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Archive for June, 2013

Red, White, and Luau 4th of July Celebration!

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The fourth of July is right around the corner and we could not be more excited!! The whole holiday weekend is going to be jam-packed with music, live entertainment, dancing, awesome interactive activities, fireworks, and of course, LanierWorld water slides and fun! If you’re looking for the details on what promises to be a fabulous weekend, you’ve come to the right place!

Let’s go over the actual holiDAY first, shall we?

First and foremost, on July 4th we are super excited that Lyndsey and Axel from Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5 will be doing a live broadcast at Sunset Cove from noon to 7pm. This is actually going to be really cool because Rock 100.5 is a fantastic radio station, and Lyndsey and Axel are both a lot of fun.

From 11-3pm, our Fun Patrol will be interacting with the kids all around LanierWorld, and let us say, this is extremely fun for the kiddos.

In addition to these cool events, we’ll have live entertainment at both Gianni’s noon to 8pm, the Fun Time Players will play some great dancing music from 3-8pm, Blair Crimmins and the HULAgans will play the Sunset Stage from 4-6pm, followed by the Geeks from 7-9pm.

But it’s not just LanierWorld that will be getting the live music treatment! Legacy Lodge will have live entertainment at the Pool Side Patio from 12:30-4:30, and BULLFROGS will have live music from 6:30-10:30pm. Lounge by the pool and enjoy some great tunes before heading over to BULLFROGS for a tasty dinner!

Finally, when the sky turns dark and everyones eyes have begun to drift skyward, Lake Lanier Islands will be pleased to present a huge fireworks display for your enjoyment and in celebration of our nation’s independence!

 

Friday, July 5th also promises to be a great day, with live entertainment at the Lodge Poolside Patio, Sunset Stage, Gianni’s, and BULLFROGS from 12:30-10:30pm and alternating throughout the day. The Fun Patrol will be out and about again from 11am-3pm, and the Fun Time Players will be playing from 3-8pm.

Additionally, Friday is Flip Flop Friday, presented by Marine Max at Sunset Cove! Ditch work and come out early for drink specials and DJ requests all night long!

The No Shoes Nation ticket giveaway will be sponsored by Miller and Kicks 101.5 at Sunset Cove, too! For every Miller product you purchase, we’ll drop your name in the bucket for a raffle to win tickets to the August 3rd No Shoes Nation Kenny Chesney concert in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome!


Also on Friday we’ll be featuring two Dive In Movies! “Free Willy,” a classic from the early 90s about a boy trying to help a killer whale get back to the ocean, will play at the WavePool at 8:30pm, and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” the tale of a courageous and defiant young horse in the Wild West, will play at Legacy Lodge.

 

Saturday, July 6th will be a typically enjoyable day at the Lake. Once again the Fun Patrol will be interacting with kids around the Family Fun Park from 11-3pm. Also, there will be live entertainment at Gianni’s, Legacy Lodge Poolside Patio, Sunset Stage, Boardwalk, Sunset Cafe, and BULLFROGS throughout the day beginning at noon. Our Saturdays are particularly awesome because we host Big Beach Parties on a weekly basis, so come out to Big Beach and see the Mike Veal Band from 5-9pm.

Sunday, July 7th should be excellent as well, as live music will entertain guests all over the park all day long beginning at noon.

And if you haven’t booked a plan for this holiday yet, we’ve got you covered! We are still running our GOTOFUN promo!!

From June 28-July 6, with rates starting at $149/night and INCLUDING 4 tickets to LanierWorld, this is a deal you DO NOT want to miss!!

So come on out this weekend and enjoy a magnificent staycation with us here at Lake Lanier Islands!! And hey, have a happy 4th of July!! ‘Murica!

All Ashore and More!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

We have begun distributing these awesome weekly informational flyers for what’s happening all over Lake Lanier Islands Resort for our guests and visitors! You can find out where the Seafood Buffet will be on Friday, who’s playing at Big Beach on Saturday, and when the party starts at Sunset Cove and plan your vacation according to what you want to see and do! In addition to all of our weekly events like Flip Flop Fridays, you’ll have times and information for special events like the Fun Time Players and Big Beach Parties. And those are just at LanierWorld! Fun Ashore & More also gives you the times for when our boat rentals begin at Harbor Landing, the hours of operation for Tranquility on the Water, when Kayaks and Paddleboards are available for rental, and the hours for our Lake Lanier Canopy Tours. For pure information, this weekend guide simply can’t be beat.

