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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!

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!

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 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

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 Presents the Labor Day Weekend Celebration of 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Labor Day Weekend begins today as boaters and celebrants begin to drift onto the Islands ready for a great time! We’ve worked hard to draft a great line-up of bands and live entertainment that will thrill fans of every genre across all age groups! We’re also very happy the weather has held up, and it promises to be a warm, and more importantly DRY weekend – perfect for barbecue, ice cold lemonade and Coke, and of course, all the water slides you can handle!

So come on out this weekend and join us at LanierWorld for a weekend filled with live music, drink specials and our famous fireworks show!

Here’s our entertainment line-up:

Friday, August 30th

    5-10 pm: DJ Request with Jesse & Aaron at the Sunset Stage. Dance the night away between the fire pits to your favorite songs!

Saturday, August 31st

     12-4 pm: Brad Lacey at Gianni’s. Chow down on some delicioso Italian fare as Brad and his guitar croon away the afternoon!

1-5 pm: James P. Morgan Band at Sunset Stage. Jam with these local favorites while you’re serving a volleyball to your friends!

  5-9 pm: Kurt Thomas Band at our Big Beach Party. Dig your toes in the sand and relax as Kurt Thomas and crew take you away!

7-11 pm: Jay LaBoy at Sunset Cove Cafe. Jay LaBoy, with his guitar, provide the most mellow tunes you’ll ever hear!

Sunday, September 1st

12-3:30 pm: License 2 Chill at Big Beach. Do you have a License to Chill? You do now.

     12-4 pm: DJ Request with Jesse & Aaron at Sunset Stage. Call out your song requests and treat yourself with one of our drink specials!

  5-9 pm: Johnny Summers at Gianni’s. Relax on the terrace with Johnny strumming his 6-string all night long!

   6-10 pm: Synergy Unplugged at Sunset. They got rained out last week, but they’re back with a vengeance today!

      **After dark: FIREWORKS SHOW! Fireworks, you guys!

Monday, September 2nd

12-4 pm: John Amoroso at Sunset Cove Cafe. As the weekend winds to close, join John Amoroso at the Sunset Cove Cafe for some sweet tunes and delicious food.

We’re pretty excited about all these great bands here this weekend, but we’re somehow EVEN MORE EXCITED that all our slides will be open and the weather is going to be perfect!! Check out the Aquatic Adventure, try wakeboarding at the Wake The Lake Cable Park, grab a Walking Taco from the Sunset Cantina, and plunge down the Intimidator for the best. Labor Day. Ever.

Lake Lanier Islands’ Last Full Moon Party of the Season

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Lake Lanier hosted its last Full Moon Party of the season, and boy was it a doozy! There was a balloon artist, a magician, a stilt-walker walking around juggling bowling pins, a giant puppet guy that was even taller than the juggling stilt-walker, Jimmy Pyro the fire-breather, Banks & Shane played the Sunset Stage, Atlanta’s own Power 96.1 radio station hosted, and of course, there was a fantastic fireworks show at the end! But enough yammering on, let’s get to the pictures already!!

And there you have it folks, one last hurrah before the Fall. We’re going to be upping the ante next year – our fearless leaders have been traveling the globe in search of some of the most amazeballs full moon parties, and we’ll be implementing some of the best features here at the Lake! We can hardly wait!! If you didn’t quite get your fill of fireworks, not to worry! There will be a spectacular show at our Labor Day party next Sunday!!

Adam Sandler and Company Wrap Up The Familymoon at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

This summer we had the good fortune to host the cast and crew of The Familymoon, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s new family romantic comedy. They filmed on location at the Summer House, the wave pool at LanierWorld and even had an entire set on Pine Island. We were excited to visit the set on their last day, where they were shooting an African day-care scene with warthogs, hedgehogs, bunnies, a lemur, a baby ostrich, and even a lion cub! During each take, the warthogs would squeal, the ostrich would flap his little wings, and  the lion would growl his irritation at being woken up from his nap (hey, just like a human toddler!). The bunnies and hedgehogs were pretty much content to just chill with the kids.

