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The Swag
Ranked #4 of 19 Waynesville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 12, 2013

This was our 5th, glorious stay at The Swag. It is the most magical inn and a perfect place to get away and unwind. Dan and Deener Matthews, the innkeepers, are integral to the wonderful experience. Having said that, they were absent (a rare occurrence) on this visit and Mark, a long time employee of the Swag, did an outstanding job of filling in and welcoming guests. We have stayed in a different room on each visit and all are fantastic! The food is wonderful and the views and hikes from the property are unbeatable.
Can't wait to go back!!

Room Tip: The Woodshed backs on to the Smokey Mountains National Park and is wonderful. All the rooms are uniq...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is the most glorious place. The scenery is beyond compare, the staff and personnel are outstanding. The hiking is outstanding and the accomodations are fabulous. A truly excellent place for a relaxing vacation. Dan and Deener Matthews are the perfect hosts and they have the attention to detail in every aspect of this inn.

Room Tip: Be prepared to be impressed.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

I can't think of any other place quite like The Swag. It's like spending a few days in the stars as you are near the top of a mountain with spectacular views and friendly warm service. There is nothing pretentious here. Everything about the place, the food, the rooms, the service is warm and cozy. It all begins with a long winding drive up to the top of a mountain where you escape the stress of the world below. I have stayed at The Swag at least 10 times and discover new things every time I stay there. I hike the trails, take naps, read books and get to know interesting people. I love that the staff remembers me by name and they always go out of their way to make me comfortable. It's like having your own mountaintop retreat. I go to The Swag to find peace.

Room Tip: Every room is unique. This is one of the few places to stay where you want to stay in the room and...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank NCtravel-111
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Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

This place is just exquisite. The owners, Dan and Deener Matthews, are indescribably gracious and welcoming. The setting is breathtaking. They have thought of everything. The food is awesome. Remember to bring your own booze.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank David A
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Secluded luxury cabins on the top of a mountain? Check.
Fantastic staff willing to do whatever it takes to make your stay into what you want? Check.
Great food and all expense paid? Check.
Involved owners? Check.

The Swag is like no other B&B we've ever stayed at. Arriving at the top of the mountain via a long, twisting dirty road, you find yourself on the edge of the Smokey Mountain National Forest and in a little village of cabins. While the cabins are rustic looking inside and out, you find modern amenities of all types.

Whether you are interesting in sitting around and relaxing, hiking, nature watching, or getting a good workout in, you can find it all here.

I also can't say enough about the staff - they are friendly, personable, and knowledgable. I'm convinced that they will do whatever it takes to make your stay great.

The location is perfect - to get into the Smokey Mountain National Forest, walk across the chalk road that runs through The Swag and through an opening in a fence. The hiking in the National Forest is great, but there is also very good hiking on The Swag property including fantastic vistas. There are lots of animals on the property and surrounding area - from rabbits and birds to the occasional black bear. While we were there we saw a momma bear and her two cubs.

We will return.

It is very important to note that The Swag does not sell alcohol. However, you are free to bring your own, and if you bring wine, they will serve it to you at dinner. Knowing about this, we brought our own and it worked out very well.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

The two mile drive from the highway builds anticipation and the landscape and rustic buildings reward the wait. Yvette greeted us like we were old friends and surprised us with an upgraded accommodation. The owners are active in hosting their guests and we felt very much at home in their "home". The decor, the xm on the Bose radio in the room, the cleanliness was evident right away! Then dinner! Amazingly creative and delicious. Appetizers on the "dog trot" porch first and nice wine that you have to bring yourself (dry county). The guided hike with a naturalist/birder was icing on the fabulous stay! Concerns about the cost of our stay vanished when we realized the total value of the experience. Can't wait to come back in May for the wildflowers!

Room Tip: Loved The Woodshed. All rooms have a view.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The Swag has been around forever, and one of those places my husband and i have always wanted to experience, due to knowing about the many prestigious awards. We decided to extend our summer mountain travels by an extra night by finally getting to see what The Swag was all about. It was a last minute decision, and the only rooms available were Danny's and a couple of the extremely higher priced ones. We chose Danny's, which was a fine decision. Even though the room was small, it was very quaint and cozy with a nice view (no balcony) out the windows. I will focus on the positive comments first, which includes the room. With Danny's being the most affordable room, I am sure all the others are extremely nice. Of course the views, which they are famous for, are outstanding. The solitude is something you will find nowhere more than here. Perhaps a little too much so for some. The walking sticks are a nice gift to remember your experience by.
Now for our disappointments. There is a 15% daily service charge added (in addition to the sales and occupancy taxes), which can make a rather pricey room even more so. I have no problem with a service charge already being included, IF we had had our car parked, assistance with our luggage, and not had to pour our own wine at the dinner table. There is no bottled water to be found on the property, which was strange, since canned soft drinks are abundant. They offer canteened water for hikes, which tastes like metal. Speaking of hikes, all the trails we discovered close to the house were so overgrown that we were nervous to venture far on them, for fear of snakes. We visited in July, so I know things are more grown up that time of the year, but it seemed a little to the extreme. We wanted so badly to enjoy the backyard area where the swings, chairs and horseshoes were, but the bugs and gnats were so annoying that it was impossible. They offered every kind of bug spray imaginable (a warning sign I suppose) at the entrance to the main lodge, but nothing helped. Lastly when we checked out the next morning (around 11:00), we were anxious to get to our next destination, so did not stay for lunch, even though it was included in what we paid. No offer was given to pack us something to take along for the ride. I guess that was enough reason to leave with a bad feel.
All this being said, our one night in the most affordable room with no add ons was a final price tag of $630.00. We were glad to experience The Swag, but more than likely will never return.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2300 Swag Rd, Waynesville, NC 28785-2407
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina 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
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Ranked #4 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Waynesville
Price Range: $660 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Swag 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Swag is an award-winning, romantic hiking hideaway now in our 35th 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's very private setting provides inspiring views, peaceful hikes, birding and relaxation. The property's main buildings were constructed of century-old hand hewn logs and from it's mountaintop front porch, guests enjoy a 50 mile panoramic mountain view to the east and south. ... more   less 
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Country Inn Waynesville
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