Book Direct & Save Money On Your Next Vacation

Book Direct & Save Money On Your Next Vacation

FIVE REASONS TO BOOK YOUR NEXT VACATION RENTAL DIRECT

Book Vacation Rentals Direct And Save the Fees

Did you know that Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and TripAdvisor add hundreds of dollars of fees to your booking total?  These service fees are buried in the online quotes and do not go to the homeowners. The homeowners have already paid to list their properties.

Direct Contact With The Owner Helps Make Your Stay Better

When booking a vacation rental, peace of mind is important. Want to know if there is a grill, a hammock, a grocery store close by? Is the vacation rental pet friendly? When you book direct, you can get answers to all of your important questions before you commit to booking.

Many Of The Best Vacation Rentals Aren’t Listed On The Major Sites

Because of the cost of using the big sites, the best vacation homes with the highest demand cannot be found on the big websites. Along North Carolina’s beaches, alone, only 30 percent of the homes for rent can be found on the big websites. By limiting your search to HomeAway, VRBO, Airbnb, etc., you might be missing out on the best vacation home for your family or group.

Owners Have Intimate Knowledge About The Destination And The Home

Owners can provide important details about their home and amenities. As an expert for the destination, they can send you to the best activities, restaurants, and area service providers.

If You Have Special Needs, The Owner Can Help

Looking for help with your families special needs or help with pets? An owner can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs and give you these assurances before you commit to booking.

HOW TO BOOK DIRECT WITH THE OWNER

  • Search for your perfect vacation rental on any of the listing sites. Identify your top choices, noting the property’s name and location. Use your search engine (i.e. Google) to search for the property name and city and possibly the owner’s name.
  • Search on Facebook for the house name and location to see if some of your favorite properties have a website or a Facebook page; most do. From there you can contact the owner/manager directly.
  • Search for property listings on state and local tourism sites such as https://www.virginia.org/  or  http://www.graysoncountyva.gov/ These steps can save you hundreds of dollars in booking fees from the listing websites (and you won’t be bombarded by their continual spam after you inquire on a property).

The following listing sites do not charge a service fee to guests:

Book directly with us and get the best prices and our local knowledge of restaurants, outfitters, things to do, and must see attractions.  Please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to share our knowledge about the New River and our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Summer Camps in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Summer Camps in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

If you’re searching for the perfect summer camp for your child that will inspire their curiosity while they’re immersed in a beautiful nature setting, you’ll want to check out the Blue Ridge Discovery Center. Founded in 2008, BRDC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, discovering and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  BRDC currently operates out of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina. Summer camps are led by highly skilled guides who focus on teaching skills through river expeditions, fly fishing, wilderness discoveries, and ornithology. Please visit their website: http://blueridgediscoverycenter.org/ for a complete list of the 2019 summer camps.

Check out their 2018 New River Expedition here:  https://youtu.be/Pzlnwy4rVNM

Grayson Landcare Rocks The River – July 29, 2018 – Fries, VA

Grayson Landcare Rocks The River – July 29, 2018 – Fries, VA

LandCare Rocks the River celebrates the New River as a part of our natural heritage and an economic driver in our community. The theme for this year’s event is “The Current That Connects Us.” LandCare Rocks the River is sponsored by:  LandCrafted Food, Skyline National Bank, Grayson County Tourism, Mountain High Chiropractic, Earth Mama Music, & Bear Tree Farm.

Grayson LandCare is a member-driven non-profit, addressing the challenges of life in a rural, agricultural community. LandCare promotes economic self-reliance, preserves local traditions, and helps landowners to protect and enhance our natural heritage by starting conversations, problem-solving, and appreciating the value of the place we call home.

Over 600 people attended last year’s event, and for 2018 we have even more fun planned with 3 bands, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, the Fries Farmers Market, and a kids area. Rocks the River has something for everyone and admission is FREE!  Bring a blanket or chair, family and friends, and come spend the afternoon on the River with us!

