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Review of The Swag

The Swag
Ranked #21 of 121 Restaurants in Waynesville
Price range: US$25 - US$70
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hemphill Road
Description: Welcome to The Swag! This intimate hideaway is nestled among eighteen peaks over 6,000 feet and this extraordinary log and stone lodge is a treasure to be discovered by today's lovers of nature. The old split rail fence marking the boundary of Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a few yards from the Swag Lodge entrance, and well marked hiking trails abound both in the Park and throughout the two hundred fifty acre property of our award-winning Inn. Our own trails are complemented by the national park's vast network of hiking trails carefully mapped to scale and available for all guests and especially enjoyed by the wilderness novice. For over thirty years we have developed and enhanced our fourteen romantic guest rooms with wood-burning fire places, steam showers, balconies, patchwork quilts, and "Ritzy Rustic" amenities galore. Very special dining is a proud tradition at the Swag beginning with hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. each evening and leading up to our chef's four-course dinner at 7 p.m. Exceptional country breakfasts and delectable back-pack lunches add to the day's leisure nature walk or the more ambitious high country exploring. Join us for one of our gourmet picnics each Wednesday at noon on our Gooseberry Knob, or savor our Thursday evening barbeque cookout! Expansive beams, 200 year-old hand-hewn logs and native Appalachian crafts authenticate our desire to capture the romance and integrity of living graciously while authentically close to nature and all its wonder. Our seasonal inn operates from mid-April through November. Located near Waynesville, thirty miles west of Asheville, North Carolina.
Reviewed 1 November 2013

We were fortunate enough to receive a gift certificate for 2 nights at this wonderful place. We enjoyed every minute we spent there. From the moment we walked into the Inn and were greeted by a lovely lady who made us feel that we were the most special guests she had that day to the gourmet lunch that we had as we sat in the Adirondack chairs at Gooseberry Knob it was all great. The dinners we had were excellent and the service was outstanding. The guests from various areas of the country were friendly and interesting. The hikes we took were fun and the information that we got from the people who led the hikes and the small info sessions we attended was very interested. I actually learned that "the bat is my friend". Our room was perfect with rustic charm but a bathroom that was anything but. I have already told the generous person that gave us this treat for Christmas last year that a duplicate gift this year would be great!!!!!!

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Thank anna57540
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We enjoyed 2 nights in the terrace room in mid October. The leaves were not at their peak but the view from the porch was idyllic. The owners have truly thought of every detail for a perfect inn experience. Each course of food was very good. We enjoyed hiking the nature trail, Hemphill Bald and the Waterfall trail. We had to leave before Sunday brunch. I would describe the inn as rustic elegant and the guests as down to Earth and warm. We hope to return.

Thank Travel2livewell
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Forgive my review for being a bit lengthy, but upon our decision to try this place I wished there had been more extensive reviews on TripAdvisor. So, here goes:

My husband and his best friend were celebrating turning 30 and the wives thought it would be a good excuse to finally try the Swag. We decided to go for dinner on a Friday night. Upon calling to make the reservation (which by the way, reservations are required) I was given loads of helpful information about the dining options and process and I also asked, that since we were local and not staying at the Inn, could we arrive earlier in the day to hike some of their trails? Sure, no problem. We thought they'd have one hike worth doing, and boy were we wrong. Suddenly our half day free for hiking was gone and there were still areas we wanted to explore. Before starting our hikes, we checked in to pick our dinner and dessert selections for that evening - more on this later. It is tough to find better views than off the trails at the Swag. First, we hiked Hemphill Bald - a steep trail up, but only about a mile. The views from here are phenomenal. There are benches and a table to eat lunch there, and we sure wished we did. You can sit in the sun or shade and enjoy the light breeze with breathtaking views. From there, we headed back towards the Inn but opted to take the Nature Trail back. While that trail wasn't much, there were plants and trees marked with plaques explaining what they are. There is also a hidden hideaway that had 2 rocking chairs and a hammock overlooking woods and a stream that became the perfect resting spot for our sore muscles. Further down the trail we came upon a pond, with a swing rope, hammock and floating dock. If it wasn't mid-October we might've just gone for a dip. Across from there was a Badminton Court, which we had a blast playing. The court is mostly shaded, surrounded by Rhododendron bushes. A neat little hideaway. Afterwards, we still wanted to go to Gooseberry Knob, but the women were too exhausted to hike more. We instead went to discover another hideaway, while the men hiked it. Almost back at the inn we spotted a croquet court, but didn't have time to play. We headed home to shower to make it back for dinner.

The restaurant is BYOB, so we brought a bottle of wine. Upon arriving for dinner we were immediately greeted, cork popped and glasses in our hand. They suggested going up to Gooseberry Knob with our wine to see the views. We decided we'd better go, so slowly we made our way up there. Another beautiful spot, only about .25 miles from the Inn. Another hideaway exists up there, along with a gazebo, hammock, and plenty of chairs to watch the sun set or rise. Back to the Inn, the hors d'ouvres were set out. There was a wide assortment, all pretty tasty. Once dinner was ready we headed into the dining room to find our table and sit down. Since we were there celebrating birthdays the host made a nice announcement and the Inn even gave them a couple of small gifts. Our first course with dinner was a small salad with a bacon vinaigrette and the best bacon bits I've ever tasted. Second, was a root vegetable puree (soup) that was good. Our main course, is where we had options. Choices were salmon, filet, rabbit, and a vegetable dish that I don't remember. Between the 4 of us, 3 ordered the filet, cooked to medium rare, and 1 ordered the rabbit. Only one filet was cooked medium rare, the other two were just slightly overcooked. We all swore that the filet was supposed to come with a crab and leek risotto, but we got risotto with asparagus, and no crab - not sure what happened there. All in all, the entrees were all tasty. For dessert, we had more options and 2 of us chose the chocolate lava cake with butterscotch drizzle and the other 2 chose a puff pastry and fruit medley with creme fraiche. The lava cake won.

The ambience, the people, the views, and the property were phenomenal. The food... well for $64 a person, (then add tax and tip) nothing blew me away. It was good, but I would never spend $64 on that again. However, since we spent the day there hiking and exploring the grounds, we felt we got a good experience overall. I definitely recommend experiencing the Swag at least once, but I think next time we'll try out the picnic lunch option for $20, and spend the day exploring.

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7  Thank JillLovesTravel
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We had the opportunity to take in the weekday picnic at the Sway last week. It was wonderful. Since we were not guests we made a reservation and drove up to the Inn. The drive up is something but well worth it. The picnic is held