Fall at Smith Mountain Lake

Posted on November 1, 2021 by Bedfordlandings

The leaves are turning, there is a slight breeze, the chickens are molting,  we have winterized the jet ski, the water has turned chilly, and it is Fall, y’all!

First as an update, Doolittle has been “accidentally” packed into more overnight bags than I can mention.  He is growing so much, however his ears always peek over the sides of any suitcase and we discover him!  He is 5.5 pounds and as rowdy as ever.  He sure loves our guests and they love him.  I just took this photo today.  Check it out!  Believe me, he doesn’t miss a trick!

Dog with big ears

Speaking of Fall, there are many fall activities right here on the lake.  Next weekend (November 6) is the Chilifest.  It is held behind Bridgewater Plaza.  Attendees may taste each chili and vote on their favorite chili and their favorite themed booth. There are arts and crafts besides the chili.

Some folks love to hike.  The State Park is just minutes from our house.  However, it flat scenic trails don’t offer challenging enough trails, try the Peaks of Otter or McAfee Knob. Both are within in 40 minutes driving distance of Bedford Landings. Jack and I hiked to the top of Sharp Top at Peaks of Otter about 12 years ago.  It is beautiful but tricky with rocks and roots (tripping hazards) but you will feel a sense of accomplishment if you make it!



The Holiday Boat Parade is Sunday November 7 from 6-8 pm.  Led by the Virginia Dare cruise boat, others join in and decorate their boats.

Santa and the Elf on the Shelf will be hanging around Bridgewater Plaza shortly after Thanksgiving.  It’s always fun to have the children find the hidden elves!

Here at Bedford Landings, we will bring in a tree after Thanksgiving and take a few days to decorate it.  Each room will be lit for the holidays and most mornings Jack builds a fire.  Positive holiday spirit will fill the air, goodwill and peace will be found in this home.


There’s a new dog in town!

Posted on September 13, 2021 by Bedfordlandings

Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast is proud to present your new vacation therapy (dog) puppy!  Weighing in a 3.5 pounds, Doolittle will greet you with his friendly wag and maybe a slight piddle of excitement when you arrive.

He has been quite entertaining and our guests are falling in love with the house dog!  We have had him now only 4 weeks and he has developed quite the helpful personality.

I encourage you to watch this little Doolittle video I put together of his helpful antics!

Doolittle of Bedford Landings

Now tell me that’s not the cutest dog ever!!

I am sorry, but no we are not pet-friendly as every dog has it’s own personality, habits, and shedding issues.  Instead, we invite you to love on Doolittle while you are here!

Being Doolittle!

Posted on August 21, 2021 by Bedfordlandings

JGeneral Doolittleames Harold Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American military general  and aviation pioneer who received the Medal of Honor for his daring raids on Japan during World War II. He also made early coast-to-coast flights, won many flying races, and helped develop instrument flying (Wikipedia.org).

Doolittle was the first to envision that a pilot could be trained to use instruments to fly through fog, clouds, precipitation of all forms, darkness, or any other impediment to visibility; and in spite of the pilot’s own possibly convoluted motion sense inputs.

And these reputable actions are what I have been trying to explain to our newest addition to the family, Doolittle DeBord-Phillips. My friend, Mischelle said, “Just let me bring the puppies over for you to meet and see what you think.”  (She knew) Who can refuse an adorable puppy!


7 weeks old August 7, 2021

We went through multiple iterations of naming the pup, even asking people on Facebook for suggestions.  Biscuit and Bacon were top contenders, but we wanted a term that had to do with flying rather than breakfast…so we settled on Doolittle and it is growing on us although sometimes shortened to Doodle!


Doolittle 9 weeks old. August 21, 2021

We have had Doolittle now for 2 weeks and he has really grown more and more comfortable.  Weighing in (at his first vet visit) at 3.8 lbs, he is NOT housebroken yet so any tips are welcomed!  Just look at the comparison of these photos taken 2 weeks apart.

