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GATES OPEN at Lake Lanier Islands Resort!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

THIS WEEKEND ONLY (April 25-27, 2014) we’re opening our gates for FREE ENTRY into Lake Lanier Islands Resort!!

 

Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve been hearing the buzz all winter long, and now it’s time to see what’s new at Lake Lanier Islands! THIS WEEKEND ONLY, come on through our wide open gates for FREE! We’ve got something really special planned for you as you come to the coolest spot on the Lake this weekend.

What’s happening on the Islands? The In-Water Boat Show will be the place to be this weekend, where top dealers will bring all the coolest boats from all over the United States! Hang out at Sunset Cove Beach Club & Cafe and try our new and improved menu items, sit a spell on the beach with a drink in hand, or dance it up by the Sunset Stage to live music all weekend long!

Come see all the new projects we’ve been working on since the Williams family acquired the Lake Lanier Islands lease in August 2005. Nearly every corner of the property has received some form of make-over, and we’re eager for you to see it all! So come on by this weekend only, as we open the gates for everyone, and plan your next big family vacation by seeing everything we have to offer! Stop at the gate to receive your super special coupon sheet and cruise through our picturesque islands to begin your adventure. Stop by Harbor Landing for a great day out on a pontoon boat, or swing by the Stables for trail and pony rides, and learn about our Summer Horse Camp from our Stable Manager! While you’re having a great weekend, don’t forget to drop by the Boat Show at Sunset Cove and Big Beach!

With the summer season coming up, you’ll want to begin gathering your family deals and memberships. Be sure to speak with our concierge about your Family Fun Package! This is the weekend you’re going to want to stop by Breezy’s gift shop to pick up your new club memberships, too, for great benefits all summer long! In keeping with this special weekend, we’re offering these memberships at an even deeper discount than usual!

Holy guacamole, there’s more! While you’re here, you won’t want to miss out on our Summertime Dinner Buffet at Windows Restaurant in the Lodge from 6-9pm.

Feast like a king at Windows in the main level of Legacy Lodge every Friday and Saturday this summer as we roll out the Windows Summertime Dinner Buffet! You¹ll enjoy succulent shrimp, freshest finest fish, savory snow crab, and plenty of turf options for you non-surf eaters. Check out our “Cooked-to-Order” Action Station with delicious new creations every week! At the end of your meal, be sure to fill up on an amazing array of cakes, pies, parfaits, cookies and more!

This weekend only, we’re opening the gates just for you, and we can hardly wait for you to come and visit with us! See y’all real soon!!

Easter Sunday at Lake Lanier Islands

Monday, April 21st, 2014

It was a beautiful Sunday for Easter Brunch and an egg hunt here at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The clouds parted and the rains dried up as the sun finally greeted us with a warm smile and a hug. Families came out in their Sunday finery and we saw so many lovely dresses and charming suits! Guests raved about our brunch, featuring an extensive buffet menu and so many desserts it seemed all the little boys and girls temporarily forgot to be upset at their Easter clothing, and instead stared open-mouthed at our chocolate fountain and decorate-your-own cupcake station! Guests could choose from a wide variety of breakfast items like bacon, grits, sausages, pastries, muffins, and even a customized omelette made fresh to order! Additionally, several varieties of exotic and local cheeses were placed with nuts and berries next to our build-your-own salad station. Kids could snag their favorites from a miniature buffet line tailored just for them, while the adults looked forward to a carvery featuring garlic-infused beef, maple-glazed ham, and tender lamb with rosemary and mint. Everything was very festively decorated for Easter, and as guests moved about the Plantation Ballroom where our buffet was spread, they were delighted with giant chocolate bunnies, beautiful floral arrangements, and even two gorgeous ice sculptures aglow with soft light. Families were treated to an elegant environment in Grand Ballroom with live music and wait staff to care for their every need. Baskets full of Easter Eggs hinted at the great egg hunt to come after a sweet dessert.

