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As the season changes from spring to summer to even hotter summer, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to be doing when America turns 243! But first, let’s think about that for a moment. 243 is such an awkward age. It’s not close to a well-rounded 300 and still far enough away from 250; you should probably plan something special, like a trip to Smith Mountain Lake, to make America feel better! All kidding aside, celebrating our nation’s birthday in a place where much of the magic began is destined to be a great idea, and when you follow this guide to Smith Mountain Lake 4th of July, you’re destined to have the time of your life!

Hear That? It’s the Sound of Summer in Smith Mountain Lake

As you wake up on Independence Day, take a moment to open the window and listen to the sounds of summer:the happy chirping of the birds in nearby trees, the hum of a boat skimming across the lake, the buzz of a lawnmower motor from the home down the way.It’s quiet mornings like this that make our country great,and as you whip up some pancakes in the fully equipped kitchen of your Smith Mountain Lake vacation rental, there’s no place else you’d rather be!

The Food of the 4th

When you think back to some of your best 4th of July celebrations, it’s the 3 F’s that made them great:food, family, and fireworks. We’ll talk about fireworks in a minute, and your family is with you, so all that leaves is the food! An old-fashioned barbecue on the deck is the most American of ways to celebrate this special day,and many of our summer escapes offer barbecue grills as a standard amenity—all you need to purchase is the meat! Stock up the refrigerator ahead of time with your favorite beverages, make some homemade potato salad, and grill burgers and hot dogs under the sunny sky for a day that will be memorable.

Fireworks are Our Thing

Fireworks on the Smith Mountain Lake 4th of July are kind of a big thing around here. People come from miles away to watch the Smith Mountain Lake Fireworks Display; aren’t you lucky to have ringside seats? Offering live entertainment, kids’ activities, and of course, a fireworks extravaganza that can be seen from all around the lake,beginning at 3 PM you can watch it from the deck of your vacation home or rent a boat and watch from the center of the lake! Just remember to pay attention to the no-wake zones and your night will be a spectacular one!

Paradise on the Lake with Smith Mountain Lake 4th of July

Paradise can be found in the quiet moments: the laughter of children as they pull in their first fish, watching the sun set in a blaze of glory over the lake, or gathering with your family around the barbecue to enjoy the taste of charred meat and cold beverages. The properties from Premier Vacation Rentals @ Smith Mountain Lake Inc. offer you the opportunity to find your paradise on our lake—reserve yours today!

D-Day was a day that the entire world will remember throughout eternity, including right here in our small town of Bedford, where 20 of the 32 soldiers fighting lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy. This year marks the 75th anniversary of that horrible time, and what better place to commemorate the sacrifices and the heroism of our American soldiers than at Bedford’s National D-Day Memorial? Constructed in 2001, over 24,000 people attended the opening dedication, and we think the five-day commemoration ceremony taking place on June 5th through June 10th of this year will greatly surpass those numbers. This Final Salute is probably going to be the last milestone celebration featuring veterans from that the last World War, as even the youngest soldiers from that time are now in their 90s.

Time Marches On

We will never forget the significance of D-Day and the sacrifices made, and this event promises to be grand and emotional, featuring book signings and plaque dedications, parades filing through the streets of Bedford, WWII fighter plane flyovers in the skies, and stories told by survivors that will bring the past to life. Watch powerful, colorful, and emotion-filled screenings of Tuesday Mourning, which portrays our story and part in the war, as well as screenings of Saving Private Ryan, one of the most realistic portrayals of that awful point in time. There will also be USO shows performed by the Enduring Freedom Band, concerts, and chapel services. The list of activities is long and varied, and if you can make it, it will be well worth visiting the Memorial every day of this event.

