Explore Sour Lake, TX without Leaving Home

Want to explore Sour Lake while you’re stuck at home? It’s easier than you’d think.

 

Research Regional History

Who needs a museum when you can learn all about Sour Lake’s history online? Sure, being able to view and interact with exhibits is cool, but ultimately everything that happened in the past also happened right where you are now. Sour Lake’s official historical association is a good place to start doing your research.

 

Virtual Tours & Videos

If you do like the experience of going to a museum, you don’t have to give that up either. Many local educational activities like going to the zoo or the museum offer either virtual tours on their websites or videos on their social media pages. For example, the Bertha Terry Cornwell Museum has an entire photo album of the exhibits, and the nearby Beaumont Children’s Museum has been posting pictures and live videos on their Facebook page.

 

Order Local

Getting takeout? Sample the local fare by ordering from a local small business in your community rather than a chain. For example, did you know Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine is making special batches of food for delivery and curbside pickup? Do your research and you’ll be sure to find local restaurants to support and enjoy.

 

Stay safe and healthy while keeping busy in Sour Lake, Texas. And remember to call us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet for any automotive needs you have this summer.

 

Updates for Medium-Duty Commercial Silverado Trucks

Updates for Medium-Duty Commercial Silverado Trucks | Sour Lake Chevy

GM will soon bestow updates on the Chevrolet lineup of medium-duty commercial Silverado trucks, including the 4500 HD, 5500 HD, and 6500 HD chassis cab trucks. These tweaks translate to better performance and more flexible upfitting for this product lineup.

Back in March, GM announced that its medium-duty line will increase its maximum gross combined weight 23 percent to 37,000 pounds. This massive improvement in performance will help the company continue to grow its commercial sales, which have increased 67 percent in the last seven years.

The medium-duty trucks will also see an array of changes to their axles, including a new mechanical locking rear axle for better traction when a rear tire skids, and longer axle-to-end-of-frame options on the shortest wheelbases for broader upfitting options.

In addition, Chevy is adding an auxiliary switch bank with six additional upfit switches in the headliner and new extended mirror arms for better visibility on larger upfits. These changes mean that more kinds of upfits will be available for a wider range of Chevy medium-duty commercial Silverado trucks.

The success of the medium-duty lineup and other GM commercial vehicles has led GM to expand production by investing significant funds in its plants in Flint, Michigan; Brookville, Ohio; and Wentzville, Missouri. This will allow for 40,000 more vehicles to be produced each year. It will also allow GM to produce more 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 engines and help fund improvements for mid-size pickup and van models produced at the Wentzville, Missouri plant.

Find out more about the Medium-Duty Chevy Silverado updates when you call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet. You can also browse the current models we have in stock via our website.

Fun Family Road Trips Near Sour Lake, Texas

Woman with her labradoodle on a road trip | Sour Lake, TX
Woman with her labradoodle on a road trip | Sour Lake, TX

Sour Lake is the oldest town in Hardin County and colloquially called “The Gateway to the Big Thicket.” Sour Lake is surrounded by the fascinating land, wildlife, and cities of southeast Texas. These family road trips near Sour Lake are sure to delight everyone.

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

 This picturesque stretch of marshes and woods boasts a wide variety of fish and wildlife and is just 70 miles south of Sour Lake. McFaddin has one of the most concentrated population of alligators in Texas. Red drum, alligator gar, and blue catfish frequent the waters here, if you’re into angling. Waterfowl hunting is also allowed.

Big Thicket National Preserve

 If you want to explore a sprawling natural environment, Big Thicket National Preserve is worth a visit. The Beaumont Unit is only 17 miles east of Sour Lake. Whether you want to hike a selection of 40 trails ranging from 0.3 miles to 18 miles roundtrip, fish in Village Creek, camp in the backcountry, or hunt deer, squirrels, rabbits, or hogs, the beautiful grounds of the preserve make the perfect road trip destination.

Houston

 Houston is just over an hour’s drive from Sour Lake. Check out the Space Center to find out more about science and space exploration. Per the website, this venue boasts the largest collections of Moon rocks and spacesuits on public display on the globe. Make sure to grab some tasty food at the famous Pinkerton’s BBQ while you’re in town.

Contact us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you and your family to and from these engaging Texas destinations.

Sour Lake Trunk or Treating at the Sour Lake Heritage Festival

Trick or Treat | Sour Lake, TX

Who says trick or treating is just for kids? This year, come to the Sour Lake Trunk or Treat at the Sour Lake Heritage Festival on Oct. 28 and join us for a wonderful evening the entire family will love. Featuring trunk or treating, music, food, games, hayrides, a car show, and more, this year’s event is bigger and more fun than ever before.

