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Contents

Smith Mountain Laker Magazine | January/February 2011 8 Publisher’s Note 10 Take the Laker With You

Shorelines

12 Lake Homes • Bill and Anneliese Piatt used nature as the canvas for their efficient lakefront home 18 Lake & Garden • A steep slope was no obstacle for one couple’s desire for a lakeside waterfall 23 Anniversary Feature • A look back at some of our most memorable stories of the past decade 32 Profile • 10 questions with Laker Magazine founder Micah Gaudio 37 Best of SML Awards • Reader favorites revealed for 2011!

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Special Sections

45 Wedding Guide • Lake weddings in all four seasons, plus our handy listing of local vendors 71 Lodging Guide • Your complete resource for SML accommodations

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60 Restaurants • Authentico! Tuscan Tavern adds a little spice to the Smith Mountain Lake dining scene

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76 Calendar • Best bets for events in January and February, including the Southwest Virginia Boat & RV Show

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64 Spirits • Gordon Kendall shares 10 ideas to try in the new year

ON THE COVER An aerial view of Smith Mountain Lake. Photo by Eric Hill. Real estate cover photo by Pete Luce, infocus-photo.com.

84 Laker Map • Locator map and advertiser index

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publisher’s note

January/February 2011

In case you missed

our not-so-subtle cover, this publication will mark a major milestone in 2011 – a decade of bringing you the best of Smith Mountain Lake. It’s definitely a reason to celebrate and reflect. After all, the magazine and the lake have changed significantly over the past decade. Our editorial staff considered producing a single anniversary issue, but ultimately decided to mark the occasion with special content throughout 2011. So each issue this year will feature stories (denoted with the special logo below) reflecting back on the people, places and events that have shaped the lake and the Laker. In this issue, that includes a feature on 10 of our most memorable stories (page 23) and a Q&A with Laker founder and former publisher Micah Gaudio (page 32). Expanded content will be available online at smithmoutainlake.com/10. When I took over as publisher nearly four years ago, I pledged to readers and advertisers to uphold the magazine’s high standards. Throughout the transition and some pretty tough economic times, I think we’ve succeeded. Having editor Andie Gibson, a contributor since day one, by my side has certainly helped make it possible. I must express special thanks to our advertisers. It is their loyalty and support that allows us to keep the Laker free for readers. I hope you’ll join me in showing appreciation by patronizing their businesses. Best wishes for a happy, healthy new year!

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STAFF Publisher Mark Vosskamp Editor Andie Gibson Creative Director Matt Brown Copy Editor Elizabeth Hock Sales Executive Tim Dye Photographer Huong Fralin Graphic Designer Janette Saviano Support Specialist Morgan Jones

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Photographers Catriona Tudor Erler Micah Gaudio Ted Pratt Rick Ries

CONTACT INFORMATION Advertising 540.721.4675, ext. 409 tim@smithmountainlaker.com

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Editorial 540.721.4675, ext. 402 editor@smithmountainlaker.com

From the Archives The inaugural issue of the Smith Mountain Laker, published in August 2001, featured a color cover and inside feature on the 11th annual SML Antique & Classic Boat Show. The majority of the 24-page publication was printed in black and white and included stories on the SML Water Ski Club, innovative new building products, the Smith Mountain Arts Council and the SML Association’s plans for 2001. 8

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MARCH/APRIL 2011 DEADLINES Advertising scheduling and materials Jan. 28 Calendar submissions Feb. 1 ©2011 Times-World LLC, The Smith Mountain Laker Magazine is a community publication solely owned by Times-World LLC. It is published for the residents of Smith Mountain Lake and is subject to Times-World LLC editorial policies. The views and opinions are those of the authors. The opinions expressed, unless otherwise noted, should not be construed to be those of Times-World LLC or its affiliates. Lists are for reference only and do not necessarily imply approbation. Paid advertising does not represent an endorsement by this publication. Content cannot be reproduced without written consent from Times-World LLC. All rights reserved. Real Estate advertised in this publication is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968.


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Kuwait p Bermuda From left, Roger and Judy Pells and Kathy and Chuck Cope of Moneta celebrated all four birthdays and both wedding anniversaries with a cruise to Bermuda in October, a week after Hurricane Igor hit the island. The couples posed with their Lakers at Ferry Landing in the downtown capital of Hamilton with the colorful shops that line Front Street in the background.

t Christopher Wiseman, a U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, who is a master at arms for the military police, took time out to pose with the Laker at Camp Buehring in Udairi, Kuwait. Wiseman, a five-year Navy veteran who will be stationed in Kuwait until sometime this summer, is a native of Hardy and a graduate of Franklin County High School. His parents are Charles and Sharon Wiseman of Hardy.

Quebec City  Canada was a popular travel destination for Lakers in the fall. Above, Ted and Linda Saunders of Huddleston took the Laker on a cruise out of New York City that included stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Foundland. They posed for this photo in Quebec City with the towering Chateau Frontenac in the background.  From left, Bill and Gale Taylor and Bev and

Tom Scott of Union Hall also visited Quebec City and the Mont Tremblant area of Canada in the fall. “We did not stay at the Frontenac – too expensive!,” Bev Scott said. “We did, however, take a tour and it was outstanding. Our guide was wonderful and we learned all kinds of history and tidbits about the hotel.” Chateau Frontenac, which opened in 1893, includes 618 guest rooms and suites, and features incredible views of the city and the St. Lawrence River.

Send Us Your Photo! p Italy Three lake-area couples enjoyed a trip to Venice, Rome, Florence, Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast in September. Shown on their balcony in Sorrento are (from left) Steve and Susan Dorr, Flavia (the group’s guide), Carol and Ray Traen, and Linda and Dave Wilmesher.

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Take the Laker with you on your next adventure and e-mail us your photo with a famous landmark, unusual attraction or stunning scenery in the background. And if you run into someone famous, be sure to include them in the fun. Submit to letters@ smithmountainlaker.com. Don’t forget to leave your magazine behind so others can discover Smith Mountain Lake!

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In harmony

with nature Story by Ferne Hale • Photography by Huong Fralin and Bill Piatt

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o Bill and Anneliese Piatt, their home is not only a lake house, but a house designed around and completely integrated with its surroundings – the narrow point lot, the water and the spectacular mountain view.

“The outdoors is our canvas,” said Anneliese. “We live very close to nature, seeing the seasons change, feeling the warmth of the winter sun and the cool shade of our leafy trees in summer.” Bill added, “Our frequent comment is that the best part of the house is the part we had nothing to do with — the views of Smith Mountain.” Located up Witcher Creek near the base of the mountain, the home was designed for efficiency. “Rather than a couple of very large open rooms, we created several cozy spaces that all have multiple uses,” Anneliese said. “So the home is just right for the two of us, but it also readily accommodates large groups.” One of her favorite features is the European-style kitchen. Unlike some massive American kitchens, it is an efficient, galley-style space filled with high-tech German appliances, which perfectly suit the accomplished chef. The home’s energy footprint also reflects German inspiration. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

Building Basics Year Built 2002; renovated and expanded in 2008 Square Footage 3,500 Design Style Contemporary European Chalet Architect Balzer & Associates, Inc. Builder Ken Brodin Builder, Inc. Dock Builder Peter Beckman SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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“We were visiting Anne’s relatives there recently, and we saw solar panels on houses, barns, garages, just everywhere,” said Bill, noting that solar panels on the Piatts’ roof provide for hot water in summer and toasty radiant floor heating during winter months. The system also allows for seven separately controlled heating zones. “We can economize when it’s just the two of us and heat additional rooms when guests come,” Bill explained. The Piatt’s home, which was featured on the SML Charity Home Tour last fall, also draws passive solar heat from the morning sun streaming in the windows in the winter. Leaves on strategically located deciduous trees block that sun in warmer months. Two whole-house fans provide enough air circulation that air-conditioning is rarely needed. Another feature the homeowners are particularly glad they incorporated is the stacked natural stone patio with firepit and extensive landscaping. “The patio doesn’t just complement the house, it completes it. Kudos to Anne for her landscape design and layout,” Bill said. “It makes us feel like we’re living in a park.” ABOVE The Piatts’ home on Witcher Creek offers a close-up view CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 of Smith Mountain. Photo courtesy of infocus-photo.com.

ABOVE Clockwise from left: Sun streams into the great room; an upstairs bedroom in the B&B area; a chess set from the Piatts’ collection of art and crafts; the plumbing for the soloar heat and hot water distribution is a study in German-style orderliness. 14

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“The patio doesn’t just complement the house, it completes it.” Bill Piatt

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“The outdoors is our canvas.” Anne Piatt

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The couple met in 1974 in Togo, Africa. Bill was there as a Peace Corps volunteer and Anneliese was working as a nurse. The Piatts have lived in several countries around the world and have an eclectic collection of art and crafts — carved tables, unusual pottery, wall hangings – that includes pieces from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Mideast and Latin America. They also have incorporated artwork from local artists, friends and family into their home’s decor. Looking to possible needs in the future, the Piatts made the main living areas handicapped-accessible and included a separate entrance to an upstairs suite of rooms that could serve as a caregiver apartment. For now, they plan to offer that space as bed-and-breakfast accommodations. “We’ve already had some experience hosting a couple during their homebuilding project.” Bill said. “It worked out just fine.” LEFT Trees surrounding the home provide cool shade in the summer. Photo courtesy of infocus-photo.com. BELOW The European-style kitchen features a galley design and high-tech German appliances.

Home Journal Anne’s Top Splurge “We love the radiant floor heating in the winter. There is no substitute for warm feet and a cozy feeling in a room full of windows.” What Inspired Us “It all started with the window seat and grew from there with a heavy focus on maximizing the panoramic views,” Anne said. Bill’s Favorite Feature “The mountain setting with the clear azure waters of the lake.” We Couldn’t Live Without “Anne’s kitchen. It’s highly effecient for a highly skilled chef!” 16

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he steep slope plummeting down from the house to the lake would have been seen as a negative to most people, but not to Burt Anderson. For years, he dreamed of having a waterfall in his garden. So when he stepped out on the deck of his Moneta home as a prospective buyer and saw the incline, he knew he had found the perfect site to make his dream come true. The slope was bare except for some weedy grass and one tree growing near the water. It was the ideal blank slate for Burt’s project. Within weeks of settling into their new home, he and wife Lynn got to work on realizing his long-held vision. Enlisting the help of the landscape maintenance team headed by Raphael Torres of Rocky Mount, Burt stood on the deck overlooking the slope and directed the crew on where to dig the ponds and stream bed channels, and where to place the rocks to make it all look natural. “They were willing to do whatever we dreamed up,” said Lynn. The work crew was willing and capable, and Burt’s vision was sure, but there were still problems. “The s-curves were difficult,” admitted Burt. “We struggled with leaks at those points, and we almost lost the bottom pond during an exceptionally heavy rain storm. The water got under the liner, washing away masses of the foundation dirt.”

TOP LEFT A naturalistic waterfall cascades down the steep slope of the lakefront home of Lynn and Burt Anderson (above). TOP RIGHT A swallowtail butterfly sips nectar from a crape myrtle ‘Whit IV’ Red Rocket.

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Members of the Andersons’ landscape maintenance team adjust the rubber liner for the upper pond.

