Back home to Reynolds, Georgia. For those that missed our first post on Lake Oconee (read here), Reynolds is where I grew up. I spent the majority of my childhood on this lake, and to date it’s still one of my favorite places I have lived, played, and now go back to stay. There are so many memories here, and I’m thankful that we can continue to make new ones together as a family.
Getting to the Ritz Carlton, we flew in to the Greene County airport – about twenty minutes from the property. There’s a few options on how to get to the resort. Hint: no Uber. You can rent a car from the airport, or the hotel can come get you for $100 each way. For those driving, Reynolds is about two and a half hours from Greenville, three and a half hours from Charlotte, an hour and change from Atlanta, and a little under four from Charleston. However you decide to travel, prepare yourself for pure magic when you arrive.
Coming on to the property, you’ll pass one of the FIVE pristine golf courses that Reynolds has to offer. If you only have time for one, Tom Fazio’s The National is my personal preference for views. Great Waters is also a quick trip across the lake, and a change of pace if you have a few days.
Moving onto our favorite part – the food. Linger Longer Steakhouse is where we spend most of our time for dinner. The chef treated us VERY well our first night on property, bringing out a mix of dishes. Some highlights include the crab cake, hybrid tomato salad, and their signature steaks. But the piece de resistance, if you will, is dessert. Your ‘after dinner mint’ is a towering display of cotton candy. Thanks, I’ll take one now and dance with the other in the sand traps.
During the day, we spent time by the pool and ordered from Gaby’s by the Lake. SO much goodness I don’t even know where to start. And I’m going to be REAL honest, there was a lot of allergy cheating that happened right here.
The crispy calamari was amazing and we had it every day. The first day we had the lobster grilled cheese and a side of their homemade chips. Then genius struck. The next two days we made our own lobster nachos with a base of the chips and the insides of the grilled cheese. Heaven. And Gaby’s I’m going to need a shoutout when this inevitably becomes part of the menu.
Not pictured: Ron’s hand eating the nachos and not the quesadilla he ordered for himself. Although the quesadilla was delicious, the nachos were pure amazingness on a plate.
Have a Tuscan Gardner or a Blackberry Farms cocktail to wash it all down.
Georgia’s is another option on property. We sit outside on the patio for breakfast each morning, sip on coffee and grub on the best banana pancakes.
True lakefront dining an experience that we recommend. Watch the sun go down with the Ritz’s Chiminea dining- a three course meal in front of your personal bonfire.
Besides being lazy by the pool, there’s also a plethora of water sports including paddle boards, jet skis, boats for rent, and water bikes for those missing their spin class fix. Ron can literally run and jump off the dock onto a board while it’s moving. I just try to keep up.
Or you can be lazy in the middle of the lake instead of by the pool. Equally as entertaining. Be sure to visit the spa with features like the mineral bath for two followed by a couple’s massage. There’s also a golf ball massage for relaxation post-eighteen.
Thank you again to the Ritz staff as well as the JPR team for having us on property. We loved being back home – there’s absolutely nothing like summers on Lake Oconee. Cheers to these, and many more #rcmemories.
xx, Paula and Ron