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2300 Swag Rd, Waynesville, NC 28785-2407
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#4 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Waynesville
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The Swag is an award-winning, romantic mountaintop hideaway now in its 38th season. On 250 acres at an elevation of 5,000 feet, The Swag borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Asheville, North Carolina. The all-inclusive Swag provides incomparable views, world class hiking, fine dining at every meal, and the ultimate in relaxation. Andrew Harper named The Swag the "Most Romantic Hideaway" in his 2018 Grand Awards. The Swag was also named the #2 "Top Resort in the South" in the Conde Nast 2017 Readers' Choice Awards.
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ECO-GUA wrote a review Yesterday
Jupiter, Florida54 contributions5 helpful votes
My husband and I decided to take a little time to ourselves while our kids were in camp... we decided to explore several areas in NC... since I love hiking and the mountains, The Swag has been on my bucket list for a while. It did not disappoint... it was even better than I expected! It is a piece of heaven! Check in was very easy and the staff was wonderful from checkin to checkout! Being an inclusive lodge, they thought of everything! The food is incredible! We chose to have dinner on their brand new outdoor patio which is amazing! The ambiance did not disappoint! The property is unbelievably beautiful! My husband and I explored Goose Berry Knob and we were lucky to see it both foggy and sunny! Two completely different experiences for sure but both magical! The owners, David and Annie were wonderful and they sure know how to make their guests feel so welcome! We will definitely be back and we can’t wait to share our experience with our friends and family!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Emorypath wrote a review Jul 6
Williamsburg, Virginia35 contributions12 helpful votes
5000 ft above sea level, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, is an elegant yet rustic oasis, the Swag. We have traveled from Iceland to Antarctica and many places in between and have found a peaceful retreat with views beyond compare and manicured trails to hike, just a day drive from home. The stone, and natural wood decor is perfect for the setting. The well appointed rooms, the pleasant sitting areas inside and out and the dining spaces are all focused on natural beauty. Wildlife and flowers gardens abound, the sound of birds is ever present. The food is delicious, the service, unobtrusive. We needed the break from all that is going on and this was perfect. The proprietors are truly to be commended for their efforts. We only wish we could stay longer.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from David Colquitt, Owner at The Swag
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful visit. We hope to welcome you back to The Swag soon!
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Kellie L wrote a review Jul 5
Charlotte, NC294 contributions106 helpful votes
My husband and I are slowly working our way down a list of best resorts in the south, and after Old Edwards, Chetola, Primland, The Umstead, and Palmetto Bluff, The Swag was next on the list. However, it shouldn’t have been – even though it’s ~$1,000/night, it’s really not quite the same category as the others. The Swag felt like grown-up Girl Scout Camp, complete with songs around the flagpole, games on the lawn, somewhat forced interaction with other guests, and a few small religious overtones. Many of the other guests seemed to really like that, but it’s not our jam. Pros: - The landscape and grounds are amazing. We’ve vacationed in the Smokies many times before, and the view never gets old, but I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the mountains from the main house and Gooseberry Knob – a short half-mile walk from the main house. - We stayed in The Cabin, and it was so great we didn’t leave very often. It had an outdoor covered patio with fireplace, another fireplace in the living room, front porch swing, two bathrooms one with a sauna, tons of water pressure, and a mini-fridge stocked with free sodas, water, Clif bars, and dried fruit. - Meals are included, and the staff packs lunch for you each day either in a brown bag or a backpack they provide. They also provide a walking stick for your stay, which I’d recommend if you’re going hiking since the brush is fairly thick and, if nothing else, they help break the spiderwebs early in the morning. - The staff is taking COVID-19 very seriously, and they wore masks and spaced out the tables. We were pleasantly surprised by the beer and wine selection. The fella is a beer nerd, and he was happy to see selections from Boojum, Appalachian Mountain Brewing, Wicked Weed, and Highland; I was happy to have a couple of ciders and good wine selection by the glass and bottle. Cons: - Check-in was super chaotic. The staff got us confused with another couple and tried to give us a different cabin. Super easy mistake, but then they wanted to take us on a tour, take our picture (while we were still wearing our masks), make us decide where we wanted to eat dinner and what we wanted for lunch the next day, all within the first 10 minutes we were there. - Thank goodness for the coronavirus, otherwise we would have been at community tables for meals. We don’t love making small talk and forced socialization on vacation, but if that’s your thing, you’d love it here. - Dinner wasn’t til 7 pm each night, which was pretty late for us. One night, there were multiple courses (as opposed to a buffet and lowcountry boil), and our last course didn’t come til well after 8 pm. Similarly, breakfast doesn’t start til 8 am, which is a little late for us, too. - Housekeeping came three times and never cleaned out a massive empty bottle/glass collection