The main house of Smith Lake Bed & Breakfast was constructed to be a small B&B on the shore of the lake in 1992. It was operated for a few years before being sold. It served as a family vacation retreat for about 8-10 years until acquired by Jim and Alex. They opened their lakeside resort for business in 2005. Jim and Alex worked overseas for about 15 years in several different countries. They traveled extensively and stayed in pensions, ryokans and other B&B-like lodging. Alex wanted to open a B&B on a lake when they returned to the USA. After an exhaustive search in the Tennessee Valley, they settled upon Smith Lake with its clean, uncrowded water, beautiful rock shoreline and affordable property. They have made a few modifications, added the Airstreams and boat dock and catered to many guests who visited Smith Lake. They added Real Estate services to be able to show lake properties to their guests.