About the Bands:
Superband is a collaboration between four of the hardest-working session musicians in the NC triad area. They have all played together in various groups for years, and formed Superband as a way to play dance/cover music in their own unique, virtuosic style. The members are all trained jazz musicians and accomplished in many other styles of music, but expect a continuous dance party from this ensemble.
Urban Soil is focused on creating the best possible original music. The combination of all out, electrified, jam band inspired musical explorations and the more Americana, acoustic flavors makes Urban Soil truly unique. Sarah’s powerful voice is complex and thought-provoking, while being strong and soulful at the same time. Eric and the rest of the band provide a tight, concise backdrop for her to fully explore the sonic space. Visit them at: www.urbansoilmusic.com
The Kind Thieves are a group of 8 from the heart of Appalachia, unique in the way that they are a chameleon of a musical experience. Transitioning from a bluegrass wildfire to a psychedelic experience, you never know what to expect. Many members being multi-instrumentalists, the style stays switching up and the jams stay fresh for your listening pleasure!
With John Colby Elswick dancing between the electric guitar & dobro, Drew Shinhearts plucking the bass, Annie Starshine sliding around on the fiddle, Archibald Johnson picking the acoustic and electric guitars, Andrew Brown beating the skins, Dustin Roberts on auxiliary percussion & ukulele, Gary Reynolds on Trumpet and Banjo, and Jason Lockart on the keys, this diverse group of musicians from different musical backgrounds and areas creates a distinct fusion that is hard to define with a label. Check them out online at: www.thekindthieves.bandcamp.com

Bring a Blanket or Chair & JOIN US @THE RIVER!
Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Firehouse Drive
Fries, VA

Go With The Flow Brewfest – June 23, 2018 – On The New River in Fries, VA

Go With The Flow Brewfest – June 23, 2018 – On The New River in Fries, VA

CRAFT BEER JUST TASTES BETTER ON THE RIVER!

Creek Bottom Brewing is kicking off the summer by hosting a dozen breweries at the 1st Annual GO WITH THE FLOW BREWFEST at Fries Park on THE NEW RIVER in Fries, VA on Saturday, June 23 from 1-7 pm.

  • General Admission ONLY $15 (Includes Souvenir Pint Glass)
  • 13 Breweries with LOTS OF CRAFT BEER
  • MUSIC ALL DAY! Shelley Ruffin & Soul Revival + Radio Revolver
  • Creek Bottom Brick Oven FOOD TRUCK
  • Cornhole
  • 5K Race Starts at 10 am
  • VIP Tickets Get A Chance To WIN A KAYAK!!!

Go to gowiththeflowbrewfest.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

The Best Fishing Spots in the VA Blue Ridge Highlands

Let's Go Fishing!

Three of the most highly sought after destinations for anglers from all over the country can be found in the Blue Ridge Highlands of Virginia. Whether you’re looking to catch some wild trout or you’ve got your sights on hooking a trophy, you won’t be disappointed with our favorite fishing spots!

1)  The New River

Contrary to its name, The New River is the oldest river on the North American continent and one of the few rivers to flow northward. The New is home to every major freshwater game fish in the state of VA, from walleye to trophy smallmouth bass and musky, black crappie and redbreast sunfish. The warm waters of the New River flow through Grayson County and offers resourceful anglers the opportunity to catch the smallmouth bass of a lifetime. Fast water and large rock outcroppings are a feature of the New River, creating the perfect habitat for big smallmouth bass and flathead catfish. Several lazy, slow stretches also abound, where you can fish for rock bass near grass beds. The slow waters near the dams along the river will yield big flathead and channel catfish, as well as walleye and smallmouth bass.

2)  Big Wilson Creek

Accessible by way of the Mount Rogers Recreation Area in Grayson County, Big Wilson Creek is referred to as one of Virginia’s finest stocked mountain trout streams. In the upper most sections of Big Wilson, you’ll be treated to a plethora of brook, brown, and wild rainbow trout that hide in the many deep pools which are protected by huge boulders. Spring is the ideal season for a trip to Big Wilson Creek. March is one of the best months to fish this stream and the most effective method is dry fishing.

The park is on U.S. 58 midway between Independence and Damascus and is reached from I-81 at Exit 45 in Marion; turn south on Route 16 and travel 33 miles to US 58 in the community of Volney. Turn right onto US 58. Travel eight miles to the park’s entrance.

3)  Whitetop Laurel Creek

One of Virginia’s most beautiful streams, Whitetop Laurel Creek, is considered one of the best trout streams in the entire Southeast. For anglers, the place to begin on Whitetop is the 6 miles of stream below Konnarock beginning at Creek Junction, near the convergence of Whitetop and Green Cove Creek. This marks the beginning of a 6-mile artificial only stretch where all trout smaller than 12 inches must be released. This stretch can be accessed by way of Creek Junction Road, just east of Damascus. Locals say that prime time on Whitetop is during the spring months, when feeding trout will appear for just about any type of dry fly.

From I-81 south take exit 29 (Glade Spring) to 91 east towards Damascus, in Damascus take 58 east. Whitetop Laurel flows along 58 east, where it can be accessed easily. Signs to the parking areas and the Virginia Creeper Trail are along 58 east. Sections of Whitetop Laurel Creek that are not adjacent to 58 east are easily accessed from the Virginia Creeper Trail. Parking areas have maps and trail information on display.

For Virginia Licensing Requirements, go to:

https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/regulations/licenses.asp