Author Archives: Shaylee Beck

6 Things You Need To Know Before Your First Tent Camping Experience

This is it!  You’ve decided to take on the big outdoors!  Camping is the perfect way to connect with nature, relax, and unwind – making it one of my favorite pastimes. It can, however, take a few trips to learn the ropes and create a system that works for you.  Here are my secrets and tips, as a seasoned camper, to help you have the absolute best experience on your first camping trip!  1. Plan Ahead-Pack List, Food, and Arrival   Planning is key to a successful and enjoyable camping trip! This will include researching your campground, looking up the…

6 Unique Places to Catch a Famous Lake Martin Sunset

Picture this. Your day is coming to an end and you start to reminisce of your time at Lake Martin. The cicadas begin to buzz as the sun lowers behind the horizon, casting its last beams of light into the sky.  You can’t help but stare in awe as a breathtaking Lake Martin sunset unfolds, making it yet again another perfect end to your day.  No matter the season or time of year, Lake Martin is famous for stunning sunsets.  Sometimes you are able to catch the perfect sunset from right where you are staying, as you can see above…

One of the Top 10 Glamping Experiences in America-The Destination

Photo credit: John Denney Checking in at #6 on USA Today’s recent 10Best poll, The Destination is one of the top 10 glamping spots in America, and you don’t need to be a camper to love glamping! Though there are many wonderful and unique places to stay while visiting Lake Martin, AL,  planning a weekend trip to The Destination ensures a getaway experience unlike any other.  Described as “tents on the outside, a 4-star hotel on the inside”, The Destination is in fact luxury lodging encased in safari tents from South Africa. The inside of each “glamp” is a resort-style…

A Visit to The Landing at Parker Creek

Built completely out of bright orange shipping containers, The Landing at Parker Creek is one of the most unique and popular hangout destinations on Lake Martin! Owned by renowned sports anchor and his wife, Herb and Betty Winches, The Landing came to life in 2015. Since then, it has grown to be one of the most popular hangout spots for locals and visitors alike. Known for its sweeping waterfront views, great food, and lively atmosphere, here is your guide to one of the coolest places to visit on Lake Martin. Fun at The Landing The Landing is known for a…

Bushwackers-The Unofficial Official Drink of Lake Martin

History of the Bushwacker The “Bushwacker” was invented in 1975 at Sapphire Pub in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. It is credited to be the creation of a bartender by the name of Angie Conigliaro and the manager of Sapphire Pub, Tom Brokamp. The two named their new drink after a dog, “Bushwack”, who was owned by a set of flight attendants visiting with their pup. The drink was an immediate hit throughout the Virgin Islands, and eventually made its way to the states via one woman named Linda Murphy. She was the owner of a Florida bar called, “Sandshaker,” and…

5 Local Breakfast Spots in the Lake Martin Area That You Have To Try

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Your days at Lake Martin are sure to be full of adventures, but you will definitely want to fuel up before heading out for a day of exploring.  Lucky for you, we have some great local breakfast spots in the Lake Martin area for you to try!  Here are 5 locally owned spots where you can stop in, sit down, and fill up your belly before heading out for a day of fun.   Alana’s Place in The Square Alexander City, Alabama This breakfast spot is located inside “The…

Peanut Point-The Best Boiled Peanuts on Lake Martin

Peanut Point is a classic summertime favorite at Lake Martin, Alabama! Their claim to fame is having the best boiled peanuts on Lake Martin since 1988. For generations, boaters and families have been pulling up to the shoreline of bright colored tents for peanuts, souvenirs, and to snap a photo in the iconic big blue chair. Here’s the “scoop” on everything you need to know about Peanut Point! The Story Behind Peanut Point The story of Peanut Point begins over 35 years ago, when a man named Louis would spend time down at his cabin on Lake Martin, fishing and…

A Few of our Favorite Lake Martin Islands

While out boating on the beautiful waters of Lake Martin, Alabama, you have probably noticed that there are quite a few islands around – but did you know that many of these are actually popular landmarks and hangout spots too? The islands of Lake Martin are home to some of the most fascinating stories, culture, and history in the area. Here are some fun facts and a little background on some of the most well-known islands on Lake Martin! Pirate Island Latitude 32.83305 Longitude -85.85845 Ahoy matey! Grab your crew and set sail to explore Lake Martin’s very own Pirate…

