Warmer Weather is Coming! Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort Offers Gas and Go Spring Promotion

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – April 4, 2014 – Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Shores, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, has an attractive offer for vacationers within driving distance.  The Gas and Go package offers a discount rate on accommodations this spring starting at $144 per night. Included in the package is a $50 Walmart gift card, which can also be used for gas at selected locations.

The special rate is offered at the oceanfront Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort with 385 newly
renovated guest rooms. The hotel is set in the 12-acre Kingston Shores resort, which is located along the beautiful Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach and adjacent to a sister property, Kingston Plantation.

The Gas and Go promotion requires a reservation for two nights – perfect for a spring weekend escape. The Walmart gift card offers the perfect opportunity to stop to fuel up or stock up for your trip to the beach.

To make reservations and to determine availability, call 800-876-0010.

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort has a new color palette and a fresh and modern look. Recent
renovations include new furnishings, linens and a new lighting package. To complement the sleek look, new entry doors and high definition televisions have been installed in all guest rooms. The bathrooms have also been updated with new tile and contemporary vanities with storage room for hair dryers, guest’s toiletries and additional towels.

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Kingston Resorts Ship 1,381 Pounds of Soap to Africa

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – February 10, 2014 – Kingston Resorts, an oceanfront resort complex in Myrtle Beach comprising Kingston Plantation and Kingston Shores, shipped 1,381 pounds of soap as part of the Global Soap Project. The Global Soap Project recycles soap from hotels and distributes them across the globe. The soap is collected, sanitized and melted into new bars before they are shipped to refugee camps. The 1,381 pounds represents soap collected at Kingston Resorts during 2013.

“It’s the second year we have participated in this project,” said Eugene Silvestri, hotel manager with Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. “We plan to increase our shipment during 2014.”

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Shores and Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation were the first hotels to be green certified in Myrtle Beach, and the soap project is one of many initiatives the resorts have initiated to reuse, reduce and recycle whenever possible.

Hygiene-related illnesses claim more than 2.4 million lives each year. Hand washing with soap has been found to be the single most effective way to prevent those deaths. Research has shown that soap can reduce morbidity rates by more than 47 percent. The Global Soap Project has partners in 31 countries to distribute lifesaving soap and hygiene education to vulnerable populations, including disaster victims, refugees, the homeless, and mothers and children living in extreme poverty.

As part of the partnership, Hilton Worldwide is providing channels for more than 3,900 of its global properties to donate partially-used soap, while also investing $1.3 million to the project. Hilton Worldwide will also provide operational expertise to help expand the Global Soap Project’s processing and distribution capabilities. As a member of the Global Soap Project’s board of directors, Hilton Worldwide is also actively participating in the development of the nonprofit’s organizational strategy and growth.

The Global Soap Project, based in Atlanta, was founded by Derreck Kayongo, a humanitarian relief expert whose own Uganda family fled the tyranny of Idi Amin in 1979. During this tragic and despotic era, close to one million people lost their lives. Today, there are millions more internally displaced persons throughout Central and Eastern Africa, struggling to survive with limited or no access to clean water and soap. For more information, visit www.globalsoap.org.

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Kevin W. Luque Named Executive Chef at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – February 4, 2014 – Kevin W. Luque has been promoted to executive chef at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Resorts. Luque joined the oceanfront resort in 2008 as executive sous chef.

Luque was named the Best Seafood Chef in South Carolina in 2012. The competition and awards are part of an annual program by the Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Supply Show of the Southeast, and he competed against 19 other chefs in the seafood category to win the top prize.

Before joining Kingston Resorts, Luque was the executive sous chef at the W New Orleans and the Sheraton at Woodbridge Place in New Jersey.

Every December, Luque and others on the Kingston Resorts’ food and beverage team
participate with Feed a Family, a non-profit organization that feeds local families during the holiday season. The Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort team prepares the 500 turkey dinners that are delivered to families in time for Christmas.

Luque attended Middlesex County College in New Jersey and received an associate degree in hotel restaurant management.

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Two Ways To Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day at Kingston Resorts

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –January 30, 2014 – Kingston Resorts invite guests to celebrate love and Valentine’s Day with special menus and overnight accommodations. The oceanfront resorts’ top restaurants, Vintage Twelve and Café Amalfi, have developed special menus for the occasion. Both restaurants offer beautiful views of the Grand Strand and cuisine prepared by Myrtle Beach’s most accomplished chefs.

Café Amalfi at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort offers dinner for two for $99 plus tax and gratuity. It does not include alcoholic beverages, but valet parking is complimentary.

