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2300 Swag Rd, Waynesville, NC 28785-2407
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 10/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Waynesville
Travelers' Choice
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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Roger D wrote a review Sep 15
Charlotte, North Carolina23 contributions5 helpful votes
What a great place I had never heard about until recently. If you like to hike - this is the place. Besides that - awesome venue, great views, exceptional food prepared by a fantastic chef and the support staff was incredible. And Zack at the bar was a master on specialty drinks and wines. Will - the manager was attentive and active in everyday interactions with guests. They have a great new spa on site that my wife said was one of the best she has ever experienced. Only thing missing is a pool/hot tub to relax the muscles after the exhilarating hikes. Highly recommend staying at The Swag.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Call way in advance for reservations. They book up quickly.
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Tobiaston wrote a review Aug 2021
San Luis Obispo, California9 contributions3 helpful votes
The Swag is an absolutely beautiful resort. The number of guests are kept to a small amount which enables a guest to not feel overwhelmed. The property is exceptional, the food delicious and the staff our outstanding. There were daily organized hikes, group events (wine tastings and cocktail parties) and the dinner was assigned seating which was great as they moved you around the 3 different dining rooms. This is an A+ property. It can be hard to get a reservation. But if you can book a stay, got for it!!! You won’t regret it!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hello Tobiaston, Thank you so much for staying with us! We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the property, staff and offerings. We hope to welcome you back in the near future! Best, Will
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candyblueeyes21 wrote a review Aug 2021
New York City, New York5 contributions
There is no place like this ......from the minute you arrive you can see why it is so special and deserves the drive to get there... The entire staff is amazing and it must be from the top mgr.who is WILL JONES... We have traveled a lot and it was amazing to see him in action...this man never used the word NO...nor did the staff..there was nothing he or jordon or anyone couldn't do enough to make this stay amazing and something to always remember... The room was called THE WILL....it was so gorgeous we could have stayed for ever..making a fire each night was a treat.... you relax here and get to see nature at its best..the property is amazing... The food was amazing and the service perfect and at this time in the middle of a pandemic they were able to go way above....thats worth mentioning... We will be back for sure and look forward to bringing friends... ps...my husband left his plastic water bottle that he travels with and they sent it back to us...who does that...and with a special surprise from will.... If you can take one trip....THIS IS THE PLACE TO EXPERIENCE....
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: if you want to be alone they have cottages ...
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Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hello Candy & Steve! It was so great meeting both of you and getting to know you during your visit to The Swag! You are very kind with your words and support. Thank you for choosing to visit us and we all look forward to welcoming you back very soon! Kindest regards, Will
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lovetogonow wrote a review Jul 2021
Asheville, NC19 contributions7 helpful votes
We've enjoyed the Swag many times over the past 15 years, celebrated retirements, birthdays, and wedding anniversaries. We knew the former owners and appreciated the small inn adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains, where several trails invite guests to grab a Swag walking stick and venture out. A lot has changed. Under new ownership, the Swag now has an outdoor patio, a full service bar, valet parking, a spa, and more is planned. The new general manager assured us that the new owners intend to preserve the history and mountain charm of the inn. We hope he's right.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Spectacular mountain views. Steam shower, Italian linens, fire place. Rooms away from dining...
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Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded Jul 29, 2021
Hello Lovetogonow! Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate your special 50th anniversary with us at The Swag. It was great getting to know you a little better and showing you the new enhancements we have added over the years! We look forward to welcoming you back again and proving to you that the history and charm will be cherished and preserved! Kindest regards, Will
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ValleyFor wrote a review Jul 2021
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania462 contributions77 helpful votes
Friendly inclusive vibe. Thoughtful and tasteful furnishings. Feels intimate and family run because it is. Excellent cuisine. Fun activities. GREAT cocktail hour bluegrass live music. We already booked same dates next year. A view to die for!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Steep, primitive approach road not for namby pamby drivers! Don’t bring your own walking stick....
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Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded Jul 22, 2021
Hello ValleyFor, Thank you so much for staying with us and for your kind words! We can't wait to welcome you back next year! Best, Will
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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), Cataloochee Valley (4.6 miles), and Cataloochee Ski Area (0.8 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 Country Vittles.
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.