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03/8/2018
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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, […]

10/26/2017
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Why You Need to Go on the Food and Cultural Tour in Roanoke

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Get to know the Blue Ridge’s food scene a little better with the Food and Cultural Tour in Roanoke! Take a walk in the historic district to sample the food from locally owned eateries. From one of the most acclaimed taverns in town to an iconic Roanoke restaurant, you’ll get to know the town a lot better in just three hours. Check out one of our favorite ways to tour Roanoke, VA! The Food and Cultural Tour in Roanoke has been known to inspire visitors to find out even more […]

10/20/2017
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Get the Inside Scoop on the Bedford Wine Trail

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Wine lovers should not miss the opportunity to explore the famous Bedford Wine Trail during their stay on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake! This is a great opportunity to get to know the area, explore the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains and getting a taste of some great wineries near Bedford, VA. Plus, when you visit all six wineries on the trail, you can get a free gift from the Bedford Welcome Center. Where else can you be rewarded for sampling incredible wines? This is definitely one of the best […]

08/18/2017
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Learn All About the Bridgewater Fall Festival

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As much as we love the warm summer months here on Smith Mountain Lake, there’s something so wonderful about fall. The weather cools off, the air gets a little crisp, and the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a kaleidoscope of red, yellow, and orange. Celebrate the beginning of autumn at the Bridgewater Fall Festival, an annual event in Montea, VA, that is fun for the whole family. Are you looking for more great Smith Mountain Lake events, just like the Bridgewater Fall Festival? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed […]

06/30/2017
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This is Why You’ll Love the Booker T. Washington National Monument

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  Just a short drive from the serenity of Smith Mountain Lake is a historical attraction that pays tribute to one of the most inspirational and impressive figures in American history. The Booker T. Washington National Monument is located at the birthplace of Booker T. Washington in Hardy, VA, 30 minutes from the lake.  During your visit, you’ll learn about the life of this trailblazing American educator, author, lecturer, and presidential advisor. The grounds also feature hiking trails and a farm that demonstrates life in the 1850s. This is a […]

05/26/2017
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Your Guide to the Best Smith Mountain Lake Events!

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We love a festival here at Smith Mountain Lake! In fact, we never miss the opportunity to celebrate a holiday, our history, or the lake! From fishing tournaments to wine festivals, Smith Mountain Lake has a festival for everything. Many of these festivals have been running annually for more than 30 years. You’ll understand our love of celebration and community after attending any of these Smith Mountain Lake events. For more great Smith Mountain Lake events, download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed many more annual events happening around the […]

10/14/2016
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Roanoke’s Go Festival Planned For This Weekend

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If you’re a fan of the outdoors, then make plans to visit Roanoke’s annual Go Festival taking place Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th at River’s Edge Sports Complex. This event, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, showcases vendors and exhibitionists who specialize in outdoor recreation. Visitors may choose from a variety of demonstrations and programs including rappelling, BMX bike shows, lumberjack demos, and a dock-jumping dog show where canine contestants compete to see which one can jump the farthest. For those who truly want a front […]

08/10/2016
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Hotels or Vacation Rentals? Which One Should I Choose?

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After months of research, you’ve finally decided on your ultimate vacation destination: Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. You’ve put in your time-off request from work, booked a pet sitter, and pulled out last season’s swimsuits to make sure that your summer fashion savvy is still on point. All that’s left to do is figure out where you’re going to stay. When booking your accommodations for your trip, many of us default to a hotel or resort. Maybe there’s an assumption that hotels provide the best value, or that vacation rentals have […]

08/1/2016
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Finding the Best Vacation Rentals

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When it comes to planning a vacation, booking your temporary home away from home usually evokes one of two emotions: excitement or frustration. On one hand, sifting through lovely photos of freshly made beds and waterfront sunsets complement the fantasy vacation that you’ve been dreaming about. On the other hand, getting lost in a sea of listings from budget travel sites can cause your eyes to glaze over in exhaustion. (Plus falling down a rabbit hole of angry 1-star testimonials from travelers complaining about everything from a flat pillow to […]