Dining by Boat at Lake Anna

Cruise into the Cuisine of Lake Anna

By Arielle Patterson

The warm weather near Lake Anna beckons you outside for a number of activities. Why not also enjoy a meal outside? Lake Anna has several restaurants that not only offer outdoor seating on a charming patio, but also allow you to pull up to the restaurant in your boat.

Dining by boat is an exciting way to get to the area’s local restaurants. Not every city in Virginia, or even in the country, can offer an experience quite like this. Whether you’re starting your day or winding it down, dock your boat at one of Lake Anna’s waterside restaurants.

Have a meal right along the waters of Lake Anna at Tim’s at Lake Anna. The year-round, family-friendly waterfront restaurant in Mineral serves American cuisine and seafood with a scenic view of the lake. Order your seafood favorites, including fresh fish, crabs and more, along with burgers, sandwiches and steaks. Whether you dine inside or on the outdoor patio, you’re sure to enjoy your meal and the panoramic views of Lake Anna. Tim’s is easily accessible by boat from the northwestern part of Lake Anna.

The Cove at Lake Anna boasts a full restaurant, bar and stage for live music. Spend an evening dining on American favorites and fresh seafood while overlooking Lake Anna. Then, head downstairs to Pirates Cove for live music and cornhole in the sand. The Cove has something to eat for every type of diner, for lunch or dinner, including entrees for your kids. The restaurant is an incredibly popular locale for happy hour as well. The Cove is a secluded getaway near the northern side of Lake Anna.

What Makes Lake Anna a Great Second Home?

Local Realtors Share Why You Should Consider Purchasing a Second Home at Lake Anna

By Arielle Patterson

With year-round activities, picturesque views and proximity to several major cities, Lake Anna has become a popular location for a second home. Owning a second home may seem daunting to some. There are options for buyers to turn their second home into an investment property by renting it out most of the time or keeping it as their private getaway.

I spoke with local realtors about why you should consider purchasing a second home at Lake Anna.


Kristie Cooke, Lake Anna Realty

Here at Lake Anna, there is truly “something for everyone.”  I think that’s what I appreciate most about our area.  Lake Anna offers all that you’re likely expect from a visit to the lake—fishing, boating, swimming, water sports, beautiful sunsets, etc., yet so much more. Gather your friends, your family, your co-workers, your partner or finally take some time out alone to explore and enjoy the unexpected that the Lake Anna area offers. Local food, horseback riding, hiking, nearby Charlottesville or Richmond and all that either has to offer, a short drive away to the historically rich Fredericksburg, a fishing pond for children and for those with disabilities, the breweries, the wineries and even gold mining!

I believe people are drawn to Lake Anna for the sense of community, that feeling like you are not just welcome but that you belong. All of a sudden, regardless of whether you are here full time, weekends or only seasonally, you are a part of the Lake Anna community. 

When you begin your search for a home, you’ll find the opportunities and options are abundant as well. There, again, is “something for everyone.” Whether you are looking for a blank canvas to build your own home or choosing from the various sizes and shapes of homes already built, come on home to Lake Anna.

Kathy Gardner, Dockside Realty

Why buy a second home at Lake Anna?  Maybe to get away from traffic—we don’t have any.  Maybe you crave being on the water and want an alternative to going to the beach.  Maybe to give your kids some good clean fun. Maybe to buy your retirement home early and let vacation rental income help offset costs.

There might never be a better time to buy a second home at Lake Anna. Interest rates are at an all-time low and most mortgage lenders are charging the same low rate for second homes as they are for primary residences. In most cases, it’s a buyer’s market here, but the strong increase in sales over the past several years and the current supply and demand indicates that it may switch to a seller’s market soon.

Currently, there are still lake homes to fit every budget—from small fishing cabins to luxurious homes on spectacular waterfront lots, fixer uppers to custom builds and everything in between. 

It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have any restaurants, breweries or even a grocery store here at Lake Anna. That has changed. There is no shortage of things to do, rain or shine, and now we have the promise of a golf course to enhance our lake lifestyle even more.

The word is out about Lake Anna! Don’t miss out on realizing your dream. Do yourself a favor and work with a qualified local realtor.

Angel Hough, Long & Foster

Having been born and raised in the Lake Anna area, I can think of several reasons why owning property at Lake Anna is a good investment. First is due to the location. We are centrally located just a short distance from several major cities like Charlottesville, Richmond, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Fredericksburg.

