Severe Weather Forces Park Trail Closures: Trails Around The Swag Unaffected

Severe weather that blew through Great Smoky Mountains National Park on April 27th, damaged several trails within the northwestern section of the park near the Cades Cove area.  Trail cleanup has already begun with hopes to have many of the trails reopened by the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  National park trails around The Swag, including … Read More

Three Days and Counting…

The holiday weekend is upon us and so many things have been happening here at The Swag in preparation for Monday’s opening of our 30th season.  Staff orientation was held this past Monday afternoon followed by departmental training.  We have a great mix of returnees and newcomers which we feel all you Swaggers will enjoy … Read More

Smoky Mountain Visitor Center Opens in NC

The new Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open its doors in time for this weekend.  The 6,300-square-foot facility is the first structure built specifically as a full-service visitor center on the North Carolina side of the park and is also the first new visitor building constructed in the Smokies … Read More

The Swag Welcomes A New Executive Chef

The Swag’s new award-winning chef, Matthew Miner, brings to our Smoky Mountain hideaway more than twenty years of experience in the culinary field.  He is originally from the Adirondacks, and has a culinary degree from the California Culinary Institute. His travels at an early age hooked him into a wander-lust interest in different cuisines around … Read More

A Swag Favorite Receives a Facelift

For 30 years, Swaggers have admired the huge old Chestnut Oak tree between The Cottage and The Swag Garden (visible from the parking lot).  Many have asked, “What is that?” or “Can we go up there?”  The answer to those questions, it’s The Swag Tree House and yes, feel free to climb on up!  The … Read More