we had going, so we had to call specifically to get them to come. Twice we had the “Do Not Disturb” on the door, but they came in anyway for turndown service. I appreciated the service (and chocolates from Chocolate Fetish in Asheville), but if you put the sign on, I expect it to be adhered to. - BUGS – Again, not their fault and no way around it, but don’t think you’re going to sit on the lawn in the Adirondack chairs sipping wine and staring at the view. We tried that and lasted about 3 minutes before we were eaten up. - Other reviews noted that The Swag provides slippers – they don’t. They provide robes, but bring your own slippers. - A storm came through while we were there, and it knocked out the power from 5:30 pm til 1 am. There was no backup generator, so we were stuck. They provided extra jugs of water since the system is on a well (no power = no water for showers, flushing the toilet, etc.), but no one ever came by to see if we needed flashlights, help starting a fire, etc. - There’s no A/C. We were there over July 4th weekend and while it was cool at night (around 60), the air gets a little humid and stagnant in the cabin. They provide an oscillating fan, but that doesn’t work in a power outage. We kept the windows open, but then we heard a lot of noise from cars coming up the main gravel road, even overnight. Most of the time it wasn’t an issue, but I was surprised there wasn’t at least a window unit in the bedroom. - This seems to be across the board at most hotels, but the pillows were flat as pancakes. Overall, The Swag is a nice place, but we just didn’t feel the value was there for the price we paid.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Response from David Colquitt, Owner at The Swag
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for your candid review. On behalf of everyone at The Swag, I am very sorry that the experience did not live up to your expectations or our standards. I am particularly sorry for the service missteps, including the chaotic check-in and housekeeping episodes you described. We will strive to do better in the future and your candid feedback helps us to do that. Thank you. I did want to share some brief information on a few of the non-service related items you laid out. Regarding air conditioning, since last year we have begun the process of adding air conditioning units to all of the guest rooms. Currently, 8 of the 14 rooms have air conditioning (Woodshed, Gail's Room, Matthews' Suite, Danny's, Laurin's, Rock, Salmon, and Bishop's Room). Unfortunately, Cabin (and the remaining rooms) will not have air conditioning units installed until next off-season. I am sorry for the discomfort you experienced in the room. As to the community table, it is a long held tradition at The Swag in which some guests like to participate in, while other do not. We can completely understand not wanting to be forced to have dinners with others on vacation. However, with -- or without -- the coronavirus, no guest would ever be required to sit at the community table unless they chose to do so. One of the motivating factors for increasing the size of the dining area was to ensure that every request for the community table -- or a private table -- could be honored. Last, the songs around the flag pole and games on the lawn, are a once-per-year event to celebrate Independence Day. Admittedly a throw back to "camping days," please accept our apologies for any discomfort, offense, or irritation it caused. As before, please forgive us for not meeting your expectations -- or our high standards -- on your visit to The Swag. Your comments will help our team deliver a better guest experience in the future. Thank you for your suggestions, candid feedback, and kind words.
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TripGuyOhio wrote a review Jul 2
Ohio17 contributions9 helpful votes
The Swag is a wonderful place to stay, great grounds and facilities, great food and great staff. All members of the staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast, lunch, high tea, q pre-dinner gathering and dinner are included. There is a good wine selection at fair prices. Very convenient on site activities are available and Great Smoky National Park can be entered directly from the property.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Response from David Colquitt, Owner at The Swag
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for the kind review, and thanks for visiting The Swag. We hope to welcome you back to 5,000 feet soon!
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Chip T wrote a review Jun 2020
Atlantic Beach, Florida40 contributions17 helpful votes
Sitting at the top of a mountain, surrounded by a great staff that were all wearing masks, it was a wonderful safe place to visit- this was our first trip away from home since the pandemic and we made a great choice- great food, splendid service,caring and friendly owners and beautiful accommodations all made for a great time
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Response from David Colquitt, Owner at The Swag
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for your kind review and for visiting The Swag. We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Swag
Which popular attractions are close to The Swag?
Nearby attractions include Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (4.3 miles), Soco Falls (3.9 miles), and Cataloochee Valley (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Swag?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Swag?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Swag?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Swag?
Conveniently located restaurants include Joey's Pancake House, Snappy's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, and Frankie's Italian Trattoria.
Does The Swag have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Swag accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.