5 sur novembre 17, 2013
My wife and I spent two days at the Swag. Everything was PERFECT.
5 sur novembre 13, 2013
We first visited the Swag in 2005, and have been back multiple times since then. The quiet and the serenity literally feeds our souls. Everything that harries, everything that presses or disappoints or stresses in my everyday life, I feel I leave it behind when I come here. At every turn, there is a smile or a kind word from the staff, even those whose jobs don't normally interact with the guests. The food is a delight, the hiking invigorating, the vistas restful. We come to be renewed, and we always are!
5 sur octobre 28, 2013
From the moment you arrive the journey begins. The staff are warm, friendly & helpful. Then you experience your room which each is different and exciting. The food is presented in a beautiful display and very tasty. Afternoon cookies and cider are my favorite! The place is beautiful, the scenes are breath taking you feel like you are on top of the world it is very peaceful. You never want to leave and you do keep coming back year after year.
4,8 sur octobre 27, 2013
Casual luxury is not an oxymoron at the Swag. Its location, at 5,500 feet above sea level, would be envied by angels. All meals are included, and the food is excellent. There are remarkable vistas and miles of hiking trails, and you can really leave your cares behind.
5 sur octobre 18, 2013
A very beautiful location with luxurious accomodations, fantastic food and gracious hospitality from Deener and Dan Mathews the inn owners.
4,6 sur octobre 14, 2013
Our first visit to the Swag and it was wonderful. So good that we have already booked the 7 plus hour drive to the Swag for next fall.
4,8 sur septembre 21, 2013
This was my husband's and my first visit to the Swag. We felt so welcomed and cared for. The hikes are incredible; the food is delicious, and all the people we met were so kind and fun to talk to. We hope to be back one day!
5 sur septembre 11, 2013
We had a wonderful weekend at The Swag. It's hard to explain how it can be "rustic" and elegant at the same time, but that's what it was. There was no amenity that was missing and the service was great. Everyone was so very friendly and always asking what they could do to help. There was no nickel-and-diming, either. A 15% service charge was added and no one seemed to have their hand out. We loved that.
4,4 sur septembre 08, 2013
Amazing grounds, staff, and rooms. One of the best weekends we have ever had---definitely serves as a special event venue!
4,6 sur septembre 04, 2013
The thoughtfulness and graciousness of the innkeepers are extraordinary. A very special place and a truly lovely inn. Thank you.
5 sur septembre 04, 2013
We visited The Swag Inn for a long weekend to celebrate my boyfriend's 60th birthday. Everything was absolutely wonderful from the moment we arrived! Can not wait to go back!
5 sur août 23, 2013
Over the years I have found The Swag equally delightful, with comfortable rooms, delicious food, and interesting activities. The staff is exceedingly thoughtful and helpful. Whether you want a challenging walk or a peaceful rest, they are happy to arrange for it. The mountain vistas and woodland trails are among the best in the country yet can be experienced in the lap of luxury over many days.
5 sur août 20, 2013
Beautiful location, wonderful service and amazing food! What more could you ask for in a vacation? Lovely!
5 sur août 18, 2013
Nothing could be improved upon. A perfect experience ... 5 star !!!
5 sur août 17, 2013
Great hiking in a beautiful setting. Comfortable authentic rooms. Great food with friendly professional service. I can't wait to return.
5 sur août 15, 2013
The Swag has been on my “bucket list” since we first discovered it several years ago. It is a most unique mountain inn in the Western North Carolina Mountains. We have visited The Swag in the past having been there for their fabulous dinner and gourmet lunches on Gooseberry Knob with miles of views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This year we had the opportunity to stay at The Swag for a wonderful experience. A true Shangri La in the mountains. We love it! A place that reminds us of what is important and how to really appreciate the beauty of these fantastic mountains, the scenic views, and the cooler temperatures. I highly recommend it to anyone I chat with who is visiting the western NC mountains for either an overnight stay or at least going for the Wednesday “Gourmet” Picnic or delightful Swag dinner. The Swag is a “bucket list” destination. The Swag is an all-inclusive resort. Needless to say we are definitely “Swag Fans!”
4,8 sur août 14, 2013
The Swag Inn is everything you could want in a mountain top retreat-beautiful setting with warm, comfy accommodations, excellent food, hiking trails at your back door, very thoughtful amenities (including your own walking stick to take home) and privacy when you want it with time to meet and chat with guests, as well. A very special place for celebrating life's special events or just a much needed get-away. While it is expensive, it is worth it at least once, and after that, you will be spoiled for any other mountain retreat!
4,6 sur août 14, 2013
This was our first time at the Swag, and we had a great time. The owners and staff are absolutely fantastic at what they do, and make sure that every guest is made welcome and has a relaxing, wonderful experience. Service is the best I've had - the staff are very good at being attentive without hovering or making you too aware of their presence. The rooms are beautiful, well appointed and very clean. The food that is provided as part of the stay is absolutely wonderful as well, and when you consider what the cost would be to have meals of that quality, the cost to stay at the Swag is reasonable. Despite the fantastic food, service and rooms, what probably is the greatest feature of this resort is its location. It is a secluded, mountaintop retreat with plenty of hiking trails on the property to fill a 3-day stay (or more). The website is wonderful and has fantastic photos, but it still cannot do it justice (nothing could). The Swag house itself is surrounded with beautiful landscaping, and swarming with hummingbirds, butterflies and birds. The trails on the property are well maintained and provide access to some amazing terrain. The property is also located right on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so you have access to several longer trails there. The only thing that was less than perfect was the location of one of the rooms that we stayed in... the Salmon Room is close to everything, but also in the middle of everything. If you are a light sleeper or would like a private location, you might want to choose a different room. It was not a major problem though - I would go back in a heartbeat, and I would stay in the Salmon Room again, but I would look for other options too.
