Named “Most Romantic” Under Hotel Standouts

(January 4, 2018) — The Swag, a 14-room mountaintop hideaway, today announced its inclusion as a top-rated hotel by Andrew Harper, a travel editorial brand that recommends the most exceptional hotels and travel experiences worldwide. The Swag, featured in the January 2018 Grand Awards special edition issue of The Hideaway Report, Andrew Harper’s member-exclusive monthly publication, was named “Most Romantic” under Hotel Standouts.

 The Swag was first recommended as a top rated hotel by Andrew Harper in December 1993 and was included once again in the November 2017 issue of The Hideaway Report, Andrew Harper’s member-exclusive monthly publication.

Andrew Harper inspires transformative high-end travel through honest, independent reviews of the world’s top 1,000 hideaways and hotels. All of Andrew Harper’s recommended properties possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place. In 2017, editors flew more than 125,000 miles, visited 16 countries and stayed in close to 150 hotels. Of those, very few were selected to be recommended hotels and fewer still get the honor of a Grand Award. The highlights of the year are reflected in this special magazine edition of The Hideaway Report.

Said Andrew Harper’s of The Swag, “Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, The Swag is a mountaintop refuge that sits on 250 acres and shares a boundary line with Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The 14 cozy and lovingly decorated accommodations are hard to leave.  And after a hiking excursion, it is always a pleasure to return and relax in front of a roaring fire. The wonderfully homey lounge-library in the Chestnut Lodge, the porch swings positions for ideal sunset viewings and the candlelit tables for two in the dining room all make this property ideal for a romantic getaway. The Swag’s exceptional staff are consistently charming and unfailingly attentive. “

Andrew Harper’s team of editors evaluate properties using decades of travel experience, well beyond a checklist, to distinguish the truly enchanting from the merely excellent. The Swag is delighted to be among the top properties recommended during the past year of travel.

About The Swag

Entering its 37th season on April 20th, 2018, The Swag is owned by Dan and Deener Matthews.  A 14-room romantic hiking hideaway bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Swag sits on 250 acres of private property 5000 feet high.  Just 50 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina, guests enjoy inspired dining, luxury level accommodations, world-class hiking, and a rotating schedule of speakers and programs.  For more information visit or call 800-789-7672.

 About Andrew Harper

For close to 40 years, Andrew Harper has sought out unparalleled hotels and hideaways in the most enchanting destinations worldwide. Andrew Harper editors travel anonymously and pay full rates for all travel-related expenses, allowing Andrew Harper to do what no other travel company does today: Publish reviews with an unyielding commitment to independence and objectivity. Each month Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, The Andrew Harper Collection and aspire to show readers the best the world has to offer so they, too, can have their own transformative travel experiences.

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report:

A member-exclusive monthly publication dedicated to giving discriminating reviews and recommendations on the best travel experiences around the world.

The Andrew Harper Collection:

 The definitive resource for planning your next adventure. These regional guidebooks include restaurant recommendations, seasonal tips, touring maps, notes on not-to-miss experiences and, of course, the perfect place to stay.

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