VISIT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE'S STATE PARKS - http://traveltips.usatoday.com/state-parks-smith-mountain-lake-29164.html
Although only one Virgina state park is on the shores of Smith Mountain lake, two memorial parks are a short distance away and offer excursions to historic sites off the lake. Visitors can turn back the clock to what "Time" magazine dubbed "The Greatest Day" with a visit to the D-Day Memorial or step back further in time at Booker T. Washington's birthplace.
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Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor fun in Virginia.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
On the shores of the lake, Smith Mountain Lake State Park accommodates overnight visitors with its variety of options. Whether you decide to pitch a tent, stay in a cabin, or reserve a bunk in the Camping Lodge Bunkhouse, you're sure to enjoy the park's many amenities, which include hiking along marked trails, swimming, boating and fishing. Smith Mountain Lake State Park 1235 State Park Road Huddleston, VA 24104 540-297-6066 www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/smi.shtml
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Seventeen miles from Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Booker T. Washington was born and spent his formative years on Burroughs Plantation, now Booker T. Washington National Monument. Visitors can take part in a guided tour or walk the grounds on their own. Those who are interested in exploring can take the Plantation Trail, which passes the reconstruction of a 19th century farm, then stop by the farm and garden areas to learn how farms of the day operated. Booker T. Washington National Monument 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway Hardy, VA 24101 540-721-2094 www.nps.gov/bowa
National D-Day Memorial Park
The National D-Day Memorial details the enormity of World War II in Bedford, Virginia, 22 miles north of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Visitors can take in the Landing Beach tableau, which includes artistic recreations of a landing craft, beach obstacles and exploding fountains to depict defensive fire, and the Richard S. Reynolds Sr. Garden, which offers statues and busts of the day's greatest heroes. National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle Bedford, VA 24523 540-587-3619 www.dday.org
One of the most interesting places to visit at the Lake is American Electric Power’s Smith Mountain Lake Dam. At the Visitor Center overlooking the Dam, you’ll enjoy learning how electricity is generated in a pumped storage and hydroelectric project. There are hands-on exhibits and computer models to try, a theatre with audio-visual presentations, and a three-dimensional terrain map, which shows the lake area as if viewed from an altitude of 25,000 feet. Outside the Visitors Center there are overlook areas providing spectacular views of the dam, gorge, and lake plus picnic facilities with charcoal grills located near the base of the dam. So make a day of it at this great attraction that created the lake back in 1966. -- www.visitsmithmountainlake.com
Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitors Center, Phone: 540.985.2587
"Should I stay or should I go now? If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay there will be double!" - The Clash. The unrest in Egypt has been boiling for the past few weeks, as protestors took to the streets and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak contemplated whether to stay in power... or step down.
And any time there's uncertainty, there is sure to be movement in the markets. For example, oil prices rose Thursday morning after rumors spread through the media that Mubarek would step down later that night. In the end, Mubarek didn't officially step down until Friday morning, at which point the streets of Cairo erupted in celebration, oil moved lower again, and the Stock market ticked up in hopes that the uncertainty in Egypt would soon be a memory.
Of course, Cairo wasn't the only place that has been reacting to uncertainty lately - and we don't have to look any further than Mortgage Bonds and home loan rates as an example. To say that Bonds have had a rough time lately would be a bit of an understatement, as Bond pricing and home loan rates worsened very significantly over the past week and a half. By the end of last week, however, Bonds looked like they were beginning to stabilize... at least for now.
Impacting Bonds last week were a number of remarks by Fed members, including Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who spoke on Capitol Hill, saying it will take several more years before the unemployment rate returns to a more normal level, and that lawmakers need to act to reduce the country's deficit.
The recent tough times for Bonds and home loan rates underscores the current opportunity... rates are still relatively low, but gradually creeping higher. This makes now an ideal time for consumers to take advantage of the still historically low rates. If you or someone you know is in the market for a new home or to review your home loan, now's the time to act.
After last week's slow schedule of economic reports, we'll see some influential reports this week... that have the potential to really move the markets.
Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result.
As you can see in the chart below, Bonds and home loan rates have had a tough time recently, but were able to stabilize at the end of last week. In the end, Bonds and home loan rates finished the week just slightly below where they started, but home loan rates are still near historic lows for now.
Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday Feb 11, 2011)
Smith Mountain Lake, Va offers over 22,000 acres and over 500 miles of beautiful waterfront luxury and living. each and every lifestyle can be met at Smith Mountain Lake. Sales over the past year were up, prices down, so any buyer has a great oppurtunity. The state of VA interestingly enough does not have a deficit, and Franklin County - one of the 3 counties the lake accesses was the second largest VA County growth, over 19%.
Our inventory started to go down September 2010 with several larger sales, and obviously alot throughout the year. We do not have very many lakefront foreclosures however, so that market is very limited and reflects a more stable enviroment. We have had only 10 lakefront foreclosures overall, this does not count off -water or cities like Roanoke or Lynchburg. Condos are struggling and those have the highest rate of foreclosures. However our lakefront home luxury market has dropped in price and is moving down the road. Our prices range from $800,000 to over $20,000,000 for lakefront luxury. Naturally we have lower priced homes on our lake,startign at around $350,000, but this is more representative of our luxury market.
