Downtown Greensboro, Georgia

Downtown Greensboro, Georgia

Guide to Greensboro

Escape to this scenic small town on Lake Oconee for plenty of things to do, places to stay, great restaurants and events the whole family will love.

The towns around Lake Oconee welcome visitors to experience small-town charm and one of the state’s most stunning settings. Founded in 1786, Greensboro is home to a historic “gaol,” one of the oldest jails in the state. The historic downtown is full of antique stores, boutiques, antebellum homes and churches.

Things to Do

Golf on Lake Oconee
Golf on Lake Oconee

Tee off with a round of golf at Reynolds Lake Oconee, a gated community with more than 300 miles of shoreline. Their six courses have been created by top names like Fazio and Nicklaus. They also have resort-style vacation rentals, dining options and more.

The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is the perfect place to pamper yourself after a long day on the lake. The award-winning resort’s spa is just one of the features of the property, along with an outdoor pool, golf course and more than 250 rooms.

Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro, Georgia
Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro, Georgia

Sip one of the craft beer options at Oconee Brewing Company, a renovated cotton mill warehouse that includes a 3,600-square-foot event center and an outdoor patio. Their tasting room offers public tours and retail sales.

Located in nearby Union Point, Durhamtown Off Road Resort has dozens of adventurous activities, from sporting clays to fishing, paintball to ATVs, and an archery and rifle range. They also have camping and cabins where you can stay and hunt.

Over in Eatonton, the Young Harris Water Sports at Lake Oconee rents jet skis, pontoon boats and wake boats, as well as skis, wakeboards, knee boards and tubes to pull behind the boat.

Places to Stay

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Spend the night at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, a AAA Five Diamond Resort named one of the best hotels in the country. The recently renovated property has more than 250 rooms and top-notch dining.

Cozy up at one of the cottages, condominiums or inn rooms at Reynolds Lake Oconee, a private community with resort amenities. Each unit is maintained by the property group.

Goodwin Manor Bed and Breakfast is just one of Greensboro’s restored historic homes, dating back to 1908. Turned into an inn, the property is set around a pecan orchard.

RVs and tents are welcome at Lake Oconee KOA, a 55-acre site with a seasonal swimming pool, clubhouse and lake access. There are also 23 boxcars where guests can stay, complete with full beds and kitchens.

Old Salem Campground is another option for campers with water hookups, electricity and tent sites. The park has boat ramps, picnic tables and pavilions, swimming beaches and bathhouses.

Camping at Parks Ferry Recreation Area in Greensboro, Georgia
Camping at Parks Ferry Recreation Area in Greensboro, Georgia

The recreation area at Parks Ferry Campground is another option with full-service campgrounds and primitive sites. They also have a playground, swimming beach, boat ramp, picnic pavilion, restroom and dump station.

Quality Inn and Suites has budget prices and value amenities like free continental breakfast, free WiFi, a fitness center, laundry facilities and a seasonal outdoor pool. Rooms have premium bedding, flat-screen televisions, microwaves and coffee makers.

Where to Eat

The Yesterday Cafe in Greensboro, Georgia
The Yesterday Cafe in Greensboro, Georgia

No restaurant in Greensboro is as iconic as The Yesterday Café, which is known for its buttermilk pie. Pictures on the walls document Greene County as the tunes of Frank Sinatra play in the background.

The National Tavern at Reynolds Lake Oconee is just one of the community’s restaurants, a stylish urban tavern overlooking the golf course. Open for lunch and dinner, the casual eatery has a menu of dishes like hand-crafted artisan pizzas, wood-roasted wings and fennel-glazed salmon.

Stop by Café 44 for your morning coffee, along with breakfast and lunch sandwiches, omelets and fresh-baked goods.

Gaby's by the Lake in Greensboro, Georgia
Gaby's by the Lake in Greensboro, Georgia

A lakefront favorite is Gaby's by the Lake at The Ritz-Carlton, a casual poolside restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Guests can arrive by boat or car and enjoy signature cocktails, burgers, sandwiches and pizza.

You can’t visit Georgia without having barbecue! Holcomb's BBQ is only open on weekends for take out or dine in. The menu has chopped or sliced pork plates and sandwiches, Brunswick stew and coleslaw.

A favorite in the community for more than a decade, Filet Steak and Seafood has a menu of award-winning steaks, fresh seafood, pasta, salad, ribs and chicken. Pair with wine, craft beer and cocktails.

Events

Southland Jubilee in Greensboro, Georgia
Southland Jubilee in Greensboro, Georgia

Plan your visit to Greensboro around one of their annual events. The town’s premier event, Southland Jubilee in April, has been going on for more than two decades, featuring live music, heritage demonstrations, classic cars, children’s activities, and arts and crafts.

Rhythm & Brews is held in the fall and brings together Georgia bands with craft beer and wine tastings, arts and food trucks.

Greensboro Tree Lighting
Greensboro Tree Lighting

For the holidays, the Downtown Greensboro Tree Lighting flips the switch on the big tree on the courthouse lawn. Twinkling lights cover downtown shops, which are open late for last-minute shopping. Live music and choirs also are a part of the festivities.

The Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival in March brings together 200 wines from around the world with tastings from area restaurants. A charity auction benefits local organizations.

Published: October 2018