Valentine’s Day-Ritz Carlton on Lake Oconee


Seems like just yesterday I was writing a post about Valentine’s Day but, alas, it was exactly one year ago. Where does the time go?

I hope all of you have had a year full of love. I certainly did. Four months ago today Drew and I got married. It was the greatest day of my life. We had the most incredible day celebrating with our families and friends who came to Greensboro from all over the country. Many of them stayed at The Ritz-Carlton on Lake Oconee and, naturally, thought it was heaven on earth. How could they not, right? So fellas, if you are looking for the perfect place to take the special lady in your life this Valentine’s Day then feel relieved to know that The Ritz has got you covered!

Georgia’s Bistro, Gaby’s By the Lake, and The Linger Longer Steakhouse are all offering the 3D package-Different, Delicious, Dining options-available February 10th thru the 14th depending on the restaurant. Below are some of the specials each restaurant will be offering as well as the dates they are open.

Gaby’s By the Lake “Romance on the Lake” Menu

Chef Jason Cates has created a special menu for Gaby’s that pairs romantic foods with others known to be aphrodisiacs. Ooo la la! Start with Oysters on the Half Shell with Bloody Mary Granite or Roasted Fingerling Potato & Asparagus Salad with Three-Pepper Chutney & Sweet Chili Beurre Blanc. Follow that with Braised Short Ribs and Lobster Mashed Potatoes. Still got room? Perhaps a nice after dinner cordial and Chocolate Fondue for two! Gaby’s will be open February 10th thru 13th but will be closed February 14th.

Georgia’s Bistro “His & Hers” Valentine Menu

Four-Course tasting sound more like your style? Chef James Balster from Georgia’s has just the treat for you and your sweetheart including appetizers he calls Love Bites to Share. Pick from Saffron Mussels, Caprese Salad, Citrus Poached Shrimp, Tuna Tartare, and more. Second & Third courses include Short Ribs, Roasted Salmon, Prime Rib, & Pan-Seared Scallops. And for dessert who wouldn’t want to share a Fire-Roasted Apple Cake & Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit Tart?! Georgia’s will be open February 10, 11, 13, and 14th.

Valentine’s Day at Linger Longer Steakhouse

Linger Longer Steakhouse will have it’s regular, fantastic menu along with phenomenal specials created by Chef David White. Specials include Crab Cakes, Lobster Mushroom Risotto, A 14 ounce Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye, Potato-Crusted Snapper, Chocolate Fondue for Two, & Bailey’s Irish Creme Souffle. The Steakhouse will be open February 10, 11, and 14th.

Regular a la carte menus will be available at Gaby’s and Georgia’s as well. To make your reservations call (706)467-7135.

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The Big Event-Lake Oconee

the big event lake oconeeIt’s already almost the middle of January….March will be here before we know it which means this year’s Big Event on Lake Oconee is just around the corner! Go ahead, mark your calendars for March 17, 2012, and prepare to be at the Lake Oconee Village from 12:00-6:00 to help support our local Area Builder’s Association. Join PDI, this year’s Platinum Sponsor, Camden Homes, & Wilson Bryant Air Conditioning (WBAC) and become a sponsor of the event yourself. Or reserve a booth so that your own business can have a vendor spot. For sponsorship or vendor information visit The Big Event, or contact Wendy Myers via email, or by phone, 706-999,1591.

And for future updates on The Big Event please come back and visit me here!
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Atlanta Boat Show

For those of you planning to attend next week’s Atlanta Boat Show at the Georgia World Congress Center please be sure and stop by Booth 239 and visit The Waterfront on Lake Oconee. Once you’ve found a phenomenal water craft, our team will be there to show you why Lake Oconee is the premiere lake in Georgia and The Waterfront is the perfect escape! It’s the epitome of affordable lakeside living. Condos with unobstructed lake views starting at just over $200K and all just a short drive from Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, and Athens! I’d love to tell you more about the opportunities that await you at The Waterfront on Lake Oconee so please stop by and see us.

