Guest Blog by Kasie Bolling
Thanksgiving is a time of tradition…
A time to make memories with loved ones…
A time to scrub and scour an endless array of casserole dishes and the “good china” by hand.
On second thought, perhaps THIS Thanksgiving should be a time to start an entirely new tradition. Located just 45 minutes from the busy streets of downtown Atlanta, Lake Lanier Islands Resort offers an incredible opportunity to redefine Turkey Day for countless families. On Thursday, November 24 – guests are cordially invited to pass through the massive stone and timber gates of the Resort, and drive over the tranquil waters of Lanier to the lovely Legacy Lodge at the heart of the Islands. Beautifully bedecked for the holidays, the Lodge will play host to “A Legacy Thanksgiving” – a Thanksgiving Buffet like no other.
Thoughtfully crafted by Lake Lanier Islands’ team of culinary experts, this succulent spread will feature table after table of farm-to-table and seasonal fare. From sensational starters such as Thai Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Baby Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese, and Crab Crostini with Chives and Crème Fraiche to incomparable entrees such as Plum Barbequed Braised Beef Short Ribs, Seared Duck Breasts with Green Peppercorns and Brandy, Roasted Halibut, and Sweet Mustard Glazed Pork Loin Roast, no one walks away from this Thanksgiving table hungry! Lake Lanier Islands’ friendly chefs will also be manning their stations featuring carved to order Traditional Tom Turkey, Cajun Fried Turkey, Honey Glazed Smoked Ham, Roast Beef With Garlic and Thyme, and Roast Spiced Leg of Lamb. As always, there will be a special section set up with plenty of kid-friendly cuisine for even the most discerning toddler. And what would Thanksgiving be without PIE? The dessert table will boast traditional Pumpkin Pie topped with Whipped Cream and a delectable Dark Chocolate Bourbon-Pecan Tart, as well as Pumpkin Tiramisu, Chocolate Genoise with White Chocolate Caramel Drizzle, and Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Afterwards, guests can fill the time they WOULD be spending over a steamy sink filled with dishes touring the scenic Islands instead. If they schedule their visit just right, they can incorporate the renowned Magical Nights of Lights into their Thanksgiving plans. Imagine the memories that could be made as families while away the evening taking in over seven miles of dazzling light displays with a stop-over to the Holiday Village to visit with Santa, get dizzy on more than a dozen Carnival rides, roast marshmallows by a roaring bonfire and so much more.
The gracious staff at Lake Lanier Islands Resort welcomes families from all over the Southeast to start a new tradition this Thanksgiving by leaving the cooking and cleaning to the professionals. “A Legacy Thanksgiving” offers seatings from 1 to 7 p.m. The prices range from Children (6 to 13 years old) at $19.45 to Adults (14 +) at $38.95. Children 5 and under eat free, and Seniors and Active Military receive a 25% discount. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 770.945.8787. For more information about Lake Lanier Islands and all of their offerings, or to book accommodations online, visit www.lakelanierislands.com.