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Weekend Events at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Friday, August 8th, 2014

It’s time for another weekend here at the Lake, and with another full moon on Saturday we’re excited to host another of our wildly popular Full Moon Parties! Haywire and Madison Parks will be performing live on the Sunset Cove Stage as we dance the night away on the beach under the stars. Hang out by the outdoor fire pits and enjoy great food and beverage specials, including all new menu items at the completely renovated Sunset Cove Restaurant! You’ll get to party with great entertainers, including stilt-walkers, magicians, and even fire breathers! It’s party time after dark at Sunset Cove, and you don’t want to miss the best event on the Lake this year! The Full Moon Party is an exclusive event at Sunset Cove, and a $15 cover will be charged beginning at 7pm. Fireworks will follow the party at 11pm.

This weekend looks to be a fun one for all of our guests as Sunday sees the return of our popular Wine Cruise Series! Guests will get to cruise the South’s Great Lake on our 85-foot houseboat this Sunday from 2pm-5pm while tasting fabulous wines from all over the world, paired with creative culinary dishes prepared special by our team of chefs. Guests will then get to interact with winemakers and other knowledgeable wine industry insiders for a three-hour cruise aboard the Island Princess!

EVERY WEEKEND EVENTS

Friday and Saturday, August 8-9 – Land & Sea Buffet, 6-9pm at Windows Restaurant

Feast like a king at Windows in the main level of Legacy Lodge every Friday and Saturday this summer as we roll out the Land & Sea Buffet at Windows! You¹ll enjoy succulent shrimp, freshest finest fish, savory snow crab, and plenty of turf options for you non-surf eaters. Check out our “Cooked-to-Order” Action Station with delicious new creations every week! At the end of your meal, be sure to fill up on an amazing array of cakes, pies, parfaits, cookies and more!

Friday, August 8 – Low Country Boil, 6:30pm at Sunset Cove

Sponsored by Miller Lite, Low Country Boil Nights are back and better than ever! Come and enjoy this Southern seafood favorite every Friday night at Sunset Cove! There’s plenty to go around, so share the night with your friends and family, and dig in to a steaming pot of boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and smoked sausage. Indulge in this true Southern staple while relaxing lakeside.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Saturday, August 8

7:00-11:00pm – Haywire on the Sunset Stage
7:00-11:00pm – Madison Parks will play at the Sunset Stage in between sets

WEEKLY EVENTS

Masterpiece Mondays – Monday, August 11, 6:00pm, Gianni’s

Sponsored by Masterpiece Mixers Paint and Party Studio

Come create your own masterpiece. We’ll supply the canvas, the paint and the brushes. Lead by local artists, this activity offers step-by-step painting instruction for those of all art levels. Take your painting home and show it off at the end of the event!

Volleyball Tuesdays – Tuesday, August 12, Sunset Cove

Stop by Sunset Cove sand courts every Tuesday for some exciting sand volleyball! What better way to enjoy the scenic views of Lake Lanier. We welcome Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced level volleyball players. Come as an individual or a group. Pickup games start at 6:30 p.m.

Ladies Night – Wednesday, August 13, 5:00pm, Sunset Cove

NEW this year, it’s Ladies Night at Sunset Cove every Wednesday! Ladies get free beach admission into LanierWorld and drink specials.

Trivia Night – Thursday, August 14, 6:30-10:30pm

Gather your friends and family and head to Sunset Cove for our NEW Trivia Night! Whether you are a trivia veteran or have never played before, trivia nights are great for everyone! We’re awarding a $10 gift certificate to each round winner. Trivia nights are so much fun, you don’t miss out! So come on out to Sunset Cove for delicious food, refreshing drinks, and all the trivia you can handle!

Low-Country Boil – Friday, August 15, 6:30pm

Sponsored by Miller Lite, Low Country Boil Nights are back and better than ever! Come and enjoy this Southern seafood favorite every Friday night at Sunset Cove! There’s plenty to go around, so share the night with your friends and family, and dig in to a steaming pot of boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and smoked sausage. Indulge in this true Southern staple while relaxing lakeside.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Lake Lanier Islands Resort is a huge playground for kids of all ages, even the adult variety! In addition to a giant Lake right in our backyard, with pontoons and such, we’ve got a fantastic golf course, an Equestrian Center with trails and lessons, zip lines all over the place, campgrounds, and miles and miles of walking, biking and hiking trails. If you think it might be fun, we’ve got it! Why not pack up the car and make a family vacation out of it!

