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Tyron Palace In The State’s First Capital

Living in New Bern means you’re living in one of the most historic cities in the United States. The city is the home to Tryon Palace, which was North Carolina’s first permanent state capital. This beautiful palace and grounds once housed colonial governors and boasts more than 14 acres of gardens. Listed as one of New Bern’s most popular attractions, the Tryon Palace is set to host a number of events during the next few months. Here are a couple that we strongly recommend that you attend.

Spring Garden Lovers’ Weekend

Taking place on Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, Spring Garden Lovers’ Weekend is a weekend that truly lets you enjoy the wonders of spring. During this weekend, admission to the gardens will be free, so bring a loved one along to stroll through the luscious grounds, see the spring flowers, and enjoy the tulips in bloom.

Spring Heritage Plant Sale

During the same weekend as the Spring Garden Lovers’ Weekend, you can enjoy the Spring Heritage Plant Sale. Located on the Daves House Lawn, the plant sale will display various perennials, annuals, herbs, trees, and shrubs that you can purchase for your own garden. These plants have been reared with great love and care, grown locally in our greenhouse or by local growers. All proceeds will go to benefit the Tryon Palace.

If you need a vehicle to get you to the Tryon Palace in style, then be sure to stop by Trent Cadillac New Bern, NC.

Cadillac XT4 Unveiled at New York International Auto Show

Cadillac XT4
Cadillac Luxury Crossover SUV

Meet The Cadillac XT4

The first-ever Cadillac XT4 is here and arrives to impress. The XT4 is one of the most highly-anticipated models to be released by the automaker in quite some time, and its style and specs match the interest of many of Trent Cadillac’s customers. You may have caught a glimpse of this vehicle while watching the Oscars, as Cadillac ran various ads during the awards show including one that showcased the sleek exterior of the XT4. Cadillac unveiled the vehicle in full on March 28th at the New York International Auto Show.

Luxury Compact Crossover SUV

The XT4 is a luxury compact crossover SUV that offers incredible power, design, and technology. Despite its compact size, the XT4 is big on features. It will come equipped with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed transmission, offering 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Although fuel efficiency ratings have yet to be confirmed, it’s expected to get a respectable 30 mpg on the highway, achieving the perfect balance of power and efficiency. To harness the power of the XT4, you’ll sit back in its upscale interior that features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and comfortable seats—in fact, the fronts seats have an available massage function and the rear seats boast best-in-class rear legroom.

Cadillac Infotainment System

The XT4 is also smartly equipped, offering a Cadillac User Experience infotainment system and available wireless charging. What’s more, the XT4 will offer available advanced safety features besides its standard Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist, such as Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Here at Trent Cadillac in New Bern, NC, we can’t wait until the all-new Cadillac XT4 arrives on our dealership’s lot.  

Watch These Fun Movies with Cadillacs in Them

It is award season for our favorite celebs in Hollywood, so the staff at Trent Cadillac decided to reflect on our favorite movies. To no one’s surprise, a lot of us at the dealership are partial to movies with Cadillacs in them. Here are some of our favorite movies featuring Cadillacs:

  • The Big Wheel: This film starred Mickey Rooney and his 1941 Cadillac series 62 convertible coupe. In the film, Rooney establishes a career in motorsports.
  • Driving Miss Daisy: The widely celebrated film, Driving Miss Daisy, which won several awards and starred Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd, features a classic 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special.
  • Pink Cadillac: This film stars Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters, but perhaps even more memorable is the unapologetically pink Cadillac series 62 convertible.
  • Every Which Way But Loose: Another Eastwood film, Every Which Way But Loose features a 1959 Cadillac convertible in the American West.
  • National Lampoon films: A number of the National Lampoon films, starring Chevy Chase, feature Cadillac models.
  • Ghostbusters: The National Lampoons films weren’t the only comedies to star a Cadillac. The hilarious Ghostbusters cult classic starring Bill Murray also features a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance.

What’s your favorite movie featuring a Cadillac?

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.