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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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If you plan to be at SML this autumn and are interested in touring Smith Mountain Lake homes for sale, be sure to get in touch with me to set up an appointment. I’d love to show you Smith Mountain Lake condos and townhomes, luxury waterfront homes, country homes, building lots, horse properties and more.


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The Six Critical Features to Consider in Your Waterfront Property Search

If you are considering purchasing a waterfront property then you better be ready to do a little homework. While the process can take some time and work, it can pay off dividends in the end when you realize a beautiful home designed by you with everything you could imagine. Smith Mountain Lake Waterfront Property

Purchasing a waterfront home is one thing, but buying a waterfront lot involves more planning and preparation. Listed below are the six critical features that I recommend my clients to consider when looking at waterfront property:

1. Lot and Site Plan
At Smith Mountain Lake, we have a variety of lot sizes available. Some clients prefer a smaller amount of acreage which they believe equates to less maintenance while others are after a larger lot for added privacy and more space. Whichever your preference is we have a lot to fit the bill.

It’s important to look at a plat map and determine the boundaries of the property. You will find that some properties have marked property corners while others do not. If you can get an overall idea of where the utilities will be run, the house will be built, dock location, etc. then you can have a vision in your head. You don’t want to have an extremely large home on a small lot as it won’t leave much room for expansion or added privacy. Be aware if there are any specific code restrictions or building setback limitations involved within the development. Read More→