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Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 5 pm to 7 pm, "Westlake Towne Center" and "We Care of Franklin County" will be lighting the Westlake Holiday Tree in front of the Westlake Library and retail shops.  Entertainment will be provided by local elementary school choirs and Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers.  Bring your children and your cameras as Santa will be availalbe for photos.  Some of the retail stores will be providing light refreshments during the event.  Help a child to have a wonderful holiday and donate an unwrapped toy.  The first 150 people bringing donations will receive a free ticket to the Westlake Cinema's showing of "Miracle on 34th Street".
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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!!

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"...the real Christmas must be spent in the country, and I cannot but feel that there is in the Virginia Christmas atmosphere a fragrance and an influence which is not to be found elsewhere." - Booker T. Washington Papers, Vol. 1


Feel and learn how Christmas was celebrated on the Burroughs Plantation in 1860 on the eve of the beginning of the American Civil War.  Listen to the whispers of the residents and visitors about the elections and secession in 1860.   Enjoy the essence of Christmas with candlelit tours, storytelling, hot apple cider, and gingerbread and much more.  This event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the beginning of many more special programs at the Booker T. Washington National Park in the years to come.


Event date:  Saturday, December 4, 2010, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:  Booker T. Washington National Monument, 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, Virginia 24101

Children's Activities:  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Feeding of Animals: 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Walking Tours with Costumed Interpreters: 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Admission is free.  For more information call 540-721-2094






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November 12, 2010, visit "2nd Friday" in CenterTown Bedford's street festival!  CenterTown Bedford, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Smith Mountain Lake, is a National Historic District featuring more than 30 shops including antique shops, cafes, restaurants, and specialty shops housed in historic buildings.  This event is free and open to the public and guarantees something for everyone. The festival will have live music and special events. Some of the shops and restaurants will be open until 8 PM or later.  This would be a perfect opportunity to get an early start on your holiday shopping.  Can't get into the holiday spirit? Perhaps attending the "Christmas in Bedford" Parade in CenterTown Bedford will help! The parade is being held December 4 starting at noon (raindate December 5, 2 PM).  Rumor has it that Santa will make an appearance!  The parade will start on College Street, proceed to right on Peaks Street, right on North Bridge Street, left on East Main Street, right on South Street, right on Washington Street, right on Center Street, left on West Main Street and right on 4th Street.  left on Macon Street and it will end on Summit Street.  There should be plenty of viewing areas!

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Ah yes, winter will be coming soon!  Thanksgiving will be upon us and you think there will be nothing else happening at Smith Mountain Lake?  You're wrong!  November 27, 2010 marks the date for the Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys Christmas Boat Parade.  Be a part of it by being a sponsor of the flotilla, entering your boat, donating an item for the raffle, or simply by donating a toy.  You can also enjoy being in your best Christmas attire and cruising on the decorated lead boat of the flotilla (Virginia Dare) while listening to seasonal music as it tours around the lake, leaving Virginia Dare Marina at 7 PM, going to Hales Ford Bridge, passing by the SML State Park and returning to the marina.  Don't feel like cruising?  You can also participate by going to Bridgewater, dine at one of wonderful restaurants, do some holiday shopping, or just relax while waiting for the flotilla to arrive.  Be sure to bring a toy to donate to the needy children of Bedford and Franklin Counties, All toys will be distributed by Lake Christian Ministries.
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If you are looking for something to do on a "chili" November weekend, be sure to attend Smith Mountain Lake's 8th Annual Chili Cookoff & Craft Festival on November 6, 2010!  Gates open at 11 AM with a full day of events planned until 4 PM.  Chili tasting begins at noon and voting lasts until 3 PM. Awards for "Best Chili", "People's Choice", and "Showmanship" are presented at 4 PM.  All ages will enjoy the day with Candy Top the Clown, Smith Mountain Lake's own Harmeneer Waterfront 4 Quartet providing music, and many talented crafters selling their wares.

The Festival is located next to Halesford Bridge in Moneta.  There is plenty of parking for your car or boat.  For more information, contact the Smith Mountain Lake's Visitor Center at 800.676.8203 or 540.721.1203.

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Also known as the Mill Mountain Star, the Roanoke Star is a man-made star constructed in 1949.  The star sits atop Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Virginia and is the world's largest illuminated free-standing star.  After construction of the star, Roanoke became known as the "Star City of the South".

While visiting the star, be sure to admire the sights from the overlook, and don't forget to take your camera!  Take a picnic lunch and enjoy eating at the park around the star.  Be sure to visit the zoo that is located on the summit of Mill Mountain (1,740 feet above sea level!).  This is truly a great day trip for young and old alike!

The Roanoke Star can be accessed both from Roanoke and from a spur of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Roanoke Mountain.


