Four Seasons in Lake Anna
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter — There’s Always Something For You At Lake Anna
By Rebekah Conley
If you’re planning a visit to beautiful Lake Anna, you may think that the only time to visit is during the warm weather months. Lake equals water. Water equals swimming, boating and other water ventures usually available when the weather is toasty. However, Lake Anna is a perfect getaway no matter what time of year. Each season paints the lake with vibrant colors, providing a picturesque vacation. The surrounding region is filled with charming towns, bursting with quaint shops and restaurants as well as fun, family-friendly events and festivals. Here’s a look at what each season can bring to your family vacation.
Spring is when Lake Anna starts to come alive. Beautiful flower buds appear, painting the landscape with color. Start your visit at Lake Anna State Park. As you walk the trails, you’ll witness first hand life sprouting forth—green leaves reappearing and blossoms everywhere. Don’t want to walk? Visit a local stable and see the landscape atop a trail horse.
Although it’s not quite warm enough for a dip, take a kayak or canoe out on the water. Visit Lake Anna’s many coves, and see the wildlife reawaken from their winter slumber. Or use the cool spring breezes to slide across the waters in a sailboat. Spring is also when the fishing starts gearing up. Avoid the summer crowds, and be one of the first anglers on the water.
Each season is filled with local charm and fun festivals. Get a head start on your summer wardrobe at a local shops. You can also take your family to experience a small-town festival. Get into the spirit of Easter in Louisa County with their Easter Eggstravaganza. Or learn about their rich history complete with 19th craftsmen, like blacksmiths and weavers, at Louisa’s Heritage Day. Experience Virginia’s wine country at the Montpelier Wine Festival, on the grounds of James Madison’s historic home.
It’s getting hot outside. Time to dive into the many water excursions available at Lake Anna. There’s so much to do—waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding, parasailing and more! This is Lake Anna’s peak season for a reason. Pack a picnic and head to the shore for swimming and beach volleyball. Fishing is at its height, the lake is bustling with life and energy—your family won’t want to leave the water.
However, if you can tear the family away, the nearby counties offer tons of fun excursions. There are amusement parks, racetracks, community pools, tons of shopping, restaurants and historic sites. A little something for ever taste. When it gets hot outside, experience the indoor attractions. Take a trip to the Louisa Arts Center for a day of cultural enrichment. Or learn how Lake Anna was formed and why at the North Anna Nuclear Information Center.
Summer months also mean town fairs, farmers markets, July Fourth fireworks, little league games—all in the adorable towns surrounding the lake. As the sun sets, the fun isn’t over. There are live musical events on the lake and in nearby towns happening all summer long. Be sure to save the date for one of the region’s biggest events, the Mineral Bluegrass Festival, featuring loads of fun, food and the best in Appalachian music.
The weather is cooling down, fall is the time to get outdoors before the winter chill sets in. Why not plan a family camping trip? Without the scorching sun, your family will love hiking the trails surrounding Lake Anna. The trees become vibrant with color—the reds, yellows and oranges of a lovely fall landscape. Be sure to plan your visit around one of the local Fall Harvest Festivals, located in Mineral or Louisa County.
There is so much rich history to experience in the regions around Lake Anna. Some of the most important battles of the Civil War happened just a short distance away. Fall is a great time to tour these important, historic locations, and learn about our nation’s history. Historic homes in the region are also open to tour. You could also visit the many antique stores in the region, and find a hidden treasure for your home.
Fall is also the best time to experience Virginia’s wine country. The grape harvest begins in late summer and continues into the early fall. Some vineyards offer the opportunity to pick your own grapes. Yet, it’s the wine that’s the real draw. Take a tour of these amazing locations at the height of their beauty, with luscious grape bunches coloring the laden vineyards. Blaze your own tasting trail through wine country.
Life slows down around Lake Anna in the winter. Yet, that may present a certain appeal to some. If you’re looking for a weekend of pure relaxation, a winter getaway may be exactly what you need. Book a rental home or visit one of the local Bed and Breakfasts for beautiful environments at a fraction of the cost.
Christmas is celebrated with zeal in the quaint counties. See a small-town parade or get cocoa and crafts at the local Christmas fair. Or board a trolley or hitch a hay ride through a forest of lights at the Festival of Lights in Bumpass.
Without the crowds, you can get right in to the best restaurants without waiting. Lake Anna and the nearby cities and towns offer some unforgettable cuisine. If you are a gourmand, you may want to plan your visit around Louisa County’s Restaurant Week, happening in January.
If you can’t decide which season is right for you, you may just have to visit Lake Anna several times a year! Each season holds a special delight you won’t want to miss.
Be sure to visit LakeAnnaGuide.com for more great attractions plus the most up-to-date Calendar of Events.