Summer 2018 Vol. 9 Issue 3
|Greetings from Grande Shores!
Summer weather has arrived, bringing an influx of tourists and visitors to the Myrtle Beach area. Families and friends come to the area to experience festivals, attractions and of course, the beach! Many golfers visit to experience the hundreds of golf courses in the area.
Beyond the summer tourist season, we look forward to Carolina Soulfest, hosted annually by Community Movement Alliance, Inc. just over the South Carolina State line in Calabash. This is a family friendly event, held on Saturday September 15, 2018 and features live music, food trucks and a pooch parade and canine costume contest.
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
Ducks Drive Donations for America's Heros
Guests and staff at Grande Shores are raising money to build homes for severely injured veterans.
The resort is hosting "duck races" each week to raise money for the "Smart Home Program."
During the duck races floating carnival ducks are placed in the lazy river. Participants pay $1 per duck or $5 for 6 ducks. Children splash the water to keep the ducks together as they float to the finish line. The person with the winning duck gets a mystery prize.
According to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, "Our mission is to show our gratitude for the sacrifices and service of the U.S. Armed Services returning from war who have been catastrophically injured by building smart technology homes so they can regain their independence."Grande Shores has raised about $300 to donate to the charity so far.
Kids can enjoy the duck race with our children activities group.
Children are having a blast participating in the Children's Activities at Grande Shores.
When the little ones join the group they can participate in numerous fun filled activities specially planned for them. Kids can kick off the fun every day of the week through Labor Day.
The following activities are being offered:
Enjoy a sand castle competition, try to win a wacky relay race, cool off with pool games and create arts and crafts Tuesday:
Participate in lawn games, enjoy a seashell search, splash around with pool games, and make arts and crafts Wednesday:
Join a shark tooth hunt, test your speed in a wacky relay race, enjoy the water with pool games and create arts and crafts Thursday:
Let the fun begin with lawn games, join a seashell search, escape the heat with pool games, and create arts and crafts Friday:
Join a sand castle competition, have fast fun with a wack relay race and splash around with our pool games Saturday:
See what you can find in a shark tooth hunt, push past the finish line in wacky relay races, enjoy the water with pool games and a duck race Sunday:
Play lawn games, participate in a seashell search, join in on pool games and create arts and crafts
All children are welcome to participate in the Children's Activities.
New Smart TV's
Grande Shores has a new smart TV program that harnesses the comfort and convenience of the digital age. Smart TVs have been installed in all standard hotel and efficiency rooms.
When guests turn on the TV they will see options on the home screen to browse the web, explore smart apps, access WIFI, review hotel information, plan for summer activities, select onsite dining, check the weather, peruse through a TV guide and more.
The smart TV allows guests to have direct access to hotel telephone numbers. Additionally, Guests can find directions on how to use the room phone. Guest can also learn more about attraction tickets, amenities, onsite restaurants and checkout information. Pandora, Hulu, YouTube and Crackle are installed on all of the smart televisions.
Employee Spotlight: Donald Venatter
We have a new addition to our great team!
Donald Venatter joined the Grande Shores team this spring as our new Night Manager.
Donald Venatter is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University where he studied Elementary Education. Venatter is currently attending Patten University pursuing his master's in Business Administration with an emphasis on hospitality management. Originally from Kitts Hill, Ohio he moved to Myrtle Beach in May of 2013 to attend school, fell in love with the area and stayed.
During his free time Venatter enjoys boating on the water and visiting historical land marks. Join us in welcoming Venatter to the Grande Shores Family.
IT Team Member takes a "Ride to Remember"
Every year, Mark Gillis, Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts IT, rides his bike to raise money for "A Ride to Remember."
This race is a 3-day charity ride taking cyclists across the state of South Carolina to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
This years' race was from July 13, 2018 - July 15, 2018.
The ride is 252 miles long. The first 2 days of the ride are spent riding on mountains and hills. The 3rd and final day is spend on flat ground which takes cyclist from Orangeburg to Charleston. Gillis has participated in the event the past 4 years and says his family is his inspiration.
"My great-grandparents, my grandparents, all suffered from dementia, I grew up watching that, and not understanding it at all. It is actually one of the few things that still terrifies me, I don’t want to see anyone’s family have to suffer from that, and I do not ever want to be a burden on my kids," says Gillis. Gillis goes through a vigorous process to prepare for this event.
"So far this year I have accumulated about 2000 miles on bikes, leading up to the event. Staying hydrated, becoming accustomed to being in the heat and sunshine, and trying to maintain some semblance of proper nutrition is vital. Also, as a bicycle mechanic myself, taking care to tune my bike is vastly important," says Gillis.
