Things To Do Near Serenity's Edge
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Very unusual & fun:
Mayberry Outdoor Drive-In Movie Theater
There are less than 400 Drive-in theaters left in the entire US.
Address:  Mayberry Drive-In
1696 White House Rd.
Moneta, VA 24121
Phone: (540) 296-1480 (show times)
Phone: (540) 206-4485 (contact)
Official Website:
Show times: check
Located near Smith Mountain Lake.
Tube, Kayak, Canoe, White Water Rafting:
tel: 434-846-8823
Skiing Year-Round on New Cloth/Snow Turf at Liberty Mountain, Lynchburg VA
Rental equipment available.      434.582.3539 or 866.504.7541
Virginia Dare Lunch and Dinner Cruises
3619 State Route 853  Moneta, VA 24121
(540) 297-7100
Ice Skating at Roanoke Civic Center
Friday 6-9, Saturday 12-3, Sunday 2-5
November 4th  to January 17th (weekends only)
Bedford County has a whole series of walking and biking trails:

Appalachian Trails: located between Roanoke, Troutville and Buchanan offers a wealth of information about the various aspects of the Appalachian trails:

Roanoke to Rockfish Gap  128.9 miles

Apple Orchard Falls Trail to Jennings Creek   near Buchanan   11.1 Miles

Apple Orchard Falls Trail to Petites Gap  near Buchanan 7.3 miles  (steep areas)

Black Horse Gap to Bearwallow Gap  near Buchanan 7.4 miles (scenic)

Black Horse Gap to VA652  near Troutville 11.5 miles (steep climb at least  1,000 feet  and quiet)

Cove Mountain to Jennings Creek near Buchanan 6.4 miles (lots of rocks, wildflowers)

Other Roanoke area hikes:

 Kevin Myatt is a columnist for  He has some excellent information on hiking in the Roanoke area:

The following is a list of Kevin's favorites with his links:


Liberty Lake Park
Located at 939 Burk’s Hill Road in Bedford, Liberty Lake Park features a stocked lake and pond for fishing. The lake is stocked with trout by the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries from October through June. A fishing license and trout stamp are required during that time. Call 540-587-6061 for information.

City Lake
Located on Lake Drive, City Lake is a four-acre park that provides fishing on a small lake in a quiet wooded setting.

Smith Mountain Lake
Forty miles long and 20,000 acres large, Smith Mountain Lake is tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and reigns as Virginia's top freshwater striped bass fishery, holding the state record at 49.4 lbs!

Rock Hollow Trout Farm

1250 Rock Hollow Lane

Bedford, VA 24523


Quality Fishing for Hard Fighting Rainbow and Golden Trout in the Scenic Hills. Trout Stream - $50.00 per person (Reservations Required) 1 mile of private stream with many pools and runs, stocked daily, 5 fish limit per person. Trout Pond - $5.00 Admission/$5.00 per pound (Seniors & children under 9 free admission), 1 acre pond stocked regularly with Rainbow Trout. Trout Stream Open October - November Open for group outings of 5 or more. Reservation required 7 days in advance. December - June Open Daily 8:00am to 5:00pm. Trout Pond open December - May, Monday-Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday 9:00am to 2:00pm. Bait and Tackle Shop, Equipment Rentals, Snack Bar, Gift Certificates, Corporate and Group Outings Available. Located 3 miles South of Bedford on Route 43 South at 1250 Rock Hollow Lane.


Carvin's Cove, Roanoke County Reservoir:

The Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is managed for watershed protection and public recreation, including hiking, fishing, boating, and equestrian use by Roanoke City Parks & Recreation. The property is located near Interstate 81 and borders 14 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The rock outcrop at nearby McAfee Knob, which overlooks the conserved property, is one of the most frequently visited and photographed panoramas on the Appalachian Trail.

With more than 40 miles of trails and an 800-acre reservoir Carvins Cove is a mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and boating paradise.

Charters and Guides

Confluence Outfitters, LLC
251 Crest of Pedlar Drive
Monroe, VA 24574
Guided fishing adventure on the James and Maury Rivers. Trips include all tackle, drinks, and snacks. Our full day trips include lunch prepared riverside. For details visit our website or give us a call.

