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    Winter 2014                         Vol. 5 Issue 1
Greetings from Horizon at 77th!
Horizon would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year as we move into 2014, it's hard to imagine but the first month has just flown by. We hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. We had a blast as always here at the beach. This is the time of year when we welcome back our wonderful “snowbirds “ who have the right idea - they like to get together each winter and escape down South, you should try it some time!

News from Horizon at 77th
New Year’s Eve at Shoreline Cafe
Shoreline Cafe’ hosted a delicious New Year's Eve Dinner on December 31, 2013. This lavish dinner required many preparations. Many of our staff member pitched in to help our Food and Beverage Department prepare for the celebration. Erin Ciccone, one of our group sales coordinators, helped inflate the black balloons that we used for decoration. Shoreline was a fun place on New Year's Eve and it is a fun place to gather at any time of the year. It is one of those places ‘where people know your name’.

Snowbird Activities
Our Snowbirds have arrived and we are always ready with a monthly calendar of events to help them get to know one another and stay busy during their stay. Many of our winter guests have stayed with us for almost a decade. They love to get together and catch up with one another. We have many activities scheduled each week for them to enjoy. These activities include Karaoke, Potluck, and Bingo. Our winter guests always enjoy attending at least two shows such as Legends in Concert or Alabama Theatre. We always have a welcome back breakfast to say “hello” and to make sure all the new and returning guests are introduced. “We know getting away from the snow is great, but getting to know one another and making bonds that last for years is just as important” says Debbie Braden, General Manager at The Horizon at 77th.

To view our Snowbird activity calendar click here.

Thanksgiving At Shoreline Cafe
Horizon at 77th held its Thanksgiving buffet at Shoreline Cafe’. We enjoy taking all of the work out of Thanksgiving Dinner for our guests. We do all of the cooking and cleaning so you don’t have to!

We served delicious dishes such as roast turkey, roast beef, ham, an assortment of casseroles, cream of potato soup, and an assortment of salads. We also had a selection of delectable desserts that included pecan and pumpkin pie!

“Working on Thanksgiving Day becomes fun for the staff since we can enjoy this special tie with our guests”, says Debbie Braden, General Manager at The Horizon at 77th. “Guests love spending Thanksgiving with us and then they enjoy shopping madly that night and on Black Friday!”

Expanded Air Service to Myrtle Beach
Both Spirit Airlines and West Jet have added additional flights this spring and will start their service earlier in the year. For a full list of Spirit schedules please click here.

Also West Jet Airlines will be making an early return to Myrtle Beach starting on March 6, 2014 nearly two months earlier than 2013. For a full list of the West Jet schedules please click here.

News from the Beach
Top Five Things to Do at the Beach in the Winter
Winter may be here and it may be jacket weather, but this is still a wonderful time to visit Myrtle Beach and Horizon at 77th. There are so many things to do this time of the year and the crowds are basically non-existent.

5. A walk on the beach
The winter months are a wonderful time to go for a nice long walk on the beach. Nothing beats the peace and quiet of Myrtle Beach this time of the year. Sometimes you can walk for miles and only see a handful of other beach walkers. You don’t have to worry about weaving in and out of the sunbathers and beachgoers as you would during the busy summer months. The only sounds you will hear are the waves crashing and the seagulls chirping. It is also interesting to note that you can find some beautiful shells on the beach during the winter. We recommend searching for shells after a storm blows through. The wind and the rain stirs up shells that you normally would not see otherwise.

4. Enjoy a meal out
Enjoying a good meal with your family and friends is one of the most amazing things to do in Myrtle Beach during these winter months. Many of our restaurants are not seasonal and stay open all year round. There are nearly 1,500 restaurants for you to choose from. Myrtle Beach has something to offer every palate. You can find everything from familiar fast food and chain restaurants, to gourmet continental cuisine.

Many of the restaurants in Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach have been open for many years and have an air of tradition about them. Some of our surrounding areas also have delicious eateries. Venture north and try the dishes found in restaurants in Calabash and Sunset Beach, NC, and in Little River, SC. You could also travel south to Murrells Inlet, which has quickly become the seafood capital of South Carolina. You can find food from many nations and countries along the Grand Strand. Another plus for visiting our restaurants during the winter months is the wait times! With the exception of Valentines Day, don't expect to have to wait too long to be seated for your meal.

