|Greetings from Grande Shores!
Thank you all for helping make Grande Shores 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 vacation! To make your next reservation at Grande Shores please call 1-877-290-0897 or check our rates online.
News from Grande Shores
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. "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 several additional team members who are celebrating multiple years at Grande Shores. Laniece Williams, Executive Assistant and Lidia Blair, Housekeeping are also celebrating 15 years with the company. Tom Tse, Corporate Accounting Director, is celebrating 10 years.
It is an honor to have such a loyal and dedicated team at Grande Shores. If you see any of these team members while you are here, please help us congratulate them!
Holidays at Grande Shores
The holiday season was a joyous time at Grande Shores.
Binco and Elsie Elf returned for the month of December and kept a report card for Santa, although rumor has it they were misbehaving themselves! Good news, everyone on our staff was on the "Nice List".
Our Staff Christmas Luncheon was fun, beginning with a Holiday Scavenger Hunt. We then gathered to enjoy an incredible Italian buffet, followed by S'mores at our new S'mores station created by Isaac Charles, Engineering PM Supervisor. A fun time was had by all!
We rang in the New Year at Shoreline Café. Guests enjoyed our signature drink, Grande Shores Giggle, and a Prime Rib dinner special. Reese Holman, Front Desk Manager and Jeannie Pearson, Food & Beverage Director hosted Karaoke. There was laughter and fun by all amidst the karaoke and dancing as we rang in the New Year. Goodbye 2019 and hello 2020!
Valentine's Weekend Specials
Shoreline Café at Grande Shores is offering a Valentine's Dinner Special on February 14 & 15, 2020 from 5PM - 9PM. Choose from 8oz Prime Rib served with mashed potatoes, vegetables and roll for $12.00 plus tax and gratuity or Chicken Marsala served with mashed potatoes, vegetables and a dinner roll for $10.95 plus tax and gratuity. A variety of delectable desserts will be available as well.
Enhance your stay even further with our romantic room enhancements! We have a variety of options available including a rose petal turndown service, balloons, champagne & chocolates, and a bottle of wine. For the full list of options and pricing, click here
1st Annual Chili Cook-off
Grande Shores recently hosted its first Annual Chili Cook-off.
Guests and staff sampled each of the six entries and cast a vote for their favorite. The votes were tallied and the winner of the contest and a $50 grand prize was determined to be our Front Desk Manager, Reese Holman.
Reese chose to pay it forward and donate his prize toward the purchase of 6 turkeys to give away to our staff. In the spirit of the holiday season, Reese challenged our department heads to join the effort and make their own donation toward the purchase of additional turkeys. We are thrilled to announce 23 turkeys were purchased and generously gifted to our staff members.
Our employees were so happy to receive a turkey right before Thanksgiving. We are proud to have such a generous and caring team at Grande Shores.
News from Group Sales
We would like to say goodbye and good luck to Erin Graham. Erin worked as a Group Sales Coordinator for over ten years and has moved on to pursue an exciting opportunity. We wish her all the best in the future.
We welcome Nina Scott to our Group Sales team. Nina started her career with us in 2012 in our Reservations Department before coming to the Grande Shores in 2014 as a Front Desk Teamleader. During her time at the front desk, Nina took on various roles and proved herself to be a great asset to the team. We know she will be amazing in her new position as Group Sales Coordinator.
News from the Beach
Bruce Munroe 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.
"I just love the wonderful views from the oceanfront rooms! So relaxing! The heated pools and hot tubs are amazing! And all of the staff are so friendly and helpful! Feels like home away from home to us. We have been coming for years and will continue to return to the Grande Shores!"
- Michael M. after a 1 night stay
"Whenever we come to the beach, this is the only place we stay at. The rooms are always so clean. We love our view of the ocean... so beautiful! "
One-Step Chicken Noodle Soup
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup fusilli (corkscrew) pasta
1/3 cup finely minced onions
1 carrot, very thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 sprig fresh thyme (optional)
4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons freshly chopped italian parsley
1. Place chicken pieces in a saucepan. Add fusili, onions, celery, carrots, ketchup, thyme, salt, and cayenne pepper. Pour chicken broth into pan.
2. Place pan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until vegetables soften and pasta is thoroughly cooked, stirring occasionally, 25 to 35 minutes. Stir in parsley before serving.