Greetings from Avista Resort!
Summer is in full swing, bringing an influx of visitors who come to experience festivals, attractions and of course, the beach. Continue reading our summer newsletter to learn about our 4th of July celebration, summer activities, a new photo contest and more!
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
Independence Day Celebration
Avista Resort's 4th of July celebration was a blast!
The front desk staff decorated the resort to welcome our guests arriving for the holiday and show our patriotic spirit.
The group sales team hosted a "Letters to Soldiers" station where guests could write letters to show their appreciation for our troops' service.
Just Off Main set up an outdoor BBQ area and served hamburgers, sausage and peppers, grilled hot dogs, and more. Our food and beverage staff spent the day making sure everyone had plenty of food and treats. They worked hard to make sure our guests experienced a little taste of home here at the Avista.
The celebration continued at the pool area with fun activities including a duck race, hula hoop contest, limbo contest, cornhole tournament, and festive arts & crafts!
"It takes an entire team to pull it off and once again our staff came together to make sure the celebration was special and memorable for our guests," said Jim Eggen, General Manager.
We hope you can join us at next year's 4th of July celebration!
Children's Summer Activities
Avista Resort's "Kidz Zone" children activities are the highlight of many of our younger guests' summer vacations. The arts & crafts have been a hit this year! Kids have really enjoyed creating blobs in a bottle, hand print canvas art, hydro dip pictures, and tye dye t-shirts.
Check out our schedule for this year!
9:30am - Tye Dye Shirts ($10 or $5 if you bring a shirt)
10:30am - Beach / Shark Tooth Excursion
1:00pm - Cornhole Tournament
2:30pm - Tattoo Time ($0.50 for 1 tattoo, $1.00 for 3 tattoos)
9:30am - Slime Time ($4)
10:30am - BINGO
1:00pm - Blobs in a Bottle ($5)
2:30pm - Ice Cream Social ($5 per cup)
1:00pm - Hand Print Canvas Art ($5)
2:30pm - Scavenger Hunt
4:00pm - Cornhole Tournament
5:30pm - Movie Night / Karaoke
9:30am - Tye Dye T-shirts ($10 or $5 if you bring a
10:30am - BINGO
1:00pm - Coloring Time
2:30pm - Tattoo Time ($0.50 for 1 tattoo, $1 for 3 tattoos)
9:30am - Hydro Dip Picture Frames ($15)
10:30am - Cornhole Tournament
1:00pm - Hula Hoop Contest
2:30pm - Outdoor activities - Limbo, Tug-O-War, Bubbles, Frisbee and more
Avista Resort's "Kidz Zone" activities will be available through Labor Day!
Make a Splash with Mermaid Adventure Swim
Have you or your child been dreaming of becoming a mermaid? Now you can live out your dreams on vacation with Mermaid Adventure Swim's fun and unique classes.
Mermaid Adventure Swim hosts hour-long classes at our oceanfront pool on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10am and 10-11am for $30 per person. Guests are provided with a mermaid swim tail or shark fin of their choice for the duration of the session.
After an introductory tail instruction, the session splashes off with an underwater obstacle course, synchronized mermaid movements and a treasure hunt. A keepsake photo will be taken so the memories can be treasured forever.
These classes are fun for kids and adults of any age or gender. All skill levels are welcome and arm floaties are available if needed. Visit Mermaid Adventure Swim on the pool deck just prior to the session to register for a class!
A Family Tradition
Working at the Avista Resort has become a family tradition for the Long family.
Gina Long is our 1st generation member and has been part of Avista team since 2000. Over the past 19 years, Gina has grown with the company to her current position Corporate Director of Housekeeping. Gina is originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina, has 2 children and 3 grandkids, and enjoys DIY projects in her downtime.
Our 2nd generation member is Chase Long, who is the son of Gina. Chase joined the Avista team in 2014 and has grown with the company over the years to his current position as Avista Resort's Front Office Manager. Chase was born and raised in North Myrtle Beach. He enjoys traveling and has an Australian Shephard named Quinn.
New to the team this year is the Long family's 3rd generation member, Collin who is Gina's grandson. Collin works in our engineering department as a pool attendant and is enjoying the opportunity to learn about resort operations. Collin will be returning to Georgia after the summer to continue his education, but looks forward to working for Avista Resort next year.
Photo: Left to right - Collin Hadders, Gina Long, and Chase Long
2019 Certificate of Excellence
Avista Resort has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2019. This achievement celebrates businesses that are consistently excellent and have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. Thank you to all of our guests for helping us achieve this award!
Avista Resort hosts Foreign Students for Summer
Every year as summer approaches we receive requests from students around the world wanting to come over to the United States to work for the summer. Many of the students are studying to be doctors, lawyers, and journalists in their home country and embrace the opportunity to spend a few months in a different country to enhance their English language skills and experience a different culture.
This summer, Avista Resort is hosting 40 students from various countries including Russia, China, Spain, Romania, Turkey, Philippines, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
Participating in this program has been a wonderful way for our local full-time employees and managers to enjoy the sharing of experiences and cultures while we host these students from around the world. We are able to learn about different countries and cultures while demonstrating our southern hospitality and business practices.
Enter our "Beach Life" photo contest
Do you have any photos from your Avista Resort vacation that you'd like to share? Enter our "The Beach Life" photo contest for your chance to win some awesome prizes!
One grand prize winner will receive a $500 resort credit on their next stay of 4+ nights. Two runners up will receive a 40% discount off our standard rates on their next stay!
Click here to submit your photo by August 23rd for a chance to win! News from the Beach
Featured Attraction: Duplin Winery
Enjoy comfort and hospitality at this family-owned winery. Duplin Winery in North Myrtle Beach offers an expansive selection of award-winning Muscadine wine, wine tastings, tours and a specialty retail store.
Take a tour of the winery and taste various uniquely flavored Muscadine wines. During the tasting you will learn more about Duplin's winemaking method. A keepsake score card will be provided during your customized tasting experience so you can keep track of your favorite wines.
Duplin Winery offers two wine tasting experiences: The $5 Wine Tasting includes samples of up to 10 different types of wine. Crackers are provided. The $10 Deluxe Wine Tasting includes samples of up to 10 different types of wine, crackers, gourmet cheese dip and 1 full serving of wine in a souvenir wine glass.
Wines are changed every few weeks, so make plans to return and taste the new selections.
Guests of Avista Resort receive a discount at Duplin Winery! Simply show your room key and receive $1 off a wine tasting for up to 2 people, plus get a free beach bag cooler tote with a $25 retail purchase.
"Avista has amazing amenities, is clean, staff is friendly, has so much fun activities for the kids to do, and is reasonably priced! It quickly became my favorite place to stay!"
Jessica F., 7/17/19 after a 2-night stay
"The views from our condo were amazing. Each bedroom had a beautiful view of the ocean. It was amazing to wake up in the morning and see the sun rise and amazing ocean. It was like I was laying beside it."
Summer Garden Crustless Quiche
1 teaspoon olive oil, or as needed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups chopped kale
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 grinds fresh black pepper, or to taste
1 cup diced tomato
1/2 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup whole milk
7 1/2 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie dish with 1 teaspoon olive oil.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in the hot oil until garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add kale, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir tomato and carrots into kale mixture. Cook for 5 more minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
3. Whisk eggs and milk together in a bowl. Stir Cheddar cheese, kale mixture, and parsley into egg mixture. Pour into prepared pie dish.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until quiche is set in the middle and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in pie dish for 2 to 3 minutes before slicing.
Featured recipe from AllRecipes.com