Every year at Christmas, the staff of Horizon at 77th pauses their busy schedule to enjoy an evening of good food, laughs, gift exchanges, and even a visit from Santa!
Members of our Human Resources and Homeowners Department also had an ugly Christmas sweater party this year. The sweaters were so ugly that no winner was declared!
"Most of the year we are so busy we don't have time to enjoy each other's company," says Debbie Braden, manager at Horizon at 77th. "We work hard together all year and are a real family, so the holidays are very important to us."
This year on Valentine's weekend, the staff of Horizon at 77th and Grande Shores will bring in home-baked goodies that will be sold in our lobby. The event was held a couple of years ago and was a huge success. Our winter monthly guests really enjoyed the bake sale and participated with some homemade treats of their own. We are asking for all of our staff members and their family members to help bake. We hope this will be a lot of fun for our Valentine's guests. All proceeds are donated to a local charity. We believe that sweets sold for a good cause do not have calories!
Duplin Winery Coming Spring 2015
The largest winery in the South, Duplin Winery of Rose Hill, North Carolina has begun construction on the winery's first location outside of North Carolina in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
At 15,000 square feet, the location will be able to comfortably accommodate groups of up to 200 guests for guided wine tastings, making it the largest wine tasting station on the Grand Strand.
The location will also include more than 5,000 square feet of retail space selling Duplin wines, as well as specialty drinks, foods and merchandise.
Located adjacent to Barefoot Landing and Alligator Adventure on Highway 17, the winery is expected to open in Spring 2015.
An award-winning winery, Duplin is known for its "cool, sweet & easy sipping" wines. Its relaxed and fun-filled wine tasting tours are extremely popular, with more than 100,000 guests touring the Rose Hill winery each year.
Duplin is planning to provide the same comfortable, inviting and casual atmosphere at its North Myrtle Beach location.
"My brother Dave and I have dreamed of opening a location along the Grand Strand since the 1990s," said Jonathan Fussell, president of Duplin Wine Family and head of the winery's marketing division.
"We're excited about bringing the laid-back North Carolina wine country experience to the beach. In the wine country of North Carolina, we're serious about our wines but relaxed about life - so our wine tours are just a little different than others that people might have experienced. Our focus is on fun and we try our very best to show our guests a good time. We expect our Grand Strand tasting station to become a gathering place for current Duplin customers visiting the area, and an inviting spot for folks who want to experience our wines for the first time."
Daily guided tours at the tasting station in North Myrtle Beach will offer guests the opportunity to sample a wide variety of Duplin wines as they are entertained with fun facts about muscadine grapes, Carolina winemaking and the Duplin brand.
Corking demonstrations will be accompanied by a presentation about the early days of the winery, when Duplin first sold its wines in Mason jars before moving to more traditional wine bottles.
Now a Duplin tradition, the signature Mason jar remains a popular item among Duplin wine fans and selected varieties of wine are offered in them.
"We're really creating a new North Myrtle Beach attraction," says Fussell. "It's a place where folks can relax, listen to some music, and learn a little more about wine. We expect to host groups, parties and families. Adults will enjoy it, and kids will too. In addition to our wines, we'll be serving our patented "Sweetzer" frozen drinks - which can be made in non-alcoholic versions. We think families will find this a unique attraction that everyone can enjoy."
Duplin Winery is the largest wine production facility on the East Coast. Both Dave Fussell, Jr., who serves as president and CEO of Duplin Winery, and Jonathan Fussell are extremely involved in the day-to-day operation of the winery, leading tours and tastings, and having a hand in the winemaking process.
"We believe in being hands-on at Duplin," says Jonathan Fussell. "We're proud to share our sense of family and commitment to excellence with the guests we have, and we're looking forward to making a lot of new friends at our new North Myrtle Beach tasting station." From The Golf Desk
Spring is just around the corner and let me tell you it is shaping up to be a good one. The golf booking season is among us and in order to help you out, I though I would give you some information on the Myrtle Beach golf market.
Some of you may have heard by now, there is a new group of investors that have purchased at least 9 courses in the area. Some of the courses included were TPC, World Tour, River Hills, Aberdeen, and more. This company known as “Founder’s Group International” has a new two and 3 play rates that look really good, especially if you can get here before March 19th.
Also, back by popular demand the $100 reward card is back for the spring, but it has a competitor that provides some really good options. The East Coast group has brought in a 4 and 5 round special that is really good. If you play 4 rounds with EC they will provide you with a $100 gift card, but if you can book 5 rounds, they will bump that $100 up to $150. Now that is value. With so much going on you may have a few questions so please do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-418-0434 to find out the details. One last note, with gas prices dropping; making travel much more affordable I would expect to see tee times going faster than they have in the last 3-5 years. Please keep this in mind when getting your quotes that if you wait too long the course you want to play may not be available when you’re ready to book.
Group Sales Gator Lite
"Just a quick email to say thanks to you and your staff for their efforts over the past week. The lads who attended the golf trip were very pleased with the food and beverage service offered to us. The Golfer's Reception and Thursday night buffet was a hit. Breakfast buffets plentiful and nourishing. Dining in the evening and cocktails along the 'bar' line - well what can I say about that other than the lads wore out their pants. Lots of laughter was heard as well! Already looking forward to my next visit." Dave Lahey
Employee Spotlight Jenna Hillman | Assistant General Manager
Jenna Hillman has been with our company since 2004. She came to us as a part time night auditor.
Her strong work ethic and many talents brought us to promote her to night manager and then to front office manager.
"I have worked with Jenna for almost 7 years and it was a great pleasure to promote her to our Assistant GM." says Debbie Braden, manager of Horizon at 77th. "She has always stepped up to handle issues outside her responsibilities as front office manager without hesitation."
We know that many of our loyal guests will know Jenna as the person who always works diligently to make them happy in anyway possible! Congratulations to Jenna for receiving this much deserved promotion.
Guest Comments "Very nice place to stay in Myrtle Beach. Very clean. The people at the front desk are excellent - very, very helpful!! The beach is only a 5 minute walk away. I heartily recommend this place to anyone going to Myrtle Beach." Bunnyv1969 (Bell Vernon, Pennslyvania). "My husband and I stayed with you guys for the first time this weekend. We had a great experience and the hotel was so clean and the garage so well lit. However the point of this email is to tell you about your staff member Michelle that was working the front desk for a majority of our stay. To put it simply- she was wonderful! She checked us in Friday night and was very informative about a couple of scams going on and was so polite. We have stayed at many hotels and I think she is the most pleasant person I've ever dealt with. I just want to thank you for a wonderful stay and an extraordinarily pleasant front desk." Rene Storey “My daughter decided she wanted to visit the beach for her Sweet 16!!! AND WE DID!! So, here I came with 5 of her closest friends in-tow. We've always stayed at great hotels and have been repeat visitors of the Horizon. EVERYTHING AS USUAL WAS SMOOTH!! Check-in, cleaniness, and just overall quality." Panthersbabe via TripAdvisor
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We thought you would find this humorous! My husband went on a sudden business trip, and I went with him. It was soon apparent he couldn't wrap things up in a day, so his employer put us up for the night in a luxury hotel. We found a convenience store and bought toothbrushes and other necessities. When we entered the lobby of the hotel, each of us toting a paper bag filled with supplies, the hotel manager looked us over. Raising an eyebrow, he intoned haughtily, "Matching luggage?" Monthly Recipe - Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon white sugar, or to taste (optional)
- 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes)
- In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Place chicken in the bowl, and stir to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers and discard marinade.
- Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear.