River House Country Inn and Restaurant - Grassy Creek, NC

One-Night Stay for Two at River House Country Inn and Restaurant in Grassy Creek, NC

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Former Farm Buildings Converted into Guest Rooms Along New River

"One of the most popular things to do here is absolutely nothing," reads the River House Country Inn and Restaurant website. That statement might seem ironic (much like the name of the ancient river the inn sits next to: the New River), but it speaks to the appeal of the quiet North Carolina countryside surrounding this 19th-century bed and breakfast. From the porch's white rocking chairs, the sight of the New River meandering past the Blue Ridge Mountains' hickories and oaks has a calming effect, especially when accompanied by a glass of wine.

Freestanding farm buildings converted into guest rooms are scattered about the property. Each room has a colorful history. The Weigh Station room once housed a giant scale for weighing cattle as they arrived and exited the farm. Art and country antiques lend a homey touch to the rooms, as does the fresh pot of coffee delivered to the door each morning. A complimentary breakfast waits at the main-house restaurant each morning.

At dinnertime, under the culinary guidance of chef and innkeeper Gayle Winston, cooks craft marinated lamb loin, Alaskan halibut, and other regional fare complemented by an international wine list. Winston is best known for her desserts, particularly the bread pudding and chocolate bourbon cake.

Most Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., River House hosts a salon modeled after the artistic salons popularized in 1920s Paris. The entertaining lineup ranges from musical and theatrical performances to poetry readings and art displays. After the show, guests can discuss the performances over a four-course dinner.

Grassy Creek, North Carolina: Cultural Towns amid the Blue Ridge Mountains

River House Country Inn is aptly named for its location along the New River, which was dedicated as an American Heritage River for being the oldest river in North America. For a small fee, you can rent one of the inn's 12 kayaks and paddle down the ancient river or plop into an inner tube and let the current do the work. Visiting fishers may want to cast their lines into the river, which is stocked with more than 1,800 rainbow and brown trout, as well as smallmouth bass, walleye, the stunt doubles from Finding Nemo, and flathead catfish.

Located about 15 miles southwest of the inn, the town of West Jefferson provides a dose of culture amid the Blue Ridge Mountains. The town is home to several art galleries, antique shops, independent bookstores, and boutiques selling clothes, gourmet cheese, and other artisan goods.

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What You Get

One-night stay for two in a standard room

  • Option 1: $79, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $150 value)
  • Option 2: $105, valid for check-in Friday or Saturday (up to a $175 value)


Policies and Fees

Book by: 6/7/13
Travel by: 9/30/13

  • Blackout dates: not valid May 26–28, July 4–8, or August 31–September 2
  • Cancellation policy & fees: must provide 72-hour cancellation notice or fee up to price of Groupon applies
  • Taxes: 10.75% tax not included

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Amenities

  • Onsite restaurant
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Jacuzzis and fireplaces in select rooms
  • Broadband wireless access in the library and porch
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/7/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 9/30/13
  • Not valid 5/26-5/28, 7/4-7/8, or 8/31-9/2
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • 72hr cancellation notice or fee up to price of Groupon applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 10.75% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Room 1, 2, 5, 6, or 7, Milk Parlor, or Weigh Station

  • One king bed (queen bed in Weigh Station)
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: up to 3, depending on room
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $25 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 103 miles from Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI); 118 miles from Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)
  • By car: about 95 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, NC

Traveler's Tips

  • Check the salon calendar for a list of upcoming events.
  • Fishing in the New River outside the inn is catch-and-release only.

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