The Swag

March 23, 2011

The Swag Welcomes A New Executive Chef

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Swag @ 5:00 pm

The Swag’s new award-winning chef, Matthew Miner, brings to our Smoky Mountain hideaway more than twenty years of experience in the culinary field.  He is originally from the Adirondacks, and has a culinary degree from the California Culinary Institute. His travels at an early age hooked him into a wander-lust interest in different cuisines around the world.  He would acquire knowledge of the area and the availability of local ingredients, which fueled  his desire to cook with the region in mind and to incorporate that into his culinary style.  He calls himself “contemporary and perhaps a bit eclectic.” 

 His new challenge is to encompass Swag guests’ epicurean senses with a special Appalachian Mountain emphasis. Even though Matthew is  not originally from the South, he says he “got here as fast as I could” with his wife and son. They are living in nearby Weaverville. 

Innkeeper Deener Matthews says, “Our new chef’s arrival raises the bar for the entire level of food preparation and dining at the inn.”

March 2, 2011

A Swag Favorite Receives a Facelift

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Swag @ 9:16 pm

For 30 years, Swaggers have admired the huge old Chestnut Oak tree between The Cottage and The Swag Garden (visible from the parking lot).  Many have asked, “What is that?” or “Can we go up there?”  The answer to those questions, it’s The Swag Tree House and yes, feel free to climb on up!  The tree house is often recommended by the front office staff for guests to enjoy their Picnic-To-Go.

This winter, the tree house is getting a much needed facelift.  Crews are already working on leveling the floor.  Areas underneath will be reinforced, including the stairs, a new roof added and repairs to the wall and railing will be complete by the time the first Swaggers come through the gate to begin our 30th season here at 5,000 feet.

So don’t forget, the next time you are looking for a great spot to enjoy your Swag backpack lunch, why not check out the tree house!