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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!”

 

SURPRISE!! Our biggest surprise of the Summer!!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Our biggest surprise of the Summer so far took place Monday morning at LanierWorld: a surprise FREE entry day!! Everyone got to just waltz in to LanierWorld like they owned the place from 10am-noon and stay all day! We were overwhelmed with the incredible response from the community, and even though it took a good bit of time to get through the main gate, once people found out our big surprise, it was all smiles from then on! Looks like you guys have been listening to us when we say our social media followers get special attention.

Was it fun over at WiggleWaves? You bet it was!

How was the water in Georgia’s largest wave pool? Chilly, but with a 100% chance of fun!

Who likes the Raging River? These kids do!

Just how popular are the mighty Twister and Typhoon? Guests cheered when the lifeguards opened the ride!

Where can a kid go to get soaked around here? How about the FunDunker!

We were thrilled to see everyone out having a great time at LanierWorld on Monday, and we want to thank everyone for making it as huge a success as you did! You guys were amazing! If you were one of the few who somehow missed out on our Surprise FREE Day, make sure you get in the know as fast as you can – we have deals and specials going on all summer long! Facebook, Twitter, and our Mobile VIP club (text LLIR to 84700) all run contests for tickets, prizes, and more all the time, and you can even check back here to see all the weekly deals!

REEL SERIOUS: Weekend Fishing Report

Friday, May 24th, 2013

WEEKEND FISHING REPORT:

Now I have to be reel with you guys (see what we did there?). We pulled these reports from our good friends over at Have Fun Fishing, who update weekly. They post on Thursdays, ostensibly because you serious fishing fellows tend to fish on the weekends. So we’re going to do that, too, except we’re aiming for Fridays.

www.jimboonlanier.com 770 642 7764

Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On Service, 404 561 2564. www.bigfishon.com

LAKE LANIER IS UP 2.41 FEET, THE MAIN LAKE IS CLEAR AND THE CREEKS ARE SLIGHTLY STAINED AND & 71 DEGREES

This Lake Lanier Bass report is from Jimbo Mathley. www.jimboonlanier.com 770 642 7764

Bass fishing is fair. The fishing this past week has improved a good deal and we are now having consistently good catches each day. Based on the recent activity, it looks like we will have several fish spawn on the full moon coming up this week, particularly those fish on and around the main lake. For numbers, a 3/16 ounce Shaky Head worm as well as a fluke around humps and reef poles in creeks and on the main lake is working well. Also, the wake bait has been good for a number of fish each day, particularly in the morning. The top water bite in general however has been rather sporadic this week, but the fluke and jerk bait continue to shine when the fish will not come up all the way for a surface bait. Those shallow humps and reef poles are also starting to produce some quality fish as well. We have had several fish in the 4 pound class, and we are catching a good mixture of pre and post spawn fish. I have May 29 and 30th open next week, and I am booking for June as well. Give me a call and let’s go fish.

This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On Service 404 561 2564. www.bigfishon.com

Striper fishing is good. This is a great time to take kids fishing. There is plenty of action with spotted bass, catfish and stripers biting while pulling herring. Keep a fresh bait on every 20 minutes. The fish have been on points with deep water nearby and clay banks off the river channel. The primary technique remains free lines with herring deployed 100 feet behind the boat and 50 feet behind your planner boards. Free lines with a single split shot out fished the un weighted lines this week. Add weight to a couple of your lines as the day progresses and vary your speed form .5 mph to 1 mph. We are casting a Captain Mack’s buck tail jig with a small fluke to points and picking up a few spotted bass while we are pulling baits. The top water bite continues to be slow. The umbrella rig is working. We use a 3 ounce umbrella with 9, 1 ounce Jigs with shad bodies 90 to 120 feet back for deep water trolling and 1 ounce umbrella with 9, 1/2 ounce jigs 50 to 70 feet back for shallow water applications. One day white shad bodies are working better than chartreuse and the next day chartreuse works better than white. Start each day with one white and one chartreuse rig and let the fish tell you which one they prefer. The fish are post spawn and moving. The key is to cover as much water as possible with a focus on points. The North end and mid lake is working better than the South end. Call Ken Sturdivant about the ON THE WATER SCHOOLS for SONAR and Rods Reels and Lures for Bass or a full day STRIPERS School. Call 770 889 2654 for details.

2012 Service & Manager Heroes

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Each year, we recognize those on our staff that go above and beyond the call of duty here at the Resort. Congratulations to Charlene Lively & Angela Hutchinson 

Charlene Lively

Through the years, Charlene has demonstrated her command of the telephone system. She recognizes most callers on the first few syllables and is the quickest draw on the switchboard. Charlene takes her job very seriously, which sows in her performance. She makes the switchboard look easy, although most of us know it can be quite intimidating.

Angela Hutchinson

Nose to the ground, Angela always has a smile not only on her lips, but in her eyes. It is evident that Angela truly enjoys what she does and her attention to detail is second to none. Her compassionate and caring nature makes her an ideal leader. She carries with her a passion, which guiders her on a daily basis and is noticed by the guests as she consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that their stay on the lake is the best it could possibly be.

