We stayed for three nights in The Bishop's Room. I highly recommend the room; it's at the end of the hallway in a corner and has a small balcony with a spectacular view. The room is spacious and beautifully furnished with individually selected pieces that are appropriate for the location. The quilt on the bed is a work of art! The room includes a nice sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace. The closet and bathroom are small, but the view from the whirlpool tub must be one of the best anywhere. (The shower is separate.) The WiFi is fast. There is also satellite radio in the rooms, which we did not use.
The dining room serves an awesome breakfast buffet, including made-to-order dishes and fresh, homemade baked goods. Dinner is served here as well. The view from the dining room is unbelievable. Given the remote location and small number of guests, it is not surprising that dinner menus are somewhat limited. (Selections are made in the morning, before leaving for the day.) The dinner portions seemed on the small side after an active day. The kitchen also supplies an excellent picnic lunch to take on hikes, along with backpacks, water bottles and walking sticks.
The owners and the staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly. They are anxious to offer advice on local hiking trails and sights. When planning your stay, keep in mind that The Swag is very remote. For example, making a day trip into the main portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a long hike is a challenge. Missing the world-class breakfast is out of the question, and dinner always starts at 7:00 p.m. (Appetizers are offered before dinner.) However, there are many enjoyable hikes that start right from the property, and the inn has its own pond, hot tub and other amenities. You will also want to reserve time to sit on the patio and absorb the views!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Swag Hotel Waynesville
- Country Inn Waynesville
- Waynesville Country Inn