River House Winefest

The 12th Annual River House Winefest is July 19 – 12 Noon to 5:00 pm.

Wineries:
Biltmore Estate Winery
RayLen Vineyards
Grassy Creek Vineyard
Rag Apple Lassie
Round Peak Vineyards
Hanover Park
Elkin Creek Vineyard
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
Flint Hill Vineyards
Jones vonDrehle Vineyards

Music:
Wayne Henderson and Helen White
The Clay Lunsford Jazz Quartet
The Ardmores

Artisans:
Craven Handbuilt Porcelain
Walnut Hill Crafts
Shannon Boyd Glass
Clay Vessels and Jewelry by Sarah Greene
Goat Cheese by Daddy’s Girl Dairy
Wooden Bowls by Shawn

Non-Profits:
Ashe Chamber
National Committee for the New River
Ashe Humane Society
Imagination Ashe

Tickets are $50 plus 6.75% tax
Tasting glass
Unlimited tastings from 10 wineries
Music
Door prizes
Lunch

View this years poster here!
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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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Next door to Room 1 behind the stone wall was Doc’s parking space.

You may have to duck when you enter the bathroom because we used a great old door that is not standard issue. A

nyway, that brings you down to the level of the Lilliputian lavatory in a little antique vanity.

Don’t worry, the shower is Brobdingnagian.
$150 Sunday-Thursday nights, $175 weekends/holidays

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Our guest rooms are all in converted farm buildings behind the main house. We’d much prefer to be less literal – to have you open a creaky old door and be surprised to find the king-size bed, the big Jacuzzi, the gas-log fireplace, the art,  the books – but since you insist…
Just down the walk from the main house, had been Dr. Ballou’s office where he saw patients and stored medical supplies in earlier days. Now we “store” books in a cabinet which formerly served as private club/speakeasy liquor lockers. Three misty watercolor nudes gracefully replace anatomy charts.
$150 Sunday-Thursday nights, $175 weekends/holidaysThe Weigh Station has a queen-size bed. All other rooms have king-size beds. No telephones, no TVs (but if you must watch that game, there is an old set in the library). And we do have broadband wireless access in the library and on the porch.
The nightly rates listed  – weekdays / weekends & holidays – are for two people and include full breakfast. Add $50 for each extra guest.  (After all, the beds are very big!) Pets are welcome if they are clean and quiet and can hold their liquor. There is a pet fee of $25 per visit. Guests are responsible for picking up their “litter.”  (Children, on the other hand, must be leashed and muzzled!)
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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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