Friday, March 30, 2012

Springtime and Easter Weekend Activities at Plantation Resort

From now until April 13th Plantation Resort will be running the springtime activities schedule. Get ready to tie-dye your very own shirt, impress the crowds with your minute-to-win-it moves and discover your inner-artist with an afternoon of crafting fun!

For a  list of springtime activities Monday - Thursday, click here and for a list of activities Friday - Sunday, click here.

Guests staying with us over Easter weekend, we understand maintaining traditions -- even on vacation -- is important to families during the holiday. At the Front Desk, we have a list of nearby worship services and we're providing a free Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 3 - 11. Feel free to comment and let us know if there is anything else we can do to ensure Plantation Resort remains your home away from home -- especially during the holidays.

Easter Egg Hunt at Plantation Resort 
Thursday, April 5th, 2012, 11 am at the Activities Center
This is a free event for children ages 3 to 11. Bring a basket to collect a special goodie bag and as many hidden Easter eggs as you can find! Children 3 - 5 will hunt first, followed by ages 6 - 8 and finally the 9 - 11 year olds will get a chance to show-off their skills.  For each age group, prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Refreshments will be served.

For those still wishing to make plans for Easter, we have several reservations available. Please call 1-800-845-5039 for questions or to schedule your Easter getaway today!

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Greenhouse Effect at Plantation Resort

Last spring, the landscaping team at Plantation Resort decided to try something different in order to save money and practice genuine ingenuity.  The team constructed a greenhouse in hopes of growing plants on their own, while creating a refuge for the exotic plants who required a reprieve from the winter weather.

The Greenhouse Filled with Flowers and Exotic Plants 
Before the greenhouse all bushes, flowers and trees were purchased from a third party and shipped to the Resort. Then in the fall, the landscaping team would dig up and compost the beautiful hibiscus and other tropical plants to rid the grounds of any vegetation that wouldn't survive the approaching winter.

Since the greenhouse's construction, plant orders have been cut in half and all tropical plants have been saved in anticipation of being replanted in early spring. What began as an experiment has grown into an expanding venture: another greenhouse was recently purchased to store the barely budding fruit and vegetable seedlings in preparation for the Plantation Resort garden. 

That’s right – garden. Our new chef has worked closely with the landscaping team to cultivate a garden that, in time, will feature its wares at the breakfast buffet, poolside grill and the dinner venues on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Herbs, onions, tomatoes, bell-peppers, squash, cucumbers, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, watermelon and cantaloupe are just a few of the fresh produce to inaugurate the garden. 

The New Plantation Resort Garden 
Since 2010 our landscaping manager, Chris Jaeger, and his team have been busy transforming and updating the beautiful grounds at Plantation Resort. “We are taking care of the owners' investment”, explains Chris,“and with all of the new improvements we're hoping now, more than ever, Plantation Resort will feel like their home away from home."

Spring is in full swing at Plantation Resort, and the native plants to South Carolina are in full display: hawthornes are budding, jasmine is blooming and azaleas are bursting with color. March and April are gorgeous months to enjoy everything Plantation Resort has to offer. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-845-5039.
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Azaleas in their spring-time splendor

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Chef & Team Brings a Refreshing Twist to the Home-Made Favorites

New Head Chef: Chase Dunn
Since February, our new head chef, Chase Dunn, and his team have been busy revamping our popular breakfast buffet. You may have thought it was impossible to improve the menu, but we did it! 

“I want guests to identify Plantation Resort with excellent food -- not just great accommodations", said Dunn who brings15 years of professional cooking experience to the position. He’s worked in bistros, cooked international favorites, managed fine dining restaurants and knows the secrets to a really good BBQ. We’re lucky to have him!

French Toast with a Twist
Taking crowd-pleasers from his cooking repertoire, Chase constructed comfort food right into the buffet – but there’s always a little twist to the old favorites. For example, his French toast, made with real French bread, is grilled to perfection and then topped with crispy bacon. Pour syrup over the bread and it’s a perfect combination of crispy outside and soft inside with a mix of salty and sweet. Absolutely divine!

Adding a punch to the pancakes, Dunn includes a specialty pancake alongside the staple, made-from-scratch, buttermilk variety. It’s impossible to get bored because there’s always something different: Monday you might find banana-walnut cakes, Tuesday plump blueberry and Wednesday sweet chocolate chip steaming in the tray. Make sure to sample the specialty pancake everyday because it’s always delicious!  

