Indoor Winter Activities to Beat Cabin Fever

Indoor Winter Activities to Beat Cabin Fever

Cabin fever got you and your family feeling down? Beat your cold-weather blues with these great indoor winter activities from the folks at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

Scavenger Hunts

Place clues and treasures around the house and have your children track them down for a day of fun.

Make a Reading Nook

When all else fails, books will always be there. Make quiet reading time more fun by letting the kids customize their reading nook.

Build a Play House from Cardboard

Can’t go play outside? No worries, bring the playhouse inside—with cardboard, of course. Instead of having the kids build a fort out of chairs and blankets, help them make a house out of sturdier materials.

Hot Cocoa Pajama Party

Get everyone dressed up, camp out in the family room, and make hot chocolate or cocoa for everyone! Pair this with other activities, too, like a pillow fight or board games.

Movie Night

A lot of people avoid doing movie marathons because they’ve become the cliché staple of a night in, but they became so common for a reason. Pick out winter- or holiday-themed films to have a movie night.

There’s plenty of indoor winter activities for the whole family to enjoy. Can you think of a few more of your own?

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Nearby Holiday Events in Southern West Virginia

Nearby Holiday Events in Southern West Virginia

There are several nearby holiday events in Southern West Virginia, just a short drive from Mountaineer Mitsubishi and Beckley. If you’re looking for something to do, check out these activities.

Appalachian Coal Town Christmas

Enjoy this event right here in Beckley at the local Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. It takes place on December 5th and 6th, offering light displays, a marshmallow roast, a horse-drawn carriage, and more.

Santa’s Christmas Adventure

Taking place at Glade Springs Resort, your family can enjoy all sorts of fun activities at this Christmas adventure, including helping the elves in the workshop, writing Santa letters, meeting Santa himself for tea, and more!

Fayetteville Holiday Art Show

Live music and refreshments will be available as you browse local Appalachian artisans and vendors for unique gifts and goods. Jewelry, pottery, paintings, and many other locally made crafts will be available.

Bramwell’s Christmas Historic Homes Tour

Once the home to more millionaires than any other spot in the country, Bramwell still houses beautiful historic mansions. Join the many people who stroll Millionaires’ Row on December 13th to see the sights.

These nearby holiday events in Southern West Virginia are sure to be fun for the whole family this Christmas season. Browse unique gifts, meet Santa, see beautiful sights, and more.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Tips for the Best Holiday Meal Ever

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips for the Best Holiday Meal Ever

A home-cooked turkey can make or break an otherwise perfect Thanksgiving meal. This year, take these Thanksgiving turkey tips from Mountaineer Mitsubishi to ensure your Thanksgiving meal is the best one yet.

Prepare for a long thaw

The safest method for thawing a frozen turkey is by letting it rest in the refrigerator. Be sure to plan ahead, though, as it takes 4-5 days to fully thaw a turkey in this way. You don’t want to be left with an ice-block come Thanksgiving morning.

Don’t open the oven

No matter how tempting it is, don’t open the oven door until you think the turkey is completely done cooking. A fluctuating temperature inside the oven only increases the chances of ending up with a dry turkey in the end, so be patient and no peeking!

Don’t Over stuff

Your turkey will cook much more evenly if it’s not overstuffed. You can add extra flavor by loosely filling the cavity with herbs and aromatic vegetables, but it’s best to prepare the stuffing in a separate dish.

Plan ahead

When it comes to cooking a turkey, don’t wing it! As the main entrée at the thanksgiving table, you don’t want to end up with a flavorless or overcooked bird, so find a good recipe before the big day comes.

With a little preparation, cooking a delicious turkey for Thanksgiving is easy. Follow these simple tips and get ready for the best Thanksgiving meal of your life!

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New Mitsubishi Safety System Aims to Protect Everyone Inside and Outside the Car

Mitsubishi Safety System

Because safe driving means protecting everyone on the road, not just everyone in the vehicle, Mitsubishi has announced a new Safe and Secure Lighting system that aims to keep pedestrians safe along with those riding in the vehicle.

