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Not every traveler takes their annual vacation in the summer; some prefer the feel of a winter day on the lake as they hike, play, or sit and enjoy the views from the porch—bundled up, of course! Winter fun, however, can bring on a mighty appetite, and if you are traveling to the Smith Mountain Lake for your seasonal getaway, we have a feeling you will appreciate this guide to the best places to get a hot winter meal near your escape on the lake!

Jake’s Place, 1041 Harbour Inn Lane in Moneta

Everywhere we go in life, we tend to gravitate toward restaurants that make us feel welcomed, accepted, and well-fed, and Jake’s Place in Moneta is one of those places! Open for dine-in and curbside pick-up, its spot on Smith Mountain Lake makes it popular any season of the year, but in winter its hearty servings of everyone’s favorite comfort foods makes it the hottest spot on the lake! Offering a Sunday breakfast menu as well, we admit to loving every dish they serve, but for some of us, it is their drunken sirloin that has us coming back time and time again! Created with a thick and juicy steak that has been marinating the perfect amount of time, we like to add sauteed mushrooms and onions, and on the coldest days, the addition of grilled shrimp makes this dish the perfect winter meal.

Vinnie’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria, 16547 Moneta Road in Moneta

Nothing warms up a cold night faster than a hot slice of pizza accompanied by your favorite glass of red wine, and Vinnie’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria offers both, as well as an expansive menu of your favorite classic Italian dishes! Open for dine-in, curbside pick-up, and delivery which gives you more ways to enjoy that lasagna you crave, their calzones will change your life! Try the Original filled with mozzarella, ham, and ricotta, or the Chicken Florentine Calzone created with mozzarella, juicy chunks of sauteed chicken breast, ham, spinach, and fresh mushrooms. Although they have a large dessert menu, if you pass up the cannoli, you will never forgive yourself!

A Plethora of Choices for Winter Fun

No matter which of the many restaurants you choose, coming home each evening to the vacation home of your dreams promises to make your first choice the best choice! Contact us to reserve yours today!

2020 is one year for which we are all going to be glad to see the end, and we are thrilled to say that New Year’s is literally just weeks away! Although we can’t predict what 2021 will bring, we do know that ending the old year and beginning the new one right here in the heart of America promises to give the next 12 months of your life a happy start that bodes well. This guide to Smith Mountain Lake New Year’s excitement will make sure that every minute of your stay is filled with magic!

Quietly Celebrating the End of a Very Unusual Year

Somehow, we think this New Year’s Eve will have us focused inward as we ponder all the richness in our lives. New Year’s in Virginia can be chilly, and getting a roaring fire going on one of the coldest nights of the year is the perfect way to start your quiet celebration! In our households, we like to pretend we are super fancy people and create a meal of nothing but hors d’oeuvres and left-over Christmas cookies—all of which we devour in our jammies! If you choose to go this route on New Year’s Eve, Food Lion always has a delicious selection of frozen appetizers, and our fully equipped kitchens will soon smell like you’ve been slaving over a hot stove the entire day. And because family pajamas are now a thing, nearly every online store sells matching pajamas that will fit everyone in your family and will make your final photograph of 2020 super special; you just may have to plan this little bit out in advance!

Spend the evening reminiscing in over the good stuff 2020 brought to you in our plush and inviting living areas, being sure to ignore the bad, because this time we are starting the new year on a positive note! Keep the television off (until that all-important last 30 minutes before midnight) and tell funny stories, sip champagne, and snack the night away. This is definitely one night when calorie counts go out the window! And when the ball begins to drop, get ready to hug and kiss like you haven’t all year, because we all know that the new year doesn’t begin until we get our celebratory smooches! Heading outside to the cool and crisp winter’s night to continue the good cheer just may bring you the sight of fireworks exploding in the sky; as of our last accounting, there weren’t any planned fireworks shows, but we can’t control what the neighbors do!

New Year, Same Lucky Families!

Reserve your Smith Mountain Lake holiday hideaway today. Hopefully, we will be the first to wish you a happy and healthy 2021!

