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P.S.A. It’s officially SUMMER! 

When we day dream about a beautiful First Day of Summer we think about enjoying it at

Bridgewater Plaza!


Here are a few ideas to jump start your first Summer Day at Smith Mountain Lake…


First and foremost, start your day off with a delicious cup of Joe from our new coffee shop The Coffee House.  FYI their stuffed glazed crescent rolls are to die for!



Just in case your vanilla latte and Bavarian cream filled pastries didn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, make sure you head down to the Ice Cream Cottage for a refreshing scoop of heavenly ice cream.  I’ve been told that happiness is directly related to a summer day with beautiful lake views while eating rocky road.

Just saying 🙂

If you enjoy “friendly” competition I would head over to the Harbortown Miniature GolfHarbortown is a miniature golf course elevated 15 feet over the lake and offers a fantastic view!



Next, lets grab a snack at the new Beef Jerky Outlet!!  Yes, you heard me correctly.

A. BEEF. JERKY. OUTLET.  In addition to beef, turkey or pork, the outlet will have venison, buffalo, elk, salmon and even ostrich. Each type of jerky will come in a variety of flavors.


Despite all of the activities and shops the plaza has to offer, a fan favorite is feeding the incredibly hungry and massive carp popcorn by the docks.  Some really brave souls will even put their feet in there with them.  Yikes!

If you decide you want to spend your day on the boat with your friends and family, then you are in the right place.  Bridgewater Marina is a top of the line marina voted #1 for boat rentals at Smith Mountain Lake with a large inventory and 30+ years of experience.



Can you really call it a perfect day unless you did a little bit of shopping?  Gifts Ahoy has gifts for all ages and occasions and has been voted numerous times as the best place to buy a SML souvenir.  Oh and did I forget to mention that they have the largest variety of FUDGE at Smith Mountain Lake.  While you’re there you can join their Fudge Club and receive one pound of their featured monthly fudge every month delivered to your door!



After all of that excitement, I believe its time for dinner and maybe a cocktail or two!! Mango’s Bar & Grill is not just a place to eat or the local pub.  It’s a wonderful outdoor atmosphere that has the best local bands come to play at Smith Mountain Lake!  Enjoy a truly tropical state of mind at Mango’s!  Or grab a signature margarita and a basket of chips and salsa at our new Mexican restaurant Mexico Viejo!




Supporting local businesses and new businesses is a huge part about living or visiting a small town community like ours here at Smith Mountain Lake.  We sincerely hope you had a wonderful first day of summer and our wish is that you continue to enjoy this beautiful place some of us are lucky enough to call home!!

Brought to you by your loving staff at RSI Rentals, Inc.

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