Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia’s most popular lake, offers superb recreational activities, 500 miles of shoreline, a wide variety of water sports, and affordable lakefront real estate. Known locally as “SML,” it is the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”
Smith Mountain Lake is best known for its Striped Bass fishery. This lake regularly leads the state in producing “citation” sized stripers. There are also good populations of both large and smallmouth bass. Public access is very good with both public boat ramps and private marinas.
Sunken City Brewing Company features a tasting room and pub, retail store, and beer garden.
The brewery is located on Route 122 at Westlake Towne Center near the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. What most might not realize though is that nearly 300 feet down lies a once incorporated town which now serves as a submerged relic for nearly 22,000 residents and thousands of visitors each year who enjoy the lake’s incredible beauty and recreation.
Brooks Mill Winery is a small farm fruit winery operated by H.T. and Rhonda Page near SMith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Virginia. We have been making fruit wine as a hobby for more than 16 years.
From dry dinner wines to sweet dessert wines, Brooks Mill has a wine for you. The winery also has several award-winning wines, including the popular Blackberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal), Blueberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition gold medal), and Pear dessert wine (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal).
The winery also grows blueberries, pears, apples, peaches, and cherries.
The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from March to December; call for hours the rest of the year.
Roanoke natives Roger and Judy Furrow started in the early 1980s with an experimental vineyard on Smith Mountain Lake. Later, they purchased a nearby farm and started Hickory Hill Vineyards in 2001.
Hickory Hill wines are made in a light and fruity style and began earning medals with the very first vintage. The more classic wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Franc, and Merlot have hints of French oak. The Smith Mountain Lake series (Mist, Country Red, Sunset, and Redbud) are 100 percent stainless steel. The Vidal Blanc, a consistent award winner, is fermented out dry and aged in stainless steel.
Hickory Hill offers complimentary vineyard and winery tours, wine tastings, has a scenic picnic area, and is home to the summer music series Sunset Saturday. The tasting room and gift shops are open Wednesday though Sunday from April through October and on Saturdays and holiday Mondays in the winter.
Ramulose Ridge Vineyards is located minutes from Smith Mountain Lake with a spanning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The family vineyard was started in 2004 and is run by the Ramakers.
The winery offers a selection of white and red wines and offers wine and cigar pairings on site.
The tasting room is open daily.
White Rock Vineyards and Winery is a family owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in the Goodview area of Bedford County, Virginia. Visit the tasting room and veranda to enjoy the spectacular views, breathtaking sunsets, and lots of good southern hospitality.
The winery features five vinifera varieties – Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Gris – and two hybrids – Chardonell and Traminette.
The tasting room is open spring, summer, and fall Thursday through Monday.
Located on Smith Mountain Lake, Bridgewater Marina rents canoes and kayaks from Smith Mountain Lake State Park. State Park Rentals is conveniently located right on the beach in the park and features some of the most beautiful scenery on the lake. Rent a paddleboat, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, pontoon boat, runabout, waverunner, or tube, kneeboard, wakeboard, or skis.
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