Weekend Events at Lake Lanier Islands: Memorial Day Edition

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

It’s the weekend here at Lake Lanier Islands, and you’ve come to the right blog to see what’s happening at LanierWorld and Sunset Cove! First, let’s take a look at the weather report:

And now, without further ado, here are the happenings for this weekend at Lake Lanier Islands!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, May 23 – Monday, May 26: Memorial Day Weekend!

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and that means the summer season can officially commence! With kids either fresh out of school or with glassy-eyed grit rolling into their last week, parents are going to want to celebrate not having to pester them into doing their homework for at least two months! There is literally no better way to celebrate this weekend than with a pontoon rental, beach shenanigans, and a splash down the Triple Threat or Intimidator! Ready to release all that tension from Spring Semester? Grab an innertube and let the waves carry you to total relaxation in the South’s largest wave pool!

For a more detailed look at what’s happening at the lake specifically for Memorial Day weekend, just click HERE.

 

Friday and Saturday, May 23-24 – Coca-Cola presents The Goalie Challenge on Big Beach (First-come, first-served – No pre-registration needed)

Coca-Cola and McDonalds celebrate the FIFA World Cup by bringing soccer fans closer to Brazil via a unique active soccer experience! The big red interactive truck with World Cup soccer game will be set up at Big Beach all weekend long! Top 10 players have a chance to win! #CokeGoalieChallenge

 

EVERY WEEKEND EVENTS

Friday and Saturday, May 23-24 – Land & Sea Buffet, 6-9pm at Windows Restaurant

Feast like a king at Windows in the main level of Legacy Lodge every Friday and Saturday this summer as we roll out the Land & Sea Buffet at Windows! You¹ll enjoy succulent shrimp, freshest finest fish, savory snow crab, and plenty of turf options for you non-surf eaters. Check out our “Cooked-to-Order” Action Station with delicious new creations every week! At the end of your meal, be sure to fill up on an amazing array of cakes, pies, parfaits, cookies and more!

Friday, May 23 – Low Country Boil, 6:30pm at Sunset Cove

Sponsored by Miller Lite, Low Country Boil Nights are back and better than ever! Come and enjoy this Southern seafood favorite every Friday night at Sunset Cove! There’s plenty to go around, so share the night with your friends and family, and dig in to a steaming pot of boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and smoked sausage. Indulge in this true Southern staple while relaxing lakeside.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, May 23

Riley Biederer and Max on the Sunset Cove stage

Wylie Street Coyotes Band on Big Beach Stage

Saturday, May 24

3:00pm – 4:45pm – A Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, US1 will be performing Jimmy Buffet and Caribbean style covers for beach lovers at Sunset Cove.

5:30pm – 8:00pm A Rock Cover Band, Shark Fighter, will be performing at Sunset Cove.

8:00pm – 10:00pm A DJ will be hosting a Beach Party at Sunset Cove.

Wylie Street Coyotes Band on Big Beach Stage

Sunday, May 25

Old School Horn Band on the Sunset Stage

Haywire on the Sunset Stage

Wylie Street Coyotes Band on Big Beach Stage

Monday, May 26

Riley Biederer on the Sunset Stage

James P. Morgan on the Sunset Stage

Wylie Street Coyotes Band on Big Beach Stage

 

WEEKLY EVENTS

Masterpiece Mondays – Monday, May 26, 6:00pm, Gianni’s

Sponsored by Masterpiece Mixers Paint and Party Studio

Come create your own masterpiece. We’ll supply the canvas, the paint and the brushes. Lead by local artists, this activity offers step-by-step painting instruction for those of all art levels. Take your painting home and show it off at the end of the event!

