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Ten Great Places for Thanksgiving Dinner in Tampa

Thanksgiving Dinners Tampa

The Thanksgiving holiday brings with it many things to be thankful for, like family, friends, Florida sunshine, and good health, to name but a few. But there’s something else to give thanks for this Thanksgiving holiday, and that’s the cornucopia of fine restaurants throughout the area that are serving up sumptuous Thanksgiving dinners.

Let’s face it: There are those of us who may have grown weary of the effort it takes to cook a Thanksgiving feast. So why not take a break from all that exhaustive preparation and post-Thanksgiving cleanup? We’ve put together a list of our top 10 favorite places to have a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in the greater Tampa area, including St. Peterburg and Clearwater. Buon Appetito!

  1. The Capital Grille –– Enjoy a full array of traditional Thanksgiving favorites along with their satisfying regular menu selections.
  2. The Chart House – Serving a full Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings. Enjoy spectacular views of Tampa Bay as well.
  3. Bon Appetit – This landmark Dunedin eatery offers a mouth-watering Thanksgiving buffet in their Sunset Ballroom. You can also take home extra portions of turkey, gravy, and stuffing. Reservations are recommended.
  4. Buca Di Beppo – Serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian flair. Bring the entire family or take home a delicious Thanksgiving feast.
  5. The Don CeSar – Having Thanksgiving at the renowned Pink Palace on St. Pete Beach is always something extra-special. Choose from three ways to dine at the Sea Porch Buffet, the Martiana Grille, or the King Charles Brunch. Reservations required.
  6. Aqua – This chic, award-winning restaurant is featuring a variety of sumptuous Thanksgiving specialties, served with spectacular ocean views.
  7. Columbia Restaurant – With several locations to choose from, this popular Cuban-style chain will feature a complete traditional Thanksgiving menu along with its regular offerings. Thanksgiving menu not available at the Tampa Bay History Center or their airport location. Reservations recommended.
  8. Seasons 52 – Along with their full autumn dinner menu, this well-known eatery is featuring a complete Thanksgiving dinner, including roast turkey, herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, and more. Reservations recommended.
  9. Boca Kitchen Bar & Market – If you still want to have Thanksgiving at home but don’t want to bother with cooking, order a complete Thanksgiving meal by November 22 to take home and enjoy. All orders must be picked up before 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
  10. Mitchell’s Fish Market – While it’s known for its seafood, this popular dining establishment is presenting a satisfying three-course Thanksgiving menu as part of their ongoing celebration of “our country’s heritage through food.” Reservations recommended.

This information is subject to change, so be sure to check with your restaurant of choice before you go.

Where Tradition Meets Technology
Whether you’re headed to Grandma’s to celebrate Thanksgiving, or going into the city for your Thanksgiving feast, you’ll arrive in style in a new 2015 Lincoln MKC from Parks Lincoln of Tampa. Now available: The new 2015 MKC and 2015 Navigator.

A Lincoln for Every Season – And for Every Reason
Are you planning to take the family to Thanksgiving or holiday shopping? If you’re in the market for a new Lincoln, consider one of the several Lincoln SUV options, including the MKX, MKC, MKS, MKT and Navigator.

Regardless of which Lincoln you choose, you’ll find an array of advanced technological, performance, and safety features which make the all-new 2015 Lincoln lineup the obvious choice!

Take advantage of exceptional holiday deals on our large inventory of new 2015 Lincoln models, as well as our extensive selection of certified pre-owned vehicles. Why not stop by and see us? Parks Lincoln of Tampa is conveniently located at 10505 North Florida Avenue in Tampa, FL, serving all of Southwest Florida. To schedule your personal Lincoln test drive, call our dealership at (813) 933-6751.

Happy Thanksgiving – from our family to yours!





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Is your Lincoln MKC Ready for Back-to-School Time?

