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.

Check the rest of our rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.