Delicious Biscuits & Gravy
Finally, I have to mention the biscuits and gravy. Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever tasted gravy that compliments soft, buttery biscuits so perfectly. Cooking from scratch, Chase carefully creates a soft flavor for this morning gravy. Instead of the strong pepper taste from before, the new sausage gravy has a light taste, and is smooth while remaining thick. This new menu item is a definite, must try!

Allow our breakfast buffet to make your vacation relaxing, memorable and delicious. “As a mother, I love the idea of walking outside and getting a delicious, homemade breakfast”, said Plantation Resort General Manager, Karla Davis. “There’s no dishes, no driving and for a mom on vacation – this will be her best friend!"

Fill up for all day trips to the beach, shops or pool for only $6.36 plus tax. You won’t find a better deal anywhere along the Grand Strand. When you stay here let your stomach be your alarm clock, and join us for the brand-new breakfast buffet at Plantation Resort.

Try a little bit of everything. It's all good!

Complete Buffet Menu :
-Biscuits & Gravy
-Creamy Grits
-Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
-Specialty Pancake of the Day
-French Toast
-Plantation Potatoes
-Scrambled Eggs
-Dirty Eggs
-Orange Juice

  Monday - Friday, 8am -10:30am in the Activity Center.   

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Two New Shuttle Buses Ready to Serve You

What better way to enjoy your vacation at Plantation Resort than by spending a day at the beach! 

    The beach is waiting, let us take you there.

Our complimentary shuttle service makes it easier for you to step outside, and in a matter of minutes, find yourself at the beach with your toes in the sand and a cold drink in the cooler. This year, to meet the increasing demand of this popular service, we have purchased two new shuttle buses – boosting our total fleet to 3. All of our 14-passenger vans allow us to safely bring you to Surfside Beach while you sit back and relax without the stress of traffic jams or fighting for limited, paid parking.

In spring and summer, the shuttles run 7 days a week from 10am - 6pm. Shuttles heading to the beach run on the hour (i.e. 10, 11, etc.) and their returning counterpart leaves Surfside Beach on the half hour (i.e. 10:30, 11:30, etc.). The last shuttle to head to the beach is at 4pm, and the last shuttle to leave Surfside Beach for Plantation Resort is at 6:00pm everyday.

The Plantation Resort Fleet - Ready to Serve You!
During fall and winter, shuttle service is available upon request. Call ahead and we'll take you to Surfside Beach, The Tanger Outlet on Highway 501 or The Coastal Grand Mall. No matter the season, Plantation Resort remains dedicated to bringing you greater access to the finest dining, shopping and beaches along the Grand Strand!

This year get ready for a worry-free vacation at Plantation Resort! All you need to do is sit-back, relax and leave the driving to us. For additional questions or to make a reservation please call 1-800-845-5039.

We hope to see you soon!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Don't Miss Canadian-American Days 2012!

CanAm Days in Myrtle Beach
March 10 – 18, 2012

The Canadian-American Days Festival Celebration has become a major event for the Grand Strand. Known to draw as many as 100,000 Canadian visitors and snowbirds, the festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase South Carolina’s southern hospitality offered to our northern neighbors.

For 8 days, Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand welcome all northern friends to enjoy our glorious sun-soaked beaches and exciting events: live concerts, community-sponsored activities, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Run to the Sun car show and access to the beautiful state park beaches.

While Canadian visitors enjoy a series of exciting events, Myrtle Beach residents and those visiting enjoy an enriching cultural experience to kick-off the spring and summer months. Plus, who doesn’t love the sound of a Canadian accent?! We sure do!

Plantation Resort invites all our Canadian friends to escape the snow and join the Myrtle Beach party! To make your stay comfortable, condos with 1,2 or 3 bedrooms and full kitchens are available for rent. Allow us to be your home away from home. To make reservations, please call 1-800-845-5039.

2012 Can-Am Festival List of Events:

Saturday , March 10

 Can-Am Days Doll & Bear Show

9am-5pm. Admission. Lakewood Campground Conference Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
Call 803-783-8049 for more information.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach Annual Can-Am Concert
Free Admission. Starts at 3pm. First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Hwy. Myrtle Beach, SC
Free will donations are accepted. For more details call David Howard at 843-360-9446.