This innovative new Mitsubishi safety system uses a combination of road-surface projections and car-body displays to inform pedestrians and other drivers about the car’s movements so they can better anticipate what the car plans to do next.

With this new technology, the driver’s actions automatically trigger a bright projection that lets pedestrians know when they intend to reverse or open a door, giving those around the vehicle plenty of time to respond in a safe way.

Research indicates that about 60% of pedestrian road fatalities happen at night, so Mitsubishi hopes that using bright, easy-to-read projections to signal a vehicle’s next move will help to reduce this number.

Additionally, there is a concern that it could be difficult to interpret the movements of future self-driving cars. So, Mitsubishi is also looking at ways to make this new technology useful in a future market where autonomous cars are more common.

To learn more about Mitsubishi innovation, stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi and schedule a test drive today.

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History of Halloween Explains What Makes This Holiday Spooky

History of Halloween

For adults and children alike, Halloween is one of America’s most popular holidays. But how did this holiday originate, and what lends it its uniquely spooky characteristics? Read this brief history of Halloween to find out.

The origins of what we call Halloween can be traced back to Celtic traditions from over 2,000 years ago. The Ancient Celts marked November 1st the beginning of the new year. On October 31st, they celebrated Samhain, when they believed the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On this night, the Celts dressed in costumes and ghosts of the dead where said to walk amongst the living and lend druids special powers of divination.

By the year 1000, Romans has conquered most of the area occupied by the Celts, but Celtic traditions didn’t disappear. Eventually, the Catholic Church designated November 1st as All Saint’s Day, a holiday to honor the dead that included practices such as going door-to-door asking for food—sound familiar?

Today, many believe this was an attempt by the church to replace the Celtic tradition with a church-approved celebration. All Saint’s Day was also referred to as All-Hallows or All-Hallowmas and the night before—the traditional night of the Celtic Samhain—became known as All-Hallows Eve, or Halloween.

Halloween didn’t catch on right away in colonial America because of the strict form of Protestantism that prevailed, but as the number of immigrants in America increased, European traditions blended with Native American practices to create a distinctly American Halloween holiday.

By the beginning of the 20th century, as Halloween grew in popularity and became increasingly family-oriented, most of the religious and supernatural elements of the holiday faded. Clearly, though, not all of the spookiness has been removed from Halloween, and we still see many traces of ancient traditions today.

And if you’re looking to treat yourself this fall season, stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!

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New 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Offers Additional Features, Enhanced Equipment, and Incredible Value

New 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

Already known for it’s incredible fuel economy, reliability, and low price tag, the new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage takes a winning design and adds on additional features and enhancements to deliver a Mirage that’s more tempting than ever.

Perhaps the most notable upgrade to the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the addition of some impressive features to the base ES models. Starting at just $13,395, the 2018 Mirage ES now comes standard with a new 7-inch touchscreen display audio system with Bluetooth® technology.

Additional upgrades to the newest model across all trim level include a standard rearview camera for improved parking and maneuverability, and steering wheel automatic Bluetooth® switches.

Buyer’s opting for the SE or GT trims will find these models now come standard with a new center console USB port and driver’s side armrest. Throw in Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for a thrilling driving experience you’d expect to come with a sticker price double the cost of the 2018 Mirage.

With an outstanding highway fuel efficiency of 43 mpg and a phenomenal warranty package, the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is a serious value. Stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi today to learn more about the 2018 Mirage and take a test drive.

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Spooky Places to Visit in West Virginia

Spooky Places to Visit in West Virginia

Finding the perfect haunted place can make or break any Halloween adventure. We here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi have a few spooky places to visit in West Virginia that will make this Halloween one to remember.

Soldiers Memorial Theatre

A cemetery always bears a creepy vibe, and the Soldiers Memorial Theatre in Beckley is no exception. The theatre was built in the early 1930s and is believed to be near a cemetery from the Civil War era. That doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the recent haunting, though.

Witnesses claim to have seen an older man in clothing from the 1930s walking about. Ghosts have been seen and some passersby claim to have heard sounds of children playing. Some have even heard saxophone music coming seemingly from nowhere.

