As the beautiful summer days lengthen and the temperatures rise, you might find yourself looking for ways to keep cool in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Fortunately, the jewel of this region is also one of the best ways to enjoy your vacation, and keep cool in the process. This summer don’t miss out on the incredible Smith Mountain Lake activities available you and your family on – and in – the sparkling blue waters.
Want to look cool while staying cool? Try the hottest watersport on the lake this summer with wakeboarding lessons from Smith Mountain Wake Company. Strap yourself in to a high-tech wakeboard and hold on for dear life as you careen across the waves behind your powerboat-ride, grabbing air and enjoying the scenic shoreline. Perfect for the adventurous regardless of age, if you get good enough you can even enter one of the many competitions held throughout the summer. If the high-speed antics of wakeboarding are not for you, you can always enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake’s idyllic waters.
A Day at the Beach at Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Smith Mountain Lake State Park features a family-friendly beach that boasts plenty of sand, excellent swimming, and plenty of shady spots for a picnic. The kids will love alternating between the epic playground and the cooling waters of the beach area, and those who prefer something more active can enjoy shaded hikes through the woods, fishing, guided nature walks, and even nightly stargazing programs.
Smith Mountain Lake Community Park is great for those with kids young and old. Located on the Franklin County side of the lake, it features plenty of swimming spots and water activities as well as a fishing pier, a massive playground, and a lovely sandy beach perfect for lounging by the cool waters of this popular mountain lake.
With so much to do at Smith Mountain Lake, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Do you want to go for a sail, rent a powerboat, or hop aboard a jet ski for a spirited ride across the lake? The options for ways to keep cool and enjoy this beautiful lake are endless. Fortunately, deciding where to stay is much easier, thanks to the incredible selection of high-end luxury vacation homes from Premier Vacation Rentals. You can easily browse our beautiful lake homes and charming cabins, and then make your reservations online with ease. And while you will enjoy the included air-conditioning in our premier properties, we suspect you’ll find the lake a much more fun way to stay cool this summer. See you out there!
Fireworks are perhaps the best part of the Fourth of July—bright and beautiful, dramatic and literally explosive, nothing else captures the monumentally historic declaration of America’s Independence. When the late summer sun finally sets, it’s time to break out the red rockets and blue booms for a fabulously patriotic celebration!
Virginia was extremely important as a commercial center in colonial America, and one of the earliest colonies settled by the English. It’s no surprise, then, that Virginians make sure to go all out for the 4th of July Virginia! If you’re in Huddleston, here’s where to check out the bursting stars and streaking stripes:
Downtown Moneta (June 30th)
Can’t wait for the Fourth? Then don’t! Moneta is celebrating early, seizing the weekend date for the late-night fireworks. About ten minutes north of Smith Mountain Lake if you take Highway 608, in downtown Moneta, there will be a big birthday party for America. Food and alcoholic beverages will be available, along with activities to help the kids have fun until the sun sets. If not watching your kids, head to the stage and enjoy some live music! The fireworks start at 10 p.m., setting the sky alight. There is an admission fee, with proceeds going toward the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department.
Parkway Marina (July 4th)
Another celebration will be held in Parkway Marina on the eve of the historic signing. At Parkway Marina, an early 4th of July Virginia celebration will be raising funds for Saunders Volunteer Fire Company (admission is $10, with free parking). The event is a family-friendly smorgasbord of festival favorites, including food, live performances, kids’ rides (including the lovely 1950s carousel), and, at 10 p.m., fireworks! The Marina is very easy to find, just five to twelve minutes south of Smith Mountain Lake on highway 626. If going, the event organizers politely ask not to bring any alcoholic beverages or outside food—some fabulous food vendors will be on site!
Come Celebrate 4th of July Virginia at a Premier Vacation Rental
Premier Vacation Rentals features plenty of amazing properties to stay at during your time in Virginia, all of them close to the fireworks shows! These beautiful lakefront abodes are perfect for enjoying your vacation in comfort, while being close enough to fantastic attractions like Virginia’s natural caverns and Smith Mountain Lake State Park to boast plenty of fun things to do outside the home. So whether starting your morning with a hike or ending your night with a bang, staying with Premier is the perfect choice! Call us at 540-797-0460 to start booking now!
While there is plenty of beauty and relaxation to be had when you stay on the shores of the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, you may want to take a trip to nearby Roanoke for a day of fun. There are so many great things to do in Roanoke, VA, from taking a food tour to visiting some of the great educational facilities. Discover three of our favorite activities in the area!
