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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!

Save The Horses Fall Festival & Fundraiser at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Monday, October 28th, 2013

This past Saturday, the Stables at Lake Lanier Islands were very proud to host the Save the Horses Fall Festival & Fundraiser. There were all kids of great activities, like face-painting, bouncy rides, pony rides, a pony-decorating contest, stick horse derbies, pumpkin contests and more!! The kids had a blast, and we’re not just talking about the little goats in the petting zoo! Even better, with your help we managed to raise almost $3,000 for the Winter Feed Program! If that doesn’t make you smile, we don’t know what will!

It was a gorgeous day on Saturday, and everyone had a really great time! The line was long but quick for pony rides, and the demonstrations by Sky Acres Farms were incredible to watch.

The Fall Derby Stick Horse Races were a great success, with kids riding the little stick horses from cone A to cone B and laughing all the way. The main event for the Derby was the Legacy Derby, where we picked 3 adults to skip as fast as they could to the blue barrel and back. Michelle had her game face on, and while Russell was enthusiastic, he couldn’t quite catch up with Michelle after they rounded the barrel. It was an exciting photo finish as Michelle took the victory!

While the arena was active, there was a milder activity happening right beside it… Casper and Black Jack came out to play with the younger kids and participated in a dress-up contest! Casper’s mane was a big hit, while Black Jack wore the orange and black boa better.

Another big hit at the party was little Cooper! Cooper smiled and danced his way into our audience’s hearts. Our guests could even lead him around a bit to learn more about him.

In addition to all the fun and games, we were also giving out prizes like crazy!! Here’s a couple of our winners, including Miss Grand Prize herself!

All in all it was a fantastic event, and we’re really looking forward to making this event an annual one! We couldn’t do it without your help, and we feel very proud to support and sponsor Save the Horses, and we’re very eager to continue to promote its mission of rescue and rehabilitation for abused equines. If you’d like to learn more about Save the Horses, you can check out their website here. We’re also hosting a photo contest over on the Stables facebook page!

 

 

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!

 

 

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.

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

photo credit: tlc cabins

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!