First Course: Spicy Seared Scallop over Fresh Corn Grits and Forest Mushroom Ragout
Salad Course: Organic Field Greens with Toasted Pecans, Dried Blueberries, Gorgonzola and Sour Berry Ranch Dressing
Entrée Course: (Choice of One Entrée) Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Southern Braised Mustard Greens and Lamb Jus; or Filet of Beef, Fork Smashed Yukon Gold Potato, Roasted Root Vegetable and Chianti Reduction; or Steamed Seabass, Asparagus Risotto and Truffle Sweet Pea Puree
Grand Finale: Trio of Chocolate including Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crème Brûlée,
Flourless Chocolate Torte.

For reservations, please call 843-449-5000 Ext. 3145 or 3138 for reservations or information.

Vintage Twelve is located in Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach. The romantic evening for two includes live jazz and the special menu from 5 to 10 p.m. The cost is $100 per couple and includes complimentary valet parking. Taxes and gratuity are not included.

First Course: (Choice of one) Cauliflower Bisque with Smoked Tomato Oil or Spinach Salad, Goat Cheese, Charred Sweet Onions and Lemon Bacon Vinaigrette
Main Course: (Choice of One) Fresh-Caught Local Fish, Local Vegetables, Charred Scallion Risotto with Smoked Raw Honey; or Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Purple Potatoes, Cippolini Onions, Basil Emulsion and Port Reduction; or Butter Poached Lobster Tail and Claws, Fresh Pasta and Asparagus; or Bacon-Stuffed Chicken, Potato Gnocchi, Kale and Brown Butter
Dessert: Chocolate and Strawberries to share, Crème Brule with Almond Cake, or Brown Sugar Blondie with Bourbon Caramel and Pecan Ice Cream

Reservations are recommended by calling 843-497-7300 or online at www.opentable.com.

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Myrtle Beach Cooking

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
By Albert Delitala

Myrtle Beach area is considered the jewel of South Carolina. Not only is the atmosphere beautiful but the dining experience is exquisite.

Chef Peter Gennaro from Kingston Plantation visited us today on Morning Live with some to-die-for dishes.

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Recipe:

Low country She Crab Soup
By Chef Peter Gennaro

Ingredients:

1 tbsp butter, unsalted
½ qt fish stock
½ qt heavy cream
½ cup heavy cream, whipped
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp mace
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp flour
2 cups white crab meat and crab roe
½ tsp salt
4-6 tbsp dry sherry
Paprika and chives to garnish

Method:

Using a heavy sauce pan melt butter and blend with flour to make a roux. Gradually stir in milk. Add crab and roe and all seasonings except for sherry. Simmer for 20 minutes stirring frequently

To serve place a tbsp of dry sherry at the bottom of each serving vessel. Add soup and top with a dollop of whip cream. Sprinkle with chives and paprika.

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Myrtle Beach musts for travellers on a budget

Thursday, October 24, 2013
By Nicole Feenstra, QMI Agency

Myrtle Beach has long been a favourite destination of Canadian travellers looking for a budget-friendly escape no matter the season.

Nearly one million Canadian tourists arrive in the coastal South Carolina city each year to enjoy its legendary golf, kilometres of beach and can’t-miss shopping. Such a large percentage of its visitors come from the Great White North that the city introduced the Can-Am Days festival 52 years ago. Public events, music and deals for Canadian travellers from local hotels and businesses mark the occasion – our own Maple Leaf flag is even hung around the city. The 53rd annual event will take place from March 10 to 18, 2014.

No matter if you’re planning a Myrtle Beach trip for spring, summer or fall, though; this affordable anytime destination is ideal for young families, retirees and guys’ and girls’ getaways.

Here are six musts for any Canadian travelling to Myrtle Beach on a budget.

STAY IN AN OCEANFRONT HOTEL

There are more than 90,000 accommodation units in Myrtle Beach available at all price points and all locations on the Grand Strand, from independently owned oceanfront hotels to big chains like Hilton. The added benefit of staying along the nearly 100 km long beach is easy access to the sand for a super affordable, fun beach day, with many hotels just steps from the beach. Book a hotel with an in-room kitchen to save on eating out and prepare your family’s own meals for a vacation that’s even easier on the budget.

See Photos From This Trip: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

My mom and I were hosted by the Embassy Suites during our visit, a recently-renovated hotel by Hilton on the sprawling Kingston Plantation, a gorgeous resort that houses the hotel, a condo and vacation rental homes. We loved the space our two-room suite offered, the incredible views of the always wavy Atlantic Ocean from our balcony and the ease of getting to the beach from the lobby.

The hotel provides a complimentary buffet breakfast to all guests, stocked with favourites like pancakes and bacon and local specialties like biscuits, thick white gravy and grits. My only complaint about the property is that it doesn’t provide free Internet and WiFi access to guests. Seeembassysuites3.hilton.com.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a hidden gem located near the airport that makes a fantastic diversion for travellers on a budget. The museum does not charge entrance, but visitors can leave a donation if they choose.

