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BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet Care • Manicure/Pedicure • Jewelry Store • Place to Buy Art • Place to Work Out* • Place to Buy an SML Souvenir* Food & Drink - Chef • Restaurant Service • Breakfast • Lunch • Buffet • Sandwich • Burger • Pizza • Steak • Seafood • Desserts • International Cuisine • Outdoor Dining • Place to Come by Boat • Bar Atmosphere • Cocktail • Wine Selection • Coffee* • Frozen Treats* LIFESTYLE - Place to Stay Overnight • Place to Take a Visitor • Kid/Family Outing • Local Band • Place to Hear Live Music • Private Golf Course • Public Golf Course BUSINESS - New Business • Customer Service • Auto Service • Marina • Dock Builder • Home Decor Store or Service • Interior Designer • Landscaping and Lawn Care • Clothing Boutique • Hair Salon or Stylist • Gift Shop • Skin Care or Day Spa • Pet

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Business New Business ‹‹Sunken City Brewing Company

We’re excited to share results of

‹‹Gold

the 2014 Best of SML Awards –

‹‹Silver

the most successful in our 13-year history. In addition to extending the voting period and utilizing new, user-friendly software that allowed for daily voting, we teamed up with Laker Weekly to add 23 new categories and increase overall promotion for the awards. Readers, businesses and civic organizations also helped get the word out via newsletters, emails, Facebook posts, tweets and more. Congratulations to the champions and thank you to everyone who voted!

‹‹Bronze

* New category

‹‹All Fired Up ‹‹JollyJen Photography Honorable mention: O’Kelly’s Deli & Pastries, Oar Knot, EyeTrope

Customer Service ‹‹Capps Home Building Center ‹‹The Blackwater Café ‹‹Mango’s Bar & Grill Honorable mention: CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop, LogHomesByJack.com, SML Massage & Spa

Auto Service ‹‹Westlake Automotive Service ‹‹Absolute Collision of SML ‹‹TNT Auto Body Repair & Service Center Honorable mention: Team Coach Works, Tucks Tire & Auto Center, Pagans Garage

Marina ‹‹Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals ‹‹Bayside Marinia & Yacht Club ‹‹Crystal Shores Marina Honorable mention: Webster Marine Center, Mitchell’s Point Marina, Gills Creek Lodge & Marina

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Award Winners Photography

by

MULTIPLE WINNER

Huong Fralin

Best new business: Sunken City Place to Buy a Boat or PWC*

Landscaping & Lawn Care

‹‹Webster Marine Center

‹‹Top Notch Lawncare

‹‹Conrad Brothers

‹‹Southern Landscape Group Inc

‹‹Hughes Marine Service

‹‹Seven Oaks Landscape & Hardscape

Honorable mention: Bayside Marinia & Yacht Club, Smith Mountain Yacht Club, Virgil Naff Lynchburg Kawasaki Yamaha and Sea-Doo, Crystal Shores Marina

Home Builder* ‹‹M.H. Eades Inc. ‹‹Floyd Enterprises Inc. ‹‹Johnson Homes Inc. Honorable mention: Brockworks Inc., Plyler Homes & Docks, Cliff Mascitelli General Contractor

Dock Builder ‹‹Dock Solutions ‹‹Plyler Homes & Docks ‹‹Turner’s Building Inc. Honorable mention: Michael Dillon Custom Docks, W.E. Shoreline Construction, Peter Beckman

Honorable mention: D&P Landscaping, Lakescapes Nursery, Crockett’s Lawn Maintainance

Plumber / Electrician / Home Repair Service* ‹‹Southern State Electric & Plumbing ‹‹Billy Dudley Plumbing ‹‹Wisler Plumbing & Heating Honorable mention: Cliff Mascitelli General Contractor, Archie’s Plumbing, Mike Blair

Since opening last spring at Westlake Towne Center, Sunken City Brewing Company has become a popular hangout for lovers of beer with an SML twist. The microbrewery owned

by

Jerome

Parnell

(below) also has more than doubled its production, hosted a successful fundraiser for the SML YMCA (Oktoberfest) and launched a home brew club. “It’s been very surreal,” said Parnell, whose business also won bronze for Best Place to Meet New People.

