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All New Menu at Bullfrog’s Bar & Grille!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Our New Year’s Resolutions included making your dining experiences even better, so we totally revamped our BullFrog’s menu! Now featuring even tastier burgers, steaks, salmon and more, the BullFrog’s of 2014 will be one of your top foodie destinations for the whole Lake Lanier area from down in Buford all the way up to Gainesville! Let’s take you through some old favorites that got an upgrade and some new flavors that are sure to delight your inner food snob.

We’ll start with our appetizers. We’re trying something new in the BullFrog’s kitchen, something that’s a very popular Southern flavor: Mini Chicken Waffle Bites. Chicken-n-waffles is a tried and true staple south of the Mason-Dixon line, so we’re very excited to be adding our take on it. We opted for the minis so everyone at your table could try some sugary goodness. They’re served hot with maple syrup, ancho chili powdered sugar, and a side of strawberry butter. Heaven.

You can start with those or any of our other 10 appetizers before moving on to a refreshing salad. Try our Southwestern Salad or Asian Mandarin Salad for a taste of culture, and top it with one of nine dressings, including one called “warm bacon” (how could that possibly be bad?) or our gluten-free mango pineapple vinaigrette.

Maybe you want a sandwich, and maybe you want fish on that sandwich! Boy are you in luck, because it literally does not get better than our Salmon BLT. Seriously. This is the sandwich that other sandwiches wish they could be. The David Beckham of sandwiches, if you will. Only instead of perfectly sculpted muscles, our sandwich has perfectly sculpted flaky croissant bread, and instead of pleasing your soccer buds, our sandwich is going to please your tastebuds. Oh, we also brought back the ever-popular French Dip.

This year we’re bringing our A Game to the table! A as in Angus. Tuck your napkin in your collar and check out our Signature Big Bullfrog Burger. This grilled behemoth of a burger comes with crumbled blue cheese, buffalo sauce, black & tan onion rings, and thick peppered bacon stacked high on lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickle chips. Your tastebuds won’t know what to do with themselves. They might explode in happiness, they might sprout spirit fingers, they might throw a party. There’s no knowing in advance.

Perhaps you’d like a heartier fare? Try a 12oz. center-cut Rib Eye Steak or our 8oz Sirloin. You won’t find a better steak anywhere on the Lake. These savory slabs of meat are served with our signature Red Wine Demi Butter.

Since you’re on the lake, go with our 8oz. Atlantic Salmon with teriyaki or citrus butter. Our salmon comes in fresh and practically melts in your mouth. These fish are so lovingly seasoned that you’ll want to head back into our kitchen and hug your chef. Or, if you have a spare tarp to wrap around your clothes, you might want to bust it out before you order our Signature Firehouse Ribs. These bad boys are marinated in the Williams Family Signature Recipe (top secret, of course), and slow cooked for fall-off-the-bone yummy times. Don’t even play. This is for serious dining patrons with something to prove – like how much awesome they can handle in one sitting.

Now for dessert, if you can even handle it, we have something new and exciting that you won’t find anywhere else. The BullFrog’s Caramel Banana Topped Waffle could be classified as one of the Wonders of the World, but for some reason it doesn’t last very long once we put it on a plate. It could have something to do with how insanely amazing it tastes.

Now, pick your tongue up off the floor, get in your car or boat, and leap on in to BullFrogs Bar & Grille for a hoppin’ good time!! 

Check out the FULL MENU here, and don’t forget to stop by for special dining events here at Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands!!

Call ahead to save your seat or to ask about specials! 770.945.8787

All Ashore and More!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

We have begun distributing these awesome weekly informational flyers for what’s happening all over Lake Lanier Islands Resort for our guests and visitors! You can find out where the Seafood Buffet will be on Friday, who’s playing at Big Beach on Saturday, and when the party starts at Sunset Cove and plan your vacation according to what you want to see and do! In addition to all of our weekly events like Flip Flop Fridays, you’ll have times and information for special events like the Fun Time Players and Big Beach Parties. And those are just at LanierWorld! Fun Ashore & More also gives you the times for when our boat rentals begin at Harbor Landing, the hours of operation for Tranquility on the Water, when Kayaks and Paddleboards are available for rental, and the hours for our Lake Lanier Canopy Tours. For pure information, this weekend guide simply can’t be beat.

Without further ado, we are pleased and excited to announce: “Fun Ashore & More: Weekend Guide to What’s Happening Around LanierWorld!”

