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.

What to do During Last Minute Weekend Getaways from D.C.

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!

Spend Some Time on the Water

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.

Enjoy a Glass of Wine

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!

Take a Hike

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.

Stay with 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.