The Egg Hunt out at Legacy Pointe was a clear favorite for all children. With dozens and dozens of eggs hidden in the grass, bushes, woods, and along the distinctive stonework of the Legacy Pointe arbor, every child filled his or her basket in no time, while proud parents took picture after picture. The Easter Bunny could even be seen keeping an eye on the festivities and giving out hugs at every opportunity. In fact, the Easter Bunny was invited to visit the kids at Lake Lanier Islands by his close personal friend Bucky Beaver, who even joined in on some light-hearted dancing and posing for pictures!

As families counted their eggs in their baskets, children were next treated to pony rides and an adorable petting zoo! All your favorite horses, like Famous Fred, Casper, Joe, and Black Jack, offered rides to excited kids for several hours. The petting zoo was another favorite, with baby goats clambering all over stacked hay bales, chickens softly clucking in their pen, a bunny and a pig rooting around for treats and pats, and even baby ducklings chirping from under warm hands! Even Bucky and the Easter Bunny got in on the love!

All in all it was a perfect Sunday, and while we said goodbye t0 the Easter Bunny for another year, we can hardly wait for our next big event to host all our favorite guests once again!

COMING SOON!

Don’t miss out on our next big event: Mother’s Day! Call our concierge today to book your reservations – 770.945.8787

Weekend Events at LanierWorld and Sunset Cove

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

It’s the weekend here at Lake Lanier Islands, and you’ve come to the right blog to see what’s happening at LanierWorld and Sunset Cove! First things first, let’s check out the weather report:

Now, without further ado, here are the fun times we have scheduled for your leisurely pursuit!

SPECIAL EVENTS

April Full Moon Party – Saturday, April 12, 7pm-11pm

Join us for the APRIL FULL MOON PARTY! Fan favorites Banks & Shane will be performing live on the Sunset Cove Stage as we dance the night away on the beach under the stars. Hang out by the outdoor fire pits and enjoy great food and beverage specials, including all new menu items at the completely renovated Sunset Cove Restaurant! You’ll get to party with great entertainers, including stilt-walkers, magicians, and even fire breathers! It’s party time after dark at Sunset Cove, and you don’t want to miss the best event on the Lake this year!

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Sunset Cove Beach Cafe & Club – Friday, April 11, 5pm-9pm

Singer/Guitar player Jeff Gordon will rock the indoor stage at Sunset Cove!

Sunset Cove – Saturday, April 12, 7pm-11pm

Banks & Shane will take the Sunset Stage at our exclusive Full Moon Party!

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Sunset Cove Beach Cafe & Club – Sunday, April 13, 2pm-6pm

Singer/Guitarist Johnny Summers will jam out inside Sunset Cove Beach Cafe & Club!

Full Moon Party Recap

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

It was a beautiful Saturday for a fantastic Full Moon Party! The weather was balmy, the skies fairly clear, and the music kept everyone swaying and stamping their feet! Guests enjoyed a moonlit stroll on the beach, where they could relax around the bonfires, try a shrimp, chicken, or beef kebob or two, or join in on a game of pickup volleyball. There were a few pups on the premises as well (Lake Lanier Islands Resort is now pet-friendly!), taking it all in and playing a little fetch on the sand.

 

Our guests loved the dance area right in front of the stage, easily accessible from the Sunset Cove Restaurant, beach, and our volleyball court which had been transformed into a sand-bottom seating area. Wild applause broke out for both the Cupid Shuffle and the Wobble – always fan favorites – and upwards of 50 guests dipped and swayed together. Another fan favorite, this time a live band, played music all night long. Haywire put on quite a show, running through rock classics, country hits, and even taking a few requests from the crowd!

By far one of the most crowd-pleasing moments came when Jimmy Pyro made an explosive return to Sunset Cove with his fire-breathing tricks and stunts. The crowd parted and gave him plenty of room as he twisted and turned with his fire batons whirling dangerously in rhythmic motions. Moms and Dads kept their camera phones recording as Jimmy interacted with enthralled kids, giving them the hottest of high fives and posing for pictures.

Many of our guests could be spotted taking group pics and selfies while completely decked out in glowing necklaces, bracelets, and balloon hats. And those weren’t the only things lighting up the night! Our stiltwalker juggled flashing bowling pins, tossing them around his back and even down to guests. He even did the Cupid Shuffle way above everyone on the dance floor!