 

All About Those New Access Passes!

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Today it’s all about clearing up any confusion you may have about our new Access Passes! We know this new structure might be a little tough to handle at first, but our friendly and professional staff is here for you, and we’re going to make this smooth like silk.

First of all, why is Lake Lanier implementing this new charge?

Well, based on your feedback, we’ve implemented a variety of improvements at LanierWorld that we are super pumped about. We have now completed the implementation phase, and it’s time for us begin including these awesome new features in our standard access fares. What are these new features, you ask?

We have new, more, and better entertainment! Every single day at LanierWorld we’re featuring at least one band, and often up to THREE! All over the park!! Seriously, our entertainment schedule is jam packed with rad bands, both famous and local. PLUS, we’re offering totally NEW things like the Fun Patrol and interactive kids’ entertainment!

We have extensive new food and beverage options, from all new Boardwalk dining to Bullfrog’s little cousin Tad’s! Have you ever had a Walking Taco? Try it at the Sunset Cantina on Boardwalk! Want to order pizza from Gianni’s and eat it on your boat? Order through your mobile device! Chill out by the Dockside Bar and enjoy patio dining or take your drink down to the beach!

Speaking of dockside, we’ve poured a ton of effort into renovating our Sunset Cove and Big Beach Docks. Be sure to check them out, they’re simply fantastic!

Still speaking of Dockside, you may have noticed our most obvious addition: The Boardwalk, where the Lakeside Entertainment District comes alive! There are tons of dining options just in this strip, PLUS our new Ferris wheel, carnival games, FunTime entertainment, and patio dining!

Furthermore, thanks to popular demand, we’ve extended Big Beach and pulled in even more umbrellas and beach chairs for rental, AND completely renovated and upgraded our bathrooms! For real you guys, Princess Kate would even use these things. They’re that nice.

 

Here are the 2 Access Only Pass options, each $10 per person, not including kids age 6 and under:

Option 1: Daily Dining, Retail, and Spa Access

Stroll up, buy the $10 Option One Access Pass, and we’ll immediately give you a $10 voucher that is good towards Dining/Food concessions, any of our retail shops, or our new Tranquility on the Water Spa in LanierWorld. This option DOES NOT INCLUDE Beach Access, and is valid ONLY on the day of entry.

Option 2: Daily Beach Access

Stroll up, buy the $10 Option Two Access Pass, and you get all day access to the beach, umbrellas, and beach chairs (which are first come, first serve). You ALSO get access to all our Boardwalk games and Ferris wheel, the volleyball courts, Sunset Cove and Big Beach restaurants, non-lifeguarded swim areas, AND Lakeside Links Minigolf. That is A LOT of things! This option DOES NOT INCLUDE the voucher from Option 1.

       Download our Admission Guide

Now, we know everyone will have specific questions, so we’re going to try to answer a few of those here today in, you guessed it!, HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO TIME!!

Access Only Pass Scenarios:

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I don’t like sand in my shorts – I only want to go to the Sunset Cove Beach Cafe & Club to eat.”

Your best option is Option 1.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I want to enjoy the beach all day, I LOVE building sandcastles!”

If you come more than 3 times per year, then we recommend the SEASON Beach Pass, not the Daily Beach Access PassThe SEASON Beach Pass is $35 and includes ALL the DAILY Beach Pass features, but it’s valid for the whole season, which is May-September.

If you’re just visiting today, then Option 2 is best for you. 

 

You’re walking around the beach, and you’ve, um, “forgotten” to purchase a Beach Pass:

One of our nice staff members will approach you and say, “I notice you aren’t wearing a Beach Access wristband, would you like to purchase one now? Let me direct you to the nearest purchasing booth.”

But you’re all like “I don’t want to pay for this.”

Since we’ve finished implementing all those amazing new things you saw earlier, our beach is now for patrons only. It’s cool if you want to pull up in your boat and hang out, but we’ve got a pristine beach to maintain, and if you want to use it, we need everyone to do their part – even if it is just pitching in $10 per person.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “I just want to get a drink.”

Are you planning on eating, too? If so, then Option 1 is best for you – it includes a food and retail voucher.

If you aren’t planning on eating, then Option 2 is best – it includes beach access so you can relax on the beach while you enjoy your beverage.

 

You get off your awesome boat and say, “My kids just want to play on the beach and build sandcastles – I’d rather just stay on my awesome boat.”

