There are many more things to do in Myrtle Beach than just sunbathe at the beach or by the pool. The following activities are all local favorites and chances are - you won't see them advertised all over town. However, you will have a great time and can brag to all of your friends about how you had all the insider's info on your trip to the beach!
Vereen Gardens, deeded to the Horry County Historical Commission by Jackson Vereen, is home to a variety of wildlife, as well as the historic Vereen Family cemetery, which pre-dates the Revolutionary War. Hiking trails line the park and the scenic marshes. Also, one of the last few unpaved stretches of King's Highway goes through Vereen Memorial Gardens. For more information, please
Myrtle Beach is well-known for its infatuation with miniature golf, so it's only fitting that the area is host to one of the most prestigious comepetitions in the country. Taking place each October, is the Master's National Tournament Pro Mini Golf Championship - the national championship for mini golf. Golfers from all over the country compete for cash and prizes. The course has one-of-a-kind landscaping and a volcano that erupts every twenty minutes. Along with the volcano, you are surrounded by the serene souund of the waterfalls with music from Jimmy Buffet!
La Belle Amie Vineyard is open to the public and hosts many popular festivals throughout the year. Vineyard guests are invited to the wine tasting room to sample their private label wines and a variety of specialty sauces, dressings, mustards and more. The vineyard is part of an old tobacco plantation that has been owned by the Bellamy family since the 1800s. Vineyard specials include Wine Wednesday, Wine Down Friday, or Super Wine Saturday. For more information about La Belle Amie and a schedule of events, please
Island Song Charters will take you on a sailing adventure where you will get to experience the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, setting sail in the calm and protected waters of the Little River Inlet, then continuing your voyage into the Atlantic Ocean. Take a turn at the helm - steering the boat or just sit back and relax. Each charter is private and depending on your adventure, can accomodate up to six guests. Complimentary chips, crackers, sodas, bottled waters, and ice are available. Or you may bring your own food, beverages and adult beverages. For more information about Island Song Charters, please
6. L.W. Paul Living History Farm (Conway)
Visitors to the L. W. Paul Living History Farm will have the opportunity to sample the everyday life of farm living in Horry County between 1900 and 1955. Guests on this working farm can observe and participate in activities that would have been commonplace on traditional family farms. Plowing with mules, making lye soap, grinding grits, blacksmithing, curing meat, preserving vegetables, milking cows, and harvesting crops are only a few hands-on activities that the farm offers. Events at the farm change with the seasons. Please click here
for more information. 5. Visit the Sea Lions at Pirate's Voyage (Myrtle Beach)
Located just outside the Pirate's Voyage Theater, there is an area where you can get up close and personal with the show's stars - the sea lions - and watch them splash around - for free. You may even find yourself making reservations to see them perform in one of their nightly shows. Depending on the time of the year, you may also be able to visit some of the show's other star animals in pens closeby. Click here
for more information about Pirates Voyage and to Purchase Tickets. 4. Tour New South Brewery (Myrtle Beach)
It doesn't get much more hidden than this local gem - just a stones throw from downtown Myrtle Beach. There's plenty of local bars and restaurants that serve their excellent brews - including its Nut Brown Ale, Dark Star Porter, and popular White Ale. But to get a full taste of what New South Brewery is about, why not take a brewery tour? New South offers tours and tastings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. Stay after your tour and drink a few pints on premise and get some growlers filled to bring back to your room. Click here
for more information about New South Brewery 3. Learn How to Shag (North Myrtle Beach)
The Shag is the official state dance of South Carolina. Combined with the region's Carolina Beach Music, it has created a culture all its own - with thousands of shaggers visiting the area each year. Though you may not realize it, Main Street in North Myrtle Beach serves as the epicenter of this culture worldwide. Boasting a number of bars, dance clubs, and other businesses who cater to the crowds who love that laid-back shagger lifestyle. Perhaps the most well known of these clubs is Fat Harolds Beach Club, where you can take shag lessons twice a week. For more information, click here
. 2. Sleep with the Sharks at Ripley's Aquarium (Myrtle Beach)
Do sharks sleep? Find out for yourself at Ripley's Aquarium!
You can count sharks instead of sheep while drifting off to sleep as you spend the night in Ripley's Aquarium Dangerous Reef Tunnel. Unlock the mysteries of the aquarium at night through learning activities that are designed for all ages to enjoy. Enjoy a fun-filled night including a dive show, behind the scenes tour and creature feature scavenger hunt. After you are exhausted from all of these fun activities, drift off to sleep while the sharks keep a watchful eye on you. Other sleepovers such as Midnight Mermaids and Night at The Aquarium are also available. For more information about Sleeping With the Sharks,
please click here
. 1. Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet)
Brookgreen Gardens used to be a true "hidden gem" of the Grand Strand, but the word has gotten out about this local treasure. Luckily, there is so much to do that you can find a new "best-kept" secret each time you visit. Enjoy a stroll through America's Largest outdoor sculpture garden, visit wildlife in the Lowcountry Zoo, or experience the season change during Harvest Home Weekend - and that's just a small part of the fun to be had! For more information about Brookgreen Gardens, please click here
. Myrtle Beach Pelicans News
Back in September, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans announced that they are changing their franchise affiliation - they are now the farm team for the Chicago Cubs!
The Pelicans were affiliated with the Texas Rangers from 2010-2014. Before then, they were associated with the Atlanta Braves. The Cubs organization is excited about the new arrangement, as well as getting the chance to enjoy our wonderful and mild Carolina weather.
