Have you ever been in a hot tub on a cold winter afternoon? Or seen the stars from a hot tub on a cold winter night? Until we added our new hot tubs, we had no idea how incredible it feels to look out at a snow covered Smith Mountain and the ice-cold lake while enjoying the soothing water of a hot tub. And the stars at night! Being far from city lights, the heavens open up revealing millions of stars. Truly magnificent!
With or without the snow (a relative rare occurrence at Smith Mountain Lake), winter is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the quiet solitude of Silver Bay and the crystal clear views of lake and mountain. As is typical in southern Virginia, warmer days regularly mix in with colder ones, offering the opportunity to get out for walks at the State Park or (for the hardier among us) fishing for stripers. Coming back to the fireplace at the Cedar Cabin or a dip in the hot tub at either the Cedar Cabin or Main House, rounds out a perfect winter day!
When the trees are highlighted by light green tips of first growth and dogwood blossoms float through the forest and the lake and sky find a richer shade of blue, Smith Mountain Lake wakes up! As the birds return, the stripers spawn and a variety of wildlife is on the move, it is a great time to be outdoors. Kayaking or canoeing is a wonderful way to see wildlife and explore the secret inlets that surround Silver Bay.
Take a hike to the top of Sharp Top at the Peaks of Otter and be rewarded with 360 degree views of the spine of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke Valley and Smith Mountain Lake in the distance. Come back to a relaxing evening in the hot tub or telling stories around the fire pit at the Main House.
Swimming in the warm, clean water of Smith Mountain Lake is certainly our favorite thing to do in summer evenings. Whatever water sport you enjoy, Silver Bay is a wonderful spot to start from. Being in a protected corner of the lake, it is rarely busy, making it a great place for wake boarding, water skiing or tubing. If you are looking for a place to canoe or kayak, the no-wake area of Witcher Creek is a mile long with several beautiful inlets to explore along Smith Mountain, making it the best place on the lake for self-powered watercraft!
Activities around the lake are in full swing! Experience a drive-in theater, miniature golf or take a boat ride to a lakeside restaurant, all within a few minutes of Silver Bay. Or, you can enjoy quiet, lazy days at Silver Bay. Children have a wonderful time catching fish from the dock, or searching the shoreline for crayfish. These are the times we remember best.
The water in Smith Mountain Lake remains warm enough for swimming well into September, as nature readies itself for cooler weather. Through October and November the autumn colors change with every weekend. The point view properties are fabulous settings for family reunions at Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year.
Activities around the lake remain in full swing, with the Charity Home Tour, the Wine Festival, the Chili Festival and more!