Option 2 is best for you. We do require that kids under 12 be accompanied by an adult chaperone, though. Even though kids walk around our park all day without their parents holding their hands, our beach is not patrolled by lifeguards like our waterpark is. For your kids’ safety, we’re counting on you as a responsible and super cool chaperone to help them build that rad sandcastle and just keep an eye on them while they’re on the beach.

 

You’re thinking to yourself right now, “I read/heard last week that I get a voucher when I purchase an Access Pass…”

You are describing Option 1.

 

If you have any more questions, please feel free to call us up at (770) 945-8787 or visit us online at www.lanierworld.com.

Full Moon Party and a Beer Fest?? ALL IN ONE WEEKEND?!? Tell me more!!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

WEEKEND UPDATE:

FULL MOON PARTY:

When? Where? Sunset Cove, this Friday (Tomorrow [April 26 {Tomorrow}]) at 7pm, and howlin’ until 11pm.

Grab your friends, tell your boss you’re busy, hop in the car and head on over to Sunset Cove for our NEW Full Moon Parties at Sunset Cove! Dance the night away with DJ Brian Grooms under the moon; complete with Stilt Walkers, Fire Eaters and dozens of Boardwalk Entertainers! And as always, we will have our signature fireworks to top off the night. Full Moons have been revamped and will never be the same… come check out all of the new activities going on!

MUSIC, BEACH, AND BREW FEST:

When? Where? Sunset Cove, this Saturday (The day AFTER tomorrow [April 27 {Tomorrow's tomorrow}]) at 1pm, and jammin’ until 5pm.

Put on those flippy floppies and dig your toes in the sand during our second annual Music, Beach and Brew Fest! This is going to be a party folks! Think Jimmy Buffett holds a Beer Festival with beach games and more.
In addition to unlimited samples of over 150 beers between 1:00pm and 5:00pm, Festival attendees will enjoy a beautiful day at Sunset Cove with games and top local area bands hosted by industry-leading DJ/Entertainer Gary Braner! Also on hand we will have amazing beer-inspired food and merchandise from over 20 vendors. Don’t miss out on your turn in the photo booth or your chance to win one of many prizes valued at up to $300.00 on our prize wheel (That’s easily the easiest prize you’ll ever win)!
This is a rain or shine event! Come early and grab lunch and plan to stay late as the Island comes alive at night.

Does it cost?

$38 in advance (make a note for next year, it’s a pretty big deal.)

$45 at the door

$49 early admission ticket gets you in an hour early at 12pm

Under 20? Come chill for free – if you can’t legally drink, we’re not charging you to come hang out.

Leave your pets at home (unless it’s a service animal), dogs don’t even like beer!

Designated Driver and Underage Admission: We encourage responsibility and Lake Lanier is a Great Family Venue, so we are pleased to make available this special ticket to accommodate everyone to a fun day on the Beaches of Lake Lanier Islands!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone on the event grounds having entered the event under this ticket designation found to be intoxicated, in possession of, or drinking any alcoholic beverages will be escorted from the event. No refunds will be made and may be subject to arrest.

 

Gettin’ Down and Dirty at Lake Lanier Islands

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Heats began at 8am. Look at those ladies, all fresh and clean…

Before we get to our main event, there are so many new events and activities to talk about here at Lake Lanier Islands! Here’s a quick rundown of a few of them, we’ll be covering a few more each week as this blog takes you into the summer season:

Wake the Lake Cable Park: Powered by a cable system designed to simulate a rider pulled behind a boat, Wake the Lake offers riders all the fun of wakeboarding without the trouble of finding a boat to tow them. WTL is a low energy, zero emissions business, which lowers the cost and environmental impact while making the sport of wakeboarding more affordable and accessible. You’ll never be turned away because of your skill level, because our purpose is to create an environment where beginners can learn and expand on their skills alongside amateurs and pro’s who are also honing their skills and tricks. For ticket rates and hours, check www.wakethelakecablepark.com, email ContactUs@NewWaveCablePark.com, or call (678) 409-9053.

Bucky’s Game Station: The ultimate hangout for gamers, Bucky’s Game Station is located in LanierWorld near WildWaves. Come play Xbox and Playstation games on our flatscreen tvs, or plug into our old-school arcade console and revisit classics like Street Fighter 2 and Galaga. Your StarShip awaits you, commander

Boardwalk: We’ll be walkin’ along the Boardwalk this summer with all new games and all new prizes. Grab a smoothie at Paradise Fruit & Smoothies, then scope out the lake from the Ferris wheel. If the Georgia heat starts to get to you, stroll on over to the Scoop Shack for a delicious ice cream cone, and when the sun starts to sink, you’re ready to relax at Sunset Cantina!

