Break out of the routine with forest enclaves, après brainstorm bonfires,
bonding activities and a stunning lake HQ. Next up? Tent talks.
GREENSBORO, GA (October 10, 2017) – Consider it an elite camp for the business class at this lodge-inspired The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, infusing meetings and event spaces with indoor-outdoor connectivity. Taking cues from the next gen’s work-play mindset, boundless recreation provides counterbalance to business retreats—from Amazing Race-style challenges and culinary cook-offs to glow-in-the-dark golf and the splashiest spin class yet. Free your mind and the rest will follow.
A tranquil escape situated along 30 acres of shoreline, and 90 minutes from Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is an easy-access location for business groups of all sizes seeking a natural setting with next-level luxury. The resort is rustic-modern done right. Accommodations include lake-view guest rooms, two- to three- bedroom lakeside cottages, and the premier overnight location, the Lake House. Encouraging bonding and groupthink, the three-floor, four-bedroom Lake House features a sprawling living room, fireplace, dining room, full kitchen and private outdoor pool overlooking Lake Oconee. On hand: A BBQ Butler tailors a Southern feast for intimate groups of up to eight people.
Customization is key from menus to multi-sensory spaces, including alfresco meetings, private lounge accommodations and VIP dining at the acclaimed Linger Longer Steakhouse, in addition to traditional conference rooms and boardrooms. Meanwhile, Sandy Creek Barn is a woodsy, lakefront space that can be curated to any industry or event, and will be followed up with The Pavilion, an expansive high-designed venue, debuting in early spring 2018.
The resort offers ongoing activities like new Schiller Water Bikes on Lake Oconee, motorized and non-motorized watersports, a 27,600 square foot spa with group programs like golf stretching and meditation classes, access to five award-winning golf courses, infinity pool overlooking the gorgeous landscape and lake, nightly s’mores by the fire in the resort Backyard, and more. Recently unveiled at the resort is the “No Wake Zone,” a dedicated location near The Forest with ping-pong, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and access to food and beverage from Gaby’s by the Lake. The outdoor area can additionally be booked for private team bonding events.
Early 2018, groups can plan outdoor adventures with the debut of the new Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds featuring 100 acres of natural terrain and offering a rustic playground of archery, fishing, sport clay shooting, air rifle instruction and more.
Tee time: Take a swing at five nearby championship courses, as well as The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf Presented by TaylorMade, where players of all experience levels can up their game with custom club fittings at one of the country’s only TaylorMade simulators and fitting trucks. Go for bold with glow-in-the-dark golf or opt for individual putting lessons and swing analysis.
Meeting breaks and team-building options are endless, enticing the senses with culinary, outdoor, spa, and competitive activities and challenges. Standout programs include:
Culinary Challenges: BBQ Sauce Challenges, Garden-to-Glass Cocktail Creations, and Tailgate Taste Tests are just a handful of the competitive programs available for groups in the kitchen – where the team of chefs are on hand to help – and most importantly, taste – each creation and crown a winner.
Teamwork makes the dream work: The popular Escape Room takes on new meaning at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, where groups are surprised when they arrive to a meeting – and need to work together to solve a puzzle to “break out.” Additional team “building” challenges include a hole-in-one-construction project where teams build a green before putting, and Amazing Race-style camp challenges and games, all in the interest of getting the group to use each other’s strengths and problem solve together.
The Art of Lake Life: Choose from Canvas Painting, Wine Glass Painting, or Board & Brush art to create a personal memento of the group experience.
Active Afterhours: After a long day of meetings and events, it’s time to unwind, and groups can do everything from partake in a Casino Night to Glow in the Dark games, Lip Sync Contests, and nostalgic Arcade Game Night.
Impact Experiences: For community-minded and philanthropic businesses, the resort offers programs within their Community Footprints initiatives such as decorating TOMs shoes to donate to a local women’s shelter, building bikes for the Boys & Girls Club, or PB&J sandwich making for a local food bank.