Greetings from Grande Shores!
Autumn is perfect at the beach! The heat and humidity of summer has given way to milder days with brisk mornings and clear nights. The traffic jams of summer are gone and the lines at attractions have disappeared. The golf clubs are swinging and the fish are biting. The delicious oyster is starting to make its annual appearance on menus around town and every weekend there's a festival or something equally exciting to do. If you've never experienced fall at the beach, it's not too late to book your getaway! Our vacation planners are awaiting your call...
News from Grande Shores Snowbirds
Fall marks the return of our beloved snowbirds. It's not hard to see why they keep coming back to Myrtle Beach! We have nearly sixty miles of beautiful sandy beaches and so many activities for them to enjoy.
One of the biggest reasons that snowbirds enjoy their annual trip is the escape from the bitter cold winters of their hometowns. They come here to enjoy the mild winters that we have at the beach, so finding something to do outdoors is a must. Even though we are surrounded by tons of shopping, dining and world-class shows, Myrtle Beach State Park offers a magnificent outdoors escape from all of the hustle and bustle. It's one of the last remaining maritime forests in the United States and is the perfect location for a long stroll or picnic!
Another fun snowbird activity is fishing. Thousands of anglers come to Myrtle Beach during the fall to enjoy the bountiful fishing this area has to offer. One great place to wet your line is the Apache Pier, which is located just about two miles north of Grande Shores. You don't even have to have a fishing license to fish from the pier. No worries if you forgot your fishing equipment! You can easily rent rods and reels from the tackle shop on the pier!
If golf is your game, then Myrtle Beach is your place! There are more than a hundred golf courses for you to choose from. Golf courses range from expert level to beginner par 3 courses, which don't even require a full set of clubs to enjoy.
Myrtle Beach and Grande Shores are the perfect snowbird destination. Besides the activities listed above, Grande Shores will also be hosting potlucks, bingo, barbecues and more! Painting and Improvements
We are busy getting everything at the resort in tip-top shape for our guests! We started working immediately after Labor Day weekend. It takes every minute of the off-season to get Grande Shores ready for next summer. Pictured is Willer, he comes to us each fall to help paint and do a few repairs. Pumpkin Carving Contest
Every year each department at Grande Shores creates a jack-o-lantern to be entered in our Halloween contest. The winner is voted on by both our Facebook fans and our in-house guests. Please see the front desk or visit the Grande Shores Facebook page
to cast your vote for this year's winner! Also, make sure to check out the Shoreline Café, as it has been festively decorated for autumn. Book Signing
Mr. Daniel Morton, a past guest at Grande Shores, is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and an author. He has served three churches as a senior pastor and is married to Beverly. They have six children and two grandchildren. He currently lives in North Carolina.
Daniel's new book, "Eye of the Ocean" is about a man named Jim Fender who lives on the beach. Jim's wife is murdered and his daughter is kidnapped.
Mr. Morton visited Grande Shores recently and held a book signing in our lobby. We always enjoy having him stay with us and we look forward to seeing him back here at Grande Shores. New Years Eve
Join us as we ring in the New Year at Grande Shores. We have a special dinner celebration planned at Shoreline Café. Our delicious New Years Eve dinner menu
includes the choice of sautéed chicken, blackened grouper or a 10 oz. ribeye. Call for your reservations TODAY!