Rediscover the Lake: The Wines of America

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

 

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 | 2:00pm-5:00pm

For the final adventure on our Rediscover the Lake; Fall Wine and Food Cruise Series, we bring it back home to the good ole USA. In addition to amber waves of grains, America has been producing great juice since the first Europeans brought grapes to our shores over three centuries ago, putting to test the vast and varied regional terrains of our great nation. Sail along as we present some unique twists on flavor and production from regions you may not have ventured to before and a few of those from some of the traditional favorites. We hope you enjoy a voyage dedicated to great varietals of Reds, Whites and “Purple”… (sorry, we could not find a blue one…We looked…really…they don’t make it.)

Hot

Hatch Chile Braised pork shoulder, Brioche crostini
Grilled Beef skewer, Fresh California Salsa
Idaho Potato & Salmon Shepard’s Pie
Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders, Peach Butter

Cold

Carolina Shrimp Salad Shooters
Pickled Vegetables and white beans
Cheese and Cracker Display

Dessert

Warm Apple Tart
Macaroons, Petit fours, Truffles

Wine Selections

Gruet Brut, New Mexico
Ste Chapelle Chardonnay, Idaho
Ponchartrain Vineyards, Zydeco Rosato, Louisiana
IM Pinot Noir, Oregon
Three Sisters, Fat Boy Red, Dahlonega, Georgia
Biltmore Estate, Century Red, North Carolina
Simons Creek Winery, American Claret “untouchable Red”, Wisconsin
Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State
Purple Wines, Cryptic Red, California

This Sunday’s Wine Cruise: Rotta Winery and Mark Caporale

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Rotta Winery, founded in 1908, has an interesting history and one that Mark Caporale is happy to share with guests.

To longtime fans of this wine region, the name Rotta Winery might ring a few bells, but only if you were familiar with Paso Robles’ wines before the rest of the country barely knew where Paso was. In fact, you have to go back several decades to discover the beginnings of Rotta Winery, which was one of the first three wineries established in Paso Robles.

The original vineyard and winery were started in 1856 by a Frenchman named Adolph Siot, who later sold the successful enterprise to Joe Rotta in 1908. In the 1920s, Rotta then sold it to his brother Clement Rotta, who bonded the winery after Prohibition in the 1930s and forged the label into one best known for its hearty Zinfandels. Today, the Rotta label has been revived by one of Rotta’s grandsons, Michael Giubbini, who remembers long, happy days of working in the vineyard as a child when he visited his grandparents from his home in Menlo Park.

The Rotta label is focusing on red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and two new recently released varietals — Petite Verdot and Primitivo. All of the fruit for the label is sourced from local vineyards.

Mark Caporale, Giubbini’s partner, is a strong believer in the potential of the Paso area, and particularly the Templeton region where the Rotta family farmed. “Rotta wines reflect the high quality of our old vines and reflect the unique nature of our soils,” he said.

Rotta is just one of 10 wineries in California that sells Cabernet Franc as a stand alone varietal and is the only one that offers the wine from a “vineyard designation.” Its estate Zinfandel comes from the second oldest Zinfandel vineyard in California, while Rotta’s Black Monukka dessert wine is the only Black Monukka cream sherry produced in the U.S.

Rotta Winery Cruise Menu

Cold

Avocado Deviled Quail Eggs, Smoked Paprika & Point Reyes Blue Cheese
Duck Confit Spring rolls with crisp lettuce, mint and sweet chili sauce
Roti topped with Golden Lentil Puree, Sweet Peppadew and herbed yogurt
California Antipasto Display
Fresh Fruit & California Artisanal Cheeses

Hot

Sundried Tomato & Almond Quiche
Grilled Prawns with ginger, blood orange & Chili butter
Coffee Braised Short Rib Cheese Steak, pickled red onion, jack cheese on puff pastry

Dessert

Lemon Zinfandel Panna Cotta
Assortment of Petit fours, Macaroons, Pralines
Chocolate dipped Strawberries

Rotta Winery and Mark Caporale Quick Facts:

2006 Petite Verdot
2009 Primitivo
Muscat Canelli
un-oaked Chardonnay
and the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Black Monukka

A Great Day on the Lake: Week 2 of our Fall Wine Series Cruise

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

From the desk of Burgess Newsom,
Food & Beverage Director at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Much like a day on the Legacy Golf Course, any day on Lake Sidney Lanier is a great one. This past Sunday was that much greater for those cruising the lake on the Island Queen in this installment of our Rediscover the Lake: Wine Series Cruise.

This weeks featured destination was brought to life through a sampling of Mediterranean favorites. Working from the coastal regions of France, Spain and Italy, LaFayette Selections provided a tier strucutre that was perfectly suited for the culinary selections of Chef Klein’s culinary brigade. Window’s Chef Kevin Allen, in unison with Food and Beverage Intern Drew Fraiser, started the event off with a taste of Northern Italy. Borgo del col Alto Prosecco was a bold choice as an opener, but the crowed enjoyed the full bodied flavors with notes of peaches and hazelnuts. Rounding out the Italian experince was a brilliant paring of Grilled Shrimp, Smoked Paprika and Lemon Marmalade with Borgo Reale Sangiovese di Puglia.

