It’s the final stretch of the glorious summer season, where warm temperatures, refreshing waters, and blue skies still await on Milledgeville’s Lake Sinclair. With the summertime crowd diminished, the late summer and early fall season on Lake Sinclair is the perfect time for those hoping for a more relaxed, laid-back getaway. Lake days linger until October in our neck of the woods, luring families, couples and friends to escape for one last summer retreat. So, pack your bags and make plans to enjoy breezy lake days, cocktails with a view, and beautiful sunsets out over the water.
Where to Relax & Retreat
Make the most of the late-summer rays by recharging waterside with a lakefront home rental on Lake Sinclair. Whether you are looking for a spacious modern property that sleeps 10 or a cozy rustic escape for a few, there are plenty of styles to choose from. Many rentals have docks, sandy beaches, fire pits for perfectly roasting marshmallows and some even include paddleboards or kayaks for you to use during your stay.
Beautiful gardens and an enchanting garden path will take you from your private dock on Lake Sinclair to The Real Reel home furnished with an eclectic mix of local antiques within a rustic backdrop. Enjoy the kayaks, floats and stand-up paddle boards available or simply relax with a good book in the rocking chairs on the screened porch for some downtime.
A private beach, a tree swing and a lakefront fire pit are as perfect as it gets. The large covered back deck at the Lake Front Home can seat your whole group so you can enjoy dinner while overlooking the lake.
Lake Sinclair is home to some of the best fishing in the state for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. The Lake House Retreat is on a quiet cove of the lake and is perfect for fishing off of the dock and even comes with fishing poles for guests to use. There are also plenty of cozy spaces inside if you are not looking to test your luck on the dock.
How to Enjoy the Lake Life
Looking to see more of the lake? Rent a boat! Boat rentals are readily available around the lake and can even be delivered to your vacation rental dock. Boat rentals are affordable and are a great way to be a part of the fun without all of the hassle. Sinclair Marina and Twin Lakes Jet Ski offer half-day and full-day options for all of their water equipment including jet skis and pontoon boats.
If a slower pace of water-top activities is more your speed, rent a kayak. Lake Sinclair is home to numerous inlets and quiet coves and feeds into the Oconee River which can be enjoyed by paddlers of all experience levels. Local outfitters will rent you a kayak for the half or full day as well as provide transportation to drop-off and pick-up sites. If you aren’t feeling up for an epic solo trip, there are small group floats available down the Oconee River as well. Plan your trip to get on the water with our locals Mac's Yaks or Oconee Outfitters.
A day in the sun will bring out anyones appetite. Taylor’s Cove overlooks Lake Sinclair and offers outdoor seating in addition to their fabulous menu items such as oysters prepared in a variety of ways, brisket mac-n-cheese, and dynamite shrimp tacos. They have two full bars with familiar cocktails as well as seasonal choices like the Blackberry Lemon Smash. They also host live musicians every weekend, so it is a great option to explore local talent while getting a great meal.
With views of Lake Sinclair from their dining room and deck, Aubri Lanes will take your taste buds on a vacation to the coast with their award winning seafood including their crispy calamari, sesame seared ahi tuna and their shrimp and grits.
Be Charmed by the town
Only a short drive from the lake, many people come to downtown Milledgeville with one thing on their mind: rich Georgia history, as she served as the capital of Georgia from 1803 to 1868. Get lost in the architectural grandeur when you take a leisurely stroll down oak-lined streets past well-preserved Federal-style architecture, enhanced by noteworthy Greek Revival, Victorian and Classic revival styles.
In downtown Milledgeville’s historic district you’ll find everything you need for a nice dinner with friends, a quick lunch, or a romantic evening. From bubble tea to lattes and brick oven pizza to tzatziki, there is something for everyone to try. Looking for an upscale dinner? We recommend The Reel Grill in downtown Milledgeville. The restaurant is in a historic bank, complete with a candlelit vault that is available for seating. Get a specialty cocktail and one of their classic menu items such as the Pecan Crusted Chicken or a seasonal offering like Red Snapper with grilled lemons, sun-dried tomato, and basil Hollandaise sauce.
Peruse local stores and find a unique piece to bring back home. There are many antique stores both in downtown Milledgeville and near Lake Sinclair that offer a variety of goods such as vintage furniture, repurposed decor, memorabilia, and much more. Local boutiques also have the most in-style items to choose from.
If you are visiting in August and a lover of coffee, cocktails, smoothies or mocktails, we have the tastiest drink for you to send off the summer season in style. Join us from August 1st-31st to “tropic like it’s hot” and pick your favorite sip (or two!) at the coolest party of Milledgeville’s summer season! More than 10 locally owned establishments will be offering off-menu, exclusive drink specials for $10 or less throughout the month for Milledgeville's Summer Sips.
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