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 delicious meal. Download our free Vacation Guide to get the inside scoop on the best restaurants in town. Our guide has helped countless visitors, and it can help you too!
If bass is your game, you won’t want to miss out when the famous Big Bass Tour comes to Smith Mountain Lake! This is one of the best open bass tournaments in Virginia. This tournament typically takes place every April on Smith Mountain Lake. This tournament offers over $100,000 in prizes, including prizes for the hourly weigh-ins and overall winners. The grand prize winner will be awarded an alternate boat, motor, and trailer package of their choice! Not too bad for a day’s work!
For almost 50 years, the Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament has been bringing anglers from all over to our shores. The tournament is typically held in early May, beginning on a Friday and ending on a Sunday. This tournament welcomes anglers of all skill levels to fish day and night on the beautiful waters of the Jewel of the Blue Ridge. Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskellunge, catfish, crappies, and stripers. On the Saturday of the tournament weekend, a youth competition will be held. Children aged 12 and under can participate for free with a paying adult. There’s no better way to encourage the next generation of anglers than with a fun competition!
If you’re fishing on Smith Mountain Lake, then you’ll want to stay on Smith Mountain Lake! And if you’re staying on Smith Mountain Lake, then you’ll want to book a home from Premier Vacation Rentals. No one else has a better selection of rental homes right on the shores of our beautiful town. Whether you’re participating in one of these Smith Mountain Lake fishing tournaments or you’re a spectator, you’ll want to get out on the water. When you stay with Premier Vacation Rentals, you’ll be able to rent a boat from SML Premier Boats. This company works exclusively for our rentals, giving our guests an exclusive discount and even dropping off and picking up the boat right from the rental home! Be sure to book a boat quickly, though, because they will run out.
Take a look at our inventory of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.
Are you looking for more great articles on fishing in Smith Mountain Lake? Check out our blog! It’s a great resource on everything from finding the best guides to favorite spots to cast your line, like the Smith Mountain Lake State Park beach!
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, download our free Vacation Guide. We’ve listed our favorite restaurants, shops, historic sites, museums, and more! Everything you need to have the ultimate stay on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake is in our free Vacation Guide. Download it today to start planning your trip!
Peaks of Otter Winery was first built in 1941 by Elmo Johnson. At the time, it just contained 180 square-feet. Since it first opened, it’s grown dramatically to 2,00 square-feet! They produce over 3,000 cases of wine per year and over 30 varieties, though they specialize in fruit wines. They are located on Sheep Creek Road in Bedford, VA. They are open for visits on the weekends from January to March and daily from April to December, from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Peaks of Otter Winery hosts many great events during the year, like a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that includes discounts to visitors wearing green or the Mother’s Day celebration, where moms can get a free wine tasting!
One of the most popular events in Peaks of Otter is the Emergence Festival, which celebrates the warm weather of spring. The festival includes live music, yoga, and drum circles. Anotehr popular event is the Annual Horse & Hound Wine Festival, which features live entertainment, local vendors, games, and plenty of horses and hounds on display! Peaks of Otter Winery is a staple in the local wine events, like the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival or the Virginia Wine and Craft Festival!
After you visit Peaks of Otter Winery, return to a stunning vacation home from Premier Vacation Rentals! We have an incredible selection of gorgeous accommodations, from luxurious homes to cozy cabins.
Consider booking Lake Haven, a gorgeous three-bedroom, two-bathroom home near Parkway Marina. This is the perfect location for any guests hoping to spend time on the water. One of the unique features of this home is that there is only one bedroom on every level, giving the guests a sense of space and privacy in their own little haven.
Take a look at our full list of properties and book your home today! We look forward to having you.
Are you looking for other spots on the Bedford Wine Trail to visit? Take a look at our blog! We’ve written features on the best wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, including Ramulose Ridge Winery and Hickory Hill Winery.
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 listed a couple of our favorite things to do during last minute weekend getaways from D.C., but there’s so much more to discover! Download our free Vacation Guide for a full list of the best restaurants, historic sites, attractions, and more.