The second reason is due to the income possibilities. Property management in this area has become extremely popular over the past decade. People interested in looking for a nice place to host a wedding or have a reunion are drawn to Lake Anna because of its natural beauty. Once they decide to visit, they’ll need to find a place to stay for the weekend or all week. As you can tell, if you are the owner of a rental property, you are looking to make some good money during peak season.

The final reason a second home in Lake Anna is a good investment is that the area is just beautiful! I can’t think of a better place that I would like to spend my time looking over the lake, a backdrop of greenery against a blue sky with a glimpse of the mountains in the background. Lake Anna gives you a place to escape the city, get away from the noise and just relax and enjoy the scenery. With many local restaurants, you won’t need to worry about cooking or having to travel far for a good meal. With many activities and events in the area, there is always something to do.

Libby Sandridge, Dockside Realty

Many people think that owning a second home is a luxury that most can only dream about. However, at Lake Anna, we have properties that can fit most any budget. Second homes can provide you with added income and personal wealth. The rental market at Lake Anna is stable, so why not let your investment pay you back.

You can set aside the dates for personal use of your home and rent out the rest. Even if you only rent it out part time, it can help pay down the mortgage, if not all of it. You can deduct your mortgage interest, property taxes and more, so please check with a CPA.

Second homes also provide the ability to vacation on demand. What’s not to love about grabbing a bag, the kids and dog, and heading out on a moment’s notice to destress from the hectic urban hustle and bustle.

Begin your search with a knowledgeable Lake Anna agent.


As you can see, there are many reasons why you should purchase a home at Lake Anna. The area is not only picturesque but also affordable. With the help of a friendly and professional Lake Anna realtor, you’re sure to find your dream home. There are a number of sought-after areas to purchase a home or build one in the area, and Lake Anna’s trusted real estate experts can help you find a locale that’s best for you, your family and your budget.

Imagine starting your mornings watching the sunrise over the lake. Spend your days on water or Lake Anna’s shores, in town or exploring one of the neighboring areas. Then, wind down your day with a boat ride beneath the watercolor sunset.

While owning a second home may seem like a lot of work, it can also be one of the most worthwhile purchases you make, the investment of a lifetime and the chance for an unforgettable getaway at Lake Anna.

Delicious Dishes Fish Recipes

What’s the Catch?

By Barrett Baker

Lake Anna is abundantly stocked with a number of freshwater gamefish that are fun to catch and even better to eat. But have you ever stopped to wonder how amazingly similar the art of fishing is to the art of cooking? Both need equipment (Fishing: boat, motor, rod, reel, tackle box, stringer. Cooking: oven, bowls, pots, utensils, platters, cutting board). Both require a recipe for success (Fishing: line, weight, spinner, lure. Cooking: proteins, veggies, spices, liquids). And in both cases, you need to know what your intended target is craving (Fishing: worms, crickets, minnow, flies. Cooking: salads, entrees, desserts, smoothies).

Click here to read about fishing on Lake Anna.

Poached Bass in Herb Butter

  • 6 6-ounce bass fillets, skin on
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup parsley leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup dill, chopped
  • ¼ cup chives, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Melt butter in a skillet. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in herbs and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add bass fillets, skin side down. Cook over moderately low heat until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Spicy Broiled Bass

  • 1 ½ pounds of panfish fillets
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 3 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Melt butter in saucepan and stir in Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco, lemon juice and parsley. Spoon sauce into large glass baking dish, coating bottom thoroughly. Add fish fillets in a single layer, then pour on rest of sauce. Broil about 10 minutes until fish is cooked through.

Perch Cakes

  • 1 pound perch fillets, cooked and flaked
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup cornflake crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil

Slice sweet onion and place slices on foil. Lay perch fillets on onion slices and drizzle with olive oil and butter. Seal fish into a pouch and cook in 350-degree F. oven or off heat on the grill for about 20 minutes. Let cool and flake, discarding skin and any bones.

Mix egg, onion, mustard, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper is a bowl and toss with flaked fish. Add enough cornflake crumbs to shape 4 to 6 cakes. Roll each cake in extra crumbs to coat. Heat vegetable oil in skillet and fry cakes until golden brown.

Fishing at Lake Anna State Park

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Cast a Line at Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park offers an array of outdoor recreation. Take a hike on one of the trails, go swimming in Lake Anna or spend the day fishing. Lake Anna State Park is a great place to go freshwater fishing.

