Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort Earns Gold Key Award for 2014

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – November 18, 2014 – Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Resorts, an oceanfront resort complex in Myrtle Beach, has received the prestigious Gold Key Award for 2014. For more than 30 years, this annual award has been leading the industry recognizing the world’s finest meeting properties.

All winners of this award of excellence were nominated and selected by the professional meeting planner readers of Meetings & Convention magazine, who based their votes on the overall professionalism and quality of the property. This year, 151 domestic and 17 international hotels and resorts were honored as Gold Key winners – by this distinct audience. Meeting planners selected their winning properties based on strict industry criteria including: staff attitude; quality of meeting rooms; quality of guest services; food and beverage service; proficiency of handling reservations; availability of technical/support equipment and range of recreational facilities.

“We have been included in the Gold Key awards for more than 10 years, and we’re thrilled to be included once again,” said Bob Barenberg, managing director. “Clearly, the decision makers are a very knowledgeable group of meeting professionals, and we know the judging is extremely difficult. We are very proud of our staff and beautiful facility to be selected among the very best.”

“The 2014 Gold Key winners have met these tough standards through their dedication and by providing outstanding service,” said Kirk Lewis, Meetings & Conventions publisher. “The entire M&C staff commends the properties that have demonstrated the qualities and commitment to earn the Gold Key distinction.”

Meetings & Conventions is a division of NORTHSTAR Travel Media LLC, publishers of worldwide directories, periodicals, electronic products, and destination information services for the travel, meetings and hospitality industry.

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Budget Gourmet: Duck breast



4-12 oz boneless duck breast halves
4-teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar


Using a sharp knife, score skin of duck breasts in crisscross patterns. Sprinkle duck breasts on both sides with 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and chill

Heat 2 large skillets over medium heat. Add 2 duck breasts, skin side down. Cook until skin is crisp and golden for about 7 minutes. Turn duck breasts over and cook. Remove from heat. Let duck rest for 5 minutes.

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Kingston Plantation Named in Meetings Focus’ Best of the South Awards

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – September 29, 2014 – Kingston Plantation, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, is named among the Best in the South by Meetings Focus. Each year, Meetings Focus polls its users–made up of meeting planners who hold events around the world–to determine the best hotels and resorts for meetings and events in North America.

The properties are judged on the quality of meeting space; guest rooms; services and amenities; food and beverage; tech and bandwidth support; recreational facilities/activities; helpfulness of staff; and overall value and experience. Properties are divided into the same regional categories as the magazine: West, East, South and Mid-America.

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Buy Two Get One Night Free at Kingston Plantation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – September 25, 2014 – Kingston Plantation, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, is offering an attractive deal to extend your beach vacation. Guests who reserve two nights in the two-bedroom plantation villas or the two-bedroom accommodations in the North Hampton and South Hampton condominiums will receive one night free.

This promotion is available while inventory lasts and is subject to availability. Guests must stay three consecutive nights to receive the third night free. This offer is not valid with any other discounts or on holiday weekend. For reservations, call +1 800 876 0010 and reference the promotional code “BUY.”

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Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Resort Names in USA Today 10Best Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – August 4, 2014 – Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Plantation was listed among the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Myrtle Beach by USA Today 10Best.

The website selected hotels based on the upscale accommodations and first-class amenities, and the hotels are listed in no particular order.

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Kicks! Quicks | Cafe Amalfi provides perfect Myrtle Beach view, menu

myrtlebeachonline.com – July 2, 2014 – The time has come to enjoy summer and all it offers. We who are fortunate to live near the ocean know that this time of the year is best spent kicking up sand on the beach and jumping into pools, all of which can create an appetite. When you wash off the sand, relive your surfside day with a fabulous view and a fine dinner at Café Amalfi.

Tucked away on the mezzanine level of the Hilton, Café Amalfi serves up an amazing view of the pool and the endless Atlantic year-round as well as a unique sophisticated and award-winning menu. The dining room is decorated in soothing shades of sand and blue perfectly echoing the vista out the wall-to-wall windows. The wine list is extensive, or you can sip an icy summertime cocktail as you watch the waves. The stomach rumbles, however, and attention soon turns to the menu.

As befits a seaside restaurant, seafood is front and center on Café Amalfi’s menu. Sadly, I’m not a fish eater but I thoroughly enjoyed the Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon—my husband especially appreciates the discarded Salmon part. As a native New Yawka, I had been unfamiliar with fried green tomatoes and a few attempts had left me unconvinced until the crispy tomatoes with bacon relish and avocado mayonnaise at Amalfi made me a convert. You can never go wrong with a classic either, especially one with a twist like the Chilled Shrimp and Avocado Cocktail with a tomato compote.

The sea-centric entrees include Southern favorite Shrimp and Grits in tasso gravy, Cioppino a fish stew brimming with scallops, fresh fish, clams in a tomato broth and Pan-Seared Flounder served with a tasty ham hash. Mahi-Mahi is, according to those who know, deservedly award winning and served with corn maque choux (translation: a delightful vegetable medley).

The menu offers plenty of options for those of us not of the fish persuasion too, including my husband’s go-to choice of either a 10- or 14-ounce prime rib or my favorite filet with roasted potatoes. Even my vegetarian daughter can savor the views while she savors Penne Primavera or rich Mac and Five Cheese, minus the optional scallops or shrimp, of course. Daily specials are also available. We have never made it through dessert as the beach always seemed even more inviting after admiring it through dinner and we were anxious to get back. Maybe we’ll go on a rainy day and try the Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet Cake or any of the other sweet temptations.

As nearby part-time residents, my husband and I take advantage of Café Amalfi for a special night out or showing off our ‘hood to visiting friends and family. We’re always impressed with the consistently professional and very friendly service of our waiters, in particular Sophia and George. In fact, all the staff really seems to love their jobs and with an “office” that special, who can blame them? A private oceanfront dining room is also available for groups of 10-20 people. The prices are moderate to high but include the ambiance, excellent service and – one more time – that view. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch.

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