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Lanier Under The Lights Annual 5K

Monday, November 11th, 2013

This time of year is pretty popular for marathons and 5Ks across the South, as the weather is on the cooler side of mild and the leaves changing makes the perfect backdrop for a nice afternoon jog. Some places even have their Christmas decorations up already! Lake Lanier Islands Resort is one such place. It takes a lot of prep-time to put up all those amazing light displays, and we typically get started some time in early October, if not before. So Lanier Under the Lights takes advantage of the last week of preparations before Magical Nights of Lights officially opens, and invites their athletes to come out and run under the lights for a great cause.

Lanier Under the Lights had eight fantastic sponsors this year in addition to ourselves as the mere host: Home Depot, Pro Care EMS (always good to have around at a race), WDUN News Talk Radio, Big Peach Running Co., public accounting firm Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP, Lanier Therapy Motion, Leon Farmer Company, and Tencate. At just over 4,300 participants, the event was a great success! And, thanks to the sponsors and the athletes themselves, Hamilton Mill and Toys for Tots both managed to take in a really solid amount of donations!!

This really couldn’t be a more special event, and we only have you to thank for it! Picture time!

The Hall County Fire Department was having a great time while keeping a watchful eye.

All lined up and ready to go!

Zoom!

There they go!

Lots of people wore festive hats!

The second giant group of people raring to go!

Look how many people! Over 4,000!

And there they go!

This was the winner of the 5K! He was so fast our camera couldn’t grab him!

And here come a couple of our favorites!

We got a lot of thumbs up!

And a lot of arms raised in victory!

Everyone really enjoyed themselves.

This kid was showing off his muscles.

Even Santa could be spotted getting ready for cookie season!

 

The First Annual BBQ, Boots & Blues Fest at Lake Lanier Islands

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Well ladies and gentlemen, our very first BBQ, Boots & Blues Fest went off without a hitch! Even the weather cooperated with us in order to make this day as perfect as could be! More then 2,500 guests at Peachtree Pointe Amphitheater and the event field were well taken care of with nearly 20 local restaurants showcasing their prized BBQ, live music on two stages all day long, a very cool classic cars “Cruise-In,” and a variety of fun activities for kids including a rock wall, a high-fly trampoline, bouncy slides, face painting and sand art! All in all we had a blast, and we can hardly wait for next year’s BBQ, Boots & Blues Fest benefitting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. The GFBF raised a solid amount of donations, and more importantly, spread a ton of information about the organization and what it does. Our non-food vendors enjoyed the day as well, with YP being a popular BBQ tent, and the Spinal Testing tent giving out a lot of consultations to people who may have just been tired of walking around… Anyway, let’s get to the pictures already!!

 

It was a perfectly cloudless day at our very first BBQ, Boots & Blues Festival!

We set up our own tent where our Facebook followers could grab a free sample of BBQ and chili!

And guests could easily purchase some souvenirs from the event.

But what better souvenir than Sand Art?? Harry Tallman provided the sand and the bottles for this popular kids activity.

Another popular kids activity was facepainting!

And the bouncy slides!

While the kids were at play, the Dalmatians kept careful watch.

And while the Dalmatians kept careful watch, the firefighters took careful pictures!

But they weren’t the only ones! Many guests really enjoyed the view from Peachtree Pointe!

Even the Amphitheater saw some action!

Kids could even take a ride on the train!

These old dudes certainly did rock!

Wow, look at them jam!

Bands on two stages provided live music all day long for people enjoying their BBQ!

And speaking of BBQ, here’s the WIlliamson Brothers BBQ tent! They won best overall BBQ at the end of the day! Way to go guys!

Pit Boss BBQ was a close 2nd!

BBQ lovers need side items too! This booth would fry just about anything!

Including Oreos! Goodness, we love the South!!

Fox Dogs, while famous for their huge variety of hot dogs, also fried up some fabulous Sweet Cream Corn Nuggets and amazing beignets!

The food trucks were out in force as well on Saturday! One Love was very popular.

Smiley’s may have had the best view for a vendor!

And ChayJs was a huge hit with the kids! Cookies baking in the sun? Yes, please!

Plenty of ice cream stops around the event field! This one had prime real estate next to the bouncy rides.

Ice cream ended up being one of the favorites for the day with the amazing weather at the beginning of November!

Former Braves pitcher John Rocker was out signing autographs and taking pictures with fans who remember his 3-year stint in Atlanta.

Because of you guys and your support, the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation will be able to do a lot in the upcoming year to promote fire safety and to help burn victims across the state. The GFBF does a ton of outreach in the community, providing camps, scholarships, weekend family retreats, and donations to both the Grady Hospital Burn Center in Atlanta and the JM Still Burn Foundation in Augusta. You can visit www.gfbf.org to learn more about this incredible organization. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s article, focusing on the Classic Cars “Cruise-In!”

 

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!

 

 

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.

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!

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 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.