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Every exceptional getaway deserves a great shopping spree so definitely budget time to check out our eclectic retail scene. If you’re looking to unplug and unwind, a relaxing trip to an area spa, hair salon or nail salon is the optimal way to cap off your visit to SML.

The Smith Mountain Lake Region is also home to a number of farmer's markets that are brimming with goodies spring through fall. Learn more.

Aerial view o Bridgewater Plaza and docks

Bridgewater Plaza

For more than 30 years, Bridgewater Plaza has been a go-to shopping spot for residents and visitors. Stroll along the lakeside decks to explore outlets for clothing, accessories, watersports equipment and apparel, pottery, jewelry, toys and a variety of SML souvenirs.


Westlake is the hub of commercial development at Smith Mountain Lake, with abundant home and garden retailers, gift shops, sporting goods store, a furniture outlet, jeweler, health and nutrition shop, a large grocery store, pharmacy, Virginia ABC store, pet shop and much more.

Green and blue exterior of Rock Outdoors sporting goods store


Downtown Moneta, a mixed residential/commercial development, anchors the shopping experience on the Bedford County side of the lake with a variety of retail shops and businesses. Other shopping centers at Eastlake offer a large grocer, discount store, clothing boutique and a Virginia ABC Store.

Aerial view of Downtown Moneta, mixed commercial and residential development


Shopping is somewhat limited on the more rural south side of SML, but you will find several plant nurseries with quaint gift shops, a discount store and large consignment outlet filled with furniture and home accessories.


Explore the nearby town of Bedford for antiques, hand-made gifts, fresh-from-the-farm products and much more. The historic downtown district is where you’ll find more than 30 shops for jewelry, art, food, books and furniture. A farmers market is available on select days from May through October.

A collection of lakehouse signs and frames

Rocky Mount

The county seat of Franklin County, Rocky Mount offers plenty of big-box commercial stores. However, its downtown district is where you’ll find more charming offerings, including an arts center, consignment boutique, furniture and accessories store, farmers market and eclectic shops filled with antiques and collectibles.

Gretna and Chatham

These two delightful small towns southeast of Smith Mountain Lake are fun destinations for shopping with a dash of history (both date back to the 1700s). Located just 10 miles from each other in Pittsylvania County, Gretna and Chatham have walkable historic downtowns with a variety of retail shops.

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