Bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park and located on 250 private acres, the 14-room Swag offers plenty of solitary pursuits surrounded by the Great Outdoors.

 Waynesville, NC (August 2020) – Sharing a one-mile border with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the 14-room mountaintop Swag recently opened for their 39th season which runs through November 28.  An ideal spot for social distancing activities and solitary pursuits, The Swag resides on 250 private acres and is located 55 minutes west of Asheville, North Carolina.

The all-inclusive mountaintop hideaway was recently named one of North Carolina’s top ten Southern Resorts in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards Survey.  In 2019, the readers of Conde Nast Traveler named the property the No. 1 Resort in the South.

In this year of social distancing, the team at The Swag share some of their guest’s favorite solitary pursuits.

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains – Neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Swag is a gateway to 15 trails leading directly from the property into the park. Located on the quieter west side, these trails offer different degrees of length and difficulty.  One of The Swag’s included amenities is a daily picnic lunch, where guests can choose to have it packed in a knapsack, brown paper bag, or picnic basket.

Reading in the Library  – Housing hundreds of books,  The Swag’s library is located in the property’s Chestnut Lodge.  Guests can select from a variety of titles, ranging from non-fiction and fiction books to the natural environment.  The Swag’s library has been in existence for 39 years and the collection is filled with intriguing titles.  Guest can choose to read in the Chestnut Lodge or in their room.

Identifying Birds – More than 230 species of birds reside in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Guests will have the unique opportunity to seek out high elevation birds like the Pine Siskin and Scarlet Tanager.  Those who go deep into the woods will uncover birds through their distinctive sounds.  Many say the Wood Thrush is a joy to hear.  Only binoculars (and perhaps a bird book) required.

Napping in The Treehouse – High up in a tree overlooking The Swag property and beyond,  quiet relaxation is found in The Swag Tree House.  Bring a book or sneak a nap in this hidden hideaway.

Photographing Wildflowers –  With more than 1,500 wildflowers species growing in the National Park, nature’s abundance offers many photo opportunities.  The Catalooche Divide is a favorite trail for wildflower lovers that can be easily accessed from The Swag.

Relaxing by a Roaring Fire – Ten out of 14 of the accommodations offer big stone woodburning fireplaces.  When the temperature dips, many guests choose to relax in the comfort of their room in the woods.  All rooms come with logs.

Savoring a Klondike Bar – Dipping into the vintage coca cola cooler set on the dog trot and retrieving a Klondike Bar has long been a Swag tradition. A well-deserved treat at the end of a long day on the trail.

Watching Humming Birds Flutter – The daily flutter of humming birds feeding on The Swag’s front porch is a most mesmerizing experience. Sink into a big Adirondack chair and watch one of nature’s most captivating wonders.

Rates start at $520 per night per room, with a two-night minimum.    All prices include a hearty breakfast, picnic lunch, evening social hour on the front porch with hors d’oeuvres, four-course dinner, welcome gift and hikes and programs led by Special Event Leaders.  Suite and Cabin accommodations are also available.  Reservations are 100 percent cancellable. Single rate is less $50 per night.   For reservations or more information, visit or call 800-789-7672.

The Swag is open for the season through November 28, 2020.

About The Swag
The Swag offers 14 luxurious accommodations, most with wood burning stone fireplaces, allowing guests a peaceful environment where they can rest, relax and rejuvenate. Located on a secluded mountaintop just outside Waynesville, North Carolina, the inn is an ideal destination for romantic getaways, weddings, corporate retreats and much more. The 2.5-mile private drive leading to the inn climbs more than 1,000 feet. For more information, visit The Swag online.


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