A Summer of Live Music at Lake Martin

Summertime is here at Lake Martin! Which also means its time to kick off our full schedule of live music and concert series. We love live music here at Lake Martin – so much in fact, it is immortalized in brass and gold! Literally. At Strand Park in Alexander City, you can actually see the “Jazz Fest Sculpture,” which is made up entirely of donated instruments celebrating our local talent and love for music. Lake Martin and the surrounding areas are proud to be home to some of the greatest up and coming musicians around! We are so excited to…

Lake Martin’s Most Famous Landmark- Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is easily one of the most iconic landmarks at Lake Martin, Alabama. Located near the Ridge Marina, it is easily recognized by its colorful graffiti and usually a large gathering of boats. On any given summer day, you can hear music cranked up and see the boats connected and enjoying the Alabama sunshine! Chimney Rock is a staple to the Lake Martin community – and here is everything you need to know to go out and enjoy it! Chimney Rock vs. Acapulco Rock To set the record straight, what many refer to now as Chimney Rock is actually…

The Magical Thing That Happens on the Tallapoosa River Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Spring is in the air and everything is coming to full bloom at Lake Martin! But something particularly magical happens between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day every year. The famous “Cahaba Lily” begins to make its long-awaited appearance, with its spider-like petals stretching out and putting on a spectacular show for all to see. To add to their unique beauty, these lilies are also incredibly rare, attracting people from far and wide just to catch a glimpse of them on display. Luckily, right here in our backyard is the Tallapoosa River – one of very few homes to these majestic…

Staying at a Cabin on Lake Martin

In a world of hotels and Airbnb’s, there is no shortage of unique places to stay when visiting Lake Martin. However, there is just something charming about sleeping in a cabin while visiting the lake. Here are a couple of unforgettable cabin options for rent on Lake Martin, Alabama. Cabins at Wind Creek State Park  Wind Creek State Park is a beautiful, 1,440 acre land that stretches across the shorelines of Lake Martin, Alabama. Here guests can lay out on the private sandy beach, climb the historic silo, or enjoy endless activities such as ziplining, horseback riding, archery, putt putt,…

One of the South’s Most Unique Churches-Church in the Pines

Church in the Pines is perhaps one of the most unique and iconic structures on Lake Martin. Built on the shorelines of the lake waters, this non-denominational church draws attention from visitors all across the country. It is not unusual to see all 800+ seats filled during the warm weather months, or guests pulling up by boat to catch a Sunday service. With its distinct, open-air structure and dramatic backdrop of the Kowaliga Bridge, it’s really no wonder why Church in the Pines is a treasured icon at Lake Martin. The Story Behind Church in the Pines Originally built in…

Wedding Venues in the Lake Martin Area

Your wedding day is one of the most important events of your life! And many will say picking out your venue is the first step to successfully start planning your big day. Here is your ultimate, all-in-one guide to some of the best wedding venues at Lake Martin, AL! The Stables at Russell Crossroads Location: Russell Crossroads-Alexander City, AL  Holds: 250-300 Attendees Price: $$ Paint your wedding inspiration on the pastoral canvas of the rustic and charming yet refined and inspired backdrop of the scenic Stables. The Stables offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites. The Stables venue…

Getting Ready for Boating Season

Photo Credit: @lakemartingoods Plug Day has come and gone, and Lake Martin is on it’s way to Summer Pool levels! With the lake filling back up and warmer weather on its way, many of us can’t wait to hit the water for the first time this season. But is your boat prepared? After a long winter in storage, there are a few things you will need to check before your first outing. Here is our short, 10-point checklist to get you and your boat Summer ready! 1) Plug Your Boat In celebration of Plug Day, our first checklist item is…

