Six years later, I half to admit, that I have grown to appreciate the distinct pleasures of the Boone Lake and most of all Sonny’s. I have been brought to understand the love that locals have for “Pontoon” boats which are like floating party platforms which putter leisurely across the lake and into tiny coves and inlets. Over the years, small flashy speedboats have increased in number, often pulling inner-tubes, which usually have a laughing child clinging wildly as they are speedily pulled through the boat wake spraying water. Here and there, a couple of jet-skis zip along the surface of lake creating waves that ripple across the green water.
Memorial Day Weekend is the big kick-off for the summer season, and of course we had to stop by to enjoy the fun!
The mood was happy and relaxed with water enthusiasts pulling up to the docks in their boats and jet-skis for a quick lunch.
Sonny’s has a great casual menu filled with American favorites like thick hamburgers, stacked sandwiches, fat hotdogs and lots of other yummy items, even salads for the calorie conscious! No high alcohol drinks though! This place only serves beer, hard ciders and malt drinks and of course non-alcoholic beverages, which we applaud! Lake safety is important.
We joined the patrons at the bar and relaxed and listened to some great live music provided by Mark Larkins, while we munched on our food and drank ice-cold beers. We loved listening to laid back tropical music straight from the Caribbean played on steel drums and then he changed it up sang Folk and Country favorites accompanied by guitar which got the crowd rocking in their chairs.
While parents enjoyed the songs, children had a great time also because the huge carp and quacking ducks that linger eagerly just next to the dock love to catch bits of bread thrown out them and keep the kids giggling and occupied.
Memorial Day at Sonny’s Marina and Café on Boone Lake in Tennessee is the embodiment of the American summer experience, so if you have a chance, stop by and join the fun!