Winter at Smith Mountain Lake

on January 19, 2015

Embracing that “fun in the sun” attitude that Smith Mountain Lake holds so dear can seem rather difficult in the midst of winter. After all, how is “the jewel of the Blue Ridge” supposed to sparkle when there’s no summer sun?

Residents know that Smith Mountain Lake has four seasons of fun to explore. But the allure of an SML winter may be lost on those who visit solely during the summer months.

Granted, coasting along the open waters on a freezing cold January afternoon doesn’t sound very appealing, but there are still plenty of attractions in and around the Smith Mountain Lake area that give visitors a host of fun and exciting areas  to explore during the off-season.

Whether it’s the dead of winter or the hottest day of the year, having a glass of wine is almost always in season. Throw on a scarf and your coziest pair of wool socks and head out for a visit to area Smith Mountain Lake wineries. These award-winning destinations are perfect for experienced wine tasters and novices alike. Examples include Hickory Hill Vineyards, Brooks Mill Winery, and Peaks of Otter.

There’s something about retail therapy that just elevates one’s mood, and there is no shortage of places to shop in and around Smith Mountain Lake. Be sure to check out Downtown Moneta ( and Westlake Towne Center ( for a full list of shops ranging from home décor to upscale designer jewelry.  If you’re aching for a larger, commercial shopping mall, then you’ll be happy to know that Smith Mountain Lake is conveniently located a short distance from both Roanoke and Lynchburg.

If live music is on your must-do list, then check out The Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, Virginia ( The Harvester hosts a variety of artists and acts showcasing all genres including rock, bluegrass, indie, gospel and comedy.


Visit SML during the off-season gives guests the opportunity to see what Smith Mountain Lake is like once summer vacations have come to a close. This is especially important if you’re thinking about relocating to the area. If you’re interested in learning more about Smith Mountain Lake in the winter, or would like to search for available Smith Mountain Lake properties, call me directly at 540-420-0135. You can also search my listings directly from my website at


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