With 500 miles of shoreline boasting some of Virginia’s best fishing holes and water activities for the entire family, Smith Mountain Lake has earned its reputation as the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge."
However, on those rainy Blue Ridge Days when Mother Nature just won't cooperate and allow you to enjoy the water at Smith Mountain Lake, it doesn't mean you have to struggle to find fun things to do in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
For rainy days at the lake, we've put together this helpful list of indoor experiences to keep you entertained during your next vacation.
Channel your inner Picasso by creating a piece of artwork at All Fired Up, a ready-to-paint ceramic studio. The shop features over 1,100 designs to choose from and offers an assortment of colors and painting techniques, meaning there all kinds of ways to come up with a fun creation.
Once your piece is completed and goes through the glass firing process, it'll serve as the perfect gift for a loved one or treasure to take home as a souvenir.
Find prints by P. Buckley Moss, jewelry, seasonal gift items, women's clothing and much more at The Cottage Gate. You can spend hours browsing through the items at this quaint shop inside the Westlake Towne Center. From the lake-themed home decor items to gourmet snacks, a visit to The Cottage Gate can quickly turn into a shopping spree.
Any trip to Smith Mountain Lake must include a visit to Homestead Creamery! The traditional ice cream parlor located inside the store serves the creamery's award-winning, made-from-scratch ice creams, such as Black Raspberry, Chocolate Pecan, and Cherry Vanilla.
You can also find locally-grown produce, baked goods and the Creamery's other popular dairy products, as well as specialty items you'll only see in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Located at the Bridgewater Plaza, The Little Gallery is a boutique shop that features the work of over 200 artists. The art covers a range of topics, including traditional landscapes, water & lakescapes, and pieces that incorporate more abstract and impressionist elements. The gallery also offers a variety of pottery, glass, and sculptures that serve as wonderful home decor.
Open Thursday through Sunday, the taproom at Sunken City Brewing Company is the perfect spot to experience the growing craft beer culture of Virginia's Blue Ridge! The interior of the tap-room is decorated with a lake-oriented theme, and you can sample award-winning brews such as the Red Clay IPA, Steemboat Beer, and Dam Lager.
A rainy day at the lake means it's time to catch a movie at Westlake Cinema! This four-plex movie theater, located at Westlake Towne Center, offers stadium seating, RealD 3D projection, concessions, and games. Don't let the weather keep you stuck inside the house. Get some popcorn and see a popular new movie at Westlake Cinema!
Everything is hand-crafted on site at White Rock Vineyard, Winery & Brew Haus. Whether you're interested in craft beer or high quality wines, they're both on the menu here! This family owned and operated business has been making wine since 2000, and recently started producing beer in March 2015. The glassed veranda and tasting room offer the perfect spot to relax during your Blue Ridge Day.
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