Where To Stay at Smith Mountain Lake, VA

    Lodging and Accomodations


    The most important thing to remember when booking a vacation stay at Smith
    Mountain Lake, Virginia, is what time of year it is. While booking after Labor Day can be easy on the wallet, be sure to remember, that like any lake resort
    destination, many accommodations may not be open or available so call ahead!

    Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals-Houses and Cottages

    SML vacation rentals are offered by the week, long weekend, and month -- by private homeowners and from Smith Mountain Lake vacation rental property managers . Rental rates vary by season, size of rental, and included amenities. Most are bargains when compared to similar waterfront and resort vacation rentals in the USA.

    For SML vacation rentals, see:

     Peak-season (June-August) rates for Smith Mountain Lake waterfront vacation rentals run from $400-$4000/week, with size and amenities (rather than geographic location) the primary determinant of cost. During peak season, you'll typically need to check in and out on a Saturday, rent for a full week, and supply your own linens.

    Mid-season (4-6 weeks preceding and following summer) you can expect warm pleasant weather, fewer visitors, modest discounts from peak rates on your Smith Mountain Lake vacation rental, flexible check-in and check-out dates -- plus weekend and daily rate options.

    Low-season (generally mid-October through mid-April) you can expect mild weather, very few visitors, discounts of 20%-50% on your SML vacation rental, flexible check-in and check-out dates -- plus weekend, daily, and monthly rate options.

    Many SML lakefront vacation rentals include a dock; ask if you need one for your boat. Public Smith Mountain Lake boat launching ramps are usually nearby. If you can't bring your own boat, marinas rent pontoon boats for about $175/day. Most other motorboats are far more expensive -- including PWCs (Seadoo, Yamaha, etc.) and ski boats.

    Smith Mountain Lake --Looking for something different?

    SML is a beautiful and friendly place to visit all-year-round. If you're visiting Smith Mountain Lake for 2 nights, a week, or longer -- check the by-owner vacation home rentals listed above. Other lodging options at Smith Mountain Lake include these options, where winter rates are lowest:

    There are motels at the Lake:
    Lake Inn Motel On 122 in Westlake. (540) 721-3383
    Westlake Waterfront Inn Formerly known as the Ratliff Inn. (540) 721-3307
    Halesford HarbourNow open on the former Camper's Paradise site. (540) 297-9000.
    Foxport Marina has renovated its motel rooms (540)721-2451
    If you are not able to get in at the lake, there is now a Holiday Inn Express in Rocky Mount (Note:web site not always reliable!), about a fifteen minute drive from the lake. (540) 489-5001.

    Back at the lake...
    Bernard's Landing Resort and Conference Center often has condos available for nightly, weekly and monthly rentals. (540) 721-8870

    Cottages are available:
    Smith Mountain Dock & Lodge off Route 40. (434) 927-5100/(877) 313-5100
    Coveside Cottages off Diamond Hill Road. (540) 297-3221

    A waterfront Bed and Breakfast is another alternative:
    The Lovestone Inn (540) 296-0510 On the Bedford (east)side of the lake.

    Campgrounds are also available, although some are strictly seasonal - CALL AHEAD!:
    Eagle's Roost (near the State Park) (540) 297-7381
    Mitchell's Point Marina (540) 297-7174
    Sweetwater RV Park on White House Road in Bedford County (540) 296-0522
    Smith Mountain Lake State Park (540) 297-6066

    For a truly unique vacation, you might consider renting a large houseboat. There are some suggestions on our Fishing and Boating page. 

    Finally, there are many privately owned homes available for rent. Although we do not do property management (it is a specialty all its own!), we are on a first name basis with all the property managers serving the lake and are familiar with their inventories so if you have specific needs we can put you in touch with a suitable renting agent.

    Well that's it! When you're ready to head to our neck of the woods let me know in advance! Visit me on the web at: http://smithmountainlakefronthomes.com/ or call 540-420-1294 to set up home tours for your arrival.






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