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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from The Swag

Dear Friends,

We hope this note finds you healthy and joyful. As we prepare for Christmas and reflect on this unforgettable year, we are full of gratitude for so many people– for the guests (new and returning) who were able to visit The Swag in 2020, for our friends from years past that were unable to travel due to health concerns, and for the incredible team at The Swag who braved all that this year brought with grace, flexibility, and optimism.

Whether you were able to join us this year or not, The Swag remains a special place because of you, our guests, and The Swag Team. We are thankful for the entire Swag Family.

For many — including us –, The Swag provides a refuge from the busyness, conflict, and stresses of life at a lower elevation, and that was only made more clear in 2020. The Swag will strive to serve as that place of refuge and rest in 2021 and in the years ahead.

Next year is The Swag’s 40th Season, which officially begins on April 16. We hope to see you then. You can join us by booking a room today or calling our Guest Services team at 828-926-0430.

We have many exciting developments for the 40th Season. These include an expanded garden, a renovated Chestnut Lodge, expanded Spa services, a brand new website and booking platform, an outdoor fire pit, and more. We will be sharing more about these projects in the months ahead.

Also, we are thrilled to announce that we have started making a short video history of The Swag. We were honored to have Deener and Dan Matthews, the founders and original proprietors of The Swag, visit a couple weeks ago to spend the day sharing their stories. It was a gift to be able to sit and listen as they relayed the history, and we cannot wait to share it with you.

Will (age 6), Ruby (age 3), and Davy (age 1)

Even in a normal year, the holidays can be stressful or a time of sadness as we remember those who are not with us. These feelings are amplified all the more by the challenges of this year.

Nevertheless, we hope that you and your family are able to enjoy a wonderful holiday season.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope to see you in 2021!

-Annie & David Colquitt (and Will, Ruby, and Davy)