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Maps and Directions
Map and Directions to LakeAway Vacation Rentals on Smith Mountain Lake

Before You Leave Home
Plan Ahead for a Worry Free Vacation!
Plan Before You Leave Home for LakeAway Vacation Rentals on Smith Mountain Lake

What to Bring

  • Sheets and pillow cases* (See Compare Features for the correct bed sizes)
  • Towels and wash cloths*
  • Bath soap and shampoo
  • Laundry Soap (Main House and Cedar Cabin only)
  • Flashlight
  • Paper towels
  • Extra toilet paper (we do provide it, but just in case!)
  • Charcoal, lighter fluid (not required at Viewtiful or LaSota Cottage since they have gas grills)
  • Condiments
  • Fishing Gear (For children, a simple rod, #16 hooks and worms dug from your own garden will catch lots of fish under the dock!)
  • Don't forget your camera, DVDs, water toys and peace of mind!
  •                         *Bed linens and towels are available for an additional Linen fee. (See Rates)


    Items we provide

    What we provide
  • Pots, pans, utensils, plates, glasses, coffee makers (bring basket type filters).
  • The larger kitchens in the Main House and Cedar Cabin are equiped for cooking for larger groups. Please call for details or to confirm a particular item is available.
  • Condiments: Salt, pepper, and sugar are normally available, but it is always a good idea to bring some just in case.
  • Microwave oven
  • Television, DVD player, satellite receiver
  • Washer and Dryer (not available in Cabins 1 and 2)
  • Dishwasher (not available in Cabins 1 and 2)
  • Weber kettle barbecue on deck at Main House, Cedar Cabin, Cabin1 and Cabin 2
  • Gas grill at Viewtiful and LaSota Cottage
  • Wireless High Speed Internet

    Telephones, Cell Phone Coverage and Internet

    There are no land lines in the properties, so plan to use your cell phone. Most cell phones have excellent reception at our properties. Visitors using the following cell phone companies have had good reception in the past: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, Cingular, and Nextel. Please advise us of other systems that work well, or those that do not.

    WiFi is provided in all properties. For those with Verizon, 4G is available. Internet access is through a line-of-sight high speed microwave link with an antenna on Smith Mountain or via satellite. However, it is not designed for streaming video ( e.g. Netflix, YouTube or other video services). Our ISP charges us excessive fees for bandwidth overages, so please do not stream audio or video!

    Plan Ahead

  • Reserve a ski boat, pontoon boat or kayak (see Activities On the Lake - Boating)
  • Book a cruise (see Activities Around the Lake - Sighteeing Cruise)
  • Book a fishing guide (see Activities On the Lake - Fishing)
  • Book a caterer or dinner cruise (see While You are Here - Catering)
  • Plan to visit historic points of interest on your way to the lake (See Activities Beyond the Lake)


  • Here for only a few days? Plan to bring all the food you need. Convenience stores are nearby (see Maps & Directions), but major grocery stores are 20 to 30 minutes away.
  • Visiting Silver Bay as part of a longer vacation in Virginia? Call us! We are happy to help you plan a wonderful visit to Virginia.
  • Visiting from outside the United States? Send us your Skype or Google Hangout (Gmail) address and we can set a time to talk and help you plan your visit.

    While You are Here
    While You Are at LakeAway Vacation Rentals on Smith Mountain Lake

    Grocery Stores

    Grocery and convenience stores are listed below, starting with the closest. The best grocery store on the lake is Kroger.

  • White House Store: convenience store located at the gas station at White House. ~10 minutes
  • Food Lion at Hendricks Store Road and Rt. 122: Full service grocery store. Limited selection of vegtables and organic food. ~20 minutes
  • Kroger: Full service grocery store with large beer and wine selection, as well as wide selection of vegtables and organics. ~35 minutes
  • Pharmacies

    CVS and Kroger in Westlake Corner are the only full service pharmacies on the lake. Some over-the-counter remedies are available at the grocery and convenience stores listed above. ~35 minutes


    There are a number of restaurants on and around Smith Mountain Lake. Some are accessible by both water and road (these are also listed in the “On the Lake” page), while others are only available by road. While this is not a complete list, these are establishments that we have visited and can recommend. They are presented in the order of our personal preference.

