The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
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Drove through some driving rain for a few hours, but made it to Madison, GA. It'll be only three hours to home on Sunday. It's so nice we can park our traveling hotel room safe and secure in a Walmart parking lot whenever we need to! Of course another typical Switzer travel experience ...
... as we didn't know what to expect from Craig's OTHER project! Covers of Bruce Springsteen songs were done that would make The Boss himself proud. It was great to see the Truckers crew members on the stage enjoying themselves so much. Matt D who was on vocals introduced the band and huge receptions were had for each and every member while Cooley and Patterson watched on from the sidelines.
Truckers eventually took to the stage, tearing up Putting ...
Friday was a very strange day... we had breakfast at Weaver D's (the fried chicken was out of this world), but on leaving there we encountered Matt from the DBT crew who told us that sad news that Craig Lieske had passed away after the show the night before.
Craig was the band's merchandise guy, and the link between the fans and the band. He always took time to speak with anyone, and showed genuine interest in them and what they had to say, was ...
... a round by some jumped up little ******* love child of Jarvis Cocker and Johnny Depp, was not so much of a highlight but still, I managed to get suitably ******.
Once Echo Canyon had finished, Matt from DBT played some old school soul on vinyl while we danced and drank... I say ' we', I mean me. I ventured to the bathroom and noticed Ian was distinctly lethargic while Dave's eye bags were practically on the floor... Time for bed. We walked back with our surrogate DBT ...
Not really the right term, but after a 4:30 alarma 3 hour wait around for flights eaten up with window shopping, eating expensive but mediocre breakfast, security was a breeze and the flight was good. Warnings of headwinds threatened turbulence, 232mph recorded at one time!!! Skipped the plane curry breakfast, dozed sporadically, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Greensboro
Perfect...... Just Perfect
We stayed at this resort in April of 04 for a Birthday Bash with about 16 friends..I thought the resort was beautiful, the staff was extremly friendly and polite. The spa is wonderful! I would go back next week if I could afford to. Now for the down side...They make mistakes on some times at the Spa..which make people show up late...and there were several overcharges on some of our bills..They corrected the overcharges so no problem there, and for the mistakes on the spa times, they game us free spa products...So overall a few mistakes but easily corrected and the place is really magical...loved it!
My daughter flew in Saturday morning and left Sunday afternoon for a Mother's Day weekend. I thought it would be nice to get out of the city and visit a spa nearby and choose the Ritz at Lake Reynolds thinking that it would be a wonderful visit for us. On making the reservations, I specifically requested an early check in and late check out so that we could maximize our time at the spa in conjunction with her flight times. We booked spa services for Saturday pm and Sunday am.
It is a beautiful property -- no question about that. But they need some work. Some of the problems we encountered:
We stayed just one night on Saturday, May 1, 2004. The hotel allowed us an early check-in (12:00 NOON) and late check out (3:00PM). Very nice hotel and a welcome relief from the crowded Atlanta highways, restaurants and competing recreational facilities. If you want nightlife, crowds, a lake full of boats, busy restaurants and waiting lines, DON'T go to this resort. The Ritz at Reynolds is all about solitude, pampering, very good food (excellent brunch), great spa and fitness facilities, great outdoor pool and very good indoor lap pool, quiet elegance, cozy bed....I think you get the idea. I don't think I'll vacation anywhere else in the Atlanta area now, not Callaway Gardens, not Lake Lanier (yuck!), forget North GA mountains...I've found Nirvana 1 hour 15 minutes from Atlanta. Complaints - sporting activities on Lake Oconee are pretty limited from the hotel (no marina). But adjacent Reynolds Plantation has a small marina that rents Pontoon boats - you have to go 45 minutes to Millegeville for access to skiing boats and jet skis. The staff bends over backwards to make you feel at home. We felt a little out of place at first - we aren't normally the type to splurge on a Ritz - all the attention, fancy accomodations and furnishings can be a bit overwhelming. But that all disappeared thanks to the genuine helpfulness of the staff. As a side note: the drive out I-20 East around Conyers is a possible quagmire. Don't understand really why anyone would live in Conyers - and the traffic situation there only confirms my beliefs. If you are tempted to get off the highway to, say, have a quick meal at the Conyers Cracker Barrell...don't, it won't be quick, assuming you ever get to the restaurant and can find a parking space.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever stayed. Its location on Lake Oconee is quiet and peaceful, yet there are also a multitude of activities to keep one busy. From golf, to boating, to the spa, there is something for everyone. Gaby's by the Lake has great food along with the other restaurants on the property. I would recommend this vacation spot to anyone.
Top Notch Golf Resort
Stayed at the Ritz in March. Beautiful resort for golf and water activities. Odd time of year to go for a westcoaster as the rough on the golf courses is dormant and brown, fairways and greens on 3 of the 4 courses are beautiful and green, it reminds me of desert golf.
Everything greens up in late april. Georgia's restaurant was excellent, the staff bent over backwards for me as a single patron. It's a long ways from anything resembling a town.Quiet!!Will be back next year!!!
Having stayed at many Ritz Carlton properties, I was very disappointed with our labor day weekend at Lake Oconee Ritz Carlton. We stayed on the club level which did not offer the same amenities as other properties. The staff was very uncaring and I was actually snapped at for not pushing the correct button on the toaster. Apparently, I was not the only one that couldn't see in the dark corner, because many other guests made the same mistake! We tried ordering room service one night only to repeatedly be put on hold. We finally gave up. The building materials, and general upkeep on the property was poor in my opinion. Our balcony was filthy with dirt & spider webs. My children found oreos on the carpet of the room. For the room rate of the club level, you expect much more. We will never return and will think twice about staying at any sister properties after this treatment.
Unbelievable - simply unbelievable!
Not like any other Ritz, this is a new style Ritz in a lodge style.
This lodge has elegance, class, and 5 star service. I expected to see Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous being filmed here. The service was impecible! The pool was an infinity style pool which looks like it flows directly into the lake. Simply the most elegant, beautiful place I've ever stayed!
A Gem on the Lake!
Stayed over Christmas. It was wonderful. Stellar service, excellent and opulent rooms, delicious food, and a fabulous spa! A little expensive but well worth it! Be warned , though, that it is in a very rural area. There's virtually nothing nearby. It's eat at the resort or drive quite a distance. I prefer weekend or short stays - I would not want to stay a whole week.