4,2 sur août 14, 2013
Exceeded our highest expectations !
5 sur août 13, 2013
Beautiful views, great hikes, delicious food, elegantly rustic atmosphere, exceptional service. Can 't wait to go back!
5 sur août 13, 2013
My husband surprised me recently for our first wedding anniversary with a stay at The Swag Country Inn. I can honestly say that this was the best get away ever. The service was amazing from the time we pulled in until we packed our bags and drove away. The food was outstanding and the accommodations perfect. Before we checked out, we had reserved another stay for this November. I can't wait to return to a little piece of heaven. I would recommend anyone looking for perfection, make your reservations now. You will not be disappointed.
4,6 sur août 12, 2013
A truly off the wall experience from the entrance at the gate to the top of the mountain. A wonderful refuge to refresh your energy, renew your spirituality, and appreciate the glorious wonders of nature on the mountain top. SBC from SC
5 sur août 01, 2013
We stayed at The Swag for three nights, wished it had been longer! Very warm welcome, spectacular location, attentive staff and grand lady of the house. Plus great food at all the meals.
3,6 sur juillet 31, 2013
The Swag is the perfect mountain retreat. My husband and I have been numerous times and enjoy it immensely each time. We love the hiking, the food is wonderful, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. We are left with wonderful memories of the hummingbirds, sitting on the porch, the beautiful fire in the fireplace in the main room and the views of the mountains.
4,8 sur juillet 29, 2013
We stayed five days and four nights at The Swag and loved it! Great service, wonderful accommodations and so much high-quality food that hiking felt mandatory. The location must be the best in the Smokies. A bit pricey, but worth it to us.
5 sur juillet 25, 2013
Wonderfully embracing in everyway. A fabulous combination of outstanding outdoor activities and relaxation.
5 sur juillet 23, 2013
Our time at The Swag was absolutely phenomenal. The staff was helpful and friendly, the food at all three meals each day (plus mid-day fresh baked cookies, and hors d'oeuvres at the social hour before dinner), and the room could not have been nicer. There was nothing we could've wanted for, and everything we did want was provided to us instantly with a smile. We also had a chance to do some birding and nature exploration with the guest naturalist who was there for the week (included in our stay), and took some solo hikes alone The Swag's many beautiful walking trails. Hands-down, this was our favorite getaway in years!
4,6 sur juillet 20, 2013
Everyone made us feel welcome and the seating at meals allowed you privacy or social...your choice. There was so much more to do than our two days could accommodate. We will be back!
5 sur juillet 20, 2013
Although expensive, The Swag offers a unique experience in rustic luxury. It combines breathtaking closeness to nature and old fashioned hospitality and attention to detail provided by the inn's personable and personally committed owners and hosts, Dan and Deener. For three days we felt like family, albeit very pampered family.
4,6 sur juillet 18, 2013
Warmly greeted when we arrived. Upgraded to a beautiful cabin. Majestic setting. Incredibly relaxing. Owners on property, always a plus. Food was high quality but not very exciting. The food WOULD NOT keep me from returning, it just made a "5" a "4.9". We will return...
3,8 sur juillet 09, 2013
Our stay was very enjoyable. The Inn makes an effort to extend gracious hospitality, from the staff and the owners. The food was wonderful. We will return.
5 sur juillet 09, 2013
What a wonderful place. The Matthews are exceptional hosts, putting their heart and soul into The Swag. The food, views, property, rooms, hiking, service, staff, and all the little extra touches at The Swag are fantastic. One criticism: it rained a lot during our stay precluding hikes, so a workout room would have been nice. Nevertheless, highly recommended.
4,8 sur juillet 03, 2013
A fabulous return to The Swag! Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it's worth it. Every detail has been thought of and the staff works discreetly behind the scenes to ensure you have a beautiful and stress-free experience. We keep going back!
5 sur juin 19, 2013
This Cathedral in the sky is here to refresh,renew and remind us of how life giving nature is. The Swag accommodations are in keeping with the surroundings. The staff is warm and personable. We were greeted at the driveway by first name and wished a Happy Anniversary.( We had spent part of our honeymoon there 15years before.) We came back to hike to the waterfall and renew our relationship together at this sacred place. There are so many little special hidden treasures that have been well thought out along the trails. Places to stop and pause and enjoy. Every detail is magical. Each guest is given their own beautifully carved walking stick with their name on it . Every meal is prepared with food from their extensive vegtable gardens. Mornings there was a fabulous homemade buffet of everything you could possibly want. Lunch was our choice of a bag, basket or backpack lunch for your day of outdoor adventure.. And if that wasn't enough there was tea,cookies and the like for the mid afternoon . Evenings began on the porch with a beautiful spread of hordeouves followed by a delectable meal.There was fun mountain singing entertainment afterward. Our room had fabulous veiws , a fireplace and aways a bed either made up or down without ever seeing anyone around to make it so! We have pledged not to stay away so long , this place calls you back to touch the sky. Thank you Deener and Dan for the kind anniversary note and dear little pottery vase with flowers from your gardens. This special touch is an example of who you and what the Swag is all about.. peace, joy and kindness.
4,6 sur juin 19, 2013
This was our 3rd stay at the Swag and we love it!! Accommodations are the best - super clean, fabulous attention to details, nightly turndown with chocolates, superb amenities, and the most relaxing setting. Hike, sit on the porch or on the lawn swing and read, homemade cookies at afternoon tea, wonderful backpack lunches, and Dan and Deener make you feel so welcome - like you are visiting your best friend from high school again!!!
