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Plan your Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Picture it: rose petals, truffles, Champagne. You’re sitting in front of a roaring stone fireplace with the love of your life celebrating the most romantic day of the year. You’ve just finished a perfect four-course meal while listening to live music, and now you’re commemorating your experience with a professional picture, compliments of Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Your date is so overwhelmed and impressed she almost misses the long-stem tuxedo strawberries you’ve ordered special. You are the master of Valentine’s Day.

Do you have the general idea? Good. Now let’s talk details. You have some options, and if you really want to impress her, you’d better look over them and choose wisely. It’s not every man who can become a master of Valentine’s Day.

Dinner. Our chefs have prepared an incredible four-course meal for Valentine’s Day. Would you like wine or Champagne? It’s your choice. It really depends on what you would prefer to pair your selection with:

For an appetizer, choose between three amazing options. First, a mushroom, leek and goat cheese tart with cherry balsamic vincotto. Second, traditional French onion soup topped with Gruyere cheese crouton. Third, sausage- and spinach-stuffed Portabella mushroom with roasted tomato sauce. If these don’t get you salivating, you must not have tastebuds.

Now, to cleanse your palate and to add refreshment to the evening, you have two salad options. The first is a spinach and berries salad with candied walnuts, croissant croutons and an orange-raspberry vinaigrette. The second salad is made up of baby arugula with poached pears, dates, toasted almonds and Maytag blue cheese with a white balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!

Finally, we get to the entrees! You’re going to wish we served these special items every day, but our Executive Chef created these specifically for our Valentine’s Dinner, so if you want to feel the divine inspiration through your taste buds, you’d better call to reserve your spot. Here we go. You could go with the pan-seared halibut with red wine butter sauce, including baby carrots and fava bean on herbed polenta. And why wouldn’t you? We know why, because you looked at the next option: Porcini-crusted filet of Angus beef tenderloin, served with gratin potato, grilled asparagus and poached tomato. How can you choose between these two amazing options? Don’t bother. Go with this next entree instead: grilled lamb rib chops with a black cherry relish, match stick vegetables and white cheddar mashed Yukon potatoes. Lamb! Lamb, people! Do you even know the care and dedication it takes to make an incredible lamb dish?! If you think you can’t handle it, there’s still the red wine braised organic chicken with rosemary jus served over mushroom risotto with panfried green beans and carrots. Not that the chicken isn’t going to be superb – it is. It’s just not lamb. Finally, if your date is perhaps a vegetarian, we have you covered. Have her try the sesame-crusted tofu with grilled marinated baby Bok Choy, with bamboo rice and crisp vegetables. You would not believe what our chefs can accomplish with tofu.

And so we end on dessert. You’ll get to taste some of our chef’s personal creations at the end of your evening.

Take your time and relax a while before strolling over to our rustic stone fireplace for your complimentary picture. Set in a cozy nook in our lobby, the stone fireplace is one of our most popular settings for photos. Set your phone down and forget about Instagram for a minute – we’re providing a professional photographer just for you! That’s going to be something she can send home to her friends and family when she brags about how amazing her Valentine’s Day was this year.

You don’t have to book an overnight stay if all you’re looking for is a nice romantic dinner, but, if you do want an overnight stay, we’re running some fabulous special offers right now for this special day. Look for rose petals and truffles as you enter your room, and should you wish to enhance the romance, you can add long-stem tuxedo strawberries for that extra wow factor.

Breakfast will be ready when you are, until 11am the next morning, at Windows Restaurant. After such a wonderful evening, you may want to relax with a couples massage at Tranquility the Spa, or take some time and stroll the grounds along our miles of walkway.

Now is the time to begin your planning if you want to win her over this year. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with us Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th!

Reservations are strongly encouraged for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Dinner from 6 – 9 pm at Windows Restaurant

PRICING:

Dinner Only: $145 per couple

Includes a complimentary glass of wine or Champagne with dinner, featuring an elegant menu from our culinary team, and a couple’s picture from a professional photographer to remember your evening by.

