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Pick up the latest copy of Lake Oconee Living today! Find the Holiday issue of Lake Oconee Living in mailboxes around the lake and at select retail outlets throughout the region. 

La fête à la française

From countryside chateaus to the city of lights, get a taste of how France celebrates the holiday season through its culinary traditions Story by Andrea Gable Photography by Deborah Johnson Across a land already known for its fine cuisine, holiday celebrations in France offer a chance to shine as bright as the city of lights….

Cheers to a New Year

Ring in 2021 with a traditional toast of bubbly or try a variation on the classic Champagne Cocktail. No New Year’s Eve celebration would be complete without a champagne toast to ring in the new year and perhaps no year will be more eagerly awaited as 2021 ushers out 2020. With celebrations likely a little…

Mile by Mile

Cyclers hit the road from Athens to Savannah to help build the longest paved trail in America – the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail   Story by Nancy Belle Hansford Hot coffee fuels a small crowd of cyclists who were up before the sun, getting ready for a two-day ride through rural Georgia. Congregated outside of the Jittery Joe’s in…

Uncovering beauty

Local artisan, Eugene Hertzler, reveals the art of nature through the turning of wood. Story by Julia Owens Photography by Ken Johnson Eugene Hertzler has been a wood turner for the last 12 years. It’s been his therapy. His wife, Claire, named his subsequent business, “The Wood Genie” because she says he “was like a…

Make Mine Rare

A day trip down local roads gives an up-close look at invaluable literary works by celebrated American authors. Story by Chip R. Bell and Melissa Swindell Characterizations are always fun for rich discussions. At what size does a pond become a lake or a yacht become a ship? How old must a car be to…

Remedy in Blues

Down the Mississippi Blues Trail, cathartic sounds tell a story of overcoming in spite of it all Story by Judy Garrison Photography by Seeing Southern Photography The delta changes you. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. The blues highway drew me to Mississippi like a Southerner to good BBQ. Its music, rhythms and flavors…

Home for the holidays

Pennington Seed partners with Greene County Habitat to build a new home for a local family in time to celebrate the holiday season. Story by Tia Lynn Ivey When the lights are strung, the wreath is hung and the tree is lit, a family in need will celebrate this Christmas in their very own new…

Raise the Roof

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JARROD BROCK Get a glimpse of the homes featured in this year’s Lake Oconee Showcase of Homes, a virtual 4-day event to raise funds for Greene County Habitat for Humanity At any other time, the popular Lake Oconee Showcase of Homes opens the doors to some of the lake area’s most exquisite homes…

The Art of Balance

Adding contemporary strokes to a classical canvas Photography by Amy Lamb, Native House Photography Three years ago, Ashley Martin fell in love with Lake Oconee. After a birthday trip to The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, the Orlando-based interior designer came home raving about the region. Her endorsement was so strong that a few months later,…

Doors: Gateways to Our Homes

Written by Leara Rhodes Time spent in Oxford, England, gave me a new but negative look at my front door. There were so many intricately carved doors and arches and gateways in Oxford. I walked around staring as though I had never seen architecture before. I peered at many doors and made mental notes. Now,…