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Celebrate Graduation in Smith Mountain Lake

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It might be unusual to some to find a sparkling 20,000-acre lake with over 500 miles of shoreline tucked away in the beautiful forests of Virginia. But for those who know the year-round joys of Smith Mountain Lake, you’ll know that this “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains” is the state’s most popular lake for a reason. Home to incredible natural beauty, exciting water sports, and miles of scenic trails, this haven in the hills is a great spot for a family gathering. If you are looking to celebrate your […]


Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon

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While many come to the peaceful shores of Smith Mountain Lake to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and relax in the peace and quiet, there is a select group who wait with tingling anticipation every year for something else entirely. For these adventurers, athletes, and weekend warriors, the Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon is the highlight of the spring, and a thrilling gateway to summer. Whether you are an avid triathlete or a novice looking to break into this exciting past time, Smith Mountain offers an ideal […]

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Discover 2 of the Best Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournaments

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Put your angler skills to the test! If you’re looking for some healthy competition, check out one of the Smith Mountain Lake fishing tournaments. Whether you’re a bass fisherman or you don’t discriminate among species, there’s a tournament for you! Get the inside scoop on these competitions below! Plus, find out a great resource for more fishing tips on Smith Mountain Lake! Never fish on an empty stomach! If you’re planning on entering one of these Smith Mountain Lake fishing tournaments, you’ll need to know where to go for a […]


Peaks of Otter Winery Is One of the Best in the State

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Visit one of the most popular wineries on the Bedford Wine Trail! Peaks of Otter Winery was the first winery in Bedford, VA, where is it still located today, as well as the first fruit winery in Virginia. Aside from wine, you can also pick your own fruit on the family-owned farm in the fall. Find out everything you need to know about visiting this iconic spot! Peaks of Otter Winery is just one of the many great spots in the Blue Ridge region. For a full list of attractions, […]

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3 of the Best Things to do During Last Minute Getaways from D.C.

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Sometimes, you just need to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. If you’re living in Washington, D.C., the chances are that you are moving at a fast pace. When you need to slow down and you’re not sure where to go, head to Smith Mountain Lake, VA! There’s no better cure for stress than spending time in the Blue Ridge Mountains or on the crystal clear water of our beloved lake. Find out everything you need to know to plan last minute weekend getaways from D.C.! We’ve […]

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Blue Ridge Marathon

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Challenge yourself to complete “America’s Toughest Road Marathon!” The Blue Ridge Marathon is an annual race that features a marathon, half-marathon, 10K, team relay, and double marathon. Find out just why this is one of the most challenging races in the country! After your day competing in the Blue Ridge Marathon, you’re going to need a hearty meal! Download our free Vacation Guide to get a complete list of the best restaurants in the Smith Mountain Lake and Roanoke area. There’s nothing worse than searching for a restaurant when you’re […]

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The Best Way to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Smith Mountain Lake

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Smith Mountain Lake! There’s no better place to experience the luck of the Irish. From local celebrations at nearby restaurants to raucous parades in downtown Roanoke, there are so many ways to enjoy this great holiday. Find out what you need to know about the best local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Are you looking for a list of other great events, just like St. Patrick’s Day in Smith Mountain Lake? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed the best annual festivals in Roanoke and Smith […]

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Why You Need to Rent a Vessel from Parrot Cove Boat Rentals

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What’s a trip to Smith Mountain Lake without spending a day on the water? When you book a home from Premier Vacation Rentals, you’ll be able to choose a property with a dock right on site! All that’s left now is to reserve vessel from Parrot Cove Boat Rentals! Find out everything you need to know about getting a boat and setting sail on Smith Mountain Lake! Parrot Cove Boat Rentals is one of the most popular places to rent a boat on Smith Mountain Lake, but it’s not the […]


Everything You Need to Know About the Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon

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Grab your wetsuit and lace up your running shoes! The Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon is the perfect event to test your endurance and speed on a bike, in the water, and on foot. This annual event brings hundreds of participants from North Carolina and Virginia every year. Find out everything you need to know about the race! While you’re in town for the Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon, take advantage of the many other great things to do! Download our free Vacation Guide for a complete list of our favorite restaurants, […]


What You Need to Know About Mango’s at Smith Mountain Lake

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A visit to Smith Mountain Lake isn’t complete without a meal at Mangos Bar and Grill! This iconic restaurant is perched on the lake’s edge in the city of Moneta. Diners are welcome to come by boat or by car and enjoy the quirky, delicious fare found at this spot. Find out everything you need to know about visiting Mango’s at Smith Mountain Lake! Are you looking for more recommendations for restaurants? Download our free Vacation Guide! Find out the best places to grab a bite to eat in the […]