Friday, December 19, 2014

Protect Yourself From Fraud

*Owners at Plantation Resort will soon be seeing this article in the annual newsletter.  We felt that it was too important to wait, so we are also publishing it here on the blog.

An owner recently reported that a group claiming to be affiliated with Plantation Resort has been attempting to sell fraudulent vacation packages to our owners.  They call and invite our owners to dinner at a local restaurant.  Offering a consultation, the imposters convince them to purchase a “vacation package.”   The imposters then take the money and disappear.  Our owners never hear anything about their vacation package again.

In other instances, scammers have called our owners, offering to sell their timeshare for them.  They ask for money to put ads on websites, often called a “marketing fee.”  Then the scammers take the money and make the owner believe that their timeshare was sold.  Many of our owners have been confused when they continue to receive correspondence from us after they were told that their timeshare had been sold to someone else.

Most recently we discovered a ploy to change owners’ contact information. The scammer read off the information on the owner’s account to the Owner Services representative, then they ask to change the phone number, email and home address.  When we figured out what they were doing, we called the phone numbers and were met with resistance. It is unclear as of yet, what the motives are in changing this information.  We have since contacted the police, who are working to uncover who is behind these attacks.  In the meantime we are tracking the accounts that were targeted and we urge you to protect your personal information by keeping it in a safe and secure location.

We continue to warn against giving money up-front to anyone claiming to be able to sell your timeshare for you.  This is true now more than ever.  There are legitimate businesses that will sell your timeshare, but they will not ask for money up-front.  Because a deed is involved, selling timeshare with one of these companies is like selling your house with a realtor.  You do not pay until the property is sold.

Here are some helpful tips if you think you are dealing with an imposter:

  • If someone asks for money up-front, hang up.
  • If someone claims to be with Plantation Resort, call us. We will confirm whether the offer you received is legitimate or not.
  • Do your research before paying any fees.  You can contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or by visiting

If you or anyone you know is involved with a deal that seems suspicious, please contact our Owner Services Department at 1-855-230-1877 and the Better Business Bureau so that we can warn other owners, saving them from becoming the next victims.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Plantation Resort Is Now on Pinterest and Instagram

Want a glimpse of how Plantation Resort is decorating for the holidays or be inspired by a new way to celebrate Christmas?  We're all familiar with the adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" and we agree.  Now, not only can you read about all the exciting things happening at the Resort, you can see them too!  Connect with us through our newest social sources: Pinterest and Instagram.  We already interact with many of you on Facebook, Twitter and this blog.  Now add Pinterest and Instagram to the many ways you can “follow” us online and discover new ideas to make your holidays and your next vacation memorable.
Pinterest is a great place to organize how-to’s and articles that fit your interests.  We love to pin articles to help you better plan and enjoy your vacation.  You’ll find pins with fun ideas for things to do in Myrtle Beach, how to successfully vacation with children, and recipes you can prepare while away from home using the full-sized kitchens in our condos.  We also use Pinterest to share ideas about activities at the Resort.  You may see some sneak peeks of future activities and extra ideas to go along with current ones.  Find these and many more pins on our Pinterest boards.  Follow us on Pinterest by clicking here or searching for Plantation Resort under “pinners”.
This picture-based platform enables us to share the most up-to-date photos of Plantation Resort, whether they are pictures of the latest landscaping projects, fun times at the outdoor pool or our holiday decorations.  It also enables our guests and owners to share their pictures with us by tagging them with the hashtag #PlantationResort.  When you follow us on Instagram you see not only the official Plantation Resort Instagram photos but the pictures taken by other guests who love the Resort as much as you do.  To follow us on Instagram, simply click here or search for Plantation Resort.

Below are just a few examples of photos that you'll see that will welcome you to Plantation Resort during the holiday season when warm days still shine in abundance and Santa wears his brightest vacation shirt. Have a look at some of our decorations in the model units and at the Front Desk.  We hope they bring you a bit of cheer this season.

Pine garlands add a festive touch to the table in a model unit
that you'll see if you come visit us during the Christmas season.

Glittering ornaments bring joy to those visiting our model units. 

Shiny ornaments and other glass decorations accent
the already beautiful table settings in the model units.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
with beautiful trees in each model unit.

Even the bedrooms will put you in the
holiday spirit.

It's hard not to sing when stringing lights around a Christmas tree. 

