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Wine Festival

BUILD YOUR VISIT AROUND AN EVENT

Smith Mountain Lake is bustling with events, entertainment and festivals
year-round, so there's certain to be something fun going on whenever
you plan your visit. Following are some of the more popular events
scheduled for the remainder of 2015.

July 3: Moneta Fire-Worx Fest
The Worx headlines this independence celebration at Downtown Moneta.
facebook.com/downtownmoneta

July 4: Smith Mountain Lake Fireworks
Come by car or boat to this popular lake tradition at Parkway Marina in
Huddleston. smlfireworks.org

July 17-19: Pirate Days
Lake-wide event where retail stores and restaurants offer pirate-themed
specials and sales. visitsmithmountainlake.com

Sept. 11-13: Balloons and Tunes
Hot air balloon festival at Downtown Moneta with chartered and tethered flights. facebook.com/downtownmoneta

Sept. 12: SML Antique & Classic Boat Show and Festival
More than 50 antique and classic boats on display at Mariners Landing
Resort. woodenboats.net

Sept. 26-27: SML Wine Festival
Twenty-seven Virginia wineries, craft vendors, food and live music at
LakeWatch Plantation. visitsmithmountainlake.com

Oct. 3: SML Oktoberfest
A 5K run/walk followed by a German-themed food and beer festival
at Westlake Towne Center to benefit the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA.
smloktoberfest.com

Oct. 9-11: SML Charity Home Tour
Eight lakefront homes with unique architecture, furnishings and
landscapes are open for tours as a fundraiser for area charities. Go by
car or boat. smlcharityhometour.com

Nov. 7: SML Fall Chili & Craft Festival
Chili tastings, competitive cook-off, craft vendors and live music at
Bridgewater Plaza. visitsmithmountainlake.com

Nov. 28: Christmas around Bridgewater Plaza
Santa arrives by boat to hear wish lists and pose for photos at
Bridgewater Plaza. Retail sales, refreshments and an "Elf on the Shelf"
treasure hunt. bridgewaterplaza.com

Dec. 5: Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys
A lighted boat parade that begins at 7 p.m. at Virginia Dare Marina in
Huddleston, cruises to Hales Ford Bridge and back. vadarecruises.com

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DAVID HUNGATE

The annual September festival continues to grow.

free way to see Smith Mountain Lake, book a cruise
aboard the Virginia Dare, a 63-foot replica of a 19th
century side-wheeler. This SML icon, which is handicap accessible, offers a variety of sightseeing options for
individuals, groups and private charters. Cruises run
about two hours and include lunch, dinner or Sunday
luncheon and start at $10 for kids and $20 for adults.
Reservations are required. vadarecruises.com

FISH WITH A PRO
SML is among the most fishing-friendly lakes you'll find
in the region. There are crappie, sunfish, flathead catfish,
smallmouth and largemouth bass, but most fishermen
seek out the lake's prized striped bass (yum!). The best
way to ensure a successful day on the water - whether
you're a novice or advanced angler - is to hire a professional guide. Most offer half-day and full-day outings for
adults and youth starting at around $300. Rates generally include bait, tackle, reels and gas. You'll need to
bring snacks, water, a hat, sunscreen and a valid Virginia
fishing license (available in most tackle shops, marinas
and online at dgif.virginia.gov). For a list of professional
guides, log on to visitsmithmountainlake.com/list and
search "fishing." If you'd like to angle on your own, SML
State Park (Bedford County) and SML Community Park
(Franklin County) offer public piers, but you still need
a fishing license.

DINE LAKESIDE
Whether you go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there's
just something special about dining near the water.
Smith Mountain Lake has more than 20 eateries that
offer views of the lake - from short-order grills (perfect
for a busy day out on the water) to upscale restaurants
that make a great choice for special occasions. All are
accessible by car and boat. For breakfast, I recommend
Mitchell's Restaurant or Bay Roc Marina Café (oh, the
biscuits). For a quick bite at lunch, it's hard to beat the
selection at Bridgewater Plaza - Chopsticks, Moosie's,
Mango's, Pizza Pub or Oar Knot Deli, followed by a
frozen treat at the Ice Cream Cottage. Portside Bar &
Grill is a local favorite (open in-season only) with a limited menu of casual fare and cold beer in a Key Westthemed atmosphere (you may want to leave the kiddos
home). For dinner, check out Jake's Place (great pizza
and nachos), Waller's (frequent acoustic music) or The
Landing Restaurant (gourmet fare, top-notch service
and laid-back live entertainment in the adjacent bar).
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Top Docs 2015 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Uber - New Way to Ride - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Best Days Under the Sun: Outdoor Entertaining Guide
Outdoor Space: The Smith Home
Wait, Beer Terroir?
Who’s Getting the Weather Right?
Let’s Go to the Lake!
Let’s Go to NoVa!
The Perfect Picnic - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Beamer’s 25 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
From The Editor / Worth a Click
The Calendar
The Gist
The Flavor
The Dish: Dining Guide
Where Are They Now?
2015 Education Guide
Vinton!
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