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Smith Mountain Lake
When you come to a lakeside town, even on a last-minute trip, you’ll want to spend some time at the lake. Sit on the shore, watch the calm waters, and breathe in the mountain air, or slide into your swimsuit and tape a dip. The lake offers plenty of opportunities for swimming, boating, water skiing, sailing, and just about any other water activity you can think of. You can also rent gear and boats.
Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina
Spend some time out on the water while also learning about the area at Virginia Dare Cruises & Museum. Sit back for a cruise around Smith Mount Lake as the knowledgeable captain narrates the cruise. Pass by the house on the private island, one of the oldest condo developments on the lake, an antique carousel, osprey nests, and more. You’ll also cruise over an underwater bridge before arriving at Smith Mountain Dam: the dam that created the reservoir that is Smith Mountain Lake. There are rates for adults and children under ten, as well as cruise-only and cruise with dining options.
Smith Mountain Lake Dam
See how Smith Mountain Lake was made. It’s actually a reservoir created by the Smith Mountain Lake Dam. If it’s your first time here, make sure to stop by the visitor’s center to learn more about it, including seeing how electricity is generated. There are also several hands-on exhibits about the dam and how it works. Once you’ve learned a little more about the history, head back to your accommodations, get your swimsuit on, and enjoy the water.
Guided Fishing Excursion
While you may have rented your own vessel for the duration of your stay, there’s nothing like sitting back and relaxing while someone else takes the helm. Smith Mountain Lake fishing experts will take you on a guided excursion to some of the best fishing spots around the lake. The lake is home to striped bass and many other species that you can catch and grill up for a delicious lunch or dinner. Don’t forget to ask about obtaining a Virginia state fishing license before casting a line anywhere.
Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area offer several ways to enjoy winter weather. The lake doesn’t freeze in winter, so you can enjoy slicing through the water as well as snow. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, or just building a snowman next to your rental are all things you can do when the white stuff blankets the area. Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is a great spot for year-round skiing and snowboarding, while Blacksburg has plenty of cross-country skiing trails.
Year-Round Water Activities
The water of Smith Mountain Lake doesn’t freeze in the winter, meaning you can enjoy water activities like boating and fishing, even when there’s snow on the mountaintops. Take a guided fishing tour or wrap up in your warm clothes and head out for a cruise on your own rented vessel. Spring and summer bring warmer temperatures for other fun water activities like swimming, skiing, wakeboarding, tubing and more. No matter when you need a break, there’s a water activity at Smith Mountain Lake to enjoy!
Last-Minute Vacation Deals in Virginia
You came to Smith Mountain Lake to explore on a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones packed full of year-round fun – even at the last minute. Make sure you enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay and book one of the last-minute cabin rentals in Virginia provided by Premier Vacation Rentals Smith Mountain Lake. We have two-bedroom all the way up to four-bedroom units. Take in a fresh breath of mountain air crisp with snow from a private outdoor space like a balcony or patio. Many units include flat screen TVs, beautiful and stylish furnishings, and much more. Make your favorite meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area afterward. 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. Our last-minute vacation deals in Virginia make it easy to plan a spur-of-the-moment escape.
Call us today to start planning a fun-filled Smith Mountain Lake visit!