Volleyball Tuesdays – Tuesday, May 27, Sunset Cove

Stop by Sunset Cove sand courts every Tuesday for some exciting sand volleyball! What better way to enjoy the scenic views of Lake Lanier. We welcome Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced level volleyball players. Come as an individual or a group. Pickup games start at 6:30 p.m.

Ladies Night – Wednesday, May 28, 5:00pm, Sunset Cove

NEW this year, it’s Ladies Night at Sunset Cove every Wednesday! Ladies get free beach admission into LanierWorld and drink specials.

Trivia Night – Thursday, May 29, 6:30-10:30pm

Gather your friends and family and head to Sunset Cove for our NEW Trivia Night! Whether you are a trivia veteran or have never played before, trivia nights are great for everyone! We’re awarding a $10 gift certificate to each round winner. Trivia nights are so much fun, you don’t miss out! So come on out to Sunset Cove for delicious food, refreshing drinks, and all the trivia you can handle!

Low-Country Boil – Friday, May 30, 6:30pm

Sponsored by Miller Lite, Low Country Boil Nights are back and better than ever! Come and enjoy this Southern seafood favorite every Friday night at Sunset Cove! There’s plenty to go around, so share the night with your friends and family, and dig in to a steaming pot of boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and smoked sausage. Indulge in this true Southern staple while relaxing lakeside.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Lake Lanier Islands Resort is a huge playground for kids of all ages, even the adult variety! In addition to a giant Lake right in our backyard, with pontoons and such, we’ve got an Equestrian Center with trails and lessons, zip lines all over the place, campgrounds, and miles and miles of walking, biking and hiking trails. If you think it might be fun, we’ve got it! Why not pack up the car and make a family vacation out of it!

SPECIAL OFFERS!

Wow, you made it to the bottom of the post!! For your dedication, check this out:

It’s Memorial Day MADNESS!! Package starts at $159: Book Now & receive 4 LanierWorld tickets & your overnight stay is INCLUDED!!

Valid for this Friday only (5/23/14), this rate starts at $159 (for Double Queen and King rooms at Legacy Lodge) and includes 4 tickets to LanierWorld. 4 full price tickets to LanierWorld will cost you 147.96+tax, so we thought it would be nice to throw in an overnight stay for you! Use promo code MADNESS when booking to get this offer. Not valid with any other discount, promotion or offer. This deal for overnight stay and 4 tickets can only be obtained when booking this package through the hotel at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Just enter promo code: MADNESS

CLICK HERE TO BOOK IT TODAY! Better hurry, this offer is only valid for THIS FRIDAY (MAY 23, 2014)!

 

Honoring Our Military: Friday, May 23 – Monday, May 26

ALL ACTIVE and VETERAN military members will receive FREE LANIERWORLD ADMISSION when accompanied by a paying guest, and upon presenting a valid military ID. Offer may not be combined with any other offer, and is valid only for Friday-Monday, May 23-26, 2014. Offer is valid only at LanierWorld gate, and may not be used at Resort entry gate. God bless our troops, present and past!

Memorial Day at Lake Lanier Islands!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Have you made plans for Memorial Day? The holiday marking the official opening of the summer season is right around the corner, and we’ve got a great weekend lined up for you! As school draws to an end and the water slides open for fun, you can come enjoy the sunshine on your face, the sand beneath your toes, and the cool breeze coming off the Lake! There will even be live music everyday starting Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26! We’ve also got an amazing fireworks show lined up for Sunday night, weather permitting! You don’t want to miss out on this great weekend! To check out our AVAILABLE PACKAGES, just CLICK HERE, or call to book your reservations today at 770.945.8787!

In addition to over a dozen waterslides and attractions, carnival rides like the towering lakeside Ferris Wheel, a slew of waterfront dining establishments, pick-up games of beach volleyball, family-friendly matches of miniature golf, and adventurous pursuits like kayaking, wake-boarding, zip-lining, and paddle-boarding, the 4-day Memorial Day Weekend Celebration is going to be the perfect start to the perfect summer! Check out our entertainment line-up below!

Friday, May 23:

Live music, featuring Riley Biederer, on the Sunset Cove stage

Coca-Cola presents The Goalie Challenge

Coca-Cola and McDonalds celebrate the FIFA World Cup by bringing soccer fans closer to Brazil via a unique active soccer experience

Interactive truck with soccer game set up at Big Beach all weekend long!

