One of the entertainment hubs at Smith Mountain Lake is Bridgewater Plaza and very convenient from the Bedford or Franklin County side of the lake. And it’s only 15 minutes away from Mariners Landing! Whether it’s shopping, dining, playing games, listening to music or painting your own pottery, it’s all there at Bridgewater Plaza.
Bridgewater Sportswear – SML’s favorite resort wear and lifestyle clothing store. They carry items for the entire family and have custom SML t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats that are unmatched.
Gifts Ahoy – brings you a wonderful array of gifts ranging from Vera Bradley handbags and accessories, Spartina 449, sandals by Yellowbox, Bernie Mev and Turvis Tumblers. They also have gourmet foods like homemade fudge, truffles and chocolates by Sweet Shop and gift items such as Woodwick Candles, personal care items from Thymes, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Naked Bee. They are a Simply Noelle boutique and offer other apparel lines such as Simply Southern and LakeGirl.
The Little Gallery – features more than 200 internationally, nationally and locally know artists. In addition to fine art, the gallery sells handmade pottery, jewelry, fine art prints and blown glass in a wide range of sizes and prices. As a member of ASID, they offer art consultation for residential through experienced staff and commercial through the gallery’s corporate program.
Smith Mountain Wake Company – their mission is to promote safe and healthy family lifestyles through water sports recreation. Smith Mountain Wake Company was created to satisfy a craving for competitively priced water sporting equipment, apparel and accessories.
Glazed Bisque-It – offers over 300 different ceramic pieces to choose from to create your own ceramic masterpiece. Adults, teens and children of all ages are welcome and there’s no experience required! They provide everything: stamps, stencils, sponges, idea books, a little coaching and a lot of encouragement. You can drop in anytime or schedule a painting party.
Fun-N-Games Arcade – the arcade has been an entertainment destination since 1992. They have 60 games that range from nostalgic, classic video games to the newest and most exciting, high-tech redemption games.
Harbortown Miniature Golf – an 18-hole miniature golf course perched high above Bridgewater Plaza. It is actually built right on top of the boat docks, providing breathtaking view of picturesque Smith Mountain Lake.
Lucky Duck Entertainment Center – try your hand and win someone special a prize at one of the carnival style games, test yourself on the climbing wall, or flip your way to fun on the exciting bungee trampoline. The signature “Lucky Duck” game is a winner every time game that the little ones love.
Ice Cream Cottage – enjoy your favorite Hershey’s ice cream on a cone, as a sundae, or in a milkshake. They have hand-dipped ice cream as well as soft-serve ice cream that will hit the spot!
Mango’s Bar & Grill – it’s not just a place to eat or a local pub or even a night club with the best DJ’s and live music…it’s a state of mind! It’s the place to go for good food, good company and good entertainment. Inside and outside dining available.
Moosie’s – a family restaurant and bar with great sandwiches, burgers and salads that overlooks the lake. A great place to go after a day on the water!
Pizza Pub – prides itself on hand spun pizza, subs and classic sandwiches. It also has inside and outside dining that overlooks the lake.
Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals – is #1 for Smith Mountain Lake boat rentals! They rent out a new fleet every year where you can choose from a Tritoon, Deck Boat, Ski Boat, Surf Boat or Waverunner.
For those of you who may not know how St. Patrick’s Day evolved, here’s the quick “CliffsNotes.” St. Patrick’s Day is in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole…lot…of…green.
If you live at Smith Mountain Lake, or visiting the area, there are a number of ways to celebrate! You can start the day with the Shamrock Hill 5K and 1-mile race that begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Roanoke Catholic High School. And the highlight of the day is the annual Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11:00 a.m. on Jefferson Street and Elm Avenue. Be sure to keep an eye out for floats from various groups from Smith Mountain Lake…such as the Smith Mountain Lake Society often has a float that celebrates its patron, a sixth-century Irish saint named Brendan from Tralee.
The celebration continues at the Shamrock Festival that starts at noon at the Wells Fargo Plaza. The festival is free and you can enjoy delectable bites and live music! If you are traveling with children, don’t miss the Freedom First Kids Zones – one in front of the Taubman Museum of Art and the other in the Market Square. This is also free and kids can enjoy face painting, bounce houses and great games.
Stay at Mariners Landing Resort for St. Patrick’s Day!
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Even with the snow this week, spring is right around the corner! It looks like we are going to have a beautiful weekend giving you the perfect opportunity to plan an impromptu getaway and enjoy the views of Smith Mountain Lake from your private glassed in balcony. If you can’t wait to swim, we have an indoor aquatic center with a heated pool, hot tub, kiddie pool and training pool.
There are so many things to do in our community this week as well!
Do you love drawing with pencils, coloring in coloring books or just doodling in general? Then go learn the Zentangle Method of drawing! It’s an easy to learn, fun (and relaxing) drawing method that uses structured patterns to draw an image…and the best thing is no drawing experience is necessary. The class will be held this Thursday, March 15th, at Southern Roots, 400 Scruggs Road Suite 1100 in Moneta, from 2-5 pm. The cost is $35 which includes all of your supplies. To reserve a spot, call 540-814-0604 or email email@example.com.
