Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide

Congratulations! You’ve landed on the debut print edition of the Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide.

Summer 2024 Issue

Volume 1 | Issue 1

The inaugural print edition of the Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide has arrived! With a talented crew of writers, photographers and designers, our quarterly publication truly celebrates Smith Mountain Lake through stunning photography, compelling stories, expert advice and helpful resources. Scroll to flip through the digital version, read individual articles, access resources, check out our advertisers and find distribution locations.

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Cover photo by Clark Lupton, Air Views Media

Explore the Summer 2024 Issue

From the publishers

SML Insiders owner Andie Gibson and Jennifer Church

From Pixels to Paper

by Andie Gibson & Jennifer Church

Welcome to the inaugural print edition of the Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide.

welcome

Brian and Lisa Raub on deck overlooking the water

A Salute to the OG

by Andie Gibson & Jennifer Church

Before Google: How an adventure seeker and online pioneer founded the premier website for Smith Mountain Lake in 1998.

Activities

Painted loveworks letters highlight Smith Mountain Lake monuments

99 Things to do at SML

by Jerry Hale & Andie Gibson

Gear up for some unforgettable adventures that won’t break the bank.

Only at SML

a sweet summertime tradition

by Jerry Hale

More than just a convenient on-water treat service, Smith Mountain Lake’s Ice Cream Boat connects generations of lake lovers.

Boating

SML Insiders owner Andie Gibson and Jennifer Church

Boating at SML: 11 Top Tips

by Jerry Hale

Whether you call Smith Mountain Lake home or are just visiting our beautiful shores, heed this insider advice for a safe and fun experience.

Marina Guide

Brian and Lisa Raub on deck overlooking the water

Chart Your COurse

by Jerry Hale

Fuel up, gear up and hit the water with our Insiders’ Guide to Smith Mountain Lake Marinas.

Golf Guide

Painted loveworks letters highlight Smith Mountain Lake monuments

Tee It Up

by Chris Gibson

Plan your perfect golf adventure at Smith Mountain Lake with our insider’s guide to SML courses, featuring essential tips and expert insight for players of all levels.

Waterfront Dining Guide

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Dock, Dine & Delight

by Jerry Hale

Chow down on our expert insights into the 18 Smith Mountain Lake restaurants accessible by boat.

Events

SML Insiders owner Andie Gibson and Jennifer Church

Your One-Stop Source for Summer Fun

by Andie Gibson

Smith Mountain Lake is teeming with lively and exciting events throughout the summer.

Events

Brian and Lisa Raub on deck overlooking the water

An Insiders’ guide to SML Fireworks

by Jerry Hale

Get details on when and where you can see fireworks at SML, plus expert tips on viewing them safely by boat.

Events

Painted loveworks letters highlight Smith Mountain Lake monuments

Raise A Glass

by ANDIE Gibson

Savor acclaimed wine and family-friendly entertainment at the new Wind Vineyards at Smith Mountain Lake.

Lodging Guide

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Rest Easy

by Andie Gibson

Our resorts, rentals and other exceptional accommodations will have you wishing to extend your stay at Smith Mountain Lake.

Community Spotlight

SML Insiders owner Andie Gibson and Jennifer Church

Lake Christian Ministries

by Andie Gibson

Find out how this decades-old nonprofit is expanding to better serve the communities surrounding Smith Mountain Lake.

out & About

Brian and Lisa Raub on deck overlooking the water

The Lake Scene

by SML Insiders’ staff

Explore highlights from lake-area community and social events, including the Portside BBQ Battle, Business After Hours and the SML Business Expo.

SML Resources

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Insider Resources

by SML INsiders’ Staff

Gain expert insights to enhance your SML experience with our user-friendly guides and other essential resources.

Lake Reflections

Painted loveworks letters highlight Smith Mountain Lake monuments

The Advent of Summer

by Kristin Dunker

Read columnist Kristin Dunker’s take on how Smith Mountain Lake truly redefines the concept of summer.

Summer 2024 Advertisers

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our advertisers who believed in our vision and supported this inaugural issue!

  • Allstate Insurance Agency – Thomas and Associates
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices SML – Dana Montgomery
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices SML – Jada Turner
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices SML – Jane Sullivan Horne
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices SML – Vicki Millehan & Debbie Shelton
  • Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals
  • Captain Vic Sea Ray Services
  • Cooper Contractors Inc.
  • Deb Beran Properties
  • Envisions Flooring & Interiors
  • First National Bank
  • Franklin Glass
  • Gilbert Law PC
  • JBohnBishop Mercantile
  • Jo & Co. Jewelers
  • Lake Retreat Properties
  • Long & Foster Real Estate – Glenda & Steven McDaniel
  • Marina 66 SML Recreational Boat Rentals
  • Mariners Landing Resort and Country Club
  • ML Realty – Mary Lou McDonald and Fred Cuffari
  • Phil Hager Insurance Agency
  • Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival
  • Spectrum Stone Designs
  • The Copper Kettle
  • Turner’s Dock Building
  • VitaZen
  • Wainwright & Co. – Nadine Bannard
  • Webster Marine

SML Insiders’ Guide Distribution

Following are the tentative distribution points for the SML Insiders’ Guide. Please note that not all locations will have magazines immediately as it will take a few days to fill the racks and get to each business. If you have questions about where to pick up a print version, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you!

Bedford Area

  • Bedford Welcome Center

Downtown Moneta

  • Diamond Hill General Store
  • Mayberry Diner
  • ML Realty
  • Lyons Team Realtors
  • Moneta/SML Library
  • Food Lion

Eastlake

  • Eastlake
  • Mitchell’s Marina
  • Lake Retreat Properties
  • The Pointe at Mariners Landing
  • Parkway Marina
  • SML State Park – Main Office
  • Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast
  • Virginia Dare Marina + Beacon Pub
  • Sweetwater RV Park
  • Goodhue Boat Company, Eastlake / Drifter’s
  • Allesandros Restaurant
  • Food Lion

Halesford Bridge

  • Halesford Harbour Inn
  • Red Rock Store
  • Vinny’s Italian Restaurant
  • CB Sales & Rentals
  • Webster Marine Center
  • Long & Foster Realtors
  • Marina 66
  • RE/MAX Lakefront Realty
  • Wainwright Realty
  • Gilbert Law Firm
  • Parrot Cove Boat Rentals
  • Cancun at Bridgewater Plaza
  • SML Visitor Center
  • MKB Realtors
  • Bridgewater Marina

LakeWatch Plantation

  • The Copper Kettle
  • Smith Mountain Lake YMCA

Westlake

  • Duck-in
  • Hot Shots
  • Cancun at Westlake
  • SML Vacation Rentals / RSI
  • Hager Insurance
  • Casago
  • Capps Home Building Center
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
  • AllState
  • Post Office (Westlake)
  • Truist
  • VitaZen
  • American National Bank
  • Westlake Library
  • Runk and Pratt
  • The Willard Companies
  • Subway
  • Old Oak Café
  • Mama Ann’s

Scruggs

  • Dollar General
  • Deb Beran Properties
  • Goodhue Boat Company, Crazy Horse
  • Bernards Landing Rental Office
  • Napoli by the Lake

Wirtz

  • Gills Creek Marina
  • Napoli Cowboy
  • Magnum Point Marina
  • Brooks Mill Winery

Burnt Chimney

  • Homestead Creamery
  • Envisions + Franklin Glass

Southlake

  • Penhook Minute Mart
  • Carl’s Place
  • The Water’s Edge Country Club (Real Estate Sales Office)
  • Turner’s Dock Building
  • Whistle Stop