Five Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day - Dixon, IL
Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Dixon, IL

For many couples, dinner and a movie is a common way to celebrate Feb. 14. If you’re craving something new, though, here are some unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day to help rekindle the romance.

Homemade Chocolates

A new spin on the classic “cooking dinner together at home” date, buy some chocolate molds and chocolate to melt. You can buy sprinkles as well as different colors and flavors to the chocolates you create.

Ice Skating (or Roller Skating)

February is a great time of the year to go ice-skating. Can’t balance? It’s a great opportunity to hold hands. If you’re really a lost cause, however, consider heading to the roller rink instead for a fun alternative.

Dance Classes

Sign up for a dance class with your Valentine to add something fun and new to your routine. The best part is you’ll walk away from the experience with a new skill to show off.

Spa Day

Many spas offer special couples’ packages around Valentine’s Day. Get a massage, do a face mask, or light some scented candles for some aromatherapy.

See a Live Show

There’s something about seeing a live performance — whether it’s a theater production, your favorite band, or even stand-up at a comedy club — that’s exciting and unlike anything else.

Need a new vehicle to further impress your date? Stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to browse our shiny new 2020 models.

3 New Year’s Eve Parties near Dixon

New Year’s Eve Parties - Dixon, IL
New Year’s Eve Parties – Dixon, IL

You don’t have to go far from Dixon to find fun New Year’s Eve parties in northern Illinois. Try these three venues for an upbeat way to welcome 2020.

Lake Carroll Clubhouse

Closest to Dixon is the 2020 New Year’s Eve Celebration at Lake Carroll. Not only is a night to ring in the new decade but a full night of entertainment. Try your hand at five courses in the dinner beforehand, the Comedian Jay Harris in the middle, and the band Outlaws & Angels to bring things to close. $50 a person.

Bar Louie Geneva

The bar in Geneva will be saying goodbye to the year and decade on Dec. 31 with a huge party focused around the Roaring 20s. You can either come free with a champagne toast, or upgrade for $50 for the elite package. You can get the toasts, appetizers, and four drinks at the elite level. Don’t forget the Instagram photo contest! Period attire encouraged but not required.

Vargo’s Dance

For a less formal experience with lots of dancing, try the New Year’s Eve Dance Party 2020. For $25 you can get access all night to hustle, swing, salsa, cha cha, rumba, West Coast swing, and foxtrot music at 8:15 p.m. Have a champagne toast and White Castle sliders as you party the night away. The dress code is lenient but steer clear of jeans.

Ken Nelson Toyota wishes you a happy (and safe) New Year’s. Remember to call us to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment, if you haven’t done so already.

OEM Accessories for Your Tacoma This Winter

OEM accessories for your Tacoma  - Dixon, IL
OEM accessories for your Tacoma – Dixon, IL

The Toyota Tacoma is an excellent option for winter travel. With these winter-ready OEM accessories for your Tacoma, you can get this full-size truck even more prepared for the coldest months of the year.

All-Weather Floor Liners

There are lots of interior accessories designed specifically for the Tacoma, and all-weather floor liners are a must-have for winter months. They’re easy to clean, and fit the Toyota interior perfectly, keeping snow, ice, and slush from damaging floors.

Low-Profile Soft Tonneau Cover

Work doesn’t stop in the winter, so having a Tonneau cover for your bed is essential if you want to keep your cargo protected from the weather. The cover is weather-resistant, so while it’s not completely weatherproof, it’s still enough to protect your things from snow and sleet during a day’s work and commute. 

Cargo Tote for Winter Emergency Kit

During winter, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for an emergency. In addition to regular emergency items, like those included in the Emergency Assistance Kit, it’s smart to add winter-specific things, like an extra ice scraper or extra warm clothing. You can buy a Toyota Cargo Tote for your Tacoma to help you keep everything together and ready in case of an emergency.

Call us here at Ken Nelson Toyota to find out which other OEM accessories would be perfect for your Tacoma this winter.

Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models

Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models |  Dixon, IL
Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models

For the 2020 model year, Toyota introduces two new trim levels for the Tundra. This brings its total amount of model and trim configurations up to 17.

The two new trims for the Tundra full-size pickup are the TRD Sport Premium and the TRD Off Road premium. The new TRD Off Road Premium elaborates on the regular Off Road model by adding Connected Services by Toyota and other features like premium audio and navigation. Other upgrades include leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring and a spray-in bed liner.

Of course, the TRD Off Road Premium also comes with all of the features of the base Off Road trim, like the Bilstein shock absorbers, all-terrain tires and fuel tank protector plates.

The new TRD Sport Premium embellishes the TRD Sport trim. It adds many of the same features that the TRD Off Road Premium adds to the TRD Off Road, such as navigation and premium audio.

These two new trims are perfect if you want high-end luxury, but still need to have a TRD-level of off-road capability. However, if you prefer a trim with the most functionality, tech, and comfort on the inside, go with the range-topping 4×4 CrewMax Platinum trim.

Experience the two newest versions of the Tundra for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive them.

Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle

Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle in Rockford IL

If you love an off-road proficient vehicle or anything that shows off with unique styling, you’ll be drooling over the Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle. This quirky, capable SUV waves goodbye to classic curvy, car-inspired styling in favor of boxy, bold styling. Four doors make it easy for the whole crew to join in on an off-road adventure in this four-wheel drive crossover, but modern styling allows the back doors to blend in with the sporty silhouette, which includes rugged overfenders and large tires ready to venture off the pavement.

Inside, the Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle has a spacious and versatile space that can be used for passengers and cargo alike. The rear seats fold flat in order to make room for all your gear, and the rear cargo floor slides out to provide even more space. Topside tracks allow you to secure cargo, while the Multi-Hatch rear door provides easy access, with the ability to both swing open or fold up like a classic hatchback.

With a distinct exterior design, a spacious, versatile interior, and an off-road ready, highly capable performance, the Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle could be the perfect new crossover for those looking for something that can travel effortlessly both on and off the pavement.

Pay tribute to the progressive direction that Toyota is pursuing with the FT-4X Concept Vehicle when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to take a new 2020 model for a test drive.