The Best Places to See Snow in the Bay Area

Here in the Fremont area we don’t see much snow in the winter. And, when it does snow, it isn’t much and doesn’t stay for long. If you want to have some fun in the snow this winter, here are some of the best places to see snow in the Bay area.

playing in the snow

  • Soda Springs. Head northeast about 3 hours to Soda Springs. This is the longest running ski resort and California and offers a wide range of winter fun. From advanced skiing to Planet Kids that is a giant snow playground to tubing, snowman building, and more.
  • Leland Snowplay. This fantastic snow area is located in the heart of Gold Country in Cold Springs. Enjoy tubing and lots of fun playing in the snow and enjoy the amenities of the lodge.
  • Bear Valley Cross Country. Enjoy groomed cross country trails along with plenty of sledding and tubbing hills for plenty of fun for the whole family.
  • Sno-Parks. For a more laid-back snow experience, try visiting any one of the Sno-Parks located off of some of California’s highways. Try Carson Pass, Iron Mountain, or Meiss Meadow, all off of Highway 88.

What is your favorite place to visit the snow in central California?

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter


Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Here in Fremont, we don’t have a traditional snowy winter, but the change in season usually brings more rain and definitely colder temperatures. This means, there are a few things you need to do to get your car ready for winter. Here are a few things you need to have checked. Make sure to read your owner’s manual before you do maintenance on your car.

  • Get caught up on maintenance.

    Your owner’s manual will include a recommended services schedule. If you’ve fallen behind on this schedule, get your car caught up.

  • Resolve engine performance issues.

    If you experience any difficulty starting your car, or have rough idling, stalls, or anything else, get these issues taken care of now before they get worse in colder weather.

  • Inspect your wipers.

    With a wet winter, you want to make sure wipers are ready to do their job. These should ideally be replaced at least once a year. If they are streaking, stuttering, or just not performing they want they should, get some new wipers.

  • Check the HVAC system.

    Make sure your heater and even air conditioning are in good working order. You’ll need your heater to keep you warm and the A/C helps to defog your windows on wet days.

If you need help getting your car ready for winter, schedule a service appointment today at Fremont Scion.

December Events near Fremont, California

December Events Near Fremont, California

As the holiday season kicks into full gear, there are lights, trees, and music all around. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, here are some great December events near Fremont to add to your calendar.

  • Hacienda Crossings Spirit of Christmas. Come see Santa arrive on a horse-drawn carriage on December 10th from noon-2pm at Hacienda Crossings in Dublin. There will also be street entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.
  • Nutcracker. The Valley Dance Theatre will present its 35th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. There will be performances December 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, and 18th.
  • Annual Holiday Mixer. On December 14th from 5-7pm, visit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce for this annual holiday event. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and celebrate the season.
  • Livermore Shakespeare Festival Holiday Celebration. Stop by Swirl on the Square in Downtown Livermore to listen to some holiday readings and celebrate the season on December 14th and 21st at 5:30 and 7:30pm.
  • Christ, the Morning Star. The Catholic Community of Pleasanton will present a musical celebration of Christmas on December 16th at 7:30pm at St. Elizabeth Seton Church.
  • Scrooge: A Christmas Carol – One Man Show. Come experience this classic Christmas tale like never before. Kellan D. Baker takes on all the roles in this family-friendly holiday tale. It will be performed at the Montgomery Theater on December 18th.

Which holiday events are you planning to attend?

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes

Vegetarian Thanksgiving - Squash Lasagna
Squash Lasagna

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a day to gorge out on your favorite foods. But if you’re a vegetarian or if you have a vegetarian at your Thanksgiving dinner, eating and cooking can be more challenging. Here are some vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes that’ll be just as satisfying as the giant turkey.

Squash Lasagna

Who knew how yummy squash could be? In a lasagna, it’s simply delicious when paired with cream cheese and lasagna noodles. It’s even more filling than turkey!

Roasted Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be delicious when you roast them. They’re quick to make (just 15 minutes) and are crisp and tasty when you add olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Freshly chopped herbs add an even yummier taste.

Brocollini and Feta Galette

This dish is visually appealing and great for the taste buds. Make a bowl out of dough and fill it with brocollini (a hybrid between broccoli and kale) and cheese. Then, bake it. The result will be a cheesy, vegetable-y bread bowl.

Roasted-Parsnip Bread Pudding

Who says pudding has to be sweet? You’ll get a combination of savory and sweet with this recipe, which combines parsnips, leeks, cream cheese, and parmesan.

Even if you’re not vegetarian, these dishes look delicious!

The 2020 Toyota Electric Car

Toyota Electric Car - 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV
2014 Toyota RAV4 EV. What could the new 2020 Toyota Electric Car look like?

Toyota is all about innovations. That’s why it’s no shock that they have hinted at an all-new Toyota electric car that is rumored to debut by 2020.

As most car-lovers know, Toyota is all about hydrogen fuel cell technology. That’s why an electric car from Toyota isn’t quite expected. But the Neikkei Asian Review revealed recently that Toyota is actually considering an all-new, all-electric car. This car would supposedly be released in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This idea is so fresh that Toyota doesn’t yet have a team to build the car. This electric-car team will supposedly be formed over the next couple of months in order for Toyota to begin progress on the design of the car.

So far, the only Toyota electric car that has hit the roads is the RAV4 EV. Before Toyota put its name back on Scions, the Scion iQ EV was also an electric car.

What will make this anticipated 2020 electric car different? Well, instead of just a very small release like with the RAV4 and the Scion iQ, this Toyota electric car would be mass-released. It might even gain as much popularity as the Prius!