Dale Wilson's Smith Mountain Lake Guide Service
4185 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway
Huddleston, VA 24104
Captain Dale Wilson is the lake's most experienced fishing guide, over 30 years. He fishes year round on Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes. He specializes in the use of artificial lures, while casting for stripped bass, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass. He is a proud member of Mercury Motors and Ranger Boats "pro staff." We furnish all equipment or you can bring your favorite rods and reels.

Jim's Guide Service
Captain Jim Salley, US Coast Guard licensed
203 Mill Lake Road
Huddleston, VA 24104
March through November

Spike’s Prime Time Fishing
Striper fishing charters and luxury waterfront rentals
Capt. Spike and Capt. Kathy Franceschina, US Coast Guard licensed
4067 Hales Ford Road
Moneta, VA 24121
540-297-5611, 540-297-2139

To Fish On Striper Guide Charters
Captain Fred Price, Jr, US Coast Guard licensed
Custom trips for 1-6 people. Specializing in striped bass. Tackle, bait, fuel, cleaning and filleting supplied.

Virginia Outdoorsman

Captain Mike Snead

Smith Mountain Lake

40 Village Springs Drive

Hardy, VA 24101



Fly Fishing (excellent source)

Upper James River Water Trail

Jennings Creek

Barbours Creek is a stocked trout stream. At high water levels it becomes a Class III stream. It is located near The Pines campground in Craig County.

Upper Blackwater Blueway is 35+ mile section with many paddling possibilities.

Bottom Creek is a solid Class V+ steep creek with mandatory portages. It is highly recommended that your first run be with someone who knows the river well. Send us an email and we'll put you in touch with some local paddlers.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Along much of its route, the Parkway hugs the crest of the world’s oldest mountains. The National Park Service protects over 100 miles of streams, many of them small, spring-fed watercourses that rise along the spine of the Blue Ridge. There are also 13 lakes (including Abbott Lake at the Peaks of Otter) enhancing the natural beauty of the scenic drive and abounding with native and stocked fish in a mountain environment.

Licenses & Regulations: Fishing is permitted in all Parkway waters with a valid state fishing license from Virginia or North Carolina. No special trout stamp is needed and persons under 16 can fish without a license. Fishing is not permitted from footbridges, dams or adjacent walls. Some waters may have individual regulations and those will be clearly marked. Fishing is allowed from one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunset. Digging for bait on parkway land is not allowed. Many streams meander onto U.S. Forest Service or private land and regulations may vary as the jurisdiction changes.


Fruit Orchards, Bedford County

Gross' Orchard Apple Valley
6817 Wheats Valley Road
Bedford, VA 24523
Gross' Orchard is a family owned and operated orchard which has been in business before the turn of the century. Our specialties are mountain grown peaches and apples. We are located at the foot of the beautiful Peaks of Otter. In the summer, June 20th - Sept. 15th, we have peaches for you to select from or a U-Pick program if you choose to enjoy. In the fall season we have a great selection of apples for you to choose from at our retail outlet at the edge of the orchard. Fall apples - beginning September 1st. Our peach and apple trees are well maintained for your picking. We ship gift packs nationwide for you. Tours and Tour Buses Welcome! Call for appointment. Wagon Rides available through the heart of the orchard. Call to set up your church, reunion, school group, or any of your gatherings to tour the heart of the orchard today.

Johnson’s Orchards & Winery
This farm has 200-plus acres with over 7,000 apple trees of 200 different varieties. Several hundred peach, nectarine, and damson trees, as well as pumpkins in the fall, are also available. Facilities include modern restrooms, a log cabin, a pavilion for picnicking with a 15-foot Johnny Appleseed, a replica of an old store that houses a restored 1939 Chevrolet and 1971 Spitfire, and many trails in the orchard for walking.
2122 Sheep Creek Road, Bedford, VA 24523

Museums and Historic Places:

Wineries close to Serenity's Edge:

Hickory Hill Winery
1722 Hickory Cove Lane
Moneta, VA 24121
Take a step back to a slower, simpler time by visiting us in our 1923 farmhouse winery. This family owned and operated winery, nestled in the hills at Smith Mountain Lake, offers visitors a quiet country setting and the chance to get away from it all. Bring a lunch, sip some wine, slow down and enjoy a day at our farm. Offering winery & vineyard tours, complimentary wine tastings and a scenic picnic area Thursday through Monday, 11 AM to 5 PM, mid-March through mid-December. Tuesdays & Wednesdays by appointment. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

LeoGrande Vineyards and Winery
1343 Wingfield Drive
Goode, VA 24556
This family owned and operated vineyard and winery is located in Goode, in the heart of Bedford County. Drop by and visit our tasting room and veranda which offers a spectacular view of the Peaks of Otter and out-of-this-world sunsets over the Blue Ridge Mountain. Wines include many Italian varieties. Enjoy the 400 acre farm with its Black Angus, horses, goats, chickens & pot-bellied pigs.

Peaks of Otter Winery (a guest favorite!)
2122 Sheep Creek Road, Bedford, VA 24523
Bedford County’s first winery and Virginia’s first fruit winery is nestled at the foot of the Peaks of Otter where we, the Johnson family, continue the farming tradition that our ancestors began here in the 1700’s. We are open year round and make 25 varieties of wine, primarily from the fruits that we grow. During the season, you may sample fruits, from which the wines are made, as well as jams, jellies, and butters. Our facilities and farm are always welcoming to guests and families and we are available to host special events such as weddings and parties. Call for details, events and hours.

Savoy-Lee Winery
5800 Johnson Mountain Road
Huddleston, VA 24104

Convenient to both Bedford and Lynchburg in the beautiful Bedford County countryside, you’ll enjoy our rustic charm combined with continual progress in motion! Wine tasting includes our Bordeaux style, Echo Forest Red and Cabernet Franc, plus white, red, and blush. Winemaking trivia is always included in each wine tasting! Open Saturdays only from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm or by appointment.

White Rock Vineyards & Winery
2117 Bruno Drive
Goodview, VA 24095
Family owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in the Goodview area of Bedford County. Beautiful tasting rooms and veranda with spectacular views and breathtaking sunsets. Featured wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Moon Glow, Scarlet Sunrise and Chardonnay. Open Thursday through Monday from Noon until 6 pm.

Wineries up to a two hour drive from Serenity's Edge:

Antiques:  Bedford, Forest, Roanoke

Bedford Va Antique Mall, 703 Industrial Avenue, Bedford
(540) 587-8707

Bluebird Estate Jewelry, 201 North Bridge Street, Bedford
(540) 586-4103

Bell Treasures, 208 North Bridge Street, Bedford
(540) 586-1900

Bobs Antiques, 100 East Main Street, Bedford
(540) 586-5551

North Bridge Antiques & Books, 205 North Bridge Street
(540) 586-2220

Rembrandt's Closet, 207 East Depot Street, Bedford
(540) 587-8878

Peddler Antiques Mall, 1165 Burnbridge Road, Forest
(434) 525-6030

Rick's Antiques, 1091 Lindsay Road, Forest
(434) 525-9430

*Roanoke Antique Mall Inc, 2302 Orange Avenue NE,
(a guest favorite!)
(540) 344-0264          


  • Dixie Caverns and Rock Shop   5753 West Main Street Salem, VA
    Directly off I-81 at Exit 132  (540) 380-2085

Mountain Biking Trails:

Carvin's Cove: Roanoke City Reservoir Nature Preserve 

  • The 800 acre lake at the Cove's center offers fishing and boating with small engines.
  • The Boat Dock provides picnic tables, pay phones, restrooms, boat rentals, security personnel, and parking.
  • Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian trail riders are welcome.
  • A day or yearly pass is required to enter the park and can be obtained by visiting the Boat Dock, Just the Right Gear on Route 311, or East Coasters Bike Shop on Route 419.
  • To reserve the picnic shelter and learn more about certain restrictions concerning use of reservoir, contact the Boat Dock offices at (540) 563-9170.
  • DIRECTIONS FROM SERENITY'S EDGE:  Take 460 West towards Roanoke.  Take a right onto 220 Alternate (signs says to I81) for about 6 miles. Take a left on Route 11 at the intersection with a Hardees and Exxon.  You will eventually pass the Pepsi plant.  At the stoplight (Hollins Market will be on your left) take a right onto Reservoir Road.  Follow it several miles till the road ends.
  • Day Spas in the Surrounding Areas:

    Local Massage Therapist:

    $50. for one hour massage   if you drive to Patty's  home, near the Peaks of Otter, at 3887 Wheats Valley Road.  OR   $60 for one hour massage if you drive to Patty's  Bedford office.   Call Patty at: 540-587-6601.  She also does facial massages.