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Movies-Lake Oconee

Hey Movie Watchers! It’s a little after 9 a.m. on Thursday morning and there’s just over 14 hours left to cash in on this great Groupon deal, $2 for 5 $1 Vouchers Toward Any Movie Rental at any Blockbuster kiosk. Drew and I frequent the Blockbuster kiosk at Publix here on Lake Oconee a lot so we definitely make sure to snatch this one up when it comes around. The offer doesn’t expire until May and at such a great deal you can buy one Groupon for you and one for a friend. Happy Thursday!

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Catchy Business Advertising

(Community Grounds Facebook Page)

This morning the ad of a restauarnt/coffee shop caught my eye as the local weather was being presented while watching The Today Show. As the cold months seem to be setting in for Georgia, Community Grounds of Atlanta has found a unique way of their own to try and “brew up” business. They call it Temperature Pricing and every morning this week they are selling cups of coffee for the lowest temp of the morning. They announce it each day on their Facebook page. It certainly caught my attention. I’ve never seen a coffee shop do anything of the sort and I found it to be quite unique. Almost like a game and who doesn’t love a good game!? Yesterday’s status said the temp was 23 but since it felt like 9 degrees out a small cup of coffee was $0.09, large for $0.23. Nifty!

I can only imagine how many coffee shops there are in Atlanta. A quick search on Google rendered 1,880,000 hits. Yowza. How many of those hits would you think are for Starbucks? Search of that…1,690,000. Numbers like that can be daunting for any business when put into perspective. I’m impressed by Community Grounds catchy efforts to be creative. Naturally it has me wanting to go there next time I’m in the area and in turn I guess that means they accomplished their goal in this advertising technique.

I’ve had really good cups of coffee. And then I’ve had some that were not so good. The bad ones are just as easy to remember as the good ones but not for the same reasons. I’m certainly not going to be running back to…well, I’ll keep that to myself….for my morning kickstart but I frequent Spillin’ the Beans here on Lake Oconee several times a week. They have a good product. Real Estate Agents are no different than cups of coffee. There are Offices and Agents everywhere you look. Some you come across are refreshing, give you energy, and satisfy your needs. Some are bland, stale, and even though they might look good they leave you unfulfilled.

Which Agent are you going to choose to be? Like Community Grounds, what are you going to do to set yourself apart? And if you are looking to buy or sell, what kind of representation are you looking for? With Masters week approaching in the coming months here on Lake Oconee, I’m picking my brain for another creative way to reach as many people as possible while they are in town. Last year’s efforts of spray painting haybales on the main highway between the lake and I-20 brought me listings, several potential buyers, and it made conversation with people easy when I went out to meet and greet. It stirred the exact curiousity I had hoped it would and in that week and weeks after I had more traffic on my website than I’d ever had before. It was unbelievable exposure for the listings I currently held and those Sellers were beyond appreciative of the effort.

If you were looking to buy or sell, wouldn’t you want someone that you know is going to give 100% to help you reach your goals? I would love to have the opportunity to tell you why Marge at Large and Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee are the perfect partner for you. Give me a call, (706)817-1372 or check out my website for more information

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Lakefront Property For Sale- Lake Oconee, Georgia

1820 Apalachee Woods Trail
Buckhead, Georgia 30625

Private Frontage? Check! Big Water? Check! Deep water? Check! This home couldn’t be any more perfect for someone looking to snag a deal on Lake Oconee at this price. Move in ready and with a little TLC this home is the ideal weekend getaway for a family with plenty of room to spare for visitors. Extra space around every turn. Over 2500 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and full finished basement. Sink your toes into the sandy bottom of 107 feet of private shoreline or kick back on your max dock. Come see why Lake Oconee is the best lake in Georgia to call home.