When guests weren’t dancing or playing volleyball, they could sit for a while in the main volleyball court, hang out around the giant fire pits, relax by the beach bonfires, or grab a bite to eat from Sunset Cove Restaurant. Our new beach grill was also very popular, serving up beef, chicken, and shrimp kebobs with grilled peppers and onions! Many guests could be seen walking around munching on kebobs while rocking out to Haywire!

At the end of the night, our fireworks spectacular delighted the crowd gathered on the beach and around the Cove. Boaters blew the horns appreciatively as the night came to an end.

Thank you to everyone who came out for our first Full Moon Party of the season! It was a ton of fun and we can’t wait to see you all out there next month when Banks & Shane are headlining! Tell your friends Sunset Cove is the place to be Saturday, April 12, because Full Moon Parties at Lake Lanier Islands are better than they’ve ever been!

Riley Biederer Plays at Sunset Cove Opening

Monday, February 24th, 2014

It was a beautiful opening weekend for Sunset Cove, the beach cafe and club situated on the beach here at Lake Lanier Islands. The sun was shining, the wind was quiet, and the food was phenomenal! And to top it all off, local favorite Riley Biederer brought the music as the sun began to sink into the Lake. Yes sir, good times at Sunset Cove! It’s only the beginning, too. We’ve kicked off the summer THREE MONTHS early because we’re tired of winter! So we enclosed the restaurant (with these pretty awesome roll-up doors so it can be open in the summer), lit up the fireplace, and turned on the lights so we could hang out with you guys year-round! How about we take a look at what went down this weekend?

Boaters started to arrive pretty early.

The fireplace was roaring!

Overall, a great evening!

The grilled shrimp appetizer.

Riley Biederer was seriously rockin’ the Sunset Stage!

Sunset Cove Beach Cafe & Club is now open weekends! So come on out and enjoy a great atmosphere and delicious food!

Valentine’s Day Dinner was Amazing!

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

This year’s Valentine’s Day Dinner was incredible, thanks to our amazing culinary teams at Windows Restaurant and BullFrogs Bar & Grille! The atmosphere was exquisite, the music inspired, and the food divine! Let’s take a look at some pictures:

Windows was decorated beautifully for the occasion, with live music and a beautiful array of roses and candles on every table.

Now let’s have a look at some of the incredible and delicious food items our guests got to enjoy!

After an amazing appetizer, guests could choose between this incredible spinach and berries salad…

…and this delicious arugula and pear salad! Yummmmm!

One of the entrees included this delicate pan-seared halibut with fava bean on herbed polenta.

Another entree was this perfectly prepared porcini-crusted filet of Angus beef tenderloin with all the fixin’s on the side. Wowza!

Or this insanely delicious and tender lamb!! Can we go back in time and do it over again? Please?

Don’t Forget Milk, Bread, and Your Valentine’s Plans

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

You still have time to wow your significant other this Valentine’s Day at Lake Lanier Islands with our exclusive Valentine’s Day 24 Hours of Romance Package! Our Friday night dinner at Windows booked up in a hurry, but we’ve opened up BullFrogs Bar & Grille with a very special menu designed by our Executive Chef Michael Klein. Enjoy a four-course dinner for two, with live music and dancing, and a complimentary glass of wine or Champagne.

On the menu for BullFrogs are a variety of our newest menu items!

For a starter, you can go with the Spinach Artichoke Dip, covered in cheese and served with hot tortilla chips; our Fried Calamari, always tasty; or, one of our new favorites, the Mini Chicken Waffle Bites served with strawberry butter. Yummmmm!

Next you can cleanse your palate with our Wedge Salad or Spinach Salad before moving on to your entree. Choose from one of our four most popular entrees: the Petit Filet, with Chef’s special red wine demi butter; the Atlantic Salmon with teriyaki or citrus butter; our delicious Shrimp & Grits; or the Tequila Lime Chicken; all of which are served with vegetables and your choice of a side.

