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2300 Swag Road, Waynesville, NC 28785 (Hemphill Road)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate here every day for all my meals since I was actually staying at the Inn. The cooks and pastry chefs did a magnificent job with all the meals. If you can't stay, its worth the trip up the mountain to have dinner.

Thank Danielle B
Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Excellent presentation and variety for all meals. Great packed lunch with meatloaf sandwiches when hiking. Grits for us Kansas folks was a real treat at breakfast.

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Stuart Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Where do you start . We have visited the swag numerous times throughout the years and it is absolutely stunning breathtaking views food is sensational staff is amazing. A must if you're visiting North Carolina .

Thank Patrick G
Brooks B, General Manager at The Swag, responded to this review

Dear Patrick, Thank you for your kind review! We are grateful that you took the time to write, and we really appreciated your sharing honest feedback with prospective guests. We look forward to welcoming you back during our 35th season, as we reopen on April 22nd, 2016. Warm regards from all of us at The Swag, Brooks Brooks Bradbury General... More 

Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Great find up in the mountains. You can't beat this kind of gem. People and staff are friendly .. food is excellent.

Thank TheresaJ33629
West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Swag's Warm Welcome was impeccably complimented by its delicious Brunch Menu, At a 5000 Ft. Elevation, the view is typically stunning, as well, yet a gentle rain only emphasized a cozy setting, beautiful buffet and delightful staff. When visiting Ashville, be sure to make a reservation & enjoy. Promise, they will exceed your expectations!

Thank Sally N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My husband and I thought we'd "hike to brunch". We parked at Cove Creek Gap and walked (approx. 6 miles) to the Swag. Reservations were for 12:30 (the seating time for non-guests). We arrived at 12:20 and were met by Mark who promptly confirmed our reservation, knew we weren't staying there and starting telling us all about the place. We... More 

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Windermere, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We have eaten here twice and will return when visiting the area again. It is a small place so reservations are required. The people staying here eat all their meals here. They have room for a few extra people for dinner and Sunday brunch. The food is fabulous and the service is excellent. The ambiance of the log cabin and... More 

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Watkinsville, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

You wouldn't expect to find gourmet fare five miles up the main road at the top of the mountain, but here you will enjoy a mix of gourmet food and a quick turn on hearty country spreads that will keep you powered up all day (or night).

Thank bjbrodrick
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Tried to go for cocktails and to enjoy the view, maybe to also have dinner. We were told through a speaker at the electric gate, that unless we are staying there we cannot come in. We took our business elsewhere and will not return for cocktails, food, or to stay!! It is off our list. Need to hire some friendly... More 

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Brooks B, General Manager at The Swag, responded to this review

Dear Opinion Guru, The Swag, its owners, staff and guests are among the most friendly and pretension-free people I have had the pleasure of knowing. We value our guests' privacy and, as you have discovered, differ from a restaurant operation that is open to the public. We apologize that we could have alienated even one person, and for that reason... More 

Slidell, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The food was spectacular as well as the view. We celebrated my birthday there and it was so special. We will go back this year too.

Thank Linda C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $70
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2300 Swag Road, Waynesville, NC 28785
    (Hemphill Road)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Waynesville
  • Phone Number: 18289260430
Welcome to The Swag! This intimate hideaway is nestled among eighteen peaks over 6,000 feet and this extraordinary log and stone lodge is a treasure to be discovered by today's lovers of nature. The old split rail fence marking the boundary of Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a few yards from the Swag Lodge entrance, and well marked hiking trails abound both in the Park and throughout the two hundred fifty acre property of our award-winning Inn. Our own trails are complemented by the national park's vast network of hiking trails carefully mapped to scale and available for all guests and especially enjoyed by the wilderness novice. For over thirty years we have developed and enhanced our fourteen romantic guest rooms with wood-burning fire places, steam showers, balconies, patchwork quilts, and "Ritzy Rustic" amenities galore. Very special dining is a proud tradition at the Swag beginning with hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. each evening and leading up to our chef's four-course dinner at 7 p.m. Exceptional country breakfasts and delectable back-pack lunches add to the day's leisure nature walk or the more ambitious high country exploring. Join us for one of our gourmet picnics each Wednesday at noon on our Gooseberry Knob, or savor our Thursday evening barbeque cookout! Expansive beams, 200 year-old hand-hewn logs and native Appalachian crafts authenticate our desire to capture the romance and integrity of living graciously while authentically close to nature and all its wonder. Our seasonal inn operates from mid-April through November. Located near Waynesville, thirty miles west of Asheville, North Carolina.

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