Lake Lanier Islands Blog

All New Menu at Bullfrog’s Bar & Grille!

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

Plan your Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway

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

New Years Eve Gala at Lake Lanier Islands Resort!

December 18th, 2013

How are you ringing in the New Year?? We’re celebrating it in a grand old fashion here at Lake Lanier, and we want you to come celebrate with us!! This New Year’s Eve, experience luxurious overnight accommodations, and enjoy free admission to Magical Nights of Lights, a fantastical reception, a delightful four-course dinner (how Gatsbian!), a slammin’ party with a live band playing your favorite 70s & 80s dance hits, a high-class Champagne toast and breakfast on New Year’s Day until 1pm! Is there any reason not to come and carouse at our Grand Ballroom when the Peach drops? We submit that there is not.

Check out some of the details below:

Band Info:

Carl Testa will open the evening with music while you dine.

Headliner: FORTE will crank up the evening with your favorite 70′s and 80′s dance hits.

BullFrogs will also have DJ Steve Powers on New Year’s Eve.

Plated Dinner Menu:

***1st Course***
You’ll be grabbing the nearest spoon when the crab and brie bisque hits the table. On a cold winter night, nothing will warm you up both literally and figuratively more than this tasty appetizer.

***2nd Course***
Salad, of course, for the second course! But this isn’t a fast food joint, and even our salads are classy. Grab a fork and lay into arugula and baby oak leaf with shaved fennel, roasted apples and balsamic-bleu cheese vinaigrette. You won’t be sorry.

***Intermezzo***
You’ll need to cleanse your palette after the sweet taste of crab and arugula, and there’s nothing tastier than our blood orange sorbet with Grand Marnier-infused berries! We’re licking our lips just thinking about it!

***3rd Course***
For your main dish, our chefs have prepared a pan-seared filet of Angus beef paired with stuffed Legacy lobster tailPinot Noir glace and béarnaise, with a petite vegetable mélange and truffled gratin potato. If you can even move after this dish, you’ll be excited to see what we have lined up for dessert!

***4th Course***
We were being pretty serious about the “being able to move” bit, so we kept dessert light and refreshing. Try our friandise served “family style,” including miniature  French pastries, truffles, macaroons and dipped berries. Somehow we’re able to get these out of the kitchen and to our guests without eating them. It’s a true Christmas miracle if you ask us, because that’s how tasty everything is!

If you’d like to look into booking the best New Year’s Eve Party you’ll ever go to, click here! Do it. You know you want to.

If you have any questions about the evening, please call (770) 945-8787.

Come Skate with the Gwinnett Gladiators at Lake Lanier Islands!

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!

 

 
Check us out on Fox!

Publix Weekend at Magical Nights of Lights!

December 13th, 2013

This weekend Magical Nights of Lights is sponsored by Publix!! And that means we’ve got some special treats lined up for you! The first 200 cars through the front gate ON BOTH NIGHTS will get a gift card to Publix, where shopping is a pleasure!! Then, on Saturday, we’ll be hosting a Day Skating Party from 11am-4pm. Only $12 per person (includes skates) for UNLIMITED skating!! $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.

Be sure to pack the car and head to the lake early so you can be one of the first 200 cars in on Friday and Saturday!!

Ice Skating at Magical Nights of Lights!

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!!

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!!

Give Back Thursdays at Lake Lanier Islands

December 4th, 2013

Give Back Thursdays are back at Lake Lanier Islands in time for Magical Nights of Lights! We’re looking for donations again this holiday season, so help spread the cheer and bring bags full of donations for Goodwill to Magical Nights of Lights on Giveback Thursday and you’ll receive ½ off the Unlimited Carnival wristband at the Holiday Village. Limit 2 per carload.

The view from the top of The Flying Dutchman

Holiday Village at Magical Nights of Lights!!

December 3rd, 2013

If you’re looking for a Christmas store with so much more, then Holiday Village is your best bet. With hundreds of Christmas ornaments from classic balls and bells to event-specific “baby’s first” and “newlyweds” to stuffed animals and cheerful elves, you won’t find a better selection of gifts for the season anywhere in Georgia!

When you walk in to Holiday House, the smell of delicious goodies like Bavarian nuts and peppermint brittle permeate the air.

You can turn to your right and sit with Santa, or keep walking and snag a stick of marshmallows for roasting from Dasher’s Diner. Dasher’s also has a great selection of carnival classics, including funnel cakes, burgers, pizza and more! Keep following the circle and you’ll see the light-up ornament section, where everything blinks and flickers and spins and whirls!

Shake up the snow globes and mosey over to the personalization station to get your name on one of our adorable keepsake ornaments.

After you’ve given your names to the attendants, and made sure you spelled everything right, follow the sound of the cheerfully charming young woman telling you about next year’s big new thing: Winter Experience! Right in front of the tv with the commercial is the check-out counter for Holiday House! Say a big hello to the elves working there before checking out the rest of the House and all the amazing displays! You can also purchase tickets to the Canopy Tours Zip Line Express Tour, which is a really amazing and unique opportunity!

Now food, ornaments, and Santa Claus are fantastic for a Christmas store, but Holiday Village is so much more than that! Just outside Holiday House are two giant fire pits where you can roast those marshmallows to a flaming stick of gooey heaven while watching the lights dance to the music!

Once you’re done with your marshmallows, zip on over to the Christmas Carnival and try to keep those marshmallows where they belong as you spin in the air on the Flying Dutchman and the Ferris Wheel!

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Lake Lanier Islands!

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!