We do think he will be a great B & B dog.  He has been friendly and played with all guests who have tried to interact.   Dogs have long been called “Man’s best friend” but they truly are a family’s best and loyal friend in times of need.  So many people determined it was time for a dog during the COVID lock down and study after study have found that pets provide a therapeutic benefit to reducing stress and providing comfort.  Bedford Landings is NOT pet friendly.  So, you can’t bring your dog, but we are making an effort to provide a great dog to interact with while you are here.

Bella the dogBella gave us many years of comfort before she crossed the rainbow bridge in October 2020.  It too us awhile to determine what type of hypoallergenic dog to get.  Hopefully Doolittle will grow and learn the expectations that we have for him and maybe just like James Harold (“Jimmy”) Doolittle, he will be able to navigate the many guests and seasons to come!  Welcome Doolittle!!





Aaaargh! Be a Pirate!

Posted on July 12, 2021 by Bedfordlandings

Karen & piratesAAARGH!

This coming weekend is Pirate’s weekend!  What does that mean?  Ships are decorated, water fights ensue, eye patches are appropriate and much laughter is heard around Smith Mountain Lake. Bedford Landings B & B contributes a treasure map of the lake.  It gives boaters some direction and the kids some fun things to find on the lake!  There is link below to the map or email  Karen for a copy.

One year, along with some friends, we decorated a boat and handed out maps, but we kept getting attacked with water guns!  People are serious about this!

So watch your back!  You may just see some innkeeper swashbucklers!  Aaarg!

Bedford Landings Treasure Lake Map

Facebook link to Pirate Weekend activities

Pirate Weekend Website

Two pirates

Innkeepers Karen and Jack join in the pirate fun!

Summer is upon us!

Posted on June 16, 2021 by Bedfordlandings

The Summer is upon us!  People are coming out of the COVID woodwork to travel!  Smith Mountain Lake is a-buzz!  If you are wanting to visit and rent a boat, be sure to plan ahead with all reservations!

Here in the B & B, we have been testing a few new recipes that we hope to introduce soon to guests. kitchen work

We have had our #1 granddaughter staying with us this summer and she is learning to prepare some of the famous Bedford Landings dishes.  She is also a driver in training!  So we have a chauffeur!


driving girl

New Businesses are always exciting
We have attended a few new business ribbon cuttings.

There is a Distillery in town!  We are planning a time to go taste, but 11:00 in the morning on ribbon cutting day was not when I wanted to sip on legal moonshine. Located in the Westlake Area, be sure to visit Roosters Rise-n-Shine Distillery.

The Landing Restaurant has settled into Mariner’s Landing but they have also opened Bottles and Bites.  Their ribbon cutting is tomorrow.  We are very excited about that.

Napoli by the Lake had a very elegant ribbon cutting in the Bernard’s Landing outdoor covered venue.  You must see that.  Since it was our (15th) anniversary, we went to dinner afterwards and the service and food were excellent!  It is located in the former Landing restaurant space.

Group at dinnerThere is also a new seafood restaurant called Pier 122 (for Route 122) and is located next to Copper Kettle on Firstwatch Drive.  An all seafood, hushpuppy, corn on the cob menu, they hope to contribute to the seafood lovers palette. Jack loved their crab legs.

Drifters is as fun and packed as ever!  They offer entertainment, great food, wonderful service and a burger called the Bedford Landings!!!

woman in tshirt

So far, the summer is about food and lake visitors! But, stay tuned!  The summer is shaping up with even more activity!

Lyrics in the Lake is the weekend of June 25-27 at three venues (Mangos, Drifters and Magnum Point Marina).  We are proud to be hosting Bill Diluigi again!

Karen will be the emcee for LOTL the afternoon of June 26th at Mango’s. Come support the Children’s Miracle Network.

And Pirate’s Weekend is around the corner! July 15-18, get out your eye patches, bandannas, and water pistols!

We are moving toward the one year anniversary of the year I call The Great Sadness.  2020 was tough on a lot of people.  Our guests tell us tremendous stories of loss and occasionally we share our stories.  We love keeping busy with interesting guests to keep our minds off the great sadness.  So this summer, we will just continue to eat, host, and sing our way through 2021.


The SML Boomer Band sings for charity. Innkeeper Karen sings with the Boomer Band.

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