Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 23, 2012 -- Poolside Grill Opens with New Menu

Expect something a little different from the Poolside Grill this summer. Chef Chase has not only revamped the breakfast buffet but has also turned his culinary sites on the Grill. For the last 2 months Chase and his team have improved old favorites while creating new delicious menu combos for guests to enjoy. Taking American classics, Chase added his signature Southern style to create a menu that reflects the attitude of the Grand Strand.

New Menu Items: Turkey Wrap with Basil Mayo, Turkey BLT, Turkey BLT Wrap, Fried or Blackened Bologna Sandwiches, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Nachos, Fried Pickles, Fried Green Beans, Potato Skins, Onion Rings and Waffle Fries.

In addition to the new menu items, Chase is planning a list of seasonal specials that will make occasional appearances throughout the summer. Be sure to look for new seafood entrees, wings, nacho variations and fun, new spins on the common hot dog or hamburger.

Don’t forget about Happy Hour! Every day (except Thursdays) from 4pm – 6pm the grill will offer half-off smoothies. Take a break from the sun and cool off with a strawberry – banana or pina – colada smoothie for only a few dollars. Yummy!    

At the grill we believe people should get exactly what they want, and this is the inspiration behind the "build-your-own-burger" idea. Add bacon, cheese, chili, slaw or even a fried egg (if you're brave. we hear it's delicious) to make your burger entirely your own. Grill the onion, toss on some lettuce, add a tomato and you've got yourself the perfect summertime lunch.

The best part? The Poolside Grill is only a few steps away from the outdoor pool, your shady-spot and the kids. No need to stress over lunch or drag the little ones away from the fun. Sit-back, relax and leave the grilling to us!

Complete Poolside Grill Menu: 
Build-Your-Own Burger
Hot Dogs
Corn Dogs
Sausage Dogs
Turkey BLT, Turkey BLT Wrap
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Grilled Cheese
Chicken Tenders
Fried or Blackened Bologna Sandwich

Onion Rings
Waffle Fries
Potato Skins
Fried Green Beans
Fried Pickles 

 To reserve a vacation at Plantation Resort please call 1-800-845-5039. We'll see you soon!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Grand Strand Beaches 101

The perfect beach is as essential to a good vacation as a reliable GPS is to a road trip. Since many of our guests do both, hit the GPS navigated roads and play in our sand and surf, we thought we'd offer a navigation service of our own: Grand Strand Beaches 101. Starting in Myrtle Beach and heading south, we'll tell you what each beach is known for (good surfing, great seafood, local's favorite, etc.) and why they're worth visiting.

Myrtle Beach:
For great people watching material and access to numerous beach-side attractions consider walking the boardwalk which parallels Ocean Boulevard beginning at 14th Avenue and ends at the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach. 
To catch a wave, head over to Springmaid Pier on the southern end of Ocean Boulevard, or head over to 64 avenue north for another great surfing spot.

Myrtle Beach State Park:
Quiet and nestled among a sea-side forest, Myrtle Beach State Park is a great alternative to the otherwise bustling Grand Strand beaches. Located only minutes north of Plantation Resort, the state park offers educational opportunities, a nature trail, pier and fantastic fishing. Be sure to ask the Front Desk for a free park pass -- the passes are first come, first serve and definitely worth the effort!

Surfside Beach Pier
Surfside Beach: 
A quaint, family-friendly beach with the famous River City Cafe: known for beachy-time atmosphere and fantastic burgers. Surfside is the quintessential laid-back beach where locals and visitors mix easily with coolers in hand and toes in the sand. The best part? The complimentary Plantation Resort shuttle bus takes guests safely to Surfside Beach pier within minutes.       

Garden City Beach:
The locals hang-out! Because it's further south than most tourist dare venture, you'll find fewer advertisements, hotels and beach rentals. Still, parking is free all summer long and if you brought all your beach-gear with you it may be worth the drive. The Garden City pier is a fishermen's hot spot!

Boats docked at Murrells Inlet
Murrells Inlet:
Known for incredible seafood and  gorgeous scenery, Murrells Inlet is less beach and more off-the-beaten-path adventure. The Marshwalk, a boardwalk that follows the waterway, offers great views of the saltwater marsh with its wildlife, birds and spectacular scenery. Be sure to rent a kayak and paddle out to the numerous islands that dot the waterway, or bring a fishing pole and take advantage of the excellent fishing.

Huntington Beach State Park:
The park's fresh water lagoon, salt marsh, forest and beach are the best examples of the state's natural coastal environment. Take a tour of the Spanish-styled Atalya castle, former winter home and studio of Brookgreen Gardens co-founder Anna Hyatt Huntington, or journey down the beautiful coastline on the 26 mile bike trail. The park offers educational opportunities and beautifully preserved beaches. Again, make sure to ask the Front Desk for a free pass before they're all gone!    

Pawleys Island Pier at Sunrise
Pawleys Island:  An adventurous beach with plenty of sand dunes, beach grass and jetties to discover. More untouched landscape than a man-made beach, this is a great place to enjoy the beauties of ocean and inlet. Further south than the typical tourist's thoroughfare, you're sure to see more locals and fewer advertisements along this glittering surf.   Another great place to kayak because of the inlet's fantastic views, remote location and calm surf. This is also another great place to try out your fishing skills while on vacation.

We'd love to hear why you enjoy the beautiful sand and surf of the Grand Strand too!Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite beach is and why you love it.

To reserve your vacation at Plantation Resort, please call 1-800-845-5039.