If you’re looking for more things to do in Roanoke, VA, download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed great area restaurants, hiking spots, museums, and historic sites, both in downtown Roanoke and near Smith Mountain Lake. You’ll also find our recommendations for fantastic wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, like Hickory Hill Winery and Ramulose Ridge Vineyards.
Don’t Miss These Fun Things to Do in Roanoke, VA
Explore the City on a Food and Wine Tour
Tour Roanoke has two fantastic food tours available. The first and most popular is the Downtown Roanoke Food & Cultural Tour. This tour lasts approximately three hours and will take you to seven tasting locations in the downtown area. During and between the samples, you’ll learn the history of Roanoke and how this has shaped its modern food scene. The other tour is the Sunday Brunch Tour. Like the Food and Cultural Tour, it lasts three hours. You’ll visit six restaurants, each with a delicious brunch sample. These tours tend to fill up quickly so book ahead of time!
Visit the Taubman Museum of Art
The Taubman Museum of Art is a must for any art lovers visiting the area. This is a great day trip for couples or families visiting together. Aside from the exhibits, there are plenty of fun programs and events that take place at the museum. Check out the calendar before your visit.
Visit the Mill Mountain Park and Zoo
Located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, VA, Mill Mountain Park is considered an icon in town. It houses the famous Roanoke Star and the Mill Mountain Zoo. This 568-acre park offers plenty of recreation opportunities, from hiking to explore the Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden to enjoying a picnic. The Mill Mountain Zoo is always worth a visit.
Stay on Smith Mountain Lake
After you’ve explored these great things to do in Roanoke, VA, return to the peace, privacy, and quiet of Smith Mountain Lake. The “Jewel of the Blue Ridge” is the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation. We have a wide selection of properties available, from luxurious to budget-friendly cabins. There is even a selection of homes that are dog-friendly, so the whole family can come on vacation!
Consider renting Villa de Loch, a stunning five-bedroom, four-bathroom estate. It features a fire-pit, European stained-glass windows, and a pub room. That’s right, a pub room! On the upper level of the home, you’ll also find a theater room which boasts a 106-inch viewing screen. The kitchen is gorgeous: it features two propane ovens, quartz and granite countertops, and a bar counter with stools. The dining room is also incredible. It’s nearly surrounded by a large set of windows which overlook the lake, giving you the best view of the lake.
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If you’re looking for a family-friendly museum near Smith Mountain Lake that’s full of beautiful art and fun activities, then look no further than The Taubman Museum of Art! This is definitely one of our favorite museums in Roanoke and is the perfect way to spend a day in the downtown area of the city. If you plan on attending an event or taking a day trip to explore Roanoke, definitely put this great museum on your itinerary.
Are you looking for more great educational sites to visit, like The Taubman Museum of Art? Then download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed great historic places to visit, like the Booker T. Washington National Monument. You’ll also find out our favorite spots for hiking near Smith Mountain Lake and some great places for jet ski rentals. Before you know it, your Smith Mountain Lake stay has been planned, thanks to our Vacation Guide!
Visit The Taubman Museum of Art
When you visit The Taubman Museum of Art, the first thing you’ll notice is just how beautiful the building is. It was designed by Randall Stout, a famous architect, and is meant to reflect the naturalistic elements of the region. The museum is centrally located in downtown Roanoke, perfect for any visitors who would like to visit some of Roanoke’s fantastic restaurants after their trip to the museum.
The Taubman Museum of Art is open from Wednesday to Sunday and admission is completely free!
Attend an Event or Program at The Taubman Museum of Art
Before you head to the museum, check the calendar or program schedule so you don’t miss any great events! Some of the events are kid-centered, aimed to introduce children to art. Other events include yoga or art lessons. These typically require registration. For couples or friends traveling together, there are some great 21 and older events. Check out Wine + Dine or the Bourbon + Bacon events. They host an annual international wine festival at the museum, which takes place in January!
While you check the museum’s calendar, you can get a sneak peak of the collections and exhibitions that you’ll see during your museum visit. You’ll find just about every type of art in the museum, from folk to contemporary to classic American.
Stay with Premier Vacation Rentals
After you’ve explored The Taubman Museum of Art, return to a gorgeous rental property from Premier Vacation Rentals. With our wide selection of homes, you’re sure to find the perfect property to suit your needs. Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends, your family, or just with your significant other, you’ll find just what you’ll need to have a great stay on Smith Mountain Lake!
