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Ruckus Comes to Lake Lanier Islands This November!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Ruckus. Think of mud. And endurance, and courage, and perseverance, and determination. But mostly, think of mud.
The Ruckus obstacle race is one of the nation’s premier 5K series, and on November 16, it’s going to be right here at Lake Lanier Islands. Ruckus may seem intimidating at first for those of us who aren’t quite the studly studs we were in college, but event coordinators have made sure there’s something for anyone aged 2-82! It’s all achievable – one of the messages that Ruckus promotes. In fact, very nearly 100% of runners finish, and that’s a pretty big achievement for a 5K obstacle race! It was even purposefully created for those looking for the adult playground experience. Who doesn’t look at a kids’ playground and think about how fun it was to clamber all over the climbing walls and slide down the ridiculously hot metal slides? No hot metal slides at Ruckus though, you’ll have to be satisfied with immense mud hills, piles of tires, and mud gardens. Sounds like a fun time, right?! And no parents to fuss at you for getting mud all over your clothes! In fact, Ruckus has even been described as everything from “the ultimate family adventure,” to “the #1 obstacle race under 10k.” So come on out and experience an environment that is challenging, rewarding, and fun.
Come run Ruckus Atlanta at Lake Lanier Islands for yourself or enjoy the kids obstacle race (they did say there was something for everyone!). The Mini Ruckus is an awesome way to get your kids involved in the obstacle race fun.

Ahem, we are running (see what we did there?) a bit of a special for our Ruckus runners. Reserve your room November 15 or 16 and receive a Ruckus discount! Just use the promotional code “131115RUCK”, and book your stay at their stunning hotel rooms and suites equipped with the finest amenities! Click here to reserve you room.

Now here’s something that will get you excited about getting those running shoes all dirtified! Ruckus Sports is excited to partner with Barrel Aid to provide shoes to children and teens in need. Barrel Aid will collect your muddy shoes post-event, clean them and ship them to Mission-Haiti’s schools in the mountains around Ti-Rivier, Haiti, with all of the remaining shoes going to children and teens in need in the Dakota area. Barrel Aid supplies clean shoes, fresh water, food, schooling and hope for over 1,600 children in Southern Haiti where no other groups are serving and the need is extremely urgent. So you can feel good about the race, and then feel great about helping out a kid who could one day be the next Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt 2.0 with your running shoes.

There’s really no reason not to sign up and run the Ruckus. So, for more information on this totally awesome event, check out runruckus.com, or you can follow them on twitter, or like them on facebook. Or all of those. More pictures!!

Lake Lanier Islands Fall Wine Cruise Series

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Sunday’s Wine Cruise was a great success, and we want to thank everyone who signed up and came out! It was a perfectly splendid day for cruising about on the Lake! The weather was balmy, the breeze was light, and the crew was gracious. If you’ve never been on one of our wine cruises, you’re really missing out; this event is one of the gems of the South, and a fantastically unique way to spend a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Let’s get to some pictures, shall we?

What a beautiful day!

Our first wine was a Charmeroy Brut Rose, which was bubbly and sweet and selected for its lovely pairing with our first course. In addition to a nice cheese and fruit platter (which included honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, cranberries, and cheddar, smoked gouda, and borsin cheese with garlic and herbs), our first course offered chipotle and chocolate ganache tartlets. The spicy richness of the ganache really brought out the sweetness of the wine, and many if our guests eagerly looked for seconds and thirds of the little tartlets.

Our second wine was a floral, oaky white wine: Arroyo Secco Chardonnay from Monteray. There are only 600 cases in the world of this creamy, buttery white with a citrus finish. Served with the Chardonnay, our guests enjoyed a tasty dish dreamed up by Chef Kevin Allen which consisted of a seared sea scallop, served chilled with Meyer lemon foam and garnished with a crispy fried mint leaf. The mint leaves had to be carefully placed on each pillow of lemon foam or they would essentially disintegrate due to delicacy.