Back to school time is just around the corner! Before it is time to car pool the kids to school, get a head start on ensuring your Lincoln MKC is in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips to help you cross car care off your back-to-school to do list:

Back to School Car Tips

In the midst of trying to balance your work-life and getting the kiddos to and from school, you are more likely than ever to forget about car care. Getting your Lincoln checked sooner than later will pave way for a safe and worry-free school season.

Visit us at Parks Lincoln of Tampa at 10505 North Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33612. Our factory trained service staff will get your Lincoln ready for the upcoming school year. Give us a call at 888-467-4907 to schedule a service appointment.

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Road Trip Destinations for Southwest Florida Residents

Are you looking to take a road trip this summer, but not sure where? Whether you prefer to stay close to home or are looking to go out-of-state, our road trip destinations for Southwest Florida residents will give you some ideas for your perfect getaway.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston South Carolina

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Take a long road trip in your new Lincoln Navigator to the oldest and second-largest city in the southeastern portion of South Carolina, Charleston. Full of rich history and attractions this city has plenty to offer.

While you’re visiting Charleston, be sure to visit the Fort Sumter National Monument, the site of where the first shots Civil War were fired. This museum shares the history of the events leading up to the 1861 battle and where some of the most famous figures have fought.

Another attraction worth seeing is the South Carolina Aquarium. Great especially for those traveling with small children, the aquarium includes stingrays, turtles, otters, jellyfish and more! Daily shows and interactive programs are available.

According to NBC Daytime Television, the Boone Hall Plantation is a must see! Reflecting on Southern heritage the Boone Hall Plantation, has been around more than 300 hundred years and has been named has “America’s Most Photographed Plantation.” Don’t forget your camera if you travel to the impeccable preserved plantation and garden.

Savannah, Georgia

River Street Savannah

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On your journey home from Charleston, South Carolina, consider stopping in Savannah, Georgia, the oldest city in the state. Similar to Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah also contains many historic buildings and architecture.

Get to know the city by taking a trolley tour through Old Town Savannah. With over 100 points of interest and 15 stops, this is one tour you don’t want to miss!

After the Old Town Savannah Trolley Tour, take a stroll through River Street where you will find many century old buildings, antique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and more.

If you’re interested in Lighthouses, perhaps a visit to Tybee Island, just outside of Savannah should make its way onto your itinerary. Built in 1732, the Tybee Island Lighthouse Station has been guiding mariners into the Savannah River safely for over 270 years.

Orlando, Florida 

Orlando Skyline

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For Southwest Florida residents looking to get away without putting hundreds of miles on their new Lincoln MKT, Orlando is a great place for families with kids, or for those kids at heart.

A three-hour drive from Tampa, Orlando is full of adventure and exciting attractions, including Walt Disney World, Sea World, Islands of Adventure and much more.

Besides the Walt Disney Word attractions, Orlando has plentiful museums and parks worth checking out.

Visit the Mennello Museum of American Art, located just north of Orlando. This museum of American art contains permanent collection of paintings by artist Earl Cunningham, as well as exhibits of Native American art and artifacts, prehistoric Southwest pottery and much more.

Orlando makes a perfect weekend getaway for any Southwest Florida resident!

Before you take your road trip this summer, be sure your new Lincoln or used car is ready to hit the road! Have your car inspected and serviced at Parks Lincoln of Tampa. To schedule your next service appointment, visit us online or call 888-467-4907.

From all of us at Parks Lincoln of Tampa, safe travels wherever the road may take you!




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Car-Buying Tips for College Graduates

Whether you’re getting ready to graduate, recently graduated, or know someone who is about to graduate from college, it may be time to celebrate with a new car!

Cars for College Grads

From tips on what kind of vehicles to look for, to dealer purchase programs, there are many things to consider when buying a new vehicle.

New or Used 

A common question for anyone looking to purchase a new vehicle is whether they should buy new or used.

Many recent college grads may only be interested in purchasing a new car to avoid any potential used car glitches. However, used cars in most cases, depending on age and miles, can make a great vehicle purchase for many years to come.

