TLC Buffy’s Blueberries is located on Capital Hill Road off of route 608 in Huddleston, Virginia. New businesses are regularly opening up around the Lake, and some existing companies are doing remodels. There’s nothing quite like the therapeutic ritual of lounging at the water’s edge with a glass of wine or a cold brew, and the experience only gets better with small batch, handcrafted libations. Hidden in northern end of Roanoke, Virginia’s suburb of Salem, Parkway Brewing Company is the region’s newest brewery. Just a short drive from the water, Sunken City Brewery artfully produces three varieties of microbrew craft beer – the Red Clay IPA, Smith Mountain Lake Dam Lager, and Sunken City Brown Porter.
After operating for just under a year, Sunken City has earned a place in the hearts of Smith Mountain Lake beer enthusiasts and casual sippers alike.
Valhalla Vineyard has been producing award-winning wines for discerning palates in the Roanoke Valley for nearly 15 years.
Tours and tastings are by appointment only, so plan ahead if you’re interested in stopping by. Undoubtably the vineyard with the strongest roots in Smith Mountain Lake, Hickory Hill has been crafting wine in the area for over 30 years.
It is easy to be gloomy about the economic forecasts, and there are certainly reasons for concern. Nancy and Danny Johnson with their son Shannon and wife Donna, own and operate Peaks of Otter Winery, Johnson’s Orchards and Elmo’s Rest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Bedford, Virginia. Peaks of Otter wines are reminiscent of “Grandmas or Great-Grandma’s” wines, those old-fashioned wines made from a variety of fruits. The new owners Doug and Sharleen Schmidt have re-named their orchard TLC Buffy’s Blueberry Orchard.

There are twelve varieties of blueberries in the field and the plants will produce berries through the month of September and possibly into October.The hours of business will be from 7am. Freezing blueberries at temperatures of 0°F (-17°C) for no more than 6 months, showed no significant lowering of overall antioxidant concentrations in research. Organically grown blueberries turned out to have significantly higher concentrations of total phenol antioxidants and total anthocyanin antioxidants than conventionally grown blueberries, as well as significantly higher total antioxidant capacity. It is nice to know there is evidence of steady economic growth as we see new services being offered and existing ones being revived.
Fortunately for beer and wine enthusiasts, Smith Mountain Lake is surrounded by several top-notch breweries and vineyards, some close by and all within driving distance. However, if you enter “Westlake Towne Center, Hardy, VA” into your map service or GPS, it will take you within sight of the brewery. Having opened in early 2013, Parkway has experienced notable success, both in the local community and across state lines.
During tasting hours, visitors can enjoy Parkway brews on-site or fill up a growler to take home. During the fall and winter months, they also produce two rich seasonal brews, a winter ale and harvest lager.
Visitors are welcome at the brewery tap room, where limited run brews and snacks are served. For the cost of a tour, vineyard visitors can sample five wines of their choice, get a glimpse of the Valhalla aging process in an authentic cave storage space, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the vineyard.
Taking pride in their local heritage, Hickory Hill’s proprietors are dedicated to growing, processing, and aging all of their wine within Moneta county borders.
But it is also a good thing to spread positive information when it comes to our attention as well.

They are encouraged by their son Dan and his wife Kristin who live in Seattle but remain loyal to the home farm in Virginia. Johnson, established Johnson’s Orchards in 1919 in the area of property that had been in the family since the 1750s. In 1995 the Johnsons considered making wine from the fruits they were growing.
A venture into vegetables using chili peppers,  to make “Kiss The Devil” wine and blend with apple wine to make “Chili Dawg” wine, (this Dawg will bite)has been so successful that “Chili Dawg” is now a top selling wine.  “Fruit of the Farm” wines have changed Virginia’s tasting buds. Go enjoy a fresh pint along with live music and local food truck eats on one of Parkway’s open house get-togethers, usually scheduled for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday; see the Parkway Facebook page for details.
It also brings to light the above average quality of  Virginia’s business communities. More and more Virginia Wineries were being established and were attracting an increasing number of visitors. The commercial apple business was in decline and the Johnsons felt that the addition of a winery would also be a way of selling more of their fruits directly to consumers.
You will find Grandson Jordon and wife Lindsey at many festivals along with Grandson Josh and friends Wayne and Andy. Shannon, who is now the wine maker, says the 70% of the fruits used in the wine are grown on the farm. Come enjoy complimentary refreshments, visit our showroom and meet our AKBD-certified professional designers. It is recommended to wear long sleeves and long pants and to spray your legs or pant legs to prevent chigger and tick bites.

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