Oct 19

Fall Road Trips in Missouri

Fall Road Trips in Missouri

 

Taking a road trip to see the sights usually isn’t dependent on season. Fall brings cooler weather and colorful foliage that can completely change your sightseeing trip. We here at Gateway Buick GMC have a few fall road trips in Missouri that are well worth the drive!

St. Louis Arch

Is there anywhere in Missouri that’s more iconic than the St. Louis Arch? The monument takes on a whole different look once the fall season rolls around. Cooler weather changes the experience all on its own while the colorful foliage makes for a look you’ll only find a few months out of the year. A trip to the top offers a breathtaking view of the tree-lined Mississippi River.

Sunshine Valley Farm

Apple picking and fall are two things that just go together. Sunshine Valley Farm allows visitors to experience the best of both things. Pick a bushel of apples and enjoy the cool fall air while you can. An experience like this won’t roll around until next fall!

Apple Butter Festival

Kimmswick may be small, but it’s pretty well known for its Apple Butter Festival. The annual event celebrates the town’s history of making apple butter for more than four decades. The festival includes plenty of fall treats, crafts, and a full history of those interest. That’s not to mention you’ll get to attend a one-of-a-kind event that only occurs once a year!

Oct 04

Family Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween from Gateway Buick GMC

Halloween is a time when kids gather a feast of candy while parents stand ready at the door, arsenal of sweets in hand. The holiday isn’t all about chocolate and sugar though. Here are some fun family Halloween costumes that will be a blast for everyone involved!

Pac-Man Family

It doesn’t matter how old you get, video game characters make great Halloween costumes. A classic that inspired many others, Pac-Man has been around for decades. The Pac-Man family can consist of the big yellow guy himself, Ms. Pac-Man, and the ghosts. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the retro throwback to one of the world’s most classic characters.

Beekeeper and Bees

You don’t have to be Winnie the Pooh to enjoy the fruits (or honey) of a bee’s labor! The beekeeper and bees family costume has no size constraints. Adults can dress up as the beekeeper and hive while kids fill out the bee costumes.

Winnie the Pooh & Pals

Dressing up as Winnie the Pooh and his friends is a great way to get any kid excited about Halloween (assuming the thought of candy doesn’t do it). There’s Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, and, of course, Pooh Bear himself.

Happy Halloween from all of us here at Gateway Buick GMC!

Sep 24

2018 Buick Regal Near You

2018 Buick Regal

The New Regal Can Take You Anywhere!

The 2018 Buick Regal diversifies the entry-level luxury brand’s lineup with two available body styles. Named the Buick Regal Sportback and TourX, both are an improvement over the 2017 model, but they have their differences. Here’s a quick rundown of the 2018 Buick Regal models from us here at Gateway Buick GMC.

Buick Regal Sportback

The Buick Regal Sportback boasts a body style similar to a midsize sedan. It offers a sporty driving feel and its four-cylinder engine comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It offers up to 60.7 cu ft. of cargo space, making it a roomy sedan through and through.

Buick Regal TourX

The Buick Regal TourX brings a body style similar to that of a hatchback wagon. As a result, it offers more space, up to 73.5 cu ft., than its sibling. The standard four-cylinder engine also comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s also a tad bit higher than the Regal Sportback.

Both models offer similar technologies and the same engine and drivetrain. A full array of safety technologies are available on both models as well.

The differences between the 2018 Buick Regal models offer drivers their choice of what kind of vehicle they want. Drivers hunting for sporty handling will find the Regal Sportback fits their needs. Those that want a utility-driven model, or just want more space, will enjoy the Regal TourX.

Come see the 2018 Buick Regal soon at Gateway Buick GMC in St. Louis, MO! We’d love to show you one.

Sep 12

Route 66 Festival In Missouri

Route 66 Festival

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

The Route 66 Festival has become an annual event in Missouri. Officially titled “Birthplace of Route 66 Festival,” the event takes place in Springfield and spans a good portion of the week, from Thursday through Saturday. The event includes a number of activities, including a parade and live music.

America’s Mother Road

The Route 66 Festival is a celebration of Springfield’s role in creating what’s become known as America’s Mother Road. The seventh annual festival kicked off on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with the “Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri” parade.

