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7 Ideas for Fall Fun at Smith Mountain Lake

When it comes to outdoor fun, it’s hard to beat the lineup of fall festivals at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. In fact, autumn is nearly as busy as summer at SML, which makes it a great time for those looking to buy or sell homes at Smith Mountain Lake. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend some of these great 2015 fall events at Smith Mountain Lake!

Sept. 11-13
Balloons and Tunes

A hot air balloon extravaganza that features tethered rides and a cool glow ceremony after dark that the kids will love. You can also schedule a private charter (call 540-871-0321 to book in advance). All events are weather dependent so be sure to check the Facebook page for updates.

Sept. 12
Smith Mountain Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show and Festival

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the antique boat show at Smith Mountain Lake is a can’t-miss event. Some of the friendliest people you will ever meet share their love of beautifully restored antique vessels along the shore of Marines Landing Resort. Read more in this story from Laker Weekly or visit

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Courtesy of SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society

Sept. 19
Harvest Time of 1864

Booker T. Washington National Monument is the place to be for this family-friendly event that harkens visitors back to the mid-19th century. Tours, children’s activities, food vendors, educational programs and more make for a fun afternoon in an absolutely beautiful autumn setting. Find out more at the BTW website.

Sept. 26-27
Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

LakeWatch Plantation is the place to be for the annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. Twenty-seven Virginia wineries will offer tastings, plus there are 85-plus artisan vendors, food trucks, live music and more. Two tips: 1) If possible, go on Sunday when the crowds are lighter and tasting lines are shorter. 2) Don’t forget your ID! Everyone gets carded regardless of age (seriously). Click for more Wine Festival details or to purchase discounted advance tickets.

Oct. 3
Oktoberfest at Smith Mountain Lake

This awesome event includes a 5K Trail Race/Walk through Booker T. Washington National Monument in the morning followed by a German-themed festival in the afternoon, complete with authentic music, food and beer from Sunken City Brewing Company! Sponsored by The Willard Companies, the event is fun for the whole family (there’s even a children’s play area) and proceeds benefit the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA. Find out more or sign up for the 5K at

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Oct. 9-11
Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour

Take a stroll through eight spectacular waterfront homes and raise money for local charities at the SML Charity Home Tour. Now in its 25th year, this remarkable event has raised more than $4 million! Find more details, home photos and directions by land and boat (yes, every home is accessible by water!) in this story from Smith Mountain Laker Magazine.

Nov. 7
Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

What’s better than sampling a variety of chili on a crisp fall day? Doing it along the beautiful shores of Smith Mountain Lake, of course! Head to Bridgewater Plaza with the whole family for this fun event, which also includes craft vendors and live music. Visit the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce website for more information.


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The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Summer just started and we are already thinking about the fall. Don’t get us wrong, we’re grateful for the bright sunny days and warm weather, but in September, we can go to the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. (Now you’re excited for the fall too!) Listen to music and indulge in food and drink while you surround yourself with the sweet sounds of live music and the company of great friends.


The Festival Details

In 2015, the festivities will be held at LakeWatch Plantation in Moneta regardless of the weather. The venue is a 479 acre self contained rural village with plenty of space for the multitudes to enjoy. Pets aren’t allowed, but parking is free. On September 26 and 27 of this year, 27 Virginia wineries will be displaying their products for connoisseurs from all over the place. Pair these delicacies with food while you browse all of the craft tables. Over 85 different vendors will be in attendance as well.

Take in the smooth sounds as you walk around and enjoy the smooth flavors. Saturday will feature live music from Fuzzy Logic and Dragonfly. Sunday’s festival goers will be listening to the music of The Embers with Craig Woolard.

Tickets formally go on sale at with local retailers on August 3, so mark your calendars, or purchase your advance tickets now. There are no refunds, but you certainly don’t want to miss out. Stop on by from 11-6 on Saturday or 11-5 on Sunday.

The wineries who will be participating at this year’s festival include: Amrhein Wine Cellars, Barboursville Vineyards, Beliveau Estate Winery, Bright Meadows Farm, Brooks Mill Winery, Byrd Cellars Winery, Chateau Morrisette, Davis Valley Winery, Delfosse Vineyard & Winery, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Hickory Hill Vineyards, Horton Cellars Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery, Notaviva Vineyards, Peaks of Otter Winery, Preston Ridge Winery, Prince Michel, Rebec Vineyards, Rockbridge Vineyards, Rural Retreat Winery, Sans Soucy Vineyards & Winery, Tomahawk Mill Winery, Trump Winery, Vincent Vineyards, Virginia Mountain Vineyards, and Williamsburg Winery.

What’s So Great About Wine?

There are lots of health benefits of drinking wine. Moderate consumption aids in everything from improving brain activity to reducing the risks of heart attack and type 2 diabetes. Other health benefits that top the list include reduced risk of cataracts, stroke, and colon cancer. Remember, however, moderate consumption means two to four ounces a day, so always consume responsibly to get the most out of your wine.

The health benefits are a great reason to indulge in a little wine, but let’s not forget, wine tastes delicious too.

A Premier Smith Mountain Lake Festival

Is It September Yet? If you are ready for a little wine and a lot of fun, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. You can purchase advance tickets here. Go one day, go both days, or even purchase a chalet and go in extreme style. Adults and children alike are welcome to join, and there will plenty to excite and entertain people of all ages, so get your tickets today.

Virginia Garden Club Guests

The Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week is great regional event we look forward to every spring. Deemed as “America’s Largest Open House” the 8-day long event features over 250 of Virginia’s most exquisite historic landmarks, homes, and gardens!

This year, my business partner Vicki Millehan and I decided that we wanted to do something special for garden guests planning to take the Chatham and Roanoke garden tours on April 24th and 25th.  As we talked with the Garden Club of Virginia and tossed around ideas, we decided that giving away a FREE one night waterfront stay in a 2 bedroom condo at Mariner’s Landing on Smith Mountain Lake was the perfect gift!

[Click Here To Enter Contest]

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