Garden and Gun Lake Oconee
Garden and Gun Lake Oconee

Garden & Gun Weekend at Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Kick Off Fall with A Bourbon, Bluegrass and BBQ Filled Weekend

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What better way to kick off fall than with a Garden & Gun weekend getaway celebrating the South’s best food, drink and music at Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee?! From Friday, September 23rd thru Sunday, September 25th Garden & Gun will host a weekend full of events that range from bluegrass and BBQ to boat cruises and cooking demonstrations. I recently attended Garden & Gun’s events at Sea Island’s Southern Grown Festival and loved every minute of it! It was truly a unique opportunity to connect with G&G editors, chefs and experts!  Now whenever Garden & Gun announces that they’re hosting an event, I can’t wait to pack my bags. This fall you also have the opportunity to party with Garden & Gun by booking their G&G weekend package! The best part is that we’re partnering with G&G to offer Lavin Label readers a 20% discount on the total weekend package!  Just call 706-467-7057 or emailing to book and save!

Last spring my husband, Casey, and I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, which is a short road trip from the Golden Isles. It was the perfect setting to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary with peaceful lake views, homemade s’mores and spa services. We had such a memorable experience that the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Oconee has become a very special place for us. We’re always looking for an excuse to enjoy the #lakelife!

Since the first official day of Fall is September 22nd (who’s keeping track?!) it’s the perfect reason to head to North Georgia for a three day lake escape. The weekend kicks off with an exclusive G&G pass holders Bluegrass BBQ dinner featuring John Lewis from Charleston, SC and local beer from Oconee Brewing Co. On Saturday morning, you’ll enjoy breakfast at Georgia’s Bistro and can relax and recharge by the infinity pool that overlooks Lake Oconee. I must say, I’m most excited about Saturday afternoon’s lineup! As a G&G pass holder, you’ll start the afternoon with a boat cruise to Sandy Creek Barn, followed by a culinary demonstration inspired by G&G’s latest cookbook, The Southerner’s Cookbook. Then you’ll eat lunch by the water and attend a Master Bourbon Class with Seth and Justin Thompson from The Bourbon Review. Later that evening, you’ll sip on cocktails while listening to live music. You’ll end this incredible day with a seated dinner followed by s’mores for dessert and a fireworks show. On Sunday morning, they’re sending everyone off with a delicious southern brunch to finish off the weekend.

It sounds like a pretty fabulous line-up to me. For more information, check out the G&G Field Report. Reservations are filling up quickly so don’t forget to book the G&G weekend package by calling 706-467-7057 or emailing, and make sure to mention Lavin Label for a 20% discount on the total weekend package!


Garden and Gun LuncheonGarden and Gun Luncheon

Images provided by Kelli Boyd Photography, Garden & Gun and Ritz-Carlton Lake Oconee.


  • Reply Kelley August 10, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Some of my family have a house at Reynolds on Lake Oconee and we LOVE visiting them there! Such a beautiful location! Will have to look into this event, or let them know!

  • Reply English Drews August 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I am sure it will be a great event, The Garden and Gun team know how to put on a party!!

  • Reply Erin, Attention to Darling August 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    This weekend sounds absolutely FAB! I wish we weren’t just getting back to Charleston from a week in Europe (for our 5 year anny) + a wedding in Charlotte or we would so be down. Have a blast, can’t wait to see photos!

    Erin, Attention to Darling

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