There are a few memories that will last with you for the rest of your life, and for me, that was my recent experience with Mazda and the 2017 Mazda6.

We arrived at the Montage Palmetto Bluff resort in South Carolina not knowing what to expect. The resort, which is on 20,000 acres, is something you would only see out of a movie. There are so many trees, lakes, bike and walking paths, restaurants, alligators and more. It was really the perfect way to explore the area and learn about what Mazda is as a brand.

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After getting settled, we took an amazing cruise to dinner where we watched the sunset as dolphins swam. During dinner, we had an incredible southern meal with views of the lake and the Mazda MX-5 and CX-9.

The next morning we learned what Mazda is all about. There is so much thought, heart and personal touches put into creating a Mazda vehicle. They focus on what we, the customer, want and our enjoyment on the road. If we aren’t having fun driving, they aren’t doing their job.

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Once the Mazda presentation was over, we grabbed a vehicle to head out on our journey. Mazda had the entire line up of vehicles, including the new 2017 Mazda6 and Mazda3. It had been a while since I have been inside a Mazda vehicle and boy has a lot changed. We took the 2017 Mazda6 , as it was a brand new vehicle and one I have personally never driven in.

Being that it wouldn’t be right to compare the 2017 to the 2016, I will say this…. It’s a beautiful vehicle. It’s also very spacious for a sedan. The white leather interior was beautiful and gave a premium look.

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The model we were driving did have Head Up Display, which is one of my favorite features in the vehicle. I am not sure why the Mazda6 has the head up display on an attached plastic piece on the dashboard, as the 2016 CX-9 has it projected straight on to the windshield, but I do wish Mazda would have done the same with the Mazda6. It just adds a cheaper feel, but, if you’re ok with that, I will still recommend getting this feature. Head Up Display is the perfect way to see the speed limit, how fast you are going, and if anyone is in your blind spot, without ever having to take your eyes off the road.

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Our Journey took us to Hilton Head where we hopped inside a kayak and rowed our way to lunch. This was seriously one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had and one I recommend every one doing. Sure your arms may get a little tired, but imagine being able to row so close to a lot of dolphins and other marine life. We saw dolphins, flying fish, stingrays, and a variety of birds.

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After lunch, we hopped back in the Mazda6 and headed to the resort. My best friend, Kristin, from indeepH20.com, and I had some down time so we switched from 4 wheels to two and explored the property. It was a great way to end our trip and I am dreaming of the day I get to come back here. I’m ready for another adventure.

So how does all this tie Mazda in? It’s easy. Mazda wants us to create memories, explore areas you never knew, cross items off your bucket list, and make you smile. They want their vehicle to be fuel you need for your drive, whatever it may be. They want you to tell the stories from your adventures while sitting in the vehicle, crank up the Bose sound system while you and your family sing to songs, and that’s exactly what I did this weekend. Memories that thanks to the Mazda6, will always be with me.

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If you’re ready for adventure, you can check out the line up from Mazda by visiting mazda.com.

 

*Huge thanks to Mazda for hosting our trip. All opinions are my own.