Winter Travel Idea Reynolds Plantation: Travel Tuesday

Is it Friday yet? My 3 kids and I are looking forward to this weekend. We are heading back to Reynolds Plantation, one of our favorite southern destinations. It’s a great getaway with the kids or with your special someone any time of the year. It’s beautiful anytime of the year. From Thanksgiving week to New Year’s Day, there are many holiday family experiences to enjoy at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. This year’s holidays will be filled with nostalgic traditional activities including roasting s’mores, ice skating, decorating gingerbread houses, breakfast with Santa, savoring special seasonal fare and much more. The resort’s extraordinary Spa treatments, New Year’s Eve partying and invigorating outdoor activities along Lake Oconee will round out a truly memorable winter escape.

HOLIDAY PACKAGES

Fire & Ice Package

Available November 24, 2013, through February 16, 2014

  • Overnight accommodations in a resort-view guestroom
  • Unlimited ice skating
  • Valet parking for one vehicle per night
  • Breakfast for two in Georgia’s Bistro
  • S’mores turndown amenity
  • Starting at $349 weekday or $369 weekend (Friday or Saturday) per night, exclusive of tax
Breakfast with Santa Package

Available November 29, December 6, 13 & 20, 2013

  • Overnight accommodations (one or two nights) for four in a resort-view guestroom
  • Admission to Breakfast with Santa, includes breakfast gratuity
  • Starting rates: $399 Friday for one-night stay only; or $339 per night Friday and Saturday, two-night stay required, exclusive of tax

SEASONAL ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Lovely Lakeside Ice Skating Rink Opens for the Season

From November 24, 2013, through February 16, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 4 to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, November 24, and for the third year, the beautiful 6,000-square-foot Ice Rink at the Pavilion opens at 10 a.m. Invigorating exercise and fun are topped off with hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Skating is complimentary for resort guests; non-resort guests price is $20 for children 12 and under; $30 for adults.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge Gingerbread House Display

Daily from November 27 through December 30

A traditional favorite, the resort’s annual gingerbread masterpiece is a one-of-a-kind, life-size Gingerbread House created from gingerbread, sugar, candy and lots of creativity and talent. Children of all ages will love the intricate Christmas-themed spectacle created by the resort’s expert pastry chefs.

Gingerbread Decorating Workshops

Available Saturdays; November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 at 2 p.m.

The season’s sweetest treats are featured in these workshops. Would-be pastry artists of all ages are invited to build their own distinctive gingerbread houses festooned with frosting, marshmallows, gumdrops and peppermints. $60 per house, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required; please call 706-467-7059.

Exclusively for Resort Guests:

Santa’s Segway Experience

Available daily from November 27 through December 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by reservation

A truly exciting way to explore the scenic beauty of The Lodge’s lakeside setting is on Santa’s Segway – each decked out with seasonal decorations, lights and antlers. $135 per rider for 90 minutes, limited availability. Riders must be 12 years or older. Reservations are required at 706-467-7130.

Linger Longer Holiday Express (complimentary)

Available for rides daily from November 28 through December 29 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

All-aboard The Linger Longer Holiday Express! This is a favorite way to see the beautifully decorated resort grounds.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus & Dooley, The Lovable Resort Mascot (complimentary)

Available on November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 at 1 p.m.

The most lovable lady and the most irresistible dog, the resort’s chocolate lab Dooley, will charm little ones with classic Christmas tales on Saturdays throughout the holidays. Also, Santa’s Helpers will be delivering holiday surprises. (No reservations required.)

“St. Nick’s Flicks” for the Family (complimentary)

Available on November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Holiday movies, made more delicious with freshly made popcorn, are screened on Saturdays during December. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ritz-Kids “Elves in Training” Night Out, Fridays and Saturdays

Available November 29 through December 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Santa’s elves certainly know how to craft the best toys, and they’ll be here to help little elves construct their own creations. $75 per child includes activities, materials and dinner. Space is limited and reservations are required; please call 706-467-7130.

Elf Tuck-ins with Special Treats, Saturdays in December

Available on November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 22 & 23 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Children will be treated to a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” in their guestrooms at bedtime and receive a copy of a Santa-autographed book. Milk and cookies will complete the evening before they’re snuggled into their beds for a good night’s sleep. $35 per room. Space is limited and reservations are required; please call 706-467-7130.

Lodge Family Bingo, Holiday Edition (complimentary)

Available on November 30 and December 7, 14, & 21 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Families play this old-time favorite with a holiday time twist.

Situated within Reynolds Plantation on 30 acres of stunning shoreline property on Georgia’s Lake Oconee, the resort features access to 99 holes of championship golf designed by Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Rees Jones. Additional highlights include: 251 beautifully appointed rooms with resort and lake views; a 26,000-square-foot, full-service spa and fitness center, restaurants and array of outdoor activities ranging from fishing, swimming, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and wakeboarding to horseback riding and hiking. For more information and reservations, please call toll-free (800) 826-1945, (706) 467-0600 or visit www.ritzcarltonlodge.com.