Dive Into the New Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide

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Hello, and welcome to the new and improved Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide at Smith-Mountain-Lake.com!

I’m Andie Gibson, a writer, editor and content marketer who’s covered Smith Mountain Lake for more than 25 years. My business partner, Jennifer Church (also a longtime SML resident), and I are the new owners of this jewel about the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge.”

Andie Gibson and Jennifer Church, owners of SML Insiders’ Guide

If our names and faces look familiar, it’s because we’ve both been active members of the SML community for many years. We met while working for Smith Mountain Laker Magazine. I helped launch the publication in 2001 and served as its editor until 2015; Jennifer was its creative director and graphic designer.

We’re both elated to be diving back into sharing the stories of what makes SML so amazing – its breathtaking beauty, fun-filled special events, dedicated small businesses, eclectic residents and incredible recreational opportunities.

Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide Gets a Major Facelift

Today, we’re unveiling a complete overhaul of the SML Insiders’ Guide, which has been the go-to resource for those looking for Smith Mountain Lake vacation, recreation and relocation information since it was started by Brian and Erin Raub in 1998.

The new site has a more functional, powerful and attractive interface. In addition to a sleek mobile platform, the restructured Smith-Mountain-Lake.com offers:

  • In-depth articles on area restaurants, lodging, real estate and things to do both on and off the water, as well as helpful links for SML weather, water level and frequently asked questions
  • A dynamic search function to easily locate information for planning a vacation or moving to Smith Mountain Lake
  • An innovative mapping tool that makes it easy to find, compare and book a variety of SML accommodations, including vacation rental homes
  • A growing blog and eNewsletter where we share insider tips, excursion inspiration, local business profiles, product reviews and more
  • An online shop filled with fun Smith Mountain Lake apparel, drinkware and lake house decor items

Reach Your Ideal Customers by Advertising on Smith-Mountain-Lake.com

If you own or manage a restaurant, hotel, marina, real estate company or any other local business, we can help you directly reach customers making Smith Mountain Lake travel planning and relocation decisions. 

In addition to site-wide advertising, we offer page-specific sponsorship options, email marketing and sponsored posts.

We’re also working to integrate innovative options for lake vacation rental homeowners and property managers to easily and affordably market their properties. Stay tuned!

To get the ball rolling on advertising, please fill out our contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

Become a Smith Mountain Lake Insider

If you want to stay in the know about all things SML, subscribe to the SML Insiders’ eNewsletter. We also invite you to join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

Special Thanks to These SML Insiders

Thank you to those who contributed their skills and talents to the new and improved SML Insiders’ Guide, especially photographers Jayson Firebaugh (Star City SkyCams) and Kathleen Riordan, and freelance writer Jerry Hale.

Andie Gibson


Andie has been covering Smith Mountain Lake since 2000 for a variety of publications, including Smith Mountain Laker Magazine, The Roanoker, SML Visitor and Newcomer Guide, SML HOME Magazine and Life Outside. As a partner in G&C Ventures, LLC, she oversees all content for our suite of websites, including Smith-Mountain-Lake.com and LakeLubbers.com.

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