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#6 of 11 B&Bs in Waynesville
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4.9
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4.5
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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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Free breakfast
Hiking
Horseback riding
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Breakfast available
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Outdoor fireplace
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Lisa O wrote a review Nov 2023
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Absolutely one of the best couples get aways I've taken. When you check in you are greeted with a glass of wine in a welcome area, given a sit-down overview of your visit and then driven up the mountain to the main house and cabins. From there every need is attended to with the most care. Rooms have everything from fireplaces, heated floors to outdoor showers. If you are a foodie this is the right place, gourmet meals to backpack lunches and craft cocktails. The setting is spectacular with hiking trails and vistas all around.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded Nov 20, 2023
Thank you for being our guests! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to the mountain soon!
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Mary F wrote a review Nov 2023
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While we were very familiar with The Swag from family and friends who have gone for years and had high expectations for what we would experience, we were surprised with every aspect of our Swag stay surpassing our expectations. One has to stay there to experience the majesty of the setting. The staff uniformly treats you like an honored family member who they’ve never met and they treated each other as dearly loved family members as well. The quality, taste, and uniqueness of the food was at least equal to or superior to any we’ve enjoyed throughout our travels including a culinary tour in France and most of it is locally sourced. My gluten free needs were fully covered. The Sunday Brunch was delightful. Our daily walks with Artists in Residence Doug and Kathy were delightful, and we loved Doug’s music pre dinner both nights. There were always little surprises - afternoon homemade ice cream, gifts in the room, unusual puzzles to put together, and a gourmet sack lunch for you to take with you upon checkout to name a few. We look forward to returning often!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Nov 20, 2023
Thank you for being our guests and for your very kind words. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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George M wrote a review Sep 2023
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My husband and I stayed at The Swag in the fall of 2021. Our experience was so magical that we decided that The Swag would be the perfect place to celebrate my parents' 60th Wedding Anniversary. With 5 siblings and 5 spouses from different states accompanying the event, we booked 6 rooms for a 3 nights stay. Guest Services did an amazing job at accommodating our large group and assisted us in reserving the Hummingbird Cottage, Chestnut Lodge, Swag House and the newly remodeled Trinity Cottage. The location is beyond perfection but it was the service, cuisine and accommodations that are truly exceptional. Having beautiful and delicious meals prepared for you 3 times a day allowed more time for us to relax, play cards, sit by the fire, hike, horseback ride and connect with each other. Happy Hour was always a treat at the Swag House as we gathered together to enjoy amazing cocktails by an exceptional bartender! Our favorite meal was the Sunday Brunch! The artists in residence were amazing as well. The entire staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. And... everyone wants to return for another family reunion. I recommend a 3 nights stay minimum as 2 nights is just not long enough!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded Sep 28, 2023
Thank you so much for choosing The Swag as the destination for your family reunion! We are thrilled to hear y'all enjoyed your time with us and we can't wait to welcome everyone back to the mountain!
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Denise O wrote a review Sep 2023
Raleigh, North Carolina29 contributions8 helpful votes
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There is nothing like The Swag. You go up a mountain to the welcome center and then taken to the inn. Their attention to detail is outstanding, as well as the food. The rooms are unparalleled. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful, we have been 3 times.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Sep 28, 2023
It was great having y'all back and we look forward to the next time you are back at The Swag!
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Lisa K wrote a review Aug 2023
Dallas, Texas15 contributions6 helpful votes
The entire experience was absolutely incredible. From the welcome by Mark and Jim and the tour of the property when we first got there - we knew it was going to be an experience that was much better than we had expected. And with the price point - we had high expectations. Everyone knew our names and we got to know the staff quickly along with several guests and looked forward to activities and meals. We really enjoyed the group of guests we were with. Accommodations: We stayed in Trillium, incredible accommodation - private, 2 baths, 2 outside sitting areas, close to main house and over the top decor - simple beautiful. Only downside, no view but INCREDIBLY private. We had friends in Gails Room, beautiful views, but not as private... Food: The food was delicious, thoughtful and well prepared - we did not have ONE bad meal, and that is saying a lot - they feed you 3 full meals a day with many snacks and drinks in between. I have a food allergy and at EVERY meal, they noted it and adjusted my meal. Get the SWAG bars, trust me.... Spa: I had a massage in the "Still" and highly recommend Tina, it was a soothing, calming experience. The spa is small but well appointed and exactly what I needed. Activities: We tried to ride horses, but it was booked. We took hikes everyday - using the Nature Trail, Hemphill Bald and the Purchase Knob trails. We had Janet and Steve as our "experts in residence" and we LOVED their hikes - knowledgeable, funny and felt like 30 minutes as apposed to 3 hours! Hiking sticks were a nice touch. SUNRISE; If there is one activity that is a MUST do, it is sunrise on Gooseberry Knob. Trust me, it is a spiritual experience. We had a glitch with our reservation and the staff (Hannah and Will) took care of it immediately and were gracious and thoughtful about the mistake. I cannot say enough about this resort, we will be going back hopefully in the fall. Last note - I hope it remains small - there was talk of expanding and adding cabins - I SINCERELY hope it does not get bigger - the intimate feeling and getting to know everyone staying there made the experience more memorable.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Aug 28, 2023
Lisa & Dave, Thank you for being our guests! Also, thank you for your understanding and grace as we worked through the reservation situation. It was a lot of fun getting to know you both and I look forward to welcoming you back to the mountain soon!
