Fall Foliage Road Trips near Sour Lake, TX

Fall Foliage | Sour Lake, TX

While other parts of the country may be more famous for their fall foliage, you can still see beautiful autumn colors right here in Texas. If you have some free time this fall, take a road trip to catch the spectacular colors across the state.

Austin

Travel to the state capital in your Chevrolet Equinox, about four hours away, and catch some spectacular views. Austin has a great collection of trails and parks that explode in oranges, reds, and yellows. The best spots to visit include the Zilker Botanical Gardens, McKinney Falls State Park, St. Edward’s Park, and Redbud Isle.

Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park, located in the city of Tyler, is about three and a half hours north of Sour Lake. This park features a stately forest with 100-foot tall trees and a large 64-acre lake. This combination creates a fantastic view of the fall foliage reflected in the water. Plan your visit to your Chevrolet Silverado from now through early December to see the best colors.

Fort Worth

The area around Fort Worth usually gets some bold autumn colors. For a unique fall experience, visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, which hosts a Japanese Fall Festival every year. And if you bring your family along in a Chevrolet Suburban, you’ll have plenty of room for everyone — and your cargo, too.

Before you go, bring your Chevrolet in for a tune-up at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Top 3 Family-Friendly Road Trip Movies

Woman on road trip with dog | Sour Lake, TX

Of all the different film genres out there, none are nearer or dearer to our hearts here at Sour Lake Chevrolet than the road trip movie. If you’re gearing up for your next adventure, we recommend watching some of these great road trip movies in order to get in the mood.

The Muppet Movie

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the zany antics of Kermit and the gang in 1979’s “The Muppet Movie.” It focuses on America’s favorite frog as he sets out for Hollywood with dreams of a life among the stars. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned, but like any good road trip movie, the experience is all the better for it.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

When Pee Wee Herman’s (Paul Reubens) beloved bike is stolen, he sets off on the titular “Big Adventure,” traveling all the way to The Alamo Mission in Texas (which is only four hours from Sour lake!), and encounters more than a few memorable characters. This film also introduced the world to Tim Burton, who went on to direct movies like “Batman” and “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

While none of the main characters in “Homeward Bound” drive a car, there’s no denying that the story is an adventure for the ages. After fearing that their owner has left them forever (they didn’t), a Golden Retriever, an American Bulldog, and a Himalayan cat embark on a trip through the Sierra Nevada in attempt to reunite with their beloved family, with only porcupines, mountain lions, and hundreds of miles standing in their way. Exceptional voice acting by Michael J. Fox and Sally Field round out the package.

If your Silverado 1500 or other Chevy model needs a bit of attention before you set out to write your own road trip story, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service department at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Our Favorite Restaurants for Tasty Takeout in Sour Lake, Texas

Pizza Being Served | Sour Lake, TX

Sour Lake Chevrolet is proud to call Sour Lake home. The city is special because of its diverse residents, its proud history, and the delicious food available at a wide range of restaurants. If you and your family are looking for some tasty takeout food, we recommend you check out these Sour Lake staples:

Goodfella’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

Goodfella’s has what many Sour Lake residents would call the best pizza in town. They don’t limit themselves to traditional pies; we’re fond of the Hot Stuff Pizza, Burrito Pizza, and cherry streusel-topped dessert pizza on a butter crust. If pizza isn’t your thing, try the New Orleans-style muffaletta sandwiches.

Goodie’s Cafe and Catering

Goodie’s has been supplying Southeast Texas with its delicious combination of lunch, dinner, desserts, and catering for a decade. Build your own burger, get a lunch special for under $10, or try the famous smothered pork chops. You can never go wrong with the peach bundt cake, the blueberry cheesecake cups, or the sweet potato pie.

Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine

If you’re partial to the strong flavors of Cajun food, order takeout from Vautrot’s. The boudin balls alone are reason to come, but the fried chicken toes and Martha’s award-winning crawfish etouffee will turn Vautrot’s into one of your regular takeout joints.

Need a new vehicle to transport you to and from these foodie locations this summer? Stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to test-drive a shiny new Chevy.

Beginner Hiking Tips For Those Weekends Away

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Sour Lake, TX
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Sour Lake, TX

Are you considering a brand-new truck or SUV that can handle road trips and off-road adventures? These beginner hiking tips are key to staying more active this year, especially as spring approaches.

Tell people where you’re going

A lot of places with hiking trails will have their trails rated by difficulty, such as beginner, intermediate, or expert. Pick one close to your comfort level. Keep in mind that even short trails can have a lot of uphill climbing or obstacles. Always remember to let someone know where you’re going for safety.

Be prepared

As a beginner hiker on beginner trails, you won’t need to bring along really heavy-duty equipment. However, a weatherproof backpack loaded with water and healthy snacks and a solid pair of shoes are necessary. Bring along both a map of the trails and an offline digital map.

Take your time

Plan out what time of day and year to go for when you want your experience. Warm, sunny days in the middle of the day are popular times if you want to be around people. Otherwise, try to shoot for a morning hike or schedule your trip for a chillier time of year.

Contact us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you need an outdoorsy vehicle to transport you to and from local hiking destinations. Or, if you need hiking spot recommendations in the Sour Lake area.

 

Volunteering in Sour Lake This Holiday Season

Volunteering in Sour Lake, TX
Volunteering in Sour Lake, TX

Looking to get off of Santa’s naughty list? Here are some ways to give back to your community by volunteering in Sour Lake and the nearby area.

Serve meals at Port Arthur’s Hospitality Center

Run by Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, the Hospitality Center serves warm meals to those in need. They could use extra volunteers during the holiday season this year.

Buckner Toy Run

Every year, Buckner Children & Family Services aims to deliver toys to children in foster care or who were recently adopted through the Buckner Toy Run. Located in Beaumont, as well as several other Texas locations, Buckner needs volunteers and donations both for the toy run itself as well as for wrapping gifts.

CASA of Southeast Texas

Help abused and neglected children by supporting CASA of Southeast Texas, located in Beaumont. They accept donations and have upcoming events in December for the holidays, such as the Santa Fun Run.

City Wide Club’s Super Feasts

Drive to Houston to spend the day feeding and helping those in need. With events on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve, guests in need are given hot food as well as clothing, shoes, coats, blankets, and flu shots.

Sour Lake Chevrolet wishes you and your families a fantastic holiday season. And remember to call us for any vehicular needs or to set up a winter service appointment for your vehicle.

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.