Ford Joins Postmates on Self-Driving Food Delivery Platform

In today’s modern age, it’s as easy as a few taps of your fingertips to get fresh, delicious food delivered right to your doorstep. That’s thanks in part to food delivery services like Postmates. Soon, though, you might be able to get your food from Postmates in an entirely different way – via a self-driving food delivery platform.

Ford has teamed up with this delivery service to begin piloting the self-driving delivery vehicle experience. Right now, the American carmaker is testing the first and last mile of the delivery experience, utilizing vehicles that look as if they’re self-driving – though they’re actually driven by an experienced driver.

The self-driving technology that will go into this program is being developed in separate tests.

When you order via Postmates, your food will be loaded by the restaurant into one of the multiple lockers available in the Ford vehicle. You’re notified of the delivery timing and just need to enter your four-digit PIN code to access your food. This is a similar method that will be used when the self-driving platform is ready.

Right now, the pilot is currently only underway in Miami and Miami Beach – but who knows? Maybe it will make a stop in Pittsburgh sometime soon! Here at Shults Ford, we certainly hope so.

Self-driving food delivery platform - 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Top Vacation Spots within A Short Drive from Pittsburgh

Finding the right destination for your next vacation isn’t always easy – especially if you don’t want to drive too far. To make your decision a bit easier next time, we’ve put together a short list of some of the top vacation spots within a short drive from Pittsburgh.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio, which is only a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, giving you prime access to history of the game and its legendary players. Whether you’re a hometown fan or root for another team, you’re sure to enjoy yourself if you happen to love football.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Family fun and adventure is only an hour drive away from Pittsburgh at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to go ziplining on the mile-long Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience or merely want to kayak around the resort’s lake and enjoy the great outdoors, this destination has you covered.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Architecture buffs will want to take the family out to this destination – Fallingwater, a mountain home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. It’s an escape in the middle of the mountains, built over a waterfall that gives you a sense of being one with nature. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

The best vehicle to get you to your destination is a Ford from Shults Ford Harmarville.

Top Vacation Spots

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday where we all get to be a little bit Irish, even if we’re not. St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh is a big deal. Not only do we have a parade, but there are other fun events taking place throughout the month of March.

This year’s parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Saturday, March 17th at 10am. The parade route starts at Grant St. and 11th, turns right on Boulevard of the Allies, and ends at Commonwealth Place. If you want to get a good viewing spot along the route, be sure to head out early. Drive your Ford Explorer or Expedition so you can fit the whole crew. With the addition of Ford’s Safe & Smart Package, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and Sync® 3 technology, you’ll have zero stress about getting there safely and finding a parking spot. Pick up a new one at Shults Ford of Harmarville before the 17th to get one in time!

For even more fun, try the St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner held at Gaetano’s Banquet Center & Restaurant on March 3rd and 17th. Tickets cost $37.50 and include a dinner buffet, dessert, and the fun of a murder mystery.

If you’re looking for some Irish-themed fun after St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Celtic Dinner Theater from 6-8pm on Sunday, March 18th. Tickets are $49.99 each and include a traditional Irish meal and entertainment from Eric Michael and Julie Powell as well as others.

Be sure to enjoy your Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh

5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Pittsburgh

The new year is in full swing, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Are you looking for some new and exciting Valentine’s Day date ideas in Pittsburgh to surprise your loved one with? Consider a few of Shults Ford Harmarville’s best staff picks this year:

  • Relax at a spa: You both work hard. Treat yourself to a day at the spa, like Peace Love and Zen in East Liberty. Your body (and mind) will thank you.
  • Get on the water: Sign up for an evening ride on the Gateway Clipper for a night of romance with live music and a buffet dinner.
  • Go to a museum: Pittsburgh offers a wealth of museums, but a staff favorite is the Andy Warhol Museum.
  • Keep it classic: Dinner and a movie have proven themselves to be the perfect recipe for a successful date. Grab dinner at a restaurant such as Legume in Oakland or The Commoner tavern downtown. Then catch a movie at Row House Cinema, which includes over 140 soda varieties to enjoy.

Valentine’s Day date ideas in Pittsburgh

Holiday Events in Pittsburgh: Have Fun this Winter

holiday events in Pittsburgh

The holiday season is upon us, which means there are several holiday events in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re looking for a romantic event for a date or for a simply something fun to do with the whole family, there’s an event for nearly everyone. Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we’ve put together a list of just a few of the many upcoming holiday events and activities in the area.

According to Visit Pittsburgh, there are a number of holiday performances in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. For example, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has an annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The Pittsburgh CLO also puts on a performance of A Christmas Carol every year, and the Symphony Orchestra will have Highmark Holiday Pops.

Next, check out the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Held from November 17 to December 23, this market is designed like a quaint European village, yet it’s held in the heart of the Downtown’s Market Square. You can find holiday gifts from a long list of local vendors. There’s also hot apple cider and a range of local restaurants nearby for dinner.

Finally, visit the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh on December 31. This New Year’s Eve celebration is an arts-centered event held in the Cultural District. There will be live music, performances, ice sculptures, and more. An extravaganza that’s great for families, you can be a part of the 50,000 participants that will gather to see the ball drop in Pittsburgh. This is just one of the many fun things to do this winter in the area.

Awesome Lake Trips in Pittsburgh

As the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer, the open water may be calling out to you. Here in Pittsburgh, you don’t have to travel far to see some beautiful lakes. If you plan on bringing along your boat, then you’ll need a strong truck. The 2017 Ford F-150 can tow between 5,000 and 12,200 pounds, depending on how the truck is equipped. Not taking a boat? You can use the award-winning truck and its truck bed to haul everything you need to have a fun-filled day at the beach! Check it out at Shults Ford of Harmarville today.