If you’re stealing away for a bit, you’re probably in need of some relaxation. We’ve listed some great activities that are sure to melt away your stress! Whether you’re on a short trip from D.C. or you’re staying in town a little longer, these suggestions are always on point!
It’s no surprise that many of our guests come to Smith Mountain Lake to enjoy the peace, quiet, and gorgeous water. There’s something so wonderful about lazing on a boat or a dock, listening to the quiet lap of gentle waves. If you’d like to spend some time on a boat, you’re in luck. There are plenty of great Smith Mountain Lake boat rentals that can provide you with some quality transport.
With so many wonderful wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, it’d be a shame not to visit one (or two) of them. A couple of our favorites include Ramulose Ridge Vineyards and Hickory Hill Winery. If you’re feeling ambitious, try to visit all the wineries on the Bedford Wine Trail!
Hiking is more than just a weekend activity around the Blue Ridge region. It’s a way of life. There are some incredible opportunities for hiking near Smith Mountain Lake, including spots on the famous Appalachian Trail and a park that’s just minutes from many the homes from Premier Vacation Rentals.
If you’re looking for accommodations for last minute weekend getaways from D.C., you’re in luck! Premier Vacation Rentals have the best selection of homes on Smith Mountain Lake. Consider renting Cottage on the Lake, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home that features plenty of rustic charm and serenity. This home is pet-friendly and includes an on-site canoe available for guests’ use. You’ll love cooking dinner in the fully-equipped kitchen while your kids play in the game room upstairs. In the fall and winter, you’ll love gathering in the living room and lighting the woodstove to create a homey environment.
If you need some more ideas for a long weekend getaway from D.C., check out our blog! It’s a great resource for all things Smith Mountain Lake.
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 hungry. With our free Vacation Guide, you’re always prepared.
Sign up for the 2018 Blue Ridge Marathon! Race day takes place on April 21 this year, so be sure to book your home with Premier Vacation Rentals soon.
This marathon is referred to as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon,” as it challenges its runners with over 7,430 feet in elevation changes. That’s more than any other road marathon in the United States! The race follows the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA, and all the proceeds go toward a non-profit which protects the parkway (Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway), as well as local charities.
The races include a full marathon, a half-marathon, a 10K, as well as races to run with a partner. After the race, the participants are all given a unique finisher’s medal, a commemorative t-shirt, and local craft beer. The fun begins and ends in downtown Roanoke!
The Blue Ridge Marathon isn’t just about the challenge of the run or benefiting local charities. It’s also about bringing together locals and visitors to the area. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the Down by Downtown Music Festival. This three-day event showcases music acts from all over the country.
The festival begins on Thursday, April 19. There will be performances taking place at 12 venues in downtown Roanoke. On Friday, April 20, there will be a free concert in the evening at the Elmwood Park Amphitheater. Finally, on Saturday, watch the concert’s headliner perform after the race has concluded.
After you’ve competed in the Blue Ridge Marathon, you will need the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Book a home with Premier Vacation Rentals to enjoy a comfortable stay in a beautiful lakefront home.
Consider booking Herons Rest! This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is the ideal place to unwind. The home features a hot tub, which can help soothe any sore muscles after your busy day. There is also a fireplace, pool table, and canoe. Best of all, this home is pet-friendly and features a large fenced-in yard.
Take a look at the full selection of rental homes and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.
Are you looking for more great things to do in Roanoke, VA? Check out our blog! Find out about the famous Food and Cultural Tour in downtown Roanoke or the Taubman Museum of Art. We’ve even written about the best free things to do in town!
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!
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Without a doubt, the biggest celebration around is the McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival. Since St. Patrick’s Day in 2018 takes place on a Saturday, the event will be held the day of the official holiday.
The day starts with the Shamrock Hill 5K and 1-Mile Race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. This race takes place at the Roanoke Catholic High School and finishes with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the festivities!