Interior Designer ‹‹Kris Willard, Interiors by Kris ‹‹Miranda Shotwell, Designer Solutions ‹‹Janice Thurman, Envisions Distinctive Interiors Honorable mention: Pat Cundiff, PAC Interiors; Interiors by Taylor; Carrie Oesmann, Bailiwick Design

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Business ‹‹Gold ‹‹Silver ‹‹Bronze

Place to Buy Home Décor / Furnishings

Place to Buy Jewelry

* New category

‹‹The Cottage Gate

‹‹The Cottage Gate

‹‹Interiors By Kris

‹‹Carter’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts

‹‹Grand Home Furnishings Honorable mention: Capps Home Building Center, The Discovery Shop, Lake Wicker and Patio

‹‹Haywood’s Jewelers, Westlake

Honorable mention: The Little Gallery, Gifts Ahoy, Oar Knot, The General Store

Place to Buy a Gift Place to Buy Clothing & Accessories ‹‹The Cottage Gate ‹‹Goodwill ‹‹Bridgewater Sportswear Honorable mention: Smith Mountain Wake Company (formerly WakeZone Watersports), Kara’s Closet, Oar Knot

‹‹The Cottage Gate ‹‹The General Store ‹‹Gifts Ahoy Honorable mention: Mountain Treasures, Alpaca by Jaca, All Fired Up

Place to Buy an SML souvenir ‹‹Gifts Ahoy ‹‹Oar Knot ‹‹The General Store

New Category

Best dentist: Dr. Bryan sicher

Honorable mention: Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals, The Cottage Gate, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Bridgewater Sportswear

Place to Buy Art Readers Sicher

smiled (right)

upon and

his

Dr.

Bryan

staff

at

Westlake Dental Office in this new category. The Pennsylvania native and U.S. Navy veteran has been

‹‹The Little Gallery ‹‹Artfully Framed at the Lake ‹‹SML Gallery Honorable mention: The General Store, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, ArtVisions Gallery

treating patients at Smith Mountain Lake since 1989, offering general dentistry and restorative care from his Westlake facility. Sicher said his staff’s commitment to continuing education and training, as well as state-of-the-art technology, help his practice thrive.

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Hair Salon/Stylist ‹‹Eric & Company Premiere Salon ‹‹Westlake Salon & Spa ‹‹Emma Williams Hair Salon (formerly BBC Hair Studio of Westlake) Honorable mention: Salon One, Eddie Blankenship (Salon One), Salon at Westlake


New Category

Nail Salon

Dentist*

‹‹Modern Nails

‹‹Dr. Bryan Sicher

‹‹Mimi Nails

‹‹Dr. William Morris

‹‹Westlake Salon & Spa

‹‹Dr. Shelia Hardee

Honorable mention: Salon One, Eric & Company Premiere Salon, Spa La La Blue

Honorable mention: Dr. Millard Radford, Dr. Vishal Shah

Pet Grooming/Sitting/ Boarding Service

Attorney/Law Firm*

‹‹Westlake Veterinary Medical

‹‹Stanley, Houchens & Griffith

‹‹Smith Mountain Lake Animal Hospital

‹‹Vogel & Cromwell

BEST place to bank: Franklin Community Bank

‹‹Gilbert & Bird

‹‹Bark Avenue Grooming Honorable mention: Lake Country Grooming & Kennel, All American Kennels, Pawsitively Purrfect

Skin Care or Day Spa ‹‹Spa La La Blue ‹‹Westlake Massage & Spa ‹‹SML Massage & Spa

Bank/Mortage Company* ‹‹Franklin Community Bank ‹‹BB&T ‹‹First National Bank (Anita Jones) Honorable mention: Hometown Bank, Member One Federal Credit Union, Bank of Botetourt

Honorable mention: Merle Norman Westlake, Massage Works, Eric & Company Premiere Salon, Westlake Salon and Spa

Insurance Agent/Agency*

Place to Work Out

Honorable mention: Debbie Robbins (State Farm Insurance), Simmons Insurance Agency, Holley Insurance, Stuart Thomas (Allstate)

