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The Swag
2300 Swag Road, Waynesville, NC 28785   |  
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Ranked #7 of 22 Waynesville B&B and Inns
Greenville, South Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Better than I could have imagined”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Where do I start? I am writing this review nearly 8 months after our visit and my husband and I still talk (longingly) about the Swag. We went for our honeymoon and it was exactly what we wanted and even better than we imagined. The Swag is tucked away quietly in the mountains and there are no televisions in sight, time seemed to slow down and we were able to get away from all the stress of every day life. We felt like family as soon as we arrived, we were greeted with applause for dinner as well as a vase of flowers and a handwritten card from Deener and Dan and were affectionately referred to as "the honeymooners" for our entire stay. Staff went out of their way to ensure that every detail was perfect. The food was unique and delicious, the grounds were kept beautifully, our room was charming and rustic and spotless, the hikes were exciting and the weather on top of the mountain is so refreshing, only 70 degrees in the middle of July! We thoroughly enjoyed exploring all the fun little corners of the property and talking with other travelers. The woodshed has a sauna, copper soaking tub and an outdoor shower. The shower is on a private porch with a sunlight, which was much more luxurious than I thought an outdoor shower could be! There were also sunlights in the bathroom and the bedroom, it was so peaceful and beautiful when it rained. I could talk on and on about how wonderful it was, but you really just need to go. It may be expensive, but it is truly worth every penny. Don't let the bad reviews on here fool you, If you want to enjoy the quiet beauty of nature without sacrificing comfort, this is the place for you.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saluda, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

As fellow Select Registry Innkeepers we appreciate the quality Deener and Dan put into every detail wherever you look in their rustic, elegant mountain retreat. Angie and all the staff are very friendly and accommodative to your every need. My wife and I escaped our busy Inn for 2 nights of R&R to celebrate her birthday, and this was the perfect getaway. We were so impressed. The Swag sets the standard for all Inns to emulate. Definitely worth treating yourself sometime!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lynchburg, Va
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We visited The Swag last year for our anniversary and had such a good time that we visited again this year for my birthday. This is such a special place to visit - my husband and I both love it. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? Definitely! We stayed in a different room this time - The Rock Room. This is a wonderful large room. We had a fireplace which they lay every day with a loveseat and a couch beside it. Such a great place to sit after hiking all day. We had a terrace outside of our room where we could look out at the yard and mountains. Food was great again this year and they always remember you on a special occasion with a little gift and a special table. This year we were there for the Wednesday cookout on top the mountain and I HIGHLY recommend doing that. We had a beautiful clear day and enjoyed the views and the food. We also hiked to the top of Hemphill Bald which has spectacular views. The inn will pack you a lunch to hike or you can have it up the tree house or anywhere you like. The owners are warm and welcoming and I cannot say enought nice things about this very special and lovely inn.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Around
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

On the surface the Swag seems expensive; however it is an inn like no other. The food is very good and generally locally sourced. The rooms are beautifully appointed if you like the natural look (I do). The hiking is excellent. It is all inclusive so no need to go to town. The hosts take a very personal interest in their guests and do an unbelievable job of remembering names. We truly enjoyed the fireplace and the in room coffee maker with fresh beans. Hint: if you like wine with dinner, be sure to bring your own. Also, keep an eye on your bottle once opened. Ours was mistakenly consumed by another guest on this trip so we had no wine for dinner. Very disappointing especially since our server was a bit surly when questioned about it and implied we had drunk it since the bottle was empty and in the trash.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

In early October we topped off a week of NC sightseeing with two nights at The Swag. We had
long anticipated the stay since it has hosted many notables, has many good reviews in various
evaluating entities such as TA, and should provide a unique experience for the price paid.
In many ways our expectations were met. The rustic facilities are located in a glorious setting,
and we enjoyed some early leaf color in the high area. Our room, Danny's Room, was quite
adequate and amenities were what you would expect in a top notch inn. All staff members were
caring, well informed, and obviously focused on making the stay a memorable experience.
Deener was a truly gracious owner and hostess who spent much time in orchestrating guest
compatibility, for example the dinner seating plan for each evening. We were fortunate that
during our stay an excellent story teller entertained after dinner with stories of his nearby NC
heritage. He also led several hikes and was a great source of flora and fauna knowledge of
the area. The reason we did not rate our experience as excellent was our disappointment with
some of the food. Our initial meal, dinner, was their weekly barbeque and designed to be
cooked outside, served in the the dog trot, and consumed inside. Unfortunately a dip in temperature created problems with the logistics and food temps. They corrected this the
following week by moving things inside. We also were most disappointed in the lunches,
provided as a sack or backpack opportunity. We found the bread to be soggy in the
sandwiches, and in the case of the chicken salad sandwich, the chicken salad was in minute
quantity. After having enjoyed similar hiking fare at locations like the Inn at Blackberry Farm,
we were disappointed. We thoroughly enjoyed a terrific breakfast layout, with many choices
and to order items. Our second evening meal was also very good. We have concluded that
we perhaps had raised our expectations too high on the food end, but the food just did not meet the rest of the inn's standards. If you look for a tranquil, rustic setting with great hiking
opportunities and excellent service The Swag fills the bill. Hopefully your food experience will
be better than ours,

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthews, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

It was all ok, just not at these prices. Food was ok, rooms ok, service ok, price not ok. I stay at a lot of nice places and this place just can't justify the price. Read the other poor reveiws, they are on target.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Asheville, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

To hike from The Swag you have to pay $20. In addition to some fairly good trails and very nice grounds with great views, you get a box lunch to take with you when you hike.

The box lunch was terrible. I had a tasteless veggie wrap that was mostly lettuce. The coleslaw was tastes and those of us who had potato salad said it was also tasteless.

You can go there for dinner ($59.95). But if the dinner is anything like the lunch I had-- forget it.

Stayed October 2012
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Address: 2300 Swag Road, Waynesville, NC 28785
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Waynesville
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Waynesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Swag is an award-winning, luxury mountain top country inn now in its 33rd season. On 250 acres at an elevation of 5,000 feet, The Swag shares a common border with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park an hour's drive west of Asheville in western North Carolina. The Swag provides an ideal setting for inspiring hikes, birding and relaxation. The property's main buildings were constructed of century-old hand hewn logs and from it's front porch, guests enjoy a 50 mile panoramic mountain view to the east and south. ... more   less 
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The Swag Hotel Waynesville
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