The highlight of the day, for sure, is the Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11:00 a.m. on Jefferson St. at Elm Avenue. Keep an eye out for floats from various groups from Smith Mountain Lake. For instance, the Smith Mountain Lake Society often has a float that celebrates its patron, a sixth-century Irish saint named Brendan from Tralee.
The festivities continue at the Shamrock Festival, which starts at noon. Admission to the Shamrock Festival is totally free, and it takes place at the Wells Fargo Plaza behind the City Market Building. Enjoy vendors serving up delicious food and live music!
If you’re traveling with children, you won’t want to miss the Freedom First Kids Zone, which takes place in two locations: in front of the Taubman Museum of Art and in Market Square. Admission to the Kids Zone is also completely free. Your little ones will enjoy the face painting, bouncing on inflatables, and the great games!
There’s no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Smith Mountain Lake than a home from Premier Vacation Rentals! We have the best selection of lakefront properties, from cozy condos to luxurious homes.
Consider booking Peace of Paradise, located in Moneta, VA. This gorgeous three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is just a short drive from Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Enjoy a beautiful view of the nearby mountains and the tranquil waters of The Jewel of the Blue Ridge! This home’s amenities include a canoe on-site, a fire-pit, and a fully-equipped kitchen!
Browse through our full catalog of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.
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 only option. Discover the rest when you download our free Vacation Guide! You’ll also get a list of the best restaurants, shops, historic sites, museums, and wineries near Smith Mountain Lake. Plan your trip in no time at all with our free Vacation Guide!
Find out why Parrot Cove is one of the most popular SML boat rentals!
For a relaxing day on the water, you’ll want to rent a pontoon boat. These boats include life jackets a swim ladder, anchor and line, and some models are even equipped with a trolling motor and fish finder. During peak season, Memorial Day Weekend through the beginning of September, the rental rate is $160 per day. There is a discount rate available during certain weeks during the year. Check their website for the most up-to-date information. The discount rate for a pontoon boat is $125 per day.
For a little more speed and excitement, a Runabout is the way to go! These smaller vessels are great for zipping around the lake as well as just floating and relaxing. The cost to rent one of these during peak season is $210 a day. The rate during the off-season is $165 a day.
If you want to take advantage of the abundance fishing at Smith Mountain Lake, be sure to rent one of the fishing boats from Parrot Cove Boat Rentals! These boats include a trolling motor, a 17-gallon gas tank, two batteries, a fish finder, and life jackets. There are two boats available. The 17-foot boat is $125 per day during the peak season and $100 per the off-season. The 15-foot vessel is $95 per day during the peak season and $80 during the slower weeks.
After your visit to Parrot Cove Boat Rentals, return to your gorgeous home from Premier Vacation Rentals. We have the best selection of beautiful properties on Smith Mountain Lake, from luxurious rentals to cozy cabins.
Consider booking Dancing Water in Moneta, VA. This five-bedroom, three-bathroom property offers a hot tub, kayaks available to the guests, and a dock from which you can launch your boat. All the rooms in this home overlook the lake, and each bedroom features a balcony or patio walk-out. Dancing Water is located just minutes from a grocery store, vineyard, and several incredible restaurants.
Check the rest of our wonderful rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.
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, museums, historic sites, and other attractions in the area.
The Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon is the first open-water swim triathlon in Western Virginia and is one of the most popular in the area. This race is part of the Virginia Triathlon Series, which holds more than 20 events in the state.
The SML Triathlon takes place during the first week of May, which is when the water begins to warm up after a long winter. The 2018 Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon will take place on May 5 at 9:00 a.m, though all participants must arrive to pick up their packets from 7:00 to 8:15 a.m. The pre-race meeting will be held at 8:45 a.m. The race begins and ends at the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
If you plan on participating in the SML Triathlon, the first thing you need to be aware of is the water temperature. While the lake is warmer than it would be in the winter months, the water is typically around 60-degrees. While wetsuits are not required to participate in the swimming portion, they are recommended, especially for those not familiar with swimming in cooler weather. The swim begins and ends at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park beach and is 750 kilometers.
