Nissan Trucks and SUVs for Driving in the Snow

driving in the snowDriving in the snow might be difficult for some local residents, likely because we rarely see snow or ice in Southwest Louisiana. However, many may have been shocked this year by recent weather patterns, but there’s no reason to worry. We at Nissan of Lake Charles have created a list of the top Nissan vehicles for driving in the snow to keep you safe and in control.

First, check out the Nissan Frontier. The Frontier is America’s most affordable pickup, and though smaller than the Titan and Titan XD, it’s great for getting around in the winter. As noted by Nissan, There are multiple engine options, offering up to 261 horsepower, as well as an optional Desert Runner trim that’s great for harsh weather and terrain. Bilstein® off-road shocks keep you comfortable, and snow-rated all-terrain tires will provide traction.

Next, consider the previously-mentioned Nissan Titan or Titan XD. With a little weight in the bed of your truck, you’ll be driving like a professional in the Titan whether there’s rain, snow, or sunny skies. The Titan has extensive safety, but it also has convenient features like all-season floor mats to keep the interior nice, an available advanced 4×4 system, and off-road performance shocks.

Finally, the Nissan Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada are also great options for winter driving. SUVs often come with 4×4 systems to prevent you from getting stuck in the snow, and wide stances keep you stable on the roads. Test drive any one of these Nissan models today to see just how great it can handle in rough conditions.

Prepare for Mardi Gras: An Annual Celebration

prepare for Mardi GrasMardi Gras is a tradition in the Lake Charles community, one that dates back years. Mardi Gras has its roots in religious traditions, but it also marks an important cultural holiday for many. While New Orleans has one of the most famous celebrations in the world, Lake Charles also holds one of the biggest Mardi Gras events around. That’s why we at Nissan of Lake Charles have written about ways to prepare for Mardi Gras.

According to the Lake Charles website, the event will be held on February 13. There will be a parade, museum tours, and more. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to get your costume ready. Believe it or not, the average costume weighs more than 50 pounds. Aluminum foil is a popular material, but you’ll also want to spend plenty on fringe.

Next, visit the Mardi Gras Museum to learn more about the event. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 5 pm, and it has information dating back centuries about the sounds and sights of Carnival. Located in the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, the Mardi Gras Museum opened in 1998.

Finally, have fun! People have been celebrating Mardi Gras in Lake Charles since 1882. Hosting one of the largest events in the region, Lake Charles is home to a joyous celebration that’s fun for all. Be sure to get out and enjoy the holiday festivities this year.

Local Food Pantries Near Lake Charles, LA

Local Food Pantries Near Lake Charles, LA

At Nissan of Lake Charles we find it important to serve our local community any way we can. We want to give back to the people and places that have served us in so many ways. One way we’ve found to do this is by volunteering at and spreading the word about food pantries near Lake Charles. Here are some local food pantries with which you can get involved this Holiday season.

 

Shepherd’s Inn Outreach of United Christian Fellowship Church

Shepherd’s Inn Outreach offers a food and clothing service every Tuesday and Thursday morning between 9 a.m. to noon. They will also provide counseling and hand out free Bibles.

 

Seventh Day Adventist Church

This food pantry and clothing service is open Tuesday and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, Lake Charles

This Catholic church serves the population within the church boundaries, providing things like furniture to victims of disasters such as fires and hurricanes.

 

Salvation Army of Lake Charles

The Salvation Army offers food provisions as well as many crisis care services. Their office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they can be reached at (337) 433-4155 for more information.

Celebrate the season of giving by giving back to the local community.

Upcoming Fall Sporting Events in Lake Charles

Sporting Events in Lake Charles

There are a lot of great things that come with the fall season—apple cider, Halloween parties, hayrides, and plenty of sports. There are a plethora of sporting events in Lake Charles near Nissan of Lake Charles. This time of year our Lake Charles customers are always tailgating in their Nissan Titan before an LSU football game, or taking their team to a football game in the Nissan Armada. Check out this brief listing of local sporting events in Lake Charles that you won’t want to miss.

Lake Charles College Prep Football Schedule

Our local charter school starts their season in September with an away game on the 1st against Pickering from Leesville, LA. Their first home game will be on September 14th against

Northside from Lafayette, LA, and multiple other home and away games will follow, ending with an away game at Jennings High School on November 3rd. Make a point of supporting your local young football players this fall.