As 2020 careens towards the end, many of us have not made any plans for Christmas, as we just did not know what was going to happen. Fortunately, things are starting to calm down just a bit, and after spending so much of the year at home, we are looking forward to getting out and exploring the world once more! If your journey brings you to the festive shores of Smith Mountain Lake and stars a stay in one of our holiday homes, this guide to merry making will ensure that this Christmas at Smith Mountain Lake will be one over which you can rejoice!

Let the Celebrating Begin!

A Christmas getaway doesn’t always have to take place during the holiday; this special celebration requires at least a month of festivities, allowing travelers to enjoy the season beforehand and stay home where the heart is on the actual day. The annual Christmas Parade in Bedford, for example, takes place on December 5th, and if you sign up in time, you and your family can actually be a part of the parade! Glitz up your car and head to your assigned location in Liberty Lake Park and prepare to feel festive.

Santa’s Helpers for a Christmas at Smith Mountain Lake

Shopping trips are anything but ordinary when you are shopping for Christmas gifts, and The Nested Magpie at 132 W Main Street in Bedford ensures that your part time job as Santa’s Helper will be an absolute success! Offering everything from apple décor to warm throws that will help you enjoy your zzzz’s on the sofa, this fun spot is one of our favorite spots in the entire Smith Mountain Lake region.

The Magic of Christmas

Of course, the beauty of our holiday hideaways may convince you that you do not want to be anywhere else for Christmas, and that’s ok! Our homes are designed to embrace weary travelers any time of year, but the magic of Christmas offers an extra sparkle to their shine. Hang stockings over the fireplace (the Nested Magpie might have a few if you have come unprepared), sip hot cocoa you made from scratch and gather round the television for a night of Christmas movies and general wellbeing. This holiday, more than any other, is made even more magical when spent with family and our family vacation homes make it easy to feel festive. Reserve yours today!

As this tough year comes to an end, you may not be feeling very thankful, but we know the perfect way to bring back the grateful to your life. Spending Thanksgiving in the serene and beautiful countryside that surrounds Smith Mountain Lake is our favorite way to remember our blessings, and if your journey brings you to Virginia for the holiday, staying in one of our simply comfortable escapes will make it even more special for you!

Designed to Please

 Each property we offer is different, but when the door of the home of your choice swings open and you step inside, the sense of serenity and peacefulness you will feel is guaranteed! Set your bags aside for the moment (you’ll have plenty of time to unpack later) and begin your explorations with a visit to the one room you will probably spend a lot of time in, the kitchen. Fully equipped for creating a turkey day feast, the only thing you will need to make your own is ingredients for the meals. The dining room tables are built to hold all your blessings, which means you can enjoy a meal as a family! In the living rooms, state of the art televisions can be used to watch the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade before the meal and the first of many Christmas movies after the last piece of pumpkin pie has been devoured. And as the moon rises high in the sky, signifying the end of another successful Thanksgiving, guests will discover yet more for which to be thankful: soft mattresses, silky sheets, and warm blankets that combine to give you the best night’s sleep of your life!

A Tasty Meal Without the Work

 The one person in your family who may be feeling a tad sulky is the one person who has done so much for so long. Mom, who has been the traditional turkey day cook for more years than she can count may be wishing she could get a break, and we’re here to say we wholeheartedly agree! Just as is the case in your own home town, many grocery stores in the area will prepare the dinner for you, and all you have to do is take it home and serve it—no assembly required! Food Lion, found in most of the towns surrounding Smith Mountain Lake, offers a delicious catering service that is sure to please!

We Are Grateful for YOU!

 It’s been a tough year for everyone, and we just want you to know that we are thankful for you, our very important guests. Reserve your holiday hideaway with us today and rediscover all the blessings in your life!

As everything has seemed to change in this topsy turvy world we live in, it is only natural that schooling changes as well! The traditional carpool in your jammies, drop off and pick up in front of the school is a distant memory, as many of us have been forced into alternative methods that include online education and homeschooling. As we wrap our brains around this new normal, we also begin to think outside the box and realize one very important fact: Homeschooling does not have to be done from your own home! Traveling offers as many educational benefits as schoolroom learning does, and when your journey leads you to the Smith Mountain Lake area, you will be able to see new worlds open up for your inquisitive children!