Click here to read more about Lake Anna State Park.

Fishing at Lake Anna State Park

Fishing at Lake Anna State Park offers the potential to reel in a variety of freshwater fish. Lake Anna is known for its largemouth bass, crappie and bream. To fish at Lake Anna State Park, a valid Virginia fishing license is required.

Click here to read more about fishing on Lake Anna.

Lake Anna State Park is also a perfect place to teach your kids how to fish. There is a two-acre fishing pond, designed specifically for children and disabled anglers, is located near the visitor center.

Anglers can also launch their boat into the waters of Lake Anna for bank fishing. Lake Anna State Park offers a public boat launching ramp. There is a $5 fee charged to launch a boat at Lake Anna State Park.

Louisa County Restaurant Week

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Indulge in Local Cuisine during Louisa County Restaurant Week

Lake Anna has a number of restaurants that offer an array of cuisine. Local menus tempt your taste buds with options ranging from fresh seafood and juicy steaks to homemade sweets. Louisa County showcases its local restaurants during Louisa County Restaurant Week.

Click here to read more about restaurants near Lake Anna.

Louisa County Restaurant Week

From Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 15, try a new restaurant or return to an old favorite during Louisa County Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will feature multiple-course meals from a prix-fixe menu. The area’s local chefs have created innovative menus that highlight their culinary creations and the tastes of the area.

Louisa County Restaurant Week is a great way to kick off the upcoming spring season when you visit Lake Anna.

Click here to read about things to do this spring at Lake Anna.

Louisa County Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants

Ten local restaurants are set to participate in Louisa County Restaurant Week. These restaurants range from barbecue and seafood to Italian, pizza and more. Many of these restaurants will offer a lunch and dinner option. For every meal purchased during restaurant week, $1 will be donated to the Louisa County Resource Council.

Here are some of the restaurant offerings available during Louisa County Restaurant Week:

Callie Pie’s Orchard will offer a dinner option, with your choice of salmon or sirloin, for $19.50.

Enjoy a $25 three-course meal, Wednesday through Sunday, at Obrigado Restaurant.

Take 20 percent off four-course meals and three-course meals at Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.

Tim’s at Lake Anna and The Cove at Lake Anna will both offer discounted menus for restaurant week.

If the weather allows for it, enjoy your meal outside! The Cove at Lake Anna and Tim’s at Lake Anna overlook the lake, providing a beautiful, waterfront meal to accompany your restaurant week menu. Both restaurants serve traditional American fare and fresh seafood.

Click here to read more about outdoor dining near Lake Anna.

More Information about Louisa County Restaurant Week

For more information about Louisa County Restaurant Week, visit LouisaCounty.com.

Spotsylvania Restaurant Week

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Indulge in Local Cuisine during Spotsylvania Restaurant Week

Lake Anna has a number of restaurants that offer an array of cuisine. Local menus tempt your taste buds with options ranging from fresh seafood and juicy steaks to homemade sweets. Spotsylvania County showcases its local restaurants during Spotsylvania Restaurant Week.

Click here to read more about restaurants near Lake Anna.

Spotsylvania Restaurant Week

From Feb. 29–March 8, try a new restaurant or return to an old favorite during Spotsylvania Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will feature multiple-course meals from a prix-fixe menu. Spotsylvania’s local chefs have created innovative menus that highlight their culinary creations and the tastes of the area.

Spotsylvania Restaurant Week is a great way to kick off the upcoming spring season when you visit Lake Anna.

Click here to read about things to do this spring at Lake Anna.

Spotsylvania Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants

Ten local restaurants are set to participate in Spotsylvania Restaurant Week. These restaurants range from barbecue and seafood to Italian, pizza and more. Many of these restaurants will offer a lunch and dinner option.

Local favorite, The Cove at Lake Anna, will have several options for diners during Spotsylvania Restaurant Week. Sip a discounted signature cocktail, beer or drink. Lunch comes with the choice of a sandwich, side and drink for $10.20. There are three three-course options for dinner, ranging from $20.20–$40.20. Be sure to ask your server for the Spotsylvania Menu when you dine.

If the weather allows for it, enjoy your meal outside! The Cove at Lake Anna overlooks the lake, providing a beautiful, waterfront meal to accompany your restaurant week menu. The Cove at Lake Anna’s menu features traditional American fare and fresh seafood.

Click here to read more about outdoor dining near Lake Anna.