Top 10 players have a chance to win!

Saturday, May 24:

The Memorial Day Summer Kick-Off Beach Party hosted by Rock 100

Live music on main Sunset Cove stage all day

3:00pm – 4:45pm – A Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, US1 will be performing Jimmy Buffet and Caribbean style covers for beach lovers at Sunset Cove.

DJ’s Jesse & Aaron on Big Beach

Interactive entertainers

Games for kids and families with prizes

Coca-Cola presents The Goalie Challenge

Sunday, May 25:

Live music all day on main stage at Sunset Cove

Old School Horn Band

Haywire

DJ’s Jesse & Aaron on Big Beach

Stick around tonight for our fireworks extravaganza! Tentatively scheduled for 10pm, dependant upon weather.

Monday, May 26:

Live music all day on main stage at Sunset Cove

Riley Biederer

James P. Morgan

GATES OPEN at Lake Lanier Islands Resort!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

THIS WEEKEND ONLY (April 25-27, 2014) we’re opening our gates for FREE ENTRY into Lake Lanier Islands Resort!!

 

Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve been hearing the buzz all winter long, and now it’s time to see what’s new at Lake Lanier Islands! THIS WEEKEND ONLY, come on through our wide open gates for FREE! We’ve got something really special planned for you as you come to the coolest spot on the Lake this weekend.

What’s happening on the Islands? The In-Water Boat Show will be the place to be this weekend, where top dealers will bring all the coolest boats from all over the United States! Hang out at Sunset Cove Beach Club & Cafe and try our new and improved menu items, sit a spell on the beach with a drink in hand, or dance it up by the Sunset Stage to live music all weekend long!

Come see all the new projects we’ve been working on since the Williams family acquired the Lake Lanier Islands lease in August 2005. Nearly every corner of the property has received some form of make-over, and we’re eager for you to see it all! So come on by this weekend only, as we open the gates for everyone, and plan your next big family vacation by seeing everything we have to offer! Stop at the gate to receive your super special coupon sheet and cruise through our picturesque islands to begin your adventure. Stop by Harbor Landing for a great day out on a pontoon boat, or swing by the Stables for trail and pony rides, and learn about our Summer Horse Camp from our Stable Manager! While you’re having a great weekend, don’t forget to drop by the Boat Show at Sunset Cove and Big Beach!

With the summer season coming up, you’ll want to begin gathering your family deals and memberships. Be sure to speak with our concierge about your Family Fun Package! This is the weekend you’re going to want to stop by Breezy’s gift shop to pick up your new club memberships, too, for great benefits all summer long! In keeping with this special weekend, we’re offering these memberships at an even deeper discount than usual!

Holy guacamole, there’s more! While you’re here, you won’t want to miss out on our Land & Sea Buffet at Windows Restaurant in the Lodge from 6-9pm.

Feast like a king at Windows in the main level of Legacy Lodge every Friday and Saturday this summer as we roll out the Land & Sea Buffet at Windows! You’ll enjoy succulent shrimp, freshest finest fish, savory snow crab, and plenty of turf options for you non-surf eaters. Check out our “Cooked-to-Order” Action Station with delicious new creations every week! At the end of your meal, be sure to fill up on an amazing array of cakes, pies, parfaits, cookies and more!

This weekend only, we’re opening the gates just for you, and we can hardly wait for you to come and visit with us! See y’all real soon!!

Full Moon Party Recap

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

It was a beautiful Saturday for a fantastic Full Moon Party! The weather was balmy, the skies fairly clear, and the music kept everyone swaying and stamping their feet! Guests enjoyed a moonlit stroll on the beach, where they could relax around the bonfires, try a shrimp, chicken, or beef kebob or two, or join in on a game of pickup volleyball. There were a few pups on the premises as well (Lake Lanier Islands Resort is now pet-friendly!), taking it all in and playing a little fetch on the sand.