After the swimming portion comes the biking section of the race. The bike path is 20 kilometers and rolling throughout. It will take you through different areas of the gorgeous park, with elevation ranging between 800 and over 950-feet.
Finally, the running trail takes you back through the park, with both flat and rolling surfaces. In total, this run stretches over five kilometers.
Athletes have two-and-a-half hours to complete the race. The cumulative cut-off for swimming is the one-hour mark. For biking, the cut-off is the two-hour mark. While you are still permitted to finish the race, you will be asked to return you time chip.
Aside from personal goals and fitness, you’ll also be running for the Virginia Amateur Sports and the ALS Foundation, two very worthy causes. The first is a Roanoke-based non-profit group that works to provide access to sporting events to Virginia residents. The second cause raises awareness and money for research to help cure amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
After you’ve spent the day pushing yourself to your limits at the Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon, return to a luxurious home from Premier Vacation Rentals. We have a wide variety of homes that feature hot tubs, perfect for soothing any sore muscles.
Take a look at our full selection of rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.
A visit to Smith Mountain Lake isn’t complete without a meal at Mango’s Bar and Grill in Smith Mountain Lake! 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!
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The first thing you’ll notice about the Mango’s Bar & Grill menu is the abundance of fresh seafood. Crab, tuna, shrimp, salmon, and mahi-mahi are all represented in their more delicious form! Mango’s isn’t serving your average fried seafood dishes, either. Each of their meals, from the classic salads to their apps, has been elevated. For example, their pepper-crusted seared tuna is served with a jicama slaw and topped with a wasabi cream sauce. You won’t find that at your average bar! Their fried Reuben spring rolls are another creative take on a classic dish. Corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut has been wrapped in a crispily fried wrapper and served with Russian dressing.
It wouldn’t be a bar without some delicious drinks to go with the scrumptious food! Mango’s offers an array of fun shooters (with Fun Dip or Blow Pops!), cocktails, and frozen drinks that are sure to please. Their most popular drink is The Mango Hurricane, which features three olives, orange vodka, melon liqueur, spiced rum, grenadine, pineapple, and sours. Non-drinkers also have plenty of yummy options at Mango’s. Enjoy a mango-mint iced tea, a ginger-mint lemonade, or a strawberry lemonade during your visit. There’s plenty from which to choose, and it’s all delicious!
Aside from providing an incredible menu of delicious treats, Mango’s also hosts local bands. Catch Uptown Band from Roanoke or Barefoot West Band during your meal at one of the best bars at Smith Mountain Lake!
After your delicious meal at Mango’s Bar and Grill in Smith Mountain Lake, return to a stunning home from Premier Vacation Rentals. We offer the best selection of properties at Smith Mountain Lake, from luxury rentals to cozy cabins. We even offer a selection of pet-friendly rental homes, so the whole family can join you on vacation!
Consider booking Bernard’s View Point in Moneta, VA! While you stay here, you’ll be able to enjoy the view of Smith Mountain Lake and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin includes a fireplace, a large kitchen, a private patio, and an outdoor grill. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the amenities with no extra fees! Enjoy a game of racquetball or tennis during your stay.
Take a look at our full catalog of rentals and book today! We look forward to hosting you soon.
Your wedding is supposed to be the most important day of your life. Then why is it so stressful to plan one? One of the hardest parts of planning nuptials is finding accommodations for your wedding party. It’s become custom now to search for hotels in the area and reserve a block of rooms at a fixed price for your guests. But what if there was an easier way? The best way to arrange accommodations for your loved ones during Smith Mountain Lake weddings is by renting a gorgeous home from Premier Vacation Rentals!
Most people planning Smith Mountain Lake weddings don’t have the time to field questions about the best restaurants and places to visit in the area. With our free Vacation Guide, you won’t have to! We’ve listed the best places to eat, museums, historic sites, spas, and hiking trails in the area. Your guests will appreciate this easy-to-ready guide listing the best-of-the-best near Smith Mountain Lake. Download our free Vacation Guide today!