Consider staying in Lakeside Dream House, a beautiful house nestled in the shores of Smith Mountain Lake. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has everything you required for a fun week away! From a game room with a pool table to the fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows, you’ll never have to search for something fun while staying here!
Take a look at the rest of our rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.
If you’re hoping to take advantage of some of the incredible wineries and breweries during your visit to Smith Mountain Lake, you’re in luck! There are plenty of amazing vineyards located just minutes from the lake. One of the best wineries near Smith Mountain Lake is Ramulose Ridge Vineyards. This incredible shop puts a spin on wine pairings. Rather than pairing wine with food, they are paired with cigars. Plus, there are plenty of great events held at the winery. Stop by during your stay with Premier Vacations Rentals!
Looking for more great wineries just like Ramulose Ridge Vineyards? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite tasting rooms, wineries, and breweries in the area. Plus, you’ll get great local recommendations for restaurants, historic sites, museums, and shops in the area. Spend less time searching for great attractions and more time enjoying your trip with our free Vacation Guide!
Visit Ramulose Ridge Vineyards
Ramulose Ridge Vineyards started as a passion project almost 20 years ago for Jim and Sandi Ramaker. After their interest was peaked by creating kit wines in their basement, Sandi took classes in enology (winemaking). In 2004, they decided to start a vineyard and winery on their property. It took nine years to create what we now know as Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, and on August 1, 2013, they officially opened.
Enjoy the Unique Pairings
Ramulose Ridge Vineyards has three types of wines from which to choose: whites, reds, and sweets. Most of the wines available also have a cigar pairing. The cigars are all from Panacea and are available to purchase at the tasting room.
Make sure to check the calendar before your visit in case you’re able to attend any of the fun events in town! Ramulose Ridge Vineyards frequently attends local festivals, like the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. These events and festivals are a fantastic way to get a taste of the vineyards and breweries in the area.
Host an Event
If you’re holding a special event, consider renting the space from Ramulose Ridge Vineyards. The winery features a 2,200 square foot event rental space, which includes a 1,100 square foot indoor space and a 1,100 square foot outdoor patio. This is a gorgeous space, perfect for weddings or family reunions.
Stay with Premier Vacation Rentals
After you’ve visited Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, return to the beauty and serenity of a Premier Vacation Rentals home. If you’re hosting a large group of people, we have a wide selection of gorgeous luxury rentals that are perfect for big groups. Dancing Water is a stunning five-bedroom, three-bathroom home that can house up to 10 guests and two pets. From the gorgeous flat lawn that features a fire pit and hot tub to the stunning interior with a gourmet kitchen, game room, and fireplace, this is the perfect home for a week away. Enjoy use of a canoe and kayaks during your stay or swim off the edge of the dock in the clear water of Smith Mountain Lake. However you decide to enjoy your Smith Mountain Lake vacation, make sure it’s in a Premier Vacations Rental home! Browse the rest of our accommodations and book today. We look forward to having you.
Are you searching for an incredible romantic getaway in the VA mountains? Or are you looking for a lakeside cabin in which to spend a romantic weekend? When you stay in a Premier Vacation Rentals in Smith Mountain Lake, you won’t have to choose. You can have that perfect Virginia romantic weekend getaway with a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains while staying in luxury home or cabin on the lake’s edge. Enjoy the best of both worlds with Premier Vacation Rentals!
It’s easy to plan your romantic getaway in the VA mountains when you download our free Vacation Guide. We’ve listed our favorite restaurants, shops, outdoor attractions, and historic sites in the area. No matter what type of romantic trip you’re planning, we can help. Plus, you’ll get a look at the best hot tub cabins and secluded cabin rentals in Virginia! Spend less time planning your trip and more time enjoying it with our free Vacation Guide!
Plan Your Romantic Getaway in the VA Mountains
Tour Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
This historic site, once Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat, has been meticulously reconstructed and maintained since its opening. From the gorgeous home to the surrounding land, you’ll love exploring Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Take one of the many tours during your visit to learn everything you need to know about the man and the land. Make sure to check the events page before your visit to see if you can attend any special presentations or celebrations.
Catch a Show at Opera Roanoke
Is there anything more romantic than opera? This passionate art form has been a classic date night for centuries. Continue this tradition by seeing a show at Opera Roanoke. From classic operas to more modern musicals, Opera Roanoke always features amazing talent.
