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Lake Like A Local

Just a list of one girl's favorite things at Smith Mountain Lake. All hours are subject to change, please call ahead to make sure they're open! To check out The Current's podcast, click HERE.

Key: OTW = on the water | ♥ = personal favorite | GF = gluten free.

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OTW | ♥ Chocolate BBQ - either on nachos or order as a side to add to the top of a house salad.

Nauti Mo's Grill:

Food truck located at Magnum Boating. | Only open on Saturdays and Sundays. | The pulled pork meat is very sweet, and I love the slight tang to their sauce.

Magnum Point Marina:

OTW | ♥ BBQ Nachos - A classic.


Jake's Place:

OTW | ♥ The Santa Fe Burger - this sweet/salty combo is divine.


OTW | ♥ The Bedford Landing Burger - a must-experience. | Half price burgers on Thursdays from 4-5pm. | GF Buns available

Magnum Point Marina:

OTW | Local beef | ♥ The Mushroom Swiss Burger | GF Buns available

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Jake's Place: OTW | Craft/Seasonal/Fresh | ♥ Blueberry Mint Mojito - They also have a good mule selection.


Drifter's: OTW | Key West/Tropical Drinks | ♥ "I Need A Moneta" and "Key Lime Pie".


Napoli by the Lake and Napoli Cowboy: First is OTW, second is inland | ♥ I usually go with a seasonal selection recommended by their fabulous bartenders.


Los Amigos: OTW | In my opinion, the best margaritas on the lake. They're $14 and big enough to share. | ♥ "Purple Gecko" and seasonally, "Pumpkin".


Dog Friendly

Find a list of Restaurants at Smith Mountain Lake where you can bring your pooch along!

For great hiking with your leashed furry friend try Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Smith Mountain Lake Community Park (dogs are NOT allowed on the swimming beaches at either park), and Booker T Washington National Monument Trails.

Pet Store: Barkley's Pet Market at Westlake.

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Calendar of Events 2024: Use this link to find a great round-up of festivals and such happening all around the lake compiled by our friends at SML Insiders.

Live Music Listings: This Facebook group, while it has a lot of other local areas mixed in, is still the best place to find SML live music.


Helpful Info 

At Your Service Personal Concierge LLC offers grocery pick up/delivery, transportation, vacation planning services, set up for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.), gift and flower delivery, and more! (540) 314-2856

Captain Vic's Boat Tours | 2 hours of narrated captain services to enjoy touring around the the lake. For up to 6 people and food/drink is allowed. | $250 | (434) 610-4064

Public Facilities on Smith Mountain Lake

Uber/Lyft Services around the area and to/from Roanoke and Lynchburg | Michael Matta - | (973) 207-0912

Lose something valuable in the lake? Call Diver Dave: (540) 312-5180

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Ice Cream

Homestead Creamery: Our local creamery that makes deeeelicious flavors | Located in Burnt Chimney | ♥ Black Raspberry and Peach

Rookies: Serves mix and match cookie and ice cream sandwiches (both are homemade) | Located in Westlake | GF cookies available

Captain Scoop: Hershey's Ice Cream | Located at Mitchell's Point Marina - open 7 days a week in the summer | ♥ Brown Butter Bourbon Truffle | A favorite spot for ice cream and a sunset! 

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A lot of restaurants around the lake are closed on Mondays, but these are a few of my favorites that remain open!

Bruno's Clubhouse Bistro | Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cancun Mexican Restaurant | Lunch/Dinner

Magnum Point Marina | OTW | Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Napoli by the Lake | OTW | Dinner

Smith Mountain Lake Coffee House | OTW | Breakfast/Lunch 

The Bagel & I | Westlake | Breakfast/Lunch

Westlake Coffee and Cafe | Breakfast/Lunch 

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I'm gluten free and can 100% tell you where to find the best GF crust on the lake, but the rest of these recs are based on local popular opinion.

Bruno's Clubhouse Bistro: Best GF pizza, hands down. Chewy, medium thickness, generous size. | Classic and gourmet topping options. | ♥ The Shrooms

New York Pizza: Ok GF crust, very thin and crunchy, but I really like the sauce here - a good balance of sweet and fresh. | New Yorkers commonly claim this as the most authentic around. | Classic toppings.

Benny Adelinas: If you're looking for HUGE pizzas or pizza-by-the-slice, this is where to go. Classic toppings.


Rain Days

Have a spa day at Seraphina or enjoy a relaxing session at South Lake Spa & Salt Room | *You'll need to plan ahead for appointments at both places.

Shop for souvenirs at all the wonderful options in the Westlake and Bridgewater areas.

Catch a movie at the Westlake Cinema.

Visit the Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitor's Center.

Get your game on at Fun-N-Games Arcade.

Have a foodie adventure at some of my favorite restaurants.

Sip the Bedford Beer and Wine Trail.

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Fables & Feathers Winery: Great wine flight and truffle pairings - they also have beer and cider available. | Relaxed, family (and dog) friendly atmosphere. | Food trucks and live music are staples on the weekends. | ♥ Traminette 

Bottles & Bites: Fabulous, covered outdoor venue with a glam/rustic vibe. | Wines, frozen wine slushies, beer, and a whiskey bar available. | Bruno's Gastropub Food Truck for eats. | Live music on the weekends! | ♥ Wine Slushie with a shot of Bombay Sapphire.

Old Towne Social House: Rocky Mount | Totally worth the drive. | Impressive wine list and small bites. | Industrial vintage atmosphere that everyone will feel at home in. | ♥ Parcel 41 Merlot 2020

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