While it may be common to reserve a block of hotel rooms for your wedding party, there are so many problems that arise from that custom. Often guests are unhappy with the choice of hotel. If members of your wedding party have children, it can be a struggle getting them to feel comfortable in such a strange environment. It seems that no matter how many times you ask, hotels never book your rooms close to each other. Most importantly, it’s uncomfortable for a bridge to get ready in a cramped hotel room.
Rental properties help with all of those problems. Premier Vacation Rentals has a great selection of homes nestled in the lakefront. We offer rentals that can accommodate up to 10 guests with plenty of room. If you have a large wedding party, consider booking one home for the bride’s party and one for the groom’s. Your bridal group will love being able to get ready together in luxurious accommodations in the view of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake! Our estates are a wedding photographer’s dream. There’s nothing like the gorgeous natural light for wedding photos, and we’ve got plenty of that at Smith Mountain Lake!
When it comes to housing groups for Smith Mountain Lake weddings, the choice is clear. Book a property with Premier Vacation Rentals and enjoy the comfort and amenities of a luxurious home with a view that can’t be beaten! We even offer dog-friendly rentals, in case a member of your wedding party happens to walk on four legs. If you know how many members are in your party, you can start sorting through our homes by max occupancy. If you’re not quite sure how many people you’ll have joining you, you can just search through our full catalog.
Remember Premier Vacation Rentals when it comes to booking accommodations for your big day! We look forward to having you.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to travel for Valentine’s Day, look no further than a Smith Mountain Lake getaway. There’s no better destination for an intimate, quiet vacation with your loved one. With the town of Roanoke just an hour away and the beautiful lake to explore, you’ll have plenty to do and see during your Valentine’s Day on Smith Mountain Lake!
We’ve listed a couple of great suggestions for how to spend Valentine’s Day in Smith Mountain Lake, but there’s plenty more to do around town! Download our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of our favorite restaurants, attractions, and spas around town. Planning your trip is easy with our free Vacation Guide!
The weather in Smith Mountain Lake in February tends to hover in the mid-50s. The water will likely be too cold to enjoy swimming, but there are still plenty of great things to do in town!
Dance for a good cause at the Let’s Dance Valentine’s Dance. This event will take place on February 10, 2018, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA. This event is a fundraiser for the Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, Inc., which is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of local children through education. It’s a worthy cause, to be sure, and with the Let’s Dance Band playing music, it’s sure to be a fun one as well. The band features professional musicians from ages 17 to 93. You’ll hear everything from rock and funk to hits from the 1930s. Check back with the event for full details and to purchase your ticket!
With all the great wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, you’ll have no problem finding one or two to enjoy during your stay. Consider exploring the famous Bedford Wine Trail, which features six wineries in the region. Print out your Bedford Wine Trail map and ask an employee from the winery to stamp it. Once you’ve gotten all your stamps, visit the Bedford Welcome Center to receive a free gift. It’s a fun way to take a tour of this beautiful region!
Roanoke’s food scene has been growing rapidly. The perfect way to experience the best restaurants in town in one fell swoop is the Food and Cultural Tour in Roanoke. Every Friday and Saturday, rain or shine, the tour is held. It lasts around three hours, and you’ll receive enough samples from each restaurant to fill you up. Aside from the delicious food, you’ll also get the inside scoop on Roanoke’s cultural scene.
The first step to planning Valentine’s Day in Smith Mountain Lake is finding the perfect rental property. Premier Vacation Rentals offers a fabulous selection of condos, cabins, and luxury properties that are perfect for an intimate stay.
Consider booking The Lakefront Condo, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom property that features stunning waterfront views. This condo is perfect for couples who want to stay right near the lake without having to sacrifice comfort and space.
Check out the rest of our rentals and book today. We look forward to having you.