Call today to make your reservations: 770.945.8787

Room Package: $379 per couple All inclusive

Includes a complimentary glass of wine or Champagne with dinner, featuring an elegant menu from our culinary team, and a couple’s picture from a professional photographer to remember your evening by, turn down of truffles and rose petals, and breakfast in Windows the next morning (6:30 – 11 am).

Add even more romance to your night with our Long stem Tuxedo Strawberries and Champagne for an additional cost.

Book your Room Package by clicking HERE.

Call today to make your reservations: 770.945.8787

Come Skate with the Gwinnett Gladiators at Lake Lanier Islands!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

FINALLY! A reason to cheer!

The Gwinnett Gladiators are gliding onto Lake Lanier Islands and YOU’RE invited to come hang out for the afternoon!

On Monday, December 23 from 2-4 pm, your favorite and only local professional hockey team will be at Lake Lanier Islands, skating and showing off their innumerable skills at the Holiday Village Ice Rink! Aside from the fact that these guys are super fun to hang out with, you’ll want to come for a couple other reasons too!! You’ll be able to register for PRIZES, including tickets to a future Glads game! You’ll get to skate around with Maximus, the Glads loyal mascot! You’ll get to improve your own skating skills as the Glads put on demonstrations!

Plus, that day only from 11am to 4pm, you’ll receive FREE gate admission by showing a ticket stub from any Gladiators game! If that’s not a reason to celebrate, we don’t know what is!!

So come hang out with your Gwinnett Gladiators on MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, and maybe go see the lights afterward!

 

 
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Ice Skating at Magical Nights of Lights!

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

We are having SO MUCH FUN ice skating this year at Holiday Village! You should definitely plan to come out because there are so few places in and around Atlanta for you to enjoy one of the best holiday activities that can be found! We’ve got events going on all season, like skate parties with your favorite radio djs, and you can even come out and skate with the Gwinnett Gladiators!

Bring your friends and family to ice skate at our Verizon Wireless Ice Skating Rink during the holidays!

Only $12 per person (includes skates) for UNLIMITED skating that day. What a deal!

$10 gate fee per carload applies during day skate hours (11 am – 4pm).

*At 4 pm, gate pricing changes to Magical Nights of Lights pricing. Holiday House opens at 5 pm.

Check out our schedule of Skating Events below:

SKATE PARTY WITH KICKS 101.5 & TUG

DateFriday, November 22

SKATE NIGHT WITH 94.9 THE BULL WITH KRISTEN GATES

DateSaturday, November 23
Saturday, November 30
Sunday, December 15
Monday, December 23

SKATE EXHIBITION AND LESSONS WITH THE ATLANTA ICEFORUM SKATING ACADEMY

DateNovember 23rd

SKATE NIGHT WITH THE GWINNETT GLADIATORS

DateMonday, December 23

Chick-fil-A Weekend at Magical Nights of Lights!!

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Hey folks! This weekend is going to be really super special here at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Chick-fil-A is sponsoring the weekend shenanigans and boy, do they have some great stuff lined up! First of all, the first 200 cars through the gate each night (December 6, 7 & 8) will be receiving a special surprise from those lovable cows, who have taken over some of our golf carts and are running amok all over the Islands!! So be on the look out for them and be sure to wave hello when you see one drive by, they might just stop and give you a great Christmas present! There will also be day skating parties on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th! Skip the SEC championship game because if Georgia’s not in it, it doesn’t matter, and come hang out on the ice with us instead! Only $12 per person (includes skates) for UNLIMITED skating that day. What a deal! In addition, if you come early to our skate parties, our normal gate fee of only $10 applies until 4pm, when it goes up to the Magical Nights of Lights gate fee of $60! So if you come early to skate, you’re going to save $50!!

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!

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!!