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Memory Mountain Lodge... Ready for Winter Fun!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

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.

Keywords: House, 4 bedrooms, sleeps 12, porches, campfire, backyard stream, mountain home, mountain getaway, mountain cabin, mountain house, cabin

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018

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.

The Owner purchased this house in 2003

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Sapphire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1) in downstairs master, Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) plus 2 twin rollaways (1 upstairs, 1 downstairs), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
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.


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Memory Mountain Lodge... Ready for Winter Fun!
average rating of 4.982456 based on 57 reviews

Comfortable & Peaceful....

  • 5 of 5

We had an early Thanksgiving feast in the mountains & the home was laid out perfectly. Ample beds & space for all 10 of us, we did not feel cramped. We came prepared with our own cooking dishes & some other supplies in the kitchen, but to my surprise it was stocked appropriately.

It was absolutely lovely to walk on the back porch and listen to the water from the river. We had s’mores at the fire pit & our grown kids loved it.

One note, don’t expect to be able to watch a movie or football game at night clearly due to the outdated televisions. We found a great place to watch the football game at Sapphire Mountain Brewery, which is very close. Hicking trails are abundant & close. We enjoyed shopping in Highlands, which is 20 minutes away.

We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gina: thanks for the kind words. Here’s an update: we are putting a 48” flat screen TV in the family room this weekend.
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Great Place for Sapphire Valley Stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this property. It provided plenty of space for two families with young children. The owner was also very easy to work with. I would stay in this property again!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cumming, GA

Cute Mountain Lodge

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our three nights stay during mid-October's leaf weekend. The home was cute and adequately furnished. We were disappointed that the gas fireplace was not working. Beautiful fall weather allowed the younger kids to explore the backyard creek and to enjoy making s'mores at night under the stars at the outside fire pit. The backyard porch and yard were the most enjoyable spots. When we arrived, we used our own leaf blower from home to clear the front and back yards from the buildup of fall leaves which had accumulated. Otherwise, we would not have been able to see the driveway or walk through the front or back yards. (You could not see the rock ledge drop offs because of the thick leaf cover.) The house was clean, but there was a musty smell at first. The kitchen was well equipped, yet it had no cabinet space for food supplies. The internet service was spotty. It did not allow for more than 2 people to use it, and even then, there was "no service" a lot of the time. Some light bulbs needed to be replaced; in the master bedroom closet (totally dark), the bathroom upstairs, and one on the left front porch ceiling. Overall, we had a good experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful secluded well-appointed space!

  • 5 of 5

We had an annual gathering of old friends and their families for the weekend in this very comfortable and clean mountain house. It was one of the best kitchens found in a rental ever with everything we needed to cook and serve. We are already planning when we can return and have more time to explore the surrounding area. The kids had a great time exploring the little trails around the house (bring rubber boots or stream shoes - some were provided but you might want your own)! Do be aware that one bedroom will have to go through another bedroom to reach a full bath or go downstairs for a half bath. Not a problem for our group...

Just a lovely well-maintained and comfortable place.

Tony provided lots of information beforehand. We did misread directions and turned on 281 instead of just setting odometer there - stay straight on 64 if coming from Brevard/I26.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great size and location also very good for family

  • 5 of 5

Clean and organized

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Miramar Beach


  • 5 of 5

We had a late Christmas celebration and this beautiful accommodated all of us comfortably. The house is well stocked and very functional. The fireplace was a place to gather and the kitchen was big enough for everyone to cook together. I love the lay-out. The owner Anthony was extremely helpful and friendly. The only unfortunate event was having to leave a day early because of an ice storm.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Mountain Stream in Backyard
Nearest Point of Interest
Fairfield Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
Sapphire Mountain Golf Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Wyndham Sapphire Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Ingles Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Cashiers Farmers Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Sapphire General Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Gorges State Park - Turtle Back & Rainbow Falls
Nearest Point of Interest
"Secret" Slide Rock

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $350

Cancellation Policy:
- 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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