You can beat the winter blues and warm up to the warm, Caribbean sound of Skiffle USA Steel Drum Orchestra from Trinidad. This group was founded in 2013 to foster ongoing cultural exchange and will be performing at the Bower Center for the Arts, 305 North Bridge Street, in Bedford on Friday, March 16th, from 7:30-9:30 pm. So put on your Bermuda shorts and flip flops and enjoy an evening of great music and a fun atmosphere.
If you don’t feel like beer on St. Patty’s day, and need a cure for spring fever, go for a St. Patty’s Day picnic at nearby Hickory Hills Vineyard, 1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta from 12-5 pm. You can sip on their award winning wine in their scenic picnic area over-looking the vineyard. Bring your own picnic or create your own picnic in a bag from a selection of Boar’s head cheese and meat. Try your hand at corn hole or ladder golf while you’re there.
Are you in the mood to listen to some incredible music? Then consider visiting the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount at 450 Franklin Street, a mid-size music venue with great live performances in all kinds of genres. On Friday, March 16th, The Embers, best beach music band in the land will be having you shaggin’ the night away starting at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, March 17th, world famous Southern Culture on the Skids will be spreading their rock and roll gospel performing a musical gumbo of rockabilly, and country-fried garage beginning at 7:00 pm. And then on Sunday, March 18th, the incredibly talented Anders Osborne with be playing a solo gig (along with Ryan Motbleau) will be bringing his fiery anthems and tumultuous confessional songs punctuated with raw, inspired guitar. He was hailed in USA Today as, “Rich and glorious…Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail.”
And right around the corner from Mariners Landing Resort, you can learn how to make THE fluffiest biscuits ever at the Biscuit and Egg School, held at Bedford Landings, 1995 Buccaneer Road in Moneta from 2-5 pm. This wildly popular biscuit school returns and has room for 6 lucky attendees. Jack will lead you through the steps and then you can try your hand at a batch. Karen will teach you more about eggs and demonstrate how to make a simple, savory omelet. The cost to participate is $35 and you can reserve your space by contacting Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-488-4600 for this Sunday, March 18th class.
My job is to make the buying and selling process stress free for my client’s. I offer ways to simplify the process and get them into their dream house. This is a great checklist to refer to as you are going through the homebuying process.
1. First you have to know how much you can afford.
2. Before you start looking, get pre-approved for a mortgage.
3. Determine your needs and wants in a home.
4. Research neighborhoods.
5. Work with a buyer’s agent who is familiar with the area.
6. Search for homes that fit your criteria.
7. Time to offer and negotiate.
8. Finalizing the deal.
10. Enjoy your new home!
Being in the real estate industry for so many years, through the market ups and downs, I have seen what works and what doesn’t work. Yes, it is important to understand the market value of homes in your area, but here are eight tips that will give you that edge when selling YOUR home.
#8 Price It Right
We will do the research for you to find out what your home is worth, then take 10-15% off the price. I have seen homes shown at a much higher rate when it is priced right from the beginning. You will get more attention and more bids this way…it can even drive up the price from multiple bidders!
#7 Sparse Closets
Buyers are always looking for ample storage. One trick is to take about half of everything out of your closets and either put it in storage or neatly organize it in another location of the house. When going through a house, buyers will open up closets and cabinets so make sure they are neat and tidy.
#6 Light Up Your House
Make sure your blinds and drapes are open to ensure the maximum amount of natural light AND turn on lights throughout the house. Now, before you pull the blinds all the way, be sure to clean the windows inside and out. And if you need to trim trees or bushes to allow more natural light in, be sure to do so. Do what you have to make your home bright and welcoming.
#5 Conceal the Furry Family
Remember that not everyone is a pet lover and may not want to walk in and see a bowl of dog food or smell kitty litter. If you have a scheduled showing, be sure to either take your pets with you or have them visit a family member, friend or pet hotel for the day. First impressions are very important to the potential buyer.
A rule of thumb when getting your house ready to put on the market is to get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage or donate what you don’t use. And one of the most important things you should do is depersonalize your home. Most buyers are not able to “look through” other people’s stuff, family pictures and keepsakes in order to imagine themselves living there. You can also consider hiring someone to stage your home to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
#3 The Heart of the Home…the KITCHEN!
You think you’re selling a home? You’re actually selling your kitchen – that’s how key an update kitchen may be to the sale of your home. Data has show that you’ll probably get about 85% of your money back. It may cost you a few thousand dollars to replace the countertops but a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking pricing if your kitchen looks date. If you don’t have the money to do a full blown remodel, paint the kitchen, put new hardware on the cabinets and buy one fancy stainless steel appliance.
#2 Ready to Roll
Always be ready to show your house. This means that it needs to be “show-ready” at all times because you never know when a buyer is going to come and look. Make sure no dishes are in the sink, try and keep the dishwasher cleaned out, keep the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there aren’t any dust bunnies in the corners. It may be a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
#1 First Impression is the Lasting Impression
Even if the inside of your home is sparkling, updated and ready for a photoshoot for Architectural Digest, buyers have already judged your home before they even walk inside. You want people to feel warm, safe and welcome as they approach your home. Plant some floral around your home, clean the outside of the house and windows, make sure everything is decluttered inside and you will be on your way to an offer!
Mary Lou McDonald owns her own Real Estate Brokerage firm, ML-Realty.com. She comes from the corporate world with the position of Vice President Corporate Marketing. Her Marketing background helps her significantly with marketing her listings and helping buyers pick the perfect home for them. She loves to share her experience and help buyers and sellers reach their dreams.