For a full list and more details about all the new things here at Lake Lanier Islands, please visit www.lakelanierislands.com, or call (770) 945-8787.

WEEKEND UPDATE:

This weekend we hosted two fantastic events! Saturday’s Dirty Girl Mud Run was a huge success, with over 4,500 runners on the course Saturday and Sunday! The heats began at 8am, as runners from California to Florida arrived throughout the day. The Titsburg Feelers, Super Hot Mamas, and even our own Lake Lanier Islands staff were represented, and competed in the Dirty Girl. The 3.1-mile course wound its way around and through the old golf course, beginning at the Beachview parking lot, over, under, and through ropes, mud-pits, and dirt-crawls, and ending with a huge splash at Big Beach. Runners had to navigate through thirteen obstacles, including traditional toughies “Barn Burner,” the “Wall,” and “Get a Grip;” muddy favorites “Utopian Tubes,” “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff),” and “H2OMG;” and difficult dirt traps “Down and Dirty,” “Runaway Bride,” and “Dirty Dancing.” Many of the participants had such a great time they asked if there would be a repeat of the Dirty Girl Mud Run at Lake Lanier. Well, ladies, here is your answer: Probably (If that seems a little vague, it’s because we’re still evaluating the results of the run – it just happened yesterday after all!). In the mean time, www.godirtygirl.com offers plenty of opportunity to compete at other events around the country.

Some of our own Lake Lanier Islands staff took up the Dirty Girl challenge!

 

Dirty Girl staffers kept the obstacles as muddy as possible!

These ladies were obviously not tired at all after the run!

 

The Wall. The Beast. The Nothing Can Stop Me.

Hold your breath!

 

These ladies from the Super Hot Mamas had a muddy time!

Some of our own Lake Lanier Islands staff took up the Dirty Girl challenge!

 

The Super Hot Mamas!

Along the way, runners got a great view of Lake Lanier, and the breezes coming off the water helped cool them down.

 

Exhausted competitors had to scale this rope wall and descend on the other side!

Great job, ladies!

Getting Down and Dirty in the mud!

 

The obstacles were obviously many participants’ favorite part, as evidenced by the grinning mud queens traipsing back through the parking lot, giving out high-fives and recounting tales of glory in the Utopian Tubes and courage on the Barn Burner.

All in all, it was a fantastic day for it, and we were very pleased with the turnout.

On Sunday, the Island Princess, our 85-foot houseboat took a group of intrepid wine connoisseurs to explore the wines of several regions of Spain, including the little known region of Penedes. With the weather warming up, it wasn’t too difficult to imagine Lake Lanier as a distant cousin to the serene Lake of Banyoles. Deep blue waters and gentle breezes conjured the beautiful coastline of Catalonia, and our explorers enjoyed an exquisite menu while listening to the tales of importers Brian Greenberg and Scott Adams.

The wine selection was superb, and featured four wines from the Penedes region:

Joan Sarda, a Xarel-lo/Chardonnay blend

Vina Sarda Tinto, a Tempranillo/Merlot blend

Cap de Creus, a Grenache/Cabernet blend

Torre del Veguer Ecletic, a Cabernet/Petit Sirah/Merlot blend

One selection from Rias Biaxis:

Palacio de Fefinanes, an Albarino

And one from Calatayud:

Tres Ojos, an Old Vines Garnacha

 

These were paired marvelously with a tapas display, including Spanish cheeses, fruits, sliced cured meats, and marinated vegetables; a sweets display, featuring macaroons, pralines, and truffles; squid ceviche, chorizo stuffed peppers, marinated artichoke and Serrano ham, smoked prawn fritters with lemon Aioli, braised short rib and Manchego empanadas, Marrakesh lamb skewers with mint, honeyed yoghurt, and finishing with Catalan cream with Brandy and Hazelnuts.

