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    Spring 2014                         Vol. 5 Issue 2
Greetings from Horizon at 77th!
Spring has finally arrived in Myrtle Beach! We are busy gearing up for Summer 2014 and all of the fun that it will bring. We have been very busy making improvements and upgrading units to make the stays of each of our guests the best that they can be. Make your vacation plans today – call or book online! Our vacation planners are ready to help you plan your memorable beach vacation!

News from Horizon
Resort Updates
Our engineering staff has been working very hard in recent months. They are putting the final touches on our resort so we are ready to offer the very best possible vacationing experience to our guests. This winter, all condos were painted and general maintenance was done to each of them. All doors and hallways have been painted and common areas have been cleaned. Our engineering staff have been doing a bit of landscaping also! We have our new lazy river tubes floating in the warm water awaiting our spring breakers!

Easter Was Egg-cellent at The Horizon at 77th
The rainy weather over Easter weekend did not hamper our fun at Horizon. The festivities kicked off with a coloring contest. The winners were announced at the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday. Each one of our contest winners did a fantastic job!

Shoreline Cafe hosted a "Breakfast with The Easter Bunny" on Easter Sunday. Everyone enjoyed the Bunny's visit and many even had their photo taken with him.

The highlight of the weekend was the Easter Egg Hunt! We were so happy that the rain cleared up just in time for our annual hunt. This year we hid 1,000 eggs! "We had such a wonderful time this year and we are already looking forward to next year," says Debbie Braden Manager at Horizon.

An Exiting New Amenity Is Coming To The Horizon
We are proud to announce an exciting new amenity beginning in June. Our "Now That’s Entertainment" package is an amazing new service that will provide our guests with unlimited DVD rentals and free or discounted tickets to Myrtle Beach area attractions.

Upon check-in, you will be provided a DVDNow rental card. A kiosk will be available in our lobby for you to rent and return the DVDs. From the kiosk you can actually view previews of the movie that you would like to rent. This wonderful service will be available to all of our guests.

Snowbirds Farewell
Each winter, we look forward to the arrival of our treasured snowbirds. After months of creating friendships, fun activities, and fun day trips comes the difficult part. We have to say goodbye. Many of our snowbirds return to Horizon each season and after spending many years with us they truly do become a part of our Horizon family. Saying goodbye until the fall or the winter can be sad, but we know that they will return again soon and we will be waiting to welcome them back!

Shoreline Café Updates
Shoreline Café is a great place for guests to gather for a hearty breakfast or a cool drink and dinner after a long day of vacationing.

We have remodeled our buffet with new decorative tiles, installed new lighting fixtures in the bar area, and purchased new table covers. “I am sure our repeat guests will enjoy the new buffet tiles and lighting, and we certainly hope our first time visitors will enjoy the atmosphere.”

Ellis R. Barnes Joins Grande Shores Staff
We are proud to welcome our new Director of Engineering, Ellis R. Barnes. Ellis moved to Myrtle Beach in 2011 from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with his wife and four children. Ellis and his family relocated because he is an Unlimited General Contractor and he wanted to expand his company to Myrtle Beach. At that time, Myrtle Beach was experiencing an economic boom. Ellis started off by the building two developments in the Myrtle Beach area. After these developments, he built over thirty commercial buildings and plazas in South Carolina. Ellis then traveled along the east coast from Florida to Pennsylvania.

During this time of traveling, he learned a very valuable lesson: Money is not everything. When his children were small and not in school, they could travel with him. However, once they started school, he was all alone. He realized how quickly his children were growing up without him. He realized he needed a change.

Ellis decided to find a job that would keep him in the area. We are so thrilled that he did because he found us! Ellis came to Horizon a few months ago. He is a very patient manager and he has made a big difference in our engineering department. “We are thrilled to have Ellis as a part of our Horizon at 77th family and we hope that he stays for many years to come.” Says Debbie Braden, Manager at The Horizon.

News from the Beach
10 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach For Less than $25

While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, stretch your vacation dollar to the max. From free events such as concerts and fireworks shows to a relaxing game of miniature golf, there are dozens of ways for a family of four to have four or five hours of fun and not break the bank!

1. Relax on the Beach
Of course this is the number one item! Don’t forget your suntan lotion, a beach towel, and a good read!

2. Outdoor Concerts
Music is the universal language of the world and what better way to enjoy blues, country, rock, and even beach music than on a lawn chair enjoying the fresh air? The City of North Myrtle Beach hosts free concerts on most Thursdays during the summer months. These concerts are either held at the Horseshoe or on Main Street. 2014 acts include Marsha Morgan, Carolina Breakers, The Wannabees, Atlantic Groove, Tru Sol, and Carolina Soul Band. Tip: Be sure to bring your own chair, because seating is not available. Click Here for a schedule of concerts.

3. Miniature Golf
Known as the miniature golf capital of the world, there are over fifty themed courses along the Grand Strand with excitement at every hole. Tip: Check the local coupon books for discounted rates at many miniature golf courses. Children under 2 are free at most establishments.

4. Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach
There are fireworks at 10:00 pm over Lake Broadway every Tuesday and most Fridays all summer long. The fireworks are free. At Broadway at the Beach you can enjoy a few rides at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, purchase a funnel cake, or buy your favorite Starbucks brew. Click Here for more information about Broadway at the Beach.

