A few years ago, my family and I spent a wonderful spring break vacation at the Ritz Carlton, Reynold’s Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia, located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta. Situated on a 35 acre complex with 81 holes of golf, the AAA 5-diamond resort offered relaxation, beauty, and pampering.
The Ritz Carlton at Reynold’s Lake Oconee
The designated-for-luxury hotel was dripping with Southern charm in a natural setting amid hundreds of Georgia pines. Reynolds Lake Oconee offered many comforts, such as onsite restaurants, a 26,000 sq. foot spa center, horseback riding, canoes, bicycles, paddleboat rentals, and lake cruises. One option was to dine onthe lawn with a private chiminea bonfire, complete with Adirondack chairs, cozy blankets, and a beautiful view of Lake Oconee.
Guest rooms at Reynold’s Lake Oconee were plush and functional; we never had to leave the property to be entertained. Stroll through the well-manicured property and find a big comfy couch for reading, sip a nice cordial after dinner in the lobby bar, or enjoy the nightly campfire for all guests. So many things to choose from!
Onsite restaurants included Linger Longer Steakhouse, Georgia’s Bistro, and Gaby’s by the Lake, which made great salads & sandwiches and had perfect sweet tea. Our favorite was Linger Longer, where we enjoyed delicious Maine Lobster Bisque and mouth-watering steaks and seafood.
Easter Festivities at the Ritz Carlton, Reynold’s Lake Oconee
If you happen to go during Easter, be sure to reserve a spot for their impeccable Easter brunch in the Grand Ballroom. The ballroom was filled with different cuisine stations, my favorite being the risotto and Asian stations. No desire was left unfulfilled, from the huge raw seafood bar and roast beef/lamb carving station, to the beautiful desserts display. They even offered small buffet-style tables for kids with kid-friendly food items. I loved the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut in the shapes of bunny rabbits.
As a family-oriented resort, the Ritz Reynolds Lake Oconee had a huge petting zoo and an Easter egg hunt for children. Our girls loved the colored chick and bunny display where you could hold and pet them both. Those egg-injected dyed baby chicks were one of the cutest things I had ever seen. The chicks will eventually shed their colorful feathers and become normal colored.
The Reynold’s Lake Oconee spa is visually stunning. They offered wonderful treatments and an indoor hot tub for the family. Treatments were pricey, but if you can afford the splurge, definitely take advantage of it. I recommend the deep-tissue massage for men and the lemongrass body polish for women. You should at least visit the spa for their free fitness center and indoor pool.
How About a Day Trip?
Take a side trip to Atlanta since it only 75 miles away. Have lunch at Dailey’s or dinner at Max Lager’s American Grill & Brewery, which the kids will love. Head downtown to Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, and the CNN studio tour. Make sure to drop by Buckhead, with its great Lenox Square Mall, or across the street the place I love, Phipps Plaza.
FYI: Our car broke down in Atlanta during a day trip and could not be repaired until the next day. We phoned the Ritz at Reynold’s Lake Oconee and their concierge made us a reservation for the Ritz Carlton Buckhead, across the street from the mall we were at, at no charge. This room goes for $400-450 per week night. Not only were we able to go straight to our room and not worry about cabs, they even provided us free toiletries because we had nothing with us for the night. Later they sent a snack platter to our room. How amazing is that for service? That is why the Ritz Carlton sets the standard in pleasing the guests, stories like this, and all the while saying “My pleasure Mrs. Pittman”. You could say I’m a fan!
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