When you can’t take another Thanksgiving working your fingers to the bone shopping, cleaning, and cooking, and you suspect that if cranky Uncle Harold complains that your pumpkin pies aren’t as sweet as your grandmother’s was one more time you will snap, it may be time to celebrate a bit differently this year. Can you imagine not having to clean, being able to sleep late, and having someone else due the heavy lifting when it comes time to make the traditional feast? If you are seeing clouds dissipate and hearing angels sing at the thought, now is the time to start planning a visit to the Smith Mountain Lake region of Virginia! This guide to the fun, excitement and all the things you will have to be thankful will help you start a new Thanksgiving tradition right here with us every year.

Virginia Dare Lighted Boat Parade Cruise, November 6 from 6-9 PM in Moneta

If you’re not quite ready to fully commit to Thanksgiving in Smith Mountain Lake, how about a practice run a few weekends before the big date? The Virginia Dare Lighted Boat Parade Cruise celebrate the season with a charity parade of boats, guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit! Collecting donations for “Food for Kids” the parade may be a little early in the season, but the donations ensure that the kids will have something to eat when the holidays arrive.

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Let Someone Else Do the Cooking

This holiday will be about rest and relaxation and because many restaurants will be open for dinner, you can still enjoy all the traditional foods you love to eat! The Old Liberty Station in Bedford offers all-American food that will make your stomach as happy as your brain is, knowing that you won’t have to do the cooking. Things change in these turbulent times we are living in, so be sure to double check with the restaurant as it gets closer to the holiday to make sure they will still be open!

Thanksgiving on Your Terms

Of course, if you want a meal just like your mama’s, the best way to get it is to prepare it yourself, and our Smith Mountain Lake homes make it easy to do so! Prepare a modified version of your normal feast in fully equipped kitchens, and as you gather around our dining room tables, you can smile to yourself knowing that this year, the kids will be doing the cleaning up. Reserve your favorite home on the lake today!