    Indulgence Salon and Spa***

    This is salon and spa has been used by several of our guests with glowing reports--especially hair and nails for weddings here.       2205 Orange Avenue, Roanoke  540-344-2300.

    Azario Salon and Day Spa

    • 5420 Starkey Road, Roanoke

    • 540-772-1300


    • Massage, Therapy, Facials, Manicures, pkgs

    Body Sense Day Spa and Clinic

    • 3507 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke

    • 540-344-3538


    • Massage, Therapy, Facials, Manicures, pkgs

    Salon Del Sol & Spa

    • 2601 Franklin Road, Roanoke           

    • 540-387-1900


    • *Does offer a sauna as well as Massage, Therapy, Facials, Manicures, spa pkgs

    Les Cheveux  Salon and Day Spa

    • 2201 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke,

    •  Tower’s Shopping Center, Upper Level, Near Fresh Foods Market     

    • 540-343-7211


    • Can book services on-line.

    • Full and half day packages and very good specials

    Zee’s Salon and Day Spa

    • 121 Duke of Gloucester Street, Roanoke

    • 540-345-7737


    • hair, massage, manicures, facials, make-up, waxing


    • Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals
      16410 Booker T. Washington Highway
      Moneta, VA 24121
      800-729-1639, 540-721-1639


    • Endeavor Ballooning
      Scenic Balloon Rides
      540-992-OFLY (0359)
    • Forest Winds, Inc.
      Scenic Balloon Rides
      mobile: 434-842-0308
    • Freedom Flights
      Scenic Balloon Rides

    Sky Diving:

    Boating, Canoes and Sailing Rentals:

    • Bent Creek Adventures
      Bent Creek, VA
      Canoeing & Tubing Livery
    • Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals
      Pontoons, waverunners, run-a-bouts, parasailing rentals
      16410 Booker T. Washington Highway
      Moneta, VA 24121
      540-721-1639, 800-729-1630
    • James River Basin Canoe Livery
      US 60 Between Lexington & Buena Vista
    • Parrot Cove at Smith Mountain Lake
      Pontoons, waverunners, 18' run-a-bouts, fishing boats rentals
      16441 Booker T. Washington Highway
      Moneta, VA 24121
      540-721-5363, 800-488-4516
    • Parkway Marina on Smith Mountain Lake
      Pontoons, cruisers rentals
      16918 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway
      Huddleston, VA 24104-2963
    • Smith Mountain Lake State Park
      Waverunners, canoes, kayaks
      1235 State Park Road
      Huddleston Virginia 24104

      540-427-1800, 800-842-9163
    • Wilderness Canoe & Kayaks
      631 James River Road
      Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579
    • Twin River Outfitters 540.261.7334  Buchannan
    • Lake Sailing Academy
      Smith Mountain Lake
      888-SAIL SML

    Boat Landing Ramps:

    • Reed Creek Boat Landing:
      James River Access, Big Island, VA adjacent to Georgia Pacific Plant, by main entrance off Rte 501
    • Hunting Creek Boat Landing:
      James River Access, Big Island ,VA ,1 block north of junction of Rte 501 and Rte 122,turn right on Riverside Circle,1/4 mile on right .
    • Hales Ford Bridge:
      Smith Mountain Lake Access, Moneta, VA. Rte 122 on the Bedford County side(north) of the bridge
    • Hardy Road Ford:
      Smith Mountain Lake Access, From Rte 24 in Stewartsville follow Rte 619 to Rte 634(Hardy Road) south to boat ramp. From Franklin County, south side of Hales Ford Bridge, take Rte 122 ,turn right on Rte 634 and follow to ramp
    • Smith Mountain State Park Public Boat Ramp
      Fee $5.00, From Bedford Rte 122 S to left on Rte 608,turn right on Rte 626 to SML State Park.