Top 10 Places To Propose at Lake Martin

Lake Martin is a haven of special memories for many of us. It’s a place where folks come to unwind, create family bonding moments, and tell dock-side stories that last a lifetime. It’s a timeless destination- and no wonder why it would be a perfect choice for your engagement. When thinking of your dream place to propose, it is easy to get stumped on creative ideas. After all, it’s a story you two will share for years to come. And everyone will want to know, “how did you do it?” And I am excited to say, I am writing this…

The Lake Martin Polar Plunge

Ahhh… the Polar Plunge. A classic and entertaining event where hundreds to possibly thousands of people across the globe strip down into their bare nothings and race into a freezing cold body of water. It’s thrilling, it’s daunting… and it’s for a good cause! Though I have always suspected the Polar Plunge was a decently newer event created by my generation, I couldn’t be more wrong. The concept has actually been around since the early 1900s, with the first one taking place in Boston, MA, in 1904. It has swept the world in popularity, with plunges in countries such as…

4 Fun Things About The Alexander City Sportplex

Alexander City is home to some of the best local shopping, family entertainment, and events in the Lake Martin community. It is also home to the most diverse Sportplex in the region. Of course, when I hear the word “Sportplex,” athletic activities automatically come to mind. And even though it is a paradise for sports lovers, there are so many different activities you can do in addition to just, well, sports. If you are looking to pick up a hobby or try something new, here is my list of four fun things that I encourage you to try (that you…

Ringing in the New Year at Lake Martin

Another wonderful year at Lake Martin is coming to an end and there is excitement as a new one is just around the corner. For everyone who is looking to ring in the new year at the lake, here are my suggestions for an unforgettable time this New Year’s Eve! For An Early Bird New Year’s Eve  I have spent many a New Year out celebrating well beyond midnight. But to be honest, some of my favorite ones were spent at home and laying comfortably in bed by the time the ball dropped! This option is for those who still…

Geocaching in the Lake Martin Area

Lake Martin is home to a variety of outdoors activities including hiking, boating, camping… and even the wildly popular treasure hunt, “geocaching”.  Put on your tennis shoes and get out your thinking cap – this “secret” activity will have you hooked for hours of fun! What is Geocaching? Geocaching is a thrilling worldwide scavenger hunt filled with hiking, tracking, and following clues to find secret containers that are hidden all around you.  There is probably a geocache near you right now and you don’t even know it! “Geocaches” are containers that are hidden in plain sight.  They range not only…

The Best View of Lake Martin-Smith Mountain Fire Tower

Smith Mountain Fire Tower is easily one of the most iconic attractions at Lake Martin!  Located in Dadeville, AL the tower itself is surrounded by history and epic views, making this one bucket list item you won’t want to miss. The History The presence of the Smith Mountain Fire Tower has been a part of the local history of Lake Martin since the lake’s conception. Smith Mountain itself is the highest point of elevation at Lake Martin. Long before the dam was built or the waters of Lake Martin itself existed, the surrounding area of land where the tower sits…

2021 Fall Festivities at Lake Martin

Fall is in the air at Lake Martin, Alabama, and we have your ultimate guide to all the must-do fall festivities around the lake! Water levels are dropping, leaves on trees are changing, and the spooky season is just around the corner. Last weekend was Wind Creek State Park’s annual Fall Festival. Guests enjoyed a pumpkin decorating contest, costume parade, trick or treating, and even a campsite decorating contest. It is always the third Saturday of October, and campsites sell out quickly. Reservations have to be made well in advance. There’s still more Fall fun to be had in our…

One Alabama National Park That You Absolutely Have To Visit-Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is an iconic landmark in the state of Alabama.  Located approximately 20 minutes from both the city of Dadeville and the heart of Downtown Alexander City, this 2,040-acre land is home to one of the most influential battles in American history.  Not only was it the final battle of the Creek War, it also ultimately resulted in the United States government obtaining over 23 million acres of land through the signing of the Treaty of Fort Jackson in 1814.  This land would later create a majority of the state of Alabama and portions of the…

A Visit to The Largest Musclecar Museum in the World

Located near the heart of Downtown Alexander City is the largest muscle car museum in the world. Here, visitors can take a step back into the 1970’s and walk amongst some of the most iconic and rare American muscle cars ever made. The Museum Opening in 2010, the Wellborn Musclecar Museum is a place for preserving and promoting the American muscle car culture. It focuses particularly on muscle cars from the 1969 – 1971 era and is home to some of the rarest muscle cars in the world.   The museum is a bright and electrifying atmosphere, with black and…

