Sunday, May 03, 2009

Where to Stay at Smith Mountain Lake

Looking for a rental or other place to stay while vacationing at Smith Mountain Lake?

            Much of Smith Mountain Lake’s seasonal tourism is a result of one of its best kept secrets. Aside from being the perfect vacation spot, it’s a great place to hold events.

            Dazzling lake scenery, secluded surroundings, a mild climate and friendly local vendors make up an ideal combination for a spectacular reunion, party, wedding or conference. In fact, SML’s tourist-driven economy has equipped the area with everything a family, organization or business needs for an exceptional gathering. Event organizers select SML because it is a place where everyone involved can make the most of the time, scenery and range of activities available.

            Adam and Kelly Millard chose Smith Mountain Lake for their July 2007 wedding. The bride and groom’s guests were able to enjoy the vacation-like offerings of the lake.

            “We had everything from people renting a condo for a week, staying a night at the Holiday Inn, or even camping,” Kelly said. “It suited everyone’s budget. All of our guests felt it was worth coming from all over the country to help us celebrate our big day.”

            Members of the couple’s wedding party spent free time on jet skis, boating and swimming at the lake.

            “The groomsmen and bridesmaids rented a condo for the weekend and could enjoy the scenery and all the lake has to offer,” said Kelly.

            Several of SML’s top-rated resort locations offer the most benefits in one location for a large group event like a wedding or corporate gathering. Best of all, the resorts are strategically located to make the most of SML’s scenery. From a dramatic lake ceremony to an outdoor barbecue for the company, places like Bernard’s Landing and Mariners Landing have the backdrop, catering, coordinators and lodging in one location.

If you’re in the market for a more private, family-friendly setting, SML has numerous vacation homes ready to be filled with guests. Quaint cottages, moderate dwellings and pristine estates are all available with a wide range of amenities. No matter what your budget, there’s a lake living experience to suit your upcoming reunion or family getaway.

            Smith Mountain Lake is a popular destination for business conferences and organizational retreats because of its combination of suitable accommodations and rural setting. Group leaders know that a trip to SML will give attendees a scenic refuge from daily distractions, resulting in both productivity and personal refreshment.

            Lauren Brennan, administrative assistant at the W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center, located on SML, said approximately 50 businesses and organizations host events at the center each year. 

            Smith Mountain Lake contributes a great deal to the conferencing experience. The outdoor space with the beauty of the lake and wooded acreage is a great place for retreats, conferences and team building events,” said Brennan. “The center surveys all users of the facilities and the comments are consistently positive with very high marks for facilities, affordability and the beauty of the campus and lake.”

            In addition to the 4-H Center, many of the resort facilities at Smith Mountain Lake offer exceptional accommodation, friendly staff, lake access, pools, fitness equipment and dining or catering services. You’ll also find nearby charming bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, house boat rentals and endless condominium and apartment rentals.


Ashleigh Manor540-890-3332
Cedar Pointe 540-297-2695
Chateauware Bed & Breakfast540-334-1386
Lovestone Inn540-296-0510
The Claiborne House540-483-4616
Adventures on Houseboats888.818.5294
Parrot Cove Boat Rentals & Sales800.488.4516
Arrowhead, LLC540-420-7625
Blue Ridge Campground & Marina540-721-3866
Eagle's Roost Campground540-297-7381
Halesford Harbour540-297-9000
Mitchell's Point540-297-7174
SML State Park540-297-6066
Comfort Inn540-489-4000
Days Inn540-586-8286
Franklin Motel540-483-9962
Halesford Harbour540-297-9000
Hampton Inn SML434-656-9000
Holiday Inn Express540-489-5001
Hometown Inn540-483-9757
Lake Inn540-721-3383
Super 8540-587-0100
Westlake Waterfront Inn540-721-3307
Bernard's Landing Resort and Conference Center800-572-2048
Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center800-491-8491
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center540-721-2759
Bernard's Landing Vacation Rentals800-572-2048
CB Rentals & Sales800-203-7368
Lake Retreat Rental Properties, LLC800-421-6980
Lakeshore Rentals & Sales800-572-6098
Long & Foster Vacation Rentals866-395-2038
Mariner's Landing/EastLake Real Estate800-851-4988
Premier Vacation Rentals at SML540-797-0460
RSI Rentals540-721-9797
SML Vacation Rentals877-773-2452
Alligator Alley540-814-7879
Captain Bert's Waterfront Lodging540-721-5788
Coffman Home at Paradise Point800-548-8539
Coveside Cottages540-297-3221
The Dome Home540-297-1748
Enchanting Lodge & Cabin703-623-0463
Fox Home540-297-3477
Parkway Marina540-297-4412
Silver Bay View Cottages434-953-6747
Smith Mountain Dock & Lodge434-927-5100
Smith Mountain Farm & Stables, LLC434-927-5199
Spike's Prime Time Fishin' 540-297-5611
Vista Pointe434.927.5724