Sandler came in and out of the room frequently to direct the kids, or change an angle, or just watch one of the takes in person. While he was busy finishing up the last few scenes, we got a chance to talk to Rob Frank, the location manager, about the movie and about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization Sandler is involved with.

Coming to theaters next year, The Familymoon is about a widowed father (Sandler) with 3 daughters and a widowed mother (Barrymore) with 2 sons who meet on a spectacularly disastrous blind date at Hooters. Of course they dislike each other at first, but naturally they win a trip to Africa and end up being forced to share a room. In the course of the movie, Sandler teaches Barrymore’s boys about sports and other manly pursuits, and Barrymore cleans up the girls from tomboys with rats’ nests haircuts to lovely young women.

The whole cast really enjoyed filming in Georgia, which is quickly becoming a favorite of many producers due to low costs associated with new film incentives introduced by the state legislature in 2008. In addition to the time they spent here at the resort, much of the cast also visited popular Atlanta tourist sites like the Georgia Aquarium and the Coca-Cola Museum. At the resort, they had a blast checking out all of our activities – fishing, boating, Wake The Lake Cable Park, horseback riding at the Stables, and especially LanierWorld, where they filmed a scene in the Wavepool. They were extra impressed with Beth Pedaggi, our Equestrian Center manager. “Beth was a superstar,” said Frank, “we love her!” Then he made sure to give a shout out to Fred the Horse.

 

Next Frank talked to us about Sandler’s charity. On every location where it’s an option, Sandler makes a point to contact the local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter and request to grant a wish. This time he granted wishes to multiple kids with life-threatening diseases. For starters, he put them smack dab in the middle of a baseball scene in the movie. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, he paid for an entire week’s worth of adventures and fun times for the guys – LanierWorld, fishing, Lego Land, Medieval Times, the Georgia Aquarium, and horseback riding! They had a fantastic time, and Make-A-Wish knows that wishes make life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. In addition, they believe whole-heartedly that wishes are more than just a nice thing; they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy. –from Make A Wish

Sandler’s Wish-kids got to spend the whole day on set on the last day, and then they got to be his special guests at a luau that night. We’re just glad we got to be a part of it.

The Familymoon comes out in May of 2014, production permitting, and we encourage everyone to go see it, and see if you can spot the places you’ve been at Lake Lanier Islands!

Whatta Band, Whatta Band, Whatta Mighty Good Band

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Well, as you all know from the frequent rain and cool weather, Fall is on it’s belligerent way and Summer is starting to slink into the background. School has already started for tons of kids and weeklong family vacays are over. But do not let the mopey blues worm their way into your brain! We’ve got all kinds of exciting entertainment lined up for every weekend between here and Labor Day!! Check out the schedule below!

 

 

 

3-7 pm: Live Remote with Clapper from 97.1 The River 

 

 

 

All Day: 97.1 The River Volleyball Tourney (registration required) 
12-4 pm: Patch Stewart at Gianni’s 
1-5 pm: Fun Patrol
1-5 pm: Sinnergy Unplugged at Sunset Stage (Bringin’ The Funk, Dance, Soul, and Rock ‘N’ Roll to the ATL!)
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
7-11 pm: Bryan Martin at Sunset Cafe
5-9 pm: Haywire at Big Beach Party 

 

 

 

1-5 pm:  Fun Patrol 
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
12-4 pm: John Amoroso at Sunset Cafe
5-9 pm: Don Law at Sunset Cafe

 

 

 

7-11 pm: Full Moon Party featuring Banks & Shane

 

 

12-4 pm: Rhett Sypher Trio at Gianni’s
1-5 pm: Fun Patrol  
1-5 pm: B.C. Band at Sunset Stage
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
5-9 pm: Big Beach Party featuring The Squirlheads
7-11 pm: James P. Morgan at Sunset Cafe

