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

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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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Low country She Crab Soup
By Chef Peter Gennaro


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


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.


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.


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.

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 and


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.


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

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).


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. and


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


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


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Kingston Plantation and Kingston Shores Win International Magellan Awards

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – October 30, 2013 – Kingston Plantation and Kingston Shores, comprising Kingston Resorts, were selected as Magellan Award winners for best family resort hotel and best beach resort hotel. The winners of The 2013 Magellan Awards were announced by Travel Weekly.

With entries from across the United States and around the world, the Magellan Awards are the premier awards honoring the best in the travel industry. The complete list of winners can be viewed at The awards honor a broad range of industry segments including hotels and resorts, travel destinations, cruise lines, online travel services, airlines and airports, travel agents and agencies, tour operators and car rental companies.

Kingston Plantation was awarded a Silver Magellan Award for best family resort hotel, and Kingston Shores was awarded a Silver Magellan Award for best beach resort hotel.

The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a panel of top travel professionals representing the most accomplished leaders in the industry. In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all. Travel Weekly and are the most influential news resources for the travel industry.

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Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation

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Kingston Plantation is one of the largest resort areas in Myrtle Beach, SC, nestled in over 145 acres of beach and close to many attractions. Embassy Suites is an oceanfront hotel on the property offering a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean coastline, its nine swimming pools, nine tennis courts and two oceanfront restaurants.

The property features a guarded gate where I’m immediately greeted with a friendly smile, directions to my accommodations and a parking pass. Drive down the streets lined with palm trees, walking paths and bike trails. Pass the volleyball and tennis courts along with the indoor swimming pool lit beautifully at night.

I enter the Embassy Suites lobby for check-in and am welcomed by the sleek and modern design, seating areas adorned with leather high-back sofas and intimate areas to enjoy a fruity drink. The lobby also includes its very own Starbucks! How lucky can a girl be?

I grab the next elevator and head to the 20th floor to my two-bedroom, oceanview room with a private balcony decorated with subtle shades of blue and brown. I step inside my home-away-from-home accommodations, open the balcony doors and take a deep breath of the ocean air. From my balcony, I get a glimpse of SPLASH! Caribbean Family Playground and Lazy River and outdoor Splash cafe.

The suite features a small dining and wet bar area with coffee-maker, microwave and small refrigerator. A cozy fold-out sofa is available to curl up and watch the flat-screen TV. And, the double-vanity, tiled floor bathroom with Crabtree&Evelyn toiletries and the king-sized bed aligned with six fluffy pillows and down comforter are an added treat to enjoy after a long walk on the beach.

Reserve your next get-away at the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet with a full spread ranging from scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon to omelets, cereal and a variety of pastries. Attend an evening reception including light food and drinks and make a reservation at Vintage Twelve, where oceanfront dining and fresh local ingredients merge.

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Vintage Twelve Celebrates with Special Christmas Menu

Chef Brady Adds Tradition and Home Style Flavors to Christmas Dinner

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – December 10, 2012 – Vintage Twelve, Kingston Plantation’s newest oceanfront restaurant, has prepared a special menu for Christmas dinner. Chef Caitlin Brady fondly remembers Christmas Eve dinners with her family and wanted to include some of the flavors and traditions. “I wanted to create a feast that had some traditional items but also some of the flavors I fondly remember as a kid, like the sausage wellington and sweet potato casserole,” Brady reminisced.

Chef Caitlin Brady has prepared a holiday menu with all the fixings. The first course starts with a choice of Fig Salad with Baby Greens, Goat Cheese Cream and Walnuts with a Balsamic Vinaigrette or New England Clam Chowder. The second course is a choice of Sausage Wellington with House-Made Sausage, Puff Pastry, Tomato Relish and Pickled Mustard Seeds or a Paté Plate with Assorted Salami, Chicken Liver Paté, Pimento Cheese, Pickles, Pepper Relish and Toast Points. The third course is a choice of  Family Farm Glazed Ham with Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Beans and Sweet Cherry Reduction; Prime Rib Au Jus with Potato Puree and Creamed Greens or the Chef’s Selection of Local Fish from Murrells Inlet with Winter Vegetables and Butternut Squash Risotto. Dessert will feature Santa’s Favorite Assorted House Made Cookies and a Vanilla Milk Shake; Not Your Aunt Mary’s Fruit Cake with Cranberries, Blueberries, Pecan Cake and Whipped Cream Cheese Icing or Snow Day, Rich Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Cream Puffs.

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