Lake Anna Life
Welcome to Lake Anna Life.
This site is dedicated to Lakers and Weekenders alike. You'll find Lake Anna information for everyone, from anglers and recreational boaters to wakeboarders and waterskiers. Our community is growing and Lake Anna Life is intended to be a reflection of it and tool for our members. We see that our job is to entertain, inform and educate as well as encourage others to protect and cherish our wonderful resource with great Lake Anna information.
Each month you can expect to find our Calendar of Events full of suggestions for family fun. There are plenty of things to do around the lake this season! Scroll down and see our Lake Anna Life News section, too, for the inside scoop before you hit the cocktail/dinner circuit. Our LKA Life Profiles feature noteworthy Lake Anna community members. Our Facebook sites; Lake Anna Life and Lake Anna Outfitters and The Fishing Hole are great ways to keep in touch with the everyday activities and news around the lake. Please visit them often and post comments to enrich the forum. Our Photo Galleries are intended to allow you to show others your LKA moments. Sends us your pics of your children, grandchildren, greatest day on the lake ever, your "hot" boat, your big fish and your nature scenes that are so plentiful around LKA. Just email them to us and we'll post them. Want to rent a kayak or canoe or go on a guided fishing trip? Click on LKA Outfitters. There you'll find rental/guide info and the pathway to some great LKA Wear clothing items and LKA Wear dealers.
On this site we promise you won't find photos representing the lake not taken here. Everything you see, unless credited otherwise, is homegrown around the lake. Our writers, bloggers and photographers are all Lakers, and we invite you to contribute your work as well. The Anna area has grown in the past 40 years to the point of a community and Lake Anna Life is going to try and bring us all together. It will work as long you are part of the production.
While you are here, take a few moments to visit all our website pages and participate if you are so inclined. We need writers, photographers, reporters, bloggers and advertising partners. We all know what a powerful tool the internet can be and Lake Anna Life is positioned to be the Lake Anna portal. Why not get involved? You can contact us at 540.894.3540 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regardless whether you are a full time Laker, weekender, visitor, business person/owner, tradesman or other, we invite you to be a part of the Lake Anna Life. Click here to view Lake Anna Life Magazine online!
Lake Anna Life News
Welcome to Lake Anna Life News.
The 2013 Edition of Lake Anna Life Is Here!
Our 2013 edition features articles on LKA Hotspots, 30+ LKA Must-Do's, a Dining Guide, WakeSpeak, Lake' Anna Top Homes/Boathouses, How To Enjoy LKA Year Round, Buying or Selling On Lake Anna Tips, Special Events, our HUGE Calendar of Events, Boating Trends & Boating Safety, LKA's Most Influential People for 2013, a Guide to Fishing, The Perfect Day On LKA, a new advertiser map, realtor guide and over $500 of coupons! The photography is stunning and shows residents and visitors enjoying the lake in just about any way you can imagine.
Please contact us now if you'd like to be included in the 2014 Lake Anna Life Magazine or Lake Anna Life website, call us at 540.894.3540 or email us email@example.com. We'll be happy to explain how it works.
Lake Anna Life the magazine, captures the essence of Lake Anna life and between it’s covers readers will find an amazing array of information, entertainment, coupons, personalities and images that make it a must-have on lake house coffee tables as well as vacation rentals and visitor centers around the state. Our media platform will connect businesses, not only with Lake Anna visitors, but with our year round Laker community as well. The magazine is available from most LKA merchants.
In addition to the print edition, Lake Anna Life.com has been in operation since May 2009. It's only $120 to have your ad here all year! Our charter advertising partners have been enjoying the lake’s best site for information including Lake Anna News, a Calendar of Events, two blogs, photo galleries and more. While there are many Lake Anna websites, only Lake Anna Life blends actual news, opinion, images and ads to draw visitors.
Lake Anna Life's 2013 Most Influential LKAer's - Our 2013 list is out! See the print edition of Lake Anna Life or the online edition to read more about Lake Anna gliteratti that include restauranteer Tim Bauckman, Director of the Louisa Arts Center, Michael Bollinger, Tractor Hill owner, Billy Towsey, Anna Point Marina co-owner, Jill Gajarsky, Anna's Marine Center owner, Dee Kidd and North Anna Power Station Site VP, Jerry Bischof.