5 sur juin 17, 2013
This was my 4th stay at The Swag over 16 years. Every trip has set a new standard of what an inn could and should be. From owners Dan and Deener to the kitchen staff to the room staff, everyone makes you feel like a dear friend who has come to visit. Sitting family style with the other guests as well as Dan and Deener allows you to exchange ideas with some of the most interesting people you will encounter anywhere. In addition, the guest speakers add a whole new aspect to the stay. Guided hikes, story telling, history of the region and other special interests add the frosting to this special cake. Don't let the cost chase you away- considering what The Swag offers on a daily basis, it may actually be underpriced. Where else can you step off of the "dog trot" of the inn, take a dozen steps or so and be in Smoky Mountain National Park? Or you can stay on the property and hike their Nature Trail, rest in one of the family "Hideaways" or sit on the porch and gaze out at one of the most beautiful views you'll encounter anywhere. The fact that most of the guests are repeat visitors speaks to the special experience of The Swag.
4,8 sur juin 14, 2013
Celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary late, wife's birthday, and my birthday early. Thoroughly enjoyed the picnic on the mountain, missed it last visit due to weather. After dinner with Doug Peters and his lovely wife is a real treat. Dan and Deener continue to raise the bar - no misses here!
5 sur juin 12, 2013
This was our second stay at the Swag and it was even better than the first stay. Our expectations were exceeded and the quality of the room, service and food were outstanding. We will return soon.
4,6 sur juin 12, 2013
My wife and I are well traveled and also very frequent travelers in NC, yet we had never heard of The Swag until someone I work with parents stayed there. We are STILL Savoring our Swag time, it was too quick a time to get it all in, we are so excited to be returning in October again. Deener, the staff, the accomodations, the FOOD, the warmth of guests and staff. Hideaway and it's Copper outdoor shower, SO nice. Just a GREAT relaxation and celebration of 27 years of marriage. Denner and the Inn went out of their way to recognize and celebrate with us. Bill Harley entertained us each evening as well, WHAT grand times and memories ! AWE-mazing !
4,0 sur mai 20, 2013
We spent 3 nights at The Swag in May 2013. It is a lovely and special place. Our room, Laurin's Room, was wonderful. The food was great. We had bad weather throughout our stay and didn't get to see the views until the very last morning before we left. We did some hiking in the rain but overall we were unable to really enjoy the place at its best. We made the best of it and enjoyed ourselves but we think it worth mentioning that it is important to realize how dependent you are on the weather at a place like this -- and the weather on top of a mountain can be very different from the valley below. We have stayed all over North Carolina and this is an expensive inn, even for a luxury hotel. We have stayed in places that were just as nice that cost far less. In short, we really liked The Swag but are not sure if it is worth the cost.
5 sur mai 10, 2013
My husband and I chose The Swag to celebrate our anniversary. We have stayed in the Blue Ridge mountains several times because we love to hike. But this time we were looking for something a little bit nicer than a rented cabin. The Swag gave us that and so much more.You are pampered constantly and yet feel like one of the family. They have fantastic hiking right on their property. You come back from a long hike and shower and then dine on a gourmet meal. One night after dinner the hosts and most of the guests sang around a player piano. It was great fun with some great people. We can't wait to go back. It is a bit pricey, but well worth the cost.
4,0 sur mai 06, 2013
5 sur avril 29, 2013
This is the third time we have been to The Swag. We stayed 3 nights (Tuesday-Thursday). They opened for the season the day before we got there. The room (Bishop's Room) was terrific. It was the week that Donald Davis was there to tell stories and lead hikes. Once again, he was wonderful. Deener and Dan are the most gracious hosts. They greet and know everyone in such a way that the stay is like a family get together without family rivalries. There is a new executive chef, and the food is still outstanding. We have stayed at many inns around the world. The Swag is the most beautiful and relaxing of them all. Dan and Deener really do involve everyone in such a way that it becomes a event with old friends.
4,4 sur novembre 15, 2012
We arrived at the same time as Hurricane Sandy but fortunately for us it was far to the North but we received between 8" and 1' of snow. While it was a devastating storm for the Northeast it created a magical wonderland at the Swag. Cozy, warm, log fires set in our fireplace in the cabin, rustic but with all the amenities. Meals were in the main lodge and were generous and fun to share experiences and time with other guests. The owner and staff are fabulous; we had great service the whole time. The weather eventually cleared, the snow melted and we were able to view and experience some of the great beauty of the Smokey mountains. Highly recommend the Swag; it's a must see.
5 sur novembre 15, 2012
Last week I proposed to the most wonderful woman in the world and of course wanted this experience to be perfect. The staff kept the secret and went out of their way to make sure that the evening would go as planned. Deener Matthews was the perfect host and it was a pleasure to spend some time with her as well. Thanks again for all that you have done for us the swag will always be a special place in our lives. Mike Blanton President Successful Financial Strategies
5 sur octobre 25, 2012
This was our 5th stay at the Swag and we had a fabulous experience, as always. What's not to love about the glorious NC mountains, the wonderful accommodations, the great food and fellowship!! Deener and Dan make everyone feel like part of their extended family and the staff is very attentive and accommodating. Try the Swag, you won't regret it!
4,4 sur octobre 15, 2012
This was our first time at The Swag and we were so enamored with it we made reservations to return next year. We cannot wait to get back and we cannot say enough good about it. It is quaint yet sophisticated and the staff treats everyone like family. The food is excellent. There are no televisions in the rooms which was okay with us. There is a television in the library for those who cannot live without it. The activities there mostly include, relaxing, dining and hiking the beautiful trails of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It is atop the mountain so be prepared for the winding road but realize the effort is well worth the drive. First timers should arrive during daylight hours. Come prepared to unwind and forget your troubles at this magical place in the clouds.
