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Equipment is available to buy or rent from lake marinas.
WHEN PEOPLE FIND OUT I've lived at Smith
Mountain Lake for more than 20 years, their response
usually goes something like this: "You're so lucky!"
And they're right.
In addition to scenic beauty and friendly, engaging
residents, the lake area offers a wide range of on-water
and off-water activities that are fun for all ages. There's
boating, fishing, water sports, parks and beaches, lakeside dining and, my personal favorite, quiet R&R (think
lounging on the dock with a good book).
But you don't have to live at SML to soak up its awesomeness. For most in the Roanoke Valley, drive time to
the lake ranges from 30 minutes to an hour. That means
you can plan a one-day adventure, weekend getaway or
extended stay without breaking the bank.
Summer and fall are great times to explore Smith
Mountain Lake, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary
in 2016. Following are a few of my top recommendations, but for a more comprehensive list of ideas, be sure
to log on to visitsmithmountainlake.com.
VISIT BRIDGEWATER PLAZA
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE
Guide to Fun
Truly the central hub of SML, Bridgewater Plaza offers a
variety of retail shops, a full-service marina, arcade, overthe-water mini-golf course and six restaurants, including
several with outdoor lakeside seating. In addition, there's
a midway with carnival-style games, bungee trampoline
and rock-climbing tower to keep the kids entertained.
For the grownups, Mango's Bar & Grill is the place
to be weekend evenings during the summer season for
outdoor music by top local acts such as Fuzzy Logic,
Dragonfly and Seven Mile Ford. Bridgewater Plaza also
is where you'll find the official SML Visitor Center,
packed with brochures, maps and publications to help
you find everything you need, from real estate to restaurant recommendations. bridgewaterplaza.com, visitsmithmountainlake.com
GET OUT ON THE WATER
Who better than a 20-year resident to provide the
prescription for getting the most out of your visit
to the lake this summer? (Nobody.)
BY ANDIE GIBSON
There truly is no better way to experience the lake
than to get out on it. Local marinas have everything
you need to get started, including rentals of boats, personal watercraft, canoes, kayaks, wakeboards, water skis,
paddleboards, towables and inflatables. Houseboats are
another popular option. Available through Parrot Cove
Boat Rentals and Sales (parrotcove.com), houseboats
sleep 6-10 and come with standard amenities such as
kitchen, bathroom with shower, heating and air. Many
also are equipped with waterslides, grills and outdoor
furniture. Of course, if you want an economic, hassleJULY/AUGUST 2015 | 75
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker - July/August 2015
Top Docs 2015 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Uber - New Way to Ride - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Best Days Under the Sun: Outdoor Entertaining Guide
Outdoor Space: The Smith Home
Wait, Beer Terroir?
Who’s Getting the Weather Right?
Let’s Go to the Lake!
Let’s Go to NoVa!
The Perfect Picnic - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Beamer’s 25 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
From The Editor / Worth a Click
The Dish: Dining Guide
Where Are They Now?
2015 Education Guide
The Roanoker - July/August 2015