Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
Old Dominion’s largest lake, Smith Mountain Lake has 500 miles of shoreline and sprawls across three counties. Kick off vacation at Bridgewater Plaza, a bustling marina with putt-putt, art galleries, and plenty of restaurants. When you’ve wrapped up a guided fishing tour or are all SUPed out for the day, enjoy a meal at Portside Grill and consider a scenic cruise aboard the Virginia Dare, a 19th century-style sidewheeler.
When you’re adequately wiped, spend the night at Gills Creek Marina & Lodge. Once you’re feeling restored, give yourself a jolt of energy at Homestead Creamery’s Farm Market, or swap sweets for ‘shine at Franklin County Distilleries, where you can sample moonshine in the tasting room. For craft beer fans, a necessary pit-stop is the beer garden or pub at Sunken City Brewery, which is named for the flooding that took place over 50 years go to make Smith Mountain Lake.
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