Ditch the Candy—and the Trip to the Dentist—with These Healthy Halloween Alternatives

When someone mentions Halloween, many of us can’t help but immediately think of candy. Unfortunately, getting a month’s supply of candy all at once isn’t necessarily the healthiest thing for children. This year, try out one or more of these healthy Halloween alternatives that kids are sure to love—and which won’t cause cavities!

Fruit

Fruit is nature’s candy, and as such, it’s a perfect Halloween treat. It also makes a great snack for kids to bite into while they’re out trick or treating.

Stickers

Kids love stickers, and they are a wonderful alternative to candy. Stickers are also very inexpensive and can be bought in bulk easily, so you don’t have to skimp on them when passing them out.

Key Chains

Key chains are another fun alternative to Halloween candy. It’s cheap and easy to buy a variety of small key chains that kids will enjoy picking out.

Activity Pads

A piece of candy is gone in a matter of seconds. An inexpensive activity pad, on the other hand, lasts hours and can be educational as well as healthier than candy.

Temporary Tattoos

Finally, consider stocking up on temporary tattoos this Halloween. On a holiday that is all about dressing up, temporary tattoos make a perfect treat for excited ghouls and goblins at your door.

Here at Trent Cadillac in New Bern, we hope you and your crew have a spirited Halloween.

Check Out the New Bern MumFest

With the beach to the east and the Croatan National Forest to the south, there’s always a chance to get outside when you live in New Bern, North Carolina. But a particular fall festival is coming up in mid-October that will invite families and visitors of all ages outside in historic downtown New Bern.

The New Bern MumFest celebrates all things fall and all things fun on October 12-14 2018. The event takes places downtown on the New Bern waterfront, and is free for all to experience. Last year, roughly 100,000 visitors enjoyed a day at the New Bern MumFest, and this year promises to be just as fun.

The MumFest kicks off with a concert on October 12th. Dan + Shay will play at Lawson Creek Park, and will be joined by special guest Walker McGuire. Tickets for the kickoff concert are available online.

In addition to live music, the New Bern MumFest will include other entertainment like street performers, amusement park rides, acrobats, and model train and helicopter displays. Take a cruise on the Neuse River, then spend a few hours browsing through unique vendors featuring handmade items like pottery. MumFest also includes plenty of food vendors, so you can spend the entire day with your family enjoying this fall festival in New Bern.

For a sophisticated ride to get you to MumFest in style, be sure to check out our lineup at Trent Cadillac.

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Best Summer Road Trip Destionations in the Carolinas

Planning a summer road trip but don’t know where to go? Check out these exciting vacation destinations in the Carolinas this summer.

Charleston

There’s so much more to do than head to the beach in Charleston. Sight-seeing and exploring historic districts are also at the top of the list in this charming coastal city.

Asheville

While not a beach destination, Asheville is a cozy mountain town knows for its craft beer and arts scene. It’s also close to Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachia for the outdoorsy types out there.

Outer Banks

Off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are formed by a group of relaxing barrier islands with a small-town feel. Lounge on the numerous beaches or explore the many local lighthouses.

Hilton Head

A leisurely vacation at the Hilton Head by Coligny Beach is just what everybody needs to take the edge off. From an upscale golf course to beaches without a crowd, Hilton Head offers peaceful solitude.

Greenville

Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains, this scenic city isn’t a big tourist trap – which makes it all the more charming. Plus, it’s famous for the local culinary scene, so you can get your foodie on.

Once you’ve selected your destination, you need a car with enough space for your cargo before you can embark on your summer road trip. The Cadillac Escalade offers up to 94.2 cu. ft. of storage capacity, or if you want something a bit smaller, the all-new Cadillac CT4 is versatile enough to pack for a trip, too.

You can find both of these vehicles when you visit Trent Cadillac.

Rock Out at the Rockin’ on the Rivers Music Festival

Rocking out and having a good time are two things that go hand-in-hand in New Bern. This year’s Rockin’ on the Rivers music festival takes place on July 20th, rain or shine. Trent Cadillac is proud to be a sponsor of the Rockin’ on the Rivers music festival.

The Rockin’ on the Rivers music festival is the second concert in the 2018 Summer Concert Series. The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with WRNS 95.1 to make this event particularly special. As a result, Parmalee with Bryan Mayer and 3 Day Weekend will be performing live on the waterfront.

Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the gate. Children under 12 years old are admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ticket sales began on April 9th and can be purchased online at the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce website. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased in person at Mitchell Hardware and the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce office.

For those coming from out of town to attend the concert, you’re in luck. The DoubleTree has discounted rates for those planning on attending. You can take advantage of the discount by visiting their website.

We hope to see you at this year’s Rockin’ on the Rivers festival.

Explore the Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace
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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.

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.

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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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.