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While Burt, Raphael and his team persevered on getting the look and the logistics of the series of ponds and waterfalls exactly right, Lynn was busy researching the ideal plants for the new garden feature. A master gardener, she consulted with Lakescapes Nursery for advice on plants that would do well in the setting and help enhance the natural look of the series of waterfalls and ponds. With her design sense, Lynn also knew that using drifts of one plant creates a more effective composition than a spotty mixture of different plants all jumbled together. She planted a Crimson Queen threadleaf Japanese red maple as a focal point at the s-curve of the stream. On the opposite side, she clustered Loropetalum chinense ‘Ruby,’ a small-growing variety of Chinese fringe flower with arching stems that top out at 3-5 feet tall and round. Knock Out shrub roses intermingle with the loropetalum, their season long flowering of rosy pink flowers complementing the fringe flower’s burgundy foliage. Cotoneaster salcifolius ‘Scarlet Leader’ covers much of the ground along the opposite side of the water feature, its long stems trailing into the running water. Lynn also planned the front garden, focusing on a pastel palette with pink flowering Knock Out roses and evergreen conifers and shrubs for year-round interest. A picket fence borders the property along the road (another of Burt’s garden desires), and a plaque near the front door announces, “A spoiled rotten cat lives here.” Before retiring to the lake, Burt was a veterinarian. In addition to gardening, both are passionate about their cats. 20

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“The s-curves were difficult. We struggled with leaks at those points, and we almost lost the bottom pond during an exceptionally heavy rain storm.” Burt Anderson

Catriona Tudor Erler is a freelance garden writer, photographer and speaker who divides her time between SML and Charlottesville. She is the author of nine garden books, including “Design Ideas for Home Landscaping,” “Poolscaping: Gardening and Landscaping Around Your Pool and Spa,” and “Complete Home Landscaping.”


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he maximum Section 179 first-year expensing deduction doubles from $250,000 to $500,000 for qualified business property placed in service in 2010 and 2011, while the phaseout threshold rises from $800,000 to $2 million. Also, a maximum deduction of $250,000 may be claimed for qualified improvements to leasehold, restaurant, and retail property The usual ten-year recognition period for triggering a “built-in gains” (BIG) tax after converting to S corporation status is reduced to five years for dispositions in 2011. Employees no longer have to substantiate business use of cell phones and similar devices. Personal use is treated as a tax-free fringe benefit. Participants in 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) plans can roll over funds to a designated Roth account. For 2010 rollovers, taxable income may be split between 2011 and 2012. Effective January 1, 2011, over-the-counter medications cannot be reimbursed from flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and Archer medical savings accounts (MSAs) unless you have a prescription for them. Insulin can still be reimbursed from these accounts. The IRS has issued a notice providing temporary relief from the requirement that employers report the cost of health coverage on employees’ W-2 statements beginning with forms issued for 2011. The requirement to report the value of health benefits was part of the 2010 health care reform legislation. The IRS notice states that reporting for 2011 will be optional, not mandatory, giving employers more time to make changes to their payroll systems or procedures. The IRS has announced that the 2011 contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) will remain the same as the 2010 limits: $3,050 for individuals and $6,150 for families. Individuals aged 55 or older may contribute an additional $1,000. Please give me a call if you would like to discuss the above changes or for any other assistance concerning your individual and business accounting and tax needs; please feel free to contact me at (540) 297-4204.

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most memorable Since its inception nearly 10 years ago, the Laker has strived to maintain the principle stated on the cover – to be Smith Mountain Lake’s premier lifestyle and entertainment publication. That means finding and producing stories and photography that define the lake – its residents, recreational opportunities, homes, special events, charitable endeavors – and making them the primary focus of each issue. Looking back over the past decade and finding stories for a “most memorable” package was easy. Narrowing it down to 10? Not so simple. So, we cheated a bit. The magazine’s editorial staff opted to save the top homes, profiles and gardening stories for features of their own (to be published later in the year) and focus this retrospective on stories that represent the most unique aspects of life at SML and have elicited the most reader feedback and requests for back issues. We asked longtime freelancer Jerry Hale, who wrote many of the features selected, to take a look back and provide an update on these noteworthy SML stories. – Andie Gibson, Editor

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INAUGURAL SUMMER FUN GUIDE June/July 2003

THEN Popular with visitors and residents alike, the Laker’s Summer Fun Guide has appeared in some form every year since its debut in 2003. Initially, it included opportunities for fun in outlying areas. However, as the lake grew, the guide became focused exclusively on activities at SML. NOW The feature was redesigned into grid format, which made it more user-friendly and comprehensive. In addition to contact information, hours of operation, channel marker and map ID, the guide includes a list of services offered at some of the lake’s top spots for summer fun. Look for it again in the upcoming May/June issue.

THE ISLANDS OF SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE June/July and July/August 2005

THEN It took stories in two consecutive summer issues to showcase SML’s bevy of notable islands — the highest “hilltops” in the watershed when the lake was formed in the 1960s. Even with double coverage, there were a few islands overlooked. NOW Significant boat-wake erosion to unstable island shorelines has occurred, and a few islands are well on their way to becoming invisible underwater hazards at full pond. The most notable in this category include the smallest of the Lucky Island trio near marker B13 and what we called the lake’s “smallest island,” in the creek adjacent to Carter Island near the State Park cabins. It will be a pity to see them disappear.

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What About BOB? Now

Smith Mountain Lake has been known for many things over the years. While most people mention the beautiful blue water, the mountain, the striper fishing and friendly people, SML has gotten some national attention for its role as Lake Winnipesaukee in the Touchstone Motion Picture “What About Bob?” The 1991, film featured Smith Mountain Lake as a small vacation town in New Hampshire and starred Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. If you somehow missed this outrageously funny comedy, it’s a true Bill Murray classic. He plays Bob Wiley, a troubled but loveable therapy patient with a multi-phobic personality who is self described as “having problems.” After meeting with Dr. Leo Marvin, played by Dreyfuss, Bob feels like he has made real progress. However, when Dr. Marvin leaves for a quiet family vacation, Bob freaks out and follows him (to his lake retreat). Bob becomes an instant hit with the family, all the while driving the shrink crazy. The movie features beautiful scenes of the lake, shots of what used to be Downtown Moneta, and many scenes of a beautiful lake home. Over the years, the house has become somewhat of a legend around the lake. Sight-seeing cruises with friends and family usually feature a drive-by of the property and many people wonder just how much the

house has changed over the years. “Every time we took someone out on the lake, we’d always go by the ‘What About Bob?’ house,” said Judy Flora of Concierge & Errand Services, who now assists with care of the home. The home was built in 1986 on a gorgeous point lot. Just four years later, it was renovated for the movie, adding a screened-in porch and front porch. When the home went on the market in 2004, real estate agent Tom Fansler called one of his long-time clients who had been looking for a place with a great lake view and said, “This home has a spectacular view but it also has quite a reputation and that might be good, or it might be bad.” The view sold the house and the proud new owner promptly went out and purchased the “What About Bob?” video. He commented, “I didn’t remember having seen the movie at all.” While he wanted to surprise his family with the home, the movie gave him a way to test how much they would

like their lake setting. His wife’s reaction wasn’t quite what he was looking for – she fell asleep. However, his kids intently watched the movie and when he surprised them for Christmas with a trip to their new home, his 12-year-old was the first to mention that it looked a lot like the “What About Bob?” house. He denied it until she played the movie and announced, “Dad, this is the house.” For the rest of the weekend the kids watched the movie repetitively and re-enacted scenes throughout the house. The family has graciously allowed us to show just how much has changed… and stayed the same in this legendary home. From the original wallpaper in the bedroom to the bell that Bob obnoxiously rang on the back porch, much of the house has remained the same. In fact, things are so similar that it is hard to open a door without expecting to see Bob on the other side. The new owners have decided that the classic, country style that the house features in the movie is perfect, so they aren’t changing much. Of course, they say that the true draw of the home has nothing to do with the movie. “It’s a really special place. We have such a sense of peace being here and seeing the lake on three sides. We plan on keeping it in the family for many years.”

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NOW The Kochs are now full-time lake residents. “We are grateful to be caretakers of such a famous home,” Robert Koch said. “We have made few changes to the original house; we really want to keep it much as it was in the movie. We have added a fire pit in the backyard, which we enjoy when family and friends are with us, plus a small cottage that serves as an office and music room. We strived to make it look as old as the original home, using lots of natural and reclaimed materials in the process.”

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THEN The story focused on the home that was the primary site of filming for “What About Bob?,” the 1991 Touchstone Motion Picture filmed at SML. Robert Koch and his family acquired it for a lakefront respite from the bustle of Washington, D.C. and the Maryland suburbs. When he purchased the house, Koch and his family had not seen the movie, which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray.

by Jerry Hale

A Trek to the Top of Smith Mountain Is A Rewarding Natural High!

What’s Up There? One of Smith Mountain Lake’s best-kept secrets is hiding beneath tree cover. It’s the high trail along the ridge of scenic Smith Mountain—up where eyes always seem to travel but people seldom do. To get there, you’ll need a dry day and a capable vehicle. Leave the shiny sedan at home and take a 4-wheel-drive truck or SUV that shrugs off ruts, rocks, roots and a bit of a climb. Hiking boots are a good idea for tramping around at the summit, plus some bottled water and a cell phone in case of emergency. A pair of binoculars is great for scanning the view from the top or identifying birds. In summer, a snake kit is probably a good idea. Once you’re suitably equipped, head toward the Dairy Queen in Penhook. Turn north off of Rt. 40 onto Old Mountain Rd (Rt. 645) as if you were going toward The Water’s Edge. Take a right at the “T” onto Smith Mountain Rd. (626) for 1.1 miles, then left on Jasmine, Rt. 778. At this point you’re about 5.5 miles from the summit. Watch for a gated dirt road (gate’s usually but not always open, so have a Plan B for your outing) on the left that begins the ascent. We almost passed it by, but were lucky to meet Gary Cowan, Jo Smith and Stacey Hall offloading their horses for a trail ride. They directed us up through the gate, where a posting on the right indicated we were entering a VDGIF Wildlife Management area and that camping is allowed—just leave things as you find them. Groups of more than 12 require prior approval. Ours was a day trip, just to see for ourselves—and for Laker readers— what’s up there … and what is not. We encountered no spectacular log homes or mountain retreats. No fast food. No Stuckey’s (if you remember Stuckey’s, your visit will probably be a retirement

outing). Just a long gravel road, dust and native Virginia pines by the thousands. No one has cleaned up fallen trees and limbs on the mountainside, so there is plenty of fuel littering the forest floor — cause for caution with open campfires. Other than a couple of tight switchbacks, there aren’t many reference points along the ascent road, and it’s hard to tell from which direction you’re approaching the top…except that the mountain gives way to a green valley on the right and, as you near the ridge, you begin glimpsing the lake to the left through the trees. Then the road levels out and heads straight toward the first microwave tower, where we stopped to nuke our burrito snacks. Just kidding. The sign on the fence surrounding the installation says this is an FCC Emergency Communications relay tower. It’s the one visible from the Lake on the southern end of the mountain. We checked the altitude with a pocket GPS: 1,967 feet at the base of the tower. There’s a pole-mounted electric meter just outside the fence – no freebies on kilowatts, even up here! From this point, the road alternates between mild dips and climbs for 2.6 miles until it dead ends at the tower nearest the cut where the dam is located. This is a more substantial installation, a blockhouse building surrounded by barbed-top cyclone fencing. The sign here says this outpost belongs to US Cellular, confirmed by the multiple relay dishes bolted high on its uprights. The Smith Mountain Tower Cam (live images from this camera are shown periodically on Channel 10 News) is also visible about halfway up, pointing toward The View. This tower sits on land that is 1,865 feet above sea level (about 1,065 feet above full pond). It feels higher than that looking down, just as it looks a lot higher when viewed from a boat ride along the sloping shores that

plunge through the Lake’s surface. (Little known fact: The name Smith Mountain originally designated the lower peak at the northeastern side of the dam. Once the lake was flooded, however, casual usage attached the term to the more formidable ridge along the lakeshore.) Standing near the base of the tower, we find what we were hoping for: a wide break in the trees that reveals Saunder’s Marina to the right, Vista Pointe to the left, and Bernard’s Landing between them, slightly farther out. Beyond those landmarks, the Blackwater River snakes westward, with Christmas Tree Island looking considerably smaller than it does from the water. And the Roanoke channel meanders toward Bridgewater Plaza which, despite our vantage point, is hidden by distance and shoreline trees. A lone hawk circled lazily against a cloudless sky. Click, click, click! Lake photographer James Roney captured the image again and again, standing atop our Ford Explorer and thrusting his tripod-mounted camera yet another eight feet or so skyward in search of the best angle possible. The return trip backtracks along the same one-lane service road, but the views seem fresh due to the reverse perspective. Once we begin the descent from the first tower, we use low-low gear on the steepest portions to keep the truck sufficiently slowed without standing on the brakes. Beware of lose gravel at the switchback turns. All in all, the round-trip from the DQ can be done in less than three hours. Allow 4 to 5 hours if you plan a leisurely picnic and some hiking. It’s a great activity for when you have visitors…and still leaves time the same day for fun on the Lake. Water skiing, anyone?

