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Memory Mountain Lodge... Ready for Winter Fun!

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

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


Sapphire House Rental Photos and Description

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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016
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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 Cashiers Area

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.


based on 51 traveler reviews

Memory Mountain Lodge... Ready for Winter Fun!
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews
Kansas City

Perfect for families

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Sapphire was for a wedding. My brother and his family shared this house with us and it was perfect. The location is beautiful; the house is large and well equipped; the beds were plentiful and comfortable; the outdoor space was incredible. We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words about our mountain home. I hope you're able to make it back some day.
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Loved out guys trip

  • 5 of 5

Getting to and into the house was so easy. This was a great option in between Cashiers and Lake Toxaway! The owner was exceptionally kind and helpful in our booking.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review; glad to see that our mountain home hit the mark for you guys.
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Fleming Island, Florida

Delightful Family Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much for providing us such a wonderful home to enjoy our mountain vacation this past week. It was very comfortable and was enjoyed by all. We loved doing the activities in the area, from hiking, sliding waterfalls, zip-lining, paddle boarding and kayaking on the lake. golfing and just chilling by the backyard stream. You have got a very special vacation home to enjoy all the seasons (although we do not know how you all manage those roads in the snow :-) ). Enjoy the the rest of your summer!

Holly and Fletcher and the rest of our clan.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The pictures, simply, do not do the Memory Mountain Lodge justice. It is beautiful! Relaxing. Tastefully decorated. And incredibly roomy. Lots of thought went into the decorating and care of guests. Our crew stayed between the back porch (Ring & Hook game Championships), the campfire pit, and playing in the stream. We had 12 people present, at times, and there was plenty of room for all.

Picturesque. Refreshing. Wonderful homeowners to work with! Would love to make another trip here in the near future!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

The Memory Mountain exceeded my expectations! There wasn't one detail missed. Perfect rental for families. The kids had the best time just playing in the creek in the back yard catching crawlfish.

Very relaxing few days will definitely like to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great home for families

  • 5 of 5

We had 6 adults and 7 children- very beautiful and spacious home. Plenty of beds and plenty of table space for meals. Great small stream in backyard. Large porches front and back . We all had a great time and would definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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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
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Cashiers Farmers Market
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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

Sapphire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 17 2016
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Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
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Nov 28 2016 - Dec 22 2016
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Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
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Jan 3 2017 - Mar 31 2017
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Apr 1 2017 - May 25 2017
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May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
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Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
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Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
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Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
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Christmas-New Years
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable 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

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Sapphire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
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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