Imagine waking up to a cool breeze floating through an open window of a lake house, going for a swim in a heated outdoor lap pool and then jumping in a golf cart to carry you to a sunrise devotional service at an outdoor amphitheater on the lake. No, you’re not technically on vacation, but hosting a meeting at Lake Lanier Islands Resort will feel like one when you take advantage of all the outdoor options at the 38,000-acre resort an hour north of Atlanta.
The haven is known for its teambuilding activities. Thrill-seeking groups can break from the boardroom to zip line over the water, zoom around in racecars, or challenge fellow attendees to a rousing game of laser tag or paintball. Improv comedy workshops, scavenger hunts, cooking class competitions and painting classes give the brain a workout, while Wii Olympics, golf and fitness classes get heart rates up to keep the creative juices flowing. Of course, don’t neglect the opportunities on the water: activities like fishing, kayak obstacle courses, sailing and paddle boarding round out aquatic options.
Legacy Lodge & Conference Center is located at the center of the property. It has 216 guest rooms and 22,000 square feet of meeting space including a 6,200-sq.-ft. ballroom. Permanent break stations are set up in the hall where attendees can come and go as they please. A terrace area accommodates outdoor meetings and hosts resort events like family movie nights. The on-site Peachtree Pointe Amphitheatre has 2,500 seats, and other lakefront outdoor areas, like Pine Isle Point, provide space for tranquil worship services. Further accommodations include six Legacy Villas with six units each, lake houses and a campground.