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Lake Lanier Islands presents: Fall!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Autumn has arrived, and with it we have beautiful leaves, nippier weather, a whole new color palette, cookouts, school for the young-un’s, and of course, pumpkin-spice everything. You may have started noticing minor changes a few weeks ago. A dropped leaf browning on the sidewalk here, a fellow passerby with long sleeves there. The scarves are out at department stores everywhere, and heaven help us, they’ve even started bringing out the Christmas decorations to sit beside the Halloween masks. Here at the Lake, we’ve already begun to see hints of the sort of sweeping transformation that north Georgia and Appalachia are famous for. Indeed, the changing of the leaves in the southeast can actually be seen from outer space! How’s that for a natural wonder of the world?? Of course, we think Lake Lanier is beautiful in every season, but for sheer vibrance, fall simply can’t be beat. We’ll just leave you here to gaze at the marvelous splendor of Mother Nature.

photo credit: Robert LZ

photo credit: Robert LZ

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photo credit: dina

photo credit: John Roycroft

photo credit: Rick Holliday

And one from us! What better way to experience the foliage than to hike right through the canopies on your very own tour! Go here to sign up today: http://www.lakelanierislands.com/activities/zipline.

photo credit: Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Lake Lanier Islands Presents the Last Weekend For Live Entertainment at Sunset Cove

Friday, September 27th, 2013

This weekend will be your last weekend of the season to catch some great live entertainment at Sunset Cove. The popular lakeside restaurant is still open for lunch and dinner, so come on out for delicious food, great music, and blissful sunshine before those cool fall nights overtake the lake. Winter is coming, after all. But before we can get all excited about Magical Nights of Lights, we’ve got to get excited about this weekend entertainment!

On Saturday afternoon, 1-5pm, Johnny Summers will be jamming on his guitar as his awesome acoustic sweeps over the Sunset Stage.

Then, on Saturday evening,6-10pm, Michael Cahen will croon while playing his guitar at Sunset Stage. Enjoy your dinner while taking in the mellow sounds of the lake and the docks and Michael Cahen.

Sunset Stage and Sunset Cove Cafe

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 Resort Presents Our August Survey Winner!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Hurray to our AUGUST WINNER for our online Unifocus Survey!!

Leslie H., who stayed with us in early August, we can’t wait to send you to a relaxing, enjoyable 2-Night Stay in our Legacy Villas Private Concierge Program!! Whoa!! Lucky Leslie, this offer includes your room, tax, gate & resort fee, breakfast each day, one dinner & one activity per person (Tranquility Spa, Legacy on Lanier Golf Club, The Stables Equestrian Center OR Harbor Landing). Thank you for filling out our online survey!