The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
What it is
A rustic-meets-luxe idyll on Lake Oconee, with 251 cozy guest rooms, five (!) golf courses and an exquisite spa.
What it isn't
Lacking in amenities. Your resort fee includes loaner bikes, canoes, kayaks and Yolo boards; tennis court time at Reynolds Lake Oconee Tennis Center; valet parking; access to the 27,000-square-foot spa; fitness classes in the Spa Studio; and even Schiller Water Bikes for plying the waters of Lake Oconee—yes, on wheels.
What we think
Atlantans need a break, y’all. Which is why this particular gem of a resort is so delightful. Every day here is a Dream day, with a capital D—whether you spend the morning hopping between the dry sauna and steam room in the spa or walloping sporting clays (perhaps an even better form of stress release) on the 100-acre, century old pecan orchard at Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds. Ask for a Fireside Lake View room for a 463-square foot space complete with its own flickering gas fire pit on your lakefront patio, and you won’t regret it. (Larger groups will benefit from booking a cottage or lake house, many with stone verandas and wrap-around porches).
You're here because
You love your golf so much that one treatment in the spa made you stop in your cleat-footed tracks: the Golf Ball Massage. Which is exactly what it sounds like. And exactly as delightful.
Why eat alone when you can eat alone? With the resort’s Chiminea Dining program, you and your spouse, family, or new special friend can treat yourselves to a three course dinner all by your lonesome at lake’s edge—on adirondack chairs, with your own flickering bonfire before you. The crab deviled eggs with Old Bay seasoning are the best you’ve ever had—as they say ‘round these parts, “Slap Yo Momma Good.”
Restaurants & Bars
Georgia's Bistro - Contemporary
Linger Longer Steakhouse - Steakhouse
Gaby's by the Lake - Casual
Ritz Kids Camp and Night Out at the Lodge
Lakeside activities of choice
Just over an hour’s drive from Hotlanta, you’re in your very own world, here. If resort life gets old (it won’t!), stop by Oconee National Forest to hike some 850 miles of trails.