Isn’t life supposed to slow down after the Holidays? For our family, it seems that hasn’t been the case. Still recovering from weeks of holiday visitors, we were offered the chance to take a getaway up to Central Georgia. Our stay at Sandy Shores at Lake Sinclair, formerly known as Southern Water’s Retreat at Lake Sinclair, was just what we needed to recharge.
Thank you to Michelle at Southern Water’s Retreat for hosting our family on this getaway. All opinions are my own, honest review.
Southern Water’s Retreat Location
Southern Water’s Retreat lake house is located along the eastern shore of Lake Sinclair, within the Holiday Shores community. About 45 minutes north of Milledgeville, and 25 minutes west of Sparta, you best be sure you pack well.
Nestled through Georgia’s winding backroads, you are literally “in the middle of nowhere.” Your closest stores, restaurants, and gas stations will be in either Sparta or Milledgeville. We drove in after dark, so we suggest being very careful if you are too. We saw lots of deer when we got to be about 15 minutes of arrival.
Southern Water’s Retreat Indoor Amenities
The main home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and sleeps 12 in all the beds. See our video above for a full tour of both inside and outdoors. Additionally, there is a guest house with full bathroom that can sleep 4 more guests.
So many windows, therefore you can always be taking in the lake view!
You will find movies, board games, and pool table for indoor fun.
Also, a throwback video arcade game, with popular games such as Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, Asteroids, Galaga, Frogger, Centipede, and many more! Even us adults took our turn.
TIP: I would take some bath salts or a bath bomb, because there is a larger tub in the master bathroom.
Southern Water’s Retreat Video Tour
Amenities Outdoors at Southern Water’s Retreat
You will find lots of places to sit and relax. Since we were there in February, I’m not sure how busy the lake gets in summer. But, we found it to be extremely peaceful and quiet during our visit.
We enjoyed both morning and evening drinks on the upper porch, taking in a variety of views.
Sitting on the boat dock, watching the sunset was one of our favorite parts.
The walk out basement porch has a hot tub, and propane fire pit. Bring makings for s’mores, because there is also a wood fire pit on the beach area.
If you’re into water sports, there’s a pontoon boat, 2 wave runners, a pedal boat, kayaks, and a paddle board. Sadly, we didn’t partake in any of these activities.
In addition, you can always take a walk around Holiday Shores.
Exploring the Area
There are several towns around to take a day trip, plus you could possibly get to more than one in a day. Sparta does not have much to offer, but Milledgeville, and Eatonton are both places you could spend the day.
Also, on our rainy day, we took a drive up to Lake Oconee, where we found lots of places to eat, a movie theater, and plenty of golf courses.
Milledgeville is the original capital of Georgia, therefore, you can find the first governor’s mansion here, along with many other historic places.
Also, Milledgeville is home to the world’s largest abandoned insane asylum. Central State Hospital, also known as Georgia Lunatic Asylum, opened in 1842, and closed in 2010. With over 200 buildings covering more than 2000 acres, it was once home to as many as over 13,000 patients at one single time.
It was the world’s largest facility of its kind, and it seems the general public is in the dark about all that went on here. You can read more about it from Atlanta Magazine.
The Cedar Lane Cemetery honors the over 25,000 unmarked graves of those who passed on.
You can drive through the property, but it is very well watched over by security. Above you can find some video from our short little drive through on our way home.
We totally would have went to see Heathers if it were showing there weekend we were there.
The Brick is where we decided to stop in and have a light lunch. Thanks to our server Erin, because she recommended the Ultimate Stuffed Sticks, and they were so good. Along with buffalo chicken dip, and fries, it was just enough to hold us over for dinner.
That’s all the exploring we did, but you can find more information from our friends over at No Home Nomadder. They spent some time in Eatonton too.
Our time spent at Southern Water’s Retreat was relaxing and recharging. We highly recommend staying with them, and seeing all the area has to offer. You can reach them via their Facebook page, and contact information.
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