4,8 sur octobre 05, 2012
Magical place. Thoroughly enjoyed. Everything was great. No complaint but a suggestion: warm the maple syrup for breakfast.
2,8 sur septembre 23, 2012
we celebrated our anniversary at the SWAG. We had a wonderful time. Loved our trout fishing experience and the extraordinary beauty of the inn and its setting. The inn was full though and the fact that there was a very large party occupying the main dining area meant that we didn't get a chance to dine with other guests, which we normally enjoyed. We were sad that the hummingbird feeders had to be taken down due to a small bear drinking them and we had several glitches with the front desk. Otherwise, our stay was extraordinary. The SWAG is a special place for special occassions.
4,8 sur septembre 23, 2012
We went to NC for a weeks vacation and stayed at the Swag for 2 nights. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed. Up 5000 feet on a mountain is rustic luxury. Once you drive up and set what the Swag has the offer you don't want to drive back down for anything. Nor do you need anything as your every need is attended to including beautiful walking sticks for hiking. The 3 meals that are included every day are wonderful the scenery breathtaking. The staff and owners gracious. The rooms are all rustic but yet refinded at the same time. We met wonderful people who were staying had great conversations and yet had plenty of time alone in the peace and quiet of the Smokeys or our room. Although quite expensive I can say surprsingly that is was worth every penny.
4,4 sur septembre 10, 2012
It was the perfect place for us to enjoy each other. We were able to get away from it all and focus on what is important. If you are in love with someone, then this is the perfect place to go/be and you are little bit closer to heaven.
5 sur septembre 05, 2012
You could not do any better than a weekend at the Swag. Everything was perfect and Deener and Dan treat and welcome you like you were their own family. The entire staff is outstanding.
5 sur septembre 04, 2012
No one who visits the Swag could ever doubt the existence of God. Sitting on the porch and enjoying the view before you should convince you that all that is before you didn't happen by chance. Breakfast at the Swag is my favorite meal of the day, beginning with a bowl of steel-cut Irish oats cooked in apple cider. What a way to start the day. You always meet such interesting people when you stay at the Swag, and your hostess, Deener Matthews is a delight.
5 sur août 28, 2012
The food and room were superb. The dinning is fun and the people you meet stimulating. Another great visit in the mountains. Relaxing but, lots to do if you prefer.
5 sur août 24, 2012
The Swag is a very special place that should not be missed! Truly spectacular mountain top location with 5 star service, outstanding food and amazing service. The staff are attentive, helpful and friendly. The owner is incredibly warm and classy. Every possible effort is made to indulge the guests and ensure a wonderful time! It is worth every penny to stay in such a magnificent location with such thoughtful service. We look forward to returning soon!
5 sur août 20, 2012
We stay at many b&bs and inns. This is the best for a place to "chill out". The rooms are all different, very nice, and interesting. The location is spectacular right next to Smoky Mountain National Park at 5,000' elevation. One can walk trails in the park or the 250 acres of Swag property. The staff is very attentive and personable. The food is outstanding. Probably the best feature of all the exceptional features is that each week there is a special activity led by different guests in residence. These are experts who lead flower walks, birding, and storytelling. In addition, the proprietors, Deener and Dan, give the place a personal feel like it is your own family's summer home.
4,2 sur août 20, 2012
Gorgeous setting. Great service from a friendly staff. Chance to meet interesting fellow travelers. Two days is not long enough. Recommend at least three.
4,8 sur août 05, 2012
Two days of heaven literally on the border of the Smoky Mountains. What wonderful hosts... This was the first of what will be many trips!
4,8 sur juillet 31, 2012
The staff go out of their way to accommodate, the Swag is gorgeous, meals are terrific. Great place to relax. We will come again!
5 sur juillet 29, 2012
when we were late to breakfast, the staff came to our room to be sure we were ok and asked if we would like something prepared for us. we have never had the type of service and consideration anywhere else.
5 sur juillet 22, 2012
A three night return to The Swag was wonderful. This is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places we've visited. Service was warm and welcoming. Food had improved since our first visit a few years ago, and was comparable to fine urban dining. Lot's of little touches make this well-run place special, and the setting is hard to beat. Can't wait to return to one of those hideaway hammocks!
5 sur juillet 11, 2012
Rustic luxury is not an oxymoron – it’s the Swag My wife and I just spent our second consecutive year at the Swag celebrating our wedding anniversary. This year we stayed in Gail’s room and it was fantastic. Nothing in this room has been forgotten in the design, amenities; and details. The mountain view of the Blue Ridge from Gail’s room is unmatched. Last year we stayed in the Terrace and it’s obvious that all the rooms are a unique experience. The Swag is a special place. It’s rustic and luxurious. The customer service from every employee is outstanding, and the owners/inn keepers, Dan and Deener’s love for what they do exudes quality in every aspect of the Swag experience. The Swag is a must and we are planning our next trip.
5 sur juillet 09, 2012
The accommodations were beyond expectations. Everyone we talked to thought they had the best room. "The Cabin" is fabulous. My favorite room was the back porrch with a fire place and shower. This place will light any couples' fire. Every wish was met with a smile. Interesting and friendly guests to interact with or not. The Picnic was one of the best that either of us had attended in our 66 years. Great food and views beyond description. We had a special treat of having dinner with Deener 2 nights. We will definitely return. You need to spend at least 5 nights. We didn't get to see and experience everything that is available.
4,2 sur juillet 08, 2012
We have been to the Swag 16-18 times over the last 20 years - never a disappointment. Deener and Dan are great - it's the best place we know to just relax for a few days.
