A Capital Resorts™ Monthly Owners' Newsletter
Volume Two, Issue Seven - July 9, 2015
Myrtle Beach Obtains Award Trifecta
Myrtle Beach has been considered one of the most popular vacation destinations on the East Coast for some time. That assumption was recently confirmed thanks in part to the Golfers’ Choice Awards by Golf.com. This year’s awards, announced in early June, had Myrtle Beach winning three of the 10 awards given out under the destinations category.
Golf.com, the most popular website for golfers in the country, polled over 6,000 readers and golfers as a part of the competition. When the votes were tallied, Myrtle Beach took home the prize for Favorite U.S. Destination, Favorite U.S. Destination for Value and Favorite U.S. Destination for Buddy Trips. The awards come only a year after Myrtle Beach was named Best Golf Destination by 10Best and USA Today. Myrtle Beach was one of two locations to win multiple awards from Golf.com in the destinations category this year. Scotland was the other - claiming the awards for Favorite International Destination and Most Dreamed-About International Destination.
Though it is highly impressive that the city of Myrtle Beach added three more awards from the same competition to their virtual trophy case, it should come as no surprise to frequent vacationers to the area. Myrtle Beach is home to 50 4-star golf courses, 13 of which have been ranked in the top 100 of America’s public golf courses in the past.
With its location on the Grand Strand, a 60-plus mile stretch of beach along the coast of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is the ideal spot to be named the Favorite U.S. Destination by golf enthusiasts. There are more than 100 golf courses to play in the area and with temperatures reaching the upper 80s in the summer and mid-70s in the fall – this allows for ideal playing conditions almost year-round. Not to mention over 60,000 available accommodations, ranging from motels to luxurious resorts such as Capital Resorts Group’s Seaside Resort, guarantee a place to stay for any golfer looking to vacation in the area.
It’s not hard to see why Myrtle Beach won an award for value, either. The city is a prime example for getting what you pay for. If you’re willing to spend a little extra cash on top-notch golf courses such as The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, you will enjoy a fantastically designed course overlooking the beach along with luxury clubhouse comfort.
With all the available options for golfing, it’s obvious why Myrtle Beach was named the Favorite U.S. Destination for Buddy Trips. What’s better than spending the day with your friends while playing a round of golf on a beautifully designed course? And after playing 18 holes, Myrtle Beach keeps the fun going with your pals thanks to the exciting night life it offers. There are several bars and night clubs open late and plenty of areas that offer live music so you can relax and enjoy a drink at the end of the day.
Everything about Myrtle Beach makes it the ideal vacation spot, from traveling with family to taking a golf trip with your buddies. There’s no question as to why Myrtle Beach earned a trifecta from the Golfers’ Choice Awards. Whether you’re spending time at the beach or golfing on a course that overlooks one, you’re bound to not only get your money’s worth, but also have a great time.
To see the full list of award winners from Golf.com, click here.
History of Moonshine in the Smoky Mountains
Moonshine is an important part of Smoky Mountain history dating all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Even today, the Smoky Mountains are located in an area of Southern Appalachia primed with moonshine. Avid viewers of the Discovery Channel can occasionally see the areas of east Tennessee on the popular television show "Moonshiners".
While vacationing at The Lodges at The Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, it’s easy to become distracted by the natural beauty of the area and the excitement from attractions such as The Island or Dollywood. Some may not be aware of the rich history of moonshine that surrounds them, like the fact that they are near the old stomping grounds of famed moonshiner, Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, who was known throughout the southeast for making the best moonshine ever created.
The history and technique of making moonshine began when more Scots-Irish settlers began coming to the eastern United States. Along with all their possessions, they brought their prized methods of making their own liquor. The practice of making moonshine illegally began during the 18th and 19th centuries when the United States government vastly increased taxes on liquor.
Many avoided paying such high taxes by having their own secret distilleries powered by winding rivers throughout the forest and hidden within the Great Smoky Mountains, thus creating a rich history between outlaws and moonshine. In the 20th century, moonshine was a main source of income for residents in the Great Smoky Mountain area. Farmers throughout the foothills of the mountains would make the whiskey from their own corn crops, increasing their profits and raising the value of their corn.
Nowadays, moonshine still has a main foothold in the Great Smoky Mountains, however, it has recently become a perfectly legal business. At the center of the moonshine business is Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine and their distilleries in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
The families behind Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine were among the first to settle in the Great Smoky Mountains. When laws passed in 2010 allowing legal moonshine distilleries in the area, Ole Smoky seized their opportunity. They were the first to open a federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee.
With their main distillery, dubbed “The Holler,” in Gatlinburg and their second, “The Ole Smoky Barn,” at The Island in Pigeon Forge, the rich and sometimes controversial history of moonshine is alive and well in the Great Smoky Mountains through Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine - only legal now.
Customer Service Achievements
Over the past few months, the owner services team has been hard at work to help give owners the best customer service experience possible. Here is a look at some improvements for the month of June:
As a reminder, you can reach the owner services department by phone at 844-777-CLUB (2582) Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, by email at email@example.com or via online chat.
