April 2014

2654075393_b55deeb4f2When you stay at River House Inn, try to make a special trip to this quaint downtown to discover some great art! Sally Mae’s Emporium has a wide variety of local art. Acorn Gallery has originals and limited edition reproductions by Raney Rogers, one of North Carolina’s most well-known artists. The Ashe County Arts Council has changing exhibits and a gallery shop (also ask them about their Barn Quilt Tour). Originals Only Gallery has original works of art by one of Ashe County’s favorite artists, Joan Stiles Bell, and fine handcrafted wood furniture by Tom Sternal.

R T Morgan Art & Glass By Camille. has sculpture and paintings by internationally known artist R.T. Morgan and stained glass by regionally known artist Camille Morgan. SMART Gallery offers exquisite paintings, photography, fine woodworking, furniture, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, live art, and workshops. West Jefferson’s downtown area hosts several murals that create a “walking tour.”

The murals are the works of local artists and others in North Carolina that depict the area’s history and unique character. Stop at the Ashe County Cheese Store, offering more than 50 varieties of cheese, gifts, souvenirs, snacks, plus our own Ashe County Cheese, Country Butter, and fresh cheese curd. And don’t miss Bohemia, art gallery and coffee shop.

Visit the town of West Jefferson: http://www.townofwj.com

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virginia creeper trail guide

The Virginia Creeper Trail Guide is your comprehensive online information and services resource for your enjoyment of Virginia’s premiere mountain biking trail. I have listed bike rental & bike shuttle services, food, lodging and specialty shops. Not to mention trail maps, trail advisories, photo gallery and current weather.

The Virginia Creeper Trail stretches 35 miles from Abingdon Virginia thru Damascus Virginia to the NC State Line near Whitetop Virginia. The Virginia Creeper Trail is open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The former rail bed passes through the back country of Southwest Virginia. The Virginia Creeper Trail is rich in beauty and regional history. This is a biking adventure that you and your friends will talk about for a long time.

For more information visit http://www.vacreepertrail.com

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Canoe the New River!!!


Despite its name, the New River is considered by some geologists to be possibly one of the oldest rivers in the world, between 10 million and 360 million years old. It is considered to be second in age only to the Nile River and thus the oldest in North America. It was dedicated as a National Scenic River in 1976. On July 30, 1998, President Clinton came to northwestern North Carolina in July to designate the New River an American Heritage River.

River House has a few canoes, kayaks and tubes of its own, and we’d be delighted to drive you upstream and let you float back to the Inn (ask us about rates for that). Take a two hour paddle or float down the river.

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Fishing in the North Carolina Mountains: Choose your spot from a mile of the New River that runs through our farm.

The section of the New River adjacent to River House has been restocked with another 1,800 rainbow and brown trout!

Small mouth bass fish are also numerous. The popular Helton Creek, a delayed-harvest trout stream, flows into the New River about 1/2 upstream. The section of the New River adjacent to River House has been restocked this spring with another 1800 rainbow and brown trout!

It’s catch and release. Here are some fishing tips:

  • Use barbless hooks.  If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
  • Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
  • Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
  • To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.

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Spring at last. We have missed seeing all of you!

River House opens April 2nd. Our first Sunday Salon on April 6th features Appalachian State University Flautist Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham and Guitarist Gabe Fankhauser with a program of Irish and Scottish traditional tunes from slip jigs and slides to hornpipes and reels.

Music begins at 4:00. A four-course menu by Chef Bill Klein follows at 6:00 – and River House recently received the People’s Choice Award for Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the county. .

For reservations, please call 336-982-2109.

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