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THEN What is on top of Smith Mountain and how can I go see it? This story, which addressed and answered the question, has generated more requests for back copies than any other in the magazine’s history. Photographer James Roney and I went looking for a road up and, with hints from locals at the Penhook Dairy Queen, found AEP’s access road open on a sunny day in mid-March. “We chose that time of year mostly because we figured the trees wouldn’t have leafed out to close in the views. And the snakes wouldn’t be out yet, either,” Roney recalled. NOW Wayne Reynolds, real estate manager for AEP, confirmed that the gate to the road up the mountainside is open from September through midMarch to accommodate hunters and anyone else with a vehicle capable of navigating the precarious route. The switch-backed gravel road has exposed tree roots and is susceptible to rutting and wash-outs. “Best not to try it when things are wet or slippery,” Reynolds said. “Also remember that hunters are active in the area, and that fires are always risky.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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◄ Jumping off “The Cliffs” is a rite of passage for kids raised on Smith Mountain Lake

GROWING UP

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When kids vacation at Smith Mountain Lake, what’s the one part they really hate? Packing up to go home! Some youngsters never have to. They live here. Talking with Lakers, ages 8 to 25, let us in on what it’s like to grow up with the Lake in your backyard. Seventeen-year old Scott Rowe, a lifetime Laker, remembers swimming with his brother at an early age, back when their dock was the only one in a cove that now has 14. One of Scott’s favorite activities was (and still is) camping with friends on the islands, most often Lucky Island near Gills Creek. “We’d go by boat or jet ski,” he said. “You could pass a course and operate a jet ski years before you could drive a car. One summer I pumped gas at

Banana Joe’s on the Blackwater, and I got there by water. Awesome.” Scott had friends from school but had more in common with Lake friends as they got older. Despite living in a rural area, riding the jet ski gave him mobility. “You can get to a friend’s house in five minutes by water,” Scott said, smiling. Spencer Rowe, Scott’s brother, pumped gas at Foxport Marina and later worked at Crazy Horse renting boats. The Lake was a defining factor in Spencer’s athletic interests. Before leaving for college, he was often seen on the Blackwater and at wakeboard tournaments performing gravity-defying stunts. “Summer was always great because of the Lake,”

COOPER FAMILY: SKIING SISTERS

Lake-Area Kids Share Their Take on Being Raised at Smith Mountain Lake Scott said. “It’s easy to forget how special it is until friends from elsewhere visit and rave about it.” Another Blackwater brood – Missy, 15, Carrie, 14, Jessica, 11, and Johnny, 8 – love swimming, tubing, wakeboarding, and mostly just being here with family. “Summer is like going on a long vacation, but you’re already there!” The kids camp on the islands, swim far out in their cove, sleep on the boat, and like other Laker kids, love jumping off “the cliffs.” They relish visits by relatives and old friends but enjoy the slow pace of Franklin County. Their friends come from church, school, or are children of their parents’ friends. These youngsters regard the Lake as a nice fringe benefit of rural life that includes learning to drive on little back roads with minimal traffic. Downsides? “Not having a flat place to ride a bike,” Johnny said. “And having to truck all the way to Roanoke when you really need something,” groaned the girls. They love the new Applebee’s and movie theater in Rocky Mount, yet one of them predicted, “The area will stay beautiful. It’ll never be suburbia here!” Ryan Waters, 25, was two years old when his parents moved here. He would sit on his waterskiing dad’s shoulders at age 3, was kneeboarding at age 5, waterskiing at 7, and wakeboarding at 12. He especially liked having his cousins - instant friends - just 10 minutes away. In the summer, he would take the boat to work at the marina where his cousins also worked. Later, while in college, he noticed another big plus: “All the friends from campus want to visit you at the Lake.” He cited the negatives: “That really long school bus ride, nothing to do in the winter, and only Sun Trust, DeLong’s, and one other little place for businesses.” SML played a defining role in Ryan’s occupations. He ran a parasail business at the Lake for four years, got his

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Captain’s license at age 18, bought the business and made enough money to pay for college. One of his parasailing customers introduced him to his first post-college employer. Eventually, he left that Dallas sales job to work on a yacht off the Maine coast. Later, he ran a parasailing business in St. Thomas. Returning to the Lake after seven years, Ryan was shocked at the change — but happy to see it. “You don’t have to drive for an hour to see a movie anymore.” He felt it was important to live away from the SML area during college and his first years of full-time work. Having seen the “outside world,” he wants to call SML home. He recently passed the Virginia real estate exam, got his agent’s license, and works for Realty Services, Inc. Ryan’s 23-year-old sister, Lindsey, was two months old when the family moved here. Their Lake home had a relaxing atmosphere. Activities centered around the boat, tennis, beach volleyball, and swimming. She also recalled lots of friends and family visiting. “Sometimes we’d sleep on lawn chairs on the dock,” she said. “Camping on the islands with friends and cousins was a blast.” “I definitely didn’t like the hour-and-a-half bus ride to school, and the mall was an hour away with mom driving,” she lamented. Lindsey worked last summer at a Westlake law firm and has decided she‘d like to settle here after law school. “With so many people coming here, I’d like to do real estate law,” she said. “I went to college in North Carolina and now attend law school in Ohio. I wanted to get away and see how I’d like it.” She found out: “Nothing compares to the Lake. It’s so beautiful, and growing up, I didn’t even realize it.”

▲One of the benefits of growing up Laker is plenty of water fun

THEN Many Lakers take to water skis as a favorite cool-off pastime, but our story introduced readers to the world of competitive water-skiing as practiced by Suzanne, Michaela, Randolph and Caroline Cooper, then ages 17, 16, 13 and 11 respectively. Encouraged, enabled and coached by their parents, Ashley and Lori Cooper, the girls had already racked up an impressive list of accolades at the state and national levels in slalom competitions.

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NOW The Cooper sisters have continued their trainingintense pursuit of tournament medals, with Michaela becoming a three-time All-American water-skier at Florida’s Rollins College. She also won gold at the 2010 Junior U.S. Open, became the Eastern Regional Open Women’s Champion and skied to multiple national collegiate titles. Randolph won a national title in 2005, state and regional titles in 2009, and has worked at Coble Water Ski School in Lillington, N.C. for the past three summers. She hopes to compete at the collegiate level next fall. Caroline won the Junior U.S. Open in 2009, which qualified her to compete in the 2010 Junior Masters where she placed fourth. She also won state and regional titles in 2010. Suzanne, the Coopers’ oldest, competed for Alabama’s Auburn University where she now attends graduate school. She married Matthew Peters last summer.

GROWING UP LAKER November/December 2005

THEN Fascinated by the idea of having access to SML during fun-filled childhood years, writer Ferne Hale explored what it was like to grow up with the lake as your backyard. Among those interviewed was Gleason Scott Rowe, whose parents, Charlie and Becky, built a home in Morningwood Cove before Scott was born. Ryan Waters, son of Bridgewater Plaza developer Ed Waters and wife Linda, was also featured.

After graduating from James Madison University, Ryan Waters returned to the lake to work in real estate. In 2009, he married Katie Boor, a third-grade teacher at Dudley Elementary in Wirtz. The couple added the next generation to their Laker family when son Bolin “Bo” Edward was born last October.

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NOW Now 22 and a senior at George Mason University double majoring in global affairs and Spanish, Scott Rowe plans to work a few years in the Washington, D.C. area after graduation before heading to law school. “The community I grew up in, specifically my cove of neighbors, taught me how to interact with all kinds of people,” Rowe said. “Several neighbors are like family and have always supported and encouraged me. Even though I always planned on leaving to live in an urban area, the lake will always be home for me.”

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Serious Skiers The Cooper Family Raises Cows, Horses & Slalom Champions at SML

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HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER SML September/October 2006

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THEN Few views of SML could be more breathtaking than one from the basket of a hot air balloon, a presumption my wife and I confirmed back in 2006. Ferne and I took off midway up the Blackwater near Boxwood Green. Our flight included the thrill of dipping the floor of the basket into the water’s surface several times and, of course, birds-eye views of favorite coves we previously had only seen at water level.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride Over SML Awe-inspiring

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The telltale “Whooosshhh!” from the sky creates a scramble on the ground: people spilling out onto their decks and stopping their cars to crane skyward for a glimpse of a brightlycolored balloon drifting effortlessly overhead. “Who’s up in that thing?” they wonder. Secretly, they think, “Someday….” Well, now your dream of a balloon adventure can come true right here at Smith Mountain Lake, just as it did for us one evening when the Endeavor Balloon Company drove over from Daleville to let us experience ballooning at SML first-hand. Captain Colin Graham has been piloting hot air balloons for more than 10 years and doing it commercially for the past five. With more than 600 hours of flight time, he’s been aloft above 20 states and one Canadian province. Balloon pilots must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration before they can carry passengers. Colin trained in Virginia and New Mexico. He’s required to get re-certified every two years to demonstrate balloon handling proficiency and safety procedures. And proficiency reigns at Endeavor Balloons. Friendly but

business-like, the captain and his three ground crew members meshed like components of a fine watch. “The captain explains everything,” said Winding Waters’ Joanne Steckline, who recently took an Endeavor balloon ride with husband Frank as a gift from their grown H E I G H T C O M PA R I S O N 1 3 6 ’ TA L L WESTLAKE WAT E R T O W E R

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children. “I don’t like heights at all, but this wasn’t one bit scary. And the views, looking down on Park Place and the dam, were just spectacular!” A trip’s departure point is determined in part by wind direction and speed. The Stecklines’ voyage

departed from their front yard; ours lifted off from a grassy point midway up the Blackwater. Endeavor operates daily and usually flies early morning or late afternoon when the breezes are light. About 70 percent of flights occur on their originally scheduled day and time; the rest have to be rescheduled for more balloon-friendly weather. Trips above SML are available in fall, winter and spring. Mid-summer days lack favorable breezes and are too hazy for brilliant sightseeing. While the pilot has little control over float direction, Colin showed us the precision with which he can manage altitude by skimming along the surface of a nearby cove. A quarter of an inch of water moistened the wicker basket’s floor as we made a wake in the glassy water. We waved assuredly to well-wishers who streamed onto decks and docks to greet us. Then, as the balloon climbed to clear the shoreline trees, we spotted Anne Carpenter, a Boxwood Green neighbor, out tending her flowers. “It’s Jerry and Ferne,” we hollered. “We’ll throw you a line, and you can

NOW Endeavor Balloon Company, which took us for that memorable flight, has relocated its operations to Colorado, and no hot-air balloon business has taken its spot in the market. However, flying above SML is still a possibility. SML Aviation offers sight-seeing flights over the lake from SML Airport. In addition, SML Parasail will resume operations on Memorial Day weekend from the former Virgil Naff Sea Doo rental dock at Parkway Marina.