There's something about bright ornaments that
invite smiles.

Our Front Desk staff members are trimming the trees
so you're sure to feel the holiday spirit
when you walk in the door.

We even have cute little holiday animals
welcoming visitors.

Continue to stay up-to-date on our decorating endeavors by following us on Pinterest and Instagram. If you are contemplating a trip to Myrtle Beach, we'd love for you to join us! There are still a few condos available during this holiday season!  Call 1-800-845-5039 to make a reservation.  Wherever your journeys take you this Christmas, our wish is that you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gobble Gobble! Fill up on fun things to do in November in Myrtle Beach

With so much to do in November in Myrtle Beach, we continue to try and make things easier for you by creating this months' calendar of events.  Expect to see even more blogs coming up, detailing some of your favorite holiday activities, such as the best places to eat for Thanksgiving and the Black Friday shopping schedules for some of your favorite stores.  To make navigation easier, we've separated this article by categories.  Click on the category to head to that section.  Titles of each event take you to the website of the event for more details and the address links you to a map from the Resort to the event.

For a Cause
Holiday Events
Educational Activities

For a Cause

The Color Run
November 1
9 am
Broadway at the Beach
1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
$40 per person (team of 4+), 45$ per person (prices may change so keep visiting site to be sure)

The Color Run 5k 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour is heading to Broadway at the Beach!  They’re hitting Myrtle Beach like never before with amazing new participant gear and original color-crazy race attractions!  It’s 5k magic like only The Color Run can do!  Get ready to change the way you look at running, getting fit, and having fun.  It’s time to run, it’s time to laugh, it’s time to live.  It’s time to be a Color Runner!

Turkey Trot 5K 
November 22
Time TBD
Brookgreen Gardens
(Check the website regularly for more info)

Join HealthPoint's Annual Turkey Trot Run & Walk at Brookgreen Gardens.  This area event is great for families and includes: 5k Race, 5k Walk, 1-Mile Family Fitness Walk and Turkey Trot (26.2 yards).  Check their website by clicking on Turkey Trot 5K above for the latest updates.

Surfside Rotary Turkey Trot
November 28
10K and 5K start at 8:30
1 mile race starts 8:35
Tot Trot starts 10:15 am
Surfside Pier
15 S. Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach
$30 for 10K, $27 for 5K, $17 for 1 mile (prices rise October 31)

The Grand Strand's premiere Turkey Trot starts and finishes at the Surfside Pier in Surfside Beach, SC with a great view of the Atlantic Ocean!  It features a 10K, 5K, 1 mile and a FREE Kid's Tot Trot.  Over 1,300 runners will enjoy the benefits of joining this year’s Surfside Rotary Turkey Trot: high quality race shirt, great food (Bojangle Biscuits, chocolate milk); the top 3 Overall Winners will receive a free turkey from Bojangles.

Holiday Events

“The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”
Runs first week in November through first week of January 2015
Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing
4750 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
Prices Vary

The South's Grandest Christmas Show instills the true meaning of Christmas in your family with its combination of traditional Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites.  The South's Grandest Christmas Show is a southern family tradition on the Grand Strand with visitors and locals returning year after year.  Also featured in this year's show is comedian Ricky Mokel, who always puts a new twist on the Christmas season.  So, if you want to celebrate Christmas with an evening filled with song, dance and laughter, the Alabama Theatre is the place you want to be with your family and friends.

Carolina Opry Christmas Special
Runs first week in November through first week of January 2015
The Carolina Opry
8901 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
Prices Vary

The 29th season of The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, “The Christmas Show of the South,” brings you another memorable season.  The 2014 season brings stunning change neatly blended with time-honored traditions.  New talent mingles with acclaimed rotating artists and long-standing Opry favorites.   In addition to a holiday brass section, new powerhouse vocalist Bibis Ellison will make her holiday debut.  Known for her soulful style and electric stage performances, Bibis brings an incredible mix to the stage.  “All That,” stars of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, are also back with all new dance material—and some big surprises.  All of these are joined by an award-winning cast of over 35 including Calvin Gilmore, Rita Gumm, Christie Templeton, Brad Long, Kym “Bogie” Shurbutt, Eric Gumm, a real horse-drawn sleigh and even real snow!

