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The Swag
Ranked #4 of 19 Waynesville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Menlo Park, California
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9 reviews
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“It doesn't get any better than this - everyone should stay here at least once”
Reviewed August 21, 2010

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!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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birmingham, al
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

We stayed in the $750/night "Woodshed", which is adjacent to the Inn's main laundry facility. From 8AM until 4PM daily, we heard an obtrusive rumbling that disallowed us from enjoying the beautiful porch and scenery. Even in the bedroom, the noise was overwhelming. Also of note, The Swag's county receives the most precipitation in the US east of the Mississippi River. With no Air Conditioning in the rooms, the air was damp and made for very sweaty sleeping at night. When feedback was given to a staff member, I was ignored. I recommend if you want to sweat when you sleep and hear plenty of noise, go stay in a cheap hotel in NYC.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

I have been going to The Swag for almost 18 years, and it just gets better every year.

Yes, it is expensive. However, I really believe it is worth it. Each room has its own unique decorum, and every year it seems that there are updates and upgrades to the rooms. Sometimes just something small, and other times it's "Wow, look at this!"

Needless to say, the location (at 5,000 feet) is both spectacular and comfortable (cool!).

We like to hike, and there are many trails to select from ("easy" to "you've got to be kidding"). However, when it rains..... that is a treat too, since it signals it's time to grab a book and sit on the covered porch and enjoy the rain (or on your private balcony if you room is so equipped).

The food.... it's always a treat. From the buffet breakfasts to the yummy light sandwiches for lunch, and the really nice dinner selection. Oh, and don't forget the fresh-baked cookies at 3:30 each afternoon!

Finally, Deener and Dan really make The Swag what it is..... a special retreat where you always feel welcomed and where your comfort is assured.

My wife and I are huge fans...... We already have our dates booked for 2011.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

The serene environment is so welcoming you can't help but relax as soon as you get out of your vehicle.

When you arrive there is a huge collection of walking sticks of all shapes/sizes/textures for you to pick one and label it with a custom label you are given from the front desk. That was so much fun as you make good use of it to tour the many hiking trails and the beautiful Smoky Mountain Park. It is your souvenier to take home when you leave, and each year you come back you can add a walking stick label for that year or get a new stick.

Our accomodations were perfect, the room comfortable, clean, quiet, can't say enough good things.

Chef Brian made some remarkable dishes throughout our stay and our steaks were cut with a butter knife!

Warm cookies and nuts at 3pm after return from a long hike. The water bottles were filled and chilled all day long for you to help yourself. (Stainless NOT plastic)

The staff went out of their way anticipating our every need before we asked. The owners joined in events and circulated to visit with guests/old friends. The band was enjoyable for the Fourth of July event...and the chef made absolutely everything taste delicious.

So very glad we found this wonderful treat and were able to be part of it for 3 days. Can't wait to return and to hear about our friends visits!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Southeast
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

The Swag is an incredible mountain getaway. Once you get to the top, there is no reason to leave. First the food. Three meals a day that are an adventure unto themselves. Room. Absolutely wonderful. Rustic elegance. Fireplaces, outdoor showers, saunas, comfy beds, satellite radio, a wet bar, not detail has been left unattended. The host and hostess, as well as the staff are great and you become part of a family, especially singing around the player piano! The trails and guided tours are interesting but for me, most importantly, destressing.
This place is the best!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2010

Loved the trails, the views the outrageous food!!!
Ok the staff were great also...
did I mention the food???
Dont diet before you get here..stretch your tummy before you get here !!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Braselton, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2010

The best B&B we have ever stayed in without a doubt. If you like quiet, hiking, and friendly folks, this is the place.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: The Swag
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Waynesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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The Swag Hotel Waynesville
Country Inn Waynesville
Waynesville Country Inn

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