Plenty of Fun Activites

From there, attendees enjoyed live bands, food vendors, classic cars, and more. There were even fun activities for kids and families. As expected, the turnout was massive and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Classic Vehicles

Classic cars and motorcycles were on display all three days of the event. The classics ranged from mid-century vehicles to eye-catching hot rods. There were also unique exhibits, ranging from maps and stamps to Route 66 memorabilia, on display.

Saturday kicked off with an early morning run. Participants ran a 3.3K or 6.6K route that started at the Springfield Expo Center.

We here at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO hope you had a chance to attend the Route 66 Festival! If not, there’s always next year.

Aug 28

Missouri Lake Summer Road Trip

Missouri Lake Summer Road Trip

Road Trip Buddies

Taking a trip to a lake is a great way to make a summer memorable and cool off at the same time. Missouri is home to a number of interesting and lesser-known lakes. Fortunately, we’re willing to share. We here at Gateway Buick GMC know of a Missouri lake summer road trip that you won’t want to miss out on!

Mark Twain Lake

Located 20 miles southwest of Hannibal, Mark Twain Lake boasts 18,000 acres of water and takes up a total of 54,000 acres. Those looking for a great place to explore nature, experience life on the lake, or find a new activity need look no further than Mark Twain Lake.

The lake and surrounding land is home to plenty of campsites, trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. There’s even hunting land for those looking for some adrenaline. The lake typically features calm waters that make it perfect for excursions in smaller watercraft, such as sailboats, kayaks, and canoes. Visitors who wish to fish will find bass, catfish, and much more wandering the lake waters.

Surrounding the lake is home to a number of interesting animals, including beavers and bald eagles. Much of the land remains undeveloped, making it one of the best ways in the country to get closer to nature!

All of us at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO hope you have a road trip this summer!

Aug 15

Beautiful Missouri Restaurants

Beautiful Missouri Restaurants

Food For The St. Louis Soul

Having dinner at a restaurant with delicious food is just part of what makes a night memorable. The surrounding atmosphere plays a key role in how well you enjoy your experience. Beautiful is better, in this case. Here are a few beautiful Missouri restaurants recommended by us here at Gateway Buick GMC!

Kemoll’s

Located in St. Louis, Kemoll’s has been around for years and has established itself as a fine Italian eatery. The breathtaking view of the city and fresh food are bound to impress even the pickiest of diners. Kemoll’s is located at 211 N Broadway.

The Fountain on Locust

Décor and casual dining go hand-in-hand at The Fountain on Locust. Delicious food and unique options, such as dill pickle soup, create an atmosphere with a spark of excitement. Don’t pass up on their famous ice cream martinis! Stop in at The Fountain on Locust at 3037 Locust Street, St. Louis.

Vin de Set

Located at the very top of a four-story building in St. Louis, Vin de Set offers a unique dining experience no patron can forget. The rooftop patio offers a great view of the city. The delightful food and warm atmosphere make it a hotspot for diners of all ages. Find Vin de Set at 2017 Chouteau Avenue.

Let us know what you think about this list. All of us at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO would love to hear what you have to say!

Jul 11

Don’t Miss These August Events in St. Louis

August events in St. Louis

Musicals at the Muny

St. Louis is a fantastic city to live in; there’s always so much going on and so many fun places to explore, like the world-famous City Museum. Are you looking for some unique events in St. Louis this August? Gateway Buick GMC has a few recommendations of Unique August Events in St. Louis.

Musicals at the Muny

Catch Fiddler on the Roof through August 5th and Aida from August 8th through the 14th before the outdoor theater closes for the season.

OVO

Cirque de Soleil never fails to entertain–don’t miss this show when it visits from August 3rd through the 7th.

Festivals

There are a number of festivals being held in St. Louis this August. Three can’t-miss festivals include the Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival (August 19th through the 20th), the Fringe Festival (August 19th through the 27th), and the Festival of Nations (August 27th through the 28th).

Moonlight Ramble

Up for a moonlit bike ride? Don’t miss the “World’s Original Nighttime Bike Ride” in St. Louis on August 20th; this coordinated bike ride is celebrating its 53rd birthday this year.