Science and Smith Mountain Lake

Start your curriculum with a lesson in the importance of keeping the lake clean, and as you explain to your students why water pollution is so harmful, you can take a field trip around the lake picking up garbage that careless people have left behind. Combining charitable work with environmental awareness is just one of many ways homeschooling offers so much more than the traditional classroom, and as you learn how chemicals and pesticides can cause harm to you and your family, your education will continue as well!

Recess is Important

Even if your child isn’t “chained” to his desk, it is still important to get away for a while and play, and if your recess includes wading in the waters you just cleaned, all the better! Let him get rid of the wiggles as he runs along shore’s edge, whooping it up on a beautiful fall day in Virginia. Expect that he will “accidentally” fall into the water at least once and have some dry clothes on hand just to be safe; it can get cool in Virginia in the fall!

Lunch is Vital

Our comfortable and homey rental properties offer fully equipped kitchens that make lunch prep so much more fun and we can promise that your child will adore his new lunch lady! However, if you want to get away for a minute or two and let someone cook for the teacher, there are plenty of diners and restaurants in the area eager to do so! Vinnie’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria, found at 16547 Moneta Road in Moneta, is one of our personal favorites, but feel free to check out any café, diner, or restaurant that catches your eye!

Learning Isn’t So Bad

Whatever subjects you are covering in your online curriculum, your stay in our vacation homes away from home will be both fun and educational! Contact us today to book your Smith Mountain Lake getaway.

 

 

After the way 2020 has turned out, we find ourselves appreciating the simple things in life even more. Secrets shared with the ones we love most, the happy giggles of our children as they watch their favorite cartoons, and the sun setting in a glorious cacophony of color after a long and stressful day. Travel can be counted as one of those simple pleasures, especially when you plan a retreat to the serenity of the Smith Mountain Lake area. If you just can’t get enough of the natural beauty of our Virginia home state, this guide to the natural attractions in the area will give you even more reason to make Smith Mountain Lake a regular vacation destination.

The Caverns at Natural Bridge

It’s a little bit of a drive, just over an hour, to get to these beautiful underground spaces, but the beauty of the caves is definitely something worth traveling for. Open to the public since the late 1970s but first discovered in the late 1800s, it’s taken hundreds of thousands of years to form. Featuring, as you might expect, stalactites and stalagmites, secret tunnels and a temperature that stays a cool 54 degrees all year long, the majestic beauty of the caverns never fails to impress. Located at 6313 S Lee Highway in Natural Bridge, Virginia. While you’re in the area, you might want to pop on over to the Natural Bridge for which the park and caverns are named. Created from exposure to the elements over hundreds of thousands of years, there is a paved trail that allows you to walk under the opening in the rocks.

The Peaks of Otter

Nearby Bedford, Virginia is hidden away in the shadows of the Peaks of Otter, once described by Thomas Jefferson as being the highest peaks in the state—of course, he was wrong! Picturesque and offering a variety of trails that allow travelers to explore, these three mountains offer the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun set.

Smith Mountain Lake

We would be remiss if we didn’t bring up the main reason for your visit, the reservoir known as Smith Mountain Lake. Created when Smith Mountain Dam was completed in 1963, this is the second largest lake in the state and quite possibly the most popular! Offering swimming, fishing, and boating activities, the only thing more beautiful than the lake itself could be our stylish and luxurious rental properties—reserve yours today!

A visit to Smith Mountain Lake offers plenty of laidback lifestyle vibes as you sleep late in our super comfortable beds, chill on the back porch with coffee or wine depending on the time of day, and spend as much time as you can on or near the water. But some of our visitors are wired differently, finding themselves unable to completely enjoy lake life without getting out there and exploring everything the area has to offer. For those people who walk to the beat of a different drummer, we offer a getaway that’s just as different as you are. This guide to a historical journey of the Smith Mountain Lake area will feed your curiosity as it allows you to get out and explore more than the views off the back deck of your vacation escape!

