most important thing to remember when booking a vacation stay at
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
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:
(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.
(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.
(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
are motels at the Lake:
Lake Inn Motel On
122 in Westlake. (540) 721-3383
Waterfront Inn Formerly
known as the Ratliff Inn. (540) 721-3307
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.
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)
Sweetwater RV Park on
White House Road in Bedford County (540) 296-0522
Mountain Lake State Park (540)
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.