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2300 Swag Rd, Waynesville, NC 28785-2407
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 09/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Waynesville
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The Swag is an award-winning, romantic mountaintop hideaway now in its 38th 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.
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Mixa's Travels wrote a review 9 Jun
Oldsmar, Florida2447 contributions524 helpful votes
Our first visit to The Swag was in 2007, where we actually happened on this hidden gem outside Waynesville, NC. We have visited several times over the years for either the gourmet Picnic Lunch or multi-night stays for a peaceful mountain getaway. While this visit was for a Picnic lunch, we are also anxious to see the improvements under The Swag's new ownership. Would it still have that magical charm? Wow! There have been many changes and each adds an amazing new aspect to this still charming rustic mountain retreat. Now there is a Welcome area to get guests acquainted with The Swag. Areas we saw the biggest improvements were the new huge porch outside the dining area of the Lodge offering more spectacular mountains views. There is now a nice relaxing bar adjacent to the dining room. A downstairs is a fantastic area for enjoying a variety of wines. The new Spa is ready to relieve any stress. Additionally, many of the outdoor furnishings have been updated with new hammocks, swings, and the garden is even bigger than before. The charm remains and the staff is friendly, accommodating, and welcoming. The improvements add elegantly to this amazing mountain retreat. The Swag continues to be a “hidden gem” and one of the most romantic and unique mountain retreats. The changes add both the charm and luxury of this amazing hideaway. We look forward to a return visit!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: From past experience we like the Trillium, the Woodshed and the Hemlock. They have sitting areas...
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Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 2 days ago
Hello Senior Travel Tales! Thank you so much for your kind words and continued support. We are thrilled to hear you liked all the new enhancements and look forward to welcoming you back for an overnight stay! Kindest regards, Will
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PVTraveler71 wrote a review May 2021
Los Angeles, California31 contributions10 helpful votes
The Swag is a magical resort. You feel like a member of the extended family when you check in. There is a great balance of being able to socialize with other guests during the hikes and happy hour, and also plenty of privacy as well. There are less than twenty rooms so it’s calm and intimate. The surroundings are absolutely breathtaking. Book early because we were only able to get the smallest room in the main house a few months out, but it was still lovely and comfortable. The food (all- inclusive) is also plentiful and quite good. A fun treat is the choice to have your lunch packed in a backpack for hikes each day. The Swag is a wonderful escape from everyday life!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: They will let you bring your own wine for a very nominal fee. We loved being able to bring a...
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Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello PVTraveler71! Thank you so much for coming and staying with us at The Swag! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and especially glad to hear you did not go hungry! We truly do feel like we are welcoming our guests into our home so we are glad that you felt the family love! We look forward to welcoming y'all back very soon! Kindest regards, Will
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Karen H wrote a review May 2021
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My husband and I have been going once, and sometimes twice a year since 2014. We love the staff and feel like they're our family. Will, Mark, Jill, Marlene, Jim, Brenda, Emilie, Tyler, and Shelby and the rest of the crew at The Swag are always attentive to all needs and go way above your expectations to assure your stay is unforgettable! We immediately for next year. The new upgrades are amazing, along with a fabulous new spa.(yay!!) The food will never be disappointing, Tasty and such a variety to choose from. Can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Karen! Thank you so much for your kind words and continued support of The Swag. So glad to hear you love our enhancements as much as we do (especially the spa!!). Come back and see us soon! Best, Will
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Clement M wrote a review May 2021
Johnson City, Tennessee85 contributions18 helpful votes
We were the SWAG for a four night stay last week. Our second trip, the first a two night, Autumn before last. What a great trip!We made the big 8.5 mile loop trail hike, enjoyed a continuous supply of gourmet food, relaxed in a beautiful peaceful forest environment. Enjoyed the superb Sunday Brunch Staff were all excellent, could not have been more attentive. Lost water pressure Friday for 12 hours, the SWAG Staff handled this with no adverse affects. Definitely plan to go back.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 6 May 2021
Hello clementm251! Thank you so much for returning to stay with us at The Swag! We sincerely appreciate your understanding with our water issue and strive to make every guest experience flawless even in adverse times. We can not wait to welcome you back soon! Kindest regards, Will
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Jordan P wrote a review May 2021
Tuscaloosa, Alabama2 contributions
My husband and I returned to The Swag for our second visit during a wine event hosted by Provision Market in Fairhope, Alabama. Upon arrival we were delighted by our large, updated room with a fireplace, massive copper tub, and outdoor shower. (I have to say that showering while gazing out at the mountains felt like the ultimate luxury!) We brought our infant with us and there was more than enough space for our pack and play, and the small fridge and wet bar provided a great place for fixing her bottles. The updates to the property are so well done. I could have spent my entire visit on the new porch off the dining room enjoying the fire and watching hummingbirds. The dinners were outstanding; I think the Chef really outdid herself during this particular wine event as she focused on pairing the food with the wines in a set menu. I highly recommend the hike to the Science Learning Center. It is an easy to moderate 5ish mile hike with great views, a historical cabin, and a perfect place to stop and enjoy the provided picnic lunch at the Learning Center. I would also recommend visiting the new spa, as the deep tissue massage was one of the best I have ever had. We are still trying to recreate the Walk in the Woods cocktail at home, so grab one of those from the bar for us! One thing we love about The Swag is that while it is a luxury property with excellent service, it does not seem to take itself too seriously. Many of our servers were jovial and fun. The general manager and housekeeping alike were warm and conversational. We have been lucky enough to have both of our stays while the owners were on property and they were a delight. My only regret from this trip is that we did not have one more night (well, and that my massage was only 60 minutes)! We look forward to going back.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Will Jones, General Manager at The Swag
Responded 6 May 2021
Hello Jordan P! We had some much fun hosting the Provision Market group and it was really great getting to meet your lovely family! We so look forward to being able to welcome you all back in the near future! Next time we will be sure to carve out a 90 minute massage for you! Kindest regards, Will
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Swag
Which popular attractions are close to The Swag?
Nearby attractions include Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (6.8 km), Cataloochee Valley (7.4 km), and Soco Falls (6.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Swag?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Swag?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Swag?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Swag?
Conveniently located restaurants include Joey's Pancake House, Snappy's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, and Country Vittles.
Does The Swag have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Swag accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.