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Shooting for a new movie called "Lake Effects" begins in October at Smith Mountain Lake. This is the story of a family raised on the lake. The older daughter moved away to Los Angeles to become a lawyer, the younger, an artist, now teaches art at the local elementary school and lives with her parents and their dog. When Dad dies in a sudden accident, the older sister returns home to SML to settle his estate. The next few weeks at the lake are filled with discoveries, tears and laughter as the two daughters finally understand, through the guidance of Dad's spirit, why it was so important to Dad that they grow up on the lake. For Mom, it is a journey of understanding what the lake means to her personally rather than through her husband's eyes. Of course there is humor as a local oddball leads a search for a LochNess style monster he believes lurks in the lake's depths and a few real Smith Mountain Lake characters make appearances. All these paths converge at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, in a heart-warming and hilarious collision course.

Currently the cast includes Sean Patrick Flanery, Casper Van Dien, Jane Seymour, Scottie Thompson, Madeline Zima, Jeff Fahey, Ben Savage, Eyal Podell, Richard Moll, Richard Riehle, Ron Canada and Mary McDonough in Lake Effects.

So when you are traveling around the area be sure to keep your eyes out for filiming and you could have the oppurtunity to be an extra in the film.

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Close to Smith Mountain Lake and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd County, Chateau Morrisette Winery features year-round festivals and events in an elegant old world atmosphere.  Make plans to visit the restaurant, gardens, and winery for a tour and wine tasting, or stop by for one of the special events scheduled throughout the year.

Sunday afternoons June through October, the winery has free music in their courtyard by local and regional musicians and entertainers. Bring your own picnic or the winery offers grilled foods and wines for those wishing to please their palates. October 9, 2010, the winery is hosting a "Black Dog Wine and Beach Festival." Bring your lawn chairs and sunglasses and be sure to visit your favorite crafters and vendors while relaxing with the music!  While there, be sure to check the calendar for the numerous events scheduled throughout the year.

Chateau Morrisette Winery is located on Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 171.5, 287 Winery Road SW, Floyd, Virginia.  540-593-2865 for more information.

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While at Smith Mountain Lake be sure to visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument, located at 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy, Virginia, just south of Westlake. 

Born into slavery by a white father and slave mother on the farm of James Burroughs, Washington was an orator, author, educator, and political leader.  He was representative of the last generation leaders of blacks born in slavery. He also became the first principle of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. In addition to his numerous accomplishments, he was also the author of 14 books.

The monument preserves the birthplace and commemorates his life and accomplishments.  There are nature and history trails, exhibits, a visitor center, and a bookstore on the premises.  The park is open seven days a week, year-round, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Hickory Hill Vineyard & Winery at Smith Mountain Lake.  In business since 2000, the vineyards and winery are family-owed and operated by Roger and Judy Furrow.  The vineyards were planted in 1984.  The winery features the "Lake Series" wines which are light and fruity.  In addition, Hickory Hill offers vintage estate grown Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and a consistently award winning Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tours and tastings 11:AM-5:PM Thursday-Monday from April to November and Saturdays in December and March.  Hickory Hill is one of the many wineries that will be offering wines at Smith Mountain Lake's Wine Tasting Festival on September 25 and 26, 2010.  While at the winery, be sure to visit the gift shop and the picnic area near the vineyards.  Check out their calendar of events for their "Sunset Saturday" dates during the year. 

Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery

1722 Hickory Cove Lane
Moneta, VA  24121

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The 2nd Annual Mini-Golf Tournament to benefit Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, Inc. Shots "Fore" Tots is being held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Hot Shots Family Fun Center (Route 122, north of Westlake Corner only .2 mile). Pre-registration being held at either Hot Shots, Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Radio Shack, or by calling 719-0282 (cost $15) or at the door (cost $18). First Round is at 9:00 AM; Second round is at 10:00 AM.  There will be door prizes, free hot dogs and soda, and a Hole-in-One competition.  The winner will compete at a national championship in Vestal, NY, for a chance to take home a share of the $10,000 prize.
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This fall in the shadow of the incomparable Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, along the shores of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, eight lovely, elegant homes with unique architectural designs, creative interior decorating, spectacular scenic views, unusual collections and antiques, and finely manicured landscaping, will open their doors for you and other visitors to enjoy!

Your visit may be by either private car or your own boat. By land or by water your day will be memorable.

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Smith Mountain Lake's Annual wine festival is the perfect way to spend a day in autumn at the lake. This two day event is a perfect for wine aficionados as well as fans of craft festivals and concerts.

Held at Southwest Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta on Route 122 across from the Lakewatch Plantation, 27 wineries will participate with 85 juried craft and food vendors.

The two-day festival will be held rain or shine. Tickets are available for tasters and non-tasters and can be purchased in advance. Taster tickets are $18 and designated driver admission is $12. These special discount prices remain in effect until September 24, 2010. Prices at the gate $22 for taster and $15 for designated driver. Free parking.