Next up was the Stolpman Golden Point, a dry white from California which was a big, toasty blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Roussanne with a brown spice finish. Our guests enjoyed a light, refreshing butternut squash and mango couscous with roasted poblano and a lime vinaigrette. During the whole tasting, Demetrius, the wine rep for Prime Line Spirits, came around to each table to discuss the wines being poured and to answer any questions.

For our fourth wine, we brought out the first red of the afternoon: a bold, jammy Crush Farms Zinfandel with a peppery finish. Our guests were wild about the walnut and maple sausage brioche “Monte Cristo” with a tomato maple jam! This sweet and spicy treat enhanced the spices and berries lingering in the Zinfandel, and brought them to the forefront of the palette.

Next we brought out a second Crush Farms red wine, this time a very smooth, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. With this kind of wine you want a rich, heavy meat, and our Chef delivered a beautiful tray of lamb lollipops with lavender and blood orange gastrique. The lamb was tender, its flavor enhanced and was enhanced by the Cab quite marvelously.

Finally, as the Island Princess headed home, we brought out one last wine, a Sofa King Bueno. This bold wine was a spicy, full-bodied, and exciting blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, petit Syrah, and Grenache. If you’re wondering why the vintners decided to call their wine “Sofa King Bueno,” just take a sip, and say it really fast. The Bueno was served with grilled shrimp skewers, seasoned with smoked ginger and coriander. The interesting combination of flavors brought out by the red reminded us slightly of Mediterranean or Indian cuisine, and certainly this dish was the talk of the ship until we docked again.

And what wine tasting cruise would be complete without a nice dessert to finish? Chef Kevin Allen personally brought around a charming tray of assorted tiny cheesecakes and macaroons, including various chocolates, vanilla, lemon, raspberry, mocha, and fan favorite pistachio. As usual, each of the wines was available for purchase after the cruise.

As guests disembarked, full of happy memories and chatting with new friends, we asked a few of them to tell us what they thought. Gordon said, “It’s one of the best kept secrets. The ambience was exceptional.” Marie added, “I think it was very nice, I’d definitely do it again and invite more friends.”

Well, folks, we’ve got one  wine cruise left unless we decide to extend the series, and that’s on October 27th. You tell us in the comments below, would you like to see an extension of our popular wine cruise series into late fall and early winter?

 

Lake Lanier Islands and the Canopy Tours Haunted Zip Line Tour

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Atlanta is typically a pretty cool place to be for Halloween. You’ve got your Six Flags Fright Fest and its Creature Crew, you’ve got your Netherworld and its insane combination of special effects and make-up, you’ve got your cemetery tours at Oakland and  McDonough, ghost tours throughout Atlanta (all those Confederate soldiers had to do something productive with their afterlife…) and at the Fox Theatre, not to mention all the events and parties at every major Atlanta venue including the Atlanta Zoo, Fernbank, the Georgia Aquarium, and even the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! You literally will run out of costume ideas before you will run out of awesome Halloween-themed things to do in Atlanta this year.

But without a doubt, Lake Lanier will be offering a one-of-a-kind event that you simply can’t get anywhere in Atlanta. No rooftop bars, no monster mashes, no roller coaster parks can even come close.

This October, prepare to experience the thrill of zooming through the air with monsters all around!

Check out the dates below:

October 11th and 12th
October 18th and 19th
October 25th – Nov 2nd.

The first tour will launch at 7:30 each night. We will have 4-6 launch times each night. Reservations are required. Price is $80/person.

We encourage you to check out Living Social for an amazing deal:

  • $47 ($95 Value) for a Package for One
  • Ride Seven Exhilarating Zip Lines & Cross Two Sky Bridges
  • Commemorative T-Shirt.

Located in Buford, this action-packed park boasts a network of zip lines nestled in the treetops. Put your courage to the test on the aerial courses, including two zip lines that take you soaring over the lake. Guides will lead the way as you traverse seven zip lines and two sky bridges during this adrenaline-pumping two-hour challenge. A complementary T-shirt commemorates your quintessential Halloween experience — which will have you and your fellow thrill seekers howling under the moon.

