VACATIONS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES. You may be looking to fill a week, or perhaps you just want to get away for a few days. Some folks crave limit-pushing, adrenaline-rushing exits from the mundane while others simply want to lollygag near the water, be it a beach or a lake. But no matter which type of trip you choose, the goal is always to come away renewed, recalibrated, and recharged. And if you’re lucky, you’ll bring home new memories that last longer than the trip itself. These three destinations promise
to do just that.
It’s no secret that a Ritz-Carlton property anywhere is always a good idea. Renowned for their level of service and attention to detail, Ritz-Carlton hotels offer the gold standard in hospitality. Reynolds Lake Oconee is not only an easy drive from Birmingham, it also offers amenities such as a pristine lake, world-class golf, a shooting range, equestrian activities, multiple pools, and a bevy of kids’ activities. It’s truly one of the best turnkey getaways around.
Extend that vacation for a lifetime…
Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee is one of those properties guests return to again and again. Those who’ve decided they never want to leave should consider owning a home at the adjacent community, nestled into 12,000 acres of pristine lakeside property. Your new neighbors might just be tech titans, SEC championship-winning coaches, entrepreneurial leaders, and others who also crave an elevated life in the middle of lush Georgia countryside.
When to Go?
We love a spring visit to Reynolds when the Southern landscape reawakens as the dogwoods bloom and the azaleas begin to get showy. The property has events planned year-round, making it a fantastic spot for groups. For a couple’s weekend, book a romantic lakeview room. The Club Suite with premium access to the Club Lounge is perfect for celebrating special occasions. And if you bring the family, one of the seven on-site cottages offers room to spread out.
What to Do
You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
Complimentary bikes, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks mean lots of time outdoors for everyone. And when the temps rise and the lake calls, Jet Skis, wake boats, and a double-decker TriToon with a water slide are available to rent.
For complete relaxation, reserve a private cabana by the infinity pool. Or save time for a facial and massage at the spa.
Golfers will want to book a day (or more) at one of the five signature courses. The Kingdom at Reynolds Lake Oconee includes private instruction and custom club fittings. You can also have clubs built on-site in the TaylorMade Tour Trailer.
Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds offers guests the opportunity to hone their shooting skills on the sporting clays course or the five-stand. Air rifles, archery, and fishing are also offered.
Where to Eat
There are plenty of dining options on the property, from casual to fancy.
Staying in a cottage? Consider booking a personal chef for the evening to make this vacation truly memorable.
Check the website before your visit. The property is always adding special events like bourbon tastings and concerts under a canopy of stars.