The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, one of the area’s most popular and beloved annual events, takes place each October over Columbus Day weekend.
Offering visitors a look inside a number of spectacular lakefront homes, the self-guided Home Tour is a can’t-miss event for those who looking for Smith Mountain Lake building, decorating and landscaping inspiration. The event features eight homes accessible by land and water, which makes for a fun fall boating outing. (Volunteers are available at each home to help with docking.)
Proceeds from the Home Tour benefit eight charities in the Smith Mountain Lake region. The non-profit organizations must apply each year to be eligible for funds. Since the Home Tour started in 1991 more than $3.8 million has been distributed.
What can you expect on the SML Home Tour?
It’s best to buy tickets in advance online or at an area outlet, although you can purchase tickets at any of the homes. The tickets are good for all three days (Friday-Sunday) so you can tackle all eight homes on one day or spread the fun out over 2-3 days.
Because the homes are often in different areas around the lake, it’s usually best to take two days. You may start at any of the eight homes and there is no set order in which to visit them. Each ticket comes with a brochure that includes a map and directions by boat and by car. You can also download directions and a brochure on the SML Charity Home Tour website where you’ll also find photos and a description of each home.
I recommend you plot your route in advance and plan for approximately 45 minutes at each home. Volunteers are on hand throughout the interior and exterior of each home to share information about architecture, decorating, collections, special features, landscaping and more.
Find out more about the Charity Home Tour at Smith Mountain Lake
Home Tour organizers produce an annual guide with additional details and sponsor information, which you can pick up at all eight homes.
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