Room for a Zoo

Room for a Zoo

Bill Killmer, Michael Vaden and Robert Tucker stand on the crest of the hill, surveying the almost 400 acres that opens up ahead. It’s a scene from a Hollywood movie – sage grass blowing in the wind, a line of trees enclosing the rolling expanse that feels a world removed...
Catfish - Good Eatin'

Catfish – Good Eatin’

Written by Glover Housman Rumors swirl like red clay in the heady waters of a cove after a good rain: Lake Oconee is full of monster catfish. They say catfish as big as Volkswagens lurk in the dark waters near the dam. Anglers wait for a solid tug from a...
Firefly Supper Club

Firefly Supper Club

Lake Oconee Living invites you to the inaugural event of the Firefly Supper Club’s “Farm to Fork” dinner series. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the countryside at Cloverleaf Farm dining on award-winning local & seasonal food prepared by Divine Event and beer and wine from Terrapin and other local breweries...
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The Ballad of Okefenokee Joe

Children tweet best in the garden

If you ask a young child about the social network Twitter, you’ll probably get an explanation worthy of old man Webster himself. Ask that same child to describe a snapdragon, and they’re just as likely to give you a blank stare as if you’ve asked them about a mythical beast. Gardening has long been known...

Returning the flesh to the bones

BOOK CHRONICLES THE HISTORY OF GRAND ESTATES Georgia’s two-lane back roads ramble by parched skeletons of the state’s past. Kudzu moves in and out of windows and doors and across old porches like worms through the sockets of a bleached skull. Wisteria romantically interlaces her deceptive fingertips amongst boards and brick and mortar, heaving her...
A lingering legend and Southern storytelling

A lingering legend and Southern storytelling

The following is a local story relayed to “Georgia Rambler” Charles Salter by the late E.H. Armor of Greensboro – the town’s unofficial historian – originally printed in a 1979 issue of the Atlanta Journal. Salter’s recent book, The Georgia Rambler: A Potter’s Snake, the Real Thing Recipe, a Satilla Adventure and More, is a...
Lucky Number Fore!

Lucky Number Fore!

Reynolds Plantation golfers beat unbelievable odds on the green.  In August, MetLife’s announcement of the acquisition of Reynolds Plantation made headlines for Lake Oconee throughout the golf industry. Just after the transition, departments got to work on planning for the future and there was a flurry of activity on the golf course with maintenance projects at...
The Ramblin' Issue

The Ramblin’ Issue

Buckle Up! From Andrea Gable, editor of Lake Oconee Living magazine To me, nothing wakes up a gypsy soul better than the simple act of rolling down the car window on a crisp, sunny day in the revival of early spring. Throw in a new destination to discover and good music on the radio, and...
Ramblin' Road Tunes

Ramblin’ Road Tunes

Georgia tends to produce some mighty fine musicians. In the spirit of our ‘Ramblin’ issue, we put together a playlist that’s ready to hit the road. Stream it below with Spotify.
Antebellum Attractions

Antebellum Attractions

Milledgeville invites you to ramble through history with the Georgia Trust   It’s no secret that Milledgeville’s main street, West Hancock, has a past steeped in history and intrigue.  One slow cruise down this one-mile stretch takes you by some of the South’s finest examples of Antebellum architecture. There’s Georgia College & State University, the...
Roadside Wonders

Roadside Wonders

Georgia has plenty of attractions worth tapping the brake for. Take a winding tour of some of the state’s quirkiest landmarks in this special ‘Backyard Traveler.’ To explore Georgia thoroughly, one must venture past the familiar grounds of grade-school field trips. Beyond the Iron Horse and Stone Mountain, there are Muffler Men standing firm as...
Ramblin' Blues

Ramblin’ Blues

Wander through the life and music of a Georgia bluesman at  the Blind Willie McTell festival in Thomson Seen them big plantations burning/Hear the cracking of the whips/Smell that sweet magnolia blooming/See the ghosts of slavery ships/I can hear them tribes a-moaning/Hear that undertaker’s Bell/Nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.   Bob...
Room to Bloom

Room to Bloom

Potting shed becomes a place for planting seeds and sowing memories  Ann Hayes Shaifer barrels down the driveway toward the potting shed at the edge of the woods, anxious to see what her BeBe has in store for the afternoon. This time, it’s a fairy garden, complete with a castle, in an old rusty wheelbarrow....
Low score wins, right?

Low score wins, right?

I made a deal with the Peach State that if I gave up the great ethnic foods of Chicago and pretended to like collard greens and boiled peanuts, my compensation would be warm winters and early springs full of golf, short sleeve SEC football, and women wearing short cotton dresses with slingback sandals and ice...