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Smith Mountain Lake Vacation in Winter

While many people venture to Smith Mountain Lake to experience the beauty and the versatility of the water and the surrounding nature, even during the colder winter months, Smith Mountain Lake still offers several engaging experiences. Whether you are looking to enjoy nature or simply partake in the seasonal winter events, you are sure to be just as entertained and delighted by your winter Smith Mountain Lake vacation.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers over 469 miles of beautiful, natural scenery that you can explore via foot on the trails or via vehicle. Those considering a visit to this particular parkway are encouraged to download the Blue Ridge Parkway travel planner mobile app in order to get the latest updates on trail conditions and the best sightseeing in the area. The parkway is a jewel for anyone that enjoys walking and hiking through nature and viewing wildlife.

Spring Valley Farms and Cabins

During your Smith Mountain Lake vacation, head over to Spring Valley Farms and Cabins to visit the animal farm. This farm is specifically known for its horse riding. They have a number of patient professionals onsite to assist those that are interested in riding a horse along the trails. Children can even ride on a pony around the lake with the assistance of an instructor. If you would rather sit back and enjoy the horse ride, the farm does offer carriage rides as well.

Smith Mountain Lake Entertainment at the Harvester Performance Center

With the winter season comes a host of events and activities that you can partake in at the Harvester Performance Center. This performance center is quite intimate holding just 475 seats. You’ll enjoy visiting to experience a wide variety of musical and Smith Mountain Lake entertainment acts. A complete schedule of upcoming events and a full lineup of acts are available on the company’s website. If you are interested in seeing a particular performance, make sure to check the company’s website regularly for updates.

Water Activities

Smith Mountain Lake doesn’t freeze in the winter! That means you can enjoy water activities like boating and fishing. You’ll want to stay away from in-water activities like swimming, skiing, or tubing as the water will still be cold. Take a guided fishing tour or other boat tour or wrap up in your warm clothes and head out for a cruise on your own rented vessel.


While the small lake community of Smith Mountain Lake isn’t exactly known for its crowds, northern Virginia in the wintertime isn’t the first place people think to go. The summer season is busiest, with lake activities like swimming, boating, and more in full swing, so having the lake “to yourself” without the increased tourist traffic of the spring and summer seasons is a major bonus when planning a winter getaway to Smith Mountain Lake.


As with any vacation destination, the cost goes up in Smith Mountain Lake around peak tourist times. Summer, spring break, and other prime vacation times come at a premium for air fare, rental vehicles, and everything else you’ll need to make your vacation complete. Visiting in the “off season” can mean discounts and lower costs as airlines, hotels, rentals, and others do their best to lure tourists during a time when those tourists are flocking to other winter destinations for skiing and snowboarding, sleigh rides, and other winter activities, or the warmer weather of southern climates.

Get to Know Locals

Many northern lake communities are “for the locals” in the wintertime. That means a lot of restaurants and tourist attractions are closed or running on shorter hours, as everyone is hunkered down for the cold weather. Taking your winter break in Smith Mountain Lake this winter means you’ll get to know some of those locals when they’re not so irritated by summer tourists.

Indoor Activities

When the snow and the cold hit, but you still want to explore Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area, there are plenty of things to do that take you indoors. Visit the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum in Ferrum, take the kids and check out the hands-on children’s museum Amazement Square in Lynchburg, or sample local craft beer and wine at the region’s breweries and vineyards. There are also many opportunities to experience local shops, restaurants, activities, and attractions that get you indoors and out of the cold.

Increased Relaxation

Vacation is supposed to be about rest, relaxation, and the ability to recharge and go home rejuvenated and ready to get back to your everyday life. Visiting Smith Mountain Lake in the winter means fewer inconveniences and problems arising from increased traffic, crowds, missing reservations, and other minor headaches that come when a tourist destination is packed with people trying to enjoy the season alongside you. You’ll enjoy a calmer stay this winter knowing everything will be just a bit easier when you’re not vying for attention and assistance with basic needs.

Winter Wonderland

You came to Smith Mountain Lake to explore and experience a new place on a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones this winter. Make sure you enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay and book a vacation rental provided by Premier Vacation Rentals Smith Mountain Lake. Your small group family or sweetheart getaway calls for a cozy two-bedroom unit or plan a winter break for your larger group with a four-bedroom unit. No matter your vacation style or needs, there’s a Smith Mountain Lake rental for you. Take in a fresh breath of mountain air crisp with snow from a private outdoor space like a balcony or patio. Bundle up and head out on the lake or stay warm inside your rental. Many units include flat screen TVs, cozy and stylish furnishings, and beautiful master suites. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area for some winter relaxation with a book or your favorite TV show. Retreat to a private bedroom for a good night’s sleep before another day of Smith Mountain Lake fun. For a luxury stay like no other, choose a premium unit to include perks like stainless steel appliances, wood floors, and more to make your stay comfortable and memorable for years to come.

Experience a Smith Mountain Lake Vacation in Winter

Smith Mountain Lake is just as enjoyable in the winter as any other time of the year. Whether you are looking to experience the fullness of nature during winter time or you’re looking for a Winter Wonderland getaway, Smith Mountain Lake is a great vacation spot. Allow Premier Smith Mountain Lake Rentals to set up your vacation rental. We’ll make sure that you have the perfect lodging to go along your perfect Smith Mountain Lake vacation. To book your vacation rental, contact us at (540) 797-0460 or browse our website today!

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