This is a sponsored post on behalf of Discover Boating and all opinions belong to Nail Travels. Many thanks for giving us another reason to do some summer boating on Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake. Best job I ever had.
“Virginia is for lovers.”
As state slogans go, it’s friendlier than “Don’t Mess With Texas” or “Live Free or Die”, but Virginia certainly seems to be full of lovers. They love camping. They love picking guitars. They love drinking too much and laughing too loud on Smith Mountain Lake in their precious pontoon boats enjoying the good life of a Virginia summer.
Virginia’s most popular lake, known as “SML” or the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers countless recreational activities, over 500 miles of shoreline, and a wide variety of water sports, all of which I’m glad I did not have to participate. Our day was more of a leisurely ride along the steep shoreline of deep pine trees and islands littered with tents and tanned families.
What’s Happening On Smith Mountain Lake
- Pontoon Boats: Capt. Ro was at the helm of our party boat as we lipped over the gentle waves of SML. We cruised by the dam and then on to Middle Island, which was littered with other pontoon boats. They came in all manner of sizes and colors, filled with tweenies to old fogies. Check out the boat selector tool and find your next party boat on the horizon. You might also want to add on a jet ski. Known as sea rats to Florida fisherman, these insect-like water cycles seemed to pop out of everywhere. There were also many things being pulled behind boats by rope. These kids today have so many air-rafts to ride on, it makes me remember a day when a rope and an inner tube were all we needed to skip across the waves. Amazing we all made it.
- Waller’s: Sitting back and listening to the silky smooth sounds of Steve Guidus over a plate of fifty-cent shrimp is a fine way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We’re from Florida. What do we know about anything. These are lake people and they are a different breed. Of course, Virginia is supposed to have mountains, but who know water collected in between them.
- Glitter: The sand everywhere in Smith Mountain Lake is peppered with pyrite, or fools gold, which gives it a fun sparkle. While you lay around in the cool waters, as others toil away in the hot summer sun, imagine gold flakes washing slowly over your legs. Boating in Virginia? Don’t be the last to get on board.
Get online and check out Discover Boating and see what they have to offer. They have youth boating programs in your area that are perfect for those lazy summer months. Aren’t you searching for ways to get those kids out of the house. The time is nigh. Get them outside and teach them how to work a boat. Maybe one day they’ll sail you to to Montserrat. It will be nice to see them be useful, for once.
Discover Boating is a national, nonprofit program on behalf of the US recreational boating industry with a goal to help people get out on the water to experience the thrill of boating. For those looking to get back out, Discover Boating is an online resource filled with interactive features on all things boating, including youth boating programs, education courses and fresh videos on the fun of voting.
Visit their Get On the Water Tool and find easy access to boating nearby. Type in your zip code and see what sales, rentals, or charters are available in your area. There’s lots of water out there. If you find your way to Smith Mountain Lake, you’ll know exactly what the buzz is all about. Even the fastest boat helps life to move a little slower.
— Jason Nail (@NailTravels) June 28, 2016
Whose state motto is “Live Free or Die”?