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River Mist Retreat on the New River w/dock-40 private acres-Near N.R. Trail-WIFI

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House (Sleeps 6)

River Mist Retreat is a secluded river front vacation rental home located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Grayson County, Virginia. With 2,500 feet of river frontage and forty acres, it offers endless opportunities for relaxation. While sipping your morning coffee on the front deck, you can watch the mist rising off the river and spot a nesting eagle or a timid deer crossing through the yard. Many enjoyable hours can be spent canoeing, kayaking, or tubing in the river. The riverfront floating dock is ideal for launching canoes and kayaks. The game area, which includes a volleyball court, log play houses, and horse shoe pits, provides fun for all ages. Peaceful afternoons can be enjoyed lazing in the hammock listening to the gentle flow of the river and an evening campfire will be the perfect ending to each day.

Cozy enough for two, but large enough to sleep 6, this home has a master bedroom with a queen size bed, a second upstairs bedroom with a double bed, a cozy nook off of the living room with a queen size bed and a futon in the game room. The home features a well equipped kitchen, 2 full baths, a dining room with seating for 8, a living room, 2 televisions (with Sling streaming subscription), and a game room with a foosball table, books, and board games for your enjoyment. If you really need to stay connected to work, email, or just want to be able to surf the web, we offer wireless internet connection. Simply bring your laptop and connect.

Our calendar is always up-to-date to assist you in making your travel plans.

Keywords: House, River front, New River, New River Trail, Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing, Bluegrass, Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Crooked Trail, Bird Watching

More Details

Shannon Payne
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Shannon Payne

My husband and I both grew up in the wonderful small town of Fries. Although time and circumstance moved us away, we have always made sure to come home as often as possible to our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains.

Shannon Payne purchased this house in 2009

Why Shannon Payne chose Fries

We purchased River Mist Retreat from family in 2009 so that we would have a place of our own to entertain family and friends during our visits home. We have a special connection to this property as we shared many picnics here while we were dating.

What makes this house unique

The property is truly a relaxing retreat. It's secluded with enough amenities to keep you occupied (hammocks, a fire pit, horse shoes, volley ball, playhouses, the creek, and the river). The head of the New River Trail in downtown Fries is five minutes from our property. As an old railroad line, the terrain of the New River Trail is gently sloped without hills, making it perfect for visitors off all ages to hike, bike, and ride horseback. For adventure seekers, canoes, kayaks, tubes, and bikes can be rented from New River Outdoor Adventures. Several guests have enjoyed a four hour float from the public boat landing at Riverside on Route 94 back to River Mist Retreat.

We hope that our guests enjoy River Mist Retreat as much as we do and create memories to treasure!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you very much for your special hospitality! We felt very welcome and enjoyed staying in your Misty River Retreat! Both of you are wonderful. Thanks.
Aug 2009
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Fries House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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River Mist Retreat on the New River w/dock-40 private acres-Near N.R. Trail-WIFI
average rating of 4.882353 based on 55 reviews

Peaceful, relaxing, just beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation at the The River Mist Retreat! We try to stay at a different mountain cabin every year...this is the only one we want to go back to now! The cabin had everything we needed and much more. It was very clean and well-maintained. We couldn't stop watching the river...and the nature all around. The weather was perfect, and the fishing was great. The kids loved the playhouses and playing badminton, volleyball, and fooseball. They loved watching the fireflies, chipmunks, and deer. Such a perfect place. Hoping to return very soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joanna, Thank you so much for choosing River Mist Retreat for your family vacation! We’re so happy that you enjoyed your stay and all the amenities. It’s awesome that your kids had such a great time – that is what we strive for. We look forward to your future visit! All the best, Scott & Shannon
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Atlanta, Georgia

