February 2014


Across the driveway are Rooms 5, 6, 7, and 8 in what we call The Caretaker’s Cottage.  This was the home of Dr. Ballou’s nephew and his family, who cared for the property and for Dr. and Mrs. Ballou who had no children.

Room 5 is in the front of the Caretaker’s Cottage. Originally the living room, dining room and kitchen, it boasts three distinct spaces: living room/library, bedroom and bathroom. (Incidentally, if there are two or three couples, the living room can connect with Room 6 and/or 7.)  Outside, the private porch, complete with swing, looks over the New River.
$175 Sunday-Thursday nights, $195 weekends/holidays

Room 6 is at the back of the Caretaker’s Cottage. Quiet, it looks up the hill toward the barns and you can park right next to the entrance.

$150 Sunday-Thursday nights, $175 weekends/holidays

Room 7 is the upstairs of the Caretaker’s Cottage.It has wood-lined walls that reflect the morning sun. Original watercolors, pen and ink drawings, and prints. Downstairs there is a long porch with views of the mountains, the river – and the other buildings.
$150 Sunday-Thursday nights, $175 weekends/holidays

Room 8 is a “suite” on the garden level. Spacious living room with prints of a terrific woodcut in four colors. Additional small private room, nice and dark, with a double bed.  Low ceiling. (Those over 6’1” need not apply.)
$175 Sunday-Thursday nights, $195 weekends/holidays

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blue ridge parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway: We are a 20 minute drive from “America’s favorite drive”. A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is meant to be slow paced and relaxing. A stop at almost any overlook or trail will reveal much of the natural and cultural history here. The Parkway meanders 469 miles between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.

Nearby on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Doughton Park, featuring open meadows, one of the best places along the motor road to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats, as well as spectacular shows of flame azalea and rhododendron in the late spring. Hiking opportunities range from a short hike at Fodder Stack Trail to the strenuous 7.5 mile Bluff Mountain Trail. Visit the Brinegar Cabin to see craft demonstrations or hike into Basin Cove to view the Caudill Family Homestead. The Northwest Trading Post at Milepost 258 has a wide variety of craft items and souvenirs for sale from this part of North Carolina.

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wedding13Planning a wedding?

River House on the New River is justly famous for wedding weekends in the North Carolina mountains. Friends and family members are ensconced in guest rooms and nearby cabins. Rehearsal dinners, special brunches and recreational activities culminate in the ceremony held under the giant sycamore tree at the river’s edge.
Once the I “do”s are said, the champagne corks pop and the party begins.
After toasts and hors d’oeuvre, the wedding party and guests make their way into the white tent on the banks of the river or up to the main house for the reception.
The River House staff will take care of the bride and groom and their families, planning, advising, tending to all the details.
Part of our expertise involves networking, connecting the bride and groom to photographers, floral artists, wedding officiants, and musicians.
(We will even prepare the best North Carolina pulled pork–A High Country Bar-B-Que–for a more casual rehearsal dinner.)
Innkeeper Gayle Winston makes an awesome Chocolate Bourbon groom’s cake. It is often presented on a 3- to 6-foot board and marched through the dining room with sparklers aglow. Truly a showstopper!
Gayle’s Orange Walnut wedding cake with Grand Marnier Buttercream is not just beautiful but delicious.
River House has hosted and catered weddings of all sizes – up to 400 guests – but no fewer than two.
Your wedding guests will enjoy all of the many attractions in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the River House. We are near West Jefferson, Boone and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more about nearby North Carolina and Virginia attractions.

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river house inn ashe county ncIt’s going to be a Valentine’s Winter Wonderland! We will be open as planned. Don’t miss this opportunity to come frolic in the snow!

Visit http://riverhousenc.com/events.html for all the details on our Valentine’s Weekend here at River House!

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