    Native Americans:

    Golf Courses:

    • Bedford Country Club
      3563 Peaks Road
      Bedford, VA 24523
      Richard Creasy
      Fax: 540-586-9317
    • Colonial Hills Golf Club
      1990 Gumtree Road
      Forest, VA 24551
      J. C. Thomas
    • Ivy Hill Golf Club
      1327 Ivy Hill Drive
      Forest, VA 24551
      Tracy Newman
      Fax: 434-525-3189
    • London Downs Golf Club
      1400 New London Road
      Forest, VA 24551
      Jerry Conner
    • Mariners Landing Golf and Lake Community
      1037 Whitetail Drive
      Huddleston, VA 24104
      Todd Hammock
      Fax: 540-297-8966
      540-297-3200 (Sales & Info)
      540-297-7888 (Golf & Pro Shop)
    • Poplar Forest Golf Course
      960 Ramblewood Road
      Forest, VA 24551
    • Sycamore Ridge
      1270 Trails End Road
      Goodview, VA 24095
      Stan Groggins
    • The Westlake Golf and Country Club
      360 Chestnut Creek Drive
      Hardy, VA 24101
      Stuart Smith - golf professional
      Dan Robertson, Manager
      Fax: 540-721-5358

    Car Racing Tracks:




    Quiet Times
    Have your morning coffee listening to the song birds on your cottage deck.  Go for a leisurely stroll on the walking paths.  Munch on your picnic lunch perched on a rock next to the creek.  Play croquet,  throw a frisbee or play card games.  Read a book from your own cottage library.  Enjoy a glass of wine watching the sunset.  Complete your day gazing at the stars...
    Massage & Spa Pleasures

    On this page is a list of spas in the Roanoke area for more choices of services.  Again, none of these places have any affiliation with Serenity's Edge. This is a listing just for your convenience.  Make sure you check that they are certified by the State of Virginia.

    Lake Adventures
    Rent a pontoon boat and zoom across the lake, throw your anchor in private cove.
    Into the extreme?  Go parasailing.
    Visit Smith Mountain State park and picnic, swim, go paddle boating, or enjoy their easy-walk trails.
    Take a dinner cruise on the Virginia Dare.
    End the day at the authentic Mayberry diner and enjoy an outdoor movie. (540-296-1480)
    Romance & Celebration Dinners
     Our guests have enjoyed Millstone Tea Room, The Bedford Social Club, the five star dining experience at Hotel Roanoke or go more casual at Liberty Station or  The New London Steak House (best to call for reservations 434-525-3826).

    Hit the trails on the Appalachian Trail, climb Sharp top mountain, hike to a water fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   There are many opportunities in our area. (see "Hiking" list below)
    Follow the Bedford wine trail to five local wineries for some tasty times.  Ask us for this special map!
    Unusual Adventures
    Go for a hot air balloon ride at dawn or dusk!
    Cool off in a fascinating cave!
    Go "snow" skiing on artificial turf even in the summer!
    Take the plunge ski-diving!
    Antiquing and Unique Finds
    The Bedford area has a large variety of antiques and unique finds just waiting for you to discover.  Start on Bridge street with over 10 shops and then drive over to the Antique Mall off of Route 122 OR to Roanoke's Antique Mall on Route 460.
    Museums and Historic Places

    There's lots of history around our area.  Here are some of the guest favorites:

    Bedford City/County Museum

    The Booker T. Washington National Monument

    Appomattox Court House Historical Park

    Anne Spencer House and Garden

    National D-Day Memorial

    Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's summer home

    Civil Rights Education Heritage Trail

    There are eight different courses nearby, 21 in a 45 minute radius!  For contact information and features, see the "Golf Courses" listing below.

    There is always a lot to do in our area.  Take in a concert, movie, opera or symphony.  Go ice skating. Or, maybe just relax at your cottage next to the fireplace.



    Helicopters Are Welcome!

    GPS Latitude:      37.394764                

     GPS Longitude:  --79.680303






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    --Flat screen TV
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    --Mirrored bath, tub/shower
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    --Cushioned deck furniture
    --Natural walking sticks

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