While trick-or-treating around the neighborhood can be a logistical nightmare for parents and kids alike, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival is a simpler way to celebrate the holiday. Located right in downtown historic Sour Lake, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival is free for attendees of all ages.

Kids will love the opportunity to trunk-or-treat at the festival after enjoying games, prizes, haunted hayrides, and a costume contest. Parents along for the evening won’t be left out, though. The Heritage Festival features live music, plenty of great local vendors, and a car show.

This year, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival will run from 6-9 p.m., with hayrides starting at dusk. So bring the whole family and show up early to enjoy this dynamic event right here in Sour Lake.

Contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport your family to and from the festival and other seasonal events this fall.

Camping Accessories for Your Chevrolet Silverado

Family Boating & Camping with 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX
Family Camping & Boating with 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX

You didn’t get a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 just so you could sit back and look at it. You got the most dependable and longest-lasting truck on the road today so that you can fulfill your love of adventure and exploration. If you want to cap off the summer or kick off the autumn by heading out in Sour Lake or beyond in cities like Beaumont and Orange, these camping accessories for your Chevrolet Silverado are must-haves.

Sportz® Camping Tents by Napier

You want to rough it, but wet weather seems poised to prohibit you from pitching your tent on the ground. With Sportz® Camping Tents by Napiers, you have no such problem — you can set up your tent right there in the spacious short box, standard box, or long box of your Silverado. If you have a big party planned, you can hook that up with a Sportz® Link Model 51000 Ground Tent, which turns your truck into a full-blown camping mansion.

All-weather floor liners and splash guards

Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is pretty fancy on the inside, and you do your best to keep it clean. If you’re angling for a weekend of getting down and dirty, you can make sure that dirtiness stays out of your carpeting with several different styles of all-weather floor liner. Want to extend that same courtesy to the handsome exterior of your Silverado? Opt for front and rear splash guards.

There are a ton more camping accessories for your Chevy Silverado to consider, from tonneau covers to trailer hitches. Visit https://accessories.chevrolet.com to browse the available selection or just stop into Sour Lake Chevrolet and we’ll give you a rundown. We can also help you narrow down which accessory you should go with, if you’re having trouble picking just one.

*Dependability based on longevity: 1987–July 2017 full-size pickup registrations.

Chevrolet and Domino’s Team Up to Offer Industry-First In-Vehicle Pizza Ordering Functionality

Pizza | Sour Lake, TX
Pizza | Sour Lake, TX

More than ever, we live our lives on the go. Now, Chevrolet has made it easier than ever to stay on top of your busy day with industry-first in-vehicle pizza ordering, adding a whole new level of convenience to the experience of driving your Chevrolet vehicle.

The new technology is the result of a collaboration between Chevrolet and Domino’s® and is the automakers latest addition to the Chevrolet Marketplace, the auto industry’s first in-vehicle commerce platform.

With Marketplace, Chevrolet drivers will be able to easily place orders at Domino’s Pizza so that their order is ready when they arrive at the store or delivered to their home after they arrive. Additionally, the new feature will allow customers to save custom orders for quick, intuitive ordering while on the go via their Chevrolet touchscreen display.

Marketplace functionality debuted back in December 2017 as a free service for Chevrolet drivers and has seen new features added regularly since then. The system also features the industry’s first embedded in-dash fuel payment capability, allowing drivers to pay for fuel more quickly and easily. Domino’s is the first pizza restaurant to be added to the Marketplace and is available on millions of Chevrolet vehicles form the 2017 model year and newer.

For more information about this exciting partnership, contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Come to the Annual City of Beaumont Fourth of July Celebration

4th of July Cupcakes | Sour Lake, TX
4th of July Cupcakes | Sour Lake, TX

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the whole family, why not come to the City of Beaumont’s annual Fourth of July Celebration? It’s the 33rd year in a row the Event Centre in Beaumont has brought this event to the city. While the fireworks will, of course, take center stage, there is plenty more for everyone to do for an evening of fun and festivities.

 

When and Where?

On July 4, the celebration starts at 5:00 PM at the Downtown Event Centre Lake. The Symphony of Southeast Texas will begin playing at 8:00 PM, followed by the fireworks show shortly after at 9:00 PM.

 

What Will Be There?