Reds continued to rule the day. Next up from Spain, the Panuello Cab/Merlot followed by Casita Mami Old Vine Garnacha. This beautiful wine from Navarra with notes of cherries and fruit friendly finish paired nicley with White Anchovy and Beaufort on Crostini. The finale centered around a strong finish from Provence, highlighting a well structured Syrah from Chateau Val Joanis. The 2007 vintage boasts a deep purple hue with notes of cherries, red berries and fruits. This well balanced find was a great companion to Chef’s sweet confections of truffles, pralines, macaroons.

A little cloud coverage aside, it was a wonderful day for food and wine discovervies. Drew and Kevin invite you to join them next week, October 7th, for an adventure with Pinot and Pork. We will showcase great Pinots from Southern California to the great Northwest. Be thinking Meiomi…

- Burgess

 

Intern Drew & Chef Kevin preparing one of the courses during week 2 of Rediscover the Lake: Fall Wine Cruise Series

Coming up this Sunday: The Best of Pinot & Port…

Wedding Showcase News

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Pictured from Left (Katia Fulks, Team leader Celita Davis-Fritch & Michelle Bryan) in our newly renovated Grand Ballroom.

Score one for the Lake Lanier Islands’ wedding team! With sincere consideration given to all of the reviews and comments that were shared from our last event in the spring, the girls from Something Blue pulled off a phenomenal fall season Wedding’s Showcase last weekend, with over a 180 “brides to be” in attendance and 30 vendors displaying their collective works. Team leader Celita Davis-Fritch, along with design elements from Blair Simpson and team, presented a series of vignettes strategically laid out to highlight various creations and state of the art wedding accoutrements designed to enhance any bride’s magical moment.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by an delectable assortment of Stationed and Butler-passed Hors D’Ouevres from our new weddings menu selections. Featured items included Mini Crab BLTs, Asparagus in Puffed Pastry with Asiago Cheese, Malibu Coconut Shrimp and Chicken Tandori Satays. Our Culinary team continued to wow the attendees with a series of food stations uniquely created to offer strolling reception fare for wedding receptions. Executive Chef Michael Klein was on hand, working the room and discussing the intricacies of transforming food elements into special events. Interactive fare that captures lasting impressions while adding an air of convivality for hungry wedding guests. With several cutting edge creations on hand the big winner by far was, as always, comfort food:

Mac n’ Cheese Three Ways

Sharp Cheddar, Chorizo and Roasted Vidalia Onion

Asiago-Parmesan Cheeses with Pinot Grigio, Snow Crab, and Roasted Red Pepper Crumble

Smoked Gouda, Chevre, Julienne Vegetable, Mushrooms and Spinach

Additional Toppings:

Bacon, Shaved Parmesan, Sun Dried Tomato, Micro Basil, Scallions, and Roasted Garlic

 

Great job to the creative team and a heart felt thanks to all who participated. For more details, menu options and photos please visit our weddings website at http://www.lakelanierweddings.com.

Fall Wine Cruise Series: Rediscover the Lake with Chilean Delights

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

From the desk of Burgess Newsom,
Food & Beverage Director at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

On behalf of the Legacy Lodge Food and Beverage team here at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, I would like to thank those of you who came out this past Sunday for the inaugural launch of the Fall Wine Cruise Series. I hope you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed serving you. The weather was postcard perfect, the food was incredible and wines were unique. I think it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all. If you were unable to attend, you certainly missed out on some award winning Chilean wines presented by the knowledgeable Gail Avera from Lafayette Selections.

Executive Chef Michael Klein and Windows Chef Kevin Allen were both on hand to create a delectable array of traditional food flavors from Chile that brought balance to the wine offerings. The Grilled Beef Skewers with Pebe ,the Humitas and the Crudo de Saumon were definitely crowd pleasers. The Torta De Hojas (A.K.A. cake with caramel) was a perfect final act.

All things considered, it was the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon on the lake.

We set sail again this Sunday with wines and foods from the Mediterranean featuring regional coastal selections from Spain, France and Italy.

Please join us this and each Sunday afternoon through November 4th as we Rediscover the Lake. To book your spot on the Fall Wine Cruise, just call us at (770) 945-8787.

You can also read more about the Fall Wine Cruise and see the list of upcoming dates and guest speakers here: Fall Wine Cruise

- Burgess

Banks & Shane 40th Anniversary Concert

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Banks & Shane played here at Lake Lanier Islands this past weekend. They had their full band backing them up at Peachtree Point Amphitheater played long into the night, often rousing fans from their seats and out onto the dance area in front of the stage. See a clip of the fans getting into the moment here:

 

See all our photos from the concert here on our flickr page.