News from the Beach
Top Ten Things to Do in the Fall in Myrtle Beach 10. Sun Cruz Casino
An afternoon on a Sun Cruz Aquasino is the perfect activity for a fall day! Whether rain or shine, cold or hot, Sun Cruz Casino will surely provide you with a fun day on the water. Sun Cruz will take you on an exciting five-hour gaming cruise! On board, games include bingo, slots, blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, and sports book. You will not leave hungry, either. They also have a delicious buffet! For more information about SunCruz Casinos, please visit suncruzcasino.com/myrtlebeach
. 9. Dining
There are at least 1,650 full-service restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area, many of which are buffet-style. There is something in Myrtle Beach for every appetite! Regional specialties include fresh seafood, chicken bog, she-crab soup, alligator stew, crawfish and hushpuppies. For more information on area restaurants, please visit MyrtleBeachSCRestaurants.com
. 8. Shopping
During your visit to Myrtle Beach this fall, get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping! For shopaholics, the wide array of fantastic stores in the area will keep anyone busy! Shoppers will delight in our shopping malls, factory outlets, specialty shops and flea markets. Visitors can indulge at one of the upscale retail stores at the Market Common or enjoy outdoor shopping complexes like Broadway at The Beach and Barefoot Landing. Bargain hunting is made easy here, too, with two Tanger Outlets Locations offering tons of different name-brand stores to choose from! 7. Legends in Concert
Legends in Concert, "The World’s Greatest Live Tribute Show," is celebrating 30 years as the leader in tributes to the stars of today and yesterday! Beginning on November 1, 2013, Legends in Concert will begin its Holiday Show. Enjoy watching their all-star tribute performers singing the holiday tunes that we all know and love. For more information about Legends in Concert, please visit LegendsInConcert.com 6. Carolina Opry
The Carolina Opry has been entertaining audiences since it opened in 1986. The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, known as "The Christmas Show of The South" will be performing its 28th season beginning on November 1, 2013. The holiday decorations at the Calvin Gilmore Theater are an attraction in themselves. In a one-week shutdown, the dramatic transformation into a winter wonderland begins as the crew spends all night and the entire next week preparing over 35 Christmas trees (including a 30 ft. lobby tree with 25,000 lights), 75 wreaths, over 5 miles of tree lighting wire, countless ornaments, and mounds of holiday snow! Mid-November is the perfect time to enjoy this Christmas classic! It will have you in the holiday spirit and you'll miss all of the holiday rush! For more information about the Carolina Opry, please visit TheCarolinaOpry.com
. 5. Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens, a short drive south of Myrtle Beach, is a national historical landmark with the most significant collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world and it has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas. Brookgreen Gardens is an absolutely beautiful place to visit all year round. It is especially fun to visit during the fall because of the fun exhibits and events that they have going on. Activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, and live entertainment will keep every member of your family entertained and it will ensure that everyone has a wonderful time! For more information about Brookgreen Gardens please visit http://www.brookgreen.org/ 4. Alabama Theatre’s "The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”
Did you know that you could enjoy the Alabama Theatre’s holiday show during the month of November before all of the crowds? The Alabama Theatre will get you in the holiday spirit early when they begin performing their Christmas special “The South’s Grandest Christmas Special” on Friday, November 1st. The Alabama Theatre is one of the best places in Myrtle Beach to celebrate the holidays! With a combination of lighting, scenery, sounds, dance, and a touch of humor, the Alabama Theatre may as well be at the North Pole rather than Barefoot Landing. For starters, you will want to be on time for this show for two reasons, and they are both Ricky Mokel. The first being that the local funny man emcees before and during the show - you will want to catch every minute. And second, you don't want to be he target of his joke for being late. While their holiday show does not start until November, you can catch “One: The New Show” during the week from now until late-October. For more information about the Alabama Theatre, please visit Alabama-Theatre.com 3. Pirates Voyage
Pirates Voyage will once again start its holiday show beginning in November! So see this dinner show early to avoid the usual holiday rush. However, if you will be visiting Myrtle Beach earlier in the fall, you can still catch a show - they offer shows throughout the week. The menu is certainly fit for the hungriest men at sea! This pirate-themed show features song and dance numbers aboard a full-sized ship in a deep-water lagoon. Cheer on your pirate team as they compete for lost treasures. Acrobats, live animals, mermaids and more also make appearances during the show. Be sure to come early to make the rounds at Pirates Village! For more information about Pirates Voyage, please visit PiratesVoyage.com 2. Fishing from The Cherry Grove Pier
One of the best things to do in this area during the fall is fishing from the Cherry Grove Pier. The temperatures are perfect for an afternoon of fishing and the summer humidity is almost non-existent. Red Drum are often caught from the pier during the fall and they have a distinguishing black spot on the upper part of their tail base. The Black Drum, can also be caught from the pier. These fish are bottom feeders with a delicious flaky white flesh. Spots, however, are the fish that everyone waits for. They usually begin running in mid to late October and are very easily caught from the Cherry Grove Pier. Spots are a deep-bodied flat fish with an arched back. A large black spot is set above the upper edge of the gill cover. Don’t have your own fishing rod? No problem! You can rent one from the Cherry Grove Pier! For more information about the Cherry Grove Pier, please visit CherryGrovePier.com
. 1. Golf
The Fall is one of the post popular golf vacation times of the year for The Grand Strand. Many golfers descend on “The Golf Capital of The World” to take advantage of Myrtle Beach’s affordable fall golf packages and the spectacular fall weather. By this time of the year, the summer crowds have gone home, so the beach is less crowded, making room for the Golfers. As the cold and the frost begin to settle in the northeast, the average temperature in Myrtle Beach during the fall is about 75 degrees, which is perfect for a game of golf. Golfers can pack light knowing that they can leave their sweaters and coats at home. As aerification and other golf course maintenance are usually completed over the summer, course greens are usually in pristine condition during the fall season. Bermuda greens thrive in the summer heat, and bent grass loves the cooler air, which makes for perfect conditions on the course during the Fall. For golf specials and reservations please visit Grande Shores' golf page at GrandeShores.com/golf-en.html
Richard Desrosiers is one of our treasured homeowners. He is the owner of unit 834. He enjoys visiting from October to May of each year. Richard and his wife originally bought the condo with the idea of using it between two and three months per year.
