Start the winter season on a positive note when you try any of these four activities in Alabama this season.
Hone your golfing
Beat the winter blues while stepping up your game when you
go golfing at one of the coastal golf courses nearby. Orange Beach Golf Center
and Kiva Dunes Resort are two great places to start. If you prefer mountain
landscapes to beach views, head to Cloudmont Ski & Golf Resort in Mentone,
Fish on the Gulf
Soak in scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico while testing
your angling skills at Gulf State Park Pier. The pier extends 1,540 feet and is
20 feet wide, offering 2,448 feet of seating space. There’s also an on-site
restaurant so you can grab a bit to eat when you get hungry, then go right back
to your spot.
Shop the Mobile
Museum of Art’s Night Market
Make headway on your holiday shopping list when you attend
the monthly Mobile Museum of Art’s Night Market on Dec. 5 from 5-9 p.m. Browse
vendor booths to explore a diverse array of handmade goods and locally-crafted
items. Music and food help provide a festive backdrop to your shopping.
Attend the Huntsville
Christmas Craft Show
Mark your calendar for the weekend of Dec. 6-8 to catch the
Huntsville Christmas Craft Show. The bazaar will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The wares available for
purchase will span a variety of mediums including stained glass, pottery,
jewelry, floral arrangements, needlework, ceramics, toys, woodwork, and
For more ways to keep busy this winter, contact us here at Stokes Automotive. We’ll be happy to share more of our favorite Alabama pastimes.
Looking for something fun to do this fall with the whole family in the Calera, Alabama area? The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is opening up its Pumpkin Patch Express every Saturday and Sunday in October.
Board the vintage train with cars from throughout the 20th
century. You can ride in open-air cars where the engine horn will knock your
socks off, on two leveled cars for high unobstructed views, back in the caboose
with the brakeman, and even in the locomotive. The train will speed you through
beautiful fall foliage and deliver you to the Pumpkin Patch. There, families
can indulge in all the joys of the season with bounce houses, hay rides, and a
corn maze. Don’t forget to pick your pumpkins from the patch before you head
home. There are plenty of exhibits to explore once back at the depot, including
real life railroad equipment and the working Signal Garden.
More fun is on the way at Christmastime with the North Pole
Express. Some travelers may even get a chance to see Santa on the train with
them. There are always events going on at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum so
check back often. Sometimes even Thomas the Tank Engine stops by for a visit.
We at Stokes Automotive love cars, but we also appreciate the character and heritage of trains. That’s why we recommend you take your family to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum.
To keep your car in excellent condition, it’s important to provide seasonal upkeep. As summer comes to an end, use these fall maintenance tips to get your vehicle ready for the cooler weather.
New wiper blades are inexpensive and easy to
replace, and they make a huge difference in visibility and safety. If it’s been
a while since you replaced your car’s wiper blades, take care of them now in
anticipation of the fall showers.
When was the last time you had your car’s
tires replaced? If you’re not sure, it’s definitely time to inspect their
condition. Look to see that the tread is still deep and that there are no signs
of wear, like cracks or bulges. If there are, it’s time to get new tires for
your car in order to ensure good traction and safe handling.
Your car needs an oil change three or four times a year, so the start of a new
season is a great time to do it. Bring your car to Stokes Automotive and let
our team change your car’s oil and filter. This improves efficiency and helps
protect your car’s engine from damage. While we’re there, we can check levels
on other important fluids, like coolant, transmission, brake, and steering
If your car needs its oil changed or tires replaced, bring it to Stokes Automotive.