‹‹Jazzercise ‹‹Underground Fitness ‹‹YMCA - Smith Mountain Lake Honorable mention: Curves, YMCA - Moneta Area Family, Smith Mountain Lake Wellness and Fitness

Physician* ‹‹Dr. George Chaconas ‹‹Dr. Leonard Cohen ‹‹Dr. Steven Lewis Honorable mention: Dr. Eric Bourhill, Dr. William Ball, Dr. Todd Dehli

‹‹Phil Hager Insurance Agency ‹‹Holdren, Eubank & Stanley ‹‹Virgina Farm Bureau

Photographer*

Franklin took

top

Community

Bank

honors

Best

in

Place to Bank, one of 23 new categories added for this year’s awards. In additon to offices at Westlake and Southlake, Franklin

Community

offers

extensive banking, mortgage and

investment

from

its

services

headquarters

in

Rocky Mount. The company’s mission

statement

commitment

to

includes

‹‹Nicole Colwell Photography

a

“active

‹‹JollyJen Photography

participation the communities

‹‹Christi Austin Photography

that we serve,” evidenced by

Honorable mention: Charlie Akins, Heather Turner Photography, Mae Photography

employee participation in a variety of charity events and activities.

Place to Stay Overnight ‹‹Bernard’s Landing Resort and Conference Center ‹‹Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center ‹‹Halesford Harbour Inn Honorable mention: Lake Inn, Gills Creek Lodge & Marina, Westlake Waterfront Inn SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Food & Drink ‹‹Gold ‹‹Silver ‹‹Bronze

Chef

* New category

‹‹Cara McClaine, The Blackwater Café ‹‹Bruno Silva, The Landing Restaurant ‹‹Jason Hardy, Kroger Honorable mention: Julio Oriz, Lago Pizza; Adam Morse, The Landing Restaurant; Jonathan Willard, Jonathan’s Restaurant

multiple winner

Restaurant Service ‹‹The Blackwater Café

Best Chef: Cara McCLaine, The Blackwater Café Last year’s runner-up, Cara McClaine (below) moved into the top spot

‹‹The Landing Restaurant ‹‹Old Oak Café Honorable mention: Mango’s Bar & Grill, Jake’s Place, Chopsticks

for Best Chef, one of the most popular and hotly contested categories.

Breakfast

A graduate of Virginia Western’s culinary arts program, McClaine has

‹‹Old Oak Café

worked at The Blackwater Cafe for more than five years, utilizing

‹‹CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop

locally grown ingredients to create meals for lake tourists, as well as

‹‹Hot Shots

for a large following of loyal locals. The Blackwater Cafe racked up six

Honorable mention: Jonathan’s Restaurant, Joe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Carl’s Place

other awards and three honorable mentions.

Lunch ‹‹Moosie’s Restaurant ‹‹Jake’s Place ‹‹CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop Honorable mention: Old Oak Café, Hot Shots, Jonathan’s Restaurant

Buffet ‹‹Jonathan’s Restaurant ‹‹Joe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant ‹‹Chopsticks

Sandwich ‹‹Moosie’s Restaurant ‹‹Oar Knot ‹‹CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop Honorable mention: No Bologna, Hot Shots, Hawk’s Country Store & Deli

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multiple winner

Salad* ‹‹The Blackwater Café ‹‹CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop ‹‹The Landing Restaurant Honorable mention: Jonathan’s Restaurant, Old Oak Café, Mexico Viejo

Burger ‹‹Mango’s Bar & Grill ‹‹The Landing Restaurant ‹‹Jonathan’s Restaurant Honorable mention: Jake’s Place, The Blackwater Café, Ole School Sports Pub & Grill

Pizza ‹‹Tuscan Tavern ‹‹Jake’s Place ‹‹Joe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant Honorable mention: Lago Pizza, New York Pizza, Downtown Pizzeria

Steak ‹‹The Landing Restaurant ‹‹The Blackwater Café ‹‹Casa D’Amici Honorable mention: Jake’s Place, Mango’s Bar & Grill, Jonathan’s Restaurant

