Greetings from Avista Resort!
Thank you all for helping make Avista Resort successful in 2019. Without our owners, guests, and staff this would not have been possible.
If you haven't already, now is a great time to book your beach vacation! To make your reservations at Avista Resort, please call 1-877-392-2713 or check our rates online
News from Avista
Every year from October to March, Avista Resort offers monthly winter rentals. During these months, many of our guests from the northern states travel to the area to enjoy the warmer climate. Over the years, the Avista has become like a second home for many of our "Snowbird" guests.
We host many activities for our snowbird guests including pot lucks, crafts, meet & greets, and Bingo. This year Kalli Badger, one of the newest Front Desk team members, will be in charge of the activities. Kalli started off working at our sister property Grande Shores as an Engineering Admin and recently came to Avista Resort to work PBX. She is excited to be working with our snowbirds this year.
A Message from our Snowbird Ambassador Norma Baker:
"While here at the Avista, the "Snowbirds" enjoy the sunshine, warmer temperature and such great camaraderie. Potlucks, card games, board games, sewing circles, golf matchups, movie nights and most of all the chance to visit with once a year friends - some going back over 14 years. There is never a loss for something to keep us busy. The Avista personnel are eager and pleasantly there to assist. So come join us, we would love to see you."
Length of Service Awards
The longevity of some of our employees is definitely something to showcase.
Jim Eggen, Corporate General Manager, received a service award for 15 years with the company. Jim served as Avista Resort's General Manager prior to transitioning to his current role as Corporate General Manager for all of Myrtle Beach Seaside Resort's properties.
"I am honored and humbled to work with such a dedicated group of men and women these last fifteen years and look forward to coming to work every day," said Jim Eggen.
We are proud to recognize four additional team members who are celebrating multiple years at Avista Resort. Chase Long, Front Desk Manager, is celebrating 5 years. Gladys Morozan, Director of Housekeeping, is celebrating 10 years. Tom Tse, Corporate Accounting Controller, is celebrating 10 years. Helen Staton, Director of Reservations and Revenue Management, is celebrating 15 years.
It is an honor to have such dedicated and loyal staff at the Avista Resort. If you see any of these team members while you are here, please help us congratulate them!
Recognizing our Bell Staff
The smiling faces of our outstanding bell staff are always ready to welcome you when you arrive at the Avista Resort. We are proud to have a dedicated team of bellman and are happy to share some great guest comments we received recently!
"We were at Avista for my husband's 60th birthday. The accommodations were excellent. The entire staff was very friendly, but I would like to give a special shout out to Chris in the north tower garage. Not only was he helpful in loading the vehicle in a tropical storm, but gave us excellent recommendations for breakfast and dinner.
My husband was also very surprised with the balloons and chocolates ordered for the room. An excellent trip. Thank you." - Lucy F, TripAdvisor review from October 2019
"Thank you for a nice weekend getaway. The facilities were clean. The indoor pool area was wonderful and beach access was easy. Caswell was extremely helpful with greeting us and helping with our luggage." - LB1, TripAdvisor review from December 2019
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 10 oz. Ribeye, Crab Cake Portofino, and Pasta la Vista.
Each entrée includes your choice of a scrumptious starter including savory Lobster Bisque, Tomato Basil and Cream, or a selection of salads and either Strawberry Mousse Pie or Red Velvet Cake. A variety of desserts, wines, cocktails, beers, and champagne will be available.
The special menu will be available from February 14th - 16th for $26.95 per person plus tax & gratuity. Click here
for more information or to check rates for our Valentine's package.
Holidays at Avista: A Time for Giving Back
Every holiday season at Avista Resort, we select a few team members to participate in our Christmas Angels program. Once selected, we gather a wish list from the coworker and their family. This year, the family for the front desk was Kenosha Gause and Cornelius Moultrie.
Kenosha works as a Front Desk Agent and Cornelius is a Bellman. They have two little boys, a 10-year-old who loves to play the drums and football, and a five-year-old who just started Kindergarten and loves to color!
The best gift of all is the joy our Christmas Angel program brings to the company and our team member's families. We hope you experienced the joy of the holiday season.
News from the Beach
Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light
Brookgreen Gardens is hosting artist Bruce Munro and his impressive light work from April 8 - September 12, 2020.
Bruce Munro is an international artist known for his large immersive site-specific installations. He uses light on an environmental scale in order to create emotional responses from the viewers based on his own experience of "fleeting moments of rapport with the world and existence in its largest sense".
The exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens will feature seven pieces of his light and mixed media, designed specifically for their natural garden rooms. The illuminated pieces will house over tens of thousands of components.
"The room was clean and cozy.. The ocean view was beautiful and the indoor pool and lazy river was enjoyable. The staff and service was very friendly and courteous. We hope to be back again in 2020."
Janet Z. after a 2 night stay
"Loved our room! It was clean and fresh and looked brand new. The bed was comfortable and the staff was friendly and helpful at check in and when we had questions."
Broccoli Cheese Soup
1/2 cup butter
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (1 pound) loaf processed cheese food, cubed
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup water
1. In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.
3. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently until thick.
Featured recipe from AllRecipes.com