News for the Hospitality Executive
Lake Lanier Islands Resort Completes First Phase of
Multimillion Expansion, Transformation
The Former Emerald Pointe Hotel
& Conference Center
Rebranded to Legacy Lodge & Conference Center
LAKE LANIER ISLANDS (Aug. 20, 2008) – The first phase of a 10 year,
multimillion dollar expansion is complete at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.
The Atlanta-area destination has unveiled the transformed Legacy Lodge
& Conference Center, formerly known as Emerald Pointe Hotel & Conference
Center, along with six new executive villas.
"The new Legacy Lodge & Conference Center is considered the first
resort conference center for Atlanta," said Stephanie Orr, director of
sales and marketing at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. "Lake Lanier Islands
Resort offers an abundance of on-property amenities and activities that
complement any meeting or conference agenda."
Inspired by the great lodges of America built at the turn of the 20th
century, the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center features a Port Cochere
adorned with a large copper cupola. The lobby boasts a vaulted timber ceiling,
a huge chandelier replicating oak branches, a stacked stone fireplace and
floors of African slate and planked wood offering an expansive space for
guests to gather.
Over the past 55 years, the landscape that was formerly the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains has been transformed into what today is Georgia’s most visited recreational venue - Lake Sidney Lanier – attracting nearly 8 million visitors per year.
It all began in 1956 when the construction of Buford Dam was completed, and the rushing waters of the Chestatee and Chattahoochee Rivers filled the valley below. It took almost three years for the lake to fill to capacity (1071 feet above sea level).
In 1962, just three years after the lake was officially deemed “full,” the Georgia General Assembly created the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority (LLIDA) to manage and develop the area as a recreational venue for the citizens of Georgia.
In 1974, Lake Lanier Islands celebrated its first year of operation. The first phase of development included Harbor Landing, campgrounds, stables, and a beach area at what is now the Beach & WaterPark.
As the population in the Atlanta area grew, so too did the need for additional recreational venues.
In 1987, the Beach & WaterPark was enhanced with the addition of water slides and the wave pool, which remains Georgia’s largest to this day. The 18-hole, par-72 Emerald Pointe Golf Club was added in 1988, complete with Clubhouse, pro shop and grille. A resort hotel opened in 1989 named Lake Lanier Islands Resort, which was renamed the Hilton at Lake Lanier Islands in 1990.
In 1993, Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority and the State of Georgia partnered once again to create Magical Nights of Lights. With an initial investment of over one million dollars, Magical Nights of Lights was well on its way to becoming one of Georgia’s most popular holiday light shows. Today, Magical Nights of Lights is considered the world’s largest animated light extravaganza, which comprises of more than one million twinkling lights on a six and one-half-mile driving tour.
In May 1996, KSL Recreation Corporation, based in LaQuinta, CA, contracted with the state of Georgia to take over the day-to-day management and operations of Lake Lanier Islands as a result of a statewide privatization effort spearheaded by then Governor Zell Miller. KSL Recreation Corporation invested nearly $30 million in property improvements while managing Lake Lanier Islands.
In 1997, the Beach & WaterPark enjoyed the addition of water attractions and retail space with food and beverage outlets. Harbor Landing received all new docks and replaced 75 percent of its 90-vessel fleet of rental boats. Emerald Pointe Golf Club was upgraded with new greens, refurbished bunkers, new drainage system, tee boxes, and all new golf carts.
The addition of The LakeHouses on Lanier© in 1998 provided new lodging options at Lake Lanier Islands. The 30 New England inspired homes each feature two bedrooms and two private baths with dressing areas, full kitchen, dining space and large family room with a fieldstone fireplace. The private deck is complete with view of the lake, Jacuzzi and gas grill.
In 2001, KSL transformed the Hilton at Lake Lanier Islands into the Emerald Pointe Resort & Conference Center®. In addition to a name change, the 214-room resort completed major renovations. Highlights included a new entrance, refinements to the guestrooms and suites, a completely renovated restaurant, and a new lobby. The resort expanded its meeting space by 8,900 square feet to a total of 21,000 square feet.
In August 2005, the lease interest in the hotel and businesses at Lake
Lanier Islands was sold to LLI Management Company, a resort enterprise
of the Virgil R. Williams family of Gwinnett County, Georgia. The Williams
family is committed to enhancing the recreational experience on the Islands
through higher quality developments and accommodations, more leisure opportunities
and superior landscape.
Set on the pristine, southern-most shores of Lake Sidney Lanier is Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The year-round, 1,100-acre resort is located less than 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta and boasts a variety of amenities and attractions including the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center, championship golf courses, scenic horseback riding, spa services, casual and upscale dining options, campsites, boat rentals, and the summertime Beach & WaterPark.
Legacy Lodge & Conference Center
|Also See:||Georgia Businessman Virgil Williams Plans to Acquire the Rights to Operate Lake Lanier Islands, Which Includes the 216-room Emerald Pointe Resort, Conference Center and Golf Club / August 2005|