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!
Grocery and convenience stores are listed below, starting with the closest. The best grocery store on the lake is Kroger.
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 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 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 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 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 540.297.4646 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 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 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).
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.
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.
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