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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,864 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House (Sleeps 7)

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 7, 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

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Shannon Payne
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

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 Blue Ridge Highlands

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:
  • 1864 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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 7
  • 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
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

River Mist Retreat on the New River w/dock-40 private acres-Near N.R. Trail-WIFI
average rating of 4.87234 based on 51 reviews

Total relaxation (and a terrific bike ride)

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I had to leave our home for 5 days while our hardwood floors were refinished. Because we had to take our two dogs with us, a hotel was out of the question. Shannon accepted us with our Border Collie and Miniature Dachsund and we couldn't be more delighted. We enjoyed relaxing hours sitting by the New River just below the house, snoozing in the hammock, while our dogs played on the lawn or soaked up the sun. The house was spacious and very well equipped, and we took advantage of the BBQ on the deck and the horseshoe pit nearby. We also enjoyed lengthy bike rides on the nearby New River bike trail (57 miles, completely level -- just our speed). Shannon called twice just to make sure everything was in order (it was!). We definitely plan to return to River Mist Retreat next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bruce & Vicki, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and were able to enjoy some of the best outdoor recreation that our area offers. We look forward to welcoming you and your dogs back in the future! Shannon & Scott
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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: Oct 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: Jun 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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Great place to enjoy the best of the region

  • 5 of 5

Shannon really wants you to enjoy your stay at River Mist Retreat, and that is apparent from the welcome phone call, gift of s'more ingredients that encourage you to use the fire pit, and the well-supplied and equipped house. The setting is magnificent and very private, yet very close to the town of Fries. There really was river mist our first morning we were there, providing some dramatic photo opportunities. We especially enjoyed relaxing in the hammocks. Our dog Ruby was in heaven, immediately jumping into the river for a swim upon our arrival and enjoying all kinds of interesting smells on the banks and in the woods.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elizabeth, Thank you so much for the kind compliments and for choosing our home for your getaway. We try really hard to provide the same service to our guests that we would expect. We're pleased that you were treated to the morning mist rising off the river--it's truly magical! All the best, Scott & Shannon
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  • 5 of 5

My husband & I both loved River Mist! We got exactly what we were looking, quiet, fishing & a place to freely walk our dogs. We will be repeat guests. I highly recommend this location for those who are seeking a clean, safe retreat. When I walked in, the house felt homey, even including a photograph of the owners on the bedroom dresser. I felt like I was in a home, not a box-type rental house. The owner, Shannon, even called to make sure we arrived safely and even left us a welcome gift. And the place was absolutely spotless! I cannot handle bugs, and it seems obvious that the owners take the proper steps to ensure a pest-free environment. Additionally, the kitchen is well stocked, and linens and towels were abundantly available. You will not be disappointed during your stay at River Mist! Thank you, Shannon! Peace & Blessings

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stella, Thank you so much for your very kind review! It pleases us to hear that our guests enjoy River Mist as much as we do. You and your husband were awesome guests and we hope you come back again soon. All the best, Scott & Shannon
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Perfect vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

This was absolutely the best vacation my family has taken in a long time. The house was very well equipped. We were happy simply spending time by the campfire and fishing - no need to even leave the house. It was so peaceful and quiet and our dogs loved it as well. The owners let us know they were just a phone call away, should we need anything. We did attend the Hillsville Flea Market/Gun Show while we were there and it was quite an experience. The first day, we walked 6.92 miles checking out all the vendors. We would highly recommend River Mist Retreat as a vacation spot for both young and old.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brenda, Thanks for the review and for being our guests! It’s very rewarding to us when our guests have a nice vacation experience. You are welcome back anytime! All the best, Scott & Shannon
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Nearest Airport
89 Miles
Roanoke Regional Airport
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

Fries House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer 2017
May 20 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Dec 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/2018
Dec 2 2017 - Mar 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

Pet fees are extra.

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