There are more than a few great lake house getaways within an easy drive of Atlanta. Renting a lake house is not only typically less expensive than renting a condo or house on a sandy white beach or a week’s stay at a high end resort, it gives you access to all the great outdoor sports and activities that center around lakes. From fishing to swimming to kayaking to just relaxing, renting a lake house gives on the opportunity to get close to nature and usually proves to be a tremendous value for a family vacation.

Reynolds Plantation
100 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, GA 30642
(706) 467-0600
www.reynoldsplantation.com

Lake houses and cottages are only a fraction of what the sprawling Reynolds Plantation offers to guests. Located on beautiful and peaceful, Lake Oconee, Reynolds Plantation offers the opportunity to be in the outdoors, with all the amenities of being at home. Reynolds has three and four-bedroom homes right on the lake. Choose to fish, boat, golf and just enjoy life at this world class property, that is only about an hour from Atlanta.

Lake Sinclair
Sparta, GA 31087
www.fs.usda.gov

Located in the middle Georgia, Lake Sinclair is a man-made lake that is an offshoot of Lake Oconee. Sinclair is a little gem in the heart of Georgia that offers affordable lake houses and plenty of places for boating, fishing and picnicing. There are many houses right on the lake and numerous areas for camping or just spending the day with family and friends. This 15,000 acre lake has 417 miles of shoreline, great for hiking and walks on the beach.

Lake Nottely
Blairsville, GA 30512
(866) 275-2468
www.tva.gov/sites/nottely

Deep water  is what you will find while fishing Lake Nottely. This 20-mile long lake is a TVA reservoir that just invites you to experience all it offers. Pick a cozy lake cottage or live in the lap of luxury with a lodge that will sleep up to 17 and includes a hot tub. Many of these lake escapes rent daily or weekly and if you are looking for a second home that happens to be on a lake, Nottely is a perfect choice.

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Lake Arrowhead
2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive
Waleska, GA 30183
(770) 720-2700
www.lakearrowheadga.com

Lake Arrowhead is by most counts, the most popular lake in North Georgia. It’s for good reason, as Lake Arrowhead is surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains and wildlife indigenous to the region. Experience pontoon boating, canoeing, kayaking and sailing at the cleanest lake in Georgia. Other activities include golf, tennis and pickleball, so if you are lucky enough to get up to Lake Arrowhead, make sure you enjoy.

Big Cedar Lodge
612 Devil’s Pond Road
Ridgedale, MO 65739
(417) 335-2777
www.bigcedar.com

Make the half day drive through beautiful Tennessee and Arkansas to get to Big Cedar Lodge and Long Creek Marina. Big Cedar Lodge has it all when it comes to lake activities. Stay in luxurious lake cabins or opt for the deluxe rooms at the Lodge itself. When not out on Table Rock Lake, you can golf at Top of the Rock or Buffalo Ridge, tour Lost Canyon Cave or Dogwood Canyon or experience an assortment of dining options right on property. If you like the outdoors and nature, you will love Big Cedar Lodge.

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