Take a Cruise from Virginia Dare
Do you want to experience Smith Mountain Lake but you don’t want to rent a boat? Then take a cruise from Virginia Dare Cruises! This is a great way to tour the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake from the people who know it the best. You’ll start near Smith Mountain Lake Park and finish at the Smith Mountain Lake Dam. You can also enjoy a meal during the Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Luncheon, or Hawaiian Cruises.
Visit a Smith Mountain Lake Winery
We are so fortunate to have some incredible wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, VA. Spend an afternoon touring the vineyards and sampling the wine at one of the nearby wineries. Chateau Morrisette is a great option. It features an incredible on-site restaurant that’s been called one of the most scenic in America.
Stay in a Premier Vacation Rentals Cabin or Luxury Home
When you’re picking your luxury cabin for your romantic getaway in the VA mountains, choose from Premier Vacation Rentals incredible selection. Consider renting Lakeside Cabin, a rustic, cozy cabin hideaway that’s nestled on the shore of Smith Mountain Lake near the Blue Ridge Mountains. This two-bedroom, one-bathroom home is perfect for a private weekend escape. You’ll love relaxing by the stone fireplace or in the screened porch among the canopy of trees. Make sure to take advantage of the luxurious hot tub on site. Browse the rest of our rentals and book your room today! We look forward to having you.
While many people associate Smith Mountain Lake with beautiful water, bountiful fishing, and days spent relaxing on a boat, there’s also a dedicated wine culture in the Blue Ridge region. Just minutes away from Smith Mountain Lake are five incredible wineries, each with different specialties and a different variety of wines. From unique fruit wines to classic French flavors, you’ll find it all at these wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, VA.
Are you looking for even more great wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, VA? Download our Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite wineries and breweries in the area, as well as great restaurants, historic sites, and museums. It’s a great resource to plan your stay with Premier Vacation Rentals!
Some of Our Favorite Wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Brooks Mill Winery
What started as a hobby has transformed into a way of life for H.T. and Rhonda Page, the owners of Brooks Mill Winery. This winery serves only fruit wines, utilizing the crop from the Page’s own vineyard. The wines at Brooks Mill Winery range from dry to sweet, made from either pears, blackberries, cherries, plums, apples, or peaches.
White Rock Vineyard Winery & Brew Haus
To get the both worlds, visit White Rock Vineyard, Winery, and Brew Haus! Greg and Michelle Bublitz, the owners, have spent have 20 years creating incredible wines and beers on site. Choose from seven varieties of wine and four varieties of beer. You can also get a “Vino Slushie Bota Bag.” It’s exactly what it sounds like: a portable drink in a bag that can be chilled and enjoyed on the go! Visit White Rock for a tasting and enjoy the local cheese and snacks available for purchase in the tasting room. This site is pet-friendly, inside and out, so feel free to bring your four-legged friend!
Ramulose Ridge Vineyards
One of the newer wineries on our list, Ramulose Ridge Vineyards opened in 2013 and has been creating incredible white, red, and sweet wines ever since! They also sell Panacea cigars, which have been beautifully paired with each wine.
Chateau Morrisette has been creating incredible wines since it first opened in 1978. This winery is open year-round and features a seasonal on-site restaurant that specializes in classic French cuisine. Make sure that you check the restaurant’s hours and reserve a table! You’re not going to want to miss what has been ranked at one of the most scenic restaurants in America!
Peaks of Otter Winery
Peaks of Otter Winery’s mission is “to be good stewards of the land, the fruit, the community, and the consumer” They are certainly succeeding in that! They have a wide selection of wines from which you can choose, including some award-winning selections. You’re sure to find something unique and interesting here, like the Cherry Cheesecake, a light apple-cherry wine, or Kiss the Devil Chili Pepper, which is made from 30 varieties of spicy peppers.
Return to a Beautiful Rental Home
Once you’re done appreciating these wineries near Smith Mountain Lake, VA, return to a stunning rental home from Premier Vacation Rentals. We have a wide selection of homes available, from rustic cabins to luxury properties. No matter the size of your party, we can accommodate you.
Planning a wine tour of the area with friends? Consider renting Estate on Smith Mountain Lake. This beautiful four-bedroom, six-bathroom home can accommodate up to 10 guests. It features nearly 500 feet of shoreline and gorgeous views of the lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The home has state-of-the-art electronic features, from the lighting system to the music system to the televisions to the window shade control. The home also has an upper-level executive office, a fitness center and sauna, and two fire pits.
Browse the rest of our amazing properties and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.