LABP Christmas Open House - Ho, ho, ho and away we go with the countdown to Christmas at Lake Anna! Get ready to get into the holiday spirit with friends and family, shopping for those perfect gifts. The Lake Anna Business Partnership (LABP) will once again hold it’s popular, lake-wide Christmas Open House. “The purpose of the annual event is to encourage residents and seasonal visitors to shop locally,” notes LABP President Jeff Heidig. “We want to bring people together to enjoy the holiday season and help all of our businesses.” From November 23 through December 14, LABP’s Christmas Open House will encourage shoppers to visit local merchants and businesses with a unique contest. Each time a customer visits a participating business (no purchase required) they receive an entry ticket that goes into a beautifully wrapped, prominently displayed collection box. A drawing for three cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be held on December 17, at the LABP’s last meeting of 2013. Winners need not be present. A Christmas Decoration Contest sponsored by Lake Anna Life Magazine will also be held among participating businesses. All holiday decorations will be judged and the winner will receive a $300 advertising credit for the 2014 edition of Lake Anna Life Magazine. The winner will also be declared December 17. To register your business for the Lake Anna Christmas Open House contact Jean Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Lake Anna area businesses are invited to participate. Participation is free for LABP member businesses and $100 for non-member businesses - 100% of this fee can be applied toward 2014 LABP membership. To see a list of participating businesses visit www.facebook.com/lakeannabusinesspartnership. For more information click www.visitlakeanna.org .
Lake Anna Life Holiday Decoration Contest - Businesses participating in the Lake Anna Business Partnership Christmas Open House are encouraged to decorate their shops by December 14 as the Lake Anna Life Judging Committee will be travelling around the lake and making note of the best displays. The winner will be announced December 17 and a $300 advertising credit awarded!
2013 LABP Business Person of the Year Award - This prestigious distinction was given to Dave Moberly of Dockside Realty in 2012. In 2012 Moberly bought Dockside Realty and also opened two new locations; at New Bridge Landing Shopping Center and at The Boardwalk On Lake Anna. Dockside Realty has a real estate division as well as a vacation rental division and is known for their Lake Anna 101 programs that have introduced many to the Lake Anna lifestyle. www.docksiderealty.com
Tim's River Shore Arrives - The developers of The Boardwalk On Lake Anna have brought Tim's River Shore Restaurant and Crab House to LKA! The building that sits at the Harris Bridge on Rt. 522 now houses a great place to visit and "crack crabs on the deck overlooking the lake" as we were told. If you'd like to learn more visit www.theboardwalkonlakeanna.com or www.timsrivershore.com. This is a major "get" for Lake Anna! Other new retailers at The Boardwalk include Wake Edgers Gear & Gifts, VaCali's ice cream shop and Fuzzy's Convenience Store.
Anna Cabana Open - Located on the lake in Sturgeon Creek, this 40-seat restaurant has 22 boat slips, amazing views and sunsets from al fresco dining on the deck. Fish tacos, crab cakes, great beer on tap are local favorites at this great boat-in restaurant. New for this summer is the outdoor bar, flat screen TV for the NFL, permanent roof and new sun tent. Misters and fans make The Deck perfect for family lunches and dinners. www.theannacabana.com.
The Pre-Season Is Here! - Spring has arrived and the trees are beautiful. Many families will begin to visit on weekends at their lake home and many, many others will come to rent lake homes as we warm up and head toward Memorial Day and the official start of The Season. The lake is 65 degrees and in great shape for fishing, paddling and relaxing on the dock. Your visit is welcomed by many businesses!
Lake Anna Islands Posted - Dominion has once again put up their blue No Trespassing Signs on all the islands around the lake. Lake Anna Life contacted Dominion Public Liason Peery Agee back in March for comment. "Due to numerous complaints from the public, about the misuse of the islands, Dominion performed multiple site visits all revealing the same results. Litter/trash in excessive amounts. Therefore the decision was made to repost the islands and restrict access once again." We predict it will be difficult to keep those blue signs in place based on the use of the islands over the past three years. So far use of the island beaches (as seen above) has been permitted.
Lake Anna Monster? It's true. The Lake Anna Monster now has his very own Facebook site you can visit and Like. Track his adventures around the lake and see if you can spot him and post your pic! He's friendly, funny and a great dancer/entertainer! He's available for retail and special event promo, too. Contact his agent at 540.894.3540 or email@example.com. LKA Monster Research Institute stickers can be found at LKA Outfitters!
