Bone Island Grillhouse in Eatonton, Georgia

Bone Island Grillhouse in Eatonton, Georgia

Summer Date Nights in Georgia's Lake Country

The beauty of summer is in the warm weather, longer days and more time spent with the ones you love. These summer date night ideas in Greensboro, Madison, Milledgeville and Eatonton are perfect for a rendezvous al fresco in Georgia's Lake Country.

Greensboro

Infinity pool at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Watch the Sunrise or Sunset at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Ok, so sunrise isn’t exactly a date “night” but we recommend you catch one at least once this summer! The most amazing view of the sunrise and the sunset can be found at the infinity pool at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. You are surrounded with panoramic views of the open sky and Lake Oconee. The edge of the pool is seamless so you can just drift away. You can also get in some star gazing while you're there!

The Boathouse at Harbor Club on Lake Oconee

Enjoy an Outdoor Concert at The Boathouse

The Boathouse at Harbor Club offers a free outdoor concert on Saturday nights during the summer. Pull up by boat or car to enjoy the live entertainment and a full bar. The Boathouse restaurant also serves dinner if you want to eat before, during or after the show. Some of the entertainers include Ronnie Pittman, Karianne Jean and Fall Line Rambler.

Madison

Kayaking at Hard Labor Creek State Park

Picnic and Paddle at Hard Labor Creek State Park

If going on an adventure and making memories in a beautiful setting sounds like the perfect date night, make plans to visit Hard Labor Creek State Park! Hard Labor Creek near Madison is Georgia's second largest state park and is home to 5,804 acres of recreational opportunities in a beautiful wooded setting. Grab some delicious sandwiches from The Caboose and enjoy the lakeside beach during summer months, or experience a peacefully quiet hike at sunset on 24 miles of trails winding around beautiful Lake Brantley.

The park has several events happening nearly every weekend, including twilight kayaking and guided night hikes. You can even stargaze with your loved one at the Hard Labor Creek Observatory!

Horseback riding at Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia

Enjoy a horseback ride and dinner at Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Deemed One of "America’s Best Dude Ranches" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Southern Cross Guest Ranch is just the place to escape for horseback riding, a delicious buffet dinner and ultimate tranquility. Book a horseback riding session for two for an experience your date will never forget. If you're a beginner, don't worry; riding lessons are available, and horses are personally assigned based on your riding experience and preferences.

Make sure to stay for a wonderful dinner served in the romantic gardens surrounding the bed and breakfast. We guarantee this date will be one you'll talk about for years to come!

Milledgeville

Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgville, Georgia

An Enchanting Stroll at Lockerly Arboretum

Connect with nature and one another as you roam hand-in-hand among 50 acres of camellias, azaleas, magnolias, ferns and wildflowers at Milledgeville’s hidden garden, Lockerly Arboretum. Founded in 1965, the grounds boast walking trails, a pond and swoon-worthy Rose Hill, a Greek Revival style home built in 1852. Bring a blanket and watch for birds, or pack your lunch for a picnic by the pond; either way, you’re sure to lose track of time.

Downtown Milledgeville, Georgia

Fall Prey to Downtown Milledgeville's Charm

The postcard-perfect downtown of Milledgeville allows for hours of meandering the shops for that special treasure or indulging on something sweet. Stop in The Market Collective for local products, artisan goods and vintage decor that you'll cherish for years.

Cool off by sharing a cone of strawberry cheesecake ice cream with your sweetie at SweeTreats. Then, savor Southern cuisine for dinner at Milledgeville's newest restaurant, The Reel Grill.

Complete your blissful day with luxurious accommodations just steps away at SoHo Lofts.

Eatonton

Bone Island Grillhouse in Eatonton, Georgia

Sunset Cruise and Lakeside Dinner at Bone Island Grillhouse

What better way to spend an evening than a sunset cruise followed by a lakeside Cajun cuisine dinner at Bone Island Grillhouse! Dine inside or on the patio and enjoy a full-service bar while experiencing a panoramic view of Lake Oconee.

We recommend for your boating excursion Young Harris Water Sports at Lake Oconee. Whether you want to enjoy the lake for a half day, full day, several days or an entire week, Young Harris Water Sports has the perfect Lake Oconee jet ski rental or boat rental to ensure you have fun and make everlasting memories!

Cabins at Oconee Springs Park in Eatonton, Georgia

A Hidden Getaway to Oconee Springs Park

Longing to getaway with your loved one from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Plan for a simple evening in a newly remodeled waterside cabin at Oconee Springs Park located on beautiful Lake Sinclair. Grill out in the park picnic area, or enjoy a night in on your own private patio. The 12-acre park is 15 miles from Eatonton and 30 miles from Milledgeville in nearby Baldwin County.

Lake Sinclair, encompassing more than 15,000 acres, provides ample space for boating, fishing, and other water sports. Campsites are available, as well as a beautiful beach area. A playground, volleyball area, paddle boats, kayaks and paddle boards add to an unforgettable experience of the park.

For more information, visit www.galakecountry.com or call 706-453-0380.

Published: May 2019
Written by: Hannah Wilcher