Smith Mountain Lake business owners wrap up summer season

Season boosts businesses, brings in thousands of visitors.

MONETA, Va. – Summer at Smith Mountain Lake is winding down. The season boosts local businesses and brings in thousands of visitors from all over the country.

"This summer season's been great. It's actually been the best year we've ever had and I think that holds true for a lot of businesses here at the lake," said Gary Ellis.

Ellis owns three businesses on the lake. He said a successful summer season can help owners survive a much slower winter.

"It's critical.  If you don't make it in summer, you're probably going to be in trouble. About 25 percent of our annual volume is done just in the month of July," said Ellis.

But Smith Mountain's Chamber of Commerce is hoping the slow down doesn't come so fast.

"The lake never stops. There's always something going on. The pretty season will happen for the next couple of months, good weather, so we have a lot of different events that are happening here," said Annette Stamus-Stull, with the chamber. 

Chamber staff say the lake's 50th anniversary last year helped gain more exposure for the area and bring in more visitors from across the country.

"We had a committee that worked on that and helped us raise more funds for marketing, and those benefited us into this year," said Stamus-Stull.

From an upcoming wine festival to an antique boat show, the chamber is hoping to keep visitors flowing in for months to come.

To learn more about upcoming events at the lake, click here.