Without further ado, we are pleased and excited to announce: “Fun Ashore & More: Weekend Guide to What’s Happening Around LanierWorld!”

 

SURPRISE!! Our biggest surprise of the Summer!!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Our biggest surprise of the Summer so far took place Monday morning at LanierWorld: a surprise FREE entry day!! Everyone got to just waltz in to LanierWorld like they owned the place from 10am-noon and stay all day! We were overwhelmed with the incredible response from the community, and even though it took a good bit of time to get through the main gate, once people found out our big surprise, it was all smiles from then on! Looks like you guys have been listening to us when we say our social media followers get special attention.

Was it fun over at WiggleWaves? You bet it was!

How was the water in Georgia’s largest wave pool? Chilly, but with a 100% chance of fun!

Who likes the Raging River? These kids do!

Just how popular are the mighty Twister and Typhoon? Guests cheered when the lifeguards opened the ride!

Where can a kid go to get soaked around here? How about the FunDunker!

We were thrilled to see everyone out having a great time at LanierWorld on Monday, and we want to thank everyone for making it as huge a success as you did! You guys were amazing! If you were one of the few who somehow missed out on our Surprise FREE Day, make sure you get in the know as fast as you can – we have deals and specials going on all summer long! Facebook, Twitter, and our Mobile VIP club (text LLIR to 84700) all run contests for tickets, prizes, and more all the time, and you can even check back here to see all the weekly deals!

Go To Fun Special!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

 

Hey Lanier lovers! We have got some amazing news!! From June 30-July 3 we are offering the most special of specials just for you – because we love you to pieces! It’s true, if we loved you anymore, we would love you to dust motes, and that’s just not as much fun in the expression world. Are you ready for it? Here it is:

Introducing, the new, the fantastic, the stupendous: The Go To Fun Special!!

From June 30-July 3, we’re offering a room rate of $149/night, INCLUDING 4 tickets to LanierWorld!! AND, because we love you all so much, we are EXTENDING our original dates to include special weekends!! Now, June 27-29 and July 6-7, we’re offering THE SAME DEAL for a weekend rate of only $189/night. Do you have to work on the 4th of July? Surprise your kids with a weekend stay-cation for only $189/night INCLUDING 4 tickets to LanierWorld!!

Did you really just read that?!? Yes, you did!!

This is the kind of deal you do NOT want to pass up!! Seriously. If you pass this deal up, you are just flushing money and fun down the toilet. And that’s a felony, or at least a misdemeanor.

Just use this rate code to claim this AMAZING offer: GOTOFUN. It’s literally that easy.

OR call reservations at (770) 945-8787 and mention the GOTOFUN package. Book yours today!

It’s Time For Our Father’s Day Brunch: June 2013

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Fathers, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

  1. You changed our diapers. That’s a biggie.
  2. You taught us how to say “Dada,” and then immediately started working on “Peek-a-Boo.”
  3. You picked us up when we skinned our knees, and helped us know that everything would be ok.
  4. You held our hand when we were too scared to step onto our first escalator.
  5. You helped us catch our first lightning bug, giving us our first glimpse of the wonders of the universe.
  6. You taught us how to ride our bike without training wheels. It was terrifying, and we were pretty sure the bike was trying to kill us, but your steady presence reassured us, and eventually we mastered it.
  7. You took us to our first baseball game, and caught us our first foul ball, instilling in us a never-dying, all-consuming love of the Atlanta Braves.
  8. You took us on fishing trips, and graciously baited the hook with the icky worm for us.
  9. When we were learning to swim, you stood in the deep end and encouraged us to jump into your waiting arms. We were certain our floaties and duck intertube would let us down, but we never doubted your strong hands as they reached up to meet us as we hurdled through the air.
  10. You patiently listened to us as we explained all the wonderful qualities of our first crush, and then sincerely offered to “visit” that crush when they made us cry.
  11. You attended all our little league football games and raced down the sideline as we careened down the field on our highlight-reel touchdown run.
  12. You helped us figure out those ridiculous math problems that began with “John has 28 bananas…” as if a person would ever walk around with 28 bananas.
  13. When we invited all our friends over to get ready for senior prom, you anxiously waited downstairs with the camera. And when our date showed up, nervous and sweaty-palmed, you tried not to look too intimidating as you told him you expected us home by curfew.
  14. On our graduation day, you told us you had cut some onions earlier that day, and that you couldn’t be more proud of us.
  15. On our wedding day, you smiled and told us how pretty we looked, and then you kissed us on the cheek and asked if we were ready.
  16. When we proudly pointed out our newborn son in the nursery, and you assured us he would grow up to be a great man like his father.
  17. When our toddlers were driving us insane, you offered to take them for the weekend. And even though we knew you’d feed them Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs, we were grateful to have a couple nights to ourselves.
  18. When our daughter discovered nail polish, you chatted about unicorns and fairies as she gave you the worst manicure you’ve ever seen. Bright neon pink with glitter really isn’t really your color, but we admire you for beaming at her amazing nail-painting skills.
  19. When it became difficult for you to run around with our kids, we enjoyed sitting on the rockers on the front porch with you, eating a grapefruit and sipping coffee, reminiscing about our own childhood.
  20. Mostly we love you because you helped make us who we are today.
So here’s to you, dad! Happy Father’s Day!!
In honor of Father’s Day, Lake Lanier is hosting a Father’s Day Brunch at Windows Restaurant at Legacy Lodge.

