Pretty Pitchers | Serving Up Cocktails for a Crowd

Summertime entertaining calls for copious cool cocktails and other refreshing drinks. But as hostess, you don’t always want to be on-call to mix and serve. Instead, whip up large batches ...
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Perfect Pasta | For Your Lake Crowd

With another summer season at the lake on the horizon, the calendar fills with plans for gathering family and friends. Lake entertaining can be easy, even with a dock full ...
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Fishing at the Lake | Local Experts Weigh In

Smith Mountain Lake is one of the few places in the country where you can catch such big fish on medium-weight tackle.” That’s veteran fishing guide Dale Wilson describing what ...
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Art at the Lake | Area Artists Capture Local Landscapes

The stunning vistas and seasonal changes of Smith Mountain Lake are a natural draw to both local and visiting artists. Likewise, local paintings are popular with residents and visitors—all of ...
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Make a Splash | Exercise Enthusiasts Offer Advice for Using the Water

Anyone who exercises regularly expects to get wet during his or her workout—“sweat wet,” that is. But those looking to add novelty to their exercise routines (and who have access ...
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Make-Ahead Appetizers | Advance Planning is Key to Enjoying Lakeside Entertaining

The doorbell rings. Guests are here! When entertaining at Smith Mountain Lake, few tend to tarry too long in the house. Friends and family move quickly outside to the decks ...
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Feeding A Crowd: Meal Ideas That Won’t Leave You Stuck In The Kitchen

I’m always torn: I love entertaining people … I love to invite everyone to stay for dinner … I love eating good food … but I’m not in love with ...
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Lawn Games Re-imagined

Every season here at Smith Mountain Lake has its own brand of beauty, but the prospects that warmer weather brings are full of fun. While sunshine and water views are ...
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