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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?

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

Happy Thanksgiving from Lake Lanier Islands!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

We just want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving! From our family to yours, we’re so very thankful to all of you for making us a part of your family traditions. Now, enjoy this top ten list of what we’re thankful for!! What are you thankful for? Tell us in the comments!

10. We are thankful for the warm, sunny skies of summer. And we are thankful for the cool water of Lake Lanier and LanierWorld when those skies get a little too warm.

9. We are thankful for the poet Sydney Lanier, who lent his name to our beautiful slice of heaven, and for the US Army Corps of Engineers who built it and maintain it.

8. We are thankful to have an opportunity to provide fun and enjoyment to hundreds of thousands of guests who are looking for a little rest and relaxation.

7. We are thankful to get to host one of the South’s most charming Christmas light displays every year, and we are thankful to get to share it with our friends and family.

6. We are thankful for the Williams family, who have pumped more love and devotion into this property than any family should be able to. We are thankful for their vision, and we can’t wait to see where they take us next year.

5. We are thankful for our staff: housekeeping, front desk, front gate, maintenance, food and beverage, all of them! Without our incredible staff, we would just be an empty, albeit beautiful group of buildings on a lake. We are thankful for the time and effort they spend every day to make our property one of the very best in Georgia, if not in the entire Southeast.

4. We are thankful for all the groups that choose to host their conferences here. We love all the corporate families that come, big and small, and we are thankful to be able to provide them with a Conference Center that is both state-of-the-art and feels-like-home.

3. We are thankful to have a resort with truly amazing extra things to do. Zip lining, horseback riding, pontooning, water parking, concert going, golfing, fishing and more!! We are thankful that you can never be bored at Lake Lanier Islands!

2. We are thankful for our chefs who are serving up a most delicious and delightful Thanksgiving Buffet for everyone to come together and enjoy. We are thankful that feasting is a major part of this holiday, because feasting is the best.

1. We are most thankful for you: our guests, our friends. We can’t express adequately how much you all mean to us, and we look forward to being here with you for so many years to come!

Lake Lanier Islands presents BBQ, Boots & Blues Festival

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Can you smell what Lake Lanier Islands is cooking?? It’s BBQ like you’ve never seen before!! In partnership with and support of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, Lake Lanier Islands is very pleased and excited to be hosting the first annual BBQ, Boots & Blues Festival on November 3rd, 2013! Gather ’round as more than 20 local hand-picked restaurants show off their BBQ-cookin’ chops on the Peachtree Pointe event field and listen to some amazing musicians jamming out under the crisp blue sky all day long.

 

There’ll be tons of fun for all ages! In addition to the restaurants and live entertainment, we’ll have artist tents, a Sports Center with the Atlanta Braves and Hawks fan teams, a Kid’s Corner, and dealer car show will cover the event field with a “Cruise-In” featuring some really awesome classic cars. Do you guys remember former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker? Ohhhh boy yes you do! He’ll be there signing autographs and taking pics for all you Braves fans out there! The really awesome news is that admission to the festival is FREE with purchase of a parking pass! BBQ tastings range from $0.50-$6.00. BBQ, Boots & Blues is a rain or shine event.

 

 

For more information about this spectacular event, be sure to head over to our website and check out the FAQs, schedule of events, and to see our sponsors. You can also see a list of of which restaurants will be showcasing their delicious food!

 

 

Sunset Cove Fall and Winter Hours of Operation

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Attention fellow food and Lake Lovers! Today (Columbus Day) is the last day that Sunset Cove Restaurant and Cafe will be open during the week until Magical Nights of Lights Starts.

Sunset Cove Restaurant and Cafe is one of the most popular lakeside eating destinations on Lake Lanier. There aren’t a ton of places on the Lake where you can just dock your boat and walk right up to get some grub, and Sunset Cove frequently offers live music in addition to giant fire pits and big screen tvs for optimal sports-watching. But as winter approaches and temperatures begin to drop, we find that people are much less likely to want margaritas and ice cream, and much more likely to want soup and hot chocolate.

That’s why we’re very happy to announce that Sunset Cove will be getting some modifications in the near future to combat the encroaching cold. This information is hot off the presses, so check back regularly here, on our Facebook page, and Twitter page for more details as they come out!

 

 

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 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.

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!”

 

Hours for Lakeside Dining this Week:

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Gianni’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria
Monday 09/10 – Closed
Tuesday 09/11 – 5pm-9pm
Wednesday 09/12 – Closed
Thursday 09/13 – Closed
Friday 09/14 – Closed
Saturday 09/15 – Closed
Sunday 9/16 – Closed

Gianni’s Delivery (678) 400-3139
Monday 09/10 – 5p-10p
Tuesday 09/11 – 5p-10p
Wednesday 09/12 – 5p-10p
Thursday 09/13 – 5p-10p
Friday 09/14 – 5p-11p
Saturday 09/15 – 5p-1am
Sunday 9/16 – 5p-10p

Sunset Cove
Monday 09/10 – 4p-9p
Tuesday 09/11 – 4p-9p
Wednesday 09/12 – 4p-9p
Thursday 09/13 – 4p-9p
Friday 09/14 – 11a-9p
Saturday 09/15 – 11a-12a
Sunday 9/16 – 11a-9p

Sunset Cove & Gianni’s: Hours for the Week of 08/27-09/02

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

As the Summer season comes to a close and Fall begins to get closer and closer, we will be updating our hours of operation weekly for our beachside dining options here at Lake Lanier Islands. Stay up-to-date on everything going on here at the Islands by checking in with our blog often!

 

Monday 8/27 – 5pm-9pm
Tuesday 8/28 – 5pm-9pm
Wednesday 8/29 – Closed
Thursday 8/30 – Closed
Friday 8/31 – Closed
Saturday 9/1 – 11am-10pm
Sunday 9/2 – 11am-10pm
Monday 8/27 – 4pm-9pm
Tuesday 8/28 – 4pm-9pm
Wednesday 8-29 – 4pm-9pm
Thursday 8/30 – 4pm-9pm
Friday 8/31 – 11am-9pm or later
Saturday 9/1 – 11am-11pm or later
Sunday 9/2 – 11am-9pm or later