Turns out you don’t need a broomstick to soar through the skies this October — just hold on tight to this deal from Lake Lanier Canopy Tours for admission to a haunted canopy/zipline tour.

Legacy Weddings “Eat, Drink, and Be Married” Scavenger Hunt

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Here at the Lake Lanier Islands Blog, we like to talk about everything that’s happening on the Islands. Legacy Weddings has so much going on all the time, that it has its own blog! But this event is so exciting that it spilled over here and we can’t wait to share it with you! Are you ready? You’d better sit down. On October 7th, Legacy Weddings is hosting an online scavenger hunt!! You’d better stay seated because it’s really the Grand Prize that’s the big news. Legacy Weddings is giving away an engagement photo session, a couples massage, AND dinner for two! Now, that’s quite the package!!

If you’ve been following the lead-up to the scavenger hunt, you’ll know that we’re already given away a trail ride for two on the Legacy Weddings Facebook page, and two tickets to our extremely popular wine cruise on Twitter! This week (the last week before pre-registration begins for the hunt), we’re going to give away a zip-line tour for two on our Pinterest Page!

All you couples out there who are feeling lucky should follow these simple steps for your chance to win a zip-line tour for two!

Step 1: Head over to http://www.pinterest.com/lliweddings/contests-and-giveaways/ and FOLLOW THAT BOARD!

Step 2: Re-pin the pin that says “Pin It To Win It!” and make sure you include the #LegacyWeddings hashtag!

Step 3: Sit back and count down the days until Friday, when we’ll announce the winner!

It really is that easy! So what are you waiting for?? Get to pinning!

Lake Lanier Islands Presents Eric Shanteau’s Swim for Your Life!

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Join Olympian gold medalist Eric Shanteau at Lake Lanier Islands this Saturday, September 21, 2013 for a full day of open water swimming races and clinics full of entertainment. Attending the event this year will be Olympians and USA national team members Kathleen Hersey, Allison Schmitt, Amanda Weir, Haley Anderson, Alyssa Anderson, Megan Romano, Aaron Peirsol, and Matt McLean. These athletes absolutely love this event, and offer Eric a ton of support. Read about Kathleen Hersey’s experience with Swim For Your Life here.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Kreutz

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Eric Shanteau has been with the US National Swimming Team for the past decade, after swimming and competing as a kid for SwimAtlanta and dreaming of competing at the Olympic games. He qualified to swim the 200 breaststroke at the Beijing Olympics, but was struck with devastating news only one week before he would make the team; he was diagnosed with testicular cancer on June 19, 2008. He delayed treatment so he could compete, and raced to a personal best time in Beijing. It was at this time that he began his journey to become a cancer awareness advocate among the young adult community, and connected with the LiveStrong Foundation. Less than a week after returning from the Olympics Eric underwent surgery and was declared cancer free on September 15, 2008.  Eric then made the decision to get involved with the global fight against cancer, and wanted to use his experience and his voice to bring in the swim community like Armstrong had with the cycling community. Eric returned to the pool with a new perspective on the sport and came back faster than ever.

Photo credit: Getty Images

Photo credit: Getty Images

Less than a year after his diagnosis Eric became a World Champion and broke his first World and American Records. Afterwards, in 2010, Eric founded the Swim For Your Life Challenge, an open water event held right here at Lake Lanier, 40 minutes north of his hometown of Atlanta, GA.

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

The Swim For Your Life event was started based on the idea that no matter what obstacle a person faces, they can still live the life they have dreamed about.  Over the past two years, hundreds of people have shown up to join Eric and many of his fellow Olympians to show their support in the fight against cancer.  Participants are able to race alongside some of the best swimmers in the world in either a 1K or 5K open water swim around Sunset Cove.  Awards are presented by the Olympians at the conclusion of the race.  Afterwards, the national team members share their secrets to fast swimming in clinic held on the beach. All proceeds will go to the LiveStrong Foundation towards the fight against cancer.

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

 

RACE SCHEDULE

7am-9am: Check-in and warm-up opens. The warm up area is located between the shore and boat dock.  See the race map below for details.

