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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

For more info on River House Inn, visit: http://riverhousenc.com/


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river house inn ashe county ncRob Mangum, Donna Tully and Alvin Shaw perform on August 4th!

Sunday Salons at the River House Inn on the New River are patterned on the famous international “salons” of the past; featuring musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, book signings, art displays and literary and historical discussions, followed by dinner. If you can’t make dinner, you’re welcome to stop by for the entertainment in the North Carolina mountains and a libation with hors d’oeuvre! But please call to reserve.

Sunday afternoons on the front porch

Music from 4pm until 6pm

Hors d’oeuvre passed at 5pm

Four Course Chef’s Selection Menu seating at 6pm

CLICK HERE to see a complete schedule! 

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Here are all the juicy details on The 2012 River House Winefest – Saturday, July 21st!

Wineries, artisans, bands and glorious food!

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River House Winefest 2011 –  Saturday, July 16th – 12:00 to 5:00 PM

The ninth annual River House Winefest on the New River will be held Saturday  July 16th  in the Grassy Creek area of Ashe County, at River House under the giant sycamore tree down by the river’s edge.

The highlight of the festival will be wine samplings from nine North Carolina Wineries: Biltmore, Brushy Mountain, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, McRitchie, Rag Apple Lassie, RayLenRound Peak.

The musical lineup features:  Tim and Debbie Yates of Acoustic Heritage (bluegrass); Clay Lunsford Jazz  band, Martha Bassett Band (sultry southern swing)  The Ardmores ( soft rock and blues)

The artisans who will be on site to display their work include:  Goat Cheese by Daddy’s Girl Dairy; glass blowing by Shannon Boyd; Wood Crafts by Walnut Hill;  Glass expressions by Sleepin’ Dog; Mountain Flower Lamps and Shades by Jane M and Michael Floyd and other fine artisans

The National Committee for the New River, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce and  the Ashe County Humane Society will be present with information about their programs, environmental education and membership drives.

Hosting the event is River House owner Gayle Winston, whose Ashe County roots date back ten generations.

Festival entry is $50 per person, and includes a commemorative wine tasting glass, samplings from the wineries, food creations from River House, a day of music, and access to the artists’ booths.

River House Inn and Restaurant is located on the North Fork of the New River, off Highway 16 in Grassy Creek, North Carolina, and offers rooms, cabins, and a fine dining restaurant.

For information, reservations, directions, and lodging options for the 9th Annual River House Winefest on the New: visit www.riverhousenc.com, call 336.982.2109 or e-mail riverhouse@skybest.com.

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