3. Shop 'til you drop
Shop those winter blues away! Myrtle Beach has a wide variety of first class shopping malls, shopping centers, specialty shops, and factory outlets. We even have bargain beachwear stores at nearly every corner.

Our biggest shopping mall is Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach. It has something for everyone - including Belk, Dillards, Abercrombie and Fitch, Best Buy, and PetSmart. You can also find several delicious restaurants including Abuelo’s, Red Robin, Sticky Fingers, Cracker Barrel, Chipotle, and Logan's Texas Roadhouse.

The Market Common is one of our newest and more high-end shopping centers. It includes unique shops such as Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, White House Black Market, Anthropologie, and the Lazy Gator. The Market Common’s dining experience includes restaurants such as King Street Grill, Ultimate California Pizza, Divine Prime, Nacho Hippo, Gordon Biersch, and P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

Myrtle Beach is known for its factory outlets. Our biggest factory outlet complex is Tanger Outlets. Tanger has two locations in our area - one on Highway 501 between Conway and Myrtle Beach and the second at the north end of Myrtle Beach. Tanger has stores such as J Crew, Coach, NineWest, BCBG Max Azria, Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers.

You can also find a beachwear store on nearly every corner in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. You can literally find anything that you need for a day on the beach in one of these stores. They are the best places to find a souvenir from your winter getaway to Myrtle Beach.

2. Play a round of golf
Everyone who knows anything about Myrtle Beach knows that it is a mecca for golfers. Winter can be a great time for golf! Many courses stay fairly empty during the winter and receive mainly local play. You can book your tee times through our golf department by calling 866-593-6369.

1. Catch a show
There are so many shows in the Myrtle Beach area that it can be hard to choose which one to see. We have such a variety of shows. You can find anything from traditional stage shows such
as the Alabama Theatre and the Carolina Opry to dinner shows such as Pirates Voyage and Medieval Times. Myrtle Beach even has a tribute show called Legends in Concert where you can see impersonators singing and performing as Elvis, Michael Jackson, and even Tina Turner!

We also have a new show to this area. It is a hypnosis show known as ‘A Wild Hypnosis Show’. This show is a hoot. Members of the audience actually become the stars of the show as they get hypnotized by the hosts and engage in some silly and risque behavior. With any of these shows, you will surely go home with lasting memories of your winter getaway to Myrtle Beach.

Employee Spotlight
Michelle Hampton | Housekeeping
The featured employee for Winter 2014 is Michelle Hampton, who works in our wonderful housekeeping department. She has been a part of our Grande shores team since 2000. She started in a housekeeping position and was quickly promoted to supervisor.

Michelle has two sons and a daughter. Her children keep her very busy. “I am very happy and proud of my children.” says Michelle, “They are my daily motivation to be the best at my job that I can be.” She enjoys spending her days off from work with her kids.

“I always enjoy seeing Michelle when I am walking through the hotel because she makes me feel good just being around her. Michelle brings so much talent to our company. We are very fortunate to have her as a part of our Grande Shores family.” says Debbie Braden, General Manager at Grande Shores.

Groups
Are you planning to take a trip to Grande Shores in 2014? Why not bring 50+ of your closest friends and family? Did you know that if you require 10 or more reservations, you qualify for a group discount? Our Group Sales team is busy booking groups for the summer and fall and it is not too late to make your group reservations! Call us soon because popular weekends are selling out fast! 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
"We are definitely looking forward to booking our 2nd wedding anniversary with you guys! Hopefully, we can include more family in the trip. It's a long drive from Chattanooga, TN; but staying with Horizon RIGHT off of the beach was well worth it. Thanks for the wonderful experience." Stacey Roberts, Chattanooga, TN

"Business customer. I've been working in the area at the local hospital. Love your staff (very helpful) and the housekeeping team are wonderful." Jeannamarie Shepphard, Chapel Hill, NC

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Fun in the Sun
Fun Facts
  • It would take 11 Empire State Buildings, stacked one on top of the other to measure the depth of the Gulf of Mexico at it’s deepest point.
  • The most money ever paid for a cow at auction was $1.3 million.
  • Did you know that Henry Ford produced the Model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest drying?
  • Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. his original name was Jumpman, but was changed to Mario to honor the Nintendo of America’s janitor.
Monthly Recipe - Glazed Apple Cookies
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup apples - peeled, cored and finely diced
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
    Instructions
  1. Beat shortening and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and blend thoroughly.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
  3. Stir half the dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts, apple and raisins, then stir in remaining half of dry ingredients and milk. Mix well.
  4. Drop from tablespoon 1 1/2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies to racks and while still warm, spread with glaze.
  5. To make Glaze: Combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and enough cream to make glaze of spreading consistency. Beat until smooth. Spread on warm cookies.