Call Margie Kopp Sorrell (706)817-1372 for any and all of your Lake Oconee real estate needs or visit my website at

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A Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Christmas

Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty recently held it’s annual Christmas Party at Goodwin Manor, my parents Bed & Breakfast, in downtown Greensboro. Wonderful food and drink services were provided by At Your Service, located in Eatonton and 306 SOUTH MAIN BAND was on hand playing holiday hits as well as dance tunes from throughout the decades. Tables, chairs, & linens were provided by Goodwin Event Rentals. Dinner, Drinks, & Dancing makes for a good time!

Can you tell we all had fun!? Thanks to Coldwell Banker for such an incredible night of appreciation. A reminder to us that you can work hard, play harder, and be THE #1 real estate company in the area!

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Christmas at the Ritz- Lake Oconee

Weighs in at 6,000 lbs and measures over 22.5 feet in diameter…what could I possibly be talking about? No, it’s not my weight and waist line after all these recent holiday celebrations. I’m talking about the absolutely gorgeous Christmas tree on display at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Lake Oconee. The tree made the trip all the way from Tennessee and I was able to sneak over and snap some photos as it arrived. Standing over 50 feet tall, setting up this holiday display was definitely a job!

Over 50 feet in the air (in a cherry picker) looking down on where the tree will stand

Birds eye view of Gaby's and the infinity pool

The tree is here!

Base of the tree measured 2 feet

Going up! Gonna need a little more than your average tree stand!

50 feet tall, weighs 6000 lbs, and measures 22.5 feet in diameter

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Lake Oconee

“After the holidays the tree is actually going to be carried out to a very deep part of the lake and sunk to create a natural reservoir for fish here in Lake Oconee,” says Gino Marasco, Director of Sales & Marketing for the hotel. For more holiday events that you and your family can enjoy please visit The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation website and check out their Calendar of Events.

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Extreme Makeover Premieres Next Sunday!

extreme makeover madison, gaChris Hilsman of Pilot Builders, Inc. encourages you to come and join them for the national  premiere of the Extreme Makeover Home Edition for Anaiah Rucker next Sunday night! Anaiah and her family will be in attendance as well at Spotlight Theaters. The showing is free of charge but seating is limited so please call ahead to reserve your seats (706-999-9990). The event begins at 7 p.m. and the show will air at 8 o’clock sharp.

As the previews of next week’s show aired last night following this weeks episode, Teri Hilsman, Chris’ wife, says “she got REALLY nervous about next week!” No doubt she, Chris, Pilot Builders, and everyone else involved with the Extreme Makeover project did a phenomenal job so let’s all show our support by tuning in next week!

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Aubri Lane’s Groupon

I love hunting down great deals on Groupon to share with folks. Times are tough so there is nothing better than getting more for less, right? If you frequent the blog you’ve heard me talk about Aubri Lane’s in Milledgeville on more than one occasion. The short drive from Lake Oconee is worth every minute to have dinner there! They’ve got an incredible deal on Groupon available for 3 more days so check it out!

Aubri Lane’s:
For $35 you get a meal for two up to a $71 value which includes an appetizer, two entrees, and two drinks (click on link above to see details)
For $66 you get a meal for four up to a $142 value which includes two appetizers, four entrees, and four drinks (clink on link above to see details)
For $90 you get a meal for six up to a $201 value which includes two appetizers, six entrees, and six drinks (clink on link above to see details)

I will give one piece of advice…regardless of what deal you go with, splurge once you are there and get an order of the White Chocolate Bananas Foster Bread Pudding!

Another great deal on Groupon right now is from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They are offering two 6 month subscription options:

For $39 you can get a 6 month Sunday and Thursday print subscription which is equivalent to a value of $82.62                 -OR-                  For $50 you can get a 6 month Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday print subscription which is a value of $108.

The Aubri Lane’s deal doesn’t expire until May so buy now and you have plenty of time to take advantage of an incredible dinner! AJC deal must be activated by November.

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