As you trudge through the gray and rainy streets of your hometown feeling the cold that seeps into your bones, you may feel like you will never be warm again. One gray day merges into another gray day, and the unrelenting cold and damp never seems to lessen, but if you take a moment to look at the calendar you will soon discover a glimmer of hope as you realize that Memorial Day Weekend is just a few short weeks away! Now is the perfect time to start planning your all-American getaway to an area rich in American history and beauty. Smith Mountain Lake is ready to give you the fun-filled weekend you deserve!
Our sweet holiday homes offer more than just comfort and a serene place to lay your head at night. These homes welcome you to a lifestyle you will love! Walk into kitchens that are the heart of the home and start preparing all the ingredients for an old-fashioned barbecue; the grills on our back deck allow you to take the fun outside into almost perfect pre-summer weather! Living rooms with comfy couches may be the spots you choose to nap in any other season, but gentle breezes and plush outdoor furniture may convince you that outside is where you want to be this holiday weekend! Offering the opportunity for picnics on private docks, boat rides across the stunning Smith Mountain Lake, and when the sun sets over the horizon, it doesn’t mean your fun is going to end as many of our lakeside homes offer fire pits to gather round on the cooler nights of the season! Tell ghost stories, lame dad jokes, or simply sit in the chairs enjoying the night sounds of Smith Mountain Lake. These quiet moments will be the ones you dream about when you head back into the house, ready to slip between the sheets of beds so comfortable that sleep will come easy!
Whether you decide to explore the history of the area with a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest or simply spend all your time on the sandy beaches of Smith Mountain Lake, every day is guaranteed to be better than the last when you choose Smith Mountain Lake for your holiday hideaway. Reserve your stay with us today!
The days, weeks, and months of our lives pass far too quickly as we fill the hours with work, school, chores, and traffic, and when it’s time to take a break, to get away and let the fresh air fill your lungs and the warmth and charm of your favorite vacation rental fill your heart, it’s time to see what Smith Mountain Lake has to offer! Easter is just a few short weeks away, and we think you’ve been working too hard. Drop what you’re doing and start your holiday journey to Smith Mountain Lake, and for just a few days leave all your worries behind!
Although this isn’t your forever home, you will feel at home from the first moment you walk inside our holiday escapes! Kitchens that are bright and airy bring the joy back to cooking as you prepare an Easter feast, boil eggs for decorating and hunting, or simply sip on your coffee as you peer out the window over the sink, delighted by views that calm. Dining rooms are dominated by tables built for families, large enough for all the members of your traveling party to sit comfortably but not so large that they have to yell to be heard as you enjoy a family meal.
In the living rooms, there are plenty of spaces to places for Easter baskets and Easter decorations, and if this holiday is cool or wet, a fire in the fireplaces will warm you immediately! Families traveling with children will find plenty of places to hide eggs, allowing the annual egg hunt tradition to continue even if you are thousands of miles from home. And when the sun sets on another perfect holiday, retreating to cozy bedrooms that are warm and peaceful will be another highlight in a day filled with special moments. Our houses become homes when your family sleeps peacefully under their roofs, and we are grateful that you chose to spend your Easter with us!
The comforts of home are made special when you get to spend many of them sitting on the decks of your Easter hideaway watching the sun set, listening to your children laugh as they play on the lawn, and sharing quiet conversations with your favorite traveling partner. Every moment is worth celebrating when with family, and our homes will make those moments even more special. Reserve your stay today!
As we juggle work, school, friends, family, and whatever else life throws at us, we have a tendency to push those closest to us to the bottom of our to-do lists. They have to know you love them, right? And of course, they love you too. But even the tightest of bonds can loosen a little and your Smith Mountain Lake getaway is the perfect time to put a double knot on your relationship. This guide to date night hot spots near Smith Mountain Lake will ensure the fires of your love will burn hot and bright—no cold embers for guests who stay in our Vacation Rentals Smith Mountain Lake honeymoon hideaways!
The main reason you are here is to explore the beauty of the Smith Mountain Lake area, and a Virginia Dare cruise, located out of Moneta, is the perfect way to do so! Costing only $40 per person (This price includes food; it is only $25 if you don’t want to eat!), the cruise takes you on a tour of Smith Mountain Lake and includes visits to an antique carousel, island stops, and views of the osprey nests. Romantic and breathtaking, this beautiful cruise may be the highlight of your vacation!
