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History of the Barbee Hotel

If you’ve spent time in Warsaw, Indiana, you’ve seen or heard of the Barbee Hotel. This classic Warsaw landmark has a long history and is allegedly a prime location to experience real hauntings. It’s been through a lot, and every little experience seems to have added to this hotel’s character.

The history of the Barbee Hotel begins in 1897, when it was built as the Hotel Ormond. The Vanhoosen family owned the hotel then, and liked to host extravagant guests.

History of the Barbee Hotel In 1922 the hotel—now named the Barbee Hotel after the nearby lake—burnt down unexpectedly. Just a year later, Barbee Hotel was rebuilt. In the years to follow, ownership changed hands several times.

But perhaps the most interesting piece of history, as is the case with most hotels, lies in the long list of famous guests. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard both stayed there. But this particular hotel was less a Hollywood hotspot and more of a gangster’s paradise as criminals like Al Capone, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson all stayed here, too. Some say they conducted important business here. Others say you can still see Al Capone’s cigar smoke lingering in the hallways. In the end, you’ll just have to visit to see for yourself.

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues
Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful

Winter can be a real drag for some. The days are shorter, the weather is colder and it all adds up to the desire to stay under the blankets longer each morning. If you’re having trouble beating the winter blues, try some of these tips that are proven to help improve your mood.

Let in the Light

One of the reasons people can get down in the winter is the lack of sunlight. Make a point of opening the blinds and sitting near the window when the sun is up. Or, force yourself to bundle up and take a walk outside each day for 15 to 20 minutes to get a good dosage of vitamin D.

Exercise

Not only does exercising release endorphins (which help cheer you up) but it’s an excuse to get up and get out of the house. Getting your body moving will help you feel better physically and, ultimately, emotionally.

Stay Upbeat

For an extra boost, listen to some upbeat music while you exercise. Research has shown that happier music improves moods in the moment and in the long run.

Keep Dreaming

If you feel like winter will never end, remind yourself that it will by planning a sunny vacation. Focusing on the warmer season that’s only months away has been proven to improve moods, promising, as always, that the sun will come out tomorrow.

Do you think this is good advice? Let all of us at Warsaw Buick GMC in Warsaw, IN know in the comments below!

Live Reindeer Visit in Milford on December 15th

We associate a lot of things with the holiday season—snow, Christmas lights, pine trees, mistletoe, and Santa Claus. One of the most beloved symbols associated with Christmas is reindeer, and if you love reindeer or animals in general, then you’re in luck! This December, Milford is welcoming reindeer to the Milford Community Building for a Live Reindeer Visit on the 15th. Bring the whole family to meet the graceful creatures known for pulling Santa’s sleigh.

The visit will be totally open to the public and free, but make sure you mark your calendars—the event only lasts an hour, from 6:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, December 15th. The reindeer will be accompanied by an attendant dressed as one of Santa’s elves, and there may be other animals there native to the North Pole so your little ones can meet and interact with all kinds of fun and interesting creatures.

If you want to keep a memory of the Live Reindeer Visit, you and your family can even get a photo with the reindeer after the event is over. Make sure to visit Milford for this rare opportunity to see a real life reindeer and friends at the local public library for education and fun.

Travel Tips

The holidays are right around the corner so now is the time to make the proper travel arrangements. Outside of making arrangements, there are quite a few steps you can take to ensure a happy holiday. We here at Warsaw CDJR have some helpful Thanksgiving travel tips to make your holiday a relaxing one!

  • Pack Light – Taking the time to pack light can save you some major hassle when packing the car or heading through airport security. It can also save you a good chunk of change on extra baggage fees. Take only what you need and ship things that aren’t necessary, like extra clothes, to your destination through the mail.
  • Technology – Use technology to your advantage this holiday season. Flyers can access their flight information and other pertinent details through apps on their smartphone. Some apps even show users maps of the airport. Drivers can use navigation systems that provide real-time directions to avoid accidents and find the fastest route.
  • Call Ahead – It’s understandable that you simply want to get to your destination as fast as possible but don’t forget to call ahead. Giving your hosts a 15-minute notice of your arrival will give them time to finish what they’re doing and reduce their stress as well as your own this holiday season.

Buick’s 2016 Sales Trend Upward

Buick’s sales are trending upward fast and the brand officially passed the one million sales mark back in September. That’s the earliest in history that the brand has ever surpassed a million sales. Buick’s 2016 sales are largely thanks to a single market and it isn’t the United States. China became the largest automotive market within the past few years and with Buick’s most recent sales numbers, it easy to see why.

China makes up a whopping 82% of Buick’s sales. That’s more than five times what the United States makes up. In all, more than 860,000 Buicks were sold by the end of September in China alone.

The Buick Envision reached the United States market back in July and about 6,100 have been sold since. By comparison, Chinese drivers have bought nearly 140,000. There’s little doubt the luxury crossover is popular in China.

American drivers have opted for the smaller Buick Encore, making it the best-selling model in the United States. In all, the entry-level luxury brand has six vehicles available in the United States. One model, the Verano, will leave the United States within the next few years but will continue to be sold in China.

We here at Warsaw Buick GMC hope some innovative vehicles make their way to our shores!

Interesting Indiana Traditions

Interesting Indiana Traditions
Picture by Cuksis

Every state has some interesting, and sometimes downright crazy, traditions that the population are oddly proud of. Usually held every year or so, the traditions are far from what’s considered normal. Ranging from food to events, traditions take many forms. Here are some interesting Indiana traditions from us here at Warsaw CDJR!

