Setting the Perfect Table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving offers a wonderful opportunity for family to gather together each year. But let’s face it—if you’re the host, that opportunity can be pretty stressful, too. If you’re worrying about having the perfect table for Thanksgiving, we can help with these four simple tips from Haddad Nissan.

perfect table for Thanksgiving

Cutlery

When setting the table, remember that the fork goes on the left, and the knife and spoon go on the right. If you’re hosting a lot of guests, you could even consider letting yourself use plastic cutlery for easier cleanup.

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If your place setting will have multiple dishes, note that the side plate traditionally goes to the left of the place setting, with the drinks at the right.

Napkins

If you plan to use elegant cloth napkins, feel free to make them one of the focal points of the table by arranging each on in a unique fold or display on the center of the plate. However, if the plates are what you’re showing off, it’s fine to simply tuck the napkin underneath its edge.

Place Cards

Add one last considerate touch by making DIY place cards for your guests. Not only is it a way to create a little organization in a crazy day, but it’s a personal touch that your guests will appreciate.

Nissan’s 130-mph Remote Control Car Celebrates Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo Nissan GT-R

It’s been 20 years since the release of Gran Turismo, and the series of racing games, which were developed for PlayStation, have worked with Nissan from the beginning. In honor of that partnership, Nissan is celebrating this year by creating the coolest Gran Turismo-inspired remote-controlled car to date: the Nissan GT-R.

The Nissan GT-R is operated using a gaming controller, and brings the thrill of the Gran Turismo games to real life. The Nissan GT-R was tested with the help of Jann Mardenborough, a winner at the GT Academy, who controlled the Nissan GT-R from a helicopter up above the course. He was able to get the Nissan GT-R up to 131 mph and averaged 76 mph on his fastest lap.

During the drive, Mardenborough was able to monitor the car’s speed thanks to Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor installed in the car. It’s one of many advanced tools that make the Nissan GT-R possible, in addition to four robots, six computers, and two smart safety systems.

We’re happy to report, as well, that this car won’t be sitting around collecting dust. Its next tour is through primary and secondary schools in the UK, where it will be used as a means to promote STEM learning. After all, Nissan has always been inspirational in more than one way. It’s just one of many things Haddad Nissan loves about the company.

New Redesigned Nissan LEAF

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF is coming to Haddad Nissan early next year and we are so excited, we wanted to tell you all about the fully redesigned battery-electric vehicle. So, what’s new other than a completely new exterior? Improvements in range; both mileage and price!

Nissan LEAF

Projected Range

Most 2017 and 2018 “short-range” all-electric cars on the market provide 90 to 125 miles of range, where as the new Nissan LEAF is expected to offer 150 miles. It is true that there are EVs out there that can drive over 300 miles, but also come equipped with a hefty price that could start at $65,000 or more. This year’s model has found a sweet spot between needed mileage and vehicle price range, especially since 84-mile range is sufficient for more than 80% off all trips taken in America. A 200 mile version of the LEAF will also be available as a 2019 model down the line.

Price Range

Now let’s talk about the price. This model starts at about $30,000 and the best part is you are not likely to be stuck on a waiting list for a new Leaf when you want one. This is actually about $690 less than the current 2017 Nissan LEAF, and can be coupled with a $7,500 federal tax credit and other local incentives; the Leaf will be effectively priced at around $20,000. This is an exceptional price for a vehicle that will save you even more on fuel.

We’d love to tell you more about the 2018 Nissan LEAF. If you have any questions, please contact us online or visit us in Pittsfield, MA and we will answer all your questions.

Throwing an Adult Halloween Party

Adult Halloween Party

Halloween is usually considered an event for the little ones—trick or treat and most local activities involve the whole family. But sometimes, you just have to throw an adult Halloween party and get in the spirit of the holiday with your friends. Here’s some tips for hosting the best party for festive adults.

Send Invites Early

Even if it’s a chill gathering, you want to send out invitations early so that guests have time to get a costume ready, as well as find someone to watch their kids.

Pick a Theme

Halloween is more fun with a theme. Go for a witch’s cottage with bubbling punch bowls, or a noir murder mystery, or a decrepit haunted house—your imagination is the limit.

Have a Costume Contest

In order to encourage people to come dressed up, you might want to promise some prizes for the best costumes! Have prizes for first, second, and third place, or if the party is big enough, rate by category!

Have Fun Games

Bobbing for apples, a murder mystery game, and even thematic activities like fortune-telling or, if you have trees in your backyard, a haunted trail go a long way.

Halloween-Themed Drinks

Having cocktails? Looking up a few recipes for some drinks that fit the mood can make all the difference.

