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Family Vacation Fun

Lake Oconee and its surrounding evergreen forests are ideal for family fun, no matter whether you prefer pastimes like fishing and hiking or more high-energy hijinks like riding personal watercraft or going trap shooting. Quaint nearby towns and historic monuments inspire reflection about Georgia’s past, while modern eateries, bakeries and breweries offer delectable tastes of the here and now, and experiences your family will remember long into the future.



  • Georgia’s on My Mind.

    Get an honest start with the hearty fare at Georgia’s. Opt for the Southern traditional biscuits and gravy with a side of cheesy grits.

  • Whatever Floats Your Boat.

    Tour Lake Oconee in a piloted Double-Decker Tri-Toon boat rental, equipped with a slide. While exploring the lake, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles or great blue heron, or make a splash for yourself by enjoying the slide from the upper deck.

  • Prime Cuts.

    Order a finely marbled, wet-aged 1855 Black Angus filet or rib-eye at Linger Longer Steakhouse — and save room for decadent desserts.



  • A Sweet Start.

    Your day in nearby Eatonton begins with breakfast at Sweet Kneads Bakery & Café. Choose from the shop’s wide selection of freshly baked muffins and brownies, savory quiches or hearty breakfast sandwiches.

  • The Wheel Deal.

    Get revved up by the collection of more than 100 vintage automobiles at Memory Lane Classic Cars Museum — everything from early-model roadsters to vintage muscle cars, as well as motorcycles and memorabilia.

  • Written in History.

    Delve into the stories — biographical as well as literary — of Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker, Southern Gothic pioneer Flannery O’Connor and folktale forefather Joel Chandler Harris, the subjects of a permanent exhibit at the Georgia Writers Museum. 

  • Eagle Eye.

    Marvel at the ingenuity of the native inhabitants of middle Georgia, who nearly 2,000 years ago gathered literally tons of small stones to create a 100-foot-wide, 8-foot-tall bird at what’s now known as the Rock Eagle Effigy Mound. The best vantage point is from the stone tower, constructed as a Civilian Conservation Corps project during the Great Depression.

  • Cooking with Love.

    A must-stop for true Southern cuisine and hospitality is Yesterday Café, located in historic Downtown Greensboro. Known as a favorite local hangout, their menu is a true testament to the term “Southern Cooking.”

  • Melt Away the Day.

    Back at home base at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, gather at the nightly campfire outside Georgia’s, where guests toast marshmallows to create ooey-gooey signature s’mores.



  • Well Trained.

    Board the Linger Longer Express, an eco-efficient mini locomotive that tours the most scenic areas of resort. 

  • Play the Kings and Queens of Clubs.

    Test your mettle on The Oconee course, which has been described as “mind-game golf” because of its challenging setups and numerous water hazards.

  • Table Topics.

    Book an afternoon for the kids at Ritz Kids Camp — and one for the parents at The Spa. Arrive at least a half-hour before your scheduled Oconee Rain Massage at The Spa to allow ample time to relax in the sauna, steam rooms or whirlpool tubs. Your tension will begin to melt away before your treatment even begins.

  • It’s a Snap.

    Reunite to capture a magnificent memento — a stunning family portrait by the Photography Concierge — during the “golden hour” just before sundown.

  • Over the Moon.

    Enjoy dinner and drinks at The Silver Moon, known for its upscale comfort food and warm Southern charm. Be sure to try offerings from the raw bar if you’re there on a weekend.



  • Reel Love.

    Join your fellow morning anglers on the dock or the banks of Lake Oconee, which has an estimated 433 pounds of fish per acre — nearly double that of what’s found in other regional lakes. Close to shore you are likely to catch sunfish, catfish, bream or bass. 

  • Foot Patrol.

    A stroll through downtown Greensboro leads you past historic homes, churches and other points of interest, including the Old Gaol, with 2-feet-thick granite walls and a trapdoor and gallows in situ. Swing by the Oconee Brewing Co. and quaff one of the local craft beers. The brewery operates in a renovated cotton mill warehouse.

  • Escape to Little Italy.

    For dinner, head to Da Corrado Ristorante, a family-owned Italian restaurant where pasta is the star of the show. The dishes are based on the owner’s mother’s authentic Italian recipes, passed down for generations. If you’re lucky, you may get to enjoy the sounds of Italian singers.



  • Pedal Your Wares.

    Enjoy the water and get a cardio workout, too, with a ride on one of the resort’s pontoon-like Schiller Water Bikes.

  • Play a Lightning Round.

    Squeeze in a “Quick 6”— a loop of six holes that can be played in about an hour — at The Preserve. Bob Cupp and Fuzzy Zoeller designed this entire course with a more forgiving layout, making it suitable for players of all levels and ages.

  • Get Fired Up.

    Guests in the resort’s Cottages by the Lake and Lake House can savor the South’s quintessential cuisine, barbecue, thanks to the BBQ Butler, who sets up a grill on-site to prepare anything from frankfurters and hamburgers to pulled pork and lamb lollipops by request, right on your own patio. Wrap up the meal with — what else? — more s’mores.