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Maintaining, supporting and evolving the successful vision of Fire Mountain comes as a result of many "great talents". Most of our "great talents" are staff members at Fire Mountain. Some are what we call "Spirits of Fire Mountain". All of these "great talents" comprise the magnitude of the vision that it takes to keep Fire Mountain evolving every day of every year.

Fire Mountain Staff

Featuring the “heart and soul” of Fire Mountain

Betty “Jodie” Raby

Food & Beverage / Housekeeping Manager

- her talents brought Fire Mountain a 100% rating by our North Carolina / Macon County Health Department for the two years of 2009 and 2011.

- she is truly "one of a kind"

- a real mountain spirit of the highest level

- dedicated

- a "great talent" of the highest order

- educated and experienced and a true professional above all

- known by most of our guests as "Chef Jodie"

Jodie's highest accomplishment at Fire Mountain has been the phenomenal evolvement of Fire Mountain cuisine. Thanks to Jodie's creativity Fire Mountain offers gourmet box lunches and bento box dinners using much of the bounty produced on our own land. Many of our guests keep coming back each year because the Fire Mountain cuisine continues to evolve each year. Jodie certainly receives most of the outstanding credit for this continuing evolution at Fire Mountain.

Each month Jodie receives notes of thanks.  Recent guests wrote in October of 2011: 

"Jodie,  Thank you for your gracious hospitality and wonderful breakfasts.  Thank you also for your warm smile, great laugh and for sending us on our way each and every morning with a full and satisfied stomach.  We also have a few new recipes to try when we get back to Virginia.  Fondly, Christine & Rob"


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Spirits of Fire Mountain

When the Prince Charles Foundation of England wanted to contribute a lasting memorial to the Olympics of 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia they commissioned Martin Dawe, Sculptor to create a lasting memorial for the world at a most prominent pointe in Atlanta. Historic Pershing Point at the intersection of Peachtree Street and West Peachtree Street in Atlanta became the location and focus. The sculpture is a 150 feet tall stone obelisk with six bronze men holding up the world. This sculpture is truly a beacon to the world.

We are very proud to have the work of Martin Dawe in the private art and sculpture collection at Fire Mountain. Portions of the collection are available for the viewing and enjoyment our guests while at Fire Mountain. You will find portions of the collection displayed in The Gallery, which is a separate building that is part of the Fire Mountain Inn. You will also find original art from the collection throughout the common areas of the Inn and in your accommodation at Fire Mountain. The contemporary art collection at Fire Mountain includes artist and sculptors from George Siegel to Isamu Noguchi.

Martin Dawe was commissioned to create the birdbath/sun dial sculpture on the rustic tree stump that you will see upon your arrival at Guest Services and Reception.

Martin Dawe Birdbath/Sun Dial 1999 36” x 28” www.cherrylion.com

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Fire Mountain Inn, Cabins and Treehouses

Highlands NC 28741