The Profiles of Honor Mobile Museum is destined to be a favorite, filled with artifacts, exhibits, and mementos, not just from D-Day but from the entire war. Dignitaries from all over the world will be giving speeches in honor of those brave heroes we lost and the brave heroes that remain standing today. The Veteran’s Roll Call, held on June 6th, also promises to be an emotional moment that should not be skipped, and the reunions between surviving veterans will have even the most stalwart of participants breaking down in tears. Theirs is a bond that can never be broken.

With Full Hearts at Final Salute

As the sun sets each day of this emotional Final Salute, our guests have the comfort of knowing they are heading home to a vacation property designed to offer comfort; our Premier Vacation Rentals family escapes are designed for you. Reserve yours today!

Autumn in Smith Mountain Lake means it is time for outdoor festivals. The weather is cooling down, so swimming in the lake isn’t really an option, but the crisp fall area is perfect for outdoor dancing, eating, drinking, and music. Here are some of the best upcoming Smith Mountain Lake events.

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

This year will be the 30th anniversary of the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. This two-day festival features more than 30 wineries, 80 craft, and food vendors, as well as a selection of local breweries. There will also be live entertainment throughout the day all weekend. The event is being held at the Crazy Horse Campground on September 29 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and September 30 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets range from $16 – $36 and do not include the price of food and wine purchased inside the festival.

Lynchburg Beer, Wine, & Cider Festival

Another one of the best upcoming Smith Mountain Lake events is this year’s 9th annual Lynchburg Beer, Wine, & Cider Festival which will feature more than 75 craft beers, ciders, and wines from around Virginia. The event will also include local artisans, food, and the best live music in the area. Tickets for the festival start at $20 and include 10 – 4 oz. beer and cider samples, unlimited wine samples, and a commemorative beer or wine glass. This year’s festival will be held on September 15 from 12 – 7 p.m. at the Lynchburg City Stadium.

Accommodations in Huddleston

If you are planning a vacation to Huddleston for the upcoming Smith Mountain Lake events, be sure to check out our Smith Mountain Lake rentals. Our rustic lakefront homes are perfect for a relaxing lake getaway. Our homes range from cozy cabins for a romantic weekend to large homes that can sleep your whole family. All of our rentals have gourmet kitchens and are fully furnished and equipped with everything you need for the perfect vacation. Our homes a are pure rustic luxury with tall ceilings, stately fireplaces, large windows overlooking the lake, and expansive patios where you can sit outside and enjoy your views. Each rental home is furnished with high-quality furniture and linens, so you can get a good night’s sleep. Many of our rentals also have private lake access and a hot tub.

Plan Your Stay in Huddleston To Experience Upcoming Smith Mountain Lake Events

From cozy cabins for you and your significant other to large homes that can sleep your whole family, we have the perfect vacation home for you. If you would like more information about our vacation rentals, please contact one of our rental specialists. Contact us today to get started!

As the weather starts to cool down, turn up the heat with some delicious chili! The Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival is a great way to sample some scrumptious food and check out the local talent. Check out the chili cook-off, browse the vendors, and check out the best of Smith Mountain Lake! You’re not going to want to miss this fun event.

Are you looking for more great festivals, just like the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite annual events, like Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest and the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. You’ll also find great suggestions for nearby restaurants, historic sites, and museums. Planning your trip is easy with our free Vacation Guide!

Get a Taste of the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival

For the past 15 years, the first Saturday of November has brought spicy, meaty flavors to the area with the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival. The event is held at Bridgewater Plaza, which is a popular spot on Route 122 in Moneta, VA. The plaza is right on the lake’s edge so visitors can access it by boat or by car. Admission is just $5 and parking (whether by water or by land) is free!

The Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival typically runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It includes music, crafts, and a chili cook-off that can get pretty competitive! The awards for the cook-off include “Best Chili,” “People’s Choice,” and “Showmanship.” Do you feel like entering the competition? It’s just $25 to rent a 9 by 10-foot space. Additional spaces (if you need some room to move around or you want to put on a show) cost $75. You have to register by the end of October, so make sure you don’t miss out!