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THEN Can you drive around the lake at the dam end? Laker Magazine founding publisher Micah Gaudio and I decided to give it a try after hearing a number of people ask the question. We picked a spring day and set out from Bridgewater Plaza. We were surprised to find the circuit was little more than 60 miles, easily doable in an afternoon. However, we skipped a northern loop that would have taken us along Diamond Hill and Goodview roads, eventually crossing the upper Roanoke at Bay Roc Marina and returning to Virginia 122 via Hardy Road. NOW While retracing the route recently, I noticed a few changes – the small sign for Brooks Mill Winery along Virginia 834, a refurbished bridge where Climax Road crosses Round Pound, Anchor’s Family Restaurant in place of the original White House Restaurant, Mayberry Drive-In and Diner along Virginia 608 and, of course, the commercial/residential development Downtown Moneta/Mayberry Hills. The renovation of Bethlehem United Methodist is evident as you hit Virginia 122 where you’ll also notice a new Dollar General and Food Lion at Diamond Hill Road.

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If you’re like us, you guessed too high. More on that later. Here’s a bit of what we saw along the way. Just before the first mile of Rt. 834, we noted a nice vista on the left. Next we crossed a bridge over the Blackwater under which early Lakers claim they once water skied. Today, this up-river spot is silted-in and debris strewn — not pretty or navigable. But patience pays: another nice Lake vista did appear at mile 6.2. As we drove, we considered the tools at our disposal. Our basic plan was to put the snazzy dashboard navigation system to the test. In my lap was the backup: a worn Lake chart with the homes of the 2002 SML Charity Home Tour clearly marked, retrieved that morning from a boat glove compartment where it had acquired a bit of mildew to prove its vintage. That map became useless near Union Hall where Rt. 40 angles away from the Lake enough to drift off the edge of the paper. But it had shown a number of turnoffs that those unfamiliar with the Blackwater River’s southern shore might take to explore lakefront residential areas. Examples: Rt. 662 (Old Salem School Road) leads out to the point at the former Banana Joe’s; following Rt. 945 (Kemp Ford Road) at the Whistle Stop to Rt. 938 (Standiford Road) will take you to the new development at the Cliffs; Rt. 945 also

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leads to Rt. 663 (Dillard Hill Rd.) and access to Contentment Island and Pelican Point; Rt. 645 (Old Mountain Road) at Penhook heads toward The Water’s Edge subdivision as well as Vista Point. The Laker Visitor Information map shows these and other capillary roads quite clearly. Our timeframe, however, didn’t allow for side trips; we were charting the “direct” route. It had been 7.0 miles down Rt. 834 and another 6.8 along Rt. 40 to the Penhook Minute Market where we stopped for local knowledge (and a breakfast biscuit!). We asked customer Al Carter, who has lived in the area 50 years, the best route around the dam. He shrugged and said: “Never have taken the mountain road. No reason to.” Landon Holland, an 80-year resident having breakfast in the adjoining Dairy Queen, was a bit more instructive: “Eight more miles to Blair’s Texaco; turn left and just stay on the main road.” Back on the road, we crossed the Franklin County/ Pittsylvania County border a half mile east of Penhook. Another 1.5 miles turned up the sign for the SML Dam Visitor’s Center at Rt. 751. Blair’s was a few miles farther on the right, shortly after the Pigg River bridge and smack at the junction with Rt. 608 (Climax Road). A blue pole sign out front reads, “Pure Oil;” looking for a Texaco, we passed the turnoff, then backtracked and re-set the trip odometer. Locals apparently know Blair’s sells Texaco gas. Climax Road quickly becomes Toshes Road and the first good view of the back side of Smith Mountain is on the left about two miles in. At mile 2.5, Toshes Road branches left but Rt. 608 continues as Ridgeway. At mile 4.5, notice Burning Bush Holiness Church nestled on the left – no doubt one of the area’s smaller parish buildings. Mile 5.6 features a bridge over Leesville spillway where a sign introduces Bedford County. The road changes to Toler’s Ferry (yes, thankfully, the navigation system was noticing the name changes!) and gets more serpentine. Still, all of

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LAKE LANDMARKS May/June 2008

THEN The idea for this story was to identify several notable points at the lake, all approachable by water, thinking readers might be intrigued by the prospect of cruising to all of them during the boating season. Feedback indicated a number of them did and that others singled out particular landmarks they had yet to visit for cruise destinations. NOW All 14 landmarks mentioned in the original story still make great boating destinations. One continues to be particularly newsworthy – the Cliffs, a popular upper Blackwater destination where residents and vacationers used to jump from a bluff into 70-foot-deep water. The Cliffs became private property and various notrespassing signs were erected, some of which have been defaced or torn down. A sturdy version of the shore-side sign was re-erected late last fall, ready to remind people this year that the favorite pastime is now illegal.

DAM LAGER May/June 2010

THEN The Laker was the first to announce the release of a locallybrewed beer called Dam Lager, a brand created by lake resident Jerome Parnell to have special appeal to residents and vacationers. Crafted by talented brew master John Bryce in the tanks at Roanoke’s Railhouse Brewery, and sporting a label that pictures the face of the Smith Mountain Dam, the new suds selection became popular on taps of numerous bars around the lake, including Jonathan’s, Benjamin’s at the Pointe and Portside Bar and Grill. NOW Parnell is currently conducting negotiations in hopes of expanding the brand’s visibility and availability for the upcoming summer. He said he expects to announce more details prior to Memorial Day weekend.

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Jerome Parnell will introduce a lake-inspired beer this summer -/",9ĂŠ 9ĂŠ ,,9ĂŠ ĂŠUĂŠ*"/",*9ĂŠ 9ĂŠĂŠ " Those who enjoy a cold beer on a warm day are in for a real treat this summer when a new brew is released from taps around Smith Mountain Lake. Dam Lager – named for the structure that created and retains SML – is the brainchild of lake resident Jerome Parnell. "Our goal is to convert lite beer drinkers to enjoy beer that is locally brewed and hand-crafted," said Parnell, who grew up spending summers at the lake with family, and whose mother, Rory Parnell, helped open The Little Gallery at Bridgewater Plaza in 1986. "We hope to have Dam Lager at several establishments around the lake beginning Memorial Day weekend. As production ramps up, we will be expanding distribution throughout the summer," he said. For Parnell, an executive for International Bio Resources, a biopharmaceuticals ďŹ rm headquartered in Louisiana, the beer business is a hobby/occupation. "My job requires a lot of travel," he said. "I kept noticing that many places have a microbrewery and a following for its local brews. Southwest Virginia was lacking in that regard," he said. Parnell also had a craft-brew inuence in his own family. While

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a student at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, he gave his dad, Jerry, a home-brewing kit as a Father’s Day gift. "The ďŹ rst beer was a disaster," Parnell recalled, "but Dad stuck with it and often shared his home-brewed beer with family and friends on holidays and here at SML." Three years ago, Parnell began talking to Steve Davidson, president of Roanoke Railhouse Brewery, about producing a hand-crafted beer dedicated to the lake area. Learning that Davidson was wrestling with the question of how best to distribute his local brews, Parnell formed Lakeside Imports and Distributing, LLC. Based in Roanoke, the company is licensed to sell beer wholesale throughout Virginia. It services more than 80 taps at restaurants and pubs in and around Roanoke and Blacksburg. Lakeside is the exclusive distribution agent for brands produced by Railhouse and two other local brewing companies. "We’ve had excellent response to locally brewed beers," Parnell said. In fact, Railhouse, located in the Wimmer Tire building on McClanahan Street, is currently doubling its production. Lakeside has plans to add more trucks, personnel and regional coverage this year as the craft beer revolution gains further footing in Southwest Virginia. CONTINUED ON PAGE 54

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Micah Gaudio’s love of Smith Mountain Lake was cultivated nearly a decade before he published the first issue of the Laker. While attending nearby Liberty University from 1992 to 1995, he often would visit SML to wakeboard on its quiet waters. After graduating with degrees in advertising/public relations and media production, Gaudio moved to Florida, where he worked for some of the largest advertising agencies in the state as well as GE Healthcare. He married Shannon Owens in the backyard of her parents’ home on the Blackwater in 1998, and the couple soon began toying with the idea of returning to the SML area. After making the move in May 2001, Gaudio started GO Agency, a full-service advertising agency, and launched the first issue of the Laker later that summer. For the next seven years, he served as the magazine’s publisher, chief photographer, ad salesman, creative director and graphic designer while building an in-house staff and corps of freelance writers and photographers. In May 2007, Gaudio sold the publication to The Roanoke Times. The company merged operations with the newspaper’s weekly community publication, The Lake (now Laker Weekly), to form Laker Media. Since then, Gaudio, 36, has been busy ramping up his ad agency and Wake N Skate, a board and apparel shop at Bridgewater

Plaza he purchased in 2008. In addition, he was instrumental in the startup of Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy, the nondenominational private school his children – McKenna-Kate, 8, and Cash, 5 – attend. He continues to serve on the school’s board of directors. As the Laker heads in to its second decade, we thought it appropriate to check in with the man who started it all.

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- Andie Gibson, Editor

What factors led to your decision to move to SML and start the magazine?

A: At the time, I was working for the second largest ad agency in Tampa. I felt like I was achieving everything, and it wasn’t enough. There was so much paperwork and red tape. It was so inefficient. But it was really the evolution of desktop publishing and digital photography that allowed us to put out this magazine in a small market. It drove down the hard costs. I saw this technology evolving and knew I could do it at SML. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34 SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Q: What was your original vision for the magazine? A: Originally, I wanted to connect the lake. I was doing research and realized it was very fragmented, so I wanted to bring it all together. It also was going to be a heavily online project. I truly thought in three years we would reduce the print version and it would mostly be online. But people really came to embrace the print version, and it just got bigger and better. And that was my goal, to make each issue better than the last. The bonus is that I got to meet new people and have fun doing it. Q: Does it surprise you how the magazine has evolved over the past 10 years? A: I was challenged right off the bat. I remember the very first night we were here, I was talking to some locals at the Dudley Mart, and they were laughing at the prospect of a magazine dedicated to Smith Mountain Lake. I knew it wasn’t going to be an issue to find unique people to meet here. I knew there were always going to be great things to write about. … It’s a brand that has survived when other publications have come and gone. It’s been able to hold course even in the down economy, and that’s because the staff has been able to maintain consistently high quality. Q: What did you enjoy best about your years as publisher of the Laker? A: Taking photos and working on covers. I also enjoyed meeting new and interesting people at the lake, any kind of photo shoot on the water, and publisher’s rants! Q: What have you enjoyed most about life since selling the magazine? A: Spending more time with my family, helping out the community with the school and exploring other interests I didn’t have the time to do before. I’ve also enjoyed growing the ad agency. Q: What is your focus now for GO Agency? A: It’s all about social media, Google, Facebook, building websites that people can manage themselves. And it’s working. Businesses are seeing results. I’m a marketer at heart, so whenever there are results, I’m happy.

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ABOVE From top, former publisher Micah Gaudio takes a turn wakesurfing during the cover shoot for the July/August 2006 issue; with hair back in the early years; hamming it up with his “backup camera” for the January/February 2007 issue.

Q: After selling the magazine, you poured a lot of effort into getting SML Christian Academy up and running. How has that experience been? A: That’s probably been the biggest challenge of my life, keeping that going. But it was needed at the lake. I saw so many great young families leaving the lake because of the proximity of the upper-grade schools [in Rocky Mount] and the fact that there was no Christian-based alternative. In addition to expanded healthcare, I think the school was the thing most needed to balance out this community.