Besides fireworks, there will be tons of activities. Visitors will have access to local food trucks if they get hungry, live music performances, and a Budweiser beer garden. If you’re looking for kid-friendly fun, the Rotary Centennial Playground is also available for little ones to play on.

 

What Can I Bring?

As a free event, guests only need to bring enough money for food and beverages. Aside from that, you can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers. No outside alcohol is permitted, but snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are.

 

Contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet for more ways to celebrate Independence Day.

Outdoor Summer Activities in Sour Lake, Texas

2019 Chevy Colorado Summer Activities | Sour Lake, TX
2019 Chevy Colorado Summer Activities | Sour Lake, TX

Summer is the best time to get out of the house and have some fun! Here are our recommendations for some outdoor summer activities in the Sour Lake, Texas area.

 

Fourth of July Celebrations

Nothing says summer more than celebrating Independence Day with big fireworks and delicious food. Events like the Texas Bud Heat Wave 5 Mile Run and the Beaumont Fourth of July Celebration give you the opportunity to get outside, get active, or just kick back and enjoy some freedom.

 

Outdoor Recreation

If you want something you can do any day of the week, Sour Lake offers plenty of nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation. Go hiking or fishing at Village Creek State Park or any of the many parks and local nature preserves in the area. Campsites are everywhere, whether you want to use a tent, RV, or cabin. You can even head to Coastal Paddler for a day out in a canoe or kayak.

 

Off-Roading

Whether you have a Chevy truck that can go off-road, an ATV, or a dirt bike, Sour Lake is located near a number of off-roading parks, especially once you get closer to the Houston area. Be sure to stick to the park rules and stay safe!

 

Our team at Sour Lake Chevrolet loves to explore our area and have as much fun as possible during the summertime. Give us a visit and let us know what your recommendations are.

Spring Clean Your Car At Sour Lake Chevrolet

Spring Clean Your Car | Sour Lake, TX
Spring Clean Your Car | Sour Lake, TX

Spring cleaning doesn’t just have to apply to just the house. You can extend that once-a-year TLC to your everyday items, like your car. We have some top tips for what you should do when you spring clean your car, so you can make it sparkle like new this spring.

Catch Up With Maintenance

This is one of the less fun parts of cleaning, but you’ll feel much better if your vehicle runs as well as it looks, so have our professionals here at Sour Lake Chevrolet catch it up to speed on routine maintenance.

Wash the Bottom

When you hose down your vehicle to rinse off all the extra dirt and grime, make sure you include the undercarriage. In many parts of the U.S., vehicles pick up road salt from the winter snow. Even here in Sour Lake, dust and dirt makes an impact on the underside of your car.

Wash Wheels and Windows Last

While you’re washing the rest of your vehicle, the grime will just run down onto windows and wheels, so it helps to wait to clean those at the end so you can make them really shine.

Finishing Touches

When the exterior is done, make sure you replace your wiper blades, deep-clean the interior (including the trunk), and wrap it up with a fresh coat of polymer-based wax for long-term protection.

For more tips on how to spring clean your car, be sure to stop into Sour Lake Chevrolet.

How Far Can Your Chevrolet Go On a Tank of Gas?

2019 Chevrolet Lineup | Sour Lake, TX
2019 Chevrolet Lineup | Sour Lake, TX

Have you ever wondered how far your Chevrolet can take you on a single tank of gas? Using EPA estimates and the fuel tank capacity, we can figure it out the maximum distance for most models.

So, how far can your Chevrolet go on a tank of gas?

2019 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu earns up to an EPA-estimated 29 city/36 highway/32 combined mpg with a conventional engine*. The standard Malibu features a 15.8-gallon fuel tank. If we use the combined fuel economy, the Chevrolet Malibu can take you just over 505 miles.

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid boasts an EPA-estimated 49 city/43 highway/46 combined mpg*. The hybrid model features a 13-gallon fuel tank. Using the combined mpg rating, we can calculate the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid can travel just shy of 600 miles on a single tank.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The base 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is rated for an EPA-estimated 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg*. A standard 14.9-gallon fuel tank means the Chevrolet Equinox can travel up to 417 miles on a tank of gas.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The base 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earns up to an EPA-estimated 16 city/21 highway when equipped with the 4.3-liter V6 engine and two-wheel drive*. It comes equipped with a 24-gallon fuel tank. That means the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can go anywhere from 384 miles to 504 miles on a tank of gas.

For a vehicle that will get you farther for far less, consider one of the many Chevy models available at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.