It’s been a great opening to our 32nd season! We’ve had a many guests with us this year celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, as families and as couples! We’ve had several families enjoy the entire property as their very own “home in the mountains”, all meals included of course. They’ve gathered here from all of the country to spend a few days together s family and friends to catch up with one another and play some games of horseshoes, cornhole, croquet. They’ve spent time on the trails hiking and enjoying a massage when they return. We also were the mountaintop destination for a family corporate retreat. A mix of business and family can even be a great getaway! It’s great to see our guests enjoying time together, as couples, family, friends or business partners, with no worries other than “what are we going to eat next?”.
The weather has been a mix of sun and rain, but guests always seem to be able to make the most of whatever the skies bring. Hiking through the foggy, moist and wet woodlands of GSMNP brings a completely different feeling of peace to your soul. After the hike, a warm and cozy fire in the fireplace following a rejuvenating warm shower in one of our 7 rooms with outside showers, is a perfect end to a morning hike, or afternoon hike…you choose! Trees have finally completed filling their branches with fresh, new leaves and the many beautiful wildflowers continue to say “hello” along the trails!
Our Wednesday picnic has been filled with guests who hike up with our event leaders. Some guests choose to hike up to Gooseberry on their own. Others have chosen to ride in the ’93 Land Rover Defender, especially since we have completed major repairs to the ¼ mile road going to Gooseberry…we’re calling it “HWY 2300” now.
Malcolm is honoring us with his presence as he chooses. With rainy and cool days, he likes to stay in his garage snoozing rather than hanging out on the porch with guests. We do however see him from time-to-time on the front porch steps at check-in, waiting to greet arriving guests, in hopes of curling up on their laps once they get settled.
It’s always a great day at The Swag!