Tuesday- Wednesday, March 13-14, 2012

 51st Annual Canadian-American Days Celebration

Inlet Square Mall, 10125 Hwy. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, SC
Celebrating Canadian-American Days including live entertainment starting at 12pm featuring SEARSON 


Thursday, March 15, 2012

24th Annual Run to the Sun 
Myrtle Beach's premier car show with 3 full days of cruisn', car shows, giveaways and fun events! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

51st Annual Canadian-American Days Festival Expo
10am-2pm. Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle Myrtle Beach, SC
Enjoy free admission, live entertainment and drawings for prizes from more than 40 exhibitors and much more!

St. Patrick's Day Dance
Town of Surfside Beach Civic Center, 115 Highway 17 North Surfside Beach, SC
7-10pm. Questions? Call 843-650-9548. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Parade and festival in North Myrtle Beach, begins at 9am 
Block Party on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, starts at noon
Irish Fest at The Market Common, from noon-7pm

Grand Strand Beach Ballroom Social Dance
Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st. Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC
A "St. Patrick's Dance" with beverages, decorations and music provided by the fun Harlequin duo. Tickets are $7 available at the Senior Center or by calling Barbara at 843-903-3765. Bring a snack for your table. 7-10pm. For more information, call 843-626-3991. 

Huntington Beach State Park's 18th Annual Wildlife and History Day  
Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, SC
10am-3pm. Explore the various activities and places our community has to offer ranging from cultural history to exciting wildlife. Enjoy music and food from local restaurants. All activities and programs will be free with paid park admission. For more details, call 843-235-8755.

Dog Agility Competition
9am-4pm. A Dog's Way Inn, 761 Pendergrass Avenue (behind T-Bones Steak House), Murrells Inlet, SC 

Hosted by A Way to Play Dog Agility Club, teams of canine athletes and human handlers from Canada to Florida gather for a weekend of competition. With over 200 races through obstacle courses each day, dog agility is an exciting and fun spectator sport. The public is welcome to watch at no charge. There will be refreshments and pet supply vendors available. Call 843-357-4545 for more information.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dog Agility Competition
9am-4pm. A Dog's Way Inn, 761 Pendergrass Avenue (behind T-Bones Steak House), Murrells Inlet, SC
Hosted by A Way to Play Dog Agility Club, teams of canine athletes and human handlers from Canada to Florida gather for a weekend of competition. With over 200 races through obstacle courses each day, dog agility is an exciting and fun spectator sport. The public is welcome to watch at no charge. There will be refreshments and pet supply vendors available. Call 843-357-4545 for more information.

4-6 pm. MBHS Music & Arts Center 3302 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC
A concert offering up some of the most effective and popular musical portraits in the symphonic literature, including Prokofiev's epic portrayal of the great Medieval Russian hero, Alexander Nevesky. Featuring Carolina Master Chorale. For more information, call 843-448-8379. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The South's Biggest Car Show! The 24th Annual Run to the Sun - March 15th-17th

If you have a muscle car, or you just love them…this is the place to be! 

From March 15th – 17th the city of Myrtle Beach and Pee Dee Street Rodders will present one of the biggest car shows in the South. Fun events, great giveaways and beautiful cars cruisn’ the beach are all planned for this year’s big bash. Bring your camera to snap shots of the Friday night cruise on Ocean Boulevard, or of the car awards on Saturday – there will be plenty of photo ops!
Even the locals brave the crowds to join in the festivities. In fact several employees at Plantation Resort are Run to the Sun loyalists. Terry, a co-worker, Myrtle Beach resident and car show enthusiast said, “You will see any and every kind of classic car or custom street rod that you can imagine. They even have the modern editions of the classics: the Dodge Challenger and Charger along with the new Mustangs are usually there.”   

Ronald Smith, an owner at Plantation Resort from Lincolnton, North Carolina, stays at Plantation Resort 
when he comes for the weekend. He never misses the event because it offers him a chance to “step back in time and enjoy the muscle car era – when cars were really cars”.  

Our favorite part of the weekend? Proceeds from the car show go to The Children’s Miracle Network and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year, Run to the Sun raised an astonishing $91,800 for these charities!

Plantation Resort is located less than 4 miles south of Myrtle Beach and offers a reprieve from the traffic, noise and crowds of our nearby neighbor. Include a little relaxation into your visit: book a relaxing massage at the Mother Earth Day Spa.  Improve your swing at our on-site golf clinic.  Laze away the day in one of our pools or lazy river.  We're less than 2 miles away from the beach, so in a matter of minutes you'll find yourself with sand between your toes soaking up the warm, springtime rays. For reservations, please call 1-800-845-5039.    

Joins us for the 2012 Run for the Sun. Journey through the nostalgia and memories only the classics can invoke…we hope to see you soon!