Here are five lake trips in Pittsburgh that let you soak up every moment of sunshine.

  1. Twin Lakes. Located in nearby Greensburg, this park features two lakes that are popular destinations on warm, sunny days.
  2. Keystone Lake. Another beautiful spot is the Keystone Lake in Derry Township. Along with fishing and boating, you can head back to shore for some hiking, biking, and picnicking.
  3. Lake Arthur. This 3,200-acre lake located in Moraine State Park offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hills. Take a Nautical Nature tour of the park and camp out for a few days.
  4. North Park Lake. If the water is all about fishing for you, then this is the lake you want. It is located less than 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh.
  5. Lake Erie. If you’re willing to make the drive, then head north to Lake Erie to enjoy the sandy beaches and huge open waters.

Regardless of which lakes you visit this summer, the towing capacity, safety, and technology the Ford F-150 offers will get you and your family there in one piece.
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Lincoln and Ford at the Pittsburgh Auto Show

Ford at the Pittsburgh Auto Show

See what to expect from Ford at this Auto Show!

Every year, local car enthusiasts can go to experience some of the latest new models, along with iconic classics, on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. This year, the show will be held February 17-20 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

With Lincoln and Ford at the Pittsburgh Auto Show, the two automotive brands will have some of the latest models on display in an area in the center of the building. Lincoln will showcase the 2016 MKZ, along with the refreshed 2017 MKZ. Additionally, visitors can check out the 2016 MKX, 2016 Navigator, and the all-new 2017 Continental, Lincoln’s show-stopping flagship model.

As for Ford, the exact models they will be brining are not known, but we hope to see some of its latest vehicles and technology on display. Perhaps we’ll get to see the new autonomous technology that Ford had on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month.

One of the most anticipated parts of the Pittsburgh Auto Show is the annual Dancing With the Cars charity event. By purchasing a ticket to this evening event, you’ll not only get an exclusive view of the show, but you will also be supporting several local charities. This year’s dinner and dance will be held on February 16th, the night before the show officially opens.

Are you planning to attend this year’s Pittsburgh Auto Show? Let us know by stopping into Shults Ford of Harmarville.

Pittsburgh’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration

New Beginnings

The Lunar New Year is an important tradition in Chinese culture. It celebrates the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar, which acknowledges both the sun and the moon phase. Celebrations traditionally include beautiful dances, fireworks, and huge feasts with family and friends.

We’re entering the Year of the Rooster, and in the Greater Pittsburgh area we’re entering it with a bang. Thanks to Squirrel Hill and the local Chinese community, the Greater Pittsburgh Area will see its own Lunar New Year celebration this year, as it has many years before. Plenty of free, inspiring, and family friendly events will take place to celebrate this Chinese tradition.

Celebrations begin on January 21st with the OCA Lunar New Year Banquet, held at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall. The banquet will consist of a traditional Chinese dinner, plus entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are limited, so get yours now! After the feast, guests can head to the auditorium to watch the OCA Pittsburgh Celebrates Asia! Lunar New Year Show which will present more cultural performances.

But if you miss the banquet, don’t fret. From January 28th to February 12th, more traditional entertainment, including lion dances, Chinese folk dance, music, and martial arts will take place in the Pittsburgh area. The festivities culminate in the Lunar New Year Parade in Squirrel Hill. Make sure you catch some of the many opportunities to celebrate these enchanting traditions!

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4 Signature Pittsburgh Dishes

Pittsburgh is truly a city with a flavor all its own. One of the components that adds to that flavor is the flavor of the food that you can find in the city! Pittsburgh has plenty of unique delicacies that help it stand out as a culinary destination. The next time that you are in Pittsburgh, make sure that you sample these 4 signature Pittsburgh dishes.

  1. Pierogis

For a perfect Pittsburgh meal on the go, you should go find somewhere to pick up a pierogi! Pierogis are doughy pockets packed with a blend of meat, sauerkraut, and potatoes, making them a portable, yet satisfying meal.

  1. Kielbasi

Kielbasi should be a name familiar with anyone who has ever made a sausage-based dish. It is the most popular sausage variety here in the Steel City.

  1. Pittsburgh Salad

French fries are some of the people of Pittsburgh’s favorite foods. We love them so much that we place them on our salads! Pittsburgh salads also commonly come with provolone cheese and steak added on top.

  1. Banana Split

Here’s a bit of Pittsburgh trivia: the famous Banana Split sundae was invented right here in Pittsburgh! The Banana Split is also the perfect way to cap off a satisfying meal in the Steel City!

Signature Pittsburgh Dishes

5 Places for the Best Views of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that’s located on a picturesque landscape of rivers and mountains. To get the best view of this spectacular setting, head to one of these locations where you’ll find the best views of Pittsburgh.

  • Duquesne Incline: Take an old-fashioned trolley car up to a panoramic view far above the buildings and rivers. The scenic overlook at the top is beautiful during the day or night.
  • Mount Washington: It’s a relaxing escape from the city and a great place to see the area from a different angle. This area’s Emerald View Park is a favorite for locals.
  • West End/Elliot Overlook: A great place to see sunsets and watch the Allegheny and Monogahela Rivers intersect.
  • Grandview Avenue: Living up to its name, this area has a great view of the area surrounding the city, making it a popular place for weddings.
  • PNC Park: The view of the city and river from the upper seats of the Pirates’ field is worth the price for tickets.

Of course, we think the best way to see Pittsburgh is from the driver’s seat of a new Ford vehicle from Shults Ford of Hamarville!

Best Views of Pittsburgh

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