There is a buzz around Smith Mountain Lake over spring break. Friends and family come in from out of town to enjoy the beginning of spring and can choose from a variety of activities occurring around the lake. Whether it’s taking a hike at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park, enjoying an East egg hunt, going to a sunrise service, flying a kite, going to brunch or sitting on your balcony at Mariners Landing Resort enjoying the view, here are some great activities to check out.
Mariners Landing Resort – Indoor Aquatic Center, Hiking & Biking Trail, Golf
You can rent a beautiful condo that overlooks the tranquil Smith Mountain Lake and enjoy the indoor heated pool, the 24/7 fitness center, go for a hike or bike the trail within the resort, play a round of golf or dine at Heath’s Waterfront Grill. It’s a great place to spend spring break with your family and friends!
Barrels, Bottles & Casks Spring Tours – March 23-24 at Poplar Forest
You can toast the arrival of spring with friends and family and explore the beautiful Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest with a special tasting tour! This event focuses on the beverages and spirits consumed by Jefferson and the enslaved residents of Poplar Forest in springtime. The tour begins in Jefferson’s “modern” kitchen and progresses through the house, with stops along the way to sample beverage and learn about the culinary trends during that time. Tickets for the springtime Barrels, Bottles & Casks tasting tours are $25 per person and reservations are required.
Jimmy Fortune – March 23rd at the Harvester Music Center
Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. He joined them first as a temporary replacement for Lew DeWitt, after Dewitt heard him singing at a ski resort. He wrote the group’s second No. 1 hit “Elizabeth,” on their 1983 album Today, and followed that with two more No. 1 hits – “My Only Love” and “Too Much On My Heart.”
Spring Break – Spring into Nature Activities – March 23rd – April 8th at SML State Park
Looking for an economical way to spend your spring break? Smith Mountain Lake State Park has several opportunities for the whole family to connect with nature this spring. There are more than 12 miles of groomed trails for hiking. Trail guides can be picked up at the Visitor Center, Discovery Center or Turtle Island Trail Parking. You can also mountain bike along the trails or enjoy a leisure bike ride along of the scenic roadways. Bike rentals are also available from the Visitor Center on a first come, first serve basis. Grab your GPS (or rent one from the Visitor Center) and head into the park to discover the thrill of geocaching. You can see a list of park caches at the Visitor Center or go online to geocaching.com for more information
7th Annual Furball – March 24th at the WE Skelton 4H Educational Conference Center
This event will benefit the animals of Franklin County, VA. It is a dancing event with music provided by The Kings. The fundraising event significantly contributes to saving a lot of the local animals and the cost for medical care, shelter, food, and re-homing.
Back Door Sale – March 24th at the SML Discovery Shop
This is a bi-annual sale where you can get the best prices for the SML Discovery Shop’s merchandise. These are items that must go in order to make room for new items from the High Point market and local donations. The sale will be between 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.