7 Fun & Easy Staycation Ideas for Your Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is coming up, and we all know this means a well-deserved and long-awaited break from work is almost here! Yes, the perfect long weekend to take an enjoyable and relaxing vacation – that is, if you planned ahead. But who says staying in the comfort of your own home in the Naples/Ft. Myers are can’t be just as nice?

7 Fun_Easy Staycation Ideas for Your Labor Day Weekend

Planning and taking a vacation isn’t always as relaxing as it is made out to be. Between the scheduling of activities, travel costs, and stress of trying to keep everyone happy, vacations can take a lot out of you!

For this reason, at Germain Honda of Naples, your preferred Honda dealership in Naples, Florida, we recommend taking what we call a “staycation.” Save money on vacation costs and stay in the beautiful city of Naples this Labor Day Weekend! There is so much to do right in your backyard, which is why we are sharing our top 7 ideas on how to make your staycation in Naples, Florida the best one yet!

1. Creative Cooking Your Way

Part of going away for a vacation is experiencing new foods and delectable meals at nights out for dinner. Why not become the chef on your staycation and cook up your own delicious meal? Whether you are feeling an Italian night with linguini carbonara or a Mexican dinner with shrimp tacos, there are tons of unique recipes online that you can try! Have some fun with it by putting on some corresponding background music, making some themed decorations, and inviting your friends over to experience your creative cooking. Before you know it, your kitchen table will be turned into the restaurant of your choice for a night! Continue reading “7 Fun & Easy Staycation Ideas for Your Labor Day Weekend”

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid: Honda’s Visionary New Sedan

Like Michael Jordan in 1993, the Honda Accord Hybrid unlaced its shoes after its 2015 model year and exited the arena, disappointing many of us at Germain Honda of Naples. Now, just a year removed from the hybrid game, the Accord Hybrid is ready to make its glorious return to the court. Boasting a more compact battery, upgraded styling, and improved fuel efficiency, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid certainly looks capable of mirroring His Airness’s post-retirement (and un-retirement) success by setting a new benchmark for eco-friendly vehicles in its segment.

Slotted to be one of the first 2017 Honda models to hit the market here in the Fort Myers area, the four-door hybrid will be available for purchase from Germain Honda of Naples later this season. Continue reading below for more information about the updated midsize sedan, or call our sales team at 877-813-2502 to discuss availability, prices, and set up a test drive at our Honda dealership near Ft. Myers.

The Accord Hybrid Proves that Two Heads are Better than One

Most noticeable on this new Accord Hybrid is the integration of a lighter, more compact lithium-ion battery pack and an updated two-motor hybrid system.

Let’s begin with the battery. Slightly less bulky than previous models—Honda’s claims that the packs are 33% smaller and 13% lighter appear legit—the new battery frees up a considerable amount of space. The sedan’s engineers took full advantage of this newly found roominess by bumping trunk capacity up to a best-in-segment 13.5 cubic feet. The additional space also leads us to the car’s impressive two-motor system, effectively called the “Sport Hybrid i-MMD.” Continue reading “The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid: Honda’s Visionary New Sedan”

Fans Rejoice: The Redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline Arrives

Ever since Honda stopped production of the Ridgeline in 2014, fans have been clamoring for a taste of what’s to come. Earlier this year, Honda satiated its fans’ hunger by announcing that the once-beloved truck would make a comeback in the form of its 2017 Honda Ridgeline model.

The newly redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline has officially made its debut, and you can find it now at Germain Honda of Naples. Check back in for more details about its release date, and schedule a test drive at our Honda dealership near Fort Myers by calling us at 877-813-2502.

What’s New with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline?

Postponing production in 2014, Honda engineers went back to the drawing board with the Ridgeline, keeping in mind both Ridgeline fans’ pros and its detractors’ cons.