LSU Football

Who in Lake Charles doesn’t love a good LSU game? The LSU football team has an exciting schedule, starting with a matchup with BYU (Houston) on September 2nd and including games against Arkansas, Florida, and Texas A&M. Get in the fall spirit by heading out to an LSU football game this season.

Military Discounts in Lake Charles Area

military discounts in lake charles

We are proud to support our military and everything they have done for our country. Like us, the Lake Charles area is proud to support our military members and show our appreciation for their service to our country. From Lake Charles to Fort Parrish, this is a great area to live in and we’re grateful for all of the support offered to our military members.

There are several resources out there for those in the area to see all of the local businesses that offer a military discount. Whether you’re looking for food, fitness, doctors, hotels, or more, there is bound to be some offers that you will enjoy. There is a great database for military discounts in Lake Charles that lets you search for military discounts by category. The site allows you to see the specific discount, and gives you a link for the directions to the location. If you’re traveling a little out of the Lake Charles area, Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce also has a great listing of military discounts available to you.

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, Nissan also offers a great military program for you to get your favorite Nissan, for less! Stop into Nissan of Lake Charles if you’re interested. We hope you find these military discounts to be helpful. Thank you for your service!

Fall Festivals Near Lake Charles

Child and dog in fall leavesWe here at Nissan of Lake Charles are huge fans of local festivals and social gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few fall festivals near Lake Charles that are well worth checking out.

Arts & Crabs Festival

You read that right! The Arts & Crabs Festival puts an emphasis on local products and services. Art, music, and local seafood play a major role in the festival. Visitors flock from around the state to see what all the hubbub is about. In short, those attending the Arts & Crabs Festival on August 19th will enjoy local food and culture. The festival sells out quickly so be sure to getyour tickets as soon as possible.

St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival

The St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival is a local tradition that makes it ways to the area every year. Its music, rides, and food tend to attract visitors from surrounding areas who want to get in on the fun, family-friendly festival. Admission is free. The festival takes place from September 15th through the 17th.

Calca-Chew Food Festival

Cajun cuisine and heritage are at their fullest at the Calca-Chew Food Festival in September. The family-friendly atmosphere features live entertainment, a French mass, and food many visitors have never tasted before.

Best Summer Road Trips in Louisiana

Girl In Car Going On A Road TripSummer road trips have been an American tradition for many families since the mid-1900s. Louisiana is home to several iconic sights and a few well-kept secrets that make it the perfect state to explore beneath the summer sun. Here are some of the best summer road trips in Louisiana recommended by us here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

White Castle

While it may sound familiar as a cheap restaurant, this White Castle is much more impressive. Otherwise known as Nottoway Plantation, White Castle stands as the largest remaining antebellum mention in the entire Southern United States. Visitors can even pay to stay a night in a mansion built in the late 1800s and sitting at 53,000 square feet!

Jean Lafitte National Park

Six sites make up Jean Lafitte National Park, but the best of the bunch is certainly Barataria Preserve. The 23,000-acre wetlands offer plenty of natural wonders to behold, including wildlife like frogs and birds. Keep your eyes open as you explore the marshes and forests, though. The area is also home to alligators.

Tunica Hills

Hills aren’t the first thing one thinks of when Louisiana comes up in conversation. Tunica Hills, however, is a premier destination where visitors can enjoy nature and spot some wildlife on the loose. Foxes, bobcats, and coyotes tend to roam the area, so be sure to have your eyes open and camera ready!

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!

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!

Lake Charles Community Events

It’s no secret that Lake Charles has a multitude of community events.  Seemingly every week, Lake Charles packs its calendar with incredible activities for all to enjoy.  One event in particular that deserves some special attention is the Midnight Fantasies Annual Lakefront Tour Car, Truck & Bike Show.

From September 21-23 the Lake Charles Civic Center will be hosting as much as 400-plus show worthy cars, trucks and bikes.  With its wide variety of food and drinks as well as other crowd favorites like the Crank It contest, Dyno Pulls, and Rock Wall, the Lakefront Tour will be worth a visit.

Here is all the need-to-know information:

  • When:  September 21 -23, 2013 / 10am – 8pm
  • Where:  Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Admission:  Adults $10/day, Kids 10 and under get in FREE

For more information visit www.visitlakecharles.org