5 sur juillet 08, 2012
The Swag is a very special property made even more so by its gracious, energetic proprietress Deener Matthews. There is much thoughtful attention to detail everywhere you turn. The views are outstanding and there are numerous cozy places to sit and relax and take it all in. Hiking trails abound both on the property and in the adjacent Great Smoky Mts. National Park. The food was wonderful. Highly recommended.
5 sur juillet 08, 2012
The Swag exceeds your expectations....if that's possible. The food is out of this world. The staff is exceptional! However, they manage to keep an atmosphere as if you're a guest in Dan and Deener's home. This isn't the pompus atmosphere of The Ritz...it is a group of folks who genuinely care about you forgetting all your worries during your stay with them. As for value, The food is worth a good portion of he room rate. They suprise you during your stay with little gifts. What's best, once you make your way on the property, not a dime comes out of your pocket. They think of everything. The views and hiking are breathtaking! Highly recommend hiking to the waterfall. I never heard the word "no" during our stay. Simply amazing. I can't recommend The Swag highly enough. We will be finding a way to make it an annual trip. Chris
5 sur juillet 07, 2012
Gorgeous views, friendly and accomadating staff, terrific food and a cozy room! We loved our weekend get away! We also took advantage of the fly fishimg trip for two with Alvin and had a blast! Thanks so much, we really enjoyed our stay! The Dablocks from Columbia, South Carolina
5 sur juillet 01, 2012
The service is beyond outstanding at The Swag. You are truly made to feel wanted, that your stay is very important to them. It is definitely worth the money. The accomodations and meals are excellent. I have no complaints, other than the stay was too short!
5 sur juin 25, 2012
The Inn is located at the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Moutnain National Park at an elevation of 5000 feet. We actually hiked to the Inn on one of the trails that passes along the edge of the park to within 10 yards of the Inn. To go from one of the most beautiful areas in the world to one of the most beautiful Inns in the world was a treat we will never forget. The Swag is as good as it gets when it comes to small country Inns. Everything was awesome - the room, the views, the amenities, the service, the food, and most importantly, the innkeeper. Deener greeted us when we arrived. She was at breakfast and dinner, eating and conversing with the guests. She was gracious and hospitable, and her touch, along with her husbands, Dan, could be seen through out the Inn and property. It was a special two nights that my wife and I will never forget. We would recommend it to anyone who is looking for that special place. Tom And Valerie Ward
5 sur juin 22, 2012
If you want to be spoiled rotten in an idyllic country setting, this is the place.
5 sur juin 06, 2012
Gorgeous setting, great service, a wonderful escape!
4,4 sur juin 01, 2012
The staff at The Swag are the most gracious and accomodating I have ever experienced. This was our first trip and we felt so welcomed. Hope to go back many times!
5 sur mai 31, 2012
The Swag is an absolute gem. It's a case study of the way things ought to be done. A gracious hostess and host; a magnificent setting; warm; attentive and professional staff looking after every detail; inviting, comfortable accommodations; superior food... The Swag is a perfect place to get away, relax and enjoy fine hospitality the way it should be experienced. Carla and Bob Reich
5 sur mai 30, 2012
We have stayed in some of the finest inns around the world, but none finer than the Swag Inn. We were made to feel comfortable from the moment we arrived, and the service and attention to every detail never disappointed. It is truly a very special experience, from the views to the service to the food to the rooms. It is well worth the money.
5 sur mai 23, 2012
My wife and I spent two nights in Gail's Room at The Swag. It exceeded all our hopes for a relaxing anniversary trip. The two mile drive into the property transported us into a self-contained world of simple elegance. The staff was friendly and accommodating and anticipated all our needs. Hosts Dan and Deener were fantastic in making us feel welcome. We will be back.
4,6 sur mai 20, 2012
The Swag is high up in the mountains of Haywood County - as they'll tell you, the highest county east of the Mississippi - with 18 peaks over 6,000'! I think The Swag is on top one of those peaks! The long, winding dirt/gravel drive up to the property helps with the reality that you are really getting away from it all. (And the drive is a bit of an adventure for us flat-landers). The Swag House is lovely- but we stayed in The Woodshed which was magical. When we left our home in Florida it was 89 degrees, but there it was only in the high 50s so we got to use the fireplace...a lot! And they provided this rather unique mixture of woodchips that made lighting a fire...even for the inexperienced, a breeze. The room was exquistely appointed...copper soaking tub, steam shower, sauna, outdoor shower and porch, a cute little living room plus small wetbar/kitchen area. The entire property sits literally on the boundary with the Great Smokey Mountains national park...so the hiking trails that you use are literally in the park. The hikes were wonderful (again, a little challenging for us flatlanders)...they packed our lunches, gave us walking sticks (with our names on them!) and instructions and sent us on our way. Dinners were wonderful affairs...you could sit at a communal table or a table for two...your choice. There was a 'cook out' night on Thursday and an elaborate picnic on Wednesday. We had a wonderful time...and the staff was consistently cheeful, helpful and genuine in their interest in our stay. This will become a tradition!
4,6 sur mai 14, 2012
Great place to get away and enjoy the Smokies and great food.
4,8 sur novembre 27, 2011
The Swag is heaven on earth. Rustic and comfortable, yet with exquisite attention to detail.
5 sur novembre 23, 2011
Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and the attention given to every little detail is amazing. A beautiful setting, lovely rooms, lots of outdoor activities to do if you choose, and a ton of great food! Thank you so much.
