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The Swag is an award-winning, romantic mountaintop hideaway now in its 37th 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.
Can’t add much more to the stellar reviews, it’s just that good. We are discerning travelers, and were so happy we took the great suggestion of a couple we met at the Greyfield Inn in Cumberland Island (another wonderful destination) to visit this magnificent property in the Smokies. Quiet, rustic in the best sense, nurturing the body and soul, it did not disappoint. Were pleasantly surprised to see a good mix of all different aged couples and a few well behaved children, although I heard another first timer laughingly say, they were already booking without kids next year! We rebooked immediately, too, and there are very few special places that occurs with us. We stayed in Gail’s room, can’t get much better than that. The attached photo is sunrise from our balcony.
The walking sticks are a nice touch, but true hikers will probably want their poles with them, we went in town to Waynesville one day for a small while, it’s touristy if you like that, next time will just stay at the Swag, too good to leave. Wine/beer selection good and very reasonable, but we do miss a cocktail after a couple of days, although I think you can BYO. Our thanks to all the staff, doing a beautiful job making us all welcome and we are counting the days to come back.
My wife and I went to The Swag for our 2nd Anniversary and could not be more impressed and pleased with our stay! The owners, David and Annie Colquitt, have done a tremendous job preserving, improving, and expanding the property. If I had to describe The Swag with a single phrase, it would be "Rustic Mountain Top Luxury." I can honestly say I've never stayed anywhere like it, and I've regularly stayed in cabins throughout the broader Smokey Mountains/Southern Appalachians area. From the moment you arrive, the staff are attentive, warm and friendly. We happened to arrive on a weekend of particularly bad weather and considering it was at the end of the season and we had a 14-month-old with us, we were unable to take advantage of the amazing system of trails The Swag sits on.
That being said, from the moment we arrived at the top of the 2-mile scenic mountain road, we felt like we were entering a secret kingdom where we were treated like royalty. Despite the humble outer appearance of the various cabins and lodges that comprise The Swag, the experience is nothing short of 5-star luxury. Greg unloaded our bags and we were provided with commemorative walking sticks, compliments of the Swag. There is complimentary soda pop and ice cream, as well as apples, coffee and tea whenever you like. The rooms are spacious, with steam showers, jacuzzi tubs, and fireplaces meticulously stocked with fresh dry wood and firestarters, which are replenished daily. There is a wonderful reading library and warm fireplaces galore where one can curl up with a good book.
The food alone deserves its own several paragraphs. Here the theme continues: The Swag is incredibly attentive to details. All the meals are included and you never have to worry about finding something delicious to eat. The breakfast had everything you could imagine: waffles, sausage, eggs-made-to-order, oatmeal, and all with a taste and quality befitting a 5-star dining experience. Lunches were chosen the day before and packed and ready in the morning after breakfast, so you could eat well, while not having to come back from a long day's excursion until dinner. In the evening, my wife and I feasted on roast lamb, ribeye steak, and halibut, all cooked with the highest order of culinary sophistication. On top of all this, the staff is incredibly accommodating: although dinner starts promptly at 7:00pm, we were having to put our 14 month old son down to bed and the staff graciously waited to serve us a whole hour later until he had fallen asleep. Additionally, they cooked custom dishes just for him so he was never left out of the dining experience and we were able to feed him easily.
Finally, staying at The Swag felt not so much like staying a resort or hotel (though the amenities were equivalent) as it felt like an intimate mountain retreat with friends. The small number of guests, coupled with the intimate dining area and shared living spaces ensured that while we had plenty of privacy to celebrate our anniversary, new friends were close by and easily made. We felt as if the complete strangers we started the weekend with had become old friends and companions. Conversations flowed naturally and my wife and I intend to follow up with a lovely couple we met from Nashville. You are never far from friends, both old and new, at The Swag. My wife and I can't wait to return: if it's possible to have such an incredible time during a cold, wet, rainy weekend, I can only imagine how spectacular The Swag is during the warmer months! No matter the weather or the time of year, you can be sure to enjoy yourself in this most pleasant place in the dip between two mountain peaks (the literal definition of the word, Swag).
We just returned from our third trip to the Swag in the last two years. The Swag is one of the most beautiful settings in the eastern US. When you enter the gates at the Swag and begin the climb up the mountain to the resort, you immediately feel like you are leaving the hustle and bustle behind. The owners, the general manager, and the staff are friendly and attentive and treat you like you are the only guest. The meals at the Swag are incredible, and you will wonder how the next meal could top the one you just enjoyed, but the chef never disappoints. Sunday brunch is always a highlight of our stay, and it's always finished off with amazing desserts. If you enjoy the outdoors, hikes at the Swag - from easy to difficult - provide great views. We look forward to our next trip and are excited to see how the new owners preserve and improve the Swag.
I have been to many wonderful places on six continents and had no idea that such a special place was so close to home. Appropriately rated on of the top boutique hotels in the SE United States, it did not disappoint. It is like a step back in time where all the stress of your busy life seems to roll away in the laid back, friendly hospitality of a well designed and managed mountain inn. Each of the rooms are unique, the menu is upscale and the setting is spectacular. We attended during peak color for the Fall season and enjoyed guided hikes with expert insights on the black bear as well as history of the Smokey Mountain National Park, quiet afternoons reading on the porch rocking chair and a lot of fun meeting many of the guests who return year after year. It is a 5 star experience for those who enjoy natural outdoor beauty, the charm of vintage cabins and decor and a place to slow down and destress.
Response from GregH3069, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an amazing review! You have perfectly described the ambiance of The Swag and the retreat we hope it is for everyone who stays here. We look forward to seeing you next year!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Swag from Oct 7-11, beginning with the great brunch on Sunday the 7th. This was our 4th time there (first time in 1986!), and the new owners, David and Annie Colquitt and the general manager Greg Hoover have continued the traditions and maintained the feel of the inn. It is the perfect place to unwind, bordering on the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The accommodations are what I would call rustic/luxurious. The meals, as usual were delicious, prepared perfectly. Customer service is outstanding on all levels. Special mention goes to one of the guys on staff, Mark. I had lost my red Swag jacket (at the Manchester, UK train station of all places) this past August. My wife Kathy was looking for a replacement, but the item was no longer available. Mark somehow got wind of this, and GAVE me his barely used jacket in my size! We are planning a return trip.
Response from GregH3069, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your kind words! We are so pleased that you found The Swag to be in good hands and enjoyed your stay. Mark is an excellent example of what all Swag co-workers try to be in going the extra mile to make your stay more meaningful! We look forward to your return to The Swag!
Response from GregH3069 | Property representative |
No, gratuities are not included. We have no expectations in regards to gratuities and it is entirely up to the Guest to determine the amount or whether they want to leave one at all. All gratuities are pooled amongst the... More
No, gratuities are not included. We have no expectations in regards to gratuities and it is entirely up to the Guest to determine the amount or whether they want to leave one at all. All gratuities are pooled amongst the Staff.