So keep your eyes peeled, you might be seeing an all-new electric Toyota in the next few years!

Did You Know: Scion-Toyota Transition

Scion-Toyota Transition, 2017 Toyota 86
The new 2017 Scion Toyota 86.

Scion has officially left the automotive market with a job well done. The affordable entry-level brand made negotiations simple with the Pure Price Process and the vehicles offered technologies and features rarely found at such affordable prices.

Those who want an existing Scion model can likely still get them as the brand has joined the Toyota family. Whether you’re a Scion owner or looking to become one, here’s what you need to know about the Scion-Toyota transition from us here at Fremont Scion.


The Scion iA officially joins the Yaris lineup while the Scion iM enters the well-known Corolla family. The Scion FR-S has been rebadged as the Toyota 86 and remains as a standard model of its own. The only model officially leaving the production line for good is the small Scion tC coupe.


Scion’s Pure Price Process revolutionized negotiations for those who needed an affordable car. We’re happy to tell you the Pure Price Process lives on. The Yaris iA, Corolla iM, and Toyota 86 will come at one set-in-stone price.


Since Scion was already under the Toyota umbrella, Toyota will honor all warranties and maintenance deals. Many parts are shared among the Scion and Toyota models, which means there will be parts available for years to come!

Halloween Safety Tips


Halloween Safety Tips

Fall has finally arrived and Halloween is rolling around to kick off the holiday season! Get into the spirit by handing out candy or taking your kids trick-or-treating! Here at Fremont Scion, we have some helpful Halloween safety tips to make your trick-or-treat night an enjoyable one.


Those who plan to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours should keep their lights on at all times and slow down. Put devices, like smartphones, out of sight to avoid the temptation of a distraction. Turn the radio off when driving through neighborhoods as well. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination to avoid any accidents. Don’t forget to check when your local area has it’s trick-or-treat night!


Costumes should fit children well to avoid any accidental injuries from falling. Avoid masks if possible as they can obstruct a child’s view and become a potential hazard. Attach a glow stick to the child’s costume to make them more easily visible among large crowds.


Those new to the neighborhood should ask a neighbor how much candy to have ready for the masses. Parents who are supervising children should teach them the basics of crossing the street and avoid getting distracted by their smartphones and other devices. Keep an eye on the children at all times.

Fall Car Care Tips

fall car care

Here in Fremont, California, we enjoy reasonably mild weather all year round. But, this doesn’t mean that we don’t have to prepare for the change in seasons. As summer transitions into fall, it’s time to do some fall car care. Here are a few maintenance tips to get you started.

Change your wipers.

While Fremont summers are dry, the autumn usually brings more rain. Make sure your wipers are in good condition. If they are leaving streaks, stuttering, or have cracks, it is time to replace them.

Inspect your wheels.

Take a good look at your tires and brakes. Make sure you have adequate tread depth and your brake pads aren’t getting too thin.

Check your lights.

As the days get shorter, you’ll be using your headlights more often. Make sure all the exterior lights are working and aimed correctly so you can see the road and other drivers can see you.

Make sure your heater works.

As the temperatures begin to drop, you want to make sure your heater and defroster are in good working order.

Get an overall car checkup.

Have a trained technician take a look under the hood to check for any potential problems.

Want to schedule a fall checkup for your car? Call the service department at Fremont Scion today.

Back to School Driving Safety

back to school driving

Every morning and afternoon now, millions of students all across the country are heading to and coming home from school. This means, there are more cars, young children, and, of course, school buses on the road five days a week. With this mind, it is a good time to share some back to school driving tips.

Be extra cautious when driving near schools. Young children do not always act predictably, so be vigilant in looking out for students walking or riding their bicycles.

  • Do not block crosswalks
  • Always stop for school crossing guards
  • Always yield to pedestrians, even if you have the right of way
  • Never honk or rev your engine to scare pedestrians

School buses have their own set of road rules that we must all obey. In all 50 states, it is illegal to pass a school bus that has its lights flashing, stop arm extended, and is loading or unloading children. Here in California, if you are convicted of breaking this law, you may face a fine of at least $616. While this may seem harsh, just imagine if the children riding the bus were your children.

For parents dropping off their children at school, remember to load and unload on the same side of the street as the school. In addition, don’t double park and consider carpooling to reduce the number of cars at the school.

With these back to school driving safety tips, we can all finish the school year safe and secure.

2016 Scion iA: Perfect for New Drivers

2016 Scion iA - Fremont, CA
There are many reasons why the 2016 Scion iA offers great value.

The 2016 Scion iA stands out more than you would think! It’s got four doors and plenty of attitude. But thankfully, it doesn’t have attitude where you don’t want it: the Scion iA is the ideal car for new drivers.

So, what makes it so good as a starter car? The price is a great start. The Scion iA is not only affordable to buy with its starting MSRP of $17,595, but it’s an affordable car to own, too. It delivers a more-than-reasonable 42 mpg on the highway, so that gas stations will be a thing of the past. It’s definitely beneficial for teens and their first car!

Another benefit? It’s got power, but not too much! At 106 horsepower, it’ll get you going without putting you on a racetrack. This is a great benefit for teens and their first car, because it’ll lessen the chance of them racing to or from school.

But don’t worry, there’s plenty of entertainment, too. With Bluetooth connectivity, music can be played from your phone and you can make calls and texts all without your hands. So that means safer driving for new drivers!

Check out the 2016 Scion iA today at Fremont Scion!