5 Awesome Valentine’s Date Ideas

Couple celebrating Valentine's Day | Victoria, TX

The last thing you want to do on Valentine’s Day is stay stuck at home having the same night as usual, or go out for a too-expensive dinner at a restaurant where the food is certainly not worth the bill. Instead, check out these five awesome Valentine’s date ideas below.

Go ice skating

Ever notice how most rom-coms feature couples ice skating? That’s because there are few things as romantic as gliding on the ice together. And conveniently, February is a great time to go do just that.

Watch a comedy show

What’s more romantic than laughing together? Forget about the stress of day-to-day responsibilities and head to a local comedy club to relax and have a laugh.

Chill at the spa

Spas often offer reduced rates and extended hours for couples on Valentine’s Day. Take advantage of the opportunity to get a massage and treat yourselves together. You deserve it!

Book a hotel

Spending the night in a different environment can do wonders for romance. Book a nice hotel with your partner and order some champagne to your room to celebrate your relationship.

Have a themed night in

Okay, so maybe you like to stay in. Just don’t make it like every other night. Switch things up by picking a theme, then choosing a movie and cooking a meal together that matches it.

If you decide to go out on Valentine’s Day, impress your date with a nice new ride at Atzenhoffer.

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Fun New Year’s Activities near Victoria, Texas

New Year's in Victoria, TX

New Year’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to consider how you’re going to celebrate the new year. If you’re looking for some place to countdown to 2020, make sure you consider one of these fun New Year’s Activities near Victoria, Texas.

The Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party

Step back in time at the Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party taking place in the Rose Ballroom at the historic Aumont Hotel. This soiree will feature jazz music all night long played by Choo-Cha Booch, delicious food, and a midnight champagne toast. So, why not get your Gatsby on at this wonderful event? Tickets cost $65.49.

New Year’s Eve Party with Gary Glenn & the 20x Band

Listen to great music and get ready to get 2020 started off on the right foot at the New Year’s Eve Party with Gary Glenn and the 20x Band. Located at the Freiheit Country Store, this event will have a balloon drop at midnight and drink specials throughout the night. It only costs $10 to attend, so get your tickets now!

2020 Black & White Masquerade Ball

Add an air of mystery to your New Year’s celebration this year. The Pale Horse Drinkery & Sky Bar is hosting a masquerade to ring in 2020. Dress in black-and-white formal attire, create a beautiful mask to go with your outfit, and head to dance the night away to music provided by the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band. Hors d’ouevres, desserts, party favors, and a champagne toast are all included in the general admission ticket price of $50.

Atzenhoffer wishes you and your family a wonderful New Year’s. Remember to call us for all of your vehicular needs this winter, or stop by to test-drive any of our shiny 2020 models.

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2019 Christmas Events in Victoria, TX

Young boy with Santa | Victoria, TX

’Tis the season once again when the spirit of Christmas is in the air. Though Victoria doesn’t get much in the way of snow, it’ll be a festive scene all December long with gatherings galore. If you’re already eager to celebrate, mark your calendars for these 2019 Christmas events in Victoria, TX.

Cookie Decorating Classes

Don’t rely on Pinterest if you want to whip up some fancy, festive holiday cookies. Turn to the experts at Brookie’s Cookies, who will be holding beginners’ classes throughout December at the Victoria Art League. Classes take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, 14, 15, and 21, and there will be a Naughty Santa class for adults only at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 18. Tickets are $35 per class, and spots are filling up quick, so hurry up!

Lighted Christmas Parade

The greatest annual holiday tradition in Victoria by far is the Lighted Christmas Parade. This year’s parade takes place on Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. and will see some of our finest local organizations and businesses representing with grand floats and merry attire. Signups are still ongoing at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation website, so if you’d like to be a part of the 2019 parade, act fast.

Christmas at the Zoo

Get your fix of Christmas lights and the world’s most magnificent creatures with the 2019 Christmas at the Zoo! event. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout December, the Texas Zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and filled with lights, music, and joy. If you pop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can meet up with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself for a photo.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year indeed, and it’s also a great time to stop into Atzenhoffer Chevrolet Cadillac Mazda Mitsubishi to check out our great selection of new and used vehicles. We hope to see you soon!

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5 Tips to Save Time and Energy this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

Thanksgiving is a fun and busy time for many Americans. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed by the extra get-togethers and road trips. Here are some Thanksgiving strategies to help you save time, as well as your sanity, this November.

One of the best things to do, according to the Food Network, is to travel intelligently. If you have to drive a long distance with food, it can often spoil or spill. If you’re transporting gravy, for example, consider storing it in a thermos during the trip. It’s also a good idea to invest in an ice cooler to store larger food items like casseroles and the turkey.

Minimize the time you spend on food prep by taking advantage of your local supermarket’s salad bar. These usually have clean, fresh, and chopped food such as onions, beans, peppers, bacon crumbles, and hard-boiled eggs.

If you’re running out of space while you’re cooking the Thanksgiving meal, consider using the kitchen cabinets as your cookbook stand. You’ve got plenty of open space right in front of you: simply tear out cookbook pages and tape them to cabinets so the pages aren’t on the counter.

Another simple trick for getting gravy instead of pure grease is to use your measuring cup as a fat separator. You can pour your drippings into a heatproof container, freeze it, and then skim off the unsavory grease before melting it down again.

Finally, if you need your well-meaning friends and family members to stay out of the kitchen as you’re busy with cooking, make sure to give them small tasks that will also save you time. For example, ask them to take care of drinks (filling water glasses, opening wine bottles, etc.), hang up coats, or help entertain the kids.

Contact us here at Atzenhoffer to schedule your vehicle’s pre-holiday service appointment. We’re here to make sure that your seasonal travels are as safe as they are enjoyable.

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Where to Celebrate Independence Day near Victoria, Texas

4th of July Holiday Party

Summer is here and for many people the highlight of the season is the 4th of July. If you are looking for fun ways to celebrate Independence Day near Victoria, Texas, we have some great suggestions.

Point Comfort Fireworks

If you want an earlier fireworks show, Point Comfort will have their fireworks on June 29th. If it rains, they will be moved to July 6th. On June 28th, they will host their annual BBQ cook off and washer throw competition.

2019 Star Spangled Bay Bash

Head to Port Lavaca on July 4th, for the 2nd Annual Star Spangled Bay Bash. This event is free to the public and will feature live music, delicious food, and local vendors. The fun begins at 3 p.m. at the Bayfront Peninsula Park. End the night with a spectacular fireworks display starting around 9 p.m.

Port O’Connor Fireworks Display

On July 6th, Port O’Connor will host its annual fireworks display at King Fisher Beach. There will be a party beforehand with food and vendors available starting at 10 a.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

POCVFD BBQ and Silent Auction

Each year, the Port O’Connor Volunteer Fire Department hosts a fund-raising BBQ and silent auction. This year’s even will be held on Saturday, July 6th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We here at Atzenhoffer hope you have an incredible Independence Day.

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