Q: You also indulged your passion – wakeboarding – by purchasing Wake N Skate. Is operating a retail shop all you imagined it to be?

LEFT A caricature of Micah Gaudio by Roanoke artist Kyle Edgell appeared in the February/March 2005 issue.

it. Now, that isn’t the mindset. It’s changed tremendously, especially since 2005 and 2006. There’s not that anti-growth mentality. It’s more of a feeling that growth is going to happen, let’s make the best of it.

A: I’ve been on all sides of business except retail, so it’s been great getting that experience. I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned to [GO Agency] clients so that has been positive. And it’s kept me plugged into the lake.

Q: What are your predictions for the lake for the next 10 years?

Q: How has the business climate at the lake changed in the past 10 years? A: In the beginning, there was a good-old-boy network. People were hesitant to do business with you if you weren’t born and raised here. Some didn’t want growth at all and would fight

A: I can’t really give any predictions, so how about a wish list? At some point the construction will have to start back up, we’ll have a wakeboard cable park, SMLCA will include K-12 grades, the second Bridgewater Pointe tower will be built and the Laker Magazine will be 200 pages.

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Now it’s time to crown the winners of the 10th Annual Best of Smith Mountain Lake Awards.

From businesses to restaurants to lifestyle happenings around SML, you let your voices be heard in our online voting. So, without further ado, we present the Best of Smith Mountain Lake Awards for 2011.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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b u s i n ess Old Oak Café 540.719.3388

Beyond the Green 540.296.0871

Capps Home Building Center 540.721.2276 Westlake Automotive Service 540.721.0700 Bridgewater Marina 540.721.1639 Turner’s Building, Inc. 540.576.2678 Interiors by Kris 540.721.5246

The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333 Lake Auto Repair 540.721.5823 Webster Marine Center 540.297.5228 Plyler Homes & Docks 540.721.8362 Envisions 540.719.1500

Best New Business

Best Customer Service Best Auto Service Best Marina Best Dock Builder Best Home Décor Store or Service

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Tie: Ginger's Jewelry 540.483.0779 Tuscan Tavern 540.297.8900 Gifts Ahoy 540.721.5303 Liquid Lube & Wash 540.719.0964 Crazy Horse Marina 540.721.1587 Michael Dillon Custom Docks 540.721.1699 The Cottage Gate 540.721.5712


Best Interior Designer Best Landscaping & Lawn Care Best Clothing Boutique Best Hair Salon or Stylist Best Skin Care or Day Spa Best Manicure/ Pedicure

Best Jewelry Store

Best Gift Shop

Best Pet Care

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Kris Willard, Interiors by Kris 540.721.5246 Seven Oaks Landscaping 540.489.3715 Bridgewater Sportswear 540.721.1040 Eric and Co. Premiere Salon 540.721.7336 Westlake Massage 540.721.1192 Modern Nails 540.719.1100

Janice Thurman, Envisions 540.719.1500 Lakescapes Nursery 540.576.2781 Kara’s Closet 540.296.1110 Salon at Westlake 540.721.3141 Pure Spa at Mariners Landing 540.297.9860 Westlake Salon & Spa 540.719.4247

Haywood’s Jewelers 540.721.2210

Westlake Jewelry 540.721.3366

The Cottage Gate 540.721.5622

Gifts Ahoy 540.721.5303

Pat Cundiff, PAC Interiors 540.489.4399 D&P Landscaping 540.420.3728 The Cottage Gate 540.721.5712 BBC Hair Studio of Westlake 540.719.2217 Salon One 540.719.0025 Pure Spa at Mariners Landing 540.297.9860 Tie: Ginger's Jewelry 540.483.0779 Carter’s Fine Jewelers 540.483.0779 The General Store 540. 721.3009

Westlake Veterinary Medical Center 540.721.1557

Smith Mountain Lake Animal Hospital 540.297.9188

Bark Avenue Grooming 540.719.2591

resta u ra n t S Bruno Silva The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028

Mark Crim The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333

Chris Mushall Jonathan's Restaurant 540.719.1212

The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333

The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028

Jonathan's Restaraurant 540.719.1212

Best Breakfast

Old Oak Café 540.719.3388

The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333

Hot Shots 540.719.1547

Best Lunch

Hot Shots 540.719.1547

Old Oak Café 540.719.3388

Best Buffet

Joe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant 540.721.2422

Chopsitcks 540.721.8839

Moosie’s Restaurant 540.721.5255 Tie: Old Oak Café 540.719.3388 Benjamin’s at The Pointe 540.297.4900

Best Chef

Best Restaurant Service

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The Mouse Trap 540.721.4997

The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333 The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333 The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333 The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333 The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028 Mango’s Bar & Grill 540.721.1632 The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028 Jonathan's Restaurant 540.719.1212 The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333 The Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333

Hot Shots 540.719.1547 The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028 The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028 The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028 Tuscan Tavern 540.297.8900 The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028

Best Place to Stay Overnight

Bernard’s Landing 800.572.2048

Mariners Landing 800.851.4988

Best Place to Take a Visitor

Bridgewater Plaza

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Best Sandwich

Best Burger Best Steak Best Seafood Best Desserts Best International Cuisine Best Outdoor Dining Best Place to Come by Boat Best Bar Atmosphere Best Cocktail Best Wine Selection

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Hot Shots 540.719.1547 Barefoot West

Bridgewater Plaza Mango's Bar & Grill 540.721.1632 Jonathan's Restaurant 540.719.1212 The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028

S i l v e r Tie: No Bologna 540. 721.1414 Old Oak Café 540.719.3388 Moosie’s Restaurant 540.721.5255 Jonathan's Restaurant 540.719.1212 Benjamin’s at The Pointe 540.297.4900 Jonathan's Restaurant 540.719.1212 Chopsticks 540.721.8839 Benjamin’s at The Pointe 540.297.4900 Moosie’s Restaurant 540.721.5255 Beyond the Green 540.296.0871 The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028 Kroger at Westlake 540.721.3102

LoveStone Inn 540.296.0510 Tie: Mariners Landing 540-297-4900 Bernard's Landing 540.721.8870

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Best Place to Hear Live Music Best Private Golf Course Best Public Golf Course

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Mango's Bar & Grill 540.721.1632 The Water’s Edge Country Club 540.576.1556 The Westlake Golf & Country Club 540.721.3845

Mariners Landing 540.297.4900 The Waterfront Country Club 540.721.2397

The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028

Mariners Landing Golf & Country Club 800.851.4988

Sycamore Ridge Golf Club 540.297.6490

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Building GREEN at SML! PD&M is Smith Mountain Lake’s premier green residential builder. We are members of the United States Green Building Council and ENERGY STAR. We have been building environmentally friendly, high performance homes for decades using only the best sub-contractors and vendors who share our philosophy that every home is built as if it were our own. We are pleased to announce that the recently completed home featured above received the area’s first Gold Rating from ENERGY STAR and EarthCraft. Ê

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We can’t thank you enough for the attention and care you are giving to our new home. Stating the obvious, the weather has been unusually windy, cold and snowy and makes progress difficult. We understand. We appreciate the care which you exercise to make sure that the work is structurally sound in spite of the difficult conditions. The Earth Craft design is looking like a real good choice up on that windy ridge.

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Coming In The March/April Issue

HOME GUIDE 2011

A comprehensive list of the area's building and home professionals

Laker Magazine

Home Guide Participation Form To list your SML-area home-building related business in our FREE guide, please fax this completed form to 540.721.4627 or e-mail the information to editor@smithmountainlaker.com by Jan. 28, 2011.

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Spring, summer, fall or winter. When it comes to weddings, every season can be splendid at Smith Mountain Lake. In this year’s Wedding Guide, you’ll find profiles, tips, advice and an extensive list of vendors – everything you need to enjoy the perfect SML wedding any time of year.

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Tara and Chris Slusser May 15, 2010  Bernard's Landing

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“We wanted a time of the year where it wasn’t too hot or too cold. May is a great month where the temperature isn’t unbearable and the nights still have a cool breeze.” Tara Slusser

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The black-and-white color theme provided the bride plenty of opportunity for creative use of color. “I really wanted to use a pop of color throughout the decorations,” she said. “To do this, we used vintage multi-color buttons as well as green roses, red, pink and yellow berries. We also incorporated multi-color goldfish into our centerpieces.” Guests of the Slusser wedding were treated to a homemade photo booth - the groom’s special project. “The photo booth consisted of a wooden frame that had vintage white picture frames attached. Guests used [replicas of] mustaches and lips attached to sticks to create fun and memorable pictures,” Tara Slusser said. In addition to the creative attractions, guests were impressed with the lakeside surroundings. “Bernard’s Landing is a beautiful location, especially in the evenings,” Slusser said. “Our guests really enjoyed overlooking Smith Mountain Lake during the ceremony and reception as well as watching the sun set on the lake.” Of course, the bride and groom were focused on a more important aspect of their big day - one another.


“The highlight for me was when the limo pulled away and there Tara stood,” Chris Slusser said. “She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.”

Think Spring

Specializing in fresh seafood, prime beef, and local and organic vegetables. The Dam Bar will remain open this winter Thursday-Saturday, opening at 5. Full service catering is always available!

 “Spring is a wonderful time to have a wedding because it always brings the new trends of the year. But spring weddings are popular at the lake, so brides who want a wedding in April, May or June need to plan ahead.” —Kerry Keeney, Smith Mountain Lake Weddings  “In spring, you’re going to beat the crowds, and overnight accommodations are usually cheaper.” —Lori Phillips, Bernard’s Landing Resort and Conference Center  “Mother Nature is unpredictable in the spring, so definitely have a great back-up plan prepared if you want an outdoor wedding. It’s a good idea to choose a venue that also has an indoor option.” —Scott Cooper, The Westlake Golf & Country Club

540.297.2072

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Whitney and Bryan Auferio Story by Lindsey Wagnon  Photography by Debrah Woods, Inspiration & Design Photography

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hitney and Bryan Auferio picked Smith Mountain Lake as their dream wedding location long before they became engaged. “Ever since my parents built their home on SML, we’ve always hoped that it would serve as the venue for our special day,” said Whitney Auferio. “We were engaged in September so it was a no-brainer to have that month host our marriage celebration amid our seasonal melon orange and baby blue details. It was a wonderful cloudless, blue-skied, 80-degree day.”

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The couple had a 10-year courtship, living several states apart – Whitney in North Carolina and Bryan in New Jersey. Their wedding day served as a perfect opportunity to have family and friends from each place meet near the middle. “Most guests had never been to SML before and those that had, jumped at the opportunity to return,” Whitney said. “We continue to hear comments about how beautiful the lake is. The atmosphere and scenery at SML provided the perfect get-away for all.” Not only was the SML scenery a hit, so were the personalized details the bride and groom picked


Splendid Summer  “A summer wedding means everything is open. It’s the time to really get the overall picture of Smith Mountain Lake.” —Lori Phillips, Bernard’s Landing Resort and Conference Center  “In summer, you can find any variety of flower, and the prices are at their lowest compared to every other season.” —Linda Cote, Mountain Treasures Florist & Gifts  “During the summer months, we’re able to use a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to create the freshest meals. So much local and organic produce is at its peak in the summer.” —Tiffany Silva, The Landing Restaurant

to enhance the wedding-day experience. Whitney said she and Bryan thought it was important to embrace the lake surroundings. “Before reciting our personal vows, Bryan and I retreated alone to the dock for a very special lighting-of-the-lanterns ceremony, during which three separate lanterns were released on the lake, each with its own dedication,” she said. One lantern was in memory of lost loved ones, the second dedicated to the memory of the groom’s mother. The third lantern represented the couple’s marital unity. “In lieu of a guest book, we decided to use two white rocking chairs with colored markers [for guests to sign],” Whitney said. “We hope to be enjoying those chairs for years to come, hopefully at a house of our own on SML someday.”