According to Pelicans General Manager and Vice President, Andy Milovich, "The Chicago Cubs present an incredible partnership in every aspect. The Cubs strengthen the Pelican's brand in a way that few, if any other major league franchise could. Cubs fans can now visit their furture stars in one of the most iconic vacation destination spots in the US. For more information about the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please click here
. From The Golf Desk
The Myrtle Beach golf industry is making changes in order to provide its golfers with the best rates possible. In past years, our rates have been what is known as static rates. These rates would be valid for specific date ranges and would not change. This is no longer the case for many area courses. The new rates will be constantly changing. As the courses fill up, the more expensive a round of golf will be.
Because of this, we recommend that you book your golf between 3 and 5 months in advance. With these varying rates, we will be able to hold your prices for no more than 14 days - so getting information out to your groups quickly will be very important. We recommend that when you are booking a package, booking all of the tee times as well - to ensure that everyone is getting the same low rate.
The spring rates are out and now we have two golf management groups giving away gift cards when you play 4 or more of their courses. One group has even
upped the gift card to $150 per golfer, for playing at least 5 of their courses - and the card is even valid for same day replays. Winter Golf Deal
Stay 4 Nights and 4 play rounds at Legend's Heathland, Legend's Moorland, Legend's Parkland and Oyster Bay for under $300 per golfer. Package includes: breakfast, lunch, 2 beers each day, plus a prime rib dinner at Shoreline Cafe! For more information or to book this package please call 1-800-682-5699 ext. 5522 Group Sales USA Track and Field
USA Track and Field has announced that Myrtle Beach will be a host city for the 2014 National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, December 10 - December 14, 2014.
There are only three cities in the nation hosting and Myrtle Beach will be one of them! In 2011, this even brought over 2,300 athletes from 46 states and this year Myrtle Beach is expecting to play host to 7,500 athletes!
Grande Shores has been chosen as one of the hotels in Myrtle Beach to house athletes. "We are very proud and excited about welcoming these young athletes to our resort this December" says Debbie Braden, manager at Grande Shores. Carolina Viper Club
We had the pleasure of hosting the Carolina Viper Club during the late summer. They are from the Charlotte, North Carolina area. We always reserve as special place
in our garage for their very special automobiles. They are a really fun group to host. Staff and other guests really enjoy their cars and their smiling faces. Bell-Tokobe Wedding
In October, we had the pleasure of hosting the Bell-Tokobe Wedding. Family members came from all over the country to celebrate with the happy couple. Grande Shores' food and beverage department, led by Jeannie Pearson, provided quite the spread for the wedding guests.
If you would like for us to host your group or event, please visit us online
for more details. To contact Group Sales, call us at 1-877-624-3680.
Employee Spotlight Yesica Cervantes | Engineering
Our featured employee for Fall 2014 is Yesica Cervantes, who is a member of our Engineering Department. Yesica
helps to keep our resort in tip-top shape. She has been a part of our Grande Shores family for about a year.
Yesica is 20 years old and is originally from Mexico, but she has been living in South Carolina since she was six years old. She has loving parents, two youngers sisters, and a younger brother. Yesica has many hobbies including photography,
art, admiring nature, cooking, baking, painting nails, creating elegant hairstyles, and browsing YouTube. She also enjoys going to the beach for walks, watching movies, spending time with her family and getting together with her friends. Along with her work at Horizon at 77th, she is also attending college.
"Yesica is very dedicated and hardworking. She always has a smile to share and her coworkers have the utmost respect for her. We are certainly lucky to have her as a part of our engineering team," says Debbie Braden, manager at Horizon at 77th.
Guest Comments "The staff was kind, courteous and attentitive to our needs. We had an absolutely wonderful stay and would recommend your resort to others." Carol Treece (Carey, OH) via TripAdvisor "This was our 4th vacation staying at Grande Shores Ocean Resort and again we had a wonderful stay. The front desk (especially Josh) were so helpful and nice. All the cleaning staff deserve a HUGE thank you for keeping our suite, hallways, parking garage, elevators, pool area and property immaculate. Our (grown) children and grandchildren can go to the beach all day and then come back into the resort for even more fun in the lazy rivers and swimming pools. We always stay on the 7th floor in the 3 bedroom suite and it is AWESOME!!! Thanks everyone at Grande Shores for everything you do to make vacation's so enjoyable." JammieOhio (Polk, OH), via TripAdvisor "Excellent staff from front desk to restaurant. The hotel was extremely clean with a large bath and plenty of storage. Beds were very comfortable and linen above average. Had a great view of the ocean and all outside areas were very well maintained. Close to shopping and all shows. Would definitely recommend to others and will stay here on future trips to Myrtle Beach." Talonrest (Candler, NC), via TripAdvisor
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you would find this humorous! It is an exchange between a reservation agent and a guest. Front Desk:
How can I help you? Guest:
What was that loud noise that woke me up? Front Desk:
There is a thunderstorm going through the area right now? Guest:
Can you make it stop? Front Desk:
Ma'am, If I could control the weather, I would rule the world
Monthly Recipe - Candy Corn Marshmallow Crispy Rice Treats
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 6 Cups of Miniature Marshmallows
- 12 Drops of Yellow Food Coloring
- 4 Drops of Red Food Coloring
- 6 Cups of Crispy Rice Cereal
- 2 Cups Candy Corn
- Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat.
- Add marshmallows. Cook until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly.
- Remove From Heat
- Stir in food coloring after 45 seconds.
- Add cereal and candy corn. Mix Well.
- Press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray
- Cool completely before cutting into 12 bars. Cut each bar diagonally in half
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature