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About Us

The Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide has been the premier resource for those looking to vacation at or relocate to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, since 1998.

And that’s not a typo!

The site was developed by the late Brian Raub and his daughter Erin Raub at (basically) the dawn of the internet. 🙂 The pair transferred ownership to us – long-time SML residents and business partners Andie Gibson and Jennifer Church – in 2021.

Operating is the perfect fit because we absolutely love the SML community and all it has to offer for vacationers and residents.

In fact, we met while working for the Smith Mountain Laker Magazine (Andie as Editor and Jennifer as Creative Director) where we shared stories of what makes SML special: its breathtaking beauty, fun-filled special events, dedicated small business owners, unique residents and incredible recreational opportunities.

For the past two decades, you’d be as apt to find us with our families at Franklin County High School football games or band practices, Troop 130 scout meetings and volunteering at a variety of local events as you would enjoying a Sunday afternoon beverage at Portside.

We’re also passionate advocates for the the local business community and active with the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce where Andie served on the Board of Directors and as President.

We’re thrilled this website offers us an additional way to sing the praises of Smith Mountain Lake’s many amazing small businesses, as well as the importance and advantages of shopping local.

What does this mean for you?

It means the ability to explore a robust website dedicated to enthusiastically promoting Smith Mountain Lake to tourists and those considering making it their permanent or second home.

It means you can always find comprehensive information on accommodations, restaurants, recreational opportunities, real estate and more.

And it means insider tips, expert advice and local stories you won’t find anywhere else.

Please reach out to us if you have content ideas, questions, are interested in advertising or just want to say hello!

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