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Smith Mountain Lake is buzzing with the latest news about one of our favorite annual community events: The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival.
The team at Hook Lines and Singers Inc., who did a fantastic job organizing the festival in their freshman attempt last year, has announced it will move the event in 2024 from Crazy Horse Marina (which is reportedly being sold) to Bernard’s Landing Resort.
An aerial view of Bernard’s Landing, the future home for Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. Photo courtesy of Rapid Imagery.
History of the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival
Contrary to popular belief, Bernard’s is not the original home of the SML Wine Festival. That distinction goes to the former Manor at Taylor’s Store B&B off of Virginia 122 near Burnt Chimney, which hosted the first three events starting in 1989.
However, Bernard’s Landing, a beloved venue from 1992 to 2007, was where the SML Wine Festival truly flourished, growing under the direction of the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce to become the lake’s largest and most popular event.
Other locations for the event have included LakeWatch Plantation and Mariners Landing. The festival was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the global pandemic.
Where is the Best Place to Stay for the SML Wine Festival?
The 2024 Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is slated for Sept. 21-22. Of course, if you can, it’s best to book accommodations right at Bernard’s Landing so you can walk to all the festivities.
On-site condos and nearby homes are expected to book up early for the weekend so be sure to make your arrangements for accommodations ASAP. Use this handy link to find the perfect spot for you and your wine-loving crew!
Besides the fun of wine tasting, perusing artisan vendors and enjoying awesome live music, Hook Lines and Singers also plans to keep its philanthropic spirit alive. In 2023, they donated roughly $20,000 to six regional charities. They aim to double this figure next year, giving you even more reasons to support the festival!
How Much are Tickets to the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival?
So fellow wine enthusiasts, mark your calendars for Sept. 21-22, 2024, and make plans to join us for an amazing weekend at Bernard’s Landing!
You can find out more about the music lineup and purchase your tickets (prices vary) at the official site of the SML Wine Festival.
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Watch our video with Hook Lines and Singers’ director Tim Reith about the 2023 SML Wine Festival featuring live music with Morgan Myles.
Andie has been covering Smith Mountain Lake since 2000 for a variety of publications, including Smith Mountain Laker Magazine, The Roanoker, SML Visitor and Newcomer Guide, SML HOME Magazine and Life Outside. As a partner in G&C Ventures, LLC, she oversees all content for our suite of websites, including Smith-Mountain-Lake.com and LakeLubbers.com.