9am-9:30am: Welcome and Race Guidelines.

9:30am: 1K and 5K Races (ages 12 and older).  The distances will be started separately.

10:30am: Junior 500 yard swim begins

12:30pm: Olympian led clinic will begin on the beach.  There will be four groups separated by age and each group will go over every stroke.  Due to increased numbers THE CLINIC WILL BE DRY this year, and the Olympians will be the only ones in the water.

 

 

Throughout the day, there will also be a silent auction to raise money for the LiveStrong Foundation. For more information about the silent auction, or to see the items on display, please visit shanteauopenwater.com/silent-auction.

Lake Lanier Islands Fall Wine Cruise Series

Monday, September 16th, 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to come out to one of our incredible wine cruises, you are missing an opportunity both unique and exciting. Fortunately for you, we have two more cruises lined up for October 6th and 20th!

Guests will interact with winemakers and other knowledgeable wine industry insiders for a cruise aboard the Island Princess complete with wine samples and creatively conceived appetizers that pair with each wine. Every wine cruise is different, but in the past, we’ve had gorgonzola-stuffed strawberries, caramelized onion Consommé Boules with lemon crème fraîche (tiny french onion soup loaf bowls for you non-French-speakers), and lamb lollipops with raspberry gastrique, and so much more!

Our wine cruises have become immensely popular – we’ve seen birthdays, congratulations for new jobs and promotions, engagements and anniversaries. Big groups and small groups, girlfriends and bros, young couples and elderly couples, business associates and family reunions, everyone has a great time on our cruises! Read about one of our June cruises here!

Here’s what some of our guests said about their experience on the Island Princess:

“The weather wasn’t the best, but the crew really took care of us, and the food was to die for!” – Sarah F.

“It was my birthday, so my sorority sisters took me on the wine cruise. I’m used to box wine [laughing], so of course the wines were amazing! I’m kidding! No really, I think it was my favorite birthday so far, everyone was so nice!” – Kara S.

“My wife insisted we come out and try it. Don’t tell her, but I had a lot of fun.” – Howard T.

The Island Princess will set sail at 2pm from Harbor Landing, and dock again at 5pm. This unique opportunity to cruise beautiful Lake Lanier with friends and associates is really going to make for a special and fun Sunday in October. Come see the leaves changing colors while you taste fabulous wines from all over the world!

For individuals, the entry is $50, and for a couple, $90. All guests can order the wines they sampled at the conclusion of each cruise. To sign up, please call our concierge at (770) 945-8787.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort Presents La Raza Festival

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Lake Lanier Islands is excited to be hosting Fiesta Mexicana in partnership with La Raza 102.3/100.1, Atlanta’s premier Spanish FM radio station. Come celebrate this Mexico’s Indepence Day with delicious food and drink specials at Sunset Cove, great live entertainment sponsored by La Raza, fantastic culture, and a great atmosphere! Bring the whole family for a full day of fun in the sun at Big Beach! Check out La Raza’s invitation below!

The festivities begin at 11am. You’ll need to purchase food tickets at any of our ticket booths, which can then be used for food stuffs and beverages at the Scoop Shack and Sunset Cove. Come try some tacos de carne or some nachos de pollo at Sunset Cantina, and then cool off with a cono de helado at the Scoop Shack! You’re bound to have a blast when you celebrate with La Raza at Lake Lanier Islands!

$15 parking fee

Horseback Riding at Lake Lanier Islands 9th Annual Fall Horse Camp

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Good news for all you horse fanatics out there: if you missed our annual Summer Horse Camp, you’re in luck! Lake Lanier is very pleased to be hosting our 9th Annual Fall Horse Camp from Monday, November 25th to Wednesday, November 27th. Send your kids to one of the premier horse camps in the Southeast , and they’ll learn all about riding and horse care, all while having a blast and making lifelong friends!

Tuition for all three days of camp comes to $240, OR you can pay a per-day rate of $85. Each day comes jam-packed with horse-centric activities, including plenty of ride time, arts and crafts, educational fun time, and even learning to drive the horse-drawn carriage! In addition, campers can choose to participate in optional daily activities like ziplining ($35) and Masterpiece Mixers ($25).

