Friday, August 25, 2017

Luxury Triangle Adventuring + a day in the Great Outdoors

I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village to spotlight several amazing local businesses in the Village this late Summer and early Fall, in downtown Raleigh. Cameron Village has recently partnered with Jaguar Land Rover Cary and they were kind enough to provide us with a luxury dream car for the day! I was excited to get to drive a Range Rover Sport vehicle this past weekend, the most agile and dynamic of the Land Rover line. Mine was the Turbocharged Diesel SE Td6 model and we spent a little time at the dealership Friday in Cary getting an introduction to the vehicle (including a very entertaining ride over some simulated rough terrain)! These vehicles are amazing!

We started off the morning with the Range Rover in Cameron Village where we loaded up the SUV with all kinds of cool kayaking equipment from Great Outdoors Provision Company. The Range Rover has some amazing high tech features including two sensors on either side of the vehicle for touch-less opening of the tailgate. Simply move your foot beneath either to activate the tailgate to open. Helpful when your arms are full of gear or groceries! Surround cameras are great for getting a 360 view of the car when parking, backing up, etc. I loved the sporty cockpit where the seat feels really comfortable, luxurious and specially made just for you. I knew it was going to be hard to part with this car at the end of the day!

One really unique feature is the head-up display on the window that shows your current speed and the legal speed projected onto the window so you don't have to take your eyes off the road. I also really like the engaging touchscreen display, and USB and charging points are a must.

The SUV is larger than what I'm used to driving but it didn't feel like a large car with it's dynamic handling.  The diesel engine shuts off when you come to a complete stop at a light which seems eco-friendly, fuel efficient plus it's just really quiet. Starts right up when the gas pedal is pressed and there's virtually no delay. The gas mileage on this vehicle is pretty good considering its a 5500 lb vehicle! 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg around town.

We loaded the gear from Great Outdoors Provision Company including NC-made life jackets, paddles, Patagonia waterproof bags, the ultimate camp chair by Helinox and the newest Yeti cooler and bag and headed to Lake Jordan. The back is roomy and plenty of space for gear. I also loved the dual moon roof!

It was my first time visiting Lake Jordan and it's a beautiful spot! Lot's of people there camping, boating, paddling, SUP, having picnics and more. We enjoyed driving the car to the lake on a beautiful crystal clear Saturday morning. The car has blue tooth so we could plug the phone in to listen to our own playlists.

After some lake time we made a quick stop for fresh tomatoes at a local farmer's fruit stand and then drove into downtown Apex for lunch and a little window shopping on main street.  It was time to return the vehicle back to Jaguar Land Rover Cary. It was a lot of fun exploring new places in the Triangle in the seat of luxury for a day!

Thanks again to Jaguar Land Rover Cary and the folks at Great Outdoor Provision Company for a wonderful Saturday out around Raleigh and the Triangle area! UP NEXT: Stay tuned for much more info on all the fantastic gear from GOPC and much more including a cool new Paddle Pro App!

We took a "thrill" ride in the Range Rover over some rough terrain at Jaguar Land Rover Cary

 I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Late Summer/Early Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

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