For dessert, Chef Klein has a special selection for you to share with each other, but we’ll let it be a surprise for both of you!

After dinner, you’ll enjoy luxury accommodations at Legacy Lodge, including a turn down service with truffles and rose petals. What could be more romantic? You could always order up some allure by calling down for a special plate of long-stem Tuxedo Strawberries with Champagne.

Let us help you remember your amazing Valentine’s Day with a complimentary couples photograph in front of our rustic stone fireplace. Our professional photographer will be standing by, waiting to seal those memories with the flash of a light bulb.

Now, what sounds like the perfect end to a perfect romantic escape?  How about a leisurely breakfast for two at Windows Restaurant in the morning? Yeah, that sounds nice. So relax, take your time, and we’ll take care of everything.

Valentine’s 24 Hours of Romance Package: $269.00 per couple includes gratuities, does not include taxes & fees.

For reservations and information please contact our guest services staff at 770.945.8787

All New Menu at Bullfrog’s Bar & Grille!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Our New Year’s Resolutions included making your dining experiences even better, so we totally revamped our BullFrog’s menu! Now featuring even tastier burgers, steaks, salmon and more, the BullFrog’s of 2014 will be one of your top foodie destinations for the whole Lake Lanier area from down in Buford all the way up to Gainesville! Let’s take you through some old favorites that got an upgrade and some new flavors that are sure to delight your inner food snob.

We’ll start with our appetizers. We’re trying something new in the BullFrog’s kitchen, something that’s a very popular Southern flavor: Mini Chicken Waffle Bites. Chicken-n-waffles is a tried and true staple south of the Mason-Dixon line, so we’re very excited to be adding our take on it. We opted for the minis so everyone at your table could try some sugary goodness. They’re served hot with maple syrup, ancho chili powdered sugar, and a side of strawberry butter. Heaven.

You can start with those or any of our other 10 appetizers before moving on to a refreshing salad. Try our Southwestern Salad or Asian Mandarin Salad for a taste of culture, and top it with one of nine dressings, including one called “warm bacon” (how could that possibly be bad?) or our gluten-free mango pineapple vinaigrette.

Maybe you want a sandwich, and maybe you want fish on that sandwich! Boy are you in luck, because it literally does not get better than our Salmon BLT. Seriously. This is the sandwich that other sandwiches wish they could be. The David Beckham of sandwiches, if you will. Only instead of perfectly sculpted muscles, our sandwich has perfectly sculpted flaky croissant bread, and instead of pleasing your soccer buds, our sandwich is going to please your tastebuds. Oh, we also brought back the ever-popular French Dip.

This year we’re bringing our A Game to the table! A as in Angus. Tuck your napkin in your collar and check out our Signature Big Bullfrog Burger. This grilled behemoth of a burger comes with crumbled blue cheese, buffalo sauce, black & tan onion rings, and thick peppered bacon stacked high on lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickle chips. Your tastebuds won’t know what to do with themselves. They might explode in happiness, they might sprout spirit fingers, they might throw a party. There’s no knowing in advance.

Perhaps you’d like a heartier fare? Try a 12oz. center-cut Rib Eye Steak or our 8oz Sirloin. You won’t find a better steak anywhere on the Lake. These savory slabs of meat are served with our signature Red Wine Demi Butter.

Since you’re on the lake, go with our 8oz. Atlantic Salmon with teriyaki or citrus butter. Our salmon comes in fresh and practically melts in your mouth. These fish are so lovingly seasoned that you’ll want to head back into our kitchen and hug your chef. Or, if you have a spare tarp to wrap around your clothes, you might want to bust it out before you order our Signature Firehouse Ribs. These bad boys are marinated in the Williams Family Signature Recipe (top secret, of course), and slow cooked for fall-off-the-bone yummy times. Don’t even play. This is for serious dining patrons with something to prove – like how much awesome they can handle in one sitting.

Now for dessert, if you can even handle it, we have something new and exciting that you won’t find anywhere else. The BullFrog’s Caramel Banana Topped Waffle could be classified as one of the Wonders of the World, but for some reason it doesn’t last very long once we put it on a plate. It could have something to do with how insanely amazing it tastes.

