Many of us remember packing an overnight bag and heading into the wilderness for old-school camping when we were children. There was something fulfilling about pitching a tent, sleeping uncomfortably and cooking on an open fire.
But as an adult, the thought of sleeping outside has lost its charm. Replace the tent with a room at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, in order to relive childhood memories in a luxurious setting.
With its 30 acres of shoreline surrounded by Georgia’s rolling landscape, the lakeside resort is the epitome of what a glorious camping trip should be. After a quick flight north to Atlanta followed by a bus transfer (taken care of by The Ritz), settle into your spacious and cozy suite. There are also charming cottages and a three-story lake house for those who desire a bit more privacy.
The awe-inspiring views of Lake Oconee are what set the scene for your stay. Good news for guests: the lake is visible from all angles. Take in the scenery at the infinity pool’s ledge, bite into the famous lobster grilled cheese at Gaby’s by the Lake, or take a stroll only to stumble upon a hammock perfect for sprawling out with a good read.
Adventures on the lake are the way to go for action-seekers. Set out on a fishing excursion or an exhilarating jet-ski ride to view the lake in its entirety, and find hidden hangouts along the way; rent a Schiller Water Bike, a canoe and more. Or, simply chill pool- or lake-side for a calming afternoon in the sunshine.
Keep the relaxing vibes flowing with a trip to the spa. Its lodge-like space is ideal for enjoying a soothing treatment that features native Georgia ingredients, including sweet tea and magnolia. Plus, enjoy the additional amenities of the remodeled 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool and The Gents’ Den offering shaves with old-fashioned steel razors, shoe shines and haircuts.
The crown jewel of the resort also awaits. The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf—one of two in the country—is where all levels of golfers can head for an unparalleled experience. Take part in a custom club-fitting with a one-on-one session with a TaylorMade master clubfitter, receive private instruction from Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor Charlie King and even purchase your own custom-fit clubs built on-site, ready to ship home before your flight out. And with five courses to choose from (Jack Nicklaus designed Great Waters), there’s no such thing as spending too much time on the green.
Be sure to also leave room in the evening for a dinner reservation at Georgia’s for elevated Southern comfort food. We’re talking flavorful shrimp and grits, not-your-grandmother’s meatloaf, warm banana pudding and homemade sodas. For contemporary fare, Linger Longer Steakhouse offers sizable steaks with an Instagram-worthy cotton candy surprise like no other.
But the sweetest moment of the stay will come when reliving the childhood favorite of making ooey gooey s’mores, offered nightly for guests. Sit near the campfire with the peaceful Lake Oconee shimmering under a starry sky. And as you enjoy every last marshmallowy bite, also savor the view ahead—one you won’t find in South Florida.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, 1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, Georgia; 706.467.0600; ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/georgia/reynolds