5 sur novembre 21, 2011
We were celebrating a special birthday and couldn't have been more pleased with this weekend. Beautiful mountain scenery and service beyond comparison. This is really a special place and we thank Deener and Dan and the staff for a memorable visit.
3,8 sur novembre 20, 2011
Terrific hospitality, wonderful location, natural beauty and superior dining especially the Sunday Brunch.
4,2 sur novembre 17, 2011
I could write pages, the words would not begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at the Swag. Our only regret, we could not stay longer! If you can....make sure you are there for the Wednesday Picnic. The entire SWAG Staff did an outstanding job to make it special for their guests. I say guests, yet we felt like family....we did not even lock our door! Deener and staff have paid much attention to details....it showed. A favorite place from our first visit (we are coming back) is Dan's Hideaway. This private spot offers two rocking chairs and a double hammock in a secluded area of the mountain.....a small brook flows by and proved to be a great place for our wonderful lunch (packed just for us) and a refreshing nap. Can't wait to hike the other trails and see what they have to offer. We stayed in Gail's Room. The view from the porch...the rocking chair in front of the fireplace....the STEAM SHOWER and SAUNA.....and the extra surprises ...... We are happy to call ourselves "Swaggers"!! We tried the Antelope Tenderloin offered one evening, it was wonderful. If you go hungry, it is your fault. For the Alberts, it is well worth the drive from the gate....to the top of that mountain.
5 sur novembre 02, 2011
Just got back from a 4 night stay at The Swag. This was our 4th year making a fall trip there and it was, as always, a fantastically relaxing and enjoyable time. Deener and Dan are marvelous hosts, the staff is friendly and efficient, the food is great, the scenery is amazing, and hiking in the GSMP is terrific. A little slice of heaven on earth if you ask me. We've alredy booked our dates for next year.
3,6 sur novembre 01, 2011
We loved our stay here. The natural beauty was spectacular. Deener is a gracious host.
4,8 sur octobre 25, 2011
5000 feet on top of a mountain looking out over seven mountain ranges that display all the fall colors of leaves against a Carolina blue sky which catches glimpses of hawks and other migrating birds as they flow silently through the sky...... add to this an incredible bed and btreakfast that provides service and hospitality that is above and beyond anyones dreams. This is The Swag. The owners make sure that everyone has a perfect vacation and that all will come back for an exctended stay the next time. There is no place like this .
4,6 sur octobre 24, 2011
This is a wonderful place to spend time -- being in the outdoors, eating good food, having stimulating conversations, and relaxing. The colors this fall were outstanding!
5 sur octobre 04, 2011
This is the most incredible place. I see the view everytime I close my eyes. Deener is a gracious innkeeper and her staff is top-notch. The food is always excellent.
5 sur septembre 19, 2011
The whole experience was fantastic.....the setting, the staff, the food, guides to lead walks into the Smoky Mt Natl Park....it could not have been any better. We have already booked 3 nights for summer 2012.
4,8 sur septembre 06, 2011
As always the food, staff and setting are superb. The innkeepers, Deener and Dan make everyone feel special. We have returned for several years, as have most of the guests we met this weekend. The hiking, the bluegrass band, the views--all great. I think this was our most fun visit ever, but maybe I always say that. Can't wait to go back.
5 sur septembre 05, 2011
Deener and Dan are the best hosts as are all the employees. There's nothing like being in the mountains with 70 degree weather when it's 100+ at home AND it's a placd that has fabulous food and interesting guests!
4,2 sur septembre 04, 2011
Wonderful place, beautiful views, friendly staff always helpful. Lodging was great, food fantastic. You will not be dissapointed.
5 sur septembre 04, 2011
It brings joy to my heart to know of a beautiful, gracious, cool place to escape to when the temps are soaring and stress fills my days. We loved every minute of our stay from the hike, to the gorgeous room, to the delicious meals, to the lovely surprise of fellow guests that were so much fun to share the weekend with, we'll be back over and over again now that we have discovered this gem.
5 sur septembre 01, 2011
I took my wife there as a surprise for her birthday, but we were both surprised by what we found. I had heard great things, but nothing prepared us for this. This place is amazing. Stay in the "family room" cabin, and you won't be disappointed. Julie showed us around, and basically acted as concierge. She is amazing. I can't say enough good things about The Swag. We will be back.
4,4 sur août 25, 2011
The Swag is one of our favorite places to spend a few days. It is very relaxing. One can park on arrival and not even get into the car until (sadly) the time to leave. We never want to leave. We really enjoyed Donald Davis' storytelling; it is a highlight of our stay. The food, the staff, the service ... outstanding. This is an inn that one should not miss.
5 sur août 20, 2011
This is a spectactular inn. You will not encounter better meals or a more attentive wait staff.If getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you should try this inn. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit andlook forward to returning.
4,6 sur août 09, 2011
My husband and I spent 3 days and nights at the Swag Country Inn from July 15-18. The accomodations were fantastic, the meals were outstanding and the service was impeccable. The best part was the cool weather which was a welcome relief from the 100 degree days at home. We made full use of the two fireplaces in our cabin.
4,8 sur août 07, 2011
As this was our fourth stay at The Swag, our expectations already were high. Even so, the staff's friendliness and helpfulness are amazing--they greet you by name and remember details of what you like (after we shifted to sit next to one another rather than across a four-top table, we found our places set that way at dinner the next night); after we used the outdoor shower on our porch, the housekeeper put the next morning's fresh washcloths out there rather than in the bathroom's shower. I mention these small details because after several very happy visits we're no longer surprised that the food is excellent and the room is wonderfully comfortable and large. Having said that, though, we were pleasantly surprised by the food: antelope was tender and rich, pork roast was accompanied by perfect spaetzle and roasted apples. This year we caught perfect weather, too. High temperatures during our four days never topped 78 degrees; nights were cool and breezes were refreshing. We can't wait to return.
