There are staycations, and then there are staycations like the ones residents of Lake Oconee enjoy year-round. Residents who live in wonderful luxury homes on the shoreline of this reservoir in Central Georgia or nearby golf communities enjoy the kind of amenities and attractions that makes life feel like an everyday vacation.
Lake Oconee is a reservoir located in the gently rolling hills about halfway between Atlanta and Augusta. Residents have enjoyed the idyllic lifestyle for decades at Lake Oconee, which was created when Georgia Power finished the Wallace Dam on the Oconee River in 1979.
Lake Oconee real estate is the perfect location for a primary residence for people looking to get away from it all while still being within easy driving distance of big cities, or for a second home that can be used for relaxing vacations during the summer, on weekends throughout the year, and during holidays. The first step to getting into a luxury home on or near the lake is to hire a talented real estate agent who has several years of experience helping clients find that perfect home. Then, it’s time to get out and about and discover how living in Lake Oconee is like an everyday vacation.
For those who don’t own their boats, many rental outlets can supply jet skis, water skis, tubes, and all the other equipment that help residents get total enjoyment in the great outdoors. While many residents enjoy going on their own expeditions to fish for plentiful bass, others prefer to hire guides to take them to productive fishing holes in what is considered one of the best lakes for fishing in the South.
Living in Lake Oconee is a golfer’s dream come true. With many courses available, it truly feels like a relaxing vacation. The shining gem is Reynolds Lake Oconee, a major development that features six championship golf courses, including layouts designed by legends like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. These incredible courses stretch out over some 12,000 acres of forested lakefront property, with many of the fairways offering breathtaking water views.
There’s far more than golf at Reynolds Lake Oconee. There are also wonderful golf course communities with some of the most amazing luxury Lake Oconee real estate in the area. Many of these homes are right on the water and have private boat docks as well as lush, resort-like landscaping. The community offers a wide range of sporting activities, such as boating, a sporting ground for shooting and other activities, tennis, swimming, and a fitness center. There are many options for fine dining and social activities. There’s so much to do that residents don’t have to go far to get the feeling that they are on vacation.
A well-regarded public course is the Harbor Club Lake Oconee in Greensboro. The layout was designed by renowned architects Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf and was honored as Golfweek's third-best course in Georgia in 2016.
Birding and hiking
A luxury spa
Residents who feel like pampering themselves while getting the feeling of being on vacation is to visit the renowned luxury spa at the Ritz-Carlton. This spa is one of the best in the South, offering a wide range of traditional water-themed therapies that use locally cultivated herbs in all its treatments. There is an extensive nail area as well as other services, alongside a 30,000-square-foot retreat with facilities for relaxation that include an indoor pool, cold plunge pools, saunas, steam rooms, and an expanded ladies’ lounge.
Equestrian lovers who live in Lake Oconee homes will find plentiful access to horseback riding. Diamond K Stables in Eatonton offers trail rides and riding lessons on its 115 acres of rolling hills. A great local staycation is to visit the Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, which Travel + Leisure has ranked as one of America’s Best Dude Ranches. It features a bed and breakfast and a horse farm with more than 150 Paint and Quarter horses and a personalized horseback riding program.
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