  1. Hog Roast – Literally, roasting a hog. A summer event for many Indiana families, relatives gather to stick a hog on a spit and take care of business Indiana-style.
  2. Covered Bridge Festival – Home to over 31 covered bridges, Parke County sees more and more visitors every year. Taking place in the third week of October, the Covered Bridge Festival features vendors selling special items and large gathering of people under, you guessed it, covered bridges.
  3. Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – It may not be what the kids are listening to these days but bluegrass is far from dead. This age-old festival features more than 45 bluegrass bands taking the stage and performing for a total of eight days straight.
  4. Tractor Pulling – A rather common events in many southern and Midwest states, tractor pulling is a motorsport where drivers use their tractors to pull a sled full of weights.
  5. Fried Biscuits and Apple Butter – This family-oriented tradition is simple. Families gather around the table to take part in eating freshly fried biscuits and apple butter.

5 Interesting Facts about Indiana

Interesting Facts about Indiana
Photo by Peter Miller

There are fifty separate states that make up our country. However, our favorite of them all has to be Indiana. And that is not just because we live there! There are plenty of things about Indiana that many people are not aware of. Here are 5 interesting facts about Indiana.

  1. While Indiana may not be the state with the most presidents, it may just be the state with the most vice presidents instead. A whopping five different vice presidents have all come from Indiana!
  2. If you love popcorn, then you can thank Indiana for it. Indiana produces more than 20 percent of the nation’s popcorn supply.
  3. People from Indiana are commonly referred to as Hoosiers. However, even we don’t exactly know where this word originated from!
  4. Kentucky Fried Chicken is famous around the country. But the real Colonel Harland David Sanders hails from our state of Indiana!
  5. Plenty of towns across the country can have abnormal laws. Take Gary, Indiana, for instance, where it is illegal to attend a public gathering within four hours of eating either garlic or onion.

Now that you know a little more about our great and sometimes odd state of Indiana, be sure to make the trip up here!

Take a Road Trip in Indiana

Take a Road Trip in Indiana

You don’t have to travel across the country to have fun. In fact, you can stay right here in Indiana and learn about our local history, culture, and natural world. Here are some great ideas from Indiana’s official travel planning source for a road trip in Indiana.

  • All Aboard in Indiana. If you have any train lovers in your family, this would be the perfect weekend adventure. Head to Chesterton and visit Riley’s Railhouse—a new bed and breakfast built in a renovated freight station. You can watch the local tracks to see trains pass by. Then, visit nearby Valparaiso to see the railway garden that includes a 2.5-acre model railway.
  • Northern Indiana State Park Tour. The beautiful waterways of northern Indiana have led to numerous state parks being developed. Take a tour of a few of the best by visiting Indiana Dunes State Park, Tippecanoe River State park, Potato Creek State Park, and Pokagon State Park.
  • Art & Earth Trail in Michigan City – LaPorte. This Indiana tour will show you the best of the northern Indiana area. Stop in LaPorte and pick your own blueberries this summer at Blueberries of Indiana. Then, head to the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan City and stop at the International Friendship Gardens for a world tour of botanical delights.
  • Art Abounds in South Bend Mishawaka. An hour north of Warsaw is the South Bend Mishawaka area. This area is home to 13 museums all with unique collections that rank from regional art, a historic mansion, and even health education for children.

What is your favorite local destination for a weekend road trip?

Dodge Sports Car Concept in Gran Turismo 6

Fiat Chrysler is all about competition and appeal and now it’s joining other automakers in debuting its own Dodge sports car concept. You won’t see it in real life just yet, though. Gamers will get the first look in the popular Gran Turismo 6 video game. The concept, which is set for exclusive release, is a single-seat hybrid powertrain concept vehicle.

Other automakers have already made their mark in the game. Infiniti, Peugeot, VW, Renault’s Alpine, MINI, Lexus, Chevrolet, and Subaru, just to name a few, already have Vision GT concepts available virtually. Now, with the SRT Tomahawk Vision, Fiat Chrysler will join the competition.

While it’s just a concept at this point, there is a small chance that the concept could become a real life model. While doubtful it will hit mass market production, a real-life example isn’t out of the question. The Aston Martin DP-100 Vision and Nissan 2020 Vision have already been made into real-life models.

Interestingly, the last time the Tomahawk name was used was for a Dodge concept motorcycle at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. Even more interesting (and out of this world), the motorcycle stocked an 8.3-liter V10 Viper engine.

We here at Warsaw CDJR aren’t sure what to expect of this new concept but we’re excited either way!

Revealed: 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Return

2016 Dodge Viper ACR return
This is the 2015 Dodge Viper, just so you can get a taste of what’s coming with the 2016

Our excitement for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR return is palpable! The all-new supercar is the “fastest street-legal” Viper ever to grace the roads and our excitement cannot be denied.

The Viper ACR will be equipped with a mega 8.4-liter V10 that generates 645 hp and can reach maximum speeds of 177mph. Are you drooling yet? Because we certainly are!

“The Viper has always been more of a street-legal race car than a track-capable streetcar, and the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever. Our goal is to arm our enthusiasts with the ultimate Viper track car to dominate road courses around the word,” said Tim Kuniskis, president and chief executive officer of Dodge and SRT brands.

To aid in its track capability, the Viper received an upgraded aerodynamic performance package that creates nearly a ton of downforce to ensure optimal traction and handling.

The customization of the Viper ACR is also limitless, so not only can you have your own supercar, it can be built to the exact specifications you want. For more information on the upcoming 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, visit us at Warsaw Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.