5 sur août 04, 2011
A fantastic, romantic, gastronomic and outdoor wonder place. You feel miles away from the world, but surrounded by a caring and obliging staff. Nothing is too much trouble for them to handle. Very highly recommended!
4,8 sur août 01, 2011
The Swag is located on a secluded, picturesque mountainside that provides a rustic, yet elegant accommodation with outstanding gourmet food and unsurpassed personal service. A member of the distinguished Select Registry, the Swag exceeds the high quality standard established by the association. Guests visiting the Swag will not be disappointed. Simply the best of the 20+ high quality B and Bs we have experienced.
5 sur juillet 25, 2011
One of the best vacations my wife and I have ever experience!
4,4 sur juillet 18, 2011
My husband and I loved this getaway. After living with beautiful vistas among the clouds, it was hard to come back down the mountain and return to our regular lives. Sonya Clark
5 sur juillet 13, 2011
Have stayed in many B&B's over the years and the Swag is absolutely in the top 3! Incredibly awesome beyond words in any review.
4,8 sur juillet 11, 2011
This was our ninth visit over a ten year period starting in 2002. My wife and I look forward to our annual "pilgrimage" to The Swag in the North Carolina mountains. We enjoy hiking and renewing friendships with other annual visitors. We have already made our reservations for 2012. We have stayed in the Rock Room and Laurin's Room on various occasions.
4,0 sur juillet 09, 2011
The Swag Country Inn is a great place to go and relax away from it all, quite, and the most beautiful views. The food is so wonderful with a mixture for everyone. The only thing that I didn't like was the price, it is a little overprice even for all that they offer.
4,6 sur juillet 05, 2011
Fantastic! Had a wonderful anniversary get-away here. Every bit as advertised. If you like a lodge atmosphere with high-end amenities, you gotta go here. Hard to rate a place here that you "expect" to be "outstanding", but The Swag really is. Expensive, yes, but you'll understand when you go. Many reviewers here are 55+, but there's so much here for less senior folks who love the outdoors and a relaxing atmosphere. If you think a mountain lodge is a romantic place, this is the one to go to! The rooms are wonderful. Caveats? Hiking destinations are great, but trails might not be as "developed" as you expect. Still, great maps and directions are provided. You'll want to get out and explore this beautiful area.
5 sur juillet 05, 2011
Great Inn, wonderful people, warm receiption and incredible food. One of the best stays we've experienced. Would definitely recommend this for anyone needing time away in the beautiful mountains of NC.
5 sur juin 27, 2011
This is a wonderful place to stay and should not be missed. The staff can't be beat. The service is fantastic and the other guests are delightful.
3,8 sur juin 23, 2011
This was our second stay here. The last time was 10 years ago. It was even better than we remembered. It truly is a place to go to put your busy world back into perspective. Dan, Deener & staff are the key to making this oasis.
5 sur juin 19, 2011
The Swag Country Inn is more than a Smoky Mountain resort. It is an experience that will leave you planning your return trip before you depart. Park your car and forget the hectic world 5000 feet below this mountain gem. All is provided during your stay. The personalized treatment from the owner and staff combined with a location that is one of the most beautiful in the Smokies puts the Swag on top of the list of the best places to stay.
5 sur juin 15, 2011
Arriving later than expected, and after dinner was served in the dining room, we were met by gracious staff and served a beautiful 3 course dinner in our room accompanied by a special cake for my daughter celebrating her graduation. The rest of our stay was no different, with every detail beautiful, the grounds impeccable, and the hikes invigorating. The room was exceptionally comfortable and the food delectable and plentiful. We loved our stay and can't wait to go back.
3,6 sur juin 15, 2011
Our stay was a birthday present for my wife, she loves antique cabins. She was wonderfully suprised when I drove her up to Swag. She will remember her time there as long as she lives. Great staff, fantastic service and incredible views. Our experience at the Swag fed our souls.
3,8 sur juin 08, 2011
A wonderful place with amazing views. The Swag is a charming venue with personalized service. You can immerse yourself in with the guests or go your own way, or do a bit of each. Deener and Dan are the most entertaining and delightful "inn keepers" and you feel as if you are visiting friends rather than visiting a hotel. They offer a warm welcome and allow the guests their privacy or get them to mingle, which ever the guests choose. You must not miss this. Whether you are local, American or international, well traveled or barely traveled, you will enjoy a stay at the Swag.
5 sur mai 25, 2011
Ms. Matthews, Thank you and the staff for a great weekend. We have been recommending The Swag all over Lakeland. Let us know about Thanksgiving. Best Wishes Jim Mallless
5 sur mai 22, 2011
Everything about our 2-day stay at the Swag was exceptional - breathtaking views, gracious hospitality, friendly relaxed service, delicious food. Outstanding!!
4,8 sur mai 18, 2011
We have travelled all over the world, The Swag is our new favorite. If you love gorgeous views, gourmet food, amazing hiking trails, and your every need met before you even knew you needed it, this is the place for you. They have thought of everything. There are hideaways all over the property and no need for your car once you arrive. The most refreshing place we have ever been. The best staff too!
5 sur mai 12, 2011
Stayed for three nights in May. Where can you go for such a view at 5,000 feet, the national park at your back door, and outstanding food at every meal? Not stuffy, casual atmosphere with attentive staff.
