Experience the leisure of lake life at Georgia’s Lake Oconee. Situated 75 miles east of Atlanta, Greene County is home to 374 miles of shoreline, a charming downtown, six championship golf courses and dining options that range from homegrown eateries to establishments with white-glove service.
Tour the Town
Dine and drink your way through Lake Oconee beginning in Downtown Greensboro. Grab a sandwich and Brunswick stew at Holcomb’s Bar-B-Que then head over to Oconee Brewing Company for a tour of their production facility finished off with a flight of their craft beer. Following happy hour, head to The Yesterday Café for sweet Southern hospitality and an even sweeter slice of buttermilk pie. Work off your meal with a stroll through downtown’s charming boutiques filled with artisan creations and antiques. Stop at the open-air Ripe Thing Market and fill your basket with fresh, local produce including lots of sweet Georgia peaches. During the summer, you can also pick your own produce at Hemi Blueberry Farm, which offers several varieties of blueberries and muscadines.
Put on the Ritz
When you’re ready for a taste of luxury, head to The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, which is situated about 10 miles outside of downtown. On the way, stop at local favorite The Grill for a milkshake or ice cream, then continue your drive to the award-winning property set on the banks of Georgia’s second largest lake. Famous for its championship golf courses, luxury spa and pinch-me view of the waterfront, the property is also home to several noteworthy dining spots. The recently renovated Gaby’s by the Lake offers casual poolside eats with a stunning view of the water and Georgia’s serves up farm-to-fork Southern fare and handcrafted cocktails. Bourbon and whiskey aficionados will enjoy a drink at the Barrel Room, but the recently refreshed Linger Longer Steakhouse is the place to go for prime cuts of meat, an impressive (and expansive) wine list, and a fun surprise of cotton candy made in house to finish off the night.
Hit the Lake and the Links
With six championship courses, more than 100 holes of play and The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade where you can work on your swing and get fitted for clubs, golf is a top diversion at Lake Oconee. After finishing a round at the Tom Fazio–designed National golf course, head to The National Tavern, an upscale watering hole offering pub fare and a high-caliber wine program that was recently awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
If a day on the water is more your speed, enjoy more than 19,000 acres of water via jet skis, boats, kayaks and paddleboards. Hire a captain for a sunset cruise or head out on a Moonlight Kayak Tour at The Ritz-Carlton to take in all the stargazing glory.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your time at Lake Oconee, you’ll leave lighter and more relaxed, so pack your bags because your ideal getaway is closer than you think.
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