The Swag, celebrating its 30th season in 2011, has always valued our returning guests. However, in the early years, we didn’t really have a way to reward repeat Swaggers. Then, in 1991, The Swag became a member of Select Registry which had a loyalty program called the Golden Quill. This program has evolved over the years to provide repeat guests a loyalty reward of $25.00 on their fourth visit to a Select Registry property.
In 2011, Select Registry revamped the Golden Quill Loyalty Program making it easier and quicker to earn a reward. Now after only 12 nights, not stays, guests are entitled to a $100 gift certificate issued by Select Registry that can be used at The Swag, or any other member property. To participate in the Golden Quill Loyalty Program simply register on the Select Registry website and enter your nights after you check-out. With the program now being online, there are no more cards to keep track of and no more stamps to collect at check-out. It’s just that easy!
And if that’s not enough, this season The Swag joined Stash Hotel Rewards. Stash is a new hotel rewards program where members earn and redeem points for free nights at authentic, independently-run hotels across the U.S. Swaggers have the opportunity to earn five points for every dollar spent on the base rate which can add up quickly for free return visits to The Swag, or over 150 other unique independent properties across the U.S. Stash, which is just over a year old, continues to grow and has already expanded by 25+ properties since we joined in April. With Stash, there are no membership numbers to remember or cards to carry, your Stash account is tied to your email address. To join, enroll online at the Stash website or pre-enroll at check-in.
Whether it’s Golden Quill, Stash, or both, rewarding loyal Swaggers has never been easier. Collect the rewards you’ve earned and enroll today.
After somewhat of a hiatus during the month of July, The Swag welcomes back several special event leaders over the next several weeks to educate, lead hikes, and entertain. Renowned storyteller Donald Davis concludes his week of “Walks and Talks” tonight (8/21) with stories after dinner. Donald returns for his final week of storytelling this season beginning September 25th. If you’re interested in bird watching, you don’t want to miss the return of Dr. Bob Collier who arrives tomorrow (8/22) for a week of “Birding on the Lawn” each morning and then daily nature hikes. Bob will be with us through the 26th and will return on September 12th for his final visit of the season.
Grammy winning storyteller Bill Harley arrives at The Swag on August 29th for fun filled evenings of music and imagination that’s great for the entire family. Bill will take us into the month of September departing on the 6th.
The following week it’s “Songs from the Hearth” with Doug Peters. Doug, and his wife Kathy, are passionate outdoor enthusiasts and will be leading daily hikes. After dinner, Swaggers will gather in the Great Room as Doug plays and sings some of his original songs about life, love and adventure.For more information on these and other Swag special events, visit our Special Event Calendar on our website or check the Eventson our facebook page.
Doug Peters w/daughters Analise & Madison out hiking on the AT come across another "Swag".
Photo by Glasscock.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is by far the most common species that breeds in the eastern half of North America. Ruby-throats are intensely inquisitive and thus easily attracted to feeders, where males in particular typically display aggressive territoriality toward rival hummers, other birds, and even insects such as bees, and butterflies. They quickly become accustomed to human presence, and as many Swagges can attest, will swoop down to investigate red articles of clothing, possibly as potential food sources.
Did you know?..The Swag currently has four hummingbird feeders out on the front porch which Swag staffers fill twice daily. That equals 384 oz. of necter a day, WOW!
Speaking of hummers, don’t forget our birding expert Bob Collier returns later this month for Birding on the Lawn and daily hikes. Check out our Special Event Calendar for more information.
The license plate with the distinct black bear image is benefiting wildlife throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer, thanks to strong plate sales and numerous projects to support black bears, trout, elk, and other wildlife. The North Carolina “black bear” license plate, which benefits Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, brought in $102,900 in the last quarter, an increase of more than seven percent over the same period in 2010.
Of the extra $30 annual fee for each specialty tag, $20 goes to Friends of the Smokies to support projects and programs on the North Carolina side of the park. Launched in 1999, the North Carolina Smokies license plate has now raised more than $2.4 million.
“The Smokies are a true refuge for black bears, brook trout, salamanders, elk, and thousands of other species,” said Dan Matthews, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Smokies and co-owner of The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville. “We are very glad for the opportunity to help protect these wild creatures and to have so much support from drivers all across North Carolina. They are the ones who make these important projects possible.”
Deener has hers, do you have yours?
More information on the license plate for both NC and TN can be found by visiting the Friends of the Smokies.
The Blue Ridge Parkway will Celebrate Heritage & Community this Saturday, August 6, at Waterrock Knob. The celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. running until 3:00 p.m. with ongoing craft demonstrations throughout the day as well as Cherokee dancers, Appalachian storytellers, old-time and bluegrass music, and clogging. The day will end with a naturalist lead hike through the knob.
Waterrock Knob, located at Milepost 451 on the Blue Ridge Parkway is about 21 miles from The Swag and a visit there tomorrow would be another great way for Swaggers to experience the history and heritage of the region.
For more information on the parkway or the days events, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Association or Asheville Citizen-Times.