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The best way to make your new house your home starts with a meal, but not just any meal. We have all stayed in enough vacation rentals over the years and have cooked in enough kitchens to understand that not all kitchens are our own, but when you cook your first holiday meal in your brand new kitchen, it all becomes clear. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and with every pulse of the food processor, every spoon licked by your child, and every scrap caught before it hits the floor by your favorite fur baby, its heart beat begins to beat with your own. This guide starts with cooking the perfect Thanksgiving dinner and becomes the first chapter in the story of your new Smith Mountain Lake home and we at Smith Mountain Lake Properties are glad to have a place in your story!

Thankful for the Perfect Meal

The perfect meal starts with the perfect kitchen, and although you probably didn’t realize it at the time, most of the rejects during your house hunt were because you couldn’t see your family in that room. You could get passed a smaller footprint, you could accept your children sharing a room, but a kitchen that didn’t speak to your heart? NEXT! And when you found “the one,” you knew immediately. You could picture yourself washing the turkey in the sink the night before, laughing at your daughter as she was grossed out by the guts you pulled out of the turkey. You knew immediately that the countertop on the peninsula offered not just a place to hold all the dishes you and your family members would create for the Thanksgiving meal, but that it was the perfect spot to teach your son the joy of baking as you rolled out your world-famous pie crust together. You saw the double ovens and imagined your husband pulling out that turkey that had been baking all night (the old-fashioned way that you still prefer!) and realized that double ovens could comfortably hold your grandma’s green bean casserole, the sausage and mushroom stuffing dish that was the star of the Italian side of your ancestry, AND all the dishes your cousins, uncles, and friends would add to the mix. And then you realized, as you are realizing now, that the perfect Thanksgiving dinner starts and ends with your perfect kitchen in your new to you Smith Mountain Lake home.

Washing Dishes with a View

As you hand wash your dishes ignoring the state-of-the-art dishwasher, because your forever home has that window over the sink that looks out over Smith Mountain Lake, you remember those early days of the house hunt, traipsing along behind your Smith Mountain Lake Properties agent, and you realize you are home, and the memories being made here are just beginning with the Thanksgiving meal. If you haven’t reached this stage yet and are just now beginning the hunt for your forever home, give us a call today, and let’s work together to get you your own window over the sink that peeks out onto the lake!

Sometimes the best way to decide where you want your new neighborhood to be located is by experiencing the holiday celebrations that go on in the area. At Christmas, do you want to be in a neighborhood that travelers come from all over the state to see how the homes are decorated? At New Year’s, do you want the peace and quiet that can only come from a country home set out a little further than all the rest? And during 4th of July celebrations, do you want to be able to witness the fireworks shows from the comfort of your own back porch? Since we are still a little ways off from the first two holidays, this guide to 4th of July activities near the Smith Mountain Lake home of your dreams can help make the choice an easier one to make!

Poplar Forest for the Win

Our nation’s history began with the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and the author of that exquisite piece of parchment was once the owner of Poplar Forest, where one of our favorite celebrations takes place every year. Celebrate the 245th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in colonial style, playing old fashioned games, enjoying demonstrations of artisan craftmanship, and listening to a live reading of the famed document in the shadow of the author’s home. Festivities begin at 10:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM, leaving you plenty of time to go exploring local neighborhoods before darkness falls.

Before the Works

Bedford is a very patriotic town, as it is the home to the D-Day Memorial and the Before the Works Independence Day Festival! Taking place on Saturday, July 3rd from 5-10 PM, and offering live music, food trucks, a Kids Zone filled with games, a petting zoo, and bouncy houses, AND an adult fun zone that includes a cornhole tournament and a beer garden, the fireworks that take place at the end of the celebration are almost not necessary! (You notice we said ALMOST!) Taking place in Liberty Lake Park, this special celebration will make you feel at home in your new home before you even make the purchase!

Home Hunting Made Easy

Purchasing a new home can be a scary experience, but if you choose Smith Mountain Lake Properties for your home hunting explorations, we promise to make it an easy one! Give us a call today!

As summer moves into full swing, one of our favorite holidays takes place. In our minds, 4th of July, which we love even more this year as it falls on a Saturday, is the epitome of summer. A long day spent barbecuing, swimming, and watching fireworks explode in the sky is a day that is as close to perfect as can be, and when you are celebrating in your new house, it gets even better. And although it’s still up in the air whether fireworks are going to be an option this year, your Independence Day will still be a memorable one, especially when you follow this guide to fun Smith Mountain Lake activities for your 4th of July.

Plan a Party on the Lake

Your dream for a home on the lake has been realized, and there’s no better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than with an all-American party! The menu can be simple; grill hamburgers and hot dogs, put out a bowl of homemade macaroni salad, and don’t forget to buy soda for the kids, as the adults usually bring their own favorite beverages! Ask your Alexa to play a classic rock station, stock up on sunscreen, and enjoy a day filled with love, laughter, friends, and family. It’s the perfect way to show off your new home to everyone who is important to you!

Get Back to Nature

You moved here to enjoy a different lifestyle, one that’s more laidback and relaxed than the one you experienced in the city, so why not take this long weekend to do so! If your new home isn’t actually on the lake, load up the kids, the dog, and a cooler for lunch and beverages and spend the day at the Lake. Whether you are swimming, boating, or simply lounging at water’s edge, this day promises to be everything you dreamed it could be when Smith Mountain Lake was just a place you wished you could call your home.

What’s the 4th of July Without Fireworks?

At this point, it is looking as if there won’t be any fireworks displays in the Smith Mountain region, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without. Chances are your neighbors will be out front setting off legal fireworks (in Virginia this includes only fireworks that stay on the ground; pinwheels, fountains, and sparklers) or if not, you can take up the slack and do your own. For the big booms in the sky, some of the local television stations are planning on airing fireworks shows from years past!

So Many Smith Mountain Lake Activities

All this fun and so much more can be yours when you choose the Smith Mountain Lake area for your forever home! Give us a call today and let’s get started finding the home of your dreams and to learn more Smith Mountain Lake activities. You may not get in before this year, but it’s never too soon to start planning for 2021!