Festival Season Hits Smith Mountain Lake

on September 20, 2014

Even though Smith Mountain Lake is largely considered a summer vacation destination, one visit during the fall season and you’ll quickly see how much the area has to offer year round.

The post Labor Day crowd has dissipated and Smith Mountain Lake has started to shed its summer façade in favor of the rich sights, scents and sounds of fall. And the area’s calendar of events is shaping up to showcase the absolute best of SML, including a variety of fun fall festivals and special events.

The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is by far the region’s most popular and highly anticipated event. In its 26th year, the SML Wine Festival hosts 27 Virginia wineries and 85 food and craft vendors. This year’s event will be held Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th at Lakewatch Plantation, which is located roughly one mile south from Hales Ford Bridge. Live music will be provided by Tim Martin and Fuzzy Logic (Saturday) and The Harwell-Grice Band (Sunday.) Tickets can be purchased on the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce’s website (www.VisitSmithMountainLake.com) or by calling 540-721-1203. A full list of ticket vendors can also be found on the chamber website.

In its second year, the Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest and 5k Trail Race has also become a popular fall festival…and not just because it celebrates beer. The 5k Trail Race benefits the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, which offers SML residents a safe, fun place for families of all sizes to get fit and have fun. Guests also get to sample delicious German food, sample special Oktoberfest beer by Sunken City Brewery and dance the afternoon away to the sounds of a traditional Bavarian band. This even takes place Saturday, October 4th at Westlake Towne Center. Information can be found at www.SMLOktoberfest.com.

The Fall Chili and Craft Festival, located at Bridgewater Plaza, will be held November 1st from 11am to 3pm. Lake area residents and guests alike line up to sample recipes and vote for their choice in one of three categories: “best chili,” “people’s choice,” and “showmanship.” If chili isn’t your style, then browse the boardwalk and set your sights on displays by local artisans, area bakers and confectioners and more. Tickets are $5 at the gate. TNT Auto Body Repair and Services will be shuttling visitors to and from the event in their “big green bus” that will be stationed at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

If festivals aren’t your cup of tea (or wine, chili or beer…) then take advantage of the absolutely gorgeous fall scenery that’s abound in every direction. Smith Mountain Lake, affectionately known as The Jewel of the Blue Ridge, offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pack a picnic and head to the Smith Mountain Lake State Park, or visit one of our many area wineries.

If you’ve fallen in love with Smith Mountain Lake, then let’s make an appointment to explore this beautiful region together! As one of the area’s most respected real estate agents, I can show you the areas that have the amenities you’re looking for that’s also in your price range. The fall season is a wonderful time to go house hunting and I’d love the opportunity to serve as your guide.

For more information on listings, resources and life at Smith Mountain Lake, visit www.smithmountainlakeva.com or call me, Barbara Brooks, at 540-420-0135.


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