Right now you’re wondering when the next incredible excursion will be. Our next wine cruise sets sail on May 19th, and you can view our full 2013 wine cruise series schedule here. To make reservations, call (770) 945-8787.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Do you want to howl at the full moon while partying with your friends at Sunset Cove? Then come on over on Friday, April 26 for our first Full Moon Party of the summer season! Starting at 7:00pm, you can dance the night away with DJ Brian Grooms hosting under the moon, play beach games, or get painted with the glow-in-the-dark body paint!  And as always, we have our signature fireworks to complete the night.  Full Moons will never be the same…

 

Do you love music? The beach? Consider yourself a beer master? Then you’re in luck, my friend, because a truly fantastic event is right around the corner! On April 27, at noon for VIPs and 1:00pm for general admission, Sunset Cove will be hosting DJ Gary Brannon as he hosts some great live music for our second annual Music, Beach, and Brew Fest! This is an event you don’t want to miss! For more information, check out the Music, Beach, and Brew Fest Facebook page.

Congratulations are in order…

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Our new program here at the Resort for rewarding our guests started recently and to say “Thank You” for providing feedback about their stay, we’re rewarding each winner with:

2-Night Stay in our Legacy Villas Private Concierge Program


This offer is all inclusive except for incidentals
This offer includes your room, tax, gate & resort fee, breakfast each day, one dinner* & one activity per person (Tranquility Spa, Legacy on Lanier Golf Club, The Stables Equestrian Center OR Harbor Landing).

*Alcohol not included.

 

Our winners:

October: Lisa Lemoine
November: Brent Payne

Restaurant Hours for the week of September 16th

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

 

This week we’ll be spreading out our deliveries for Gianni’s to Holiday Marina.

Sunset Cove

Monday 9/17 – Thursday 9/20 Closed
Friday 9/21 4pm-9pm
Saturday 9/22 11am- 11pm
Sunday 9/23 11am-9pm

Gianni’s
Monday 9/17 – Thursday 9/20 Closed
Friday 9/21 5pm-9pm
Saturday 9/22 – Sunday 9/23 Closed

Gianni’s Delivery
Monday 9/17 – Friday 9/21 5pm-10pm
Saturday 9/22 5pm-12am
Sunday 9/23 5pm-10pm

We are starting deliveries to Holiday Marina this weekend.

Hours for Lakeside Dining this Week:

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Gianni’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria
Monday 09/10 – Closed
Tuesday 09/11 – 5pm-9pm
Wednesday 09/12 – Closed
Thursday 09/13 – Closed
Friday 09/14 – Closed
Saturday 09/15 – Closed
Sunday 9/16 – Closed

Gianni’s Delivery (678) 400-3139
Monday 09/10 – 5p-10p
Tuesday 09/11 – 5p-10p
Wednesday 09/12 – 5p-10p
Thursday 09/13 – 5p-10p
Friday 09/14 – 5p-11p
Saturday 09/15 – 5p-1am
Sunday 9/16 – 5p-10p

Sunset Cove
Monday 09/10 – 4p-9p
Tuesday 09/11 – 4p-9p
Wednesday 09/12 – 4p-9p
Thursday 09/13 – 4p-9p
Friday 09/14 – 11a-9p
Saturday 09/15 – 11a-12a
Sunday 9/16 – 11a-9p

NEW: Gianni’s Delivery

Friday, August 31st, 2012
Beginning tomorrow, September 1st, 2012, Gianni’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria will now feature a delivery option for those at Legacy Lodge, Legacy Villas & The LakeHouses at Legacy.

Featuring a scaled-down menu as compared to our vast selection of options for dining in at Gianni’s, Gianni’s Delivery focuses on their top-notch pizza and calzone selection.

See the menu

Sunset Cove & Gianni’s: Hours for the Week of 08/27-09/02

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

As the Summer season comes to a close and Fall begins to get closer and closer, we will be updating our hours of operation weekly for our beachside dining options here at Lake Lanier Islands. Stay up-to-date on everything going on here at the Islands by checking in with our blog often!

 

Monday 8/27 – 5pm-9pm
Tuesday 8/28 – 5pm-9pm
Wednesday 8/29 – Closed
Thursday 8/30 – Closed
Friday 8/31 – Closed
Saturday 9/1 – 11am-10pm
Sunday 9/2 – 11am-10pm
Monday 8/27 – 4pm-9pm
Tuesday 8/28 – 4pm-9pm
Wednesday 8-29 – 4pm-9pm
Thursday 8/30 – 4pm-9pm
Friday 8/31 – 11am-9pm or later
Saturday 9/1 – 11am-11pm or later
Sunday 9/2 – 11am-9pm or later