A few weeks ago, I was in Greensboro and Madison with Explore Georgia. Trips like these can be a whirlwind of activities, tours, and little sleep, and while they’re always so much fun, I really enjoyed the slower pace of this one. The group was amazing too. I’ve always admired Chassity of Look Linger Love (and her art collection!) and finally got to meet her and her photographer Gray, who kinda makes me want bangs again. I also met Jocelyn of Grand Baby Cakes, and Jenny of Honey & Birch—two Chicago food bloggers. Jules came along too (and took these pictures)!
Our trip started in Greensboro at the Ritz-Carlon Reynolds, Lake Oconee. It was absolutely beautiful when we arrived and very different than your average Ritz-Carlton. It was a lot more casual and being on the lake just felt so summery! We had dinner that night at the Linger Longer Steakhouse, which was so delicious! At the end of the meal, they bring out cotton candy which was such a fun little surprise. It reminded me of being a kid and going to the fair!
Our first full day there, I woke up, got a quick breakfast and brought my coffee back to my room and sat on my patio which overlooked the woods. It was overcast and so serene! I did a little writing out there while enjoying my coffee before it was time to head to our spa treatments.
I had an amazing facial, and by the time it was over, it had started raining which really put me in a super relaxed mood. After a crazy month, it was just what I needed! We ate lunch overlooking the lake and the rain continued, so our afternoon of water activities and boat rides unfortunately got cancelled. That was a bummer, but we ended up going back to the spa and I had a prenatal massage which was also incredible. My back had actually been bothering me and it felt so much better after that!
The next morning we stopped for a quick breakfast at Cafe 44 before heading to Madison to tour an old historic home. We then went to the “Honeymoon” House which was just down the street. It was another old historic home, but it had been completely renovated on the inside by the owner, who also owns Stanton Home Furnishings. Needless to say, it was absolutely stunning! We checked into our adorable rooms at the James Madison Inn and rested before our dinner that night at Town 220.
Our final morning, we woke up and went to Seranata Farms and did a yoga class. After the class, we ate a little breakfast and wandered around the grounds before heading back to the hotel to clean up for our trip to Farmview Market. This was one of my favorite parts of our trip. The market was full of local products, produce, and a full butcher department, and on the other side was a cafe. We got to make cute little lavender satchels and detox tea and then ate lunch before checking out the garden and exploring the market some more.
We had drinks at the cutest little flower shop, Le Petit Jardin, before our dinner at Kirby House. Kirby House is actually a beautiful B&B, and the perfect place to have dinner. It was casual and relaxed—like a majority of the trip!
The next day we drove back to Atlanta to head home. It was bittersweet, but the trip had been so much fun and I was starting to really miss Rob and Oliver. If you’re looking for a relaxing domestic vacation, I highly recommend looking at these two cities! They’re both quaint, adorable and will leave you feeling refreshed at the end of your stay!
photography by Jules Kennedy
Thanks to Explore Georgia for sponsoring this trip!