Campers will start out each day with 2 hours of Ride Time before breaking for lunch. After lunch, they’ll spend an hour learning all about horses and having fun with arts and crafts. To finish out the day, campers will get to spend an hour and half riding some more, and learning to drive our beautiful horse-drawn carriage. Parents can expect to pick their kids up from the Equestrian Center no later than 3:15pm.

Email bpedaggi@lakelanierislands.com or call 678-318-7886 to sign up today! Don’t forget to bring your lunch and water bottle, sunscreen, bugspray, and proper riding attire!

Lake Lanier Islands Presents the Labor Day Weekend Celebration of 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Labor Day Weekend begins today as boaters and celebrants begin to drift onto the Islands ready for a great time! We’ve worked hard to draft a great line-up of bands and live entertainment that will thrill fans of every genre across all age groups! We’re also very happy the weather has held up, and it promises to be a warm, and more importantly DRY weekend – perfect for barbecue, ice cold lemonade and Coke, and of course, all the water slides you can handle!

So come on out this weekend and join us at LanierWorld for a weekend filled with live music, drink specials and our famous fireworks show!

Here’s our entertainment line-up:

Friday, August 30th

    5-10 pm: DJ Request with Jesse & Aaron at the Sunset Stage. Dance the night away between the fire pits to your favorite songs!

Saturday, August 31st

     12-4 pm: Brad Lacey at Gianni’s. Chow down on some delicioso Italian fare as Brad and his guitar croon away the afternoon!

1-5 pm: James P. Morgan Band at Sunset Stage. Jam with these local favorites while you’re serving a volleyball to your friends!

  5-9 pm: Kurt Thomas Band at our Big Beach Party. Dig your toes in the sand and relax as Kurt Thomas and crew take you away!

7-11 pm: Jay LaBoy at Sunset Cove Cafe. Jay LaBoy, with his guitar, provide the most mellow tunes you’ll ever hear!

Sunday, September 1st

12-3:30 pm: License 2 Chill at Big Beach. Do you have a License to Chill? You do now.

     12-4 pm: DJ Request with Jesse & Aaron at Sunset Stage. Call out your song requests and treat yourself with one of our drink specials!

  5-9 pm: Johnny Summers at Gianni’s. Relax on the terrace with Johnny strumming his 6-string all night long!

   6-10 pm: Synergy Unplugged at Sunset. They got rained out last week, but they’re back with a vengeance today!

      **After dark: FIREWORKS SHOW! Fireworks, you guys!

Monday, September 2nd

12-4 pm: John Amoroso at Sunset Cove Cafe. As the weekend winds to close, join John Amoroso at the Sunset Cove Cafe for some sweet tunes and delicious food.

We’re pretty excited about all these great bands here this weekend, but we’re somehow EVEN MORE EXCITED that all our slides will be open and the weather is going to be perfect!! Check out the Aquatic Adventure, try wakeboarding at the Wake The Lake Cable Park, grab a Walking Taco from the Sunset Cantina, and plunge down the Intimidator for the best. Labor Day. Ever.

Lake Lanier Islands’ Last Full Moon Party of the Season

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Lake Lanier hosted its last Full Moon Party of the season, and boy was it a doozy! There was a balloon artist, a magician, a stilt-walker walking around juggling bowling pins, a giant puppet guy that was even taller than the juggling stilt-walker, Jimmy Pyro the fire-breather, Banks & Shane played the Sunset Stage, Atlanta’s own Power 96.1 radio station hosted, and of course, there was a fantastic fireworks show at the end! But enough yammering on, let’s get to the pictures already!!

And there you have it folks, one last hurrah before the Fall. We’re going to be upping the ante next year – our fearless leaders have been traveling the globe in search of some of the most amazeballs full moon parties, and we’ll be implementing some of the best features here at the Lake! We can hardly wait!! If you didn’t quite get your fill of fireworks, not to worry! There will be a spectacular show at our Labor Day party next Sunday!!