Street Car Super Nationals St. Louis

If you’ve ever wanted to be a spectator at a drag race, this, in what is billed as “Anarchy at the Arch,” is your golden opportunity, from August 25th through the 26th.

Have fun exploring St. Louis this August and let all of us at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO know how you liked all of these events.

Jun 28

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir Ushers in Buick Luxury Sub-Brand

 

Things Are Looking Bright For The Buick Enclave Avenir

Things Are Looking Bright For The Buick Enclave Avenir

The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir is the first of Buick’s new luxury sub-brand to be announced and was revealed for the first time at the New York International Auto Show in April. The Enclave Avenir gives a first look at what the Avenir lineup will look like, with more aggressive, angular styling than their counterparts, a redesigned mesh grille, and exclusive features.

More Safety & Efficiency

The Enclave Avenir is built on an all-new body structure that improves safety and efficiency and also comes with abundant safety technologies, up to 17 sensors, and a standard Buick-first Rear Camera Mirror. The Enclave Avenir also comes with standard convenience technologies like a hands-free programmable liftgate, plus stylish accents like Buick-first Evonik Acrylite lighting.

Power

The Enclave Avenir will be equipped with a standard V6 engine with stop/start technology and horsepower at 302, available Buick-first switchable all-wheel drive for better fuel economy, and towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs. With all the utility of the spacious Enclave plus the luxurious features of the Avenir, this SUV has it all.

Buick’s forward momentum isn’t stopping anytime soon with the introduction of the Buick Enclave Avenir lineup and twelve more vehicles being introduced or redesigned in the next couple of years. If you want to know more about the upcoming Buick Enclave Avenir, give us a call today at Gateway Buick GMC in St. Louis, MO.

Jun 14

Events in St. Louis For July

Events in St. Louis

Celebrate St. Louis

If you’re looking for events to attend in St. Louis in July, you’re in luck! There are tons of celebrations, festivals, and more going on throughout the month, so you’ll never run out of fun stuff to do, but these are the events the Gateway Buick GMC staff are most excited about.

Art Museums in St. Louis

Whether you like art, history, science, the outdoors, sports—St. Louis has something for you. The Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, the Missouri History Museum—all of these will hold exciting shows throughout the month of July and on with subjects like classical Chinese art, Baroque masterworks, Tennessee Williams, Urban Planning, and so much more.

Music Festivals in St. Louis

Then there’s the Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden, which takes place on July 5, and St. Louis will host plenty of other artists and concert tours throughout the month like Santana, Third Eye Blind, One Republic, and even Steve Martin and Martin Short. Get your tickets now!

St. Louis Sports

St. Louis holds an incredible July 4th celebration every year with a three-day festival in Forest Park. And what better way to celebrate our independence than with our national pastime? The St. Louis Cardinals are playing all summer, and in July they’re up against the Washington Nationals, the Miami Marlins, the New York Mets, and the Colorado Rockies.

Let us know if you go to any of these events and tell all of us at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO how you liked them. We would love to hear from you and your family. We think you are going to absolutely love all these things, so get in as many as possible as you can while you are here. You won’t regret it at all!

May 31

Have Some Family Fun with this Summer Bucket List

Summer

As the school year draws to a close, you may have already begun planning some family adventures. Before the endless strains of “I’m bored” reach your ears, have this summer bucket list ready to kick boredom to the curb. And, even better, many of these events are free.

  • Spend an evening catching lightning bugs.
  • Have a family campout in the living room.
  • Build a fort as fancy or as easy as you want.
  • Visit a new park.
  • Travel to a state no one has been to before.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Go on a picnic.
  • Play putt-putt golf.
  • Go to your local farmers’ market.
  • Play in the sprinkler.
  • Go camping.
  • Have a water gun fight.
  • Watch fireworks.
  • Go bowling
  • Have a pajama movie day when it is raining.
  • Visit a children’s museum.
  • Go to a special event at the library.
  • Have fun at an amusement park.
  • Have a “kids choice” day where each child gets a whole day to choose everything the family eats and does (within reason).
  • Have dessert for dinner.
  • Go swimming.

Here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit, we hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and fun summer. Which of these bucket list items are you planning to do?

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