Currently several great opputurnities exist with a $1,450,000 lisitng, that has the best views on this lake, on a point lot. This can be found on my web, www.SmithMountainLakeProperties.org or this web site as well. We have several more great opputunities that may not last
If you have a buyer that wants to purchase lakefront within 3 hours of DC and Charlotte, or 1.5 hours from raleigh and only 30 mins from Roanoke, then call me. We have some great investment properties as well as Luxury Lakefront Properties.
Spring is springing here at Smith Mountain Lake. The trees and flowers are starting to show their colors and not too far from Smith Mountain Lake is a winery that is coming alive after the winter. With award-winning wines, Brooks Mill Winery is a must visit on your next trip to the Lake. It is a small farm-fruit winery that opened in December of 2008 after being H.T. and Rhonda Page's hobby for over ten years. On the farm the Page's grow blackberries, blueberries, pears, plums, peaches, apples, and cherries. Producing eight different fruit wines, two (blackberry and blueberry) won awards at the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
For more information or to schedule a tasting:
Mother Earth News magazine's “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list features Floyd, Virginia as one of those places. Set aside a day trip while vacationing at Smith Mountain Lake and visit this wonderful place. Known for folk music, craftsmen, wineries, and artists, Floyd was one of six communities listed in the February-March issue.
Floyd County is bordered on the eastern side by 31 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The current county seat, originally named Jacksonville after our seventh president Andrew Jackson, was changed in 1896 to Floyd. Downtown Floyd has many unique shopping opportunities such as The Country Store, The Jacksonville Center, The Pickin’ Porch, County Sales, 16 Hands, The June Bug Center, and The Harvest Moon just to name a few. On any given Friday night, The Country Store hosts the "Friday Night Jamboree" featuring famous musicians playing gospel, bluegrass, and old time music.
Floyd, County is also home to Chauteau Morrissette, a southern inspired hospitality winery and restaurant. Buffalo Mountain, with an elevation of 3971 feet, is one of the most significant natural areas in Virginia. It boasts an amazing 13 rare plant occurences, 3 rare animal occurences, and 6 significant natural communities. The combination of high-elevation, wind-exposed openings at the summit, and magnesium rich soils make it unlike any place else in the Commonwealth.
Floyd, Virginia is located 40 miles southwest of Roanoke, Virginia on US Route 221.
Poplar Forest, a National Historic Landmark and Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat, will be opening its 2011 season on March 15. Plan a visit to the first octagonal home (believed to be) in America that was designed and built by Jefferson. Tour the home and visit the landscape, both currently being meticulously restored back to Jefferson's design using early 19th century techniques. Learn about architecture, preservation and life in the early 19th century. Ongoing excavation and artifacts from the plantation community that lived and worked at Poplar Forest can be viewed while visiting Poplar Forest. One will discover his vision for his gardens, ornamental plantings and farm at Poplar Forest as it emerges through archaeology.
Poplar Forest is open for visitors from March 15 through December 15 (closed Thanksgiving Day). Group tours can be arranged year round. March 19 marks the first of many events throughout the year. "This Old Tool" Roadshow from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, by the Early American Industries Association, will include a tour of the house, a behind-the-scenes restoration workshop, and networking with other tool enthusiasts. For more information on the continuing events, go to http://www.poplarforest.org/events.
Poplar Forest is only 40 minutes from Moneta, Virginia and is a wonderful day trip while visiting and relaxing at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.
'Tis the season to start planning trips to Smith Mountain Lake, for a weekend, a week, or if you are so lucky, for a month or two. The Lake is waking up after a long winter, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is getting busy with visitors enjoying an afternoon hiking or sitting and watching the birds around the lake or just enjoying an afternoon on your deck or dock sipping your favorite drink and enjoying the sunlight. Evenings are becoming abuzz with activities as well. May 4 through May 8, the Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" is coming to Roanoke's Civic Center Coliseum. "The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth—it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings' fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it." - http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/alegria/.
Alegría has an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries and showcases breathtaking acrobatics. "Acts include the Synchro Trapeze and the intense and high-energy Aerial High Bars in which daring aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage. The vibrancy of youth is alive in Power Track, a brilliant display of synchronized choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system hidden under the stage floor. In Russian Bars, artists fly through the air and perform spectacular somersaults and mid-air turns, landing on bars perched on the sturdy shoulders of catchers." - www.roanokeciviccenter.com.
After a dinner at one of our wonderful local restaurants, enjoy the show!
May 7 Showtimes: 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
The Blackwater Cafe at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta has live jazz on the third Thursday of each month featuring The Charlie Perkinson Trio. Charlie is the host of the local NPR Jazz Radio Show on WVTF 89.1 FM. The Trio changes from time to time to include other local jazz musicians. The music is played at a comfortable level and is a good accompaniment to the great food and ambiance that the Blackwater Cafe has to offer. The evenings featuring the Trio are usually sold out so reservations are recommended.