Many of your questions can be answered on our brand new Frequently Asked Questions page on the Capital Resorts Group website.
Foodie Photo Contest
Eating is one of the greatest pleasures of a vacation – whether you’re enjoying dinner you made in the gourmet kitchen of your suite, or an exotic local dish at one of the area’s best eateries. Many of our Capital Resorts locations are known worldwide for the food. Kennebunk is famous for their delicious lobster rolls, Wisconsin Dells for kid-friendly American dining, Pigeon Forge and Branson for their Southern, home-style cooking, Biloxi offers eclectic Cajun cuisine and Myrtle Beach has some of the freshest seafood around. This summer, share your best foodie photos with other Capital Resorts Group members through our Foodie Photo Contest. Who knows, you could win 8 days and 7 nights in a 1 bedroom at Club La Pension in New Orleans, Louisiana! Submit your best foodie photo and tell us about your food-filled summer vacation!
Club La Pension in New Orleans, LA
Featured Blog Article: Reservation Tips - When is the Best Time to Travel?
Some families like to vacation during certain holidays or set times of the year. Others prefer to travel when it's less crowded and to get the best value. The times when most vacation destinations in the United States are the least crowded are generally before or after major holidays or specifically: the first week in June (1st-7th), second week in July (6th-12th) and last week in August (24th-31st). Colorado experiences low season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, or March through early April when things slow down after ski season. In Florida, low season is generally in November but the north has an extended low season from November through February, and the south's low season runs from June through November. The best time to enjoy the indoor water parks in Wisconsin Dells while escaping the summer crowd is after Labor Day (excluding Thanksgiving week) through mid-January - restaurants and some attractions are still open to cater to off-season vacationers.
When it comes to airfare, CheapAir.com did extensive research and this is what they found: "According to the data, sometime around 225 days out (7 1/2 months), on average, fares started to drop and by 104 days out (3 1/2 months) they had fallen to within $10 of their low point. From there they continued to drop, slowly but steadily, until reaching a low 54 days before airplane blue. After 54 days, fares started to climb again, remaining within $10 of that low until 29 days out. Then, the increase began to accelerate and once you were within 14 days the fares really shot up dramatically. In short, between about one month out and three and a half months out (29 days to 104 days) fares were at their lowest point. We call this period the “prime booking window” where the average fare on each day was within $10 of the lowest fare possible. This is the period where 2013 domestic flights were generally the least expensive and this was usually the best time to buy." You can find more specific details here.
When it comes to making reservations to use your vacation ownership, the keys are: be flexible and reserve as far in advance as possible - especially if you have specific requests.
Let's say you want to vacation in South Florida. Be flexible in your request - be open to stay in Miami, Miami Beach, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Shores or even Riviera Beach or Jupiter Beach. That flexibility will open up many more options for you and your family. Being flexible with your dates a week or two before or after will definitely help as well.
When you have specific requests such as handicapped, pet friendly, ground floor, etc. the farther in advance you make your request, the better chance you have of receiving exactly what you ask for as the number of special rooms like that are limited.
Introducing the Capital Passport Program
Being a Capital Resorts Group owner means you get to do more of what you love the most – TAKE VACATIONS. Now, through our Capital Passport Program, each time you vacation at one of our Capital or Lifestyles Collection destinations, you receive a resort stamp in your passport which can be entered for your chance to win exciting prizes!
How does the program work, you ask? It’s simple! Upon check-in, just present your passport to the resort concierge who will mark it with that resort’s stamp. If you forget to pack your passport or if you have not yet received one, new and replacement passports are also available at the resort concierge. Then go to www.capitalresortsgroup.com/passport to register your stamp – you will need your owner ID, reservation number, location visited and date of stay from that vacation.
Once you register on the website listed above, you will be entered into a drawing to win awesome prizes! Every 90 days a winner is chosen and the prize changes. The current prize is a 4 day/3 night vacation to your choice of either New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or Miami! So, keep traveling with us for more chances to win!
Upcoming 2015 Fall Festivals & Events
Southern Gospel Picnic Festival
August 27 through September 7 - Silver Dollar City
Backlit – Live in Concert!