Incredible wintry stay in cozy well maintained cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Two couples and two dogs had an incredible stay at this little riverside retreat for new years. The road to get into the cabin is a bit rough and would recommend 4WD if it is snowy! We loved the set up and the privacy of this retreat. Fries, VA is a sweet little town right near the New River Trail Park which is a great spot for biking and walking. The Payne's went absolutely above and beyond for us to ensure that my husband was able to watch the buffalo bills make it to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. We can't wait to come back!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lindsey, Thanks for choosing River Mist Retreat to ring in the New Year! We enjoyed having you as our guests and we would love to have you visit again! We’re happy that you were able to enjoy the Bills game. As for the driveway, a 4-Wheel Drive is always useful in snowy conditions, no matter the road. River Mist Retreat’s driveway is a one-lane gravel road; only used by the property – no traffic. The driveway is designed with intentional erosion breaks which divert rain run-off, preventing damage to the driveway. The erosion breaks are similar to ordinary parking lot speed bumps. We have on-site heavy equipment, which our handyman uses to keep the driveway smooth after any storms or normal wear-and-tear. All the best, Scott & Shannon
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Such a beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

The house is great and the location on the river is even better. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brant, Thank you for being our guests! We’re so pleased that you enjoyed River Mist Retreat. It makes us happy when we hear that our guests enjoy the property as much as we do. We would love to host you and your family again sometime! All the best, Scott & Shannon
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Coeburn, Va. Southwest Va.

Perfect isolation with perks!

  • 5 of 5

It was truly a pleasure to stay at this wonderful home! With the river only steps away and the dock to fish off of it was perfect for us. It was very easy to launch and dock our kayak and a pleasure to smoore out in the evenings!

We played badminton till our arms and legs were tired then got in the creek to cool off.

The home itself was very clean and comfortable with everything needed to prepare wonderful meals to eat on the covered deck/ summer kitchen.

Would highly recommended to anyone!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: George, Thanks so much for the review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay at River Mist Retreat. It was a pleasure having you as our guests and we hope you can visit again. All the best, Scott & Shannon
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A beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

We took a chance on trying a new place in a new location and it turned out to be the best place we have stayed in the last 12 years. The house is very cozy and and the views were wonderful. We celebrated our daughters 12th birthday here and it was perfect for her. We were able to fish and explore and do thinks she loves.

The house was very clean and well prepared for people coming who may have traveled light. Anything we needed was available.

I highly recommend this place. If you're looking for a place and you're stuck between trying to decide between this place or another. I would choose this place.

We will be coming back as soon as we can!

The owners of the place were very kind and genuine :)

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: William, We are truly honored that your daughter chose River Mist for her birthday weekend and we're pleased that she enjoyed it! It was a pleasure having each of you as our guests and we look forward to your future visit! All the best, Scott & Shannon
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Exactly What We Needed

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with 2 parents, a grandma, 2 kids (7&9), and 2 dogs who spent a week at the River Mist Retreat this summer. Shannon, the owner, takes great pride in making sure that her guests are well taken care of. Everything we could have possibly wanted was right here for us. The house was clean and comfortable with a quirky layout that added to the whimsy of our week. The property is tucked back into the trees and has so much to do it seemed like a different vacation spot everyday. We spent hours fishing on the river and hot afternoons playing in the shade of the stream. We were able to let the dogs run free and explore. Is was a peaceful, fun, and wonderful vacation. We had the best time and plan to return again next summer.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle, We really do appreciate all the kind words expressed in your review and we're looking forward to your return next year. Thank you ever so much for being our guests! All the best, Scott & Shannon
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Nearest Airport
89 Miles
Roanoke Regional Airport
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Cafe
Car: necessary

The tranquil town of Fries is located in Grayson County Virginia on the banks of the New River, one of the American Heritage Rivers. Fries is a 2 hour drive from Charlotte, N.C., 1 1/2 hours from Winston-Salem, N.C. and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, and 5 ½ hours from Washington DC. Local events include the Galax and Fries Fiddler’s Conventions, Festival by the River, The Grayson Highlands Fall Festival, and the Hillsville Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an array of activities including hiking, biking, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and horseback riding.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.3%

Please reference our nightly rates above. Our weekly rates are as follows:

-Winter - Jan 2 to Mar 16, 2018: $950
-Spring - Mar 17 to May 19, 2018: $1,200
-Summer - May 20 to Sept 7, 2018: $1,295
-Fall - Sep 8, 2018 to Jan 2, 2019: $1,200

10.3% Tax Applies + $75 Cleaning Fee. A $300 refundable damage deposit is required.

Pets are welcome with prior approval. Pet fees apply.

We accept credit card payments through PayPal, e-checks through Intuit, or personal checks.

We highly recommend you send an inquiry prior to reserving online so we can make sure our property is exactly what you're looking for.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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