3,6 sur mai 08, 2011
We went to the Swag as a birthday/anniversary celebration. We were their first guests of the season and had a large staff waiting on our needs. They upgraded our room as we were the only guests on a monday night. After a lovely hike along their nature trail, we had a glass of wine and appetizers by a blazing fire. Dinner was a wonderful multicourse meal. WE got to chat with the chef, who is new this season. The next day we did a great hike in the smokies which is literally right outside thier door. They add lots of extra touches; hiking sticks as a gift, a scumptious lunch for our packpacks, birthday cake and another little gift with dinner. Lovely Innkeeper and family, attentive staff and a great Inn cat, Malcom. We had a great stay. It's a splurge, but worth it for a celebration.
5 sur mai 08, 2011
this inn is where we come to relax and get away from the outside world. Deener is a great host, who will make your visit very special and enjoyable. it is not for everyone, but, if you want a quite place, good hiking trails, excellent food, and being able to set your own social pace, you will love the swag. we have enjoyed our 10 stays and will return soon.
4,2 sur novembre 01, 2010
This was our first stay. An amazing place. You feel like you have your own national park and a wonderful staff and owners to take care of you
4,8 sur octobre 29, 2010
We came to hike some trails in the Smokey Mountains that were accessible from the Swag. We had a great hike with a delicious lunch included with the room. This is a unbelievably beautiful setting and the Inn has thought of everything. All the meals were great.
5 sur octobre 23, 2010
My husband and I have made The Swag our annual getaway trip after discovering it 13 years ago. We always look forward to the beautiful and peaceful setting, outstanding customer service, and fantastic food. Deener and her staff are masters of detail. We are true Swaggers!
4,8 sur octobre 19, 2010
We have been to the Swag many times over the past 25 years and have fully enjoyed every visit. We went twice this year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. It is a great place to relax, do some hiking, and enjoy the food and people including the hostess and the other guests. If you like the outdoors in the neighborhood of the Smokies you can't beat the Swag.
4,8 sur octobre 14, 2010
A fantastic resort located on a 5000 foot North Carolina mountain top. Rooms have the feel of mountain living while providing all the modern amenities. Food is superb. The staff and ownership truly know the meaning of hospitality. Clean air, beautiful views, nature walks, and tranquility abound each day and night.
4,8 sur octobre 14, 2010
Great place to just relax in a mountain setting or hike in the Smokie Mountains.
4,8 sur octobre 11, 2010
The Swag is a wonderfully rustic yet elegant retreat in the mountains. Every last detail is taken care of for you so you have nothing to do or think about, just relax. It truly is a wonderful escape. I found all of the staff to be expectioanl and the property and the views were breathless.
5 sur octobre 02, 2010
We were fortunate to join friends who had previously visited The Swag! The Swag is resort retreat for anyone desiring peaceful surrounds, beauty of nature, delicious meals, and pampering staff. From private hideaways to croquet, from Malcome to chocolates, from Deener to gardner, from views to respite, if you desire to be pampered and deserve peace, The Swag is for you.
3,0 sur septembre 19, 2010
Amazing setting with breathtaking mountain views. We were at the Swag for two nights and wanted to stay outside as much as possible. There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors no matter if your preference is to be active or relax. Don't miss the views from Gooseberry Knob (a short hike). We also really enjoyed our hike with Bob and Louise Collier and would highly recommend joining them for a hike if your stays coincide. I wouldn't make plans away from the property unless you are there for several days.
5 sur septembre 18, 2010
The food is superb, the views can't be beat, the hiking is incredible, the rooms are to die for, and the staff is fabulous!
5 sur septembre 07, 2010
5 sur septembre 07, 2010
This mountain top resort has been my destination for 10 years, and each year brings new and wonderful surprises. The special features during the week enable the young or older to enjoy.No one should miss the barbeque or the elegant picnic on Goosberry Knob.I love the chef's explanation of each meal's preparation as well as the beautiful presentation. You are truely pampared from the moment you arrive.
5 sur septembre 07, 2010
We enjoyed our stay at The Swag so much! Everything was top-notch. We celebrated my birthday there and everyone made me feel special. We went to Hilton Head and Charleston after our stay with you and they just did not compare. We plan to return next year. Thank you for making my birthday so special!
4,8 sur août 24, 2010
Amazing views, awake to the clouds appearing to be below you. The Swag Resort is an exceptional place to relax, hike and enjoy wonderful food in the smoky mountains. Our room had a great fireplace, private porch and steam shower that we truly enjoyed. The staff made us feel as if we were part of the family in for a long weekend. We so agreed with Deener (the owner) who said she had a seven-month house party. She and her staff makes everyone feel as if they are close neighbors. The hiking was fantastic and challenging for this 50ish in fair shape! I can not think of one thing I would change..
5 sur août 13, 2010
The minute you round the last curve on the driveway, you're relaxed. Be prepared for: gorgeous mountain views, fabulous very individual rooms, pampering by staff, excellent food, stimulating conversation or quiet time for reading, hiking trails right outside the door, the best innkeeper ever. You'll feel at home and won't want to leave. You'll plan your return as you drive down the driveway.
5 sur juillet 29, 2010
We have enjoyed several anniversary celebrations at The Swag and we leave looking forward to our return. The Swag is secluded on top of a mountain with gorgeous views. Every room at The Swag is wonderful and the owners and staff attend to every detail to make your stay extra special. The meals are outstanding and we have never been disappointed in anything at The Swag.
4,8 sur juillet 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.
4,8 sur juillet 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!
5 sur juillet 08, 2009
It is hard to describe the natural beauty of the setting and the peace you feel. The spectacular views, the Smoky Mountain National Park is your backyard and the hiking doesn't get better. We stayed in the new suite - Gail's Room, it was the most amazing suite we have ever stayed in. The food was to die for and the personal service and warm hospitality surpassed all expectations - we will be back!