Please see our menu below:

From the Cold Bar:

Alder wood Smoked Salmon with Roasted Tomato Aioli and Artichoke Remoulade

Peel and Eat Shrimp with Gazpacho Cocktail Sauce

 

Texas Slaw with Bell Peppers and Jalapenos

Roasted Potato Salad

 

Baby Gem Wedge Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Marinated Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes

Arcadia Lettuces with Julienne Vegetables

 

Omelets and Eggs Made to order with your choice of

Cheese, Onions, Peppers, Spinach, Shrimp. Artichokes, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Ham and Bacon

 

Fresh Blueberry Pancakes

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

 

From the Grill:

Sliced Tri Tip Steak Santa Maria Style

Barbecued St Louis Style Ribs

 

From the Kitchen:

Fried Chicken with Herbal Honey Drizzle

Green Beans with Vidalia Onions and Pecans

Corn on the Cobb with Chili and Manchego

Bakery rolls, Muffins and Butter

Cake, Pies, Cookies and build your own Shortcake station

 

For reservations, please call (770) 945-8787 & ask for Guest Services
**Changes may be made without prior notification**

Wake the Lake!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do something magnificent? Skydive? Climb Everest? Ride a rocket to outer space? With our brand new Wake The Lake Cable Park, we can get you that adrenaline rush that’s just a notch down from those! Come take a ride with our amazing staff as you learn to wakeboard like a pro! Or, if you already are a pro, come take a ride and practice your whirlybirds and tantrums on our A-frame and platform before heading out with your boat crew!

Our incredible and patient staff at the Cable Park is ready to teach you the essentials, from putting on your helmet, to strapping on your board, to standing up! Even kids will have mastered the basics by the end of their first run! You’ll learn to start in the water or from the dock, which is always a crowd-pleaser.

Our boat-free tow line will take you down the lake and back as you learn how to balance and switch from toe-edge to heel-edge as you carve your way through the water.

And if you faceplant, our team will be right there to encourage you to grab that tow-line and get right back up on your board! Even the pros take spills now and then, and it’s all part of the learning process, so have no fears if you are a new rider!

On the other hand, if you ARE a pro, and you definitely want to practice riding switch and hitting kickers and flighter boxes, then Wake the Lake is a great place to practice. No choppy water, consistent pull on the tow, and you don’t have to wait for the boat to drive around again to pick you up. Plus, when you’re done, our cable brings you right back to the dock!

Wake the Lake offers these Single Rider Rates:

One Hour Ride Session
$25
 
Two Hour Ride Session
$35
 
Half Day Ride Session (4 Hours)
$45
 
Full Day Ride Session (Open to Close)
$55
 
Seasons Pass w/ Lake Lanier Islands Parking
$399
 
Seasons Pass w/ No Parking
$349
 
  • Call to Register Your Certificate for your Preferred Date
    • 678.409.9053
  • Dates Aren’t Guaranteed Until You Call and Confirm with Wake The Lake
  • Rates do not include Gear Rentals
Because you can bring your own gear if you want, our rental gear comes at a separate rate:

Standard Wakeboard Rental
$10/hr
$20/day
 
Performance Wakeboard Rental
$20/hr
$30/day
Jacket Rental (Daily)
$3
 
Helmet (Daily)
$5
 
Wetsuit (Daily)
$7
Hyperlite Demo Boards from MarineMax:
Ready to Shred Package(intermediate board, high end helmet and jacket) $15/hr
 
$30/day
Super Shredder Package: The Ultimate Riding Experience!(High end board, helmet, and jacket) $25/hr
 
$40/day
(amount of demo board rental can be applied towards a new board purchase at MarineMax
*wetsuits not included in Shred Packages
  • *Helmets are Mandatory
    • You can bring your own helmet or rent one from New Wave

- See more HERE, or check out Wake the Lake on Facebook!

