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Upcoming Events for October 2020

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Fall Events Happening This October at Smith Mountain Lake

This upcoming month, there are tons of exciting fall activities for you to enjoy with your friends and family right here at Smith Mountain Lake! Don’t miss out on these fantastic local events happening in our community this Fall!

October 3rd – Apple Picking Jamboree

October 8th – Owen Grogan Memorial Golf Tournament

October 10th – Osprey 10K & 5K

October 15th – 2020 SML Business Expo

October 17th – Apple Harvest Festival

October 17th – Dog Walk – Friends of the Animal Shelter

October 17th – A Night at the Races

October 24th – Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

October 24th – Centerfest in the Park

October 24th through 25th – Art Show

October 31st – Octoberfest

10 Steps to Add Value to Your Home!

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10 Steps to Add “Value” to Your Home

This commonsense checklist consists of steps to take to make your home not only more pleasant for your personal enjoyment but also more valuable.

Even though your home is not for sale, take a tour of your home pretending to be a potential buyer. Turn a critical eye to the small things you’ve learned to live with and make a list.

Most people are well-aware of “problem” areas in their homes. Whether yours is a garage that needs organizing or bathroom tile that needs re-grouting, take care of it. Do the smaller items first.

There are many excellent books and videos on how to make rooms look larger: effective lighting, easy window treatments and creating a strong visual appeal. Obtain some and analyze the impression your home makes on others.

How much storage space do you have? Is it neat, well organized and uncluttered?  If not, consider some of the easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself closet systems available today.

Is the exterior of your dwelling all that it could be? If not, sometimes it is the little things that make a house look its best. Paint the trim, or just the front door. Add a bright new mailbox.

Speak to your local paint or wallpaper supplier. They are often willing to provide helpful information on selection and how to do it yourself.

Talk to your real estate advisor about what buyers like and don’t like about houses they see.

Pay attention to the foundation, walls, steps, railings, ceilings and floors. If they need repair, it can create an impression, even if false, that the house is not structurally sound.

Your yard is another area to look at critically. Are the plants overgrown? Cut them back. Is it bare? Most counties have agricultural offices that can offer advice on the best and quickest growing plants and trees for your climate.

When you’ve done all the little things that help make your home its most appealing, decide if there are major improvements. Ask your real estate advisor if those improvements will create return on investment, or will be worthy of your hard earned cash and valuable time.

SML’s Most Popular Event!

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 Smith Mountain Lake’s Most Popular Event!

The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival takes place the last weekend in September each year and regularly draws crowds of more than 11,000 to our beautiful lake.

In addition to nearly 30 Virginia wineries, SML Wine Festival visitors can peruse the booths of dozens of quality artisans, as well as craft and food vendors. Both days feature live music with plenty of room for dancing.

DATES: Sept. 26-27, 2020

TIMES: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


LOCATION: Mariners Landing Resort


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Vista Pointe

Vista Pointe is easy to spot by water, and on land it is located off of of 40 East, only 5 miles down Smith Mountain Road. This exclusive resort is bound to turn heads with its gorgeous panoramic views of the lake. The wide water and direct views of Smith Mountain, make Vista Pointe one of the most desirable options for condominium living. With amenities such as a sundeck, heated pool, tennis and basketball courts, and a private beach, residents are guaranteed a luxurious lifestyle on Smith Mountain Lake. Vista Pointe also has a premier clubhouse for extravagant social events for all the residents. With the maintenance-free living at Vista Pointe, you can be sure every day will be more relaxing than the last!

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Contentment Island

Contentment Island is located just off of 40 East, about 5 miles from the Whistle Stop. Here you will find 62 of the most luxurious townhomes and cottages on the lake!  With walking trails, pools, and basketball and tennis courts available, you are guaranteed an enjoyable stay! The name was no coincidence; you will find true contentment on this serene island and have endless access to the crystal clear waters and stunning mountain views! 

How to Fish at Smith Mountain Lake

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   While Smith Mountain Lake is well-known among fisher-folk for its population of
striped bass (stripers), catfish, and large and small mouth bass, catching them can be a challenge for those not familiar with the lake or familiar with the techniques and baits that are working any given week.

   So newcomers to the angling scene here do well to enlist the services of an expert
fishing guide to show them the ropes and ensure a satisfying outing.

  Connecting with a knowledgeable, experienced guide is easy. The SML Regional Chamber of Commerce lists Chamber Member guides in the fishing section of Visitor Guide. You can request a by-mail copy at www.visitsmithmountainlake.com or check page 18 of the publication on-line. Laker Media also publishes an annual “Laker Guide” to Smith Mountain Lake which offers a full page listing of guide services plus extensive listings of marinas, lodging, dinning and other water sports options. Copies are available in red racks positioned at many area retail shops and restaurants. You can also find the listing in the free May/June issue of Laker Magazine, in racks those months or digitally throughout the year at www.smithmountainlake.com.

   SML’s guides typically fish several times a week and network with one another, so
they’ll be up on where the fish are biting. Rates are typically $100/pp for a half day
excursion and $200 for a full day, but may vary with captain and number in your party. Rates include top notch equipment and bait appropriate to whatever fish you hope to catch. On a good day with a guide, you might reel in a trophy striper, bass or catfish; on an average day, catching your limit of hard-fighting, good-eating fish is likely. Regardless of the catch, you’ll enjoy being on the water amid SML’s picturesque shorelines and quiet coves…and learn tips for fishing SML from a real pro!

   Captains will expect their guests to have a Virginia fishing license, available
locally or on line at VDGIF.virginia.gov/fishing. Resident children under 16 and non-
residents under 12 may fish without a license.

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Amidst all the the turmoil, anxiety and confinement that COVID-19 Pandemic has imposed upon America, some things remain unchanged. 

One of those is the appeal of the inviting waters, clean air and mountain views offered by Smith Mountain Lake in rural Southwest Virginia. Fishing is good, as always. Water sports—paddling, wakeboarding/surfing, swimming, cruising—are being enjoyed by families lucky enough to have property here or to arrange a visit. Indeed, what better way to get relief from quarantine than to spend time immersed in the delights of a vacation paradise? 

Essential business at SML are open and operating using social distancing practices. Most area restaurants are offering meals through delivery and curbside/dockside pickup. Traffic on the lake is down, making it even more serene than normal.  

Many rental properties are being offered, providing an opportunity for those new to SML to experience how some time at the Lake can be a refreshing and liberating experience—just the ticket for escaping the confinement blues.  Might this be YOUR  time to experience how special time at Smith Mountain Lake can be…and perhaps discover a place where you’d like to own a vacation or retirement property?  Give me a call and let me help you find out. 

Jada Turner

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Bridgewater Bay

Bridgewater Bay is located only two miles away from Hales Ford Bridge. With 26 villas and waterfront/water access townhomes to choose from, Bridgewater Bay offers the easiest place to live on the lake! With lawn, gardening, and mulching maintenance being taken care of for you, there is more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful lake-side views and activities! With the option of a slip at the community boat dock or a private dock of your own, accessibility to the lake has never been more simple! In addition, Bridgewater Bay also offers its residents a superb clubhouse, an outdoor pool, and several tennis courts.

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Mariners Landing

Mariners Landing is located in the Huddleston area of Bedford, Virginia. It is the ideal place for golf enthusiasts since it features a championship 18-hole golf course that is open to members and their guests! Other amenities include a hot tub, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, fitness center, and even a children’s playground. And when you need a little extra TLC, Mariners Landing also offers a magnificent spa and “Heath’s” the cafe located at The Pointe for endless relaxation!