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Each month will feature unique local experiences, upcoming events, and more about Smith Mountain Lake and surrounding Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties.

Smith Mountain Lake Fishing [It’s the Reel Deal]

March 1, 2021 – Smith Mountain Lake offers an abundance of activities both on and off the water, including a variety water sports such as boating, kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing, jet skiing, and the most popular pastime, fishing. In 2018, Bassmaster Magazine voted Smith Mountain Lake the 18th best lake for bass fishing in the Northeastern Region of…

How to Plan a Romantic Getaway to Smith Mountain Lake

Feb. 1, 2021 – There is something dreamy, adventurous even, about packing up for a weekend away with your significant other. Off the beaten path in the foothills of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains lies Smith Mountain Lake. Whether you seek days full of activities or more serene time spent relaxing with your loved one, our…

Bernard's Landing Resort

Get to Know Smith Mountain Lake’s Communities

Dec. 21, 2020 – The new year always brings exciting things to look forward to, including travel plans with family and friends. Scenic, relaxing and brimming with rural charm, Smith Mountain Lake is an ideal destination in all four seasons! Whether your plan is to cozy up in a cabin to potentially see some snow fall…

Make Smith Mountain Lake Your Home for the Holidays

Courtesy of Mindful Light Photography Nov. 23, 2020 – The holiday season is upon us and to make things a little easier, we’re providing a holiday guide for the Smith Mountain Lake area ranging from places to stay, dine with family, shop for the perfect gifts, pick up your tree and other Christmas décor, and…

Off-Season Hidden Gems at Smith Mountain Lake

Nov. 1, 2020 – As we wind down from what is regarded as the busy season at Smith Mountain Lake from the months of March through October, some may not recognize the multitude of exciting opportunities that await them in the cooler months ahead.  Whether you’re a full-time lake resident, a vacationer taking advantage of…

Fall wine tasting at Smith Mountain Lake

Fall in Love with Smith Mountain Lake

Oct. 7, 2020 – Fall at Smith Mountain Lake (SML) is the perfect season for camping, leaf peeping, and spending time with family and friends.  Stunning fall foliage and cooler temperatures create the ideal atmosphere for experiences such as sunset wine tastings, a variety of autumn-themed events and activities, and Halloween festivities. Whether you prefer a…

Off-Water Cultural Experiences and Outdoor Adventure

Sept. 16, 2020 Smith Mountain Lake (SML) is among the most popular residential, vacation and recreational spots on the East Coast. Set amid the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, SML is a breathtakingly scenic destination with 22,000 acres of crystal-clear water, making it a top destination for adventure. Vacationers from across the globe come to SML during…

On-Water Adventures at Smith Mountain Lake

August 31, 2020 WanderLove is calling – and adventure is the destination. WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love: on and off-water outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and the winding roads in between. Smith Mountain Lake (SML) is the absolute perfect WanderLove road trip destination! This is one in a series of blog posts focused…

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