Now, pick your tongue up off the floor, get in your car or boat, and leap on in to BullFrogs Bar & Grille for a hoppin’ good time!! 

Check out the FULL MENU here, and don’t forget to stop by for special dining events here at Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands!!

Call ahead to save your seat or to ask about specials! 770.945.8787

Plan your Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Picture it: rose petals, truffles, Champagne. You’re sitting in front of a roaring stone fireplace with the love of your life celebrating the most romantic day of the year. You’ve just finished a perfect four-course meal while listening to live music, and now you’re commemorating your experience with a professional picture, compliments of Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Your date is so overwhelmed and impressed she almost misses the long-stem tuxedo strawberries you’ve ordered special. You are the master of Valentine’s Day.

Do you have the general idea? Good. Now let’s talk details. You have some options, and if you really want to impress her, you’d better look over them and choose wisely. It’s not every man who can become a master of Valentine’s Day.

Dinner. Our chefs have prepared an incredible four-course meal for Valentine’s Day. Would you like wine or Champagne? It’s your choice. It really depends on what you would prefer to pair your selection with:

For an appetizer, choose between three amazing options. First, a mushroom, leek and goat cheese tart with cherry balsamic vincotto. Second, traditional French onion soup topped with Gruyere cheese crouton. Third, sausage- and spinach-stuffed Portabella mushroom with roasted tomato sauce. If these don’t get you salivating, you must not have tastebuds.

Now, to cleanse your palate and to add refreshment to the evening, you have two salad options. The first is a spinach and berries salad with candied walnuts, croissant croutons and an orange-raspberry vinaigrette. The second salad is made up of baby arugula with poached pears, dates, toasted almonds and Maytag blue cheese with a white balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!

Finally, we get to the entrees! You’re going to wish we served these special items every day, but our Executive Chef created these specifically for our Valentine’s Dinner, so if you want to feel the divine inspiration through your taste buds, you’d better call to reserve your spot. Here we go. You could go with the pan-seared halibut with red wine butter sauce, including baby carrots and fava bean on herbed polenta. And why wouldn’t you? We know why, because you looked at the next option: Porcini-crusted filet of Angus beef tenderloin, served with gratin potato, grilled asparagus and poached tomato. How can you choose between these two amazing options? Don’t bother. Go with this next entree instead: grilled lamb rib chops with a black cherry relish, match stick vegetables and white cheddar mashed Yukon potatoes. Lamb! Lamb, people! Do you even know the care and dedication it takes to make an incredible lamb dish?! If you think you can’t handle it, there’s still the red wine braised organic chicken with rosemary jus served over mushroom risotto with panfried green beans and carrots. Not that the chicken isn’t going to be superb – it is. It’s just not lamb. Finally, if your date is perhaps a vegetarian, we have you covered. Have her try the sesame-crusted tofu with grilled marinated baby Bok Choy, with bamboo rice and crisp vegetables. You would not believe what our chefs can accomplish with tofu.

And so we end on dessert. You’ll get to taste some of our chef’s personal creations at the end of your evening.

Take your time and relax a while before strolling over to our rustic stone fireplace for your complimentary picture. Set in a cozy nook in our lobby, the stone fireplace is one of our most popular settings for photos. Set your phone down and forget about Instagram for a minute – we’re providing a professional photographer just for you! That’s going to be something she can send home to her friends and family when she brags about how amazing her Valentine’s Day was this year.

You don’t have to book an overnight stay if all you’re looking for is a nice romantic dinner, but, if you do want an overnight stay, we’re running some fabulous special offers right now for this special day. Look for rose petals and truffles as you enter your room, and should you wish to enhance the romance, you can add long-stem tuxedo strawberries for that extra wow factor.

Breakfast will be ready when you are, until 11am the next morning, at Windows Restaurant. After such a wonderful evening, you may want to relax with a couples massage at Tranquility the Spa, or take some time and stroll the grounds along our miles of walkway.