    The Landing
    773 Ashmeade Road | Moneta, VA 24121 | Phone: 540.721.3028 | Web
    Driving time from the Mountain Preserve: ~20 minutes by water, ~45 minutes by road
    Sample presentation at The Landing Restaurant
    The Landing is generally recognized as the best restaurant on the lake, and we agree with this assessment. The quality of the food and its presentation is outstanding, with an excellent beer and wine list. In our opinion, it is as good as the best restaurants in a major city, with prices that are only slightly less than similar establishments in major cities. For those of you who have a passion for food and cooking, The Landing offers special event meals and cooking classes. There is outdoor and indoor seating. While they are on the lake, views of the water are obscured by boat lifts in front of the restaurant.

    Mexico Viejo
    404 Crazy Horse Dr | Moneta, VA 24121 | (540) 719-1000
    Driving time from the Mountain Preserve: ~20 minutes by water, ~45 minutes by road

    Mexico Viejo has the best lake views of any restaurant on the water, with the exception of those to be had while dining at Silver Bay View Cottages! The New Mexico style food is good. We always enjoy our meals here. Prices are quite reasonable, and the Dos Equis beer on tap is excellent. It is also a very pleasant boat ride from Silver Bay, and one of our most frequent destinations.

    Portside Grill & Bar
    3619 Airport Road at Virginia Dare Marina | Moneta, VA | 540-297-7100 x3 | Web
    Driving time from the Mountain Preserve: ~20 minutes by water, ~15 minutes by road

    A tiki bar with outdoor seating over the water. This is a fun place to enjoy a drink and a sandwich. Enjoy live entertainment, D.J.’s, steel drums, dancing, limbo and sunset views over the water. They also have TVs so you can watch your favorite game or race. It is open only in the warmer months.

    Marina Café at Mitchell’s Point Marina
    3553 Trading Post Road | Huddleston, VA | 540-297-4829
    Driving time from the Mountain Preserve: 5 to 10 minutes by water, 5 to 10 minutes by road
    Marina Cafe at Mitchell's Point Marina
    The Marina Café is the closest restaurant to Silver Bay. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and offer a limited menu of burgers and sandwiches. A great place to catch a bite with the locals.

    Kings Point Pub
    15844 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway | Huddleston, VA | 540-297-7347 | Web
    Driving time from the Mountain Preserve: ~10 minutes by water, ~15 minutes by road

    A fun Irish pub with indoor and outdoor seating. While we usually stop by for one of their great beers on tap, they also serve a variety of Irish dishes (Steak and Guinness Pie!) and sandwiches. They are only open in the warmer months, and only Wednesday through Sunday. Call before you head out!

    Smokehouse Restaurant
    1123 Celebration Ave. | Downtown Moneta | 540.297.4646
    Driving time from the Mountain Preserve: ~20 minutes by road

    In the recently built Downtown Moneta (intersection of Routes 608 and 122), Smokehouse offers a variety of home cooked barbecue along with southern sides such as hushpuppies and sweet potato fries.

    Mayberry Drive-In & Diner
    1696 Whitehouse Road | Moneta, VA | 540-296-1480 | Web
    Driving time from the Mountain Preserve: ~15 minutes by road
    Mayberry Drive-In & Diner
    Home-style cooking in a classic silver diner that is located at the local drive-in theater quickly brings us back to the 50’s and early 60’s. It is also a popular place for breakfast.

    Catering and Private Dinner Cruises

    Catering is a great option for reunions. Private dinner cruises are also included in this category, since they are able to pick you up at your private dock at Silver Bay.

    The Landing Restaurant
    540.721.3028 | Web

    In addition to being our favorite restaurant on the lake, The Landing also offers catering.

    Blue Ridge Catering
    540-982-7700 | Web

    While we haven’t tasted their food, we have heard good things about Blue Ridge.

    Barnyard Catering

    Barnyard is the catering half of Smokehouse Restaurant (see above), and are a local favorite for catered barbeque at very reasonable prices. You can either pick up the food at Smokehouse, or have it delivered.

