Sunday, May 03, 2009
What To Do at Smith Mountain Lake
Looking for fun things to do on your vacation at Smith Mountain Lake?
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wakeboard: SML is fast becoming a hotbed of wake sports for the Mid-Atlantic.
Competitions take place several weekends throughout the summer where you can
watch amateurs, and occasionally professionals, compete. Wake N Skate, a board shop at
Take a boat trip for lunch or dinner: Choose any of SML’s lakeside pubs and restaurants for a leisurely meal. Be sure there’s a designated skipper for the trip back home and don’t forget to check the weather.
Tour the Smith Mountain Dam: See how electricity is generated, catch the movie in the mini-theater and try out the hands-on exhibits at the dam’s visitor center. There’s also a picnic area and overlook to enjoy. Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hit the links: Mixing challenge and scenic beauty, several golf courses at SML feature mountain and water views. The Westlake Golf & Country Club, Mariners Landing and Sycamore Ridge are open to the public. Private courses include The Waterfront Country Club and The Water’s Edge Country Club.
Go parasailing: Catch the breathtaking view from 250 feet above the surface of the lake with a trip from SML Parasail, which operates out of Parkway Marina. Book your flight with one of four U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructors in advance. Rides are offered through Labor Day. Cost is $65 per person or $100 for a tandem flight.
vineyard and winery tour:
flight of fancy: Scenic intro flights over the lake in two- or four-seat
Cessnas are offered by SML Aviation from a quaint little airport off Rt. 626 on
Fish with a guide: SML has numerous qualified guides who can help get you started or provide a special treat for a full day on the lake.
Rent a boat or PWC: Several SML businesses rent boats and personal watercraft by the hour, the day or the week. You don’t need a license to rent boats for a short period. However, all rental businesses are required by law to review a detailed boating safety checklist with you.
Cruise SML on the Virginia Dare: Dress up for an elegant evening, have the party of your dreams or just get on board for a night of mystery. The Virginia Dare, a 63-foot replica of a 19th Century side wheeler, offers a variety of options for those who want to enjoy a tour of the lake and a great meal. Charter or join one of the regularly scheduled cruises.
miniature golf: Three businesses at SML offer fun on the mini links –
Harbortown Mini-Golf at
Take in a
movie: Sometimes you just need to unwind with a movie. SML offers two theaters
– the four-plex Westlake Cinema at
Visit the birthplace of Booker T. Washington: Located on Route 122, the Booker T. Washington National Monument features scenic walking trails and a variety of educational events throughout the year.
some live music: Several lake-area restaurants offer live music throughout the
summer season. At Mango’s Bar & Grill at
|Artfully Framed at the Lake||540-721-1218|
|The Little Gallery||540-721-1596|
|Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke)||540-342-5760|
|All-American Aviation Helicopter Rides||888-435-6765|
|Blue Ridge Parkway||828-298-0398|
|Booker T. Wash. National Monument||540-721-2094|
|Hot Shots Family Fun Center||540-719-1547|
|Mayberry Diner & Drive-In||540-206-4485|
|National D-Day Memorial||540-586-3329|
|Shadow Ridge Stables||540-721-5120|
|Smith Mountain Dam Visitor's Center||540-985-2587|
|Smith Mountain Farm and Stables||434-985-2587|
|Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest||434-525-9293|
|Westlake Safari Miniature Golf||540-721-2234|
|Smith Mountain Lake Community Park||540-483-9293|
|Smith Mountain Lake State Park||540-297-6066|
|1A Sport Fishing Expedition/PointRunner||540-836-0145|
|Adventures by Rockfish||540-256-2571|
|Captain Bert's Fishing Charters||540-721-5788|
|Captain Danny's Striper Mountain Fishing Charters||540-556-3170|
|Dale Wilson Guide Service||540-297-5650|
|Indian Pointe Bait & Tackle||540-721-1159|
|Kenny's Striper Guide Service||540-493-9541|
|My Time Striper Guide Charters||540-721-5007|
|Rodbender Striper Guide Service||540-297-1982|
|Spike's Prime Time Fishin'||540-297-5611|
|Stone Mountain Guide Service||540-297-6898|
|To Fish on Striper Guide Charters||540-721-4442|
|GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBS|
|Mariners Landing Golf & Country Club||540-297-7888|
|Sycamore Ridge Golf Club||540-297-6490|
|The Waterfront Country Club||540-721-2652|
|The Water's Edge Country Club||540-576-1556|
|The Westlake Golf & Country Club||540-721-4214|
|Bedford Central Library||540-586-8911|
|Franklin County Library||540-483-3098|
|Hickory Hill Vineyard & Winery||540-296-1393|
|Peaks of Otter Winery||540-586-3707|
|Tomahawk Mill Winery||434-432-1063|
|White Rock Vineyards & Winery||540-890-3359|
|Brooks Mill Winery||540-721-5215|