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Marion J wrote a review Aug 2023
Alpharetta, Georgia86 contributions15 helpful votes
From the moment you arrive at the Welcome Cabin, you start to experience how special The Swag really is! The staff is so ready, willing, and able to answer questions, guide you around the property, and make sure that your experience is as great as it can be! Soon after we arrived, guests were making their way up to The Knob where a picnic lunch was being served. While there are many beautiful views at The Swag, it does not get much more magnificent than on The Knob overlooking the valley and several rows of mountains in the distance! For folks who might have an issue with the 1/4 mile hike to lunch, there are cars running back and forth to ferry folks up to it. After lunch, we settled into our beautiful and well appointed cabin. All of the rooms and cabins are different. They are priced depending on their size and amenities but all of the ones we saw are very nice! The meals we had were all terrific! Breakfast and dinner are in the main building and tables are set in 3 different rooms. Tables are pre-assigned for dinners (and for Sunday brunch) and breakfast is open seating. We were assigned tables in each of the rooms during our stay. While we liked the outside area the best, almost all of the tables in each of the rooms have good views. Lunch and dinner are chosen from the menu the day before. Lunch is picked up after 9:30 in the morning and you can take it anywhere you would like. Special dietary needs, dislikes, and allergies are taken very seriously. I asked that I not be served anything with goat cheese, just a personal dislike. Whenever it was served, there was none in mine; I never had to ask them again to avoid it. The meals are delicious! Each day of the 5 we were there had plenty of variation and options and we enjoyed every meal, every day! Many of the guests enjoy hiking and The Swag has plenty of that! From long and strenuous to slow and easy, if you like to hike, you will find a good trail. There are excellent guided hikes offered. The Swag is immediately adjacent to the national park so the trails are easily accessed. When you arrive, you choose a walking stick and your wooden name tag is attached to the leather tie. These sticks will be very useful when taking your hikes and they are yours to keep. Besides hiking, there are plenty of other things to do - croquet, badminton, a real spa, wine tasting, garden tours followed by a time at the bar where some of the items grown on site are used to create cocktails, bird watching (don’t miss the hummingbirds!!), night tours to listen for owls or to watch satellite train launches or an astronomical display, work on a Stave puzzle, find a quiet chair, inside or out, and read, soak in the large hot tub, and more. Some activities are always available; others are dependent on the weather and who the resident expert is. I could go on for pages saying how great The Swag is but you have to experience it for yourself to truly understand. Many, if not most, of our fellow guests had been to The Swag multiple times. When you check out, you can rebook your room or cabin for the same time the next year and many do take advantage of that. We sure did! Thank you for making our 50th Anniversary trip so fabulous!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Aug 28, 2023
Marion, It was great having you as our guests and we were honored to help you celebrate such a special milestone anniversary! We look forward to welcoming you back next year for number 51!!
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Sabrina S wrote a review Aug 2023
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Thank you Will, We had a wonderful time. We have traveled the world extensively but The Swag truly spoke directly to my heart. It’s such a beautiful, peaceful and special place. The very moment we arrived we felt so welcomed as if we were old friends. You and your staff, each and everyone we had the pleasure of meeting were kind and so accommodating to our every need. It was a pleasure chatting with you and your staff. I absolutely loved The Woodshed. The most perfect and beautiful accommodations. The meals were all specially thought out and were divine. A true retreat, unpretentious, rustic but oozing with so much warmth and charm. It could not have been more perfect, well if only a bear or two came by to visit while we were there. 🐻 Thank you so much for the greatest hospitality we’ve ever had such the pleasure of, in all of our 42 years of travel. A very special place, I’m sure we will return to. Eddie & Sabrina Saginar
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded Aug 14, 2023
Thank you Sabrina & Eddie! It was so nice to meet you both and we all enjoyed the time we spent together. I am sorry we were not able to arrange for a bear sighting, but maybe next time! We can't wait to see you both back at The Swag!
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DRL615 wrote a review Aug 2023
Franklin, Tennessee438 contributions202 helpful votes
Few places as special as The Swag, especially in July when the oppressive heat and humidity of the south is beating down on you and the daily highs at the Swag are in the low 70’s! It gives your the rest to power through the rest of July and August. Service is exceptional at the Swag. Each meal is delightful, we enjoyed the wine tasting and tried out the hot tub, loved Annie’s room again. We highly recommend visiting at least one time. We’ve always gone up in July, but would love to try another season soon.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Aug 8, 2023
Thank you so much for being our guests! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your return visit. Thank you for your kind words and continued support. We love the mild temps too! See you back soon!
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PatFarrellCoach wrote a review Aug 2023
Wytheville, Virginia20 contributions8 helpful votes
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I travel quite a lot and have stayed in some of the finest places but nowhere have I ever enjoyed more than The Swag! It is on the top of my travel and return list! Beautiful beyond words. Hospitality was astounding. Cuisine- without a doubt the best I have ever experienced. This is a must in your lifetime! Worth every penny!!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded Aug 8, 2023
Patricia, It was so great having you as our guest at The Swag and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations! Thank you for your kind words and continued support! We look forward to welcoming you back to the mountain soon!
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HGL282 wrote a review Jul 2023
Charlotte, North Carolina7 contributions6 helpful votes
Our stay was excellent. The staff, the accommodations , the meals, the hiking, the views. It was a wonderful trip. This is a place worth the drive or the flight . The five star reviews are well earned.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded Jul 31, 2023
So glad you had an excellent stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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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 Maggie Valley Rock Shop (3.9 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.
Which room amenities are available at The Swag?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a fireplace, and a seating area.
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, Country Vittles, 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.