Throw an adult Halloween party with these tips from us at Haddad Nissan.

2019 Nissan Altima Spy Shots

As one of the most affordable mid-size sedans in the industry, the 2018 Nissan Altima holds a place in the hearts of drivers of all ages. Its technology, efficiency and style are unmatched. The 2019 Nissan Altima, however, could revolutionize the midsize sedan segment as we know it.

2019 Nissan Altima - Vmotion 2.0 Concept

The 2019 Nissan Altima is based off the Vmotion 2.0 concept car from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Recent spy shots show what’s in store for the next-generation Nissan Altima. The recent prototype indicates that the sixth-generation Altima is based on the Vmotion 2.0 concept car we saw at the 2017 Detroit International Auto Show.

Angular headlights, a V-shaped grille, and floating roof are all present on the prototype. The interior boasts a digital screen and ergonomic knobs that make function a top priority, and from the looks of the gear shift, it seems the Continuously Variable Transmission will carry over to the next generation.

The 2019 Nissan Altima will certainly feature several of the brand’s electronic driving aids. These technologies are capable of helping drivers brake, maintain lanes, and keep an eye on their blind spot, among other things.

There’s no indication as to what lies beneath the hood though. Will Nissan drop the V6 engine and offer an available turbocharged four cylinder instead? Only time will tell.

The 2019 Nissan Altima is expected to arrive in dealership showrooms in late 2018.

We here at Haddad Nissan couldn’t be more excited to see the 2019 Nissan Altima in person!

Tailgating Technology Tips

Tailgating Technology Tips

Football season is winding up which means it’s time to get your trucks packed and grills ready. Nothing will help you enjoy the football season more than some helpful tailgating technology tips.

Apps

Almost everyone has a smartphone, which means finding all the pertinent information about game day is just a tap of a finger away. Many teams have apps that provide fans with information required to streamline the experience, usually including weather forecasts, stadium parking, seat locations, and more. Some apps even provide real-time traffic updates to help fans get to the game on time.

For the most diehard of fans, many apps offer coach and player press conferences after the game.

Power Inverters

Power inverters are a fairly cheap way to keep your gadgets charged and ready to roll. Most inverters connect to a vehicle’s battery and convert the output to AC power. From there, users can connect their compatible devices to USB ports so they’ll never be disconnected.

Propane Heaters

Tailgating can get cold midway through the season. Staying warm is as simple as connecting a propane heater to get the job done. The heaters usually sit on top of a propane tank and push out a constant stream of warm air to keep your comfy on game day.

Take this helpful advice from us here at Haddad Nissan and be ready for game day!

Fall Events in the Berkshires You Don’t Want to Miss

Here at Haddad Nissan, we think it’s important for us to stay involved with community here in the Berkshires, whether its sponsoring charitable events or just enjoying all the great activities our area has to offer. With Fall rapidly approaching, the list of things to do in and around our area is nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, here are a few of the amazing events you can take part in.

Walk A Mile March

Walk A Mile March - Berkshires Events

Our very own Big Bill and our GM Mike Coggins carried the Elizabeth Freeman Center banner at last year’s event. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Freeman Center

The first event we have on our calendar is the 7th annual Walk a Mile March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Join the Elizabeth Freeman Center, our team, and hundreds of your fellow citizens at Third Thursday on September 21st in Pittsfield and take part in this amazing event. The objective is simple- put on a fresh pair of high heels and walk through Downtown Pittsfield to raise money for survivors of abuse. Together, your contributions support women across the country. September 21st is the date, so be sure to mark your calendar and take a stand with us! Check out the Facebook Event page here.

The Apple Squeeze

The Apple Squeeze - Berkshires Events

Photo Credit: Shakespeare & Company

Later in September, Lenox will be holding their 38th annual Apple Squeeze. Main Street in Lenox will be lined with artists and vendors selling everything from local honey to quilts along with food for purchase and a jam-packed lineup of music and performers in addition to all of the local shops and restaurants. The Lenox Apple Squeeze will be happening Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. For more information, check out their Facebook Event.