A lovely variety of visual arts are on display at the house-turned-museum, from the intricately woven tapestries of Jon Eric Riis to the colourful, close-ups of sea glass by photographer Celia Pearson. An exhibit of more than 50 paintings by southern artists, including celebrated Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green, is on display on the second level of the museum, showcasing the talents of local artists and the area’s Gullah roots. Seemyrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

In the evening, plan to see Las Vegas-quality live entertainment, without paying the Las Vegas ticket price. Check out One – The New Show at the Alabama Theatre (established in 1993 by southern rock band Alabama) or The Carolina Opry. Both top-rated TripAdvisor attractions are high-energy variety shows that mix stand-up comedy, dancing and singing in genres ranging from country to rock to Motown. Numbers from musicals like ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Wicked’ are also impressively performed in full costume.

Former ‘Star Search’ male vocalist of the year Greg Rowles hosts the show at Alabama Theatre, while the Carolina Opry counts reality TV stars LaToya London of ‘American Idol’ and clog dancers All That of ‘America’s Got Talent’ among their performers. Other shows ready to heat up your Myrtle Beach nights include celebrity impersonator-extravaganza Legends in Concert, 60s and 70s-themed Good Vibrations and the Carolina Opry’s Light Laser Show. See alabama-theatre.com and thecarolinaopry.com.

FORE!

Myrtle Beach is perhaps best known for the more than 100 championship golf courses that dot its landscape. What many travellers may not know is that it is also the miniature golf capital of the world. Dozens of mini putt courses, most with extravagant décor and themes ranging from dinosaur adventures to pirates, are located in the coastal city and make an affordable, fun-for-any-skill-level afternoon outing.

GO SHOPPING

Find a deal or two on clothes, housewares, shoes, fragrances and more at Myrtle Beach’s outlet and factory shopping malls.

We stopped by Tanger Outlets off North Myrtle Beach’s Highway 17 to check out the deals at stores like Gap Factory Store, J. Crew Factory, Michael Kors and more. Tanger Outlets houses more than 50 stores, offering discounts or deals on some of the most popular brands in fashion today. I was able to pick up some very cute boots for just $35 (winter is coming, afterall) and my mom found a great deal on pants at the Old Navy Outlet. See tangeroutlet.com.

Planning to shop a little more? Myrtle Beach hosts several other must-visit shopping destinations that offer both stores and restaurants for a complete day out. Consider Broadway at the Beach (Claire’s, Victoria’s Secret), Barefoot Landing (Sunglass Hut, Roxbury Boutique) or Coastal Grand Mall (Aeropostale, Bath & Body Works).

STROLL THE BOARDWALK

Myrtle Beach opened their revitalized boardwalk and promenade in 2010, creating a stunning 1.9 km-long walking path along the Atlantic Ocean with three distinct areas perfect for a free beachside stroll in the evening.

Watch the waves of the Atlantic lap against the sand on the South Promenade Section and take in the landscape and vegetation of the natural beach dunes on the North Dunes Walkway section. Or, people watch, window shop at kitschy tourist shops and hop on the new 60-metre-tall SkyWheel observation wheel for amazing views of downtown Myrtle Beach along the bustling Central Wooden Boardwalk section. Seemyrtlebeachboardwalk.com and myrtlebeachskywheel.com.

SPLURGE AT THE SPA

If you need a break from the greens and the beach, make a visit to one of Myrtle Beach’s spas your vacation splurge. My mom and I were treated to signature 70-minute massages at Cinzia Spa at the gorgeous new North Beach Plantation resort. The signature massage has a price tag of $180, but the service and luxury Cinzia Spa offers really makes this a good value.

I especially loved the warming soyaffin – a natural, more moisturizing alternate to paraffin – mitts that kept my hands toasty during my massage and left them ultra soft after. I have never experienced this pampering extra during other massages, making the Cinzia signature treatment all the more unique.

Guests are free to lounge before and after their treatments in the spa’s meditation room or at the outdoor hot tub and can take advantage of fully stocked locker rooms (no need to remember to bring along deodorant, moisturizer or even a comb; any toiletries you would want are provided) and soothing eucalyptus steam rooms. See thecinziaspa.com.

NEED TO KNOW

You will need to rent a car for your vacation as attractions are spread out across Myrtle Beach and neighbouring North Myrtle Beach. All major rental car companies operate out of the just-opened Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Porter Airlines and WestJet offer direct, seasonal service from the Toronto Island Airport or Pearson International to Myrtle Beach. Connecting flights are available for Canadians travelling from other cities.

For more information on Myrtle Beach and Can-Am Days, or for help planning your own Myrtle Beach trip, see visitmyrtlebeach.com.

 

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