5. Shelling at Myrtle Beach State Park and Wildlife Observation at Huntington Beach State Park
Awesome shells, shark teeth, and more await you at these local spots. For a $5 per person park entrance fee, you can enjoy a wide beach, nature trails, a fishing pier, and more at Myrtle Beach State Park, or for the same low admission fee you can grab your camera and head to Huntington Beach State Park where you can photograph historic Atalaya Castle, observe gators, egrets, and herons in their natural habitat. Don’t forget to back a picnic basket, beach pail, and shovel. Spend time enjoying the great outdoors!.

6. Walking the Cherry Grove Pier
The historic Cherry Grove Pier, located in the Cherry Grove Section of North Myrtle Beach, is a landmark that has attracted both visitors and locals alike since its construction in the early 1950s. The Cherry Grove Pier has the only two-story observation deck at any privately owned pier in the Myrtle Beach Area! With an admission of only $2 per person, you can enjoy a stroll along the 985 ft. pier. It's always fun to watch the fishermen pull in their prize catches and gaze out at the ocean. Tip: Keep an eye out for the shrimp boats because there are usually a pod of dolphins following not far behind. Click Here for more information about The Cherry Grove Pier.

7. Souvenir Shopping at the "Everything Under The Sun Flea Market" in North Myrtle Beach
This is one of the largest indoor flea markets in the area. You’ll receive personalized service from over a hundred vendors with thousands of bargains. The Everything Under the Sun Flea Market is open from 9 am to 6 pm, six days per week during the summer and Thursday through Saturday during the off-season. Click Here for more information about the flea market

8. The South Carolina Hall of Fame at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center
The South Carolina Hall of Fame honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the Palmetto State’s heritage and progress. Hall of Fame inductees include Strom Thurmond, Astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr., President Andrew Jackson, and Cale Yarborough.

9. Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk
Visit the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet and experience nature along the Marsh Walk which offers great views of the saltwater marsh, birds, and beautiful scenery. Home to many waterfront restaurants, music is in the air once evening rolls around. The Marsh Walk is free to enjoy. For more information about the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk please Click Here.

10. Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Admission to the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is free and they offer many diverse exhibits. Their collection of donated works from both local and national artists continues to grow. Maps and historical prints of the area fill the walls in addition to other exciting exhibits like sculptures, photographs, paintings, and any type of art that you can imagine.

New Beach Shading Regulations
The City of Myrtle Beach has approved a change in its beach regulations that restricts the use of tents and other shading devices except for umbrellas from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Umbrellas up to seven-and-a-half feet in diameter are allowed in line with or behind the established umbrella line, but no other shading devices are permitted during the summer months. From the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day tents up to 12 by 12 feet and less than nine feet tall may be used behind the umbrella line and 10 feet apart.

“Tents certainly are convenient, but they were so plentiful at peak times and locations that they blocked access and visibility to the water’s edge, affecting public safety and everyone’s enjoyment of our beautiful beaches.” Said the City of Myrtle Beach

Employee Spotlight
Katie Imes | Night Manager
Our featured employee for Spring 2014 is Katie Imes. Katie is our night manager. We first met Katie when she worked security for us and she really shined in that position.

Katie left Myrtle Beach for a while, but we were fortunate enough to have her return as a desk agent. Katie was such a great asset to our resort that we decided to promote her to night manager when that position opened up a year ago.

If a guest has an issue, you can depend on Katie to find the best possible solution. She has a young daughter so her personal time is taken up with having fun and being a good parent. “We are fortunate to have Katie as a part of our team. We hope she works with us for many years!” says Debbie Braden, Manager of The Horizon at 77th.

Group Sales would like to say thank you to all of our groups that have stayed with us the last few months: Tabernacle Baptist Church, United Pentecostal Church, The College of Wooster, Cheer LTD, Elmira Express Baseball Team. We look forward to hosting your group again soon!
Visit us online for more details and to contact Group Sales, call us at 1-877-624-3680.

Guest Comments
“My event team had the best time at this property! From check-in to check-out and everything in between! The entire team was welcomed and their rooms were ready. The indoor pool and hot tub were just right after a long day. The amount of space and decor inside each unit made it feel luxurious. Thank you for an amazing weekend!” Scotti M.

“Has an awesome view, great rooms, very clean, and the pools are amazing! I would definitely stay there again. The separate bedrooms and having a kitchen was really nice. LOVED IT!!!! Lisa

Click here to read more Guest Comments.

Fun in the Sun
  • There are twice as many kangaroos in Australia as there are people. The kangaroo populations is estimated at about 40 million.
  • A lion’s roar can be heard from up to five miles away.
  • The roar that we here when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of the blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object objet placed over the ear produces the same effect.
  • A car that shifts manually gets 2 miles per gallon of gas than a car with automatic shift!

Monthly Recipe - Coconut Balls
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut divided
  • 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Place 1 cup of shredded coconut in a food processor along with the coconut oil. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides periodically, until it reaches a paste-like consistency. (It does not have to be completely smooth like butter; some coconut texture is good.).
  2. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and process until well combined. Add 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut and pulse until just combined.
  3. Shape the mixture into 12 (1-inch) balls and coat with the remaining shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before eating.

Horizon at 77th
215 77th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
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