The Blackwater Cafe also hosts a monthly Wine Dinner on the second Tuesday of each month September through May. These dinners have become so popular it is usually a sell out crowd a few months ahead of time. The evenings get great reviews for the food, wine, hospitality and the guest speakers. If you like great food paired with excellent, interesting wines and the company of other wine connoisseurs call and make a reservation. The local Wine Club also meets at the Blackwater Cafe on the third Tuesday of each month and many are regulars from the Wine Dinners and vice versa.
The Blackwater Cafe
4730 Scruggs Road
Moneta, VA 24121
Are you a World War II history buff? Plan to visit Smith Mountain Lake and while there, visit Bedford's National D-Day Memorial. On February 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM, the Memorial will feature a lecture regarding segregation in the military during World War II, as told by Frank Bolden, one of two accredited black war correspondents during the war. Also featured will be his interviews with Mahatma Ghandi, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Madam and General Chiang Kai-shek. You will learn of the 92nd Infantry Division and the China-Burma-India theater of operations. The lecture, complete with a slide presentation and discussion will be held at the Bedford Welcome Center. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. For more information - Bedford Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford - 540-587-3619 - www.dday.org
Need information about the show? Contact Show Director Darrel Ross at (434) 610-5991.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World is located in Natural Bridge in Virginia, approximately two hours from Smith Mountain Lake. Constructed by nature, 20 stories of solid rock exudes history as you pass under the mammoth archway. The Blue and Gray of the Civil War, Washington, and Jefferson are just a few of the legends that have passed through this bridge and are said to have traveled along the beautiful Cedar Creek Trail. Open during all four seasons, (limited access to some of the attractions during the winter), be sure to visit the Natural Bridge Caverns, Cedar Creek Trail, the Native American Village, the Toy Museum, and the Wax Museum. Evenings during the summer is a special time to visit the night pageant at the Bridge as special lighting makes the mountain sides form a vast stage. "Scenes move and change with the mood of gripping music in a spectacle which takes the onlooker back into the eternal ages"...(http://www.naturalbridgeva.com).
For more information:
P.O. Box 57, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
1-800-533-1410 • 540-291-2121
Within an hour's drive of Smith Mountain Lake, the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is located atop Liberty University's 5,000-acre mountain in Lynchburg, Virginia. Never before offered in the U.S., the complex has synthetic slopes offering year-round skiing, snowboarding, and tubing using a new technology called Snowflex, The Centre caters to snow sport enthusiasts during all four seasons of the year. Snowflex is comprised of several layers of carpet-like material and simulates the slip and grip of real snow. The patented misting system keeps the surface moist providing speed and edge control. The ski slope has beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. For Freestyler enthusiasts the complex features an elevated cornice drop, triple kickers and a colossal quarter pipe. Young and old can enjoy Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre.
Call for more information regarding prices and hours of operation
Admission Fee: rate varies
Phone: (434) 582-3539 or (866) 504-7541
The Nutcracker - "To Clara, the Christmas Eve celebration at the Silberhous household was always a special time. Then Herr Drosselmeyer arrives with special gifts and magic, making this Christmas one she will cherish forever.
Join Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they battle giant mice, dance with snowflakes and journey to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains them with exotic dances from around the world." - Southwest Virginia Ballet
The Roanoke Performing Arts Center is located just 45 minutes from Smith Mountain Lake. This is a wonderful ballet for the holiday season. Treat you and your family or friends to a sensational experience.
Saturday, December 11th at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 12th at 3:00 pm
Roanoke Performing Arts Center
Box Office (877) HTB-TIXNow
Tickets can be purchased online
Adults: $17, $24, $31 & $41
Children (18 and under) $13, $18 & $23
♪..♪.♫..Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down Smith Mountain Lake!!.♪.♫.. ♪
Every Saturday from November 27, 2010 until Christmas, Santa Clause will arrive by boat to the lower level of Bridgewater Plaza to meet and greet the children. Hours are from 1 pm until 4 pm. Be sure to bring a camera and your list for Santa....but only if you have been a good girl or boy this year! Visit the restaurants for a wonderful lunch or dinner after doing your holiday shopping in the wonderful stores at Bridgewater Plaza. There is always something to do at Smith Mountain Lake.
Are you lucky enough to be at Smith Mountain Lake for the Christmas holidays? Do you want a beautiful fresh cut Christmas tree? If so, Smith Mountain Lake's Rotary will be selling the most sought-after tree, the Frasier Fir. The Frasier Fir is the most widely used because of its fragrance, shape, strong limbs, and ability to retain its soft needles for a long time when cut (which do not prick easily when hanging ornaments).
Starting Wednesday, November 24, 2010, trees will be available for purchase at Hot Shots Family Fun Center - 67 Village View Lane, Moneta, off of Route 122 near Westlake, during their regular business hours: Sunday and Monday from 8 am to 3 pm; Tuesday through Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 9 pm. Prices range from $38.00 to 95.00 with trees from 5 feet to 10 feet high. Come early as the trees sell out very quickly!!