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Welcome home... to Memory Mountain Lodge. Relax. Refresh. Revive…
Get away and enjoy spring / summer in the mountains.
Feel the stress leave your body as you rock in an Amish rocker and listen to the babbling mountain stream flowing in the backyard.
If you can't totally escape, know that there is high-speed wireless internet access.
Located on Hogback Mountain in Western NC, 8 miles east of Cashiers, temperatures are typically 12 to 15 degrees cooler than nearby Atlanta or Charlotte… yet only 2 ½ hours away from the hustle & bustle of those cities.
Built to look like a farmhouse, you’ll find yourself reminiscing about Grandma’s farm. The cabin has board & batten siding, front & back porches, pine wood floors & bead board ceilings throughout the first floor, and pine molding throughout the entire house. It even has the glass doorknobs just like Grandpa’s farm used to have! You’ll also enjoy the functional antiques (literally from Grandma’s house) sprinkled throughout. Don’t worry, you won’t experience any farmhouse drafts; the Lodge was completed in May 2003.
Want to explore nature's beauty? Start in your own backyard with what everyone likes best, the mountain stream (check the guest comments below). In addition, the Lodge is located between one-million acres of National Forests - Nantahala to the West and Pisgah to the North, East & South - so there is plenty to explore.
Waterfalls – Spectacular views, short hikes, strenuous hikes, swimming holes, slide rocks. This is the “Land of Waterfalls”.
Lake Fairfield - Only 5 minutes away, this private lake (only for Sapphire property owners and their guests) has a beach, swimming area, boathouse, picnic pavillion & beautiful granite-faced mountain views.
Hiking – Panthertown Valley, nicknamed the “Yosemite of the East”, Whiteside Mountain, Cold Mountain… literally 1000 of miles of trails for the beginner or the expert hiker.
Biking – Nearby DuPont forest has trails and the roads offer a challenge even for the heartiest cyclist.
Horseback Riding – Nearby WhiteWater Equestrian Center is the best.
Golfing – Award-winning Sapphire National & High Hampton are nearby, among several others.
Fishing –Try fly fishing on the French Broad River.
Wyndham Sapphire Resort amenities are all available for you for just $15/adult (good for 14 days) and kids under 14 are free. The resort is just 7 minutes away with indoor & outdoor pools, 2 jacuzzis, wet & dry saunas, an exercise facility, game room,putt-putt golf and free WiFi. Fairfield Lake is even closer with its beach, swimming area, boathouse and magnificent granite-faced mountain views.
Rather spend the day shopping? There are numerous unique shops in nearby Highlands, Cashiers and Brevard (and many spots in between). There are also craft shows, art festivals and bazaars throughout the year - especially April through October.
Looking for a place to getaway and scrapbook for the weekend? The lodge is well-stocked with all of the extras that make your scrapbooking experience complete: folding tables, lamps, cushions, and a large paper cutter.
Tell me more about the Lodge... There are 4 bedrooms (the master is downstairs) and 2 ½ baths. The kitchen is well stocked, there are games & movies (50+) for kids of all ages as well as a toy box upstairs. All TV’s have a DVD/VCR player as well as plugs on the front for easy game console hook-up. The front & back porches – with Amish rockers, a mountain checker/chess table, the addictive “Ring Game”, many other chairs, and the sounds of the babbling stream no matter where you sit – are definitely a hit, along with making s’mores in the campfire.
Our favorite things to do: - Catching salamanders in the backyard mountain stream - The Campfire - roasting hotdogs & making s'mores - Hanging out at Fairfield Lake - Snow fun! Skiing and tubing at nearby Sapphire Resort - Renting a boat at Lake Glenville - Finding a new waterfall... or an old one! - 'Secret' slide rock - Playing the ring game on the back porch - Reading on the porch & looking for 'God-beams' - Playing checkers on the front porch - Playing a board game that we don’t have at home - Taking a walk - Star gazing - Hiking up Whiteside Mountain
Special category of our favorite waterfalls: - Cashiers Sliding Rock – fun but c-c-c-c-cold! - Silver Run Falls - short, easy hike; nice swimming hole - Dry Falls - neat to walk behind the falls - Cullasaja Falls - hop on rocks, jump off cliff - Turtleback Falls - slide rock for the adventurous - Whitewater Falls-– hike up to 'secret' slide rock
We have several books at the Lodge describing the many waterfalls & hikes in the area. In addition, check out the 'Things To Do' page on the owners website for links to popular spots.
Stream in backyard great for exploring, crawfish & salamander catching; 'creek boots' of all sizes available along with buckets for collecting things. Campfire for roasting hotdogs & marshmallows (s'mores) - mountain pie makers in the pantry. Board games for all ages, a toy box upstairs and 50+ movies for all ages. A mountain checker/chess table on front porch and a ring-game on the back porch - fun for kids of all ages....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Sorry, no exceptions; owner has severe allergies. Smoking fine on front or back porches....moreless
Pets Not Allowed:
Sorry, no exceptions; owner has severe allergies....moreless
Full access to all Sapphire Valley Resort amenities for $2 per day per adult (kids under 14 free) including beautiful Fairfield Lake, 25% discount off rates at award-winning Sapphire National golf course and 25% off snow skiing rates, Campfire in backyard - roast hotdogs & marshmallows (s'mores) - mountain pie makers in pantry....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
(3) Pay per view enabled; just pay for the movies you watch. TV's have plugs in front - easy to hook up game console....moreless
Thanksgiving Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2015 3 night min stay
Off-Season Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2015 2 night min stay
Christmas-New Years Dec 18 - Jan 4, 2016 3 night min stay
Off-Season Jan 5 - Apr 28, 2016 2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$350
- More than 60-days prior to arrival date: full refund (minus any credit card fees)
- Less than 60-days prior to arrival date: no refund unless owner can re-rent the Lodge for those dates
50% holds the reservation.
Final payment plus damage deposit due 30 days before stay.
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Mountain stream in backyard - salamander catching is a favorite sport for kids!, Beach with swimming area/floating dock at Lake Fairfield - boat rentals (only 5 minutes away), Numerous waterfalls & slide rocks are close by - Cashiers slide rock - Turtleback falls - "secret" slide rock.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: Luann & Tony Rushin with Jerod and Hannah. Jerod is currently a senior at Georgia State and Hannah is a junior at Auburn. We've lived in Alpharetta, GA since 1994 (by way of State College, PA, Tucson, AZ, and Richmond, VA) and grew up in Corry, PA - a small town in the northwest corner of PA.
Why the Owner Chose Sapphire: We discovered the the Highlands-Cashiers area in 1999 and fell in love with it. Georgia has nice mountains but the temperature doesn't drop much from Atlanta. The temperature at our place is typically 12-15 degrees cooler than Atlanta. We got serious about looking for a place in the mountains in 2002, found our place on December 30th (it wasn't completed yet) and fell in the love with the look & feel of the house and the wonderful mountain stream in the yard.
The Unique Benefits at this House: We like the sound of the stream in the backyard, the cooler temperatures, the small towns of Cashiers & Highlands, and the multitude of easy hikes to waterfalls, swimming holes, slide rocks and spectacular views. We also thoroughly enjoy the amenities of Sapphire Valley Resort including Fairfield Lake; the 25% discount off golf, winter skiing, and boat house rentals is nice too.