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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lake trips in Pittsburgh

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

2016 Music Festivals In Pennsylvania

Friends, music, camping–music festivals bring together everything in life that makes it worth living. And the 2016 music festivals in Pennsylvania are diverse enough to ensure that everyone has a great experience.

Camp BiscoScranton

Date: July 14-16

Price: $155.50

Located at Montage Mountain, Camp Bisco is in its 14th year and going strong. This festival features brilliants artists in the electronica realm. Headliners include: The Discobiscuits, Odesza, Zeds Dead and RL Grime.

Catskill Chill Lakewood

Date: September 23-25

Price: $175.00

The Catskill Chill features the best jams this side of the Mississippi. Take in the sounds of headliners like Greensky Bluegrass, Mike Gordon (Phish Bassist), Dopapod and Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, a band that performs bluegrass versions of all of your favorite Grateful Dead tunes.

Rock Allegiance – Philadelphia

Date: September 17-18

Price: $99

Granted, there’s no camping at the Rock Allegiance festival but the quality of the lineup more than makes up for it. If you are child of the 90s, you should feel right at home rocking out to Slayer, The Offspring and Anthrax.

2016 Music Festivals in Pennsylvania

2015 Ford EcoBoost Challenge Delivers Day of Test Drives to Pittsburgh

Coming soon to the Pittsburgh International Race Complex is the 2015 Ford EcoBoost Challenge! The EcoBoost Challenge begins March 7th, as the automaker criss-crosses the country, giving Ford fans and potential customers a unique opportunity to get behind the wheel of the automaker’s most popular models.

During the event, participants will have a chance to test drive vehicles like the all-new Edge and Expedition as well as the 2015 Escape, Fusion Hybrid, and Transit Connect Wagon. In addition, the famed and freshly redesigned 2015 F-150 and Mustang will be on hand for test drives.

“With EcoBoost engines now available across 100 percent of our U.S. light-duty lineup, the EcoBoost Challenge lets consumers experience this innovative technology that helps Ford deliver better fuel economy with a more engaging driving experience than the competition,” said Michele Bartlett, group marketing manager for Ford’s large cars and SUVs. “Not only is the EcoBoost Challenge a lot of fun, but getting people in the driver’s seat is the best way for them to experience the craftsmanship, innovation and performance of the Ford lineup.”

The event will also offer lessons in driving a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission, as well as the opportunity for participants to win a 2015 Ford Edge.

The tour’s pit stop in Pittsburgh is on May 30th, so be sure to mark your calendars and register for the event. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville can’t wait for Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge to come to town.

2015 Ford EcoBoost Challenge

Shults Ford of Harmarville Involved in Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure

Recently, the Bierker family was presented a Warrior Quilt by Paul Letso, one of our very own Shults Ford of Harmarville employees.  Rachele Beirker entered to win the quilt for the Mother’s Day Race for the Cure and they are definitely excited to be able to display this Warrior Quilt in their home and know that people are everywhere are fighting for a cure for breast cancer..

So what exactly is a Warrior Quilt?

The Neighborhood Ford Store has partnered with the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure for the Annual Warrior Quilt Project.  Warrior Quilts are made of fabric squares that are decorated at a Neighborhood Ford Store booth at the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure.  The squares are filled with messages of hope and encouragement; they honor breast cancer survivors, as well as remembering loved ones who have passed.  These quilts remind us all how many people breast cancer affects, but they also show us that we are doing everything we can to defeat it.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, there are several quilts donated to across the United States, to hospitals, clinics, and breast cancer treatment centers.

We were so proud to be able to present a Warrior Quilt to Rachele Bierker and her family and if you would like to find out more about how you can help in the fight against breast cancer, visit the Neighborhood Ford Store booth and the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure!