Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Travel Tips

The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year but it can also be incredibly stressful. Many people don’t travel throughout the year save for the holidays and that can cause some problems. Travelers that aren’t used to congested roadways or crowded airports can slow things down. Here are some helpful holiday travel tips from us here at Nissan of Lake Charles that will help make starting the most wonderful time of the year less stressful.

  • Pack Light – Heading home for the holidays? Consider shipping your extra clothes and presents through the mail instead of packing them. Doing so will ensure you get through security quicker and leave drivers will less to pack into the car. Flyers could also avoid hefty baggage fees by bringing a single carry-on.
  • Eat – No matter how much of a hurry you’re in, grab a bite to eat along the way. Many travelers choose to forego eating until they reach their destination in order to save time. As a result, they often grow irritable, and that isn’t good when stress levels are already running high.
  • Research – Do your research on which airlines offers the best deals. Drivers should plan their route ahead of time. Make sure to use the technology made available by smartphones, tablets, and navigation systems as well!

Best 4th of July Fireworks in Lake Charles, Louisiana

With the 4th of July right around the corner, everyone’s excited for all the summer fun that goes along with it.  One must see on the 4th of July are the amazing fireworks displays.  Here in Lake Charles, we are lucky enough to have some of the best 4th of July Fireworks shows and the best spots to see them!

Best 4th of July Fireworks

Lake Charles Civic Center

The best places to see fireworks are above beautiful waters, and that’s what makes the Red, White, Blue & You celebration such an amazing show!  Located at the Civic Center boardwalk, this show is sure to be stunning with the fireworks reflected in the water.  Also, there will be family friendly events going on to keep the kids (and adults) entertained until the fireworks begin!

Prien Lake Park

Being in Southwest Louisiana, we are in no short supply of lakes, rivers and other waterways and this makes 4th of July Firework celebrations that much better!  Prien Lake Park has a unique view of the firework show if you want to avoid the crowds.  The lake is just far enough away to avoid the crowds, but close enough to still see the fireworks and the water reflected below.

Isle of Capri Casino

For those of you who want to have a great time before the fireworks show, the Isle of Capri Casino has a great view of the show,.  Plus, it has plenty of entertainment to keep you busy until the show starts!

In addition to all the great fireworks going on during 4th of July weekend, stop by Nissan of Lake Charles for some red hot Independence Day deals as well!

Four Creative Easter Craft Projects

Family Gathering

With the month of March already halfway over, Easter will be springing up on us soon! If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids for Easter, then don’t worry. These four creative Easter craft projects should keep your children engaged and entertained.

  1. Bunny Ears

Peter Cottontail won’t be the only one hopping down the bunny trail after your children complete their own set of big bunny ears to wear.

  1. Sock Bunnies

Speaking of bunnies, if you have some old socks lying around, then you can put them to good us by creating some very cute sock bunny creations.

  1. Jelly Bean Carrot

By wrapping up a large assortment of orange jelly beans, you can make a sweet craft that is the spitting image of the Easter Bunny’s favorite food.

  1. Dyed Easter Eggs

No Easter is complete without dying Easter eggs! Each child can choose his or her very own color and design to brighten up their egg in a unique way.

Easter is earlier this year than normal, so remember that Easter is on March 27th. No matter how you decide to celebrate Easter with your family, we hope that you enjoy your holiday!  Happy Easter from Nissan of Lake Charles!

A List of Top Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Lake Charles

Happy Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up, the one question on everyone’s mind is: where’s the best place to eat in Lake Charles? With an array of choices at your fingertips, sometimes it can be hard to pick the perfect place. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top Valentine’s Day restaurants in Lake Charles.

You can almost never go wrong with surf and turf, that’s why one of our top places for Valentine’s Day is Harlequin Steaks and Seafood. According to Cajun Radio, this place has a tradition dating back to the 1950s, so it’s a great place to go to ensure everyone has a good time.

Odds are if you ask around, La Truffe Sauvage (“The Wild Truffle”) is one of the hot spots for this romantic holiday. Who doesn’t like French gourmet dining? Although it might be alittle more expensive than other places, if you’re looking to impress your date, this is the place to be.

Last but not least, Mazen’s Restaurant is perfect for those of you that are looking for something a little different. Although it’s a little more adventurous than the other two places on our list, Mazen’s offers a unique Mediterranean dining experience. If you’re looking for great seafood, look no further.

Hopefully this list of top restaurants in Lake Charles will ensure you have a fantastic evening on Valentine’s Day. Remember to call ahead for reservations, and of course, from the Nissan of Lake Charles team, drive safe!

How to bring home the perfect Christmas tree

Does your family have a tradition of decorating a real Christmas tree just before Dec. 25th? Or maybe it’s a new tradition starting this year. Either way, we at Nissan of Lake Charles have a few tips on safely bringing the perfect tree home.

Tip #1: Use gloves. Gloves will enable you to get a firm grip on the tree as you transport it from the lot to the roof of your vehicle and into the house. Your hands will be grateful for the protection from the tree’s needles and sap, not to mention the saw if you are in charge of cutting down the tree.

Tip #2: Place plastic or a heavy duty tarp over the roof of your vehicle. This will protect its paint and finish. Be careful the covering does not extend over your windows.

Tip #3: Get some help. Ask someone to help you lift the tree onto the car, trunk facing forward. Completing this task single-handedly may be an impressive feat, but the whole process will be much safer and will go much more smoothly if you have a partner or two.

Tip #4: Open your car doors. In your excitement to successfully secure your tree to the vehicle, don’t forget to open the car doors before you tie it down. It would be a pity to be forced to untie all that hard work in order for everyone to climb into the car and go home.

Keep these tips in mind as you and the family find that perfect Christmas tree and safely carry it home. Happy trimming and Merry Christmas from all of us at Nissan of Lake Charles!