Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 16: Jim Rubendall

For our sixteenth episode of Meet The Swag Staff, we want to introduce Jim Rubendall, who is finishing his first season at The Swag, our Smoky Mountain inn bordering The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you are neither a night owl nor an early riser, there is a decent chance you have not met … Read More

Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 15: Linda Duckett

Meet The Swag Staff is back with Episode 15.  We are pleased to introduce our wonderful Pastry Chef Linda Duckett.  Linda is in her 13th season at our award-winning mountaintop hideaway preparing delicious sweets (including Swag Bars), homemade breads, and other baked goods for our guests!  Most mornings, you can also find her at the omelette station, … Read More

Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 14: Shelby Bakken

On this week’s episode of Meet The Swag Staff, we are pleased to introduce Shelby Bakken, our Assistant Manager of Housekeeping at The Swag, which was recently named a Top Resort in the South by Condé Nast Traveler.  Shelby has been a key part of The Swag family since 2013 and is now in her … Read More

Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 13: Emilie and DeeAnn Rose

Meet The Swag Staff is back with Episode 13, and we are pleased to introduce “The Swag Sisters”: Emilie and DeeAnn Rose.  DeeAnn (whose full name is Ardelia for her great grandmother) is our wonderful Sous Chef who is in her second full season at The Swag.  Emilie is a key part of our Dining … Read More

Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 12: Regina Donlin

Meet The Swag Staff is back with Episode 12.  We are pleased to “stay in the dining room” and introduce you to another one of our incredible servers, Regina Donlin, who has deep Smoky Mountain ties going back over a century!  Regina is joining us for her second season at our award-winning mountaintop hideaway.  Before joining The Swag, … Read More