Thank you so much for your hospitality. Everyone loved the house and are ready to return again soon! The property is amazing and so well taken care of. I wouldn't be surprised if several folks call to rent the house for other functions. No one wanted to leave it was so peaceful! I really appreciate all you did to make the weekend happen for us! I will call you as soon as we have our next date.
The lodge is awesome! It was the perfect setting for our wedding; I will never forget it. I loved the setting - the creek, deck, fire pit...quiet! I cannot wait to come back! We had the ceremony under the gazebo, the reception out by the grill closest to the kitchen. It began to rain and everyone moved inside, sat on the porch or in the living room. It was utterly sublime.
We truly enjoyed our stay. Kids loved fishing and skimming rocks in the river. S'mores by the fire pit were great! The house is perfect, especially the Aga! Our dinners were delicious. The seclusion was exactly what we were looking for on our 7th Annual "Our Families Rock" Vacation! Happy vacationing!
The IU Crew
FIRE PIT AREA
OUTDOOR GRILL & PATIO
THEATER BAR-GAME ROOM
You’ll appreciate another large screen satellite TV, DVD Player and XBOX (with games) in our lower level. A gas log fireplace will keep you cozy and the enormous teak root bar and game room provide great spaces to gather together for hours of fun. Entertain yourselves in the game room at the poker/bumper pool table or regulation pool table.
Full laundry facilities, ½ bath, portable phone, stereo system, board games and an extra refrigerator are found on this level.
The Gourmet Kitchen's treasure is its Aga 4 Oven Cookstove, popular in Europe and so versatile when cooking for a crowd. The Aga is a little different so we invite you to visit Aga’s website for more information on how to love this exceptional appliance. Rivers Ridge Lodge also has written information about the Aga and cookbooks onsite to help make the most of your Aga experience. An electric convection range is also available. The convection ranges allows us to turn off the Aga during the warmer summer months when most guests still need a cook-top but prefer grilling outside. A breakfast bar and farmhouse table provide seating for 15.
the great deck
The Great Deck offers 5000 square feet of marvelous alfresco space. A covered gazebo at the far corner of the deck overhangs the river. This handsome gazebo is ideal for formally exchanging vows or just grabbing some shade. Enjoy the seating for 38 available on the deck with 24 of those seats surrounding circular tables for casual outdoor dining. Relax in the hot tub, sun on the chaise lounge chairs, or fire up the gas grill and cook that fish you just pulled from the river.
great room & den
The 20’ vaulted Great Room welcomes you into the lodge with its 16’ stone fireplace, gas logs, and stylishly comfortable western decor.
The adjacent den offers a large screen satellite TV, DVD player, book library, and a selection of board games. It is a great place for the little ones to play while you keep an eye on them. Or, make it your own and use this cozy lounge space as a reading nook, movie room, or afternoon nap spot.
The river surrounding the lodge is actually the Crooked Creek, a branch of the Catawba River. It spans 30-40 feet in width and 1-8 feet in depth. Guests have access to over 3000 feet of river frontage on the property. We have blazed a rough walking trail that closely follows the riverbank for about 1/2 mile at each end. This river walk starts out easy and becomes moderately challenging as it travels upstream. The kids love to search for crawdads, splash in the shallow rapids, dig in the sand and mud on the riverbank, collect rocks and other treasures, and generally stay wet! Please fish and grill (minutes out of the water, if you like) Rainbow Trout, Catfish, and Bass. Clean up at the outdoor bathhouse near the river. Guests must bring their own fishing equipment and those ages 16 and older must obtain a regular NC fishing license to fish our waters at Rivers Ridge Lodge. (A youth under the age of 16 accompanied by a properly licensed adult may fish without a license.) We also offer fly fishing instruction upon request.