BONUS INFORMATION!!

On Wake ‘N Surf Wednesdays, come check out our BRAND NEW 5 for 5 deal! Every Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m., for ONLY $5, you get 5 laps or 5 minutes on the entire course. Marine Max will sponsor the event on the first Wednesday of every month. Join in with the interactive water sports, instructional rides and demonstrations in the Cove. In addition to that, we’ve added the 5 to Sunset cove, too!
Now we’re offering:

$5 Kids meals
$5 Drink Specials
$5 Featured Appetizer

So come on out, you don’t want to miss this deal of the summer!

Have You Heard About Our Wine Cruises?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Picture it: you’re on a yacht cruising around Lake Lanier with your best friends (or your significant other, or your parents, or yourself, you know whoever), and you’re at a elegantly set table on the top deck, with a light breeze in your hair. The sky is a beautiful cobalt blue and white fluffy clouds line up on the horizon. A waitress appears by your side holding a platter of Gorgonzola stuffed strawberries.

And then a waiter appears on your other side and pours you a fizzy glass of Lamarca – a Prosecco from Italy. Can life get better? Actually it can. Because on our wine cruises, you get to taste six wines – each paired with a gourmet specialty! In addition to fresh strawberries, our first course included grapes, blueberries, dates, assorted nuts, cheddar, smoked Gouda, Swiss, and Pepperjack cheeses.

After guests were nice and settled, our waiters and waitresses cleared plates and began the next course: Lamb Lollypops with a raspberry gastrique sauce. Really they should have just called it Lamb Pops with Awesome Sauce. Interestingly, the raspberry gastrique really pulled out the fruitiness of the traditionally earthy, peppery Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Our third course consisted of incredibly delicious smoked salmon mousse crostini, which paired very nicely with a buttery Chardonnay from William Hill in the Napa Valley.

A bit of an interesting side note here – we experienced a Lake Lanier Islands first when a small group of our guests were a bit late and watched the Island Princess pull away from the dock. Never fearing a small crisis, our Harbor Master acted quickly and masterminded a mid-lake rendezvous with the Princess that even Michael Bay would be impressed by! Our tardy guests were then seated and served and the cruise continued as smoothly as if they had been aboard the whole time. Wow!

Fourth up was a sweet and fruity Rose from Spain: Las Rocas, which was served with a rather intimidating but delectable dish of barbecued Langoustines. Guests were hesitant at first, because really, how in the world do you eat these things? But with some instruction from our crew it quickly became one of the favorites. The spicy skewers really enhanced the sweetness of the Rose!

For our fifth course, our wonderful Chef Melody personally glazed the caramelized onion Consommé Boules with lemon crème fraîche. Our blogger doesn’t know how to pronounce it, so it’s obviously delicious! Essentially, they were mini French Onion Soup bowls, and they were so good.

These were paired with a dry Mac Murray Pinot Noir from the Russian River Sonoma Country.

We polished off the night with our sixth and final course: spiced duck confit served on crispy thin flatbread. The duck was pleasantly flavorful, and happily lacked that gamey toughness that sometimes happens with duck courses. Our chefs know their way around a duck confit!

We served an Alamos Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina with this dish, and this bold and spicy red was a great way to finish off the evening.

As we cruised back into Harbor Landing, guests were treated to trays of dessert featuring mini éclair, passion fruit cream puffs, truffles, macaroons, pralines, and assorted fresh berries.

Even with the storms growing in the distance, it was a perfect afternoon with great food and wine, and family and friends! We celebrated three birthdays, and enjoyed a very pleasant and smooth cruise. We hope to see you on our next Wine Cruise, on June 30!

 

 

Special thanks to our crew and kitchen staff who did an AMAZING job!! Way to go guys!!!

All About Those New Access Passes!

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Today it’s all about clearing up any confusion you may have about our new Access Passes! We know this new structure might be a little tough to handle at first, but our friendly and professional staff is here for you, and we’re going to make this smooth like silk.

First of all, why is Lake Lanier implementing this new charge?

Well, based on your feedback, we’ve implemented a variety of improvements at LanierWorld that we are super pumped about. We have now completed the implementation phase, and it’s time for us begin including these awesome new features in our standard access fares. What are these new features, you ask?

