Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate – Debbie Shelton

SML Family-Friendly Fall Attractions

Break out your leather boots and your favorite PSL flavored treat: it’s officially Fall! Pack up the family and explore all that Smith Mountain Lake has to offer during everyone’s most liked season.

Layman Family Farms Fall Festival
When: September 21, 2019-November 9, 2019
Where: Blue Ridge, VA
Admission to this highly popular event guarantees a fun time for kids of all ages. Activities and attractions include: pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze, play areas, games, and more. For more information, check out

Jeter Farm Fall Festival
When: September 21, 2019-October 27, 2019
Where: Roanoke, VA
Jeter Farm’s Fall Festival offers pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze, farm animals, and more! In addition to the outdoor events, Jeter Farm’s Country Store is filled with locally made and grown Virginia products and crafts including ice cream, apple cider, kettle corn and more! Visit for more information.

Boones Mill Apple Festival
When: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Where: Boones Mill, VA
Celebrating its 42nd year, the Boones Mill Apple Festival highlights local artisans, food vendors, craft breweries, and more! Kids come for the games and rides; parents stay for the deep-fried apple pies.

SML Fall Fit Fest
When: Saturday, October 5th at 11am
Where: Westlake Towne Center
The SML Fall Fit Fest is an outdoor festival focused on fun ways to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. Guests can check out class demos for Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing from the SML YMCA. Athletes can also sign up for the Jack O’Lantern OCR, an obstacle course race and 5k run/walk. Puppy adoptions, kite flying demos, music, and food vendors round out this fun day of outdoor activities.

Smith Mountain Lake Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 11a-4p
Where: Bridgewater Plaza
Visit by car or by boat! Guests will enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, roaming performers, and a pet costume contest (with proceeds benefitting the Franklin County Humane Society.) Over 50 craft vendors will be on site.

Harvest Time at Booker T. Washington National Monument
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Where: Booker T. Washington National Monument
This free event offers a glimpse into life in a mid-19th-century small slave-holding tobacco plantation. Experience costumed demonstrations of tasks such as blacksmithing, woodworking, open-hearth cooking, butter churning, and more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the event.

Tailgating Tips for College Football Season

The leaves are turning colors and the evenings are starting to get chilly. And next to Thanksgiving, football and tailgating are considered important rites of the fall season. Even if you’re not into football, there’s a good chance you’re into delicious grilled meats and savory snacks.

Below are some tips to help you throw the most celebrated tailgate parties ever.

Prepare at Home and Keep Warm on Site

Don’t wait until you’re on-site to attempt to make your famous pulled-pork barbecue. Fix as much as you can at home and then keep it warm with Sterno cans. Same goes for other hot sides like macaroni and cheese and baked beans. That way when your guests line up for food, you’re ready to serve them a hot meal instead of a lukewarm letdown.

Stock Up on Aluminum Foil

You’re going to need it for everything: lining your grill, covering your food, fashioning makeshift spoon rests. Bring more than you think you’ll use.

Stay Hydrated

You’re going to be outside all day, and sometimes well into the night. Keeping a cooler full of frozen water bottles will ensure that you have ice cold water to drink throughout the day. This is especially important if you or your guests are drinking alcohol. Bonus: the frozen water bottles will also help to keep your cold items frosty.

Make a Game Day Playlist

A party isn’t complete without a soundtrack, so make a game-day playlist with plenty of upbeat tunes. Bring a couple of charged Bluetooth speakers if you don’t have access to a power supply for a portable speaker.

Get Creative with Organizing

Empty cardboard six-pack containers make excellent condiment holders. Toolboxes are great for storing your grilling utensils. Pop-up laundry hampers can serve as garbage bins. And upside-down cupcake liners cover the tops of your canned beverages perfectly.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the SML Wine Festival

The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is the area’s most popular event, garnering attention from wine enthusiasts from all across the country. Annually scheduled on the last weekend of September, the event features nearly 30 Virginia wineries as well as food vendors, artisans, and musicians. This year’s event will be on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, Saturday 29th, and tickets are currently on sale via the SML Chamber of Commerce website (

If you’ve never attended the event, and you’re interested in attending, this article will give you a brief overview of what to expect at this highly anticipated event.

The SML Wine Festival is a Rain or Shine Event
It might not be a bad idea to pack a poncho or umbrella just in case rain shows up in the forecast as the Wine Festival is a rain or shine event. No refunds are given for inclement weather.

You Can Purchase Private Chalets for Groups
SML Wine Festival Chalets are available for purchase on each day of the event. Chalets are popular for larger groups, entertaining and hosting clients, and private parties. There are three different sizes available and each one includes a tent with private fencing, event tickets, banquet and cocktail tables, and personalized signage.

There’s Live Music Each Day
The main stage of the SML Wine Festival is booked with live music for the duration of the event. On Saturday, September 28th, the main stage will feature Mended Fences (11a-2:30p) and Weird Science (3p-6p). On Sunday, September 29th, the main stage will feature Chad & Daniel (12p-12:45p), Tate Tuck Trio (1p-2:45p), and Fuzzy Logic (3p-5p).

Saturday is the Busiest Day
If you want a more relaxed environment where you can casually speak with the winemakers, plan to attend on Sunday rather than Saturday. However, if you want to mingle with lots of wine enthusiasts, then you’ll want to visit on Saturday.

Pets and Coolers Aren’t Allowed, But You Can Bring a Lawn Chair
If you’d like to relax on the lawn, you’re welcome to bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Coolers aren’t allowed, although there are so many amazing food vendors on site that you’ll want to sample them all. Also, pets aren’t allowed on site, so leave your furry friends at home for this event.

You Can Buy Non-Taster Tickets
Designated drivers and non-wine drinkers can still enter the event by purchasing a non-taster ticket. Non-tasters will receive a different color wristband and will not be able to sample wine from vendors.

You Can Purchase Wine from the Vendors
If you find a wine that you love, then you can buy it from the vendor directly. You can also have your wine sent to the exit tents so you can pick them up on your way out. It’s a good idea to have cash on hand as some vendors may not accept cards or mobile payment.

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