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Farmland at Smith Mountain Lake

When you think of Smith Mountain Lake, it’s hard not to envision the area’s most popular attraction…the lake itself. However, residents and frequent visitors know that there’s far more to SML than just water. In fact, if you’re interested in relocating to Smith Mountain Lake, but not necessarily interested in living on the water, then you may want to explore properties that are slightly off the beaten path.

Smith Mountain Lake spans three counties: Franklin, Bedford, and Pittsylvania. In addition to surrounding the lake, each of these areas offer peaceful, countryside retreats. Whether you’re looking for farm properties, a secluded country home, or a quiet spot with pastures for your horses to graze, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the listings on offer within the Smith Mountain Lake area.

And the best part? You’re still within minutes of Smith Mountain Lake.

If you love the Smith Mountain Lake community, but prefer a more secluded, rural setting, then I invite you to browse available farm, horse, and country home listings from my website, www.DebbieShelton.com. I provide experienced, specialized attention to clients interested in buying and selling Smith Mountain Lake properties, ranging from sprawling landscapes to waterfront estates.

Keeping Your Boat Safe During the Winter

It’s hard to even think about boating on Smith Mountain Lake when the temperature refuses to budge above freezing, but protecting your boat from harsh winter weather will increase performance and keep maintenance to a minimum. That way, when its time to enjoy summertime boating and PWC amenities, you’ll spend less time performing repairs and more time exploring SML.

First and foremost, make sure your boat is out of the water and well-covered, either by a tarp or underneath a structure. If you need storage space, contact any of Smith Mountain Lake’s marinas for information on renting covered slips. Many marinas also offer boat winterization as a paid service.

Once your boat is out of the water, inspect it for damage. This is also a good opportunity to clean both the interior and exterior of your boat. Remove any items that could possibly be affected by the winter weather including electronics, fire extinguishers, and flares. Do not store anything valuable on the boat.

Check your owner’s manual for recommendations on fuel storage as it varies by manufacturer. Some recommend storing with a full tank of fuel, whereas some recommend adding a fuel stabilizer. Test your batteries to make sure they are fully charged, and make sure that all of your switches are turned off so that you don’t accidentally drain your battery.

A thorough list of boat winterization checkpoints can be found here, however if this is your first time winterizing your boat (or if you don’t feel comfortable completing these tasks on your own), it’s best to enlist the help of an experienced professional.

Source: Winterizing Your Boat, DiscoverBoating.com

Celebrating New Year’s in Roanoke

As 2017 quickly draws to a close, it’s time to start making plans for ringing in 2018. Fortunately, Roanoke has tons of fun gatherings filled with songs and spirits.

If counting down the new year is non-negotiable, then make plans to attend the Big Lick Downtown Countdown. This annual event transforms Market Square into Times Square as guests usher in 2018 with food, craft beer, and musical guests.

Firehouse Skate N Play in Vinton plays host to New Year’s Eve All Night Skate beginning at 7pm, with a celebratory balloon drop at midnight. Enjoy a pizza buffet, contests, and a pancake breakfast.

If you’re a fan of live music, make plans to attend the New Year’s Eve Harvester Bash at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount. This family-friendly event hosts a variety of bands and a champagne toast at midnight. Purchase your tickets in advance and receive a discount!

Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill will be hosting their hugely popular New Year’s Eve Bash featuring live music from GAK-BOTZ, a 90’s rock and hip-hop tribute band. The event begins at 10pm and requires a $10 cover.

If you’d prefer a more formal gathering to ring in the new year, then purchase tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Known as the fanciest New Year’s Eve party in the Star City, this event includes a buffet, spirits, and two ballrooms with live entertainment. Tickets are $195 per couple or $97.50 for singles.

For more information on New Year’s Eve celebrations, check out the blog at www.VisitRoanokeVA.com.