We have new, more, and better entertainment! Every single day at LanierWorld we’re featuring at least one band, and often up to THREE! All over the park!! Seriously, our entertainment schedule is jam packed with rad bands, both famous and local. PLUS, we’re offering totally NEW things like the Fun Patrol and interactive kids’ entertainment!

We have extensive new food and beverage options, from all new Boardwalk dining to Bullfrog’s little cousin Tad’s! Have you ever had a Walking Taco? Try it at the Sunset Cantina on Boardwalk! Want to order pizza from Gianni’s and eat it on your boat? Order through your mobile device! Chill out by the Dockside Bar and enjoy patio dining or take your drink down to the beach!

Speaking of dockside, we’ve poured a ton of effort into renovating our Sunset Cove and Big Beach Docks. Be sure to check them out, they’re simply fantastic!

Still speaking of Dockside, you may have noticed our most obvious addition: The Boardwalk, where the Lakeside Entertainment District comes alive! There are tons of dining options just in this strip, PLUS our new Ferris wheel, carnival games, FunTime entertainment, and patio dining!

Furthermore, thanks to popular demand, we’ve extended Big Beach and pulled in even more umbrellas and beach chairs for rental, AND completely renovated and upgraded our bathrooms! For real you guys, Princess Kate would even use these things. They’re that nice.

 

Here are the 2 Access Only Pass options, each $10 per person, not including kids age 6 and under:

Option 1: Daily Dining, Retail, and Spa Access

Stroll up, buy the $10 Option One Access Pass, and we’ll immediately give you a $10 voucher that is good towards Dining/Food concessions, any of our retail shops, or our new Tranquility on the Water Spa in LanierWorld. This option DOES NOT INCLUDE Beach Access, and is valid ONLY on the day of entry.

Option 2: Daily Beach Access

Stroll up, buy the $10 Option Two Access Pass, and you get all day access to the beach, umbrellas, and beach chairs (which are first come, first serve). You ALSO get access to all our Boardwalk games and Ferris wheel, the volleyball courts, Sunset Cove and Big Beach restaurants, non-lifeguarded swim areas, AND Lakeside Links Minigolf. That is A LOT of things! This option DOES NOT INCLUDE the voucher from Option 1.

       Download our Admission Guide

Now, we know everyone will have specific questions, so we’re going to try to answer a few of those here today in, you guessed it!, HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO TIME!!

Access Only Pass Scenarios:

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I don’t like sand in my shorts – I only want to go to the Sunset Cove Beach Cafe & Club to eat.”

Your best option is Option 1.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I want to enjoy the beach all day, I LOVE building sandcastles!”

If you come more than 3 times per year, then we recommend the SEASON Beach Pass, not the Daily Beach Access PassThe SEASON Beach Pass is $35 and includes ALL the DAILY Beach Pass features, but it’s valid for the whole season, which is May-September.

If you’re just visiting today, then Option 2 is best for you. 

 

You’re walking around the beach, and you’ve, um, “forgotten” to purchase a Beach Pass:

One of our nice staff members will approach you and say, “I notice you aren’t wearing a Beach Access wristband, would you like to purchase one now? Let me direct you to the nearest purchasing booth.”

But you’re all like “I don’t want to pay for this.”

Since we’ve finished implementing all those amazing new things you saw earlier, our beach is now for patrons only. It’s cool if you want to pull up in your boat and hang out, but we’ve got a pristine beach to maintain, and if you want to use it, we need everyone to do their part – even if it is just pitching in $10 per person.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I just want to get a drink.”

Are you planning on eating, too? If so, then Option 1 is best for you – it includes a food and retail voucher.

If you aren’t planning on eating, then Option 2 is best – it includes beach access so you can relax on the beach while you enjoy your beverage.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “My kids just want to play on the beach and build sandcastles – I’d rather just stay on my awesome boat.”

Option 2 is best for you. We do require that kids under 12 be accompanied by an adult chaperone, though. Even though kids walk around our park all day without their parents holding their hands, our beach is not patrolled by lifeguards like our waterpark is. For your kids’ safety, we’re counting on you as a responsible and super cool chaperone to help them build that rad sandcastle and just keep an eye on them while they’re on the beach.

 

You’re thinking to yourself right now, “I read/heard last week that I get a voucher when I purchase an Access Pass…”

You are describing Option 1.

 

If you have any more questions, please feel free to call us up at (770) 945-8787 or visit us online at www.lanierworld.com.