Reynolds Plantation


Recently our family headed about an hour east of Atlanta to Reynolds Plantation to celebrate my Dad’s 75th. (Doesn’t he look great!) It was a great way to start summer off.

Reynolds Plantation came about when two Reynolds cousins, Mercer Reynolds, Sr. and James Madison Reynolds – and their descendants – started buying land in the Greensboro, Georgia area in the late 1800s. A fishing and hunting lodge was built on land that they called “Linger Longer,” because of their desire to remain at the lodge for as long as possible.

In 1979, Georgia Power completed construction of the Wallace Dam, creating the 20 mile-long Lake Oconee. And in 1985, James Madison Reynolds’ grandchildren began to develop the land that was left in trust to them.. The Ritz-Carlton took notice of all the area had to offer and in 2002 opened The Ritz-Carlton Lodge to the public.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge has 251 rooms; 5 golf courses; a 26,000 square feet spa and fitness center (the fitness center is opened 24 hours a day). Here is one thing that I loved and it is a small detail but we could check in at noon and when you only have two days every minute counts so the fact that we didn’t have to wait til late that afternoon to check in was definitely a plus.

The first day we headed to the pool. It is a beautiful infinity pool with more cabana boys than guests. Later that night after dinner we headed to the lobby to hear a jazz combo.

The next day was all about the lake. First we rented jet skis where we explored. Wow the houses were beautiful. Later that afternoon the whole family got in the action and we headed out on a pontoon boat where the youngsters went tubing and the older folks dreamed how we could get back soon. Later that night after a casual dinner we headed back up to the lodge and made s’mores and listened to another great band.


I loved exploring the golf trails early in the morning but the last day when it was a little cloudy I headed to the fitness center. I’ve never seen so many machines in a hotel fitness center. I can’t wait to head back soon. It is a great place for a girls trip, a couple’s anniversary trip or as we did a family vacation.



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