Our Vision

As avid travelers ourselves, we love meeting new people, learning about their adventures, and helping them make the most of their experience right here at the New River Escape Barn and Guest House. Whether relaxing in the gazebo, sitting by the river, and relaxing around a roaring bonfire with family, friends, or your loved one, we look forward to helping you create memories for years to come.

The Dream

The New River Escape grew from a dream to live on a river and own a guest house. In August 2017, the dream came true on the historic and wild South Fork of the New River. We are excited to share our dream with you, your family, and friends. Come make memories and enjoy the “Coolest Corner of North Carolina.”

The Team

Dogs on the New River
New River Escape Barn for small events and lodging

Nestled in the Mountains

Just 20 minutes away from the iconic downtowns of both Boone and West Jefferson, there is so much to do, even beyond the grounds of the New River Escape Barn and Guest House.

  • Grandfather Mountain State Park
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Linville Cavern and Falls
  • Tweetsie Railroad and High Gravity Adventures
  • Moses Cone Manor
  • The Blowing Rock
  • Sky Valley Zip Tours
  • Boone Golf Course
  • Beech Mountain Ski Resort
  • Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

We drove in late at night during sleet and snow to the most beautiful sight. The barn was lit up and was just as beautiful inside and out. Your attention to detail, from the decor, fresh flowers on the table to the most comfortable bedding, made for a wonderful stay.
The kind communications with my husband and your most gracious hospitality are greatly appreciated.
Thank you both so much. We look forward to our next stay at this very special place.

Julie and Todd

Truly enjoyed our stay with this awesome family. We will certainly be back to float the river & bike next time!

Trish and Melissa

What amazing and beautiful serendipity. I was here with a friend for a yoga retreat. The experience was just what I needed. I could live in this room as my home. It was perfect!
Thank you for the garden bathtub. It was so luxurious and much needed! I hope to return! Thank you AJ! You’re a good spirit and hostess!


This place is magical! We would have loved a month in the yellow Garden Gate heaven, relaxing in the luxurious bedding, laughing in the gazebo, watching the glory of the fall season… You have created a welcoming, peaceful haven with every attention to detail.

Stacee and Karen

The name says it all – This really is an escape! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful barn with us. I haven’t slept so well away from my own bed in years. Your attention to every detail of the total hospitality experience is second to none! We’d love to keep this place a secret, but it’s too good not to tell our friends about!

The Despeaux

Thank you AJ & Shane, Lovely Spot! Great riding, thoroughly enjoyed your dogs, cat, Adirondack chairs, swing & especially the flowers and fireflies.

Patt and W Davis

Your property is lovely, the apartment was delightful. We truly enjoyed our stay.

Sanuel and Laura

Best 30 Year anniversary ever!! We love Garden Gate, definitely our kind of place. Your attention to detail was amazing. Loved the fresh flowers!!! We hope to come back again sometime. We definitely made a wonderful stay and on our day in West Jefferson.

Terry and Ellen