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.
OTW | ♥ Chocolate BBQ - either on nachos or order as a side to add to the top of a house salad.
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.
OTW | ♥ BBQ Nachos - A classic.
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
OTW | Local beef | ♥ The Mushroom Swiss Burger | GF Buns available
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".
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.
Dance Battle SML: All summer long at various venues.
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.
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
Uber/Lyft Services around the area and to/from Roanoke and Lynchburg | Michael Matta - firstname.lastname@example.org | (973) 207-0912
Lose something valuable in the lake? Call Diver Dave: (540) 312-5180
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!
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
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.
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.
Tuscan Tavern: Has a very loyal following for both their pizza and calzones. | Classic toppings.
Benny Adelinas: If you're looking for HUGE pizzas or pizza-by-the-slice, this is where to go. Classic toppings.
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.
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