“While late summer is typically gorgeous on the lake, it can also prove to be risky planning an outdoor event. ... If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, check the Farmer’s Almanac for historic weather trends.” Whitney Auferio

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ollege sweethearts Kristen and Landon Smith made the most of Smith Mountain Lake’s fall atmosphere throughout their wedding festivities. Their October 2009 ceremony and reception featured a stunning mountain and lake backdrop at Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center. “We chose to have a fall wedding because of the weather and the beautiful fall colors,” Kristen Smith said. “Since we are both Virginia Tech alumni, we were drawn to orange and maroon and the beautiful fall foliage.” To further capitalize on the views and autumn colors, the couple planned their rehearsal dinner to take place on one of the lake’s most famous icons. “Our rehearsal dinner was held aboard the Virginia Dare, which most of our guests thought was particularly unique and fitting being that we were getting married on the lake,” said

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Smith. “During the rehearsal dinner we served a custom-made Virginia Tech groom’s cake.” Smith said being a Hokie fan and the fall season played a big role in her color choices. “My flowers were primarily orange and maroon with traces of yellow. My bridesmaids wore cinnamon-colored dresses, which looked beautiful with their bouquets. Our table linens, invitations and decorations were a mix of chocolate brown and ivory with accents of cinnamon,” she said. For Smith, the most memorable parts of the day were both surprises to her. “Landon sang Adam Sandler’s ‘I Want to Grow Old With You’ from the movie ‘The Wedding Singer’ to me. I was completely shocked and it brought me to tears,” she said. The second special experience: “A few of our friends planned for the Hokie Bird to be at our wedding. It was one of our best wedding gifts and definitely the highlight of the night.”

‘We chose the beginning of October in hopes that it would still be warm enough for an outdoor ceremony, which it was. The weather was perfect.’ Kristen Smith


Autumn Opportunity  “In fall, you have the lake, mountains and the beautiful color. It’s a more serene setting. There’s a golden opportunity there.â€?—Teresa Bernard, Studio Belle Visage Photography  “Ask venues for pictures of weddings from previous years in the same month to give you a better idea of fall colors, maintenance of the grounds, etc.â€?— Kerry Keeney, Smith Mountain Lake Weddings  “In fall, we get to decorate lavishly with mums, pumpkins and gourds. I’ve heard many couples say that they don’t have to add anything to the beauty of the grounds because our fall decorations are enough.â€? —Dawn Spencer, LoveStone Inn

Three elegant venues for weddings, receptions, business functions and events at Smith Mountain Lake.

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usic teacher Eric Stachelski’s first visit to the Royal Palms Restaurant in Grand Cayman Island turned out to be a date with destiny. Having recently moved from Oregon to Grand Cayman, Stachelski was eager to explore the area and meet people. As fate would have it, he met Anita Brogan that evening. “We spent the night chatting, dancing and having a nice time. I, of course, asked for her phone number on a card, which I still carry in my wallet,” Stachelski said. The couple became engaged on New Year’s Eve 2007, and then started on what to them was the difficult task of choosing a wedding location. 52

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“Since I am American, Anita is from England and we live in the Cayman Islands, our families and friends live all over the world,” said Stachelski. “Deciding even on a country was a difficult choice. We knew we needed lots of places for our family and friends to stay and a picturesque place to have the ceremony and reception.” Smith Mountain Lake was high on the initial list of possible locations because it’s where Stachelski’s parents live, and it’s a spot where the bride and groom have enjoyed visiting. “After some discussion with both of our families, we knew SML would be an ideal place for our wedding,” said Stachelski. “It has plenty for rentals, and because it was off season, they were less expensive. Finally, since we had many


Why Winter?  “A lot of the venues are more readily available during the winter months. Couples have access to areas they may not be able to afford in June, July or September.” — Teresa Bernard, Studio Belle Visage Photography  “January through March is typically a pretty slow catering season. In order to book our calendar for those slow months, we definitely pass on the deals.” — Karen Schopp, Center Stage Catering  “A Christmas, New Year’s or Valentine’s Day wedding can be a wonderful way to celebrate holidays with your family and friends.” — Kerry Keeney, Smith Mountain Lake Weddings

people from the United Kingdom traveling to our wedding, I wanted a place that would really show off Virginia and America. SML is that place.” The couple set a date of Dec. 30, 2009, which fit in nicely with holiday time off for long-distance family and friends. Both the ceremony and reception took place at The Waterfront Country Club. Stachelski said the winter season fit their needs perfectly. “In wintertime, SML turns into a quiet place. During spring, summer and fall, the lake can be quite busy and a little noisy. But during our wedding, we felt we had the whole lake to ourselves,” he said.

“Most of our guest list was people who had never been to Smith Mountain Lake, and some who had never been to America. All of them were taken aback by SML’s natural beauty.” Eric Stachelski

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SERVICES / SPECIALTIES

Advertising Specialties and Promotions

13860 B. T. Washington Hwy., #104, Moneta

sRVASAPCOM

Personalized gifts, SML-related items

Bridgewater Sportswear

16430 B. T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

sBRIDGEWATERPLAZACOM

SML items, clothing, gift items

Brooks Mill Winery

6221 Brooks Mill Rd., Wirtz

sBROOKSMILLWINERYCOM

Wine, wine-related gifts, SML souvenir T-shirts

Carter’s Fine Jewelers and Gifts

400 Market Place, Ste. 117, Rocky Mount

540.483.0779

Bridal registry, gifts for all

Diamond Hill General Store

1017 Diamond Hill Rd., Moneta

sDIAMONDHILLGENERALSTORENET

Wine shop, gift shop, garden center

Emerson Creek Pottery

1068 Pottery Lane, Bedford

sEMERSONCREEKPOTTERYCOM

(ANDCRAFTEDCERAMICPOTTERYFORKITCHEN BATHANDMORE

Gifts Ahoy

16430 B.T. Washington Hwy., Ste. 15, Moneta

sBRIDGEWATERPLAZACOM

Vera Bradley items, candles, cards, SML-related items

Ginger’s Jewelers

16525 B.T. Washington Highway, Moneta

sGINGERSJEWELRYONLINECOM

Jewelry, paintings, home accessories

Haywood’s Jewelers Westlake

84 Westlake Road, Ste. 103, Hardy

sHAYWOODSJEWELERSCOM

&INEJEWELRY BRIDALSETS GIFTWARE WATCHES CLOCKSANDOTHERGIFTS

Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery

1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta

sHICKORYHILLVINEYARDSCOM

Wine and wine-related gifts

Homestead Creamery

7254 B. T. Washington Hwy., Wirtz

540.721.2045

Local gift items, ice cream cakes

Kara’s Closet

16545 Moneta Rd., Moneta

540.296.1110

Women’s apparel, shoes, accessories

Peaks of Otter Winery

2122 Sheep Creek Rd., Bedford

sPEAKSOFOTTERWINERYCOM

Wine and fruit-related gift items

The Cottage Gate

84 Westlake Road, Ste. 13, Hardy

sTHECOTTAGEGATEONLINECOM

Metal alloy serving pieces, home furnishings, personalized gifts

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The General Store and Quilt Shack

213 Scruggs Rd., Moneta

sGENERALSTORESMLCOM

Laser engravings, local food items, local artists, quilting items

The Little Gallery

16430 B.T. Washington Hwy., Ste. 6, Moneta

sTHELITTLEGALLERYSMLCOM

(ANDMADEWEDDINGJEWELRY LITERARYCALLIGRAPHY BLESSINGBOWLS

VitaZen

12787 B. T. Washington Hwy., Ste.103, Hardy

sVITAZENNET

Soy candles, Himalayan salt crystal lamps, essential oils

Westlake Jewelry

12787 B.T. Washington Hwy. Ste. 104, Hardy

sWESTLAKEJEWELRYCOM

&INEJEWELRY COMPUTERIZEDENGRAVINGSFORJEWELRYORGLASS

Anne Humphreys & Associates

3TONEBRIDGE#IRCLE 6INTON

sCREATIVECAKESANDSPECIALDATESCOM

Wedding and special event cakes

Brenda Maus Signature Cakes

500 Pell Ave., Rocky Mount

540.483.8655

Custom wedding cakes, groom’s cakes

Center Stage Catering

315 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

sCENTERSTAGEFOODCOM

Custom wedding cakes, groom’s cakes

Diane’s Cake Creations

416 Avenel Ave., Bedford

540.586.5978

Custom cakes

Ruthie’s Kitchen

2603 Scruggs Rd., Moneta

540.721.2413

#USTOMCAKES HORSDOEUVRES HOMEMADEBUTTERMINTS

Special Occasion Cakes

623 Woodman Rd, Rocky Mount

540.483.2732 or 540.493.6812

Wedding cakes, groom’s cakes, cupcakes

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Choosing a season to tie the knot at Smith Mountain Lake is easy. The difďŹ cult part is planning the big day! On the following pages is a vendor guide to help provide local resources for everything from rings to reception sites. For guest accommodations, be sure to check out our Lodging Guide, which begins on Page 71.

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!#UT!BOVE#ATERING

25286 Virgil Goode Hwy., Boones Mill

sACUTABOVECATERCOM

Full-service catering

Barnyard Catering

P.O. Box 149, Moneta

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Hand-smoked meats, all food homemade

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Full-service catering

Center Stage Catering

315 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

sCENTERSTAGEFOODCOM

Full-service catering

Small Plates

16111 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston

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Full-service catering

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The Landing Restaurant

773 Ashmeade Rd., Moneta

sTHELANDINGSMLCOM

Custom gourmet menus, lakeside setting, wedding coordination

Vanquility Acres Inn Bed & Breakfast

105 Angus Terrace, Bedford

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Wedding and event planning

Catering

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14070 B.T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

sAZTECRENTALCOM

Full-service rentals

Grand Rental Station

1000 Vineyard Rd., Vinton

540.343.1000

Full-service rentals

Smith Mountain Lake Weddings

Smith Mountain Lake

sKERRYKEENEYCOM

Rental of linens, dĂŠcor items and more

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775 Ashmeade Rd., Moneta

sBERNARDSLANDINGCOM

Full-service lakeside facilities; couples may choose their own catering company

Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery

1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta

sHICKORYHILLVINEYARDSCOM

Outdoor setting overlooking the vineyard

LoveStone Inn

100 Summer Ln., Huddleston

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Full-service wedding planning included in site fee

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center

'RAVES(ARBOR4RAIL (UDDLESTON

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Lakeside ceremony services, indoor reception facilities, catering

Parkway Marina

16918 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston

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Full service-marina, on-site lakefront pavilion, dock privileges

Sundara

453 Apple Rd., Boones Mill

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Special-event venue with historic 1800s home in mountain setting

The Landing Restaurant

773 Ashmeade Rd., Moneta

sTHELANDINGSMLCOM

Custom gourmet menus, lakeside setting, wedding coordination

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360 Chestnut Creek Dr., Hardy

sGOLFTHEWESTLAKECOM

Full-service ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner venue

Vanquility Acres Inn Bed & Breakfast

105 Angus Terrace, Bedford

sVANQUILITYACRESINNCOM

Wedding and event planning

Virginia Dare Cruises

3619 Airport Rd., Moneta

sVADARECRUISESCOM

#USTOMIZABLESERVICESABOARDATHCENTURYREPLICASIDEWHEELER

W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

755 Hermitage Rd., Wirtz

sSKELTONHCENTERORG

Full service-ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner venue; Indoor and lakeside options

