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The Swag Earns Top Honors in Travel & Leisure Magazine Rankings

Travel & Leisure recently announced their 2018 World’s Best Hotels and we were honored to be named to the list.  Thank you to all of our wonderful guests who voted for The Swag! The Swag was ranked as the #3 Hotel in the American South and the #1 Hotel in North Carolina!  We were also … Read More

A Note From Deener Matthews

As we included in our most recent newsletter, one of our highlights from this season has been welcoming Deener, Dan, and the rest of the extended Matthews family back to The Swag for a family reunion in June.  Deener asked that we share the below letter.  We are reproducing it here for those who may … Read More

America birthday at The Swag

Happy Birthday, America — Independence Day at The Swag

We had a wonderful time marking America’s 242nd birthday with guests from all over our great nation: Arizona, Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina.  What a celebration it was!  The Swag Staff did a wonderful job decorating the property for the occasion, as you could hardly look in any … Read More

“Southern Appalachia in a Bottle” — New Drinks on the Dogtrot

Next time you come relax on the dogtrot, be sure to take a look inside the cooler, as we are proud to be offering new, complimentary drinks from the locally-owned Waynesville Soda Jerks.  As you take in the amazing mountain views at the “Most Romantic” Hideaway (per Andrew Harper), feel free to grab one, or … Read More

Knife Skills at Swag Cooking School

The Season’s First Cooking School at The Swag was a Treat

The Swag is hosting three cooking schools this season, and Chef Jake Schmidt kicked off June with our first cooking school.  We were joined by guests whose cooking experiences ranged from “casual weekend cooks” to couples who plan their vacations all around the world specifically to participate in cooking schools. The first course was a … Read More