Lake Anna Business Partnership's 2011 Business Person of the Year - W.A. Dickinson of Dickinson's Store was recognized as the LABP's 2011 Business Person of the Year at the Christmas LABP After Hours event. W.A. was recognized for his devotion to continuously upgrading his business, his work to help the Lake Anna community and his dedication to customers. His store underwent a complete rennovation in 2011 and now includes a Beer Cave, Champs Chicken food bar (see story below) and the lake's largest selection of craft beers. He is pictured here with his son, Ash, accepting the award.
Virginia ABC Store Now Open At Lake Anna - It's official, the final retail space in the New Bridge Landing (Food Lion shopping center) is now occupied by a Virginia ABC Store. Local reception has been positive.
Verizon Wireless At New Bridge Landing - A Verizon Wireless store is now in the space next to Subway and Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital at New Bridge Landing, nearly filling the shopping center. We're guessing this store will be busy as the cell phone service around LKA has been poor all spring. Perhaps the new technicians can help us all stay connected....
Champs Chicken Now Served At Dickinson's Store - We have pizza, Chinese, Japanese and American restaurant options around LKA, now we have chicken! In addition to the new beer cave, Dickinson's Store has installed a Champs Chicken station serving fresh and hot items every day. Fried chicken, chicken tenders, chicken dippers, cutlets and many more items are on the weekly menu. Back in the summer the Dickinson family created a 27-degree, walk-in beer cave where you will find your favorite adult beverages. Why? "Because the coldest beer is the best," Ashley Dickinson told LKA Life. Check out the video of the new beer cave at our Facebook site. You won't believe the imported options including Dog Fish Head, Sierra Nevada, Sam Smith's Nut Brown ales, Harpoon, Red Stripe, Smirnoffs, Shock Top, Starr Hill, Magic Hat, Land Shark, Sam Adams, Guinness and more.
New Ice Cream Shop For Lake Anna - Elk Creek Store's Sweet Spot is now open and serving hand-dipped Hershey's products as well as soft serve and frozen yogurt. The store now features a covered deck with tables, umbrellas and bench seating, so you can enjoy cold treats as well as Elk Creek favorites such as the Elk Creek Club or Lisa's famous daily specials. 540.872.3275.
Subway At Lake Anna Now Open - Get ready for another great addition to the Lake Anna dining selection. The new Subway at New Bridge Landing is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Order your Weekender Special for a day on the water with the family exploring via boat or kayak 540.894.5588 is the store phone. There's a Buy One Get One FREE Coupon in Lake Anna Life Magazine!
Lake Anna Island Shops & Restaurants Now Open - Lakers that have been following the construction of the Lake Anna Island complex know that there were blog postings on www.lakeannalife.blogspot.com that noted Ally's Restaurant and the Asian Grille are just a few of the new businesses that will greet you on your next visit to LKA. We'll bring you more details when we get them here and at www.lakeannalife.blogspot.com.
Food Lion Welcomes You To LKA - If you haven't been to Lake Anna in the past two years, you are going to be surprised. We've had some major additions including New Bridge Landing a shopping center anchored by Food Lion. Businesses already leased include Subway, Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital, Big Cheese Pizza (now open), Kara Nails (now open) and Chef Lee's. Want to see what the grand opening in Februar 2011 looked like? Visit www.lakeannalife.blogspot.com. We have the video of this exciting day posted there.
Boardwalk At Lake Anna Complete... This is an ambitious commercial development right off Rt. 522 at the Harris Bridge on the North Anna side of the lake. Griffith and his partner had Dick Dickens of Lake Anna Design create a two-building complex that will house a restaurant with 5,000 sq. ft. of seating and an 800 sq. ft. kitchen. Below this will be a series of 800 sq. ft. commercial spaces. All will face the lake and a boardwalk that will wrap around the property. Griffith is also planning a mini-golf course and batting cages along Rt. 522. You can contact Gary at www.docksiderealty.com for more information. Any one interested in leasing is welcome.
Awesome Gift Shop At Lake Anna - Remember when you went to the beach and went to the tee shirt shop? Now you can do this at Lake Anna. Lake Anna Outfitters has the great LKA Wear line of clothing and gifts this season, plus lake house decor and artwork, kites, flags and much more. There are childrens', women's and men's designs that include everything from funny fishing shirts to the Lake Anna Outfitters shop shirt. Other gift items like Lake Anna Hoodies, the Lake Anna Wild Women Pirate Crew tank top, I Heart LKA tops, LKA tie dyes, pirate flages, carved birds, arrowheads, the Safety Over Water necklaces, caps, LKA stickers, mugs and magnets and much more can be found at the shop. Lake Anna Outfitters