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Synchronous Fireflies + The Swag Will Make For An Unforgettable Night

Annie and I are proud to be partnering with Cataloochee Valley Tours to offer an incredible experience to our guests.  On June 3 and June 6, Esther Blakely and the team at CVT will lead 12 guests each night to a secret location just outside of the National Park to witness the synchronous fireflies. As a … Read More

Steve Yocom to Lead Hikes & Photography Lessons in the Smoky Mountains

We are pleased to announce that Steve Yocom has agreed to serve as an Event Leader this fall to lead guided hikes and photography lessons at The Swag, an award-winning mountain hideaway in the Smoky Mountains.  Whether you take photos on your iPhone or with a professional camera, Steve will share lessons that will help … Read More

Elk, Wildflowers, Mushrooms, and More with Esther Blakely at The Swag

Did you know what mammal was most recently reintroduced in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?  If you said, “elk,” you are right.   Elk were once widespread in Southern Appalachia but were losing ground to loss of habitat and overhunting.  According to the National Park Service, the last elk in North Carolina was killed in … Read More

The Swag’s Thursday Night Barbecue Hosts Elevated Mountain Distilling

On July 12th, Elevated Mountain Distilling Company came up the mountain to share a taste of their locally-made whiskeys, vodkas, and moonshine with Swag guests at our Thursday night barbecue.  This part of the world has a very rich culture and long history of making spirits, and Elevated Mountain Distillery is continuing the tradition with … Read More

Watercolor Classes and Walks in the Woods

Earlier this month, Gay Bryant joined us at The Swag for a wonderful week of watercolor classes and hiking.  Gay is a painter and printmaker from Knoxville, Tennessee, and a great friend of The Swag.  (You can visit her website to see her own wonderful work!) Each morning, Gay led a short hike, and each … Read More