Seafood

Best Seafood (bronze): Jonathan’s Restaurant

‹‹The Blackwater Café

Readers showed their appreciation for the fare at Jonathan’s with

‹‹The Landing Restaurant

five awards and seven honorable mentions, the most of any business

‹‹Jonathan’s Restaurant

in this year’s voting. Open since 2009, this LakeWatch Plantation

Honorable mention: Casa D’Amici, Waller’s, Mango’s Bar & Grill, Edo Grill and Sushi

restaurant features a cosmopolitan atmosphere, spacious outdoor

Asian Fare*

readers voted their favorite at Smith Mountain Lake.

deck with sunset view and an eclectic menu of American and Asian cuisine. In addition, Jonathan’s serves an extensive buffet that

‹‹Chopsticks ‹‹Jonathan’s Restaurant ‹‹Edo Grill and Sushi Honorable mention: Min’s China City, Peking Chinese Restaurant SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Food & Drink ‹‹Gold ‹‹Silver ‹‹Bronze

* New category

Italian Fare* ‹‹Tuscan Tavern ‹‹Joe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant ‹‹Lago Pizza

New Category

Honorable mention: Casa D’Amici, The Blackwater Café

BEST Bakery / Deli / Treats: Homestead Creamery Ice cream cones, milkshakes, sundaes, sandwiches, salads, soups. When it comes to tasty treats and deli items, Homestead Creamery has patrons covered. Located in Burnt Chimney, the eatery/gift shop relies on the fresh milk produced by grass-fed, hormone-free and antibioticfree cows on the family owned farms nearby. “It’s rewarding to us that

Mexican Fare* ‹‹Cancun Mexican Restaurant & Grill ‹‹Mexico Viejo ‹‹El Toreno Honorable mention: Los Machados

Short-Order Grill* ‹‹CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop

we’re able to produce local food that people really enjoy,” said Donnie

‹‹Hot Shots

Montgomery, company president.

‹‹The Westlake Golf & Country Club Honorable mention: Moosie’s Restaurant

Bakery / Deli / Treats* ‹‹Homestead Creamery ‹‹Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt ‹‹Dairy Queen Honorable mention: CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop, O’Kelly’s Deli & Pastries, Ice Cream Cottage, Kroger

Coffee ‹‹CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop ‹‹Oar Knot ‹‹Hot Shots Honorable mention: Bojangles, Old Oak Café, Jake’s Place

Outdoor Dining ‹‹Jake’s Place ‹‹Mango’s Bar & Grill ‹‹The Landing Restaurant Honorable mention: Portside Grill & Bar, Mexico Viejo, Waller’s 54 January • February 2014 | SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKER


New Category

Place to Come by Boat ‹‹Jake’s Place ‹‹Bridgewater Plaza ‹‹The Landing Restaurant Honorable mention: Mexico Viejo, Portside Grill & Bar, Waller’s

Bar Atmosphere ‹‹Mango’s Bar & Grill ‹‹Jake’s Place ‹‹Bruno’s GastroPub Honorable mention: Ole School Sports Pub & Grill, Waller’s, Hot Shots

Cocktail ‹‹Jake’s Place ‹‹Bruno’s GastroPub ‹‹Jonathan’s Restaurant Honorable mention: The Blackwater Café, Waller’s, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery

Wine Selection ‹‹Kroger ‹‹The Blackwater Café ‹‹The Landing Restaurant

best Winery: Hickory Hill Vineyards AND Winery

Honorable mention: Oar Knot, Diamond Hill General Store & Garden Center, Jonathan’s Restaurant

Over the past 21 years, Roger Furrow (above) has made growing

Winery*

Scott and son-in-law Donald Furrow-Scott operate the Moneta winery,

grapes and producing award-winning wines a family affair at Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery. Furrow, wife Judy, daughter Wendy Furrow-

‹‹Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery

a thriving member of the SML business community. Hickory Hill

‹‹Brooks Mill Winery

produces 11 varieties, which are sold through local outlets and at the

‹‹Chateau Morrisette

winery’s tasting room and gift shop, a restored circa-1923 farmhouse.

Honorable mention: Peaks of Otter Winery, Ramulose Ridge Winery, Valhalla Vineyards

Hickory Hill also hosts weddings, stargazing events, vertical tastings and a popular music series on Saturdays throughout the summer.