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Runs nightly November through first week in January
Pelicans Ballpark
1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach
$40 for Cars/Family Vans

Visit the Pelicans Ballpark for an impressive light display that will wow the whole family.  Each year is more exciting and beautiful than the year before, so don’t miss out on this amazing display of light.

Festival of Trees
Runs November 7 through December 31
Ripley’s Aquarium, Broadway at the Beach
1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium will be decked out in their finest, adding holiday warmth and sparkle to every corner of Broadway at the Beach.  Themed trees will be adorned in decorations and ornaments representing each of our 50 great states. 

33rd Annual Dickens Christmas Show
November 13-16
13th: 9 am-6 pm
14th-15th: 9 am-8 pm
16th: 12-6 pm
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
2101 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach
$8.50 for 1-day pass/Adult (online), $4 for 1-day pass/child (online) see website for more details

The Dickens Christmas Show is a unique national award winning event comprised of a multitude of shopping and entertainment options for individuals and groups alike. The cornerstone of the event is a Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the 100,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Here, against a Victorian Holiday background, you will find hundreds of period clad vendors selling everything from jewelry, gifts, toys, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, holiday décor and much more. There is something for everyone on your holiday list, but the fun doesn't stop there. Strolling Victorian Musicians, Tea Leaf Readers, Shadow Box Displays, a Life Sized Historic Santa through the Ages Exhibit and a real live Santa, each lend their own charm to the show.  Plus there are the elaborate Festival displays of Trees, Tables, Wreaths and the Festival of Worlds that add to the experience too!

Taste of ConwayNovember 13
4:30-8:30 pm
Downtown Conway
217 Laurel St., Conway
$5 general admission

Now in their 10th year of providing this holiday tradition to the Conway area.  The excitement starts Thursday night November 13th, 4:30-8:30 pm with a premier dining experience.  This event is the "go-to event" where patrons can sample some of the best restaurants of Conway and Horry County.  This affordable dining experience allows samples with pricing starting at only $1.00 each and a general admission of $5.00.  During the night meet friends, listen to live music and enjoy the "Event under the Tent" beside the historic Waccamaw River!

10th Annual St. Nicholas BBQ FestNovember 15
10 am-until the BBQ is gone
Downtown Conway
$10 for the wristband

Saturday, November 15th, opening at 10 am you'll be treated to the beautiful Riverfront Park. This year they host the nationally acclaimed St. Nicholas BBQfest.  Enjoy a great day of fun, arts, crafts, food vendors, kids' activities, music, special entertainment and yes, some of the best BBQ for your palate.  The fully sanctioned South Carolina BBQ Association event, "The War between the States," provides bragging rights and huge cash awards for contestants from both North Carolina and South Carolina.  Who will you choose? The BBQ is available starting at 11:30 and served until it's gone.  A $10.00 wristband gives you 10 opportunities to sample the best!

20th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting 
November 22
6 pm
Broadway at the Beach
1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Kick off the holiday season with great dancing and musical performances leading up to the lighting of the Christmas tree at Broadway at the Beach! A fireworks show follows at 8 pm.

Fireworks Extravaganza
November 22
8 pm
Broadway at the Beach
1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Everyone enjoys the fireworks show at Broadway at the Beach, brought to you by our friends at Helicopter Adventures.

Traditional Thanksgiving Feast 
November 27
12 pm-6 pm
Hard Rock Café
1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
$14.95 per person, $7.95 per child ages 4-10, free for children 3 and younger

Enjoy a full buffet featuring tossed mixed garden salad, chef carved roast turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, traditional turkey gravy, green bean casserole, glazed carrots, a mashed potato and sweet potato station, fresh rolls w/butter chips, dessert table and complimentary soft drinks & iced tea included.  For reservations please call 843-946-0007. Reservations made on the hour and half hour.

Holiday Exhibits
November 28-January 4
Brookgreen Gardens
Free with Garden Admission

Two indoor holiday exhibits feature the history, art, and horticulture of the South Carolina coast. 

30th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta
5 pm
November 29
Little River Inlet to Dock Holiday Marina

Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the curtain rises on this spectacular maritime parade at the Little River Inlet at 5 pm and travels south, arriving at Dock Holidays Marina at 7 pm.  Gather your family and watch the parade as it passes various viewing areas along the waterway.  Remember to bring a new toy and drop it off at a collection point at any marina in Little River or North Myrtle Beach.  If the parade ends and you have not yet donated your toy, you can take it to Harbour Gate Marina.  With your donations of new, unwrapped toys and/or monetary offerings, you can help make sure that there is not a single child without a present to open on Christmas morning.


