When you’re planning a lake vacation for your family or a group of friends, you know that where you stay plays a large part in what you do while you’re there. When searching for the perfect Lake Anna Vacation Rental, you’ll discover that there are a variety of locations to fit your needs, from small lake side cabins to local towns with romantic bed and breakfast locations. Here’s a short list of areas to check out when planning your Lake Anna getaway.

1. Lake Anna State Park Area

Settle into a lakeside retreat in the Lake Anna State Park area of the lake. Located on the northeast side of the lake, you and the family can enjoy a small lakeside cabin or a larger home with an attached dock. Just minutes away from the state park, you can enjoy your time on the water or indulge in some hiking.

2. Glenora, Virginia

Also on the northeast side of the lake, Glenora is a small town with vacation rentals that include cabins, homes and smaller motels. After a few days on the lake, hop in the car and visit Mattaponi Winery for a tasting and to purchase a couple of bottles to take home with you.

3. Lewiston, Virigina

On the north side of Lake Anna, Lewiston provides your group with the chance to rent a lakeside cabin with its own dock. Many of the rentals in the area have kayaks or small canoes. After a day on the lake, drive over to Fredericksburg to catch the latest blockbuster movie at one of the two movie theaters.

4. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Enjoy the flexibility of being close enough to the lake to spend a day boating or explore some local history by choosing a vacation home rental in Fredericksburg. Learn more about brewing craft beer at the local 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Company and then have dinner at its partner restaurant.

5. Spotsylvania, Virginia

Stay at the town called the “Crosswords of the Civil War” during your lake vacation at one of the local vacation home rentals, small motels or local bed and breakfast hideaways. Spend your days hiking at the Lake Anna State Park or out on the lake and then take a break from the water to explore Civil War battlegrounds.

6. Bumpass, Virginia

Make the eastern shore of Lake Anna the base for your lake vacation at one of the waterfront homes. You and the family can rent a boat from the nearby marina for a day of fishing or use the nearest boat launch to get your own boat floating.

7. New Bridge Road Area

On the southern side of Lake Anna, the New Bridge Road area offers lakeside cabin rentals and luxury homes along with easy access to the northern side of the lake. Cross the lake by road in just minutes to take a hike in Lake Anna State Park or enjoy some low-key bird watching.

8. Thornhill, Virginia

On the northwestern side of Lake Anna, Thornhill gives you the chance to find a lakefront cabin to rent with a dock attached for fishing with the family. Gather your kids into the car for some cool history at Ferry Farm, the boyhood home of America’s first president, George Washington.

9. Paytes, Virginia

Just a couple of miles from the northern side of the lake, Paytes offers vacation rentals within driving distance of lake activities, golfing and historical sightseeing. Use this location as a jumping off point to visit Chatham. It’s the only home ever visited by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.

10. Brokenburg, Virginia

In the heart of Spotsylvania County and minutes from the lake and Lake Anna State Park, Brokenburg has comfortable vacation rental homes. You and the family can spend the day on the lake, hiking through the state park or golfing. Step back in time with a visit to Government Island, where the building materials for the White House and Capital Building were hand-quarried.