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Lifestyle & Activities ‹‹Gold ‹‹Silver ‹‹Bronze

* New category

New Category Club or Civic organization* ‹‹Friends of SML State Park

best Charity Event or Service Project: SML Charity Home Tour

‹‹SML Regional Chamber of Commerce

Over the past 23 years, the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour

‹‹SML Model Railroad Group

has become one of the lake’s most anticipated annual events – and one

Honorable mention: Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake, Smith Mountain Lake Association, Lake Christian Ministries

of the most critical for area charities. Year-round planning and hundreds of volunteers are needed for the tour, which features eight distinctive waterfront homes, accessible by car or boat, open to the public over Columbus Day weekend. Proceeds benefit eight charities each year. Since 1991, the organization has distributed more than $3.7 million.

Charity Event or Service Project* ‹‹SML Charity Home Tour ‹‹SML Model Railroad Group’s Charity Chug ‹‹Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Honorable mention: SML Good Neighbors Day Camp, SML Wine Festival, SML Dragon Boat Race

Annual Community Event* ‹‹SML Wine Festival ‹‹SML Charity Home Tour ‹‹SML Chili Festival Honorable mention: SML Dragon Boat Race, Fourth of July Fireworks, Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake

Place to Watch a Sunset* ‹‹On the water ‹‹Bernard’s Landing Resort and Conference Center ‹‹Jake’s Place Honorable mention: Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Jonathan’s Restaurant, Near Smith Mountain Dam

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best Place to Play Golf: The Water’s Edge Country Club A perennial winner, The Water’s Edge in Penhook

courtesy of THE Willard companies

is one of three area golf courses owned and operated by The Willard Companies. The private course features views of the lake from nearly every hole, including the picturesque island green on hole seven (left). The course, originally designed by R.F. Loving Jr. and opened in 1981, underwent a $5.2 million renovation in 2007, headed up by noted golf course architect Richard Mandell of Pinehurst, N.C.

Place to Meet New People*

Place to Hear Live Music

‹‹Mango’s Bar & Grill

‹‹Mango’s Bar & Grill

‹‹CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop

‹‹Jake’s Place

‹‹Sunken City Brewing Company

‹‹The Landing Restaurant

Honorable mention: Bridgewater Plaza, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Newcomer’s Club, Jazzercise

Honorable mention: Ole School Sports Pub & Grill, Waller’s, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery

Place to Take a Visitor

Place to Play Golf

‹‹On the water

‹‹The Water’s Edge Country Club

‹‹Bridgewater Plaza

‹‹Mariner’s Landing Golf & Country Club

‹‹Peaks of Otter Honorable mention: All Fired Up, Booker T. Washington National Monument, Westlake Cinema

Kid / Family Outing ‹‹Bridgewater Plaza ‹‹Smith Mountain Lake State Park ‹‹Smith Mountain Lake Community Park Honorable mention: Westlake Cinema, Hot Shots, Mayberry Drive-In & Diner

Local Band ‹‹Barefoot West ‹‹The Worx ‹‹Dragonfly Honorable mention: Friday Night Band, Fuzzy Logic, The Barflys

‹‹The Westlake Golf & Country Club Honorable mention: The Waterfront Country Club, Ballyhack Golf Club, Willow Creek Country Club

Hidden Jewel at SML that More People Should Know About * ‹‹Spa La La Blue ‹‹CJ’S Coffee and Sandwich Shop ‹‹Alpaca by Jaca Honorable mention: Camp Karma Campground, SML Massage & Spa, Peaks of Otter

CONGRATULATIONS

$100

GIFT CERTIFICATE

WINNERS! A Shade Brighter: Pat G., Martinsville The Little Gallery: Holly W., Roanoke Capps Home Building Center: Diane P., Moneta The Landing Restaurant: Jennifer L., Roanoke Haywood’s Jewelers, Westlake: Regina Y., Boones Mill Jake’s Place/The Blackwater Cafe: Jerry W., Lynchburg Names were chosen at random

Thing Not On This List *

from all eligible entries.

‹‹Virginia Dance Academy ‹‹SML Cycles ‹‹Westlake Cinema Honorable mention: LogHomesByJack. com, SML Massage & Spa, Ferrum Folklife Festival SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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