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McMillan & Wife

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Pampering/Hair/Makeup (continued) MD Nails & Spa

13326 B.T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540.721.2075

Manicures, pedicures, gift certificates

Modern Nails Spa

400 Scruggs Rd., Suite 1300

540.719.1100

Manicures, pedicures, waxing, nail art, foot spa, gift certificates

Pure Spa at Mariners Landing

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

sPURESPASMLCOM

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Salon at Westlake

13105 B.T. Washintgon Hwy., Hardy

540.721.3141

Full-service hair car services for brides and bridal parties

Salon del Sol

70 Scruggs Rd., Ste. 105, Moneta

540.719.8266

Tanning

Salon One

400 Scruggs Road, Ste 400, Moneta

sSALONONESMLCOM

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Tantastic

1123 Celebration Ave., Moneta

540.297.8267

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Westlake Massage & Spa

70 Scruggs Rd., Ste. 106, Moneta

sWESTLAKEMASSAGECOM

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84 Westlake Rd., Hardy

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Moneta

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Weddings, portraits, boudoir

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Huddleston

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Jeff East Photography

535 Blue Ridge Ave., Bedford

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340 Windridge Parkway, Hardy

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Ray Reynolds Photography

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Starscape Wedding Videography

Glade Spring

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Studio Belle Visage

265 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

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3MITH-OUNTAIN,AKE

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1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

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Tuscan Tavern Pasta & Grill offers a taste of Italy at Smith Mountain Lake Story

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If the mood is easy-going and the food is tasty, you’ll usually find Lakers gathered. At the Tuscan Tavern Pasta & Grill in Moneta, guests are treated to both. But the restaurant’s casual atmosphere, friendly staff and stomach-satiating dishes are just the beginning of why Tuscan Tavern has become a local favorite. CONTINUED ON PAGE 62 60

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ABOVE Tiramisu, a traditional Italian dessert, is popular at Tuscan Tavern. LEFT Custom murals decorate the restaurant’s interior; owners Tony Hairston and Maria Palumbo greet guests with a smile; a trio of ladies enjoys lunch. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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“People can buy our specialty pizzas or custom make their pizza for what they like.” Maria Palumbo

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Since the Tavern’s opening in June 2009, customers have been keeping its lunch and dinner dining room full, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine. “We are always busy, especially on the weekends,” said owner Maria Palumbo. “The summertime is very busy, but the winter is not much slower.” The restaurant, located on Virginia 122 just north of Hales Ford Bridge, was established by Palumbo and her husband, Tony Hairston. Cooking Italian fare for a living runs in Palumbo’s family. Her father moved the family to Pennsylvania from Italy in 1980 and started a restaurant. Palumbo, who learned both the culinary and business aspect of being a restaurateur by working in the family business, said she puts her special touch on all of the tavern’s recipes. “All of the food made here is my recipe,” she said. “I also make most of the desserts, like tiramisu, cheesecake and lemon cake, and even birthday cakes if people request them.”

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Tuscan Tavern is popular not only because of its delicious pizza, pasta and subs. The recently added bar and lounge area is spacious and relaxing, well suited for late evening conversation, watching sports on TV or private parties. “We open the bar between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.,” said Palumbo. “It just depends on what time people want to get in there, which is different every day. The restaurant closes at 9 p.m., but customers can go over and hang out in the bar until later if they want to.” Bartender Harry Green has been serving up the spirits at Tuscan Tavern since the bar’s opening last March. He said the lounge area has become a popular gathering spot for Lakers.


“A lot of customers like to have the seafood option,

The Sampler Pizza

and this one is a good one,” says Tuscan Tavern owner Maria Palumbo of the Seafood Delight.

Homemade crust and sauce with your choice of nearly 20 toppings. Or try a specialty pizza such as Hawaiian, Florentina or Tuscany. $6.95-$17.95

Parmigiana Chicken or veal topped with mozzarella cheese and Palumbo’s homemade tomato sauce. Served with salad, bread and your choice of pasta or vegetable. $11.95 for chicken; $13.95 for veal

Seafood Delight A combination of shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari and scallops in a fresh marinara sauce over pasta. Served with salad and bread. $17.95;

Want to go? Tuscan Tavern Pasta & Grill Address 16483 Moneta Road, Moneta Phone 540.297.8900 Hours Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, Noon-9 p.m.

“It is casual, fun and has a very local clientele, a lot like [the TV show] ‘Cheers.’ Everybody knows everybody,” Green said. “They come because they love the pizza, they love the atmosphere. A lot of people like that there isn’t loud entertainment.” One of the bar’s patrons, Joy Jaeger, said there are many reasons she and her friends enjoy hanging out there. “A group of ladies and I have a girl’s night every couple weeks. We often go to the Tuscan Tavern because it has a wonderful atmosphere,” said Jaeger. “Plus, some of us are Pittsburgh Steelers fans and since Tony, the owner, is one, too, it’s sort of like our local Steelers pub. “Tony has such a sense of community. He does a great job making it just the kind of place the locals want it to be.” SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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10 inspiring ideas to help you broaden your beverage horizons in 2011 Story

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Gordon Kendall

en years is a long time – long enough for this magazine to grow from a modest 24-page, black-and-white publication into Smith Mountain Lake’s top source for area entertainment and lifestyle features. While I’ve only been contributing to the Laker for a few of those years, I felt compelled to mark the occasion of its 10th anniversary. To do so, I developed a list of 10 things Lakers can resolve to try this year that will introduce them to new flavors and experiences. So get out there, attempt a few of these suggestions in 2011 and broaden your horizons.

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Visit a Local Winery It’s surprising how much you

can learn about wine by walking through a winemaking operation with the person who grows the grapes or fruit and makes the wine. SML residents are fortunate to be a short drive away from several wineries that produce a wide variety of wine (five in Bedford County and one in Franklin County). They range from delightful fruit wines at Peaks of Otter Winery to seriously concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon at Hickory Hill. Most wineries offer tasting and a place to relax while you enjoy the wine. Find more information online at smithmountainlake.com.

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Attend a Local Wine, Craft Brew or Spirits Dinner

Benjamin’s at the Pointe, The Landing Restaurant and Blackwater Café are among SML-area restaurants that regularly host informative dinners, where gourmet foods are paired with gourmet wines. The events usually include an importer or winemaker as a guest speaker, which gives patrons an opportunity to learn about the featured beverages. Sign up for e-mail newsletters from all three restaurants to receive advance notice. And make sure to call early for reservations as all three owners said the events usually sell out. CONTINUED ON PAGE 66 SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Experience the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

The lake’s annual event is a great opportunity to learn more about Virginia wines and converse with winemakers and grape growers without having to leave the area. If you’re hesitant to invest in a bottle of wine before tasting it, the wine festival allows you to try before you buy. Festival-goers are issued a glass when they arrive and can sample small amounts of many different wines from the 27 wineries present. Tasting booth representatives can point you in the direction of your preferred style, such as sweet, dry, heavy red, crisp white or sparkling. The festival also includes food, craft vendors and live music.

4

Plan a Lakeside Picnic When the weather cooperates,

there’s nothing more pleasant than enjoying a nice bottle of wine and some gourmet goodies by the lake. If the temperature is warm, consider pinot grigio from Villa Appalaccia paired with a creamy cheese such as Brie. During the fall, kick back with a richer, more robust wine such as Amrhein’s Petite Verdot and roast beef sandwiches with horseradish mayonnaise. Don’t forget to pack glasses, a cheese board, knives, a tablecloth and napkins.

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Visit a Local Brewery Take the opportunity to learn more about the process and ingredients used to create craft beer. Unlike mass-produced commercial beers made with rice and corn, conscientious craft brewers use a more expensive all-malt recipe for richer flavors and a fuller-bodied product. Awful Arthur’s at Towers Mall in nearby Roanoke is brewing some delicious beers. They usually have five different styles available from a well-hopped, crisp Pale Ale to a darker and more robust Porter. You can order a sampler featuring a small glass of each riding on a board designed to hold them securely. The brewing equipment is on display and tours are available.

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Start and Maintain a Tasting Notebook A great way to

determine and remember your preferences is to keep a record of the beer, wine and spirits you’ve tried. For example, if you are

keeping a wine notebook, write down where you purchased bottles and the price, so if you want to buy more, you know where to look. Other useful information includes the date you tasted the wine and the foods you paired with it. Write down how the wine appeared, what aromas and flavors you detected as well as the palate feel or weight of the wine. As my friend Kevin Zraly, who operates the renowned Windows on the World Wine School in New York, likes to say, “You are the world’s leading expert on what you like.”

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Try Some Dam Lager A relatively new beer that has become quite popular at watering holes around the lake, Dam Lager, the brainchild of SML resident Jerome Parnell, has been produced at Roanoke Railhouse Brewing Company. The beer is brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, or the German Beer Purity Law of 1516, which stipulates that only water, malted barley, hops and yeast can be used as ingredients. The allmalt recipe results in richer flavors, but the beer is still smooth and light-bodied without aggressive hop bitterness.

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Start a Wine Club Smith Mountain Lake Wine Tasters

is a popular group whose members meet monthly at the Blackwater Café to sample wines with a particular theme. Right now, the club is not accepting new members because meetings fill the restaurant to capacity. However, the club’s president, Ralph Brush, said he is happy to add people to the club’s waiting list (call him at 297.8390). Forming your own wine club is easy. Invite friends you know would enjoy learning more about wine, decide on a location and a theme (such as similar wines) and have everyone bring a bottle and some food to share. Cover the wines with paper bags and number them. Have members write down their tasting impressions for each numbered wine and then read the comments before the wine identities are revealed. A lively debate will likely unfold.

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Virginia is emerging as a producer of some fine whiskey as new distillers are opening up and producing a quality product. Consider a visit to the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville. Rick Wasmund founded the company in 2000 after visiting Scotland and walking amidst the castles, sea spray and fog. Wasmund uses locally grown thoroughbred barley smoked over fruitwood peat and distilled in a copper pot still to produce Wasmund’s Single Malt whiskey, which displays robust, complex, earthy and woody flavors. He also produces a smoky Copper Fox Rye Whiskey made from malt smoked with apple and cherry wood, double distilled and aged in used Bourbon barrels for a savory and complex flavor. Another tasty rye whiskey is made by Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville. Organic, locally grown rye is used to produce the clear Mosby’s Spirit named for the cunning Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby. The clear spirit is aged in oak barrels for a time to produce the amber-hued Roundstone Rye Whiskey, which displays notes of spice, light caramel and citrus.

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Plan a Wine-Inspired Vacation If you’re ready to

be adventurous in 2011, plan a trip to one of the major wine-producing areas of the world. Consider the Rhone Valley in France where you can walk around castle ruins in Avignon where the Pope lived for a time in the 14th century. Taste delicious local wines such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Cotes du Rhone. The Napa and Sonoma valleys of California are also great places to visit. Most wineries are friendly and welcome visitors. If you like sweeter white wines, consider visiting the Rhine or Mosel regions of Germany, which are justifiably famous for their mineral-tinged and often semisweet Riesling. The vineyards are situated on steep slopes adjacent to the river and offer stunning views. Gordon Kendall has more than 20 years of experience in the wine business and is currently the wine, beer and spirits columnist for The Roanoke Times. He teaches wine classes and enjoys educating people on all things related to the industry. If you have a question or an idea for a future Spirits column, please e-mail editor@ smithmountainlaker.com.