The 2017 model now boasts a slimmer silhouette, more versatile truck bed and seating arrangements, and a modernized unibody frame. By refining the vehicle from scratch, the company’s engineers crafted a Honda pickup with all the modern flourishes one could ask for. In doing so, the Ridgeline is primed to stand toe-to-toe with its light-duty and mid-size competitors. Continue reading “Fans Rejoice: The Redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline Arrives”

5 Best Father’s Day Events in Naples & Fort Myers, FL

Father’s Day is around the corner. Have you made any special plans for the dad in your life yet? What, you haven’t even gotten him a gift? Yeesh! You don’t have to buy him a new Honda vehicle to make his Father’s Day one to remember, but give him something! If nothing else, buying him a card at least shows you tried.

If you want to go the extra mile, look to these Father’s Day weekend events in the Naples and Fort Myers area for inspiration as you start planning.

Father’s Day at the Naples Zoo (Sunday, June 19th)

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What proves to Dad that you’ve actually listened to his advice over the years? Taking advantage of something offered as free, that’s what.

For Father’s Day, the Naples Zoo is helping celebrate the occasion by admitting fathers into their facility for free (with child ticket purchase). Fathers can even bring an old bottle of aftershave or cologne as an equal trade for admission—and what father doesn’t have a box of eau de toilette from 1999 sitting in the closet?

The Naples Zoo is located at 1590 Goodlette Road in Naples, FL, and will be open on Sunday, June 19th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the front gate. More details about this Father’s Day event can be found at napleszoo.org.

The 2016 FSL All-Star Game (June 17th and June 18th)

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Home to your Fort Myers Miracle, the Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex will host this year’s Florida State League All-Star Baseball Game. Bring Pop and the rest of the family for a relaxing night of America’s Pastime. Continue reading “5 Best Father’s Day Events in Naples & Fort Myers, FL”

New Accord: Restyled and Ready to Drive

The all-new 2016 Honda Accord’s sporty exterior and elegant interior create one luxurious sedan. Spacious, available leather seating and bright LED lighting make the 2016 Honda Accord a sharp ride. Living up to Honda’s slogan, “The Power of Dreams” can be trying, but Honda’s latest all-new 2016 Honda Accord does not disappoint.

Drive to Impress

Identify yourself with the all-new 2016 Honda Accord’s aggressive exterior face. Pulling into the parking lot with its attractive grille, large wheels, and prominent Honda logo communicates confidence. You’ll look flashy on the outside while remaining relaxed and comfortable inside.

2016 Honda Accord Interior

The all-new 2016 Honda Accord Touring is sharp and reliable when being driven in tough weather conditions. As you are driving through the pouring rain, the Accord’s new LED fog headlights will help you concentrate on the road ahead while the windshield wipers automatically adjust their own speed according to the rainfall.

Getting lost in the dark (or any time) is now a thing of the past, thanks to the 2016 Honda Accord’s satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition. All you have to do is keep your eyes on the road, give some simple voice commands, and the all-new Accord Touring will guide you to your destination. Continue reading “New Accord: Restyled and Ready to Drive”

10 Spring Events in the Ft. Myers/Naples Area

Springtime’s pleasant weather makes the outdoors irresistible, which is why your local Honda dealership near Ft. Myers wants you to get in on all the outdoor action. Blissful events are coming to both the Naples and Fort Myers communities so mark your calendars now because you do not want to miss out on good barbeque, fun festivals, and relaxing nature tours.

10 Spring Events in the Ft. Myers/Naples Area
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Ft. Myers. Photo Credit: River District Alliance Facebook page

1. This St. Patty’s Day, celebrate your Irish (or non-Irish) heritage by joining in on the fun at the annual Patrick’s Day Block Party in Fort Myers. While at the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party and Pub Crawl, stop by different bars and restaurants between 6:00p.m.-11:00p.m. to enjoy live music, entertainment, food, and drinks.

2. Take a stroll along the Gulf Coast’s sandy Tigertail Beach and catch a glimpse of Florida’s natural wildlife. While enjoying your walk, keep an eye out for various birds including ospreys, pelicans, and plovers. Walks are free, but remember to bring binoculars, water, and sunscreen for the best experience.

