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

Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 10: Joyce Griffin

Meet The Swag Staff is back with Episode 10.  We are pleased to “go back outside” and introduce you to our Master Gardener, Joyce Griffin, who is the woman responsible for the unbelievably beautiful garden at our award-winning mountaintop hideaway. She is responsible for The Swag garden that produces so many vegetables for our kitchen, flowers for our … 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

Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 9: Lucinda Sutton

Meet The Swag Staff is back with Episode 9.  We are pleased to introduce Lucinda Sutton.  Lucinda is a key member of our Guest Services Team and is in her second full season at The Swag, which was recently named the #1 Hotel Resort in North Carolina (#3 in the American South and #11 in … Read More