2021-08-10 | New Roads Magazine

Picnic Styled

With a little technology, imagination, a healthy appetite, and your trusty Chevy Blazer, the perfect picnic is only a click away.

The core idea of a picnic is universal. Bring together summer skies and green spaces with food, and you’ve got an almost unbeatable recipe for a chilled-out afternoon. Even utensils are optional. While breaking bread with friends outdoors is a common pleasure, the way you might fill your picnic basket has changed dramatically over the last few years. Food delivery services have exploded in popularity, meaning once-regional specialties can now be had anywhere, often with only a day’s notice. Transplants from culinary hubs across the country can nosh on a perfect kosher pastrami sandwich, luxuriant lobster rolls, or cookies from a hometown bakery. With just a smartphone and a dream, anyone can design their own version of a perfect picnic. Having a Chevy Blazer doesn’t hurt, either.

 

Innovation has reached your next Chevy, and your picnicking peripherals too. Blankets have gotten more packable, accompanying tunes transitioned from AM radio to streaming, and getting to your favorite spot is more comfortable than ever. The 2021 Blazer offers loads of cargo space for even the plumpest picnic spread, roomy rear seating if you invite a few friends for a day in the sun, and the technology you need to help locate that perfect spot. Follow along for many flavors of al fresco inspiration.

The Details Matter

BLAZER RS

SEATS

UP TO 5

3.6L V6

ENGINE

64.2
CU. FT.

MAX CARGO CAPACITY

The Blazer is an ideal companion to a stylish picnic on a number of fronts. To start, you won’t be limited if you want to venture far afield. With a simple twist of a dial, the Driver Mode Selector lets you adjust your Blazer’s performance on challenging roads and surfaces, including an Off-Road setting for vehicles equipped with available All-Wheel Drive.

 

Big public spaces like city parks are the go-tos for picnicking spots, but don’t be afraid to push the envelope a little, too. A place to sit and eat while looking at water will rarely steer you wrong, be it a beach, a grassy hill overlooking a river, or within earshot of a babbling brook in your own backyard. Hey, even a rooftop patio or little-used front porch can house a great picnic — let the moment be your guide.

 

Whether your indulgence is an extra-large pepperoni or a slab of cheese and a hunk of bread, a memorable day outdoors is the goal. While the details are delicious, there’s no one recipe to get it right. The perfect picnic style is perfectly personal.

Outdoor Style

A wicker picnic basket is a classic, and insulated ones add practicality. Throw in a washable blanket for easy cleanup. Packing everything in your Blazer is a cinch; there’s more than enough room for your fellow outdoor enthusiasts and any number of creative food courses.

Tech Style

There’s nothing new about bringing your favorite music along with your picnic basket, but Bluetooth® connectivity allows the song to move seamlessly from your Chevy Blazer to your blanket. Switch over to a Bluetooth speaker and bring your chillest playlist to the great outdoors. Also, now you can get available Alexa Built-In right in your vehicle, making music streaming a snap.

Sweet Style

From a fresh fruit salad to a decadent slice of cake, adding something sweet to the cooler will help make picnic day even more memo­rable. We love to pack a variety of small bites: a sampler of mini cakes, a bevy of baklavas, even an assortment of chocolate confections. Just a little bit of sugar will make your Chevy summer oh so sweet.

Regional Style

The explosion of online food delivery websites and apps means you no longer have to stick with local cuisine for a fresh picnic experience. In fact, you can let your taste buds “travel” with just a few clicks. Build a picnic around Nashville’s legendary hot chicken, BBQ from Texas or North Carolina with some classic Southern sides, or even a heat-and-eat crawfish boil from the Gulf Coast. The internet has never been so delicious.

Mobile Style

With an available Wi-Fi® Hotspot, it’s easy to stay connected in your Blazer. Connect a smartphone to your hotspot to order a perfect picnic lunch. Restaurants and grocers alike now offer curbside pickup and delivery. And companies like Goldbelly let you order from food purveyors all over the country.

Vegan Style

While plenty of us still get down with a nice piece of chicken and some potato salad, folks working with plant-based diets don’t have to stay home. Fresh fruit and crudités have always tasted better out of doors, but these days you can expand the menu to include meat-free burgers, wings, and dogs. We even found vegan burnt ends … and loved every barbecue-y bite.

STORY: SEYTH MIERSMA / PHOTOGRAPHY: JENNY RISHER / STYLING: STEPHANIE POTTS / ANIMATED ILLUSTRATION: ADAM HAYES

*The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Go to my.chevrolet.com/learnAbout/bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle. Full Bluetooth feature functionality varies by device, model, and software version.

  • Functionality is subject to limitations and varies by vehicle, infotainment system, and location. Select service plan required. Certain Alexa Skills require account linking to use. Amazon, Alexa, Echo and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. See onstar.com for additional details.

  • Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active OnStar service and paid AT&T data plan. See onstar.com for details and limitations.

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