Un-Roughing it at Reynolds Lake Oconee 6

Treat your family to a luxurious, rural Georgia retreat.

If you’re short on time but long to get away for some family fun this summer, local travel advisor Jen Martin can steer you in the right direction.

An independent affiliate of Travel Experts, a leading Virtuoso member agency, Martin is keenly acquainted with the many popular weekend getaway destinations that are easily accessible from Franklin. As she exclusively books 4- and 5-star travel for clients, each is complete with luxury accommodations and amenities galore. They also offer beautiful surroundings, great food and plenty of sights and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

“These locations are perfect for people looking for long weekend trips,” she says. “They could be done in three days but you could also easily extend it to four or five days, up to a week there’s so much to do,” says Martin.

One such destination is …

… Reynolds Lake Oconee, Georgia

A century ago this area was a family retreat along the banks of the Oconee River, where the natural beauty of the river and the Oconee Forest forged a ruggedly elegant lifestyle. It wasn’t long before weekend visits turned into multi-day retreats.

By 1982, the river had evolved to become Lake Oconee, and Reynolds Plantation, now known as Reynolds Lake Oconee, was founded. Today, the natural splendor of this region has made it a luxurious resort destination that embraces guests with its Southern hospitality and charm.

For those who love the outdoor experience minus the “roughing it” aspect, Reynolds Lake Oconee is for you. Enjoy the natural beauty of a place where distractions are low, time is slow and where cherished family memories are created. It’s a getaway in its truest form, off the beaten path with all the options you need for doing little or a little bit of everything.

“Martin’s Musts” for a weekend at Reynolds Lake Oconee:


The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee


At The Ritz-Cartlon with:

Smore’s by the Lake with a bonfire each evening

Live at the Lake summer concert series and fireworks display on select weekends

Ritz-Kids Camp

Infinity pool, full-service spa, fitness center, tennis, five golf courses

Boat, jet ski, canoe, bike, kayak rentals


Fishing excursions

Segway tours

Lake tours

Linger Longer Express locomotive tour of scenic areas of The Ritz-Carlton property

The Ritz-Carlton also offers a photography concierge available to take family portraits on site for guests.

Photography courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.