Fall Foliage Parade: Magic in the Berkshires

Fall Foliage Parade - Berkshires Events

Photo Credit: Visit the Berkshires of Massachusetts

Next up, there is the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade in North Adams. Now in its 62nd year, this wonderful celebration of Fall features countless businesses, organizations, and Berkshire community members marching along Route 8, and features a wide variety of events such as a road race and craft fair. The Fall Foliage Festival is family fun, and a part of history here in The Berkshires. This year’s festival and parade will be happening on Sunday, October 1st, from 1pm to 3pm. For complete event details, visit the events Facebook page.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival - Berkshires Events

Then, on Columbus Day weekend, Berkshire Botanical Garden will be holding it’s 83rd annual Harvest Festival. This is one of the longest running festivals in our area, and for good reason: this festival has something for everyone: delicious food offerings, lots of kid friendly activities, live entertainment all weekend long, as well as a slew of local artists and vendors selling their wares. Oh, and did we mention the Haunted House? What’s even better- all proceeds benefit the Botanical Garden’s education program. So be sure to mark Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th on your calendar. The festival hours are 10am to 5pm: Admission is $7 for adults; Children under 12 are FREE.

There is no shortage of fun to be had in the Berkshires- even after Labor Day! Have some suggestions about fun things to do in and around the Berkshires this fall? Share with us in the comments below or on Social Media! We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Perfect Fall Road Trip: Watching the Colors Change in New England

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s nearly time for the leaves to change. New England is renowned worldwide for its stunning foliage, making it one of the best places to tour in the autumn months. If you’re looking for a laid-back fall road trip, take a tour of the colors change in New England during the next several weeks for an unforgettable experience.

Colors Change in New England

According to Boston.com, New England has been a prime destination in the fall for many years. The landscape slowly changes throughout autumn, and peak color is usually reached by October. The term “peak color” refers to the moment when the leaves begin to turn and fall off branches. The best time to see foliage is actually before “peak color,” contrary to popular belief. However, the prime time for scenery in New England often varies depending on who you ask.

In the north, between September 30th and the first week in October is usually when the leaves reach their most vibrant hues. If you wait until the final weeks in October in the north—particularly in upper Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine—it may be too late.

In Connecticut, lower Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, you may be able to wait until the second half of October. For those late to the scene, southern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are often the best bet. Areas around the Worchester Hills and along the Massachusetts Turnpike are the most promising before Halloween.

We at Haddad Nissan simply suggest planning a trip when the weather is nice and heading out into the countryside. Though you may have more luck in early October, just keep in mind that road trips are what you make of them. Don’t set your expectations unreasonably high, and you’re bound to have a fun time on the road.

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype Showcases Electric Performance Tech

Nissan is revolutionizing electric car design with the innovative BladeGlider Prototype. Recently racing as a performance model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Nissan BladeGlider Prototype offers a sleek build, innovative technologies, and impressive performance.

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype

The Nissan BladeGlider Prototype offers sleek style and innovative technology.

The all-electric Nissan BladeGlider Prototype was created after two years of research and testing. It has rear-hinged dihedral doors to create a dramatic entrance, while a low center of gravity improves handling. It also has roll-over protection and an open-top design that makes driving truly thrilling. According to Nissan, the BladeGlider premiered last year; nonetheless, it’s been tweaked to optimize performance.

“The BladeGlider has been developed to bring fun, torque, efficiency and high-performance styling to the fore,” said Ponz Pandikuthira, VP of Product Planning. “Goodwood has been a world-famous showcase for many an iconic sports car over the years, so we could think of no better place to bring the BladeGlider out to play, demonstrating the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision in action.”

The BladeGlider has a top speed of 115 mph and up to 268 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than five seconds, and it weighs just over a ton. The car also seats two people, and its zero-emission powertrain uses the latest battery storage and charging technologies. While the BladeGlider is just a concept, you can see some of the latest Nissan technologies at Haddad Nissan with the current Nissan model lineup.

Scenic Drives in Western Massachusetts

Massachusetts isn’t the largest state in the nation by a longshot, but it done offer some pretty spectacular landscapes. Here are some scenic drives in Western Massachusetts recommended by us at Haddad Nissan.

Scenic Drives in Western Massachusetts

Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock stands a massive 3,491 feet tall and offers a fantastic view in all directions. Reaching as far as 90 miles away, the breathtaking views include the Mount Greylock State Reservation and farmland in Lanesborough. The scenic byway is most accessible during summer and early fall. Trails are open year round. The 1932 War Memorial Tour stands as the highest point in the park.

Jacob’s Ladder Trail

The Jacob’s Ladder Trail ventures through historic rural landscapes between Laurel Lake and Tekoa Mountain. Despite the area’s population continuing to rise over the past decades, Jacob’s Ladder Trail has remained its natural presence. Many of the sights and attractions remain the same as they were a century ago.

Route 116

Route 116 is one of the hidden gems of Massachusetts. Arguably the definition of “the road less traveled,” the scenic byway is home to historic towns, welcoming communities, and a beautiful agricultural landscape. Deerfield village sits north of the byway and serves as a prime location for history buffs of all ages.