When he is here at Grand Shores, Richard enjoys walking on the beach every day and he likes to golf once or twice a week. He also enjoys playing cards with friends in North Myrtle Beach. Richard is also a big fan of the musicals presented by Carolina Forest High School.
Richard Desrosiers has one daughter who enjoys spending time at Grande Shores during the summer season.
We look forward to his arrival at Grande Shores later this month. He is a great guy and we look forward to seeing him around the resort. Last Halloween, he came to our staff party dressed like a police officer. We look forward to seeing him at this year's party with the huge smile that he is always wearing.
Groups High School Reunion
Grande Shores hosted the Pine Forest Senior High School Class of 1978 Reunion the weekend of October 4th. It was their 35th Class Reunion. They enjoyed a meet and greet on our 7th Floor rooftop pool deck and Hawaiian Reunion Dinner on our beautiful oceanfront lawn.
Guests danced the night away to the music of The Painted Man, who put on a great show. The class of 1978 had a wonderful time at Grande Shores and they are already planning their next reunion. We hope they'll be able to come back and do it again! Hamilton Family Reunion, September 27-29 "I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for helping us to make the Hamilton Family Reunion a success. In my opinion, it was the best reunion our family has had and so much of it was due to your support.
The gift that was left in my room was greatly appreciated. My little 18-month-old nephew claimed the ball and bucket. The Grande Shores staff (wait, maintenance, housekeeping, check-in) were great! The service at the dinner was wonderful. Needless to say, the food was superb. I don't know where you get your fruit from, but the breakfast fruit was wonderful. Everything was just wonderful.
I am certainly going to encourage my family to return to Grande Shores for our next reunion. Since I have retired, I will be making more trips to Myrtle Beach and Grande Sores will be my choice for lodging. Again, thank you for all you did to make our Reunion a memorable occasion.
Minnie G. Samuel
Hamilton Family Reunion
Are you looking for the perfect place for your family reunion? Grande Shores has the right space and can accommodate large groups. Let our trained Group Sales staff help you put on the event of a lifetime. Visit us online
for more details and to contact Group Sales, call us at 1-877-624-3680.
Guest Comments "There were different restaurants that were around, and a lot of gift shops. Overall great location. The room was really nice. The staff was very pleasant. I really enjoyed my stay at the Grande Shores resort. I would recommend this place to others." Tanica B., Charlotte, NC via Expedia "We had a wonderful stay at the resort. The party on the lawn below our balcony was very enjoyable. The staff was friendly, helpful and respectful. Our room was clean and comfortable. Having the option of parking on the same level as our room was a definite plus! We look forward to staying here in the future." Donna C., Monroe, NC via TripAdvisor "We have stayed at Grande Shores for several years. It's always very clean, staff is super friendly, parking is great, location is AWESOME. We love EVERYTHING about Grande Shores! The pool and lazy river is great for the kids! We made the mistake of trying a different hotel (daughter wanted to be close to a pier) only to check out the next morning and go back to Grande Shores. We'll never stay anywhere else! WE LOVE GRANDE SHORES!" kvalentine2013, Parkersburg, WV via TripAdvisor
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Fun in the Sun
Monthly Recipe - Apple Crisp
- Sea sponges have no head, mouth, eyes, feelers, bones, heart, lungs or brain - yet they are alive.
- A shrimp's heart is in its head.
- Seahorses are the only animals in which the male, not the female, gives birth and cares for their young.
- Sharks do not have a single bone in their bodies. Instead they have a skeleton made of cartilage; the same type of tough flexible tissue that makes up human ears and noses.
- 6 McIntosh apples, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup flour or fine graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a 9x12 baking dish, combine apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
- In a small bowl, mix flour or graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and butter together using the tines of a fork and your fingers, working until even, small crumbles form.
- Sprinkle topping evenly over apples and bake 15 to 20 minutes until apples are just tender and topping is golden brown.
- Top dishes of apple crisp with small scoops of vanilla ice cream.