3. Experience local wildlife in its natural habitat on the Rookery Bay Kayak Tour. During the two-hour paddle, visitors pass through the mangrove forest with an experienced tour guide. While learning about Florida’s plants and animals, be on the lookout for wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins. Event prices are $49.00 for members and $59.00 for non-members.

4. Take a stroll along the white and powdery beach, boardwalk, and bay located in Clam Pass Park. The free and guided walk teaches you about the different creatures living in the habitat and about Florida’s history. These educational nature walks are going on now through April 30th from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

5. Treat both yourself and your pup to a night out at the Bell Tower Shops for Yappy Hour. The fundraiser supports The Gulf Coast Humane Society and will have a meet-n-greet session with adoptable dogs. Listen to live music, participate in fun activities, and learn about available dogs looking for their forever homes on April 8th from 6p.m.-8p.m. Whether you’re out for a fun evening or thinking about adding a furry friend to the family, come show your support for The Gulf Coast Humane Society.

6. This Easter holiday, kids are welcome to take a ride on the Easter Bunny Express at Lakes Regional Park. While on the picturesque train ride you will see Easter decorations scattered throughout the lakes, woods and holiday-themed villages. The holiday fun runs through March 25th-27th from 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information and tickets call (239) 267-1905.

7. This spring, The Butterfly Estates wants to teach you about the importance of Florida’s butterflies and how to plant butterfly gardens. The Florida Native Butterfly Society, a Non- Profit Organization, wants the public to have a better understanding of how important it is to increase natural butterfly populations. This educational session is free to all and occurs on the first Sunday of every month.

Smoke on the Water BBQ & Music Festival
Photo Credit: Smoke on the Water BBQ & Music Festival Facebook page

Continue reading “10 Spring Events in the Ft. Myers/Naples Area”

2016 Honda Civic Named North American Car of the Year

The ballots were cast at this year’s 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, with the brand-new and stunningly reimagined 2016 Honda Civic taking top honors as the newly named “2016 North American Car of the Year.”

2016 North American Car of the Year

The Undisputed Winner

All eyes were on Detroit as more than 5,000 journalists from 60 countries gathered for what is one of the most prestigious and influential automotive exhibitions in the world. A select group of 50 automotive journalists was involved in voting for the much popular North American Car of the Year Award.

According to the NAIAS, “The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.” Finalists for one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry included the Chevy Malibu and Mazda MX-5 Miata. The new Civic won hands-down with a score of 203 points, followed by the Malibu with 181 points, and the Miata with 146 points.

New Turbocharged Engine

What were some of the reasons why the all-new 2016 Honda Civic took away the top honors at this year’s Detroit show? First off is the Civic’s new direct-injection 1.5-liter turbocharged i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine that delivers a spirited 174 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. Significantly, this is the first turbocharged engine to be offered by Honda in the U.S. market.

Exceptional Fuel Economy

The turbo four is designed for high cruise efficiency and robust performance. The Civic’s advanced Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with EcoAssist™ helps the Civic achieve an outstanding EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city. The new Civic puts some spirited fun in your daily drive with a sports-tuned chassis and suspension that delivers nimble handling and a smoother ride. This is one Civic you won’t mind taking out for a spin just for the fun of it.

Sporty Contemporary Styling

Another reason the Civic ran away with this year’s North American Car of the Year Award is its eye-catching styling. The Civic’s swept, “coupe-like” silhouette flows in one graceful arc from the sloping hood back through the rear deck. The Civic’s dramatic new front end features dazzling new available LED headlights accented by LED daytime running lights. Available fog lights set into the lower fascia help illuminate the road. The Civic’s signature rear end features bold, wedge-shaped taillights designed to look like the letter “C.” Speaking of bold, the Civic’s 17-inch sports alloy wheels really make a statement. Continue reading “2016 Honda Civic Named North American Car of the Year”