 

 

 

1-5 pm: Fun Patrol  
12-4 pm: John Amoroso at Sunset Cafe
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
5-9 pm: Don Law at Sunset Cafe

 

 

5-10 pm: DJ Request Night with Jesse & Aaron at Sunset Stage

 

 

 

12-4 pm: Brad Lacey at Gianni’s
1-5 pm: Fun Patrol 
1-5 pm: James P. Morgan Band at Sunset Stage
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
5-9 pm: Big Beach Party featuring Kurt Thomas Band 
7-11 pm: Jay LaBoy at Sunset Cafe

 

 

 

12-4 pm: DJ Request Night with Jesse & Aaron at Sunset Stage
12-3:30 pm: License 2 Chill at Big Beach Stage
1-5 pm: Fun Patrol
5-9 pm: Johnny Summers at Gianni’s 
6-10 pm: Live Entertainment at Sunset Stage
After Dark: FAMOUS FIREWORKS SHOW!

 

 

 

12-4 pm: John Amoroso at Sunset Cafe

AQUAPALOOZA 2013!!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Wave your hands in the air if you feel fine! We’re gonna take it into overtime! Welcome to Aquapalooza!

Sponsored by MarineMax and Sea Ray, Aquapalooza 2013 is going to be a blast this year! In addition to the normal awesomesauce that happens at LanierWorld (water park, mini golf, floating spa, cable park, paddleboards, Boardwalk, etc.), Aquapalooza brings you a ton of great beach games and contests to really make the day amazing. We’ve got bands, volleyball, and cornhole, to name a few things. We’ve got a kids’ and non-kids Hula Hoop competition on the beach! We’ve got the Beach Olympics at Big Beach.B.C. Band, the Digits, and local favorite Riley Biederer all playing around the park. Finally our Big Beach party kicks off with Haywire headlining! Can you even BELIEVE how much fun this is going to be?! And we’ll be there to document the whole thing! Be sure to say hello to our photographers if you see them!

 

Upon entering Sunset Cove, turn your VHF radio to Channel 72. Look for the boats marked with Sea Ray and MarineMax Flags and team members wearing staff shirts to help direct you to a safe and secure anchorage spot. Please be extremely careful as there will be hundreds of boats in the cove. Be sure to come to the registration desk to sign in.

Wave down or radio a MarineMax Water Taxi to get to shore and enjoy the Water Park and Beach activities. You will still need to purchase a Beach Access Pass which is $10.00/person. We will have live entertainment throughout the day, beach activities, and contests. MarineMax will be giving away AquaPalooza T-shirts throughout the day along with other prizes! For those of you who do not receive a T-shirt, MarineMax will have them on sale at their Buford and Cumming locations for only $5.00 while supplies last! T-SHIRTS ARE THE BEST!!

MarineMax will be sending an email with the activity line up for the day of the event, but in the mean time, check out the schedule below.

Also, MarineMax Staff will be monitoring Channel 72 on your VHF radio the entire weekend for questions.

Those of you coming by car will need to pay the $10 gate fee at the main gate. Follow the signs to park at Grand Hall and walk towards the Sunset Cove restaurant to the registration table. Before you enter LanierWorld, you’ll be able to purchase one of our access only passes, or an all attractions pass at the gate. Be sure to grab a “Fun Ashore & More” Weekend Guide for coupons and more details!

Schedule of events: 


-9:00am: Registration
-11:00am-3:30pm: B.C. Band
-12:00pm: Childrens Hula Hoop Contest (ages 14 & under) 
-12:00pm-1:30pm: Volleyball, Corn Hole, Horseshoes
-1:30pm-2:30pm: Beach Olympics: Balloon Toss, Water Shuffle Relay, Kayaking & More
-4:00pm: Hula Hoop Contest (ages 15 & over)
-5:00pm: Haywire Band