If you need a place to stay take a look at our rental properties! Click here

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Join thousand of boaters and other spectators for this years 4th of July fireworks display at Parkway Marina in Huddleston Virginia on July 3rd 2010. The fireworks will begin after a family fun day that will include live music from "The Worx", a car and boat show and military hardware display starting at 2:00. At 3:00 come out and enjoy amusement rides, a variety of food and arts and crafts. You can enjoy the fireworks from your boat or the shoreline.


If you come by boat please follow the no-wake zones from 7:30 until after the fireworks, this area will be marked by boats with orange balloons, that will be lighted after dark.


The best viewing spots are

* From Bernard’s Landing/Rabbit Island across to the north-eastern shore of the Roanoke between R12 and R10
* From Christmas Tree Island due east across the Blackwater
* Across Craddock Creek at marker C3.


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Smith Mountain Lake was the host the ESPN's Blue Ridge Brawl this year. 95 top fishing profesionals compete for a total purse of $640,000 with the winner reciveing $100,000. The Blue Ridge Brawl is the third of eight series tournaments and the first of its Southern swing. Events in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are scheduled to take place from late April to early June with the regular-season finale set for June 17-20 in Oklahoma.

Skeet Reese, an angler competing in the tournament, darted across Smith Mountain Lake looking for his last few catches. Local anglers like Matt Adkins and Jason Harris from Danville were also tailing Reese in their boats to pick up new fishing techniques. Reese' final day's catch of 19 pounds, 14 ounces drove his winning weight to 78 pounds, 1 ounce. For his effort, he pocketed $100,000 and enhanced his lead in the Angler of the Year standings. Each of the top six finishers brought 60 pounds or more to the scales for four days.

Skeet Reese, winner of ESPN's Blue Ridge Brawl at Smith Mountain Lake
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The real estate at Smith Mountain Lake is moving on all sides of the lake.  I know you do not want to be pressured to buy real estate but you may have to wait for another 10 years for another great buying season if you do not act soon!  The Bedford County side saw, 6 waterfront home closings since January 2010, till today March 7th, 2010. Some of these are those great deals that people snatched up in January and December of 2009.

Franklin County has 10 in pending since January 1st of 2010, and over 11 closings since January 1st 2010 till today, March10, 2010. So if you have not decided yet, now is the time, if you really want to buy a  Smith Mountain Lake waterfront property.

The prices for the homes sold range from 149,000 for waterfront residential to over 1,100,000. So of these only 3 closed under $500,000. A lot of those deals are nearly gone now. So if you want to buy a lakefront home on Smith Mountain Lake time to make a decision.

Of course if a vacation rental home is what you want and have that 1031 ready, then you have some great buys, but again you need to come on to the lake and get your check book out. Some of us who live and play at the lake are curious on why people are waiting so long, since we realize this is the last time you will see prices like this with mortgage rates like this.  As a Broker I have had some of those closings and will have some of the ones I noted above coming up and understand my clients have gotten a great buy at the right time and place. So when you are ready, give me a call, we still have about 200 lakefront homes for sale right now. If you need a quick vacation look at our Smith Mountain Lake rentals or visit Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

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Take a vacation and come see what our Smith Mountain Lake rentals have to offer. Our inventory includes everything from a  smith mountain lake cabin to a smith mountain lake house. Go to our link:  Smith Mountain Lake map and the location of our cabins, luxury rentals, and vacation homes. Several are located within 5 minutes of Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

Here at Smith Mountain Lake there are activities for eveyone from boating on the 22,000 acre lake to golfing on one of the beautiful lakeside golf courses.

If you are interested in nightly rentals we can help you there too, just give our friendly staff a call and they can assist you in making your next vacation to Smith Mountain lake a great one. Call us at: 540.797.0460

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This weekend make sure and go by the Southwest Virginia Boat show and the Ronaoke Civic center to kick off your boating season. The boat show is a great way to catch all the newest boating and lake gear for your next adventure at Smith Mountain Lake. This years participating sponsors are Ace Marine, Conrad Bothers Marine, Hughs Marine, Smith Mountain Boat & Tackle, Virgil Naff SeaDoo, Magnum Boating, Smith Mountain Lake Yacht Club and Webster Marine. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the U.S Power Squadron will be there to answer any boating or lake questions you have.

2010  Roanoke Boat Show Dates:
FRI February 26th, 1-8 pm
SAT February 27th, 10 am - 8 pm
SUN February 28, 10 am - 5 pm

Need a place to stay check out  Calm Water Cabin this cabin sleeps 6 and has a hot tub to relax in after a day at looking for your next lake toy.
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 event held on Smith Mountain lake. This event pays pays back cash for big fish for the top five places each hour of the event. Congratulations to all that received a check. But the man that took the brand new Nitro Z7 home was Phillip Cox with a Big Fish weight of 7.18 Lbs.. Check out the results of the results bellow…

The Blue Ridge Big Bass Classic was held last weekend (April 21-22), with early entrants up dramatically from last year. 502 participated on day two alone, despite Sunday's rainy forcast. The event paid hourly to each of the top five winners

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