Grande Shores employees made and sold baked goods to support Gillis' effort. The resort raised $600 to donate to "A Ride to Remember".
Debbie Braden, Grande Shores General Manager enthusiastically cheered Mark on for the ride saying, "Go Mark! We are proud of you! Ride like the wind, or maybe just a little slower. Ride safely!"
If you are interested in participating in a biking event Gillis emphasizes the importance of putting safety first.
Gillis says, "Begin training now. 252 miles in the SC summer heat is grueling, for everyone... Then, take your bike to your local bike shop, get it evaluated for suitability to a ride of this magnitude. If it’s not, get a better bike. Then ride it, a lot. Preparation will enable you to complete the ride and do so in safety." Learn more about "A Ride to Remember" here.
Clowning Around for a Cause
On Thursday May 24, 2018 Grande Shores raised money for Red Nose Day.
Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh.
According to Comic Relief USA, "Every year, thousands across America buy Red Noses at Walgreens and go Nose to Nose to raise awareness and funds to help children in need. Then, in late May, the nation comes together to wear our Red Noses and tune into NBC for a special night of prime-time programming celebrating Red Nose Day."
Grande Shores employees paid to wear casual attire to work on Red Nose Day. Proceeds raised during the dress down day were donated to the Red Nose Day Campaign.Grande Shores raised $82 to donate to the cause.
News from the Beach
Carolina Soulfest is a day of engagement, education, entertainment, and empowerment designed to help people make choices to become their healthiest selves.
The festival focuses on the health and wellness needs of families. Attendees will learn about nutrition, fitness, green living, therapeutic benefits of art and more.
The Carolina Soul Festival will host a variety of vendors who will offer health and wellness information from local medical professionals, fitness demos, a children's obstacle course, product demonstrations along with arts and crafts.
Festival attendees will be able to sample and purchase products for skin care, gardening and pets. Vendors will be selling a variety of health and wellness products including jewelry, clothing, kombucha, paddle boards, art and more!
The festival will be held on Saturday September 15, 2018 besides Movement Works, located at 9480 Ocean Highway West, Calabash, NC 28467.
For more information, visit CarolinaSoulFestival.com
From The Golf Desk
Summer is in full swing, but fall is just a chip shot away! There is still time to think about booking your fall golf package. Choose from a variety of special golf packages and rates.
With the dynamic pricing the courses have implemented along with the extra perks and bonuses, the earlier you book the better the price and the better the tee times will be. Tee times are at a premium right now so don’t delay.
Whether it's for fall, winter, or getting a head start on the spring season, we have the package for you. Packages can be booked for just $100 down.
We also offer 48 hour specials on golf for last minute tee time bookings.
Our great golf team consisting of 3 golf experts have over 50 years of combined experience. They are more than happy to assist you with booking tee times only or full packages with accommodations and golf to fit any of your needs or budget.
We wish you a wonderful summer and hope to see you in the fall!
From all of us in the Golf Department,
Kathy Phillips, Don Herlocker, and Dave Walker
Guest Comments "The views are amazing! The few steps to the beach is awesome and the kids activities are an added bonus to help ensure my kids have a wonderful time. We look forward to next year already and we just returned." Mary G., 6/10/18 after a 4 night stay
"We stay at Grande Shores every year and always have a relaxing vacation. The rooms are comfortable and the staff is very accommodating. We love the view from our private balcony. The resort has everything you could need, from the pools, the hot tubs, and the fitness center. Everything is well maintained and updated to keep it new and fresh." Brian and Denise S., 6/03/18 after a 6 night stay
"I enjoyed the friendly staff, clean room, closeness to the oceanfront and the friendly texts received throughout my stay asking if I was enjoying my stay... receiving the text made me feel safe as I came alone to Myrtle Beach, thank you for making me feel safe!!!" Loretta J., 6/03/18 after a 2 night stay
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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!
Seashell Hunting Tips
Plan your search around the tides, and start searching during the day’s first low tide where the wet and dry sand meet.
If you are trying to catch large shells the water’s edge is ideal because these shells are often too heavy for the tide to bring in. Try getting to the beach immediately after a storm, you will increase your chances of spotting an unbroken shell the storm has kicked up.
Never take a live shell, sea urchin or sand dollar from the beach. Dead sand dollars are white and smooth without any hair, while live ones are brown and covered with short hairs. Many other shells, including whelks and the lettered olive, may have live inhabitants hiding inside. If you're in doubt, don’t take the shell!