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chad_lawsonPianist-composer Chad Lawson will be the performer for this Sunday Salon at River House.

Multi-award winning pianist and composer Chad Lawson has an impressive list of accomplishments in recent years that many artists could only hope for in a lifetime. He has released seven critically acclaimed albums, worked with renowned musicians and producers and has the distinguished honor of being a Steinway artist.

Born in North Carolina, Chad knew he wanted to be a musician at the age of five. He pursued this dream at age 18 when he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in school, Chad began his career as a studio musician and after his studies at Berklee, he decided to go on tour with Babik Reinhardt (son of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt).

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river house inn ashe countyWith so many well-known artists and their studios located in our area, there’s no shortage of amazing art to visit and view!

Ian and Jo Lydia Craven are world renowned for their handbuilt porcelain dinnerware, wall sculptures, bowls and vases.

For over twenty five years, Rob and Bet Mangum have been creating and producing hand crafted pottery and ceramic sculpture.

Also check out Hoffman Pottery and Kosinski Watercolors & Oil Paintings of Jerusalem, the Holy Land & the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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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

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!!!

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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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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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