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 email@example.com.
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.
Lake Anna Life & Times Is Here!
Our April/May edition marks the start of our bi-monthly publication intended to inform, educate and entertain Lake Anna residents and visitors. Each edition has a number of sections dedicated to different types of news. Overheard is where we track down the rumour and bring you the facts. Around The Lake is news about real estate. Did You Know? is our section on Lake Anna history and fun facts. Around The Lake is our calendar of events. Eat&Drink is our section on Lake Anna dining. The Lake Anna Monster page has photos of recent events and an opinion piece. Each edition also has a core feature article. This edition has our State of Lake Anna piece. You can pick up a copy at just about any place around the lake. Subscriptions are available, too!
The 2015 Edition of Lake Anna Life Is Here!
Our 2015/16 edition featurse articles on LKA Hotspots, 35+ LKA Must-Do's, a Dining Guide, our annual look at wake sports, Lake Anna's Dream Homes, Boathouses & Piers, How To Enjoy LKA Year Round, Buying or Selling On Lake Anna Tips, Hot Spots, Special Events, our HUGE Calendar of Events, Boating Trends & Boating Safety, LKA's Most Influential People for 2015, a Guide to Fishing, The Perfect Day On LKA, a brand new illustrated map, realtor guide and more! 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 2016/17 Lake Anna Life Magazine or Lake Anna Life website, call us at 540.894.3540 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Grapes & Grains Festival Coming Back To Lake Anna - On the heels of a wonderful inaugural event in 2014, Lake Anna United has announced the date for the second Lake Anna Grapes & Grains Festival. October 10, 2015 will be a big day for Lake Anna with a craft beer and wine festival (and PaddleFest) held from noon until 5 pm at the Christopher Run Campground Event Park. There will be over 20 different craft beers to sample and five wineries, food vendors, gift and gear vendors and live music. This is a 3-day weekend (Columbus Day on Monday) for some so make your plans to visit Lake Anna! Lake Anna Grapes & Grains Festival
PaddleFest - This paddle & swim event will be held the morning of October 10, 2015 at Christopher Run Campground's Event Park and feature paddleboarding, kayaks and more. Participants of all ages are welcome to try and catch a glimpse of the famed Lake Anna Monster that is reputed to inhabit the protected Christopher Creek where the event will be held. He's fast and elusive but friendly and reputed to enjoy a good run and a party afterward! Stay tuned for more details... but plan on bringing your own SUP or kayak and having fun. Book your campsite or cabin with Christopher Run Campground now! Lake Anna Grapes & Grains Festival to commence after the racing!
Car/Boat Wash Now Open Lake Anna - For 2015 you will find you can wash your boat and car right next to Dickinson's Store at the intersection of Rt. 208 and 522. A full service, manual washing stations will be available at Lake Anna's newest business!
Lake Anna Life's 2015 Most Influential LKAer's - We are now taking nominations for ur 2016 LKA's Most Influential People recognition. 2014's Most Influential include Gene Newman, Gary Griffith, Terry Moberly, Dr. Dan Slovis, Jason Huang and more. See the print edition of Lake Anna Life or the online edition to read more about this year's Lake Anna gliteratti that include Dr. Michael Clark/Piedmont Dental, Thomas Clark/Golf Course Designer, David Hunter/Developer, Chris James/Manager Sturgeon Creek Marina, Mike Kavros/Restaurantuer, Mike Rassiwalla/Owner Elk Creek Country Store, Greg and Donna Shalaylo/Owners Billiken's BBQ, Doug Smith/Lake Anna Civice Association President, Matt Smith, Jonathan Shields/Wake Surfing Promotors and Jim Parisi/Lakeside Electric.
LABP Sunset Concert Series 2015! - Have you ever wanted to sit and watch the sunset while enjoying some great music and sip a beverage? Now you can with the Lake Anna Business Partership's Sunset Concert Series held at The Pavilion at Anna Point Marina. Remaining concerts will be held August 22 and a special encore concert Sunday, September 6. Draft beer, corn hole, badminton, Lake Anna Winery products, soda, water and food will be available. For more information visit www.facebook.com/lakeannasunsetconcertseries . Make plans to bring your friends and family to start the weekend off right! 2015 sponsors included Fick Distributing, Dominion, Lake Anna Winery, Anna Point Marina, Legend Brewing, Piedmont Dental/Dr. Clark, Lake Anna Life Magazine and Dockside Realty.
The Lake Anna Arcade Is Here! - Remember when you would save up and visit the video game arcade as a kid? Those days are back with the new arcade installed at The Boardwalks on Lake Anna this summer. Stop by and check out the video game and pinball machines and introduce a whole new generation to the start of gaming!
LABP Annual Spring Festival - The fifth year of the festival was awesome! Lake Anna's very own Spring Festival was once agaiheld at the New Bridge Crossing Shopping Center (Food Lion) this spring. The Lake Anna Business Partnership (LABP) organizes this popular community event that brings residents and visitors to the region. The Spring Festival featured many types of business exhibiting from wineries to apparel, boats to kayaks, paddleboards, crafts to lake house decorative items and much more. All Lake Anna area businesses are invited to participate in 2016. Participation is free for LABP member businesses and $50 for non-member businesses - 100% of this fee can be applied toward LABP membership. For more information click www.visitlakeanna.org or contact Jeff Martin at 804.301.4154.
Lake Anna Cornhole Tourament Coming - As part of the 2015 Lake Anna Business Partnership's Lake Anna Festival, the second annual Lake Anna Cornhole Open was held Sunday, April 26 at 10 am at New Bridge Landing. Two-man teams were welcomed and most brought their own board/bags. Double elimination format saw the team of Kyle Austin and Mike Vogen take the title. They won $300 and donated it all to chartit. For a 2016 entry form email email@example.com.
Paddleboard Yoga With Lake Anna Outfitters - Paddleboards/SUPs are popping up everywhere around the lake. You can bring your own board or rent one and enjoy yoga on weekend mornings at Rocky Branch Campground at 8 am with Lake Anna Outfitters' Certified Instructor. It's $25/single lesson if you bring your own board and $35 if you need to rent one. There's also a 5-pack for $100/BYOB and $150 that includes rental. Here are the links to the classes.
2014 LABP Business Person of the Year Award - This prestigious distinction was given to the following at the January Business After Hours held at Tim's Restaurant on Lake Anna: Sam & Barbara Mahaffey/Lake Region Repair, W.A. & Bettye Dickinson/Dickinson's Store, Mark Fye/Lake Anna Subway, Jeff & Jean Martin/Southern Image Build & Design (Founders Award), Michael Bollinger/Louisa Arts Center, Dr. Dan Slovis/Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital, Sam Smith/iWisp.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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