Things To Do In Downtown Alexander City

Alexander City is home to the Lake Martin community! And the downtown district is the heartbeat.  Filled with local shops, great food, and vibrant entertainment, just one visit and you will fall in love with this small town too! Downtown Alexander City History  As with many small towns in South Alabama, Alexander City is filled with rich history and urban legends, and the downtown district is no exception.  Following the historic battle of Horseshoe Bend and the eventual succession of territory from the Creek Indian nation, the county of Tallapoosa began to take form.  In 1837, the first permanent settler…

Lakefront Dining on Lake Martin

There is no shortage of exceptional and creative dining options at Lake Martin, Alabama! Whether you are looking to hit the water or pull up a chair to endless waterfront views, we’ve got you covered with our guide to lakefront dining options.   Kowaliga Restaurant Located in the Kowaliga Bay near the Highway 63 Bridge, Kowaliga Restaurant is an iconic staple to Lake Martin.  Known for their delicious food and sweeping waterfront views, the restaurant also pays homage to the great Country music legend, Hank Williams. Legend has it that Hank Williams wrote his famous song about the heartbroken Indian,…

A Day on the Lake: Things to See and Do on Lake Martin

While visiting Lake Martin, Alabama, you may be amazed by the amount of scenic destinations, live entertainment, and incredible dining options the lake has to offer. To help ensure you have an unforgettable experience, here is our list of 10 things you need to see and do on the lake to make the memories of a lifetime! Kowaliga Restaurant Poor Ole’ Kaw-liga… Hank Williams fans, this one is for you!   Located in the Kowaliga Bay near the Highway 63 Bridge, the Kowaliga Restaurant is an iconic staple to Lake Martin.  Known for the delicious food and sweeping waterfront views,…

Renting a Boat on Lake Martin

When it comes to hitting the water, there are countless ways to spend your day on Lake Martin.  But what if you don’t have access to a boat?  Bringing your own watercraft is not always an option, so here is a list of hassle-free places to rent one on the lake! Russell Marine (256) 257 – 8635Four Locations, Listed Below Russell Marine has four marinas located on Lake Martin, making it a convenient choice no matter where you are staying on the lake. They offer both pontoons and deck boats, both of which are serviced by their professional marine service…

Kayaking the Tallapoosa River

If you are looking to hit the water for an unforgettable adventure, kayaking the Tallapoosa River in Alabama is a must! As a part of the Harold Banks Canoe Trail, the Tallapoosa River stretches over 265 miles, flowing from the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia into the heart of foothills in southern Alabama. With sweeping views, the sounds of rushing water, and the vastly diverse wildlife, the Tallapoosa River is remarkably stunning from beginning to end. Perhaps the most popular spot to kayak on the Tallapoosa River is what is referred to as “Section 3”.  Section 3…

Things to Do at Wind Creek State Park

Looking to plan your next outdoor adventure? Wind Creek State Park should be at the top of your list! Stretching over 1,440 acres across the Lake Martin, Alabama shoreline, visitors are greeted with sweeping waterfront views and endless activities. Whether you are planning a family vacation or solo day trip, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Check out our list of things to do at Wind Creek State Park: TENT & RV CAMPING, AND LAKESIDE CABINS One of the largest state-operated campground in the United States, Wind Creek State Park boasts 586 tent and RV campsites along with 20…

Lake Martin Machine Gun: The Thrilling, Hidden Gem You Are Missing Out On

It was a crisp December afternoon as Stephen and I packed our bags and made our way down to our lake house, Pelican Point, eager to set out on our next big adventure. As many already know, winter time at Lake Martin is its own unique season.  With the water level down and boats stored away until the return of warmer days, this is the perfect opportunity to explore some of the more “off-the-beaten-path” attractions that the lake has to offer. And today, that sense of adventure was bringing us to Lake Martin Machine Gun. Stephen himself is an experienced…