 

Our guests loved the dance area right in front of the stage, easily accessible from the Sunset Cove Restaurant, beach, and our volleyball court which had been transformed into a sand-bottom seating area. Wild applause broke out for both the Cupid Shuffle and the Wobble – always fan favorites – and upwards of 50 guests dipped and swayed together. Another fan favorite, this time a live band, played music all night long. Haywire put on quite a show, running through rock classics, country hits, and even taking a few requests from the crowd!

By far one of the most crowd-pleasing moments came when Jimmy Pyro made an explosive return to Sunset Cove with his fire-breathing tricks and stunts. The crowd parted and gave him plenty of room as he twisted and turned with his fire batons whirling dangerously in rhythmic motions. Moms and Dads kept their camera phones recording as Jimmy interacted with enthralled kids, giving them the hottest of high fives and posing for pictures.

Many of our guests could be spotted taking group pics and selfies while completely decked out in glowing necklaces, bracelets, and balloon hats. And those weren’t the only things lighting up the night! Our stiltwalker juggled flashing bowling pins, tossing them around his back and even down to guests. He even did the Cupid Shuffle way above everyone on the dance floor!

When guests weren’t dancing or playing volleyball, they could sit for a while in the main volleyball court, hang out around the giant fire pits, relax by the beach bonfires, or grab a bite to eat from Sunset Cove Restaurant. Our new beach grill was also very popular, serving up beef, chicken, and shrimp kebobs with grilled peppers and onions! Many guests could be seen walking around munching on kebobs while rocking out to Haywire!

At the end of the night, our fireworks spectacular delighted the crowd gathered on the beach and around the Cove. Boaters blew the horns appreciatively as the night came to an end.

Thank you to everyone who came out for our first Full Moon Party of the season! It was a ton of fun and we can’t wait to see you all out there next month when Banks & Shane are headlining! Tell your friends Sunset Cove is the place to be Saturday, April 12, because Full Moon Parties at Lake Lanier Islands are better than they’ve ever been!

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.

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

Top 10 Lakeside Songs of Summer

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

“No shoes, No shirt, No problems
Blues what blues..hey I forgot them
The sun and the sand and a drink in my hand with no bottom
and no shoes, no shirt, and no problems!”

Kenny Chesney might have phrased it best, but where he likes Mexico, we like Lake Lanier! There really is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with your toes in the sand, listening to some great country music!! And that’s just what we’ll be doing here on Saturday, when 94.9 The Bull sets up shop at LanierWorld from 1-3pm! In honor of that glorious time, we’ve put together a very specific list of our Top 10 Lakeside Songs of Summer, are you ready?? Here we go:

10. We’re starting off with “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran’s Rockabilly classic from 1958. Alan Jackson brought this song back to the top in 1994, and it’s been covered by a ton of artists including the Beach Boys, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and even Joan Jett! We gave it our last spot because Summer’s already down one month and it kind of is giving us the blues.

9. We’re giving the #9 slot to Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” because this is what summer on the lake is all about! “A full moon shinin’ bright, edge of the water; we were feelin’ alright”

8. Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” is the 8 seed. We love this song in particular because it reminds us of hanging out at the Stone Mountain Laser Show back in the day. Remember that song on the mountain? With that cute kid and the barbeque stain on his white t-shirt? That was great.

7. Zac Brown Band is next with “Toes,” a song all about what we love down at Big Beach and Sunset Cove! Toes in the water, toes in the sand, no worries in the world, cold beers in people’s hands. It wouldn’t hurt to win the lottery either… Life is good today, Zac Brown Band! Thanks to you!

6. The #6 spot on our list goes to Luke Bryan and his super-fun-to-dance-like-a-crazy-person song “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” because really, this song is SO FUN TO DANCE TO.

5. “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney gets our next slot. We love him so much we gave away some tickets just last week to his upcoming “No Shoes Nation” concert!

4. The #4 spot goes to the one and only Don Henley and “Boys of Summer.” After Henley took a break from drumming and singing for The Eagles, he released this song in 1984 which won him a grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Although The Eagles and Henley have walked the tightrope between rock and country for years, we’re thinking that a song about past relationships, growing up, and summer love is right in line with your typical country summer anthem.