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L dging 2011

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Bed & Breakfast Inns • Houseboat Rentals • Campgrounds • Hotels / Motels Resorts and Conference Centers • Vacation Rental Companies • Individual Vacation Rentals SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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LodgingGuide 2011

From primitive camping to full-service resorts, SML offers a wide variety of accommodation options. To help you find the perfect spot for your family and friends, the Laker has compiled its annual Lodging Guide, a user-friendly aid that features contact information, rates, pet policies and channel marker locations. Enjoy your stay! Easily locate accommodations by matching the number in the Map Grid Location column below to the map on pages 84-85. The number also corresponds to the more detailed SML Visitor Info Map produced each year by Laker Media. To request a free 2011 Visitor Info Map, call 540.721.4675, ext. 401 or e-mail editor@smithmountainlaker.com. 

Name

Contact info

Units

Channel marker

Map Grid Location

Pets

Dock Privileges

Rate

540.890.3332 bbonline.com/va/ashleigh

2

R65

C5

No

Yes

$105-$145/night

540.297.2695 cedarpointebandb.com

2 BR suite

R1

E12

No

Yes

$700-$1,050/week

540.296.0510 lovestoneinn.com

4

C5

E11

No

Yes

$150-$300/night

BED & BREAKFAST INNS Ashleigh Manor 430 Hartwell Drive, Hardy, VA 24101 Cedar Pointe 216 Mountwood Drive, Huddleston, VA 24104 LoveStone Inn / PebbleStone Cottage & Conference Center 100 Summer Lane, Huddleston, VA 24104

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Contact info

Units

Channel marker

Map Grid Location

Pets

Dock Privileges

888.818.5294 adventuresonhouseboats.com

3

R87

B4

No

Yes

$1005-$2,370/ week

800.488.4516 • 540.721.5363 parrotcove.com

17

R28

D7

No

Yes

$715-$2,900/week

540.420.7625

140

B1

G11

Yes

Yes

$20-$40/night $1,500/year

540.721.3866 blueridgecampground.com

104

G5-G7

G8

Yes

Yes

$2,250/year

Eagles Roost Campground 15335 SML Pkwy. Huddleston, VA 24104

540.297.7381 eagleroost.20m.com

125+

R11-R12

F11

Yes

Yes

$17-$26/night

Mitchells’s Point Marina 3553 Trading Post Road, Huddleston, VA 24104

540.297.4430 mitchellspoint.com

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C3

F12

Yes

Yes

Annual lease; Call for details

800.933.7275 540.297.6066

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R19-R20

E10

Yes

Yes

$20-$30/night

Hampton Inn SML/Gretna 200 McBride Lane, Gretna, VA 24557

434.656.9000 hamptoninn.hilton.com

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N/A

N/A

Yes

Yes

$79-$99/night

Lake Inn 45 Enterprise Lane, Hardy, VA 24101

888.466.5253 • 540.721.3383 lakeinnmotel.com

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N/A

E7

Yes

No

$58-$86/night

540.721.3307 westlake-waterfront-inn.com

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R37

D7

No

Yes

$85-$150/night

Name

Rate

HOUSEBOAT RENTALS Adventures on Houseboats 8360 Hardy Road, Hardy, VA 24101 Parrot Cove Boat Rentals & Sales 16441 B.T. Washington Hwy., Moneta, VA 24121

CAMPGROUNDS Arrowhead Campground, LLC 5625 Smith Mountain Road, Penhook, VA 24173 Blue Ridge Campground & Marina 8131 Burnt Chimney Road, Wirtz, VA 24184

Smith Mountain Lake State Park 1235 State Park Road, Huddleston, VA 24104

HOTELS / MOTELS

Westlake Waterfront Inn 2050 Morewood Road, Hardy, VA 24101

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Contact info

Units

Channel marker

Map Grid Location

Pets

Dock Privileges

Bernard’s Landing Resortand Conference Center 775 Ashmede Road, Moneta, VA 24121

800.572.2048 • 540.721.8870 bernardslanding.com

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R11

F10

No

Yes

1-3 BR condos: $84-$271/night Homes/Townhomes: $174-$345/night

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center 1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston, VA 24104

800.851.4988 • 540.297.4900 marinerslanding.com

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C6

E11

Yes

Yes

$79-$225/night

540.721.2759 skelton4hcenter.org

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B40

I7

No

No

$50+/night

Name

Rate

RESORTS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS

W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center 775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz, VA 24184

VACATION RENTAL COMPANIES (marker is location of office) CB Rentals & Sales 1027 Waterwheel Drive, Moneta, VA 24121

800.203.RENT • 540.297.7000 cbrentals.com

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R28

C8

Varies

Yes

$900-$6,500/week

Lake Retreat Properties, Inc. 6760 Whitehouse Road, Huddleston, VA 24104

800.421.6980 • 540.297.6002 lakeretreat.com

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N/A

C11

Varies

Yes

$500-$3,200/week

Lakeshore Rentals and Sales, Inc. 16483 Moneta Road,, Suite M Moneta, VA 24121

800.572.6098 • 540.297.5610 lakeshorerentals.com

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N/A

C8

Varies

Yes

$500-$3,650/week

Long & Foster Vacation Rentals 16869 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA 24121

866.395.2038 • 540.297.1828 sml-vacations.com

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R28

C8

Varies

Yes

$500-$3,000/week

RSI Rentals, Inc. 13595 B.T. Washington Hwy., Moneta, VA 24121

866.721.9797 • 540.721.9797 rsirentals.com

85

N/A

D7

Varies

Varies

$575-$3,500/week

Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals, Inc. 16451 B.T. Washington Hwy., Moneta, VA 24121

877.773.2452 • 540.721.2589 smithmountainlakerentals.com

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R29

D7

Varies

Yes

$895-$2,195/week

1 BR condo

G10

G9

Yes

Yes

$325 - $500/week

VACATION RENTALS – INDIVIDUAL HOMES Captain Bert’s Waterfront Lodging 208 Stripers Landing, Moneta, VA 24121

540.721.5788 captainbert.com

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JONATHAN BYRD AND DROMEDARY | Contemporary folk concert sponsored by Friends of the Bedford Public Library. 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Central Library. Suggested donation of $10 per person. 540.586.8911, friendsofbedfordlibrary.org

Jan 9

COOKING CLASSES | Jan 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 | Presented by Bruno Silva, owner and executive chef at The Landing Restaurant, Moneta. Topics and menus vary. $75 per person includes instruction, dinner and wine for one class. Pre-registration required. 540.721.3028, thelandingsml.com

Jan 14 GREATER ROANOKE HOME & GARDEN SHOW | Jan 14-16 | The latest in home and garden products and services on display at the Roanoke Civic Center. Friday 2-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $8 for adults, free for youth 16 and under. $2 senior discount (65 and older). 877.482.8496, roanokeciviccenter.com WINTER BEACH BLAST | Enjoy some summertime fun on a cold night. Live music by Domino and Holiday Band. 6-10 p.m. 540.375.3004, salemciviccenter.com

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Jan 20 SML REGIONAL CHAMBER AWARDS DINNER | A gala event featuring dinner, entertainment and awards presentation to Chamber businesses selected by fellow members. 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and available to Chamber members by e-mailing jim@visitsmithmountainlake. com. Limited space. 540.721.1203, visitsmithmountainlake.com CHARLIE PERKINSON TRIO | Live jazz music at The Blackwater Cafe, Moneta. 6-9 p.m. 540.721.4333, theblackwatercafe.com

Jan 21

THE EMBERS | Live beach music concert at the Roanoke Civic Center. 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 the day of the show. Must be 21 or older to attend. 877.482.8496, roanokeciviccenter.com

Jan 22

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND | Spacethemed program for youth, 2-4 p.m. at Amazement Square, Lynchburg. Share amazing discoveries, explore history and the possibilities of future space travel. Program is free. Regular museum admission fees apply. 434.845.1888, amazementsquare.com

Jan 24

MOVIE MASTERWORKS | The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performs Ravel’s “Bolero,” Mendelssohn’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture and Grieg’s Peer Gynt. 8 p.m. at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets $21-$49. 540.343.9127, rso.com

Jan 29

MUSIC POLL CONCERT | The top two acts in The Roanoke Times’ annual local music poll will perform at 8 p.m. at The Jefferson Center, Roanoke. Suggested donation of $5 per person will benefit Music Lab at Jefferson Center. Vote online through Jan. 9 at roanoke.com. 540.345.2550, jeffcenter.org MEATLOAF COOKOFF | See how your meatloaf and one Southern side dish stack up against other area amateur cooks. 1 p.m. at The Landing Restaurant. Owners Bruno and Tiffany Silva do the judging. Prizes include gift certificates, a trophy, antacids and bragging rights. Limited to the first 30 entrants. 540.721.3028, thelandingsml.com

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH | Feb 1-28 | Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy will host special programs throughout the month. Call or check the park website for details. 540.721.2094, nps.gov/bowa COOKING CLASSES | Feb 1, 6, 8, 13, 20, 22, 27 | Presented by Bruno Silva, owner and executive chef at The Landing Restaurant, Moneta. Topics and menus vary. $75 per person includes instruction, dinner and wine for one class. Pre-registration required. 540.721.3028, thelandingsml.com

Feb 4 JOHNATHAN DILLON AND PHANTOM GRASS | Bluegrass concert sponsored by the Smith Mountain Arts Council. 7 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta. $12 for SMAC members, $15 for non-members. 540.297.0965

Feb 12

VALENTINE’S OPEN HOUSE | Feb 12-14 | Complimentary wine tastings, snacks and winery tours at Hickory Hill Vineyards, Moneta. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 540.296.1393, smlwine.com

Feb 12

VALENTINE’S OPEN HOUSE | Feb 12-14 | Complimentary tastings at Peaks of Otter Winery, Bedford. 540.586.3707, peaksofotterwinery.com

GRAND WINTER GALA | Charity event featuring dinner, live music by The Kings and an art auction. 6 p.m. at The Water’s Edge Country Club. Tickets $60 for individuals, $100 for couples. Black tie optional. grandwintergala.com SML HEART BALL| Charity event featuring four-course meal, live music, live and silent auctions. 6:30 p.m. at Mariners Landing. Tickets are $75 per person. Overnight accommodations available for an additional $50 per person. 800.851.4988, marinerslanding.com

Feb 13

KELLY SCOTT | Live music at The Landing Restaurant, Moneta. 7:30 p.m. 540.721.3028, thelandingsml.com

FEB 17

CHARLIE PERKINSON TRIO | Live jazz music at The Blackwater Cafe, Moneta. 6-9 p.m. 540.721.4333, theblackwatercafe.com

Feb 25

BUS STOP | Feb 25, 26, 27 and March 4, 5, 6| Performance by Bedford’s Little Town Players about a group of bus passengers stuck at a roadside diner during a snowstorm. Tickets $12 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. 540.586.5881, littletownplayers.com

Southwest VIRGINIA boat & RV show Feb 25-27 | Eight area dealers will display the newest models of boats, personal watercraft and RVs. A variety of other recreation and home-maintenance equipment and services providers will also display their wares. Sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association. Roanoke Civic Center Complex (indoors and outdoors). Friday 1-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Cost: Free on Friday for children and adults; Saturday and Sunday $7.50 for adults, free for children 12 and under. For more information and a list of participating dealers, log on to roanokeboatshow.com.

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SANTA VISITS CAPPS Jackson Morgan, 2, of Glade Hill spends time on Santa’s lap Dec. 11 at Capps Home Building Center’s annual holiday open house. Photo courtesy of Capps.

SANTA CLAUS AT BRIDGEWATER PLAZA Hundreds of holiday revelers headed to Bridgewater Plaza Nov. 27 to see Santa arrive by boat, an SML tradition. The big guy stayed to hear wish lists and have his photo taken. Photo by Rick Ries.

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Homestead Creamery

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