Now is the time to begin your planning if you want to win her over this year. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with us Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th!

Reservations are strongly encouraged for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Dinner from 6 – 9 pm at Windows Restaurant

PRICING:

Dinner Only: $145 per couple

Includes a complimentary glass of wine or Champagne with dinner, featuring an elegant menu from our culinary team, and a couple’s picture from a professional photographer to remember your evening by.

Call today to make your reservations: 770.945.8787

Room Package: $379 per couple All inclusive

Includes a complimentary glass of wine or Champagne with dinner, featuring an elegant menu from our culinary team, and a couple’s picture from a professional photographer to remember your evening by, turn down of truffles and rose petals, and breakfast in Windows the next morning (6:30 – 11 am).

Add even more romance to your night with our Long stem Tuxedo Strawberries and Champagne for an additional cost.

Book your Room Package by clicking HERE.

Call today to make your reservations: 770.945.8787

The First Annual BBQ, Boots & Blues Fest at Lake Lanier Islands

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Well ladies and gentlemen, our very first BBQ, Boots & Blues Fest went off without a hitch! Even the weather cooperated with us in order to make this day as perfect as could be! More then 2,500 guests at Peachtree Pointe Amphitheater and the event field were well taken care of with nearly 20 local restaurants showcasing their prized BBQ, live music on two stages all day long, a very cool classic cars “Cruise-In,” and a variety of fun activities for kids including a rock wall, a high-fly trampoline, bouncy slides, face painting and sand art! All in all we had a blast, and we can hardly wait for next year’s BBQ, Boots & Blues Fest benefitting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. The GFBF raised a solid amount of donations, and more importantly, spread a ton of information about the organization and what it does. Our non-food vendors enjoyed the day as well, with YP being a popular BBQ tent, and the Spinal Testing tent giving out a lot of consultations to people who may have just been tired of walking around… Anyway, let’s get to the pictures already!!

 

It was a perfectly cloudless day at our very first BBQ, Boots & Blues Festival!

We set up our own tent where our Facebook followers could grab a free sample of BBQ and chili!

And guests could easily purchase some souvenirs from the event.

But what better souvenir than Sand Art?? Harry Tallman provided the sand and the bottles for this popular kids activity.

Another popular kids activity was facepainting!

And the bouncy slides!

While the kids were at play, the Dalmatians kept careful watch.

And while the Dalmatians kept careful watch, the firefighters took careful pictures!

But they weren’t the only ones! Many guests really enjoyed the view from Peachtree Pointe!

Even the Amphitheater saw some action!

Kids could even take a ride on the train!

These old dudes certainly did rock!

Wow, look at them jam!

Bands on two stages provided live music all day long for people enjoying their BBQ!

And speaking of BBQ, here’s the WIlliamson Brothers BBQ tent! They won best overall BBQ at the end of the day! Way to go guys!

Pit Boss BBQ was a close 2nd!

BBQ lovers need side items too! This booth would fry just about anything!

Including Oreos! Goodness, we love the South!!

Fox Dogs, while famous for their huge variety of hot dogs, also fried up some fabulous Sweet Cream Corn Nuggets and amazing beignets!

The food trucks were out in force as well on Saturday! One Love was very popular.

Smiley’s may have had the best view for a vendor!

And ChayJs was a huge hit with the kids! Cookies baking in the sun? Yes, please!

Plenty of ice cream stops around the event field! This one had prime real estate next to the bouncy rides.

Ice cream ended up being one of the favorites for the day with the amazing weather at the beginning of November!

Former Braves pitcher John Rocker was out signing autographs and taking pictures with fans who remember his 3-year stint in Atlanta.

Because of you guys and your support, the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation will be able to do a lot in the upcoming year to promote fire safety and to help burn victims across the state. The GFBF does a ton of outreach in the community, providing camps, scholarships, weekend family retreats, and donations to both the Grady Hospital Burn Center in Atlanta and the JM Still Burn Foundation in Augusta. You can visit www.gfbf.org to learn more about this incredible organization. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s article, focusing on the Classic Cars “Cruise-In!”