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A Guide to 48 Hours in Georgia’s Lake Country

Georgia’s Lake Country is made up of two lakes, Lakes Oconee and Sinclair, nestled between four charming communities, Madison, Greensboro, Eatonton, and Milledgeville. Each community offers an assortment of activities on and off the water perfect for singles, friends, families or pets! Whether you are nearby or farther away, we have compiled a guide of activities and must-sees for your 48-hour trip to our communities.

Jet ski on Lake Sinclair

Afternoon One: Milledgeville

Milledgeville is ready to roll out Georgia’s Lake Country’s welcome wagon for you! It’s a radiant, southern afternoon, and there’s no better option than to start off your day by getting on the waters of Lake Oconee’s “casual cousin,” Lake Sinclair. Pack a lunch and stay in the sun by checking out the boat rentals and fishing guides at Sinclair Marina. Don’t forget that boats and jet skis are also available from Twin Lakes Jet Ski as well as Jere Shai Lakeside

After your day of fun in the sun on Lake Sinclair, check in and freshen up at the Inn on North Jefferson. This renovated historic beauty, originally built in 1820, is just blocks from downtown Milledgeville. Once you’re ready to hit the town, grab dinner at The Reel Grill. Offering upscale food with a casual feel, you’re guaranteed to leave full and satisfied. Up next, head to Bollywood Tacos for one of their classically delicious margaritas, or be spontaneous and ask the bartender to whip you up a cocktail of their choice. After all, you’re on vacation! After drinks, walk a few steps back to your cozy suite and settle in for the night knowing that more fun lies ahead of you.

Morning One: Eatonton

Good morning from the Briar Patch, also known as Eatonton, Georgia. Kick off your day by channeling your inner nature lover at Rock Hawk Park. Located on Lake Oconee, Rock Hawk offers an outdoor classroom that has hundreds of educational displays along the fifteen miles of trails that surround and lead to the Rock Hawk Effigy. What better way to cherish the morning than spending it in nature?

Next, head toward downtown Eatonton and get a blast from the past at the Old School History Museum. The museum takes visitors back to school classrooms and hot summer days when they were kids. You’re sure to be reminded of the hustle and bustle of small-town life and the past on which the city was built. Stick with the historical vibes, and visit the Uncle Remus Museum next. This museum strives to educate visitors about the life and work of Joel Chandler Harris using historic storytelling, period artifacts, dioramas of the more famous Uncle Remus character, local history during Harris’ formative years and informative tours.

Afternoon Two: Greensboro

You’ve made it to Lake Oconee’s hometown, Greensboro, and it’s lunch time! Stroll through Greensboro’s charming downtown historic district for some light shopping and a bite to eat. Try out Ripe Thing Market for lunch and don’t miss Genuine Georgia and all of the other charming boutiques during your shopping spree. While downtown, take a visit to The Old Gaol and hear its history from the solar box located just outside.

Next up, stop by Oconee Brewing Co. to enjoy a happy hour delight and make sure you grab a 6-pack to-go of one of their perfectly refreshing craft beers for the next activity on your list — a sunset cruise! Rent a boat from Young Harris Water Sports and get out on the beautiful waters of Lake Oconee for a blissful sunset cruise with your crew. 

After your evening on the water, check in at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, grab a delicious dinner at Gaby’s By The Lake and enjoy the relaxed, poolside setting with casual fare including pizzas, salads, sandwiches and grilled dishes. Rest your head for the night at one of the most rustically elegant lake resorts in Georgia knowing you just had the most satisfyingly wonderful day in Georgia’s Lake Country.

Morning Two: Madison

As you near the end of your stay in Georgia’s Lake Country and while we’re sad to see you go, you still have one morning left to take in the charm and elegance of Madison, Georgia. Start the day off with breakfast at Farmview Market, where you’ll have the ultimate farm-to-table experience. Farmview serves as a grocery store, specialty butcher shop, farm-to-table café, seasonal open-air farmers market and more. The grits from their very own in-house gristmill (that you can watch in action) are a must-try as is the freshly squeezed juice from their newly opened Juice Bar. With such a variety of options, it is a guarantee that everyone will leave Farmview wanting more.

Once you’ve sated your appetite, make your way to Madison’s quaint downtown and begin your free, self-guided walking tour of the Historic District. Stop in the Welcome Center to pick up a hard copy of the map. While enjoying the walking tour, don’t forget to stop by Heritage Hall, one of Madison’s historic house museums.

End your morning by strolling through downtown Madison, and stopping in the endearing shops that line the streets. Once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, wave goodbye to Georgia’s Lake Country, head back home and promise that you’ll be back for another visit soon! We loved spending time with you.

East Washington Street, Madison, GA.