Greetings from Avista Resort!
Thank you all for helping make the Avista Resort successful in 2018. Without our owners, guests and staff this would not have been possible.
The warm days of spring are just around the corner. There is still time to enjoy less crowded beaches, top attractions, great shopping and the best golf along the Grand Strand this winter. Now is also the perfect time to book your 2019 vacation as the earlier you book, the more you save! To make your reservations at Avista Resort, please call 1-877-392-2713 or check our rates online
News from Avista
Holidays at Avista Resort
The holidays can be a very special time for people to unwind, relax and enjoy some quality time with their family. For others, the holidays can be filled with stressful moments that seem like they will never come to an end. For years, the Avista Resort has tried to help make this time a little easier and joyous for all of our guests.
Starting with Thanksgiving, the Avista tries to ease the load with our wonderful Thanksgiving Day buffet, filled with all your favorites for a truly delectable meal including slow-roasted prime rib, turkey, ham with loads of sides and enough desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. This year's sold-out buffet was host to family reunions, traveling families and even a few of our early arriving snowbirds! We also had several of our more enterprising guests who cooked their own turkey from the comfort of their fully equipped condo.
Not long after the last turkey sandwich has been made, the Avista elves begin weaving their magic throughout the resort. The Holiday season and especially Christmas should be a time of joy and wonder and our staff strives to create that kind of atmosphere for our guests and homeowners that join us during this time. Each department works hard to find a way to express their holiday spirit. Whether it be participating in our yearly door decorating contest, turning the resort into a winter wonderland, or just helping to spread that holiday cheer to all, our staff really comes together. The Holidays should be a magical time and we like to do anything we can to add to that.
Our annual company Christmas party was a big success this year with nearly 150 in attendance. We celebrated some longtime employees, ate tons of tasty food including an ice cream sundae bar with every topping imaginable, and played games. Everyone had a blast and more importantly took a moment to enjoy the holiday with each other. We hope your holidays were as Merry & Bright and hope to see you at Avista Resort in 2019!
New Years Eve at Avista was literally "Smokin Hot", as we brought in the New Year with the band Gary Lowder and Smokin Hot! Another sold out party where everyone danced the night away to some of their favorite beach tunes and more.
With the arrival of the new year, Avista Resort begins to welcome our snowbird guests, some of which have already arrived. We have a variety of activities planned for them including movie nights, bingo, arts & craft sessions, and pot lucks.
Introducing our new Food & Beverage Team
From the desk of David Heermans, Food & Beverage Director
I would like to introduce our new chef, Murray, and myself to all of you.
Chef Murray and I bring a combined 30+ years of experience in the hospitality industry. I was previously employed by Hilton as the Food & Beverage Manager for 8 years. Murray owned his own catering and baking business before joining our culinary team at Just Off Main.
We are both excited to have joined the Avista team and look forward to a successful 2019. We are currently looking to revamp the lunch and dinner menu with fresh South Carolina comfort food. We will also be featuring a wider variety of dinner specials along with drink specials in the Tree Top Lounge. Our Thanksgiving feast and New Year's bash were a big success for which we have received numerous compliments on the food and service.
I look forward to meeting everyone and hope everybody has a happy and healthy New Year.
Food & Beverage Director
Show your Romantic side this Valentine's Day!
Avista Resort is offering a romantic package for Valentine's Weekend. Surprise your sweetheart with a trip to the beach, complete with a romantic Valentine's dinner for two at Just Off Main, a bottle of champagne & chocolates and our signature rose petal turndown service one evening.
The chefs at Just Off Main have prepared a delectable menu for Valentine's Day weekend. Entrées include Tenderloin of Beef with Red Wine Reduction, Oven Poached Salmon with Shrimp and Crab Meat, and Vegetarian Lasagna with Cream Sauce.
Each entrée includes your choice of a scrumptious starter including savory she crab soup, butternut squash soup, or a selection of salads. A variety of desserts, wines, cocktails, beers, and champagne will be available.
The special menu will be available from February 14th - 16th for $19.95 per person plus tax & gratuity. Click here
for more information or to check rates for our Valentine's package.
News from Group Sales: Christmas Angels
Secret Santas Abound at Avista
Every holiday season at Avista Resort, we select a few team members to participate in our Secret Santa Christmas Angels program. Once selected, we gather a wish list from the coworker and their family.
Then the "Avista Elves" from various departments at the resort put together some gifts at Santa's Workshop to ensure a merry and bright Christmas for the selected family. Busily the "Avista Elves" wrap and seek out some grocery treats to round out the big Christmas delivery.
The best gifts of all are the joy it brings to the company Elves and the team member's families. We hope you experienced the joy of the holiday season.
Photo: The Elves in the Group Sales department deliver the gifts of the season to a fellow team member from the Avista Resort Housekeeping department. Smiles all around, and a few tears of joy too! News from the Beach
Featured Attraction: Barefoot Landing
Shop, dine and be entertained at Barefoot Landing.
Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is a unique shopping, dining and entertainment hub. Located just 5 miles from Avista Resort, you will find serene scenery and a multitude of stores, restaurants and shows to enjoy.
Shop at a variety of retail stores and boutiques, and allow your taste buds to experience a wide selection of the best restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area. Newly added dining options include Lucy Buffett's Lulu's Cafe, Taco Mundo, and Blueberry Grill.
Enjoy an "Alligator Adventure" or end the day with an exciting show at the Alabama Theatre, the only live entertainment theater in North Myrtle Beach, or live music at the House of Blues.
Experience the sights and scenes of this quaint southern shopping village on your next North Myrtle Beach vacation.
From the Golf Desk
Tired of the cold weather and ready for some fun in the sun? Now is the time to get your golf package booked for spring! Rooms are going fast and tee times are at a premium.
How well do you know your golf history? The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. The 18-hole round was created at the Old Course at St. Andrews in 1764. Golf's first major, and the world's oldest tournament in existence, is The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, which was played in 1860 in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Evidence of early golf in what is now the United States includes a 1793 record for a shipment of golf equipment to a William Wallace in Charleston, South Carolina, an advertisement published in the Royal Gazette of New York City in 1779 for golf clubs and balls, and the establishment of the South Carolina Golf Club in Charleston in 1787.
With so many different courses available in Myrtle Beach today, one could find anything from a Southern low country design to a course reminiscent of the old Scottish links. It is no surprise that Myrtle Beach has become the "Golf Capital of the World".
We offer several amazing packages for you to choose from, many with added perks. Whether you are looking for a package for the spring or getting a head start on the fall golf season, give us a call and our knowledgable golf department will be able to assist you any way they can. Don't delay! Make that call today!
May the course be with you!
Guest Comments "We really had fun at the New Year's Eve party! Shrimp in ice sculpture tasted delicious. Music was great! Tables, favors and decorations were festive and attractive. Confetti falling at midnight topped off the night and a fun surprise. Avista staff was welcoming and their service excellent!" Sandra B, 01/02/19 after a 3 night stay "Our stay was wonderful. I especially appreciated having our room refreshed each day. The grandchildren loved the pool, hot tub and lazy river at the end of the day. We also enjoyed breakfast and dinner at the restaurant." Marilyn M, 12/26/18 after a 3 night stay Read more guest comments.
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cooked, boneless chicken breast halves, shredded
1 (4.5 ounce) package quick cooking long grain and wild rice with seasoning packet
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
2 cups heavy cream
1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth, water and chicken. Bring just to boiling, then stir in rice, reserving seasoning packet. Cover and remove from heat.
2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packet until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in flour mixture by tablespoons, to form a roux. Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.
3. Stir cream mixture into broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.