Winter 2018 Vol. 9 Issue 1
Greetings from Grande Shores!
The warm days of spring are just around the corner but there is still time to enjoy less crowded beaches, top attractions, great shopping, and the best golf along the Grand Strand this winter. Now is also the perfect time to book your beach vacation. The earlier you book, the more you save! To make your reservation at Grande Shores please call 1-877-290-0897 or check our rates online.
News from Grande Shores
The winter months are a busy time of year for our engineering department at Grande Shores. A number of property improvements are underway or complete as we prepare for our busiest months of the year.
Upgrades include new tile and paint in needed areas, and door and trim replacements.
"We have a great crew of people who do really nice work for us so we can offer our guests the very best possible accommodations," says General Manager Debbie Braden. "We are excited to show these improvements to our guests."
Other improvements include a revamped fitness center. "We wanted to bring a fresh look to the fitness center," she said. New walls, upgraded lighting, a new 50 inch television, and inspiring wall stencils make for a more inviting space. "There is no need to stop your fitness routine while vacationing, unless you just want to," she said.
Employee Recognition: Jenna Hillman
Jenna Hillman, our Assistant General Manager, was recently recognized for her 15 years of service.
She was honored during our employee holiday party and presented with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Jenna started her career in hospitality at Grande Shores as an assistant night auditor. She quickly was promoted to night manager and front desk manager.
Jenna always puts our guests first and works to ensure your vacation at Grande Shores exceeds your expectations. She is a natural leader and sets a great example for our staff.
Congratulations to Jenna! We say a big thank you to her for being a part of our team at Grande Shores.
Valentine's Dinner & Romance Package
Make your valentine feel special this year with a romantic beach getaway at Grande Shores.
Shoreline Cafe is offering a delicious three-course Valentine's Dinner on February 10th. The dinner is priced at just $21 per person plus tax and gratuity. The menu includes your choice of Grilled Salmon with Dill Cream Sauce, Sautéed Chicken Breast, or Ribeye Steak, an appetizer or salad, and dessert.
Add our in-room sweetheart package to really get the sparks flying. This package includes a bottle of champagne and chocolates upon arrival and a romantic rose petal turndown service one evening.View the full menu and package information
Grande Shores Photo Contests
Thank you to everyone who participated in our "The Best of Myrtle Beach" photo contest. We truly enjoyed viewing all of the wonderful vacation photos that were submitted.
Keshia P. has been selected as winner of our "The Best of Myrtle Beach" photo contest! Her stunning photo featured a rainbow over the ocean. Runners up include Beverly D. and Daniel G. Congratulations to the photographers of these beautiful photos!
We are excited to announce our new photo contest, "Grande Adventures at Myrtle Beach" which will run through June 8, 2018. The 1st place winner will receive a $300 resort credit and two runners up will receive a $100 resort credit each! Submit your photo
or view the contest gallery
Meet Star Agent Michelle Terry
It takes more than a beautiful beach and inviting property to make Grande Shores a top vacation destination along the Grand Strand. Our guests are always a priority and top employees like Michelle Terry offer quality customer service and genuine hospitality before they even become guests.
The Star Agent for 2017 is no stranger to the top-performing role in our reservations department. Michelle got her start with the company five years ago and has twice earned the prestigious title.
"I'm very excited," Michelle says, adding that everyone in the reservations department deserves recognition. "All of them work hard. I love them and they are good to work with."
Michelle thrives in the upbeat and friendly environment. She enjoys working with people and puts her outgoing personality, good listening skills, and positive attitude to work every day.
"It's rewarding to help guests take the first step toward planning vacations of a lifetime," she says, "I'm always ready to help them get what they want."
News from the Beach
Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show
The Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show is to be hosted on April 28-29, 2018 at the Myrtle Beach International Airport.
The first air show for the Myrtle Beach area in over a decade will feature the Blue Angels, who will perform in the gold-and-blue F-18 Hornets. Additional performers include the USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team, USSOCOM Para-Commandos Parachute Jump Team, GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, and more. There will also be a Veteran's Parade of Honor to show respect to those that served America.
For more information, visit www.wingsovermyrtlebeach.com
From The Golf Desk
I would like to thank everyone for a great 2017. Your business and loyalty is greatly appreciated by all of us here at Grande Shores.
Our golf team strives to give you the best service in the Myrtle Beach area. As the golf market changes, we are here with you every step of the way to ensure your golf trip is everything you want it to be.
As the majority of golf courses in the area move to dynamic pricing models, we are here to help make things easy for you. Put our expertise to work for you in booking tee times only or full packages with accommodations in the price range you need. With prices constantly changing and dependent upon demand, we are here to identify the best deals for you. Our knowledge of new technology and pricing models allows us to help you take advantage of more options. Get the best tee times at better courses in a lower price range then you might expect.
Our golf department is growing to meet your needs. Our newest team member, Dave Walker, joined our team January 16th and brings more than 20 years of experience in the Myrtle Beach Golf industry.
Don't forget, the earlier you book, the lower the rates will be! Book for just $100 down. Plus, you can always change a course or two if needed!
We wish you the best of luck on the green and lots of good times at the beach.
From all of us in the Golf Department,
Scott Thrailkill, Kathy Phillips, Don Herlocker, and Dave Walker
Guest Comments "Our Christmas gift to each other this year was to go to Grande Shores! When we arrived and all throughout our stay, Brian at the front desk made our stay enjoyable. Brian and all your staff are very pleasant and very accommodative. It was our 3rd trip to Grande Shores and I can't wait for trip #4. Thank you all at Grande Shores for all you do to make our vacation an enjoyable one." Margaret S., 12/23/17 after a 5 night stay
"Always a nice stay. Property is well maintained, very nice staff to help. We are repeat customers!"Jennifer P., 1/13/18 after a 2 night stay
"I really like the location. When I come in the summer, the beach area is very nice, not overly crowded. The rooms are roomy, a lot of space that one can move around without bumping into stuff." Anita K., 12/27/17 after a 3 night stay
Read more guest comments.
Fun in the Sun
There is never a lack of fun things to see and do in the Myrtle Beach area. Below are some tips to help you have the best Myrtle Beach vacation possible!
- Get to the beach early in the day: If it's going to be a beautiful day, there's nothing wrong with heading to the shore earlier rather than later. It's not usually as crowded, and although the water may seem a bit cooler than it will be at 2:30PM, it will still feel refreshing and wonderful. The sun doesn't shine as intensely in the morning either. Afterward, you'll have plenty of time to move inside to the indoor pools for a break from the sun!
- Check out at least one sunrise: One of the best parts about being on vacation is not waking up by an alarm clock. However, make sure to set an alarm at least once during your trip so you can get up early to see the sunrise over the ocean. It will surely be a sight you won't forgot. Early morning is also the perfect time to look for shells or take a peaceful stroll down the beach before the crowds arrive for the day.
Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 2 10 ounce cans chunk chicken, drained
- 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup Ranch dressing
- 3/4 cup hot sauce
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
- 1 box crackers
- Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm.
- Mix in half the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.