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

You don’t have to wander far to find something of historical significance in our home state; Virginia was one of the original 13 colonies, after all. But some historical attractions are of a little higher importance than a marker found on the side of the road, and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is one such site! Located at 1542 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest, Virginia, this brick plantation with forest green shutters was the place our 3rd President retreated to when his day job began to stress him out. Restored to look much as it had in the earliest days of our nation’s history and offering special events throughout the year, Poplar Forest is definitely one site worth visiting at least once in your lifetime!

Ghost Town of Monroe

While this next “attraction” is more of a legend in these parts, the town of Monroe is suspected to be found on the bottom of Smith Mountain Lake, flooded over when the dams were built many years ago. It’s near impossible to determine if this story is fact or fiction, but to be honest, we don’t really want to disenchant anyone of the notion of a flooded ghost town as it adds to the mystique of the area! So, the next time you’re skiing, fishing, or swimming, be sure to send a cheerful hello down to the depths of the lake!

Booker T. Washington National Monument

It’s hard to picture one of the greatest Americans in history starting out his days in this humble slave shack, but Booker T. Washington was born a slave, and when you visit the National Monument you can walk in his footsteps as you explore the park, watch live reenactments, and feel humbled by this distressing time in American history. Located at 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway in Hardy, your visit to the grounds of the plantation is going to be one you will think about for years to come.

National D-Day Memorial

Honoring the brave soldiers who lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy, the National D-Day Memorial was dedicated on June 6th, 2001. With a population of only around 3,200 in 1944, Bedford suffered the nation’s severest D-Day losses by proportion and was therefore chosen as the Memorial site to honor the town’s great sacrifice. You can visit the Memorial at 3 Overlord Circle in Bedford, VA. The Memorial is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with ticket sales ending at 4:30 PM. Be sure to call ahead at 510-587-3619 for more information and to confirm the Memorial’s operational status before visiting.

Reserve Your Historic Getaway Today

We offer the vacation escape of your dreams! Contact us today to book your journey and discover the historical side of the Smith Mountain Lake area.

Although the weather outside is still a bit stifling, we know that fall is within sight. The sun dips below the horizon a little earlier these days, and the first sighting of pumpkin spice lattes has been announced. If the thoughts of fall in Smith Mountain Lake has you craving nights gathered around the fire pit, days spent exploring the beauty of nature, and pumpkin desserts designed to finish off every meal happily, we say go for it! Fall is when the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake moves into the next level, and this guide to the fun you can have during your Smith Mountain Lake vacation will ensure every minute is a dream come true!

Leaf Peeping

Although this term is generally used for New England travelers, the vibrancy of the leaves in the fall here in Virginia brings many people to our region. The brilliant reds, oranges, and purple leaves decorating the trees and the land turn the landscape into a magical wonderland you will never forget as you take picture after picture of pure perfection!

Carve a Pumpkin

Just because you aren’t at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t carve a pumpkin for the doorstep of your fall escape! Any grocery store in the area will have the gourd you seek, as will farmers’ markets, and if you don’t like the mess that accompanies pumpkin carving, craft stores sell craft pumpkins you can carve without any fuss. And because they are yours forever, you can bring it home as a souvenir of your unforgettable Virginia vacation!

Tell Ghost Stories by the Fire

As Halloween grows closer, we start to enjoy being frightened, and whether you are sitting around the fireplace in your vacation getaway or are gathered round the firepit outside, telling ghost stories is a time-honored tradition for people of all ages! Do an online search for new scary stories, or if your children are really young, stick with sanitized versions of the stories that creeped you out in your youth.

Enjoy Your Fall Smith Mountain Lake Vacation

Fall is for families, and our cozy and comfortable vacation rentals are designed to make your entire family feel at home. Smith Mountain Lake was also recently named one of the top places in the country to escape the pandemic, and we would love to help you enjoy a safe and secure stay in the area. Reserve your Smith Mountain Lake vacation rental with us today and discover the rich and colorful beauty of Smith Mountain Lake in the fall!

