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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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Great Summer Reads for Your Inner Book Worm

Great Summer Reads

Relaxing in the summer sun is one way to spend the warm summer days. Catching up on reading is another way to enjoy the warmest months of the year. Whether you’re an avid reader or just looking for a good book, there’s plenty out there for you to enjoy. We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi have a few great summer reads to suggest that you certainly shouldn’t pass up this summer.

From Rockaway

Written by Jill Eisenstadt, From Rockaway follows the story of a group of friends who recently graduated high school. The main character, Alex, travels away from her home town of “Rotaway” thanks to a college scholarship. Her friends and ex, on the other hand, enter the workforce and drink the nights away. Sooner or later, they have to reunite.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

This novel by Chris Cleave tells the tale of an 18-year old working to do her part to support the WWII war effort at home. She soon finds herself caught in the center of a love triangle. In the end, she must face love and war head-on.

Relativity

Antonia Hayes’ book follows 12-year-old Ethan, a boy with a knack for physics. He soon finds himself hospitalized. Soon enough, his mother and father reunite to take on the events that separated the family in the first place.

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Home Landscaping Tips and Ideas for Summer

home landscaping tips

Summer is here, and that means people are going to be outside mowing their lawns and maintaining their gardens. Here are some home landscaping tips for the aspiring gardener and landscaper.

Use Native Plants

Not only is it less expensive to maintain plants native to your region, but it also gives you a cool way to learn more about the community you live in.

Just Add Water

Lately, more and more people are adding water features to their gardens and landscaping projects. Water walls, fountains, ponds, and urns reuse water, so they’re less expensive and cost less to maintain than a swimming pool. Plus, they’re relaxing and nice to look at.

Include Interesting Lighting

An often-overlooked element of landscaping is taking your lighting into account. It can add more visual interest to a garden after night falls. It also helps illuminate walkways so visitors don’t trip in the dark.

Don’t Overlook Ornamental Grasses

If you have any blank spots in your lawn or garden, or simply need to add some visual variety, consider adding ornamental grass here and there. Ornamental grasses are low-maintenance and versatile, so you can add them to many areas.

Use Planters in Tight Spaces

Ran out of room in your garden? No worries. Add a few potted plants and flowers around your deck or patio.

Keep these home landscaping tips in mind when you set out on your next big DIY project.

 

Photo by Akuppa John Wigham

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Get Excited With These Fun Facts About Spring

Spring is perhaps the most exciting and promising time of the year here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi–and, it’s also pretty fascinating! For example, did you know these fun facts about spring?

  • The first flowers to bloom this spring are likely to be lilacs, daffodils, dandelions, lilies, and tulips.
  • The first day of spring is called the “vernal equinox,” with “vernal” being Latin for “spring,” and “equinox” similarly translating to “equal night.”
  • From the view of the equator on the first day of spring, the sun will pass directly overhead. This is only true on the first day of spring and of fall.
  • While to most people spring starts on March 20th or 21st, meteorologists’ first day of spring is March 1st, marking the first month of the year that temperatures rise by about 10 degrees.
  • In Greek mythology, the beginning of spring corresponds to the return of Persephone, the daughter of Demeter – who is the goddess of fertility.
  • Honeybees are most likely to form new colonies during the spring months.
  • Lastly, spring and summer are the most popular times of the year for weddings – so get your formal attire in order!

For more talk of spring, or to start your spring season out behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi near Charleston, WV!

Fun Facts About Spring

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Resolutions for Your Car

Resolutions for your car

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to improve something about ourselves each year. And, unfortunately, many of us fail at making those resolutions. If you’re looking for something you can really achieve this year, consider one of these resolutions for your car.

  • Enforce a seatbelt rule. Tell every passenger, no matter their age, that they have to buckle up before you will start driving. You can include the family pet, too, to keep everyone safe.
  • Ditch the distractions. Put your phone away, stop eating, and doing anything else behind the wheel except for focusing on the road. Even using hands-free devices for phone calls can be just as bad as texting.
  • Fill up the tank. Commit to keeping your gas tank at least half full all the time. This will make sure you have enough gas in case of inclement weather and will protect your engine from the impurities sitting at the bottom of your gas tank.
  • Drive more efficiently. One of the biggest detriments to your fuel efficiency is aggressive driving (hard accelerating, braking, and speeding), which can increase your fuel consumption by up to 35%. Slow down and give yourself more time to reach your destination.

Are you planning to add any of these resolutions to your 2017 accomplishments?

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Perfect DIY Christmas Gifts for Crafty Gift-Givers

 

Christmas shopping can be a time-consuming, expensive process—but it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of ways to make shopping for the holidays fun, the most obvious being creating your very own DIY Christmas gifts. If you want to get crafty this holiday, then consider making one of these great treats for your loved ones.

DIY Christmas Gifts

 

Chalkboard Paint Mug

Coffee and tea drinkers on your gift list will love this trendy mug. Chalkboard paint is currently all the rage, so using it to create a one-of-a-kind mug for your family and friends is a great idea. Just follow these directions and you will have a wonderful Christmas gift to be proud of.

 

Cupcake Onesies

New babies deserve an exciting present, too, so give them one with these cupcakes made of adorable onesies. This present is also a great idea for baby showers. Just choose the cutest infant outfits you can find and transform them—along with a pair of socks—into delightful fabric cupcakes. Find out how to make these here.

 

Personalized Candles

Involve the kids and make one of these wonderful easy-to-make, personalized candles. Let the children doodle a beautiful drawing or a loving message for grandparents, aunts, uncles or any other person on your guest list. Then, transfer it with ease—just using a heat gun!—to a plain candle, and voila! A beautiful DIY Christmas gift. Figure out how to do this with these directions.

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