTS for over $120,000.

Cadillac’s reliable, feature-packed, luxurious vehicles are a perfect choice for celebrities, but they’re still affordable for many average buyers. If you want to drive like a celeb, give us a call today at Trent Cadillac and set up a test drive.

New Thanksgiving Traditions to Try with Your Family

If you’re looking for new Thanksgiving traditions to try out this year, then you’re in luck. There are tons of fun crafts and activities you can do with your family that will bring new life to the holiday, and we’ve come up with some of our favorites from around the internet.

Try out crafts with your kids like making a family tablecloth. Just get a plain white tablecloth and have everyone write down what they’re thankful for. You can use it every year and see how it changes. The kids will also have fun putting together a family cookbook with all your traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Print the recipes and have the kids decorate the pages, then put them in a binder or scrapbook.

Make it a tradition to take time out for yourself away from the bustle of Thanksgiving. Whether that’s taking a walk, making yourself breakfast to enjoy before your guests arrive, or sitting down with a cup of coffee in the morning before you start cooking, it’ll help you relax before things get too crazy.

Lastly, if you’d like to spend your holiday giving back to the community, try doing something charitable. Volunteer at a soup kitchen and help feed the less fortunate or get together some old clothes and toys your kids don’t need anymore and donate them to a local charity. Lots of communities have a Turkey Trot marathon that collects donations and lets you burn off all that heavy Thanksgiving food.

From everyone here at Trent Cadillac, we wish you an amazing Thanksgiving.

Activating the Cadillac User Experience: Staying Connected

Pair your phone to you Cadillac

The Cadillac User Experience (also called CUE) is designed to make driving safer and simpler. You can easily connect to your smartphone and tablets via this innovative technology, and many features can be customized for seamless access. Connecting your devices to CUE takes just a few simple steps.

According to Cadillac, you can connect your devices through Bluetooth. Start by turning on the Bluetooth setting on your phone. Via the touch screen select the Phone icon. Select phones, and then pair the devices. On your Phone, connect to the Cadillac CUE device. Follow the prompts on your phone and the touchscreen to pair using a special PIN. A checkmark next to your device on the touchscreen confirms activation.

Up to 10 devices can be paired to the CUE system at a time, but only one may be accessed at a time. You can also connect using the voice-activation system, located on the steering wheel.

What can you do once your device is connected? You can access features like phone contacts to make calls with the voice-activation technology, select playlists to use in Pandora®, and manage Points of Interest and other navigation features. For more information about CUE and other Cadillac systems, visit Trent Cadillac to speak to an expert.