September 4 - Branson Landing
BIG Labor Day Weekend Sale
September 4 through 7 - Tanger Mall
Labor Day Weekend K-Life 5k to 10k Race
September 5 - Branson Landing
Country Music Weekend
September 11 through 13 - Silver Dollar City
National Harvest & Cowboy Festival
September 16 through October 31 – Silver Dollar City
Annual TangerStyle Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk
September 26 – Tanger Outlet Mall
6th Annual Paint the Landing Pink! – A Benefit for Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks
October 10 – Branson Landing
Safe Street Trick-or-Treat & Monster Mash Street Dance
October 31 – Branson Landing
Christmas and Winter Celebration
November 1 through December 31 – Titanic Museum
November 5 through 11 – Throughout Branson
An Old Time Christmas
November 7 through December 30 – Silver Dollar City
PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE
Shades of the Past Rod Run XXXIII
September 11 and 12 – Dollywood’s Splash Country
Titanic Museum Sleepover
September 25 – Titanic Museum Attraction
30th Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair
September 26 through October 24 – Patriot Park
17th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
September 26 and 27 – Pigeon Forge
September 26 – Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
October 2 through 31 – Dollywood
Halloween Trick or Treat
October 29 – Pigeon Forge Community Center
3rd Annual Halloween at The Island
October 31 – The Island
Smoky Mountain Christmas
November 7, 2015 through January 2, 2016 – Dollywood
Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights
November 10 through December 31 – Patriot Park
Old Mill Square Holiday Open House
November 14 – Old Mill Square
Fireworks on Thanksgiving
November 26 – Titanic Museum
Hank Williams in Concert
September 4 – IP Casino Resort & Spa
September 6 – The Great Lawn at Harrah’s Gulf Coast
24th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival
September 12 – Jackson County Fairgrounds
September 19 – MS Coast Coliseum & Convention Center
September 26 – First Baptist Church of Gulfport
38th Annual Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival
October 3 – Downtown Plaza of Pascagoula
30th Annual Fall Muster
October 16 through 18 – Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library
94th Annual Jackson County Fair
October 18 through 25 – Jackson County Fairgrounds
The Rocky Horror Show
October 30 to 31 – Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center
Gautier Veterans Day Laying of the Wreath Ceremony
November 11 – Gautier City Hall
National Park Service Fee Veterans Day
November 11 – Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean Springs
Annual Snowflakes in the Bay
November 27, 2015 through January 1, 2016 – Downtown Bay St. Louis & Depot Row
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
32nd Annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship
August 31 through September 4 – Throughout Myrtle Beach
5th Annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival
September 4 through 6 – Broadway at the Beach
Labor Day Saturday Music & Cookout
September 5 – La Belle Amie Vineyard
32nd Annual Taste of the Town
October 6 – Myrtle Beach Convention Center
36th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival
October 17 – Downtown Loris
43rd Annual Art in the Park
November 7 and 8 – Chapin Park
21st Annual Carolina Beach Music Awards
November 11 through 15 – Alabama Theatre
21st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Broadway at the Beach
November 14 – Broadway at the Beach
46th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival
November 26 through 28 – Myrtle Beach Convention Center
8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Market Common
November 27 – Market Common Myrtle Beach
31st Annual Intercoastal Christmas Regatta
November 28 – along the Intercoastal Waterway
Kennebunk Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through November – Lafayette Center Parking Lot in downtown Kennebunk
28th Annual Nature Crafts Festival
September 12 and 13 – Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm
Bike Maine 2015
September 12 through 19 – Maine
Kennebunk Art Walk
September 18 – downtown Kennebunk
Wicked 5K Road Race
October 18 – Nonantum Resort
2nd Annual Halloween Bash
October 30 – Nonantum Resort
Trick or Treat in the Kennebunks
October 31 – merchants throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport
Progressive Trolley Dinner
November 15 – top Kennebunkport restaurants reached by the in town trolley
October 10 – Kennebunk
Thanksgiving Day Meal
November 26 – Dorothy Stevens Community Center
Downtown Tree Lighting
November 28 – Plaza on Main Street
Lunch with Santa
November 29 – various eating establishments in downtown
HOLLYWOOD BEACH, FLORIDA
6th Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale
September 1 – South Florida Fairgrounds
Full Moon Drum Circle
September 27 – ArtsPark at Young Circle
Funtastic Friday for Kids
Every Friday – ArtsPark at Young Circle
ArtsPark Movie Night featuring TBA
Every Friday in September – ArtsPark at Young Circle
Rick Springfield, Loverboy and The Romantics
September 2 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
September 21 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7th Annual Cardboard Boat Race
October 17 – City of Hollywood Marina
Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller: Don’t be a Pinhead Tour
November 7 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5th Annual Veterans Barbecue
November 8 – Topeekeegee Yugnee Park
America and Three Dog Night
November 12 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA
East Village Uncorked
September 4, October 2, November 6 – Harbor Village
Brazilian Sessions: Beatriz Malnic Trio
September 4 – Bailey Contemporary Arts
Music Under the Stars
September 11, October 9, November 13 – Corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvd
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse Tour
September 12, October 10, November 8 – Sans Harbor Resort
Art Hive Thursdays
September 17, October 15, November 19 – Baily Contemporary Arts
International Night: Marlow Rosado
September 18 – Bailey Contemporary Arts
O Lighthouse Tour
August 2 – Hillsboro Inlet Park
WISCONSIN DELLS, WISCONSIN
September 18 through 20, Downtown Wisconsin Dells
September 20 through October 31, Red Ridge Ranch Riding Stable
Dells Chili Cook Off 2015
October 10, Downtown Wisconsin Dells
Fall Festival Weekend
October 16 through 18, Downtown Wisconsin Dells
Dells on Tap
October 17, Downtown Wisconsin Dells
Autumn Harvest Fest 2015
October 17, Wisconsin Dells Festival Site, La Crosse Street
A Christmas Carol-The Musical
November 18 through December 27, Palace Theater
December 5 through 27, Palace Theater
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