Chances are you haven’t done much traveling this year and your travel journal offers page after page of blankness. The pandemic has affected every aspect of life in 2020. And even as things are slowly returning to normal, many of us are still working remotely and our children are returning to an online program at school, something we tend to think of as a mixed blessing. We at Premier Vacation Rentals Smith Mountain Lake, however, think you may be overlooking the brightest spot of this new work-from-home world: the realization that you can work from ANY home means it might be time to start planning that Smith Mountain Lake getaway you’ve been dreaming about!

Workcation is the Word of the Day

When you choose one of our Smith Mountain Lake vacation escapes for your much needed workcation, the benefits to your peace of mind are endless! Falling asleep in soft beds every night, then waking not so early for your commute from the bedroom to the space you’ve claimed as your office is relaxing and comfortable. And because the internet works from anywhere, you’re not limited to the dining room table as a working space! Sip coffee on the deck as you Zoom with your coworkers, watching the envy in their faces as they spot the idyllic setting from which you are laboring. Phone meetings conducted from the bedroom with the windows wide open allow you views of Smith Mountain Lake. Lunch breaks taken on the dock will allow the peaceful sounds of the lake to lull you into a happy trance. Finishing off reports in front of a roaring fire on a rainy day will be just another moment that makes this getaway one you will never forget.

When booking your home, be sure to look for our lodging with “Premium” Wi-Fi/internet to ensure you’ll have the best connection! These homes have upgraded service and will help you get your work done right. While all of our homes do have internet, some still have slower connections, so double check when you book!

Logging Off for the Day

When the end of your workday arrives, you will happily put away your papers, close up your laptop, and turn off your phone, knowing the best part of your day is here! Spend your free hours watching the sunset, playing on the lake, or exploring the small towns that make up the Smith Mountain Lake area. Every day will be a new adventure when you choose Premier Vacation Rentals Smith Mountain Lake for your Virginia workcation. Reserve your stay with us today!

With all the goings on of the last few months, you need this Smith Mountain Lake vacation more than ever before. But because you’ve learned all too well the rules of self-quarantining and social distancing, you may be wondering if this is a good time to travel anywhere! Well, we’re here to tell you, that now is the PERFECT time for a getaway, and when your journey brings you to Smith Mountain Lake, this guide to isolated activities in Smith Mountain Lake you can participate in will make this vacation one better than you dreamed it could be!

Experience Lake Life to Its Fullest With These Activities in Smith Mountain Lake

Anyone who has ever spent much time on the water has probably experienced a moment or two of pure glee. Sitting on a boat in the middle of the lake, listening to the quiet slap of the waves against the bow, the sounds of the birds flying overhead, and possibly, off in the far distance, the buzz of a wave runner and the happy laughter of its rider. But even these sounds will fade away, leaving you enjoy the peace and quiet of almost total isolation as you feel the lake breezes kiss your cheeks and the sun gently beating down on your shoulders. Find a secluded cove and drop a line to catch the night’s dinner and revel in the joy that accompanies this getaway in paradise!

Sunday Drives on a Monday

Remember how tortuous we used to think Sunday drives were when we were children? Our parents would drive for years (or so it seemed!) with no particular destination in mind, only stopping when car sickness would overtake us or one of our siblings! Today, however, we cherish those memories and long to recreate them with our own children, and the roads that go through the Smith Mountain Lake area are the perfect ones to take. Offering breathtaking views of the forests that run alongside the roads and scenic spots to stop and enjoy a picnic, there are no wrong turns on these Virginia highways and byways, just delicious detours you will never be able to get enough of!

Why Leave?

Our vacation properties are designed to spoil and pamper, so if you should choose to take a day to do nothing more than enjoy their charms, no one will judge! Sleep in late, simmer in the bubbles of the hot tub on the deck or practice your cannon balls into the lake. These homes are not conducive to hard work and chores, but they will definitely make you fall in love. Reserve yours today! Learn more about us.