We all know that the quickest route to any man’s heart is through his stomach and enjoying a delicious Italian meal from Vinny’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria will tell him you know what makes him happy! Food is the international language of love and a huge slice of handmade lasagna proves the love you feel is enormous. Located at 16547 Moneta Road in Moneta, this special restaurant is one of our favorites.
Many of our guests bring their own boats (or rent one while here) and spend their hours exploring all the wonders Smith Mountain Lake has to offer. If that’s your plan, we are sure you will be thrilled to learn you don’t have to go home when hunger pangs strike; Mango’s Bar & Grill, 16430 Booker T Washington Highway in Moneta, offers boat docks where you can park and head in for a meal, some refreshments, or during the summer months, some live entertainment guaranteed to get your feet tapping!
It doesn’t get any more romantic than your vacation escape on Smith Mountain Lake! Reserve yours today and discover the joys of staying in with your favorite traveling partner.
We are so proud of the vacation rentals we offer to guests who fly in from all over the world, and that excitement shows in the way we present our homes to you. We love getting you just as excited about a particular home—in this case, our Log Cabin Retreat property—and we just have to talk to you about a little more than we normally would! This walkthrough of a very special space will help you decide if it has everything you need for your Smith Mountain Lake vacation getaway.
A log cabin, any log cabin, offers a unique vacation experience, but this space has something extra that will make you never want to leave. From the red barn wood frame exterior surrounded by decks to the charming interior décor, guests know they are walking into something special from the start. The kitchen features a vintage porcelain sink, red cabinets, and a tongue and groove ceiling; all the elements combine to create a farmhouse kitchen that is the heart of the home. The dining area with its own fireplace and wood floors offers the perfect space in which to play games, put together puzzles, or enjoy a family feast. Located mere steps from the kitchen, its convenient location will make it one of your favorite spaces.
The warmth of the living room surrounded by windows and sliding glass doors—which allow you to look out on the Virginia scenery while keeping cozy inside—is enhanced with a stone fireplace, plush furnishings, and a colorful throw or two. Walk out onto the covered and screened-in deck on one side or the wide-open deck on the other and prepare to be awed; this lakeside cabin offers million-dollar views you won’t ever forget, and the dock at the end of the wood walkway is where hours of summer fun can be had! The three bedrooms include a master bedroom with king bed and a television to enjoy for a few minutes before you fall into a deep sleep. The other two bedrooms are spacious and bright, decorated with the same touches of red that can be found throughout the house.
Lake life is an experience with which you will fall in love, and our cozy cabin has all the extras to make it even more special. Simmer in the hot tub under the stars, gather round the firepit and tell ghost stories, or spend countless hours playing games that include checkers and pool with your ENTIRE family. This space is pet friendly (for an additional fee) so Fido does not have to be left behind. Reserve your time in our Log Cabin Retreat today!
The last ornament has been packed away and the final sip of champagne has been drained, while the new year stretches out before us like a field of freshly fallen snow. As often happens at this time of year, the winter blues begin to take over, but the best way to cure those blues is by making plans—plans to explore, plans to travel, and because Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, plans to show the love of your life that the romance will never die! If your plans include a visit to Smith Mountain Lake and a stay in one of our vacation love nests, this guide to romantic activities will be all your Valentine needs to stay convinced you will love him or her forever!
2020 was a rough year, yet your love stayed the course and will continue to with a little pre-planning during your Virginia getaway. A beautiful bouquet of flowers ordered from Smith Mountain Flowers in Moneta, her favorite pastry picked up in advance from My Way Bakery, and a fresh cup of coffee easily brewed in one of our fully equipped kitchens. Following these simple steps will make this Smith Mountain Lake romantic escape one that neither of you will soon forget!
Taking time for a little pampering is always a good idea, and on Valentine’s Day a couple’s massage offered by True Organics Spa at 130 Scruggs Road #104 in Moneta is the perfect way to do so! Offering a variety of packages for two, including a Spa Date Night that features rock and soul feet retreats, facials, and hot stone massages, this special activity will ensure that your Valentine’s Day starts (or ends!) on the right note.
The luxury amenities that come with many of our properties offer new ways to show your love. Sipp wine on the deck as the sun sets over the lake, share a moment in the hot tub in the cool night air, or cuddle together around a roaring fire, either in the fireplace inside or the fire pit next to the lake. Our homes are designed to spoil and pamper, and you and your Valentine deserve both. Reserve your Valentine’s Day hideaway today and fall in love all over again!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.