    Southern Belle
    Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises on Smith Mountain Lake
    540-352-0873 or 540-352-2124 | Web
    The Southern Belle
    The Southern Belle offers private dinner cruises for up to 35 people. With indoor seating for dinner, and a large upper deck for pre and post dinner partying, the Southern Belle is one of the best ways to celebrate a family reunions. The deep water at Silver Bay makes it possible for them to pick up your entire party at any of our docks. Their food is excellent and the owners are wonderful hosts. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on the Belle, so it holds a special place for our family!

    Virginia Dare
    Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises on Smith Mountain Lake
    3619 Airport Road | Moneta, VA 24121 | (540) 297-7100 | Web
    The Virginia Dare
    The Virginia Dare has been cruising Smith Mountain Lake as long as we can remember, and is one of the more popular attractions on the lake. Beyond offering sightseen and dinner cruises to the general public, they also offer private charters. We have not taken a dinner cruise, so we can’t comment on the food. We did attend a private dockside party there, and the food was excellent. It is normally moored next to the Portside Bar & Grill (see above).

    Welcome Kit
    Welcome Kit for your visit to LakeAway Vacation Rentals on Smith Mountain Lake Sunset on Smith Mountain Lake

    Check-in & Check-out Times

    Check-in time: 3 p.m.

    Check-out time: 10 a.m.

    If your property is not occupied before or after your visit, we may be able to offer more flexible check-in or check-out times. However, this can only be confirmed a few days before your arrival/departure date.

    When you arrive

    After taking in the beautiful setting, please take a moment to look around the cottage. If there are any problems, let us know immediately and we will do our best to correct it. This is important to make sure you are not charged for breakage caused by a prior visitor. If you discover any problem during your stay or there is any accidental breakage, please let us know immediately.

    If your property has a hot tub, be sure to check the maintenance sheet before using. The hot tub should have been serviced within a few days of your arrival. If it is not, please call us immediately and do NOT use the hot tub until it has been serviced.


  • We do not have trash & recycle collection. You will need to take your trash and recyclables to the disposal center on Rt. 608 (see Map & Directions). Do not leave bags of trash outside! The abundant wildlife will get into it and spread it around the property!
  • Do not leave umbrellas open when you are not using them. Storms can come up quickly, damaging the umbrella or carrying it away. There is a $100 charge replace damaged umbrellas.
  • Do not rearrange furniture! Moving furniture damages floors and carpets, as well as the furniture itself.
  • Have a wonderful time!!
  • Preparing to leave

  • Please sign the guest book. We would love to hear about the great times you had at the lake!
  • Wipe out and empty the refrigerator and the cabinets of all items you brought to the unit.
  • Wash and properly put away all dishes or leave them in a running dishwasher if time will not allow it to complete a cycle.
  • The incoming guests appreciate the courtesy of a clean grill grate/cooking surface. Grates left dirty will result in a $20.00 charge. Our housekeeper will dispose of charcoal ashes. Please do not throw ashes off the deck or put ashes in the garden!.
  • Please make sure when removing your linens from the beds, that any mattress pads, pillows, pillow cases, etc. that belong to the unit are left in the unit. If you utilized the linen service for your vacation, sheets may be left on the beds. Please leave towels in the bathrooms, NOT on the deck or dock.
  • Please remove all trash from the unit. Directions to the nearest dump is provided in the welcome sheet and on the Map page. Failure to remove all trash from the unit will result in a $10 per bag charge to your account.
  • Leave TV/Dish System/DVD’s arranged and connected as you found them. If a TV installer is required to reconnect the systems, a minimum of $30 will be charged to your account.
  • Leave furniture arranged you found them. If we need to move the furniture back to their original position, your account will be charged a minimum of $30.
  • In the summer, please set the thermostat to 80 degrees and 55 degrees in the winter.
  • Please close and lock all windows and doors and turn off all lights and ceiling fans. Be sure to turn off all outside floodlights.
  • Please do a final walk through to check that all of the above items have been done, and that you haven’t left any personal items behind. We are not responsible for personal items left in the unit.
  • If you do leave something behind, let us know and, if we are able to locate it, we will mail it to you. The fee for mailing an item is $25 plus the cost of packing materials and postage.
  • Have a safe trip home. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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