More Information about Spotsylvania Restaurant Week

For more information about Spotsylvania Restaurant Week, visit SpotsyRestaurantWeek.com.

Things to Do this Spring at Lake Anna

Spend Your Spring Break at Lake Anna

Spring Break is the perfect time of year for all ages to visit Lake Anna. Whether you’re a family with children, a group of teenagers or young adults, this scenic destination has something for every interest. You’ll find countless things to do during your spring break vacation at Lake Anna.

Things to Do this Spring Break at Lake Anna

Here are some of our suggestions on things to do during spring break at Lake Anna.

Attend a Local Festival and Event

From late February to mid-April, Lake Anna and the nearby counties have plenty of events. There’s sure to be something happening during your spring break vacation. Mark your calendar for one of the food festivals, arts and crafts shows, races and more.

Save the date for Spotsylvania Restaurant Week, the Annual Food Truck Rodeo and more.

Click here to read more about Spotsylvania Restaurant Week.

Spend the Day at Lake Anna State Park

A trip to Lake Anna is sure to be filled with some fun in the water and on the sandy beach. While you’re here, don’t forget to spend a day—or two—at nearby Lake Anna State Park. Pan for gold, take a stroll along the beach, hike through the wooded forest, cuddle up in a cabin, fish for a prize-winning catch and do so much more.

Click here to read more about Lake Anna State Park.

Cast a Line in Lake Anna

Lake Anna is an angler’s paradise year-round. However, spring is the perfect season for fishing for largemouth bass and crappie. Launch a boat onto the lake and spend your spring days trying to reel in the big one on Lake Anna.

Click here to read about fishing at Lake Anna.

Have a Meal Outside

When the weather warms up, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible outside. The counties surrounding Lake Anna have a number of restaurants with outdoor patio seating and several that are right on the water. Enjoy a delicious meal while overlooking the lake.

Click here to read more about outdoor dining near Lake Anna.

Toast to Your Spring Break

Spring breakers age 21 and older will love having a beer, wine or cocktail at one of the bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries near Lake Anna. Many of these locations have outdoor seating so you can enjoy your drink in the sunshine.

Click here to read about beer, wine and spirits near Lake Anna.

Top 5 December Events near Lake Anna

Mark Your Calendar for these December Events near Lake Anna

The month of December is full of fun and exciting events near Lake Anna. Whether you’re searching for family-friendly events, food and drink events, live music or free festivals, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Be sure to pick up the Lake Anna Guide for even more events throughout the year.

Top 5 December Events near Lake Anna

Here are our top five events happening near Lake Anna during December.

Click here to read more about things to do this winter near Lake Anna.

December 7: Louisa County Christmas Festival & Parade

Celebrate the holiday season in Louisa County with the annual Christmas Festival & Parade. This free, family-friendly event will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 in front of the Louisa County Courthouse. The day kicks off with a craft festival at 10 a.m. and the parade at noon. The theme for this year’s event is “Christmas Red, White and Blue,” so come wearing your most patriotic outfit.

December 7: Spotsylvania Christmas Parade

Also on Saturday, Dec. 7 is the 41st Annual Christmas Parade in the Spotsylvania Historic District. Presented by the Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation Department, the theme of this year’s event will be “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

December 8: Spotsylvania Christmas Luminary

The Marshall Center in Spotsylvania lights up with the glow of candles during the Spotsylvania Christmas Luminary on Sunday, Dec. 8. Dress warmly and bring your blankets for this outdoor celebration featuring choirs performing live music.

December 14: Deck the Halls, Naturally

Visit Lake Anna State Park for the family-friendly event, Deck the Halls, Naturally. On Saturday, Dec. 14, make your own festive tabletop, centerpiece or wreath from nature’s bounty. Sip coffee, hot chocolate and enjoy sweet treats and seasonal music as you decorate.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Bash

Ring in 2020 at Tim’s at Lake Anna’s New Year’s Eve Bash. Start the evening off with a five course meal. Then dance the night away to live music from The Badlands Band until the champagne toast at midnight.

Things to Do this Winter near Lake Anna

Here are some of our favorite things to do this winter near Lake Anna.

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Experience the Lake Anna Area’s Winter Festivities

Lake Anna and the surrounding area are a year-round destination for travelers of all ages and interests. From viewing festive holiday light displays to partaking in the winter events at some of your favorite Central Virginia attractions, there’s so much to see and do this season.

Things to Do this Winter near Lake Anna

Here are some of our favorite things to do this winter near Lake Anna.