3. Rascal Flatts “Summer Nights” gets the third spot in our list purely for the awesome factor of their music video. That looks like one fun party to us.

2. His name is Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid Rock! In 2008, “All Summer Long” netted Kid Rock his first Top-10 Country hit ever! This incredible Southern summer anthem actually began as a mashup of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Sweet Home Alabama,” which you can easily make out in the chorus vocals and guitar riffs.

And finally…

1. Of COURSE we’re going to go with a lake-centric, chill, totally fun song for the #1 Top Lakeside Song of Summer!! We picked “Pontoon” by Little Big Town! Can’t you just picture yourself chillin’ on a deck chair on your pontoon, a drink from the Tiki Hut in hand, and watchin’ the crew play some volleyball at Sunset Cove? We can’t think of any song that better personifies Summer on Lake Lanier than this one!

What about you? What are your top 10 summer songs? Feel free to leave them in the comment section!

 

BONUS VIDEO!! Eddie Cochran singing his original “Summertime Blues” in 1958!!

Have You Heard About Our Wine Cruises?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Picture it: you’re on a yacht cruising around Lake Lanier with your best friends (or your significant other, or your parents, or yourself, you know whoever), and you’re at a elegantly set table on the top deck, with a light breeze in your hair. The sky is a beautiful cobalt blue and white fluffy clouds line up on the horizon. A waitress appears by your side holding a platter of Gorgonzola stuffed strawberries.

And then a waiter appears on your other side and pours you a fizzy glass of Lamarca – a Prosecco from Italy. Can life get better? Actually it can. Because on our wine cruises, you get to taste six wines – each paired with a gourmet specialty! In addition to fresh strawberries, our first course included grapes, blueberries, dates, assorted nuts, cheddar, smoked Gouda, Swiss, and Pepperjack cheeses.

After guests were nice and settled, our waiters and waitresses cleared plates and began the next course: Lamb Lollypops with a raspberry gastrique sauce. Really they should have just called it Lamb Pops with Awesome Sauce. Interestingly, the raspberry gastrique really pulled out the fruitiness of the traditionally earthy, peppery Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Our third course consisted of incredibly delicious smoked salmon mousse crostini, which paired very nicely with a buttery Chardonnay from William Hill in the Napa Valley.

A bit of an interesting side note here – we experienced a Lake Lanier Islands first when a small group of our guests were a bit late and watched the Island Princess pull away from the dock. Never fearing a small crisis, our Harbor Master acted quickly and masterminded a mid-lake rendezvous with the Princess that even Michael Bay would be impressed by! Our tardy guests were then seated and served and the cruise continued as smoothly as if they had been aboard the whole time. Wow!

Fourth up was a sweet and fruity Rose from Spain: Las Rocas, which was served with a rather intimidating but delectable dish of barbecued Langoustines. Guests were hesitant at first, because really, how in the world do you eat these things? But with some instruction from our crew it quickly became one of the favorites. The spicy skewers really enhanced the sweetness of the Rose!

For our fifth course, our wonderful Chef Melody personally glazed the caramelized onion Consommé Boules with lemon crème fraîche. Our blogger doesn’t know how to pronounce it, so it’s obviously delicious! Essentially, they were mini French Onion Soup bowls, and they were so good.

These were paired with a dry Mac Murray Pinot Noir from the Russian River Sonoma Country.

We polished off the night with our sixth and final course: spiced duck confit served on crispy thin flatbread. The duck was pleasantly flavorful, and happily lacked that gamey toughness that sometimes happens with duck courses. Our chefs know their way around a duck confit!

We served an Alamos Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina with this dish, and this bold and spicy red was a great way to finish off the evening.

As we cruised back into Harbor Landing, guests were treated to trays of dessert featuring mini éclair, passion fruit cream puffs, truffles, macaroons, pralines, and assorted fresh berries.

Even with the storms growing in the distance, it was a perfect afternoon with great food and wine, and family and friends! We celebrated three birthdays, and enjoyed a very pleasant and smooth cruise. We hope to see you on our next Wine Cruise, on June 30!

 

 

Special thanks to our crew and kitchen staff who did an AMAZING job!! Way to go guys!!!