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Live music, barbecue, lake activities and more on deck for Father’s Day at Lake Oconee resort

GREENSBORO, GA – May 18, 2016The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, an AAA, Five-Diamond resort located on the shores of Lake Oconee, Ga., will offer an enhanced catalogue of activities and events this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19. Celebrate your dad’s special day with some of his favorite things, from golf to barbecue and much more.

Outdoor Activities
To start the day, guests can treat their dads to a variety of lake activities including boating, jet-skiing, professional guided fishing excursions and lake tours. For the golf-loving dad, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee also boasts five signature world-class golf courses, including The Landing, The National and Great Waters. At The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf Presented by TaylorMade, a state-of-the-art club fitting facility, dad can enjoy a complete and comprehensive one-on-one session with a TaylorMade Master Clubfitter for the golf club of his dreams.

After participating in outdoor activities, indulge in lunch at Gaby’s by the Lake or Linger Longer Steakhouse and then send dad to the resort’s luxury spa for one of the signature men’s treatments. The Men’s Face Treatment is especially designed for men using the ESPA men’s line and combines a relaxing shoulder, neck, face and scalp massage with a tailored solution to individual concerns. Or, dad can opt for the Gents’ Place, a private room offering shaves with old-fashioned steel razors, shoe shines, mustache trims, haircuts and nail grooming. Complimentary tastings of bourbons including the resort’s exclusive, small-batch Woodford Reserve blend, are available for guests to savor during any 50- or 80- minute service. The room also features a large, flat-screen television set to dad’s favorite sports game or program. Whiskey-inspired treatments names – like “On the Rocks” deluxe straight-edge shave and the “Old Fashioned” haircut – enhance the masculine identity of the space and offerings.

Backyard Beer and BBQ
Later that evening, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Georgia’s Bistro terrace, guest chef David Bancroft, the James Beard-nominated executive chef and owner of Acre Restaurant in Auburn, Ala., will join executive chef Andrew Litherland of The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee and his culinary team for a ticketed barbecue cook-out in celebration of Father’s Day.  Join the chefs for interactive demos, craft beer from Alabama brewery Back Forty Beer Company and lots of southern fare!

Chef Bancroft is a nationally-recognized chef with impressive accolades from local, regional and national publications including Garden & Gun, Southern Living, USA Today, CNN and more. This year, he received his first James Beard Foundation nomination for 2016 “Best Chef: South.” His restaurant, Acre, is rooted in purveying sustainable ingredients from local farmers and fishermen in Alabama, and boasts three on-site gardens featuring fruits, fresh herbs and heirloom vegetables. Each day, chef Bancroft works ingredients from his gardens into Acre’s menu, highlighting hyperlocal fare and the seasonal harvest.

“I’ve always admired chef David’s work and his strong commitment to supporting the farming community,” said chef Litherland. “I’m looking forward to channeling our shared passions for sustainable cooking and local ingredients to create a vibrant spread for guests and celebrate Father’s Day with great food, great company and the beautiful Lake Oconee scenery.”

The menu created by chef Bancroft is as follows:

  • Conecuh sausage corndogs
  • Auburn University catfish fry with Wickles tartar sauce
  • Pecan-smoked chicken wings with Alabama white sauce
  • Spare ribs with “Burnt Ends” BBQ sauce
  • Peanut butter pie with burnt banana meringue
  • Black Forty Beer Company’s “Truck Stop Honey” brown ale

Backyard Beer and BBQ is a ticketed event at $42 per adult and $21 per child, ages four to 12. Ages three and under are complimentary.

Live at the Lake Summer Concert and Fireworks
As part of the resort’s annual Live at the Lake Summer Concert Series, Sixty Four, one of the Southeast’s most acclaimed Beatles cover bands, will round out the evening with music and dancing by the lake.  Once the sun goes down, guests will enjoy a breathtaking fireworks show over Lake Oconee. The concert will take place from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is located just 75 miles from Atlanta and offers 30 scenic acres to enjoy and explore. For more information about meeting spaces, spa offerings and overnight packages, please visit Please call 706.467.0600 for more details on the Live at the Lake concerts and events.