Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate – Debbie Shelton

Your Guide to Smith Mountain Lake October Events

Now that we’ve officially opened our arms to the fall season, our sights have shifted from flip-flops and jet skis to fluffy scarves and warm apple cider. Autumn-themed festivals have begun popping up across the community just as the colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains meld into a gorgeous array of golds and coppers. Here’s your guide to upcoming fall festivals in and around the Smith Mountain Lake area so you can start celebrating all things autumn:

Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour
Friday, October 6-Sunday, October 8
This three-day event gives ticketholders the chance to tour Smith Mountain Lake homes known for their unique architecture, landscaping, and interior decor. Tickets are available at

Bridgewater Fall Festival
Saturday, October 14, 11am
Shop and dine at your favorite Smith Mountain Lake gift shops and restaurants during this free family-friendly event. Attractions include local craft vendors, face painting, a petting zoo, and free pony rides. Accessible by vehicle or boat.

Annual Artisan Studio and Harvest Tour
Saturday, October 14, 10am
A free event comprised of 13 different sites throughout the county where guests can meet artisans, tour their studios, and shop from handmade gifts ranging from artwork to fine jewelry.

SML Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race
Saturday, October 14, 10:30am

Celebrating its 5th year, the SML Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race welcomes live entertainment from authentic Bavarian-style musicians, food, children’s activities, and special Oktoberfest beer from Sunken City Brewery. Located at Westlake Towne Center. Visit for admission pricing and information.

Annual Franklin County Lord’s Acre Sale
Saturday, October 21, 8am

Located at Franklin County High School, the 53rd annual Lord’s Acre Sale is a fundraiser hosted by area churches selling handmade crafts, art, furniture, and baked goods.

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
Saturday, October 28, 10am

Experience live music, exhibitions, and delicious food inspired by Franklin County’s heritage. Located at Ferrum College. Visit for directions, schedule of events, and ticket information.

Selling Your Home? Don’t Fall for These Pricing Myths.

Putting your home on the market isn’t a decision that one casually makes over weekend brunch. It’s a calculated move that involves a lot of moving pieces, and we’re not talking about carting furniture from one address to another. Still, you’ve invested so much time and money into upgrading your home that you’re certain a real estate windfall is in your future.

Or is it?

Before you fall victim to real estate misinformation, take a moment to brush up on these common pricing myths:

  • Renovations Equal Instant Profit. Yes, updating your shag carpeting will make your home more attractive to prospects, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to get back every penny that you’ve invested. On average, you can realistically expect to get back 64% of every dollar you spend on renovations.
  • Price It High and Adjust Later. Setting your asking price too high will detract interested buyers, especially if there are comparable properties with lower price tags in your neighborhood. And house-hunters might assume there’s something wrong with your home if you keep lowering the price after it’s been on the market for a lengthy amount of time.
  • You’re Going to Make a Profit. This is, of course, the goal…but there are a lot of factors that go into whether or not your real estate investment will turn a profit. What are homes going for in your area? What does the market look like at the moment? If waterfront condos are selling quickly, then your single-family home may not be of interest.
  • If You Price Your Home Too Low, You’ll Lose Money. An experienced real estate agent will help determine the market value of your home, and a fair price will entice qualified leads. And the more interested buyers you have, the better chance you have of starting a bidding war, which could work to your favor.

The bottom line? Navigating the everchanging landscape of residential real estate is far easier when you have an experienced real estate agent on your side. Debbie Shelton guides her clients through every phase of buying and selling a home, and has over twenty years of expertise in the Smith Mountain Lake market. To view current listings, visit


SML Preps for Wine Festival

As we revel in the final stretch of the summer season, residents and guests of Smith Mountain Lake shift their focus to the area’s most anticipated event, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd thru Sunday, September 24th and will feature 29 Virginia wineries and 85 food and craft vendors. This year’s entertainment will be provided by Barefoot West and Fuzzy Logic on Saturday and Hip Pocket Band on Sunday.

The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held at Crazy Horse Marina in Moneta. This will be the second year at this location, which allowed the event to be held by the water. This year also marks the return of the SML Beer Garden, featuring local favorites from Chaos Mountain and Sunken City.

Advance tickets can be purchased at or at sponsor locations, including Kroger, the Bedford Visitor Center, The SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Franklin County Chamber Branch in Rocky Mount. Advance tickets are $25 for tasters and $15 for non-tasters.

For more information on the SML Wine Festival, include vendor applications and directions, go to