Island Fever Music Fest
November 1
Time TBD
La Belle Vineyard1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River
$8 per person

Come try La Belle Amie’s Island Fever Music Fest.  You’ll be surrounded by a beautiful vineyard, great wine and music.  Admission is reduced by $3 if you bring two canned/dry good food items for the area food bank.  Festival dates are subject to change.  Inclement weather may cause a last-minute postponement or cancellation, so check the website or call prior to coming out to the event.  

Art In The Park
November 1-2
10 am-4 pm
Chapin Park
1400 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach

This free art event features more than 50 local artists and crafters displaying and selling their work including painting, glasswork, woodwork and jewelry.

Waccamaw Indian People 22nd Annual Intertribal Pow Wow
November 1-2
11 am
Tribal Grounds
591 Bluewater Road, Aynor

The 22nd Annual Arts Festival & Pow Wow will be held Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd. They invite you to join them for this event. The gates will open at 11:00 am on both days. There will be two Grand Entries on Saturday, held at 1 pm and 6 pm. On Sunday there will be one Grand Entry held at 2 pm.  

First Saturday Glass Blowing Demonstrations
October 4-May 2
10 am-4 pm
Conway Glass
209 Laurel Street #A, Conway

 First Saturday Glass Blowing demos are free and enable you to learn about the art of glass blowing.  Everyone is invited into the hot shop to watch as glass blowers create colorful bowls and vases from molten 2,150 degree glass.

Surfside Beach Veterans Day Service
November 11
2-3 pm
Veterans Memorial in Fuller Park
410 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach

Show your support for our veterans by visiting the Surfside Beach Veterans Day Service.  You’ll find this to be a meaningful and beautiful way to honor our veterans this Veteran’s Day.

44th Annual S.C. State Bluegrass Festival
November 28-30
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
2101 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach
$40 general admission adult, $20 general admission child (see website for more detailed information on prices)

You’ll find a wide variety of Bluegrass artists, excited to show off their talents and help you have a great time.  If you like Bluegrass, you won’t want to miss this exciting festival. 

Waterway Wood Carvers Exhibit
Now until November 28
9:30 am-2:30 pm Mondays-Wednesdays
Conway Campus, Building 1100 Horry Georgetown Technical College
2050 Highway 501 east, Conway

A new art show at the Richardson Gallery on the Conway Campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College features the Waterway Woodcarvers Club of Myrtle Beach has an exhibit through November 28th with more than 100 wood carvings by 19 artists.  Inquiries about the art, artists, art exhibitions, or gallery scheduling, may be directed to Peggy Saylor at 349-5269.

Educational Activities

Sculpture Conservation" by Ted Monnich
November 8
3-4 pm
Brookgreen Gardens
Free with Admission

Learn the basics of sculpture conservation in this informative program given by Ted Monnich, an objects conservator with over thirty year's experience in the field of conservation.  This lecture will be in the Fry Classrooms at the Welcome Center.

Dirt ‘n’ Details
November 11
12-1 pm
Brookgreen Gardens
Free with Admission

Brookgreen Gardens is pleased to present a horticulture program series.  The programs will be in the Wall Lowcountry Center.

Gullah Geechee Program Series
September - November 12
Wednesdays at 1 pm
Brookgreen Gardens
Free with Admission

In Brookgreen Gardens' Fall season presentation,“Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout,”  Ron Daise, Vice President for Creative Education, will perform a concert of songs and readings from his CD of the same title.  Through a musical journey of rich imagery and evocative rhythms and instrumentation, viewers celebrate Gullah Geechee culture in the genres of traditional spiritual, blues, gospel stomp and clap, Gullah Geechee/West African pop, and a Gullah Geechee/West African/Caribbean blend.  Themes highlighted are African Diaspora; the common cultural connections of food ways, language, rice heritage, crafts, music; the tragedy of enslavement; the importance of family and the resilience of survival.  Programs in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium are free with garden admission.

Most of these events are just a short drive from Plantation Resort, so call 1-800-845-5039 to reserve your stay and plan your perfect November vacation!  Can’t wait to see you!