 
Horizon at 77th
215 77th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Call to Book: 1.877.603.9210
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Fall 2013 Vol. 4 Issue 4
Greetings from Horizon at 77th!
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 Horizon at 77th
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 Horizon at 77th. 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 Horizon are the perfect snowbird destination. Besides the activities listed above, Horizon at 77th will also be hosting potlucks, bingo, barbecues and more!

New Years Eve
Join us as we ring in the New Year at Horizon. 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 Horizon at 77th's golf page.

Employee Spotlight
Michele Osgood - Front Desk Agent
Our featured employee at Horizon at 77th is Michele Osgood. Michelle is one of our front desk agents here at Horizon. She joined our team a few months ago and has learned very quickly. When Michelle started working with us she actually told her manager to "teach me everything."

Michelle grew up in Myrtle Beach and has been here her whole life. She has always worked in customer service. She enjoys interacting with the other employees at Horizon and really enjoys helping all of our guests.

"From day-one we knew we had a real team player and we are very happy that she enjoys working at Horizon," said Debbie Braden, General Manager of Horizon at 77th.

Groups
Teachers Retreat
We loved hosting a teachers retreat from Rosenwald Elementary School, Fairmont, NC this past weekend. They stayed at the Horizon and attended seminars in the conference room with breakfast and lunch catered by our sales department. We certainly hope we can welcome them back soon.

Comments
"We came to Horizon at 77th because we were with a group and were going to attend the Ripken Experience for out grandson's travel ball team. We had a wonderful stay and didn't want to leave. It was close to Ripken and many restaurants and fun places to see! We loved our experience. Everyone was very friendly and helpful!"

Are you looking for the perfect place to accommodate your sports team or group? Horizon at 77th 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
"We have stayed here before and were happy with the hotel so we decided to come back. Got here at noon, but they let us check in with no problem. It really helped because my parents, who are 90, need a to lie down after the trip. We had a 2 bedroom, ocean view room. The room is big, clean with a full kitchen. We couldn't ask for more. Thank you so much. My parents love the hotel so much, so we plan to come back next month. Once you stay at Horizon at 77th, you won't want to stay anywhere else." Tofu2008, Apex, North Carolina via TripAdvisor

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Fun in the Sun
Fun Facts
  • An octopus has three hearts and the color of its blood is blue.
  • At 188 decibels, the calls of the blue whale are the loudest sound on the planet.
  • Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again, depending on which is best for mating.
  • Turtles live on every continent except for Antarctica.
Monthly Recipe - Giant Pecan Cookie You Dip in Chocolate
  • 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup(s) pecan flour, or 1/2 cup whole pecans, finely ground
  • 1/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) cinnamon
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 1 stick(s) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 8 pecan halves
  • 2 ounce(s) bittersweet chocolate, chopped and melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter a large-rimmed baking sheet.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir the all-purpose and pecan flours with the sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine cornmeal. Add the egg yolk and blend it in with a fork. Lightly knead the shortbread dough until it is smooth.
  5. Transfer the shortbread dough to the prepared baking sheet and flatten it into a 6-inch round. Refrigerate the dough until it is well chilled, about 20 minutes.
  6. Using the blunt side of a knife, score the dough into 8 wedges. Lightly press a pecan into the wide end of each wedge.
  7. Bake for about 35 minutes, until the shortbread is browned around the edge. While the shortbread is still warm, cut it into wedges with a serrated knife. Let the shortbread cool to room temperature, then drizzle with the chocolate and serve.

Horizon at 77th
215 77th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Call to Book: 1.877.603.9210
Member of MyrtleBeachSeasideResorts.com