Click here to read about year-round activities near Lake Anna.

Spotsylvania Christmas Parade

Join in the fun this Christmas during the 41st annual Christmas Parade. This parade, presented by the Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation Department will be on Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Louisa County Christmas Festival & Parade

The Louisa County Christmas Festival and Parade also takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7. This free, family-friendly holiday event will be filled with food, drinks and holiday vendors. The theme of this year’s event is “Christmas Red, White and Blue.” Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite patriotic outfits.

Spotsylvania Christmas Luminary

The Marshall Center in Spotsylvania lights up with the glow of candles during the Spotsylvania Christmas Luminary. Dress warmly and bring your blankets for this outdoor celebration featuring choirs performing live music.

Winter Events at Tim’s at Lake Anna

Tim’s at Lake Anna, a popular restaurant and live music venue on the lake, has a number of events during the holiday season. Don’t miss the Ugly Sweater Party and inaugural Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7. The following Saturday bring the kids by to visit Santa’s Workshop and have Breakfast with Santa. Children and adults alike will enjoy the breakfast buffet. While the kids chat with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, sip on a drink from the Bloody Mary and mimosa bar.

Ring in the New Year’s at Tim’s at Lake Anna’s New Year’s Eve Bash. Then, make your first meal of the new year breakfast. Tim’s will have Bloody Mary’s hot chocolate and specialty mimosas for 2020.

Winter Events at Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park is a year-round destination for outdoor activities and exploration. Visit the park this winter for one of the family-friendly events. On Saturday, Dec. 14, make your own festive tabletop, centerpiece or wreath from nature’s bounty during Deck the Halls, Naturally.

Take the first hike of 2020 at Lake Anna State Park with the First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2020. Choose from one of the mile-and-a-half-long hikes, on either the Overlook Trail or Railroad Ford Trail. After the hike, roast marshmallows by the fire as you sip cocoa and apple cider.

Click here to read more about Lake Anna State Park.

Winter Fishing on Lake Anna

From November through January, brace the winter chill and cast a line on the waters of Lake Anna. The North Anna Power Station keeps the lake several degrees warmer than normal lakes. That warm water makes Lake Anna a refuge for both baitfish and gamefish, especially striped bass and largemouth bass. These months are also when the Lake Anna Winter Bass Series fishing tournaments take place.

Click here to read more about fishing on Lake Anna.

Top 5 November Events near Lake Anna

Here are our top five events happening near Lake Anna during November.

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Mark Your Calendar for these November Events near Lake Anna

The month of November is full of fun and exciting events near Lake Anna. Whether you’re searching for family-friendly events, food and drink events, live music or free festivals, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Be sure to pick up the Lake Anna Guide for even more events throughout the year.

Top 5 November Events near Lake Anna

Here are our top five events happening near Lake Anna during November.

Nov 2: Montpelier Hunt Races

Enjoy a day of thrills and excitement at James Madison’s Montpelier during the Montpelier Hunt Races. This event will feature seven races, as well as Jack Russell Terrier races and stick horse races for the kids. There will also be opportunities for shopping and more to see and do, making this a great event for family fun.

Nov. 9: Annual Veteran’s Parade

The second Saturday in November, the town of Gordonsville honors veterans form Central Virginia during the Annual Veteran’s Parade. Veterans are invited to participate and march in the parade alongside patriotic music and floats.

Nov. 15: Grand Opening Reception of the Visitor Center of Louisa County

Locals and visitors are both invited to attend the Grand Opening Reception of the Visitor Center of Louisa County. Located on E. Main Street in Louisa, the new visitor center was formed to service all businesses, organizations and associations in and around Louisa County. Enjoy light refreshments and check out the new center.

Click here to read more about visiting Louisa County.

Beginning Nov. 23: WinterFest

The holiday season kicks off at Kings Dominion with the park’s WinterFest. This annual event is filled with the sights, sounds, food and experiences of the holiday season. Enjoy dazzling lights across the park, a 300-foot-tall Christmas tree and festive displays. Guests can also enjoy live sows and strolling street performers during the winter event.

Click here to read more about Kings Dominion.

Nov. 30: Let’s Talk Turkey

Head to Lake Anna State Park to learn all about turkeys following Thanksgiving Day. A park ranger will host a free program at the park discussing toms, hens, jakes and jens during Let’s Talk Turkey. Guests can even make a turkey call to take home.

Click here to read more about Lake Anna State Park.