Glen Farris Inn

The Glen Farris Inn was built in 1839 and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier. Nicknamed The Colonel, the ghost has a long beard and is friendly. He can be seen from the waist up, has audible footsteps, and makes a habit of closing doors behind people. Pack the family into the spacious Mitsubishi Outlander and get ready for a trip of a lifetime (or two).

Hawks Nest State Park

Hawks Nest State Park has a long history of hauntings. Legends claim that two lovers leapt off the cliff in the 1800s, but that’s just the beginning. Christened Lovers’ Leap, the cliff has become a popular suicide spot, thus earning a reputation for hauntings.

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Mitsubishi Owner’s Day

Mitsubishi Owner’s Day

The 12th annual Mitsubishi Owner’s Day took place a few months ago in Cypress, California, and it drew quite a crowd. The event celebrated the Mitsubishi brand and its loyal drivers with plenty of activities and plenty of vehicles on display. This past Mitsubishi Owner’s Day was particularly special, though, because 2017 marks the brand’s 100th anniversary.

Mitsubishi Owner’s Day was held at the brand’s North America headquarters on July 8th. More than 4,000 people attended the event. There were also 100 employees and 37 vendors on-site. In celebration of the Japanese brand’s 100th anniversary, guests took part in raffles, drove a new Mitsubishi model, and more. Mitsubishi owners enjoyed a free lunch and received a free shirt.

The range of Mitsubishi owners knew no limits, with attendees coming from all walks of life. Young and old came together to celebrate the 12th Mitsubishi Owner’s Day in style.

There are three awards given to owners and their cars: People’s Choice Award, Judge’s Choice Award, and Furthest Distance Traveled. The winner of the Furthest Distance Traveled award made a cross-country trek from Florida to attend the California-based event.

We here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi can’t wait for the next Mitsubishi Owner’s Day!

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Mitsubishi Lancer History Spans Almost 45 Years

Mitsubishi Lancer history

Marketed under various names around the globe, the Mitsubishi Lancer has long been a staple of Mitsubishi’s model lineup, selling over six million units between its launch in 1973 and 2008, spanning nine generations. Now, however, production of the Lancer is ending this upcoming August after a nearly-45-year run. Join us as we celebrate Mitsubishi Lancer history over the years as it approaches the end of its run.

In February of 1973, the original Mitsubishi Lancer launched to fill a gap between what was termed the Minica kei car and the Galant. By 1975, there were five available body styles: a two- and four-door sedan, two-door coupe, five-door station wagon, and the Lancer Celeste hatchback. Over the years, the design was streamlined to be more aerodynamic, and newer iterations came with more performance prowess, causing it to sell well in Europe. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Lancer’s body was derived from the Mitsubishi Mirage, with the Mirage being the hatchback variant while the Lancer was solely a sedan.

In 2005, the last generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show as the Concept X model. The Lancer and Lancer Evolution X shortly after made their way to the USA.

The Lancer’s history spans several decades, and we at Mountaineer Mitsubishi are happy to still have it on our lot while supplies last.

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Carpool Safety Tips for the School Year

carpool safety tips

Carpooling is a great option for busy parents whose kids need a ride to school. Check out these carpool safety tips to help organize carpool.

Communicate

First and foremost, all drivers involved should discuss their thoughts, concerns, and expectations up front. Staying in touch and having clear terms laid out for the whole group is important when sharing the responsibility of childcare.

Make an emergency call list

This fits in with “Communicate,” as it’s always a good idea to prepare in advance by putting together an emergency call list. Who should you contact if a child is sick or if your car breaks down? These are important situations to consider.

Organize the schedule in writing

Having carpool duty is one more task among many for a parent to take on in their busy schedule. Having the schedule written down in advance and shared among all drivers involved is a good idea and will help avoid those “I thought it was your turn” arguments.

Set rules for safe driving habits

This is an easy one. Everyone involved in the carpool should be held to certain driving standards to keep passengers safe, such as no distracted driving and no talking on the phone.

By following these carpool safety tips from Mountaineer Mitsubishi, you and your passengers will feel safer than ever on the road.

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