The key to choosing between a new or used car depends on an individual’s wants, needs and budget. Before making a quick decision, it’s best to research a variety of new and used car options that would potentially meet all or most of your needs. Be sure to test drive several vehicles to ensure that the car you think is best for you, really is.

In the end, the choice is up to the driver!

Reliability and Safety

A new degree can mean a new job in another city or even state, which means more driving for the recent college grad. When it comes to purchasing a new or used vehicle, always research the reliability and safety.

Check vehicle safety ratings given by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration which include an overall rating, frontal crash rating, side crash rating and rollover rating. While strong safety scores are not a guarantee for complete safety, they can at least provide valuable insight into how the vehicle is made and performs in case of an accident.

From a short drive to a long road-trip, reliability and safety are two of the most important car features.

Dealer Purchase Programs

Many auto manufacturers offer student programs for current students and recent graduates. Ford and Lincoln, feature their Ford and Lincoln College Student Purchase Program, which provides college students and recent graduates a deal to purchase or lease a new 2013 or 2014 Ford or Lincoln vehicle and receive $500.

In addition to the Ford and Lincoln College Student Purchase Program, Student Bonus Cash and other current public incentives are available. Before you purchase that new or used car you’ve been eyeing, look for any available money-saving deals. Check all fine print for full details to ensure you qualify.

Remember, when buying a new or used car always conduct research! Be sure to check that the vehicle contains features that you are looking for, is reliable and has a good safety rating. Don’t forget to check on any special student discounts and offers available.

If you’re in the Tampa area, consider purchasing a new Lincoln or used car. From the new Lincoln MKZ, to a certified pre-owned Lincoln MKX or Ford Fusion, Parks Lincoln of Tampa is here to help you find the car you’ve been searching for.

Stop by our Lincoln dealership at 10505 North Florida Avenue, or give us a call, (800) 398-7989 to discuss our available options.

Congratulations graduates!



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New Year’s Resolution Maintenance Tips for Lincoln Owners

The New Year is here and during this time of the year in most parts of the country, winter season is in full force – meaning drivers should winterize their cars to keep them running smoothly. In Tampa, while the climate remains mild, it’s still important for auto owners to service their cars with seasonal maintenance.

Brake Inspection

From oil changes, to checking tire pressure, Parks Lincoln of Tampa has a list of the top five New Year’s resolution maintenance items to help you stay on the road longer this season!

  1. Check Tires. It’s important to periodically check the condition of your Lincoln’s tires. Ensure all tires are properly inflated, as well as obtain good tread. Reference your owner’s manual for the appropriate psi levels.
  2. Change Oil. Has your auto’s oil been changed recently? Engine oil should be checked monthly, with oil changes as recommended by your owner’s manual or local dealership.
  3. Replace Wipers. It’s recommended to replace your wipers at least every 6 months. If you notice any wear and tear or loss of flexibility, be sure to switch out your wipers immediately.
  4. Check Battery. Having starting problems are never fun or convenient for anyone. If you haven’t already done so this season, have your battery checked to make sure its fully charged. To help extend your battery’s life, occasionally treat your battery and clean it to keep electrical corrosion at bay.
  5. Inspect Brakes. One of the most important safety features on your Lincoln are the brakes. Stop by Parks Lincoln of Tampa or your local car dealership and have your brakes inspected by a trained technician.

While there are more maintenance procedures to follow, these five tips will give you a jump start on maintaining your car this season. If you will be traveling to colder climates, check your antifreeze and be sure you use a 50/50 mix to avoid freezing. When it comes to taking care of your Lincoln don’t wait until you start to notice issues, prep your car and stay a step ahead and on the road!

Schedule your next service maintenance appointment at Parks Lincoln of Tampa. Use our online scheduler or call, (888) 467-4907. To help you save money this season, visit our parts and service specials.