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If you’re looking for a break from the everyday, but you only have the short weekend to take it, make sure it includes lakeside calm and four-seasons beauty. Consider Smith Mountain Lake for your next getaway. There are plenty of fun things to do and see when you decide you need a weekend trip to Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake, even for just a short time.

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Smith Mountain Lake

No matter how long or short your visit to a lakeside town may be, you’ll want to spend some time at the lake. Enjoy the mountain air and sit on shore and watch the calm waters, or when the weather’s right, put on your swimsuit and take a dip. The lake offers plenty of opportunities for swimming, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, fishing, and just about any other water activity you can think of. You can also rent gear and boats.

Mini Golf

While your putter probably didn’t make the packing list all by itself for the short weekend, you’ll enjoy using one – and a fun colorful ball – to putt your way through the mini golf courses in the Smith Mountain Lake area. There’s Harbortown Mini-Golf – built right on top of the boat docks for a stunning view of the lake from Bridgewater Plaza, or Hot Shots Family Fun Center on Route 122 featuring mini golf as well as a place to get some yummy burgers, chili dogs, or something else after a round, or go on a safari at Westlake Safari Miniature Golf off Route 616.

Blue Ridge Parkway

If you’re looking for a scenic drive over the weekend that has plenty to do outside the car too, pile into your vehicle and hit the road. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the area. Make sure to bring your camera for plenty of breathtaking photos, and pack the gear you’ll need for hiking, biking, picnicking, and exploring the trails and peaks along the way. There are orchards to tour where you can purchase or pick your own fresh fruits, and many more activities and attractions along the way.

Winter Sports

Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area offer several ways to enjoy a weekend in the winter. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing are all things you can do when the white stuff blankets the area. You can find year-round snowboarding and skiing at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, as well as cross-country skiing in Blacksburg, on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Water Activities

Believe it or not, the water of Smith Mountain Lake doesn’t freeze in the winter! That means you can enjoy water activities like boating and fishing, no matter when you need a weekend break. When the weather’s right, add some in-water activities like swimming, skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing. Take a guided fishing tour, or head out for a cruise on your own rented vessel. Whenever you come, even just for a weekend, there is a water activity to enjoy.

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

Head to nearby Ferrum to learn more about the Blue Ridge mountains and the surrounding area. There are several permanent exhibits, as well as a rotation of temporary exhibits for you to enjoy and learn more about Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area. There are several virtual and online exhibits as well. Step back in time at the institute’s farm museum, which takes visitors back to how life on a Blue Ridge farm had been like in the 1800s. The BRIM also hosts the Blue Ridge Music Trails of Virginia, the Southwest Virginia Heritage Guide, and the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, three pathways through the area that give you a taste of Virginia’s folk heritage.

Best Weekend Getaways in VA

You came to Smith Mountain Lake to explore on a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones packed full fun – even if it’s just for the weekend. Make sure you enjoy a stress-free, worry-free weekend trip to Virginia and book a vacation rental 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.

Call us today to start planning a fun-filled Smith Mountain Lake weekend visit. We help travelers plan the best weekend getaways in VA!