As if the tasty chili wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, the food and craft vendors are sure to entice you! There’s no better way to get to know a town than by meeting our artisans and seeing the works they produce, edible and otherwise.

Stay at Premier Vacation Rentals

When you visit for the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival, make sure you’re staying in a top-of-the-line rental home or cabin from Premier Vacation Rentals. We have a wide selection of home scattered across the water’s edge, each with a breathtaking view of the gorgeous Smith Mountain Lake. There’s a good reason the lake is called the “jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains!”

Consider renting Captain’s Cottage, located less than two miles from Bridgewater Plaza and the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin comes with an extra-large screened porch that overlooks Smith Mountain Lake. Whether you want to use the recently renovated kitchen or the fire-pit, you’ll be eating well when you stay here. There is also a private dock with power located over deep water so your boat will stay safe and undamaged!

Browse through the rest of our properties and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.

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 our favorite annual festivals, like the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show and the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. We’ve also listed our favorite restaurants, stores, and historic sites in the area. It’s easy to plan your vacation to Smith Mountain Lake with our free Vacation Guide!

Attend the Bridgewater Fall Festival

The Annual Bridgewater Plaza Fall Festival is located in Bridgewater Plaza, a shopping center that is accessible by land or by boat. Some of our favorite local restaurants are in Bridgewater Plaza, like Pizza Pub or Mango’s Bar and Grill. There is also mini-golf, an arcade, and fun souvenir shops to browse.

This year’s fall festival takes place on October 14, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As with every year, the Bridgewater Fall Festival will feature an array of craft vendors and kid-friendly activities. This year, your kids can enjoy face painting, a bouncy house, free pony rides, and a petting zoo! Best of all, admission to the festival is totally free. We do suggest you bring some cash just in case you find something to take back with you.

Stop by Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest

While there is plenty to do at Bridgewater Fall Festival, you definitely should try to stop by Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest, which is happening on the same day at Westlake Towne Center. It’s actually just a six-minute drive from Bridgewater Plaza! If you’re hoping to experience some delicious, authentic German cuisine and refreshing beer, you should definitely stop by. Combined with the Fall Festival, we can’t imagine a better day!

Stay with Premier Vacations Rental

No matter if you decide to go to the Bridgewater Fall Festival by boat or by land, make sure that you’re staying in a beautiful cabin or luxury home from Premier Vacations Rental.

Consider renting Lemon Zest, a gorgeous cabin located on 1-¼ lake-front acres overlooking Smith Mountain Lake. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom sunny yellow home is spacious and airy and features elegant cathedral ceilings. This is a great home for families with children, as it has a large living, dining, and game room. There is also a canoe and hot tub on-site. This is also a wonderfully quiet property, located in a serene cove away from the main traffic found in the channel. Best of all, this property allows up to two pets, so the whole family can join in the trip!

Browse the rest of our beautiful properties and book your stay at Smith Mountain Lake today! We look forward to having you.

Every September, the waters of Smith Mountain Lake fill with classic and antique boats. No, it’s not a film set or a strange flashback. It’s the Annual SML Chapter ACBS Antique Boat Festival & Show! Or, as locals refer to it, the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show. For years, boat enthusiasts have been coming to the lake to show off their vessels and admire other beauties. Don’t miss this unique event, only at Smith Mountain Lake!

Looking for other great annual events, just like the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show? Download our Vacation Guide. Inside, you’ll find a list of yearly festivals, like the Wine Festival in Smith Mountain Lake or Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest. You’ll also find our recommendations for restaurants, historic sites, and boat rentals near the lake. Planning your trip to Smith Mountain Lake is easy with our free Vacation Guide!

About the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show

Every year in mid-September, boaters and boat enthusiasts gather at Mariners Landing for the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show. If you have a boat you would like to bring, you can register as a participant. There, you can choose whether you’d like to simply display your boat on the water or have it judged by the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, who throw this great event every year. There is also a Youth Judging Event, where young boat enthusiasts aged 7 to 11 can choose the boat they feel most deserves a special award. This event aims to encourage the next generation of sailors to learn about the hobby and help preserve the legacy of classic and antique boats. The young judges will be given a crash-course on judging a boat before making their decision.

Register Today!

Aside from the opportunity to display one’s boat and have it judged, registrants participate in an exclusive pre-show event. It allows participants to take a look at the other boats on display and enjoy a meal. Registrants can also choose whether they’d like to take a post-show cruise. This is a great opportunity for visitors to Smith Mountain Lake to get a feel of The Jewel of the Blue Ridge.

Attend the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show

The event, which typically takes place on a Saturday, is free to attend and runs all day. Aside from admiring the incredible vessels, you can also browse through the vendors! They’re selling the latest and greatest in boat supplies and safety gear. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or just starting out, this is a great opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technology in the world of boating.

Stay with Premier Vacation Rentals

When you attend the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show, make sure you’re staying in one of Premier Vacation Rentals’ beautiful nearby properties. The Lake House, our beautiful four-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin, is located just 10 minutes away from Mariner’s Landing. This stunning waterfront home comes complete with a hot tub, fire pit, and an incredible surround-sound theater. You’ll enjoy beautiful sunsets from your dock on the lake, perfect for hitching your antique or classic boat! This home is also pet-friendly, so the whole family can join you on your incredible Smith Mountain Lake vacation. Browse the rest of our properties and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.

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 lake!

Our Favorite Smith Mountain Lake Events!

Cast Your Line at the Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament

Every spring, the competition is on to bag the biggest fish in the Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament. The money raised by the tournament goes directly to the Challenger Little League Baseball program, which is a non-profit division of Little League Baseball. The tournament runs for three days and offers a maximum of $15,000 in prizes for six categories. There’s also a youth tournament, which allows kids 12 and younger to participate. You’re never too young to get that competitive spirit!

Watch Fireworks at the Smith Mountain Lake Fireworks & Fundraiser Event!

Independence Day is always a big celebration at Smith Mountain Lake! The SML Fireworks & Fundraiser event has grown bigger and better each year since its start in 1991. The event raises funds for the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company and other participating non-profits. There is live music and fun activities for all ages. It’s a great event for families. Kids love the YMCA Kids’ Zone, and parents love getting the chance to browse the vendors. After the sun sets, there’s an incredible fireworks show that can be seen from the lake.

Taste the Best Local Wines at Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

For 30 years, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival has been attracting visitors to the lake. There were over 10,000 attendees at the 2016 festival! With music from live bands in the background and the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake weather, the wine festival is a wonderful, casual event that should not be missed. Taster tickets are available, as well as VIP Lounge tickets.

Discover What’s New at the Bedford County Fair

The Bedford County Fair is a fantastic annual event that’s been a staple in Smith Mountain Lake for over 50 years. The fair has free parking and admission, so attendees only have to pay for rides and special attractions, as well as any food or products they purchase. Past events at the fair include equine demonstrations, a youth livestock show, and an antique car show.

Learn Our History at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has been celebrating the heritage and traditions of the region for over 40 years! It’s the largest regional event of its kind in Virginia. The festival occurs every year on the fourth Saturday in October. It brings together musicians, moonshiners, craftspeople, cooks, motorheads, mule jumpers, horse pullers, coon dog racers, antique tractor buffs, and old-time gamers. If only some of those terms made sense to you, then a visit to the festival is in order! The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival keeps the folk traditions that are part of this community alive and teaches them to younger generations and visitors.

Stay at a Premier Vacation Rentals Property

No matter which event you attend, the best place to stay is at a Premier Vacation Rentals property. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or hosting a family reunion, we have the perfect property for your Smith Mountain Lake vacation. Many of our properties are pet-friendly, so you’ll never have to leave your four-legged family member home! Lakeside Cabin is a great option for a small family getaway and allows up to two pets! Browse our selection of rental properties and book your trip today!