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Synchronous Fireflies + The Swag Will Make For An Unforgettable Night

Annie and I are proud to be partnering with Cataloochee Valley Tours to offer an incredible experience to our guests.  On June 3 and June 6, Esther Blakely and the team at CVT will lead 12 guests each night to a secret location just outside of the National Park to witness the synchronous fireflies. As a … Read More

Steve Yocom to Lead Hikes & Photography Lessons in the Smoky Mountains

We are pleased to announce that Steve Yocom has agreed to serve as an Expert-in-Residence where he will lead guided hikes and offer photography lessons at The Swag, an award-winning mountain hideaway in the Smoky Mountains.  Whether you take photos on your iPhone or with a professional camera, Steve will share lessons that will help … Read More

Meet The Swag Staff: Jill Metterhausen

We are pleased to introduce Jill Metterhausen, a member our amazing Guest Services team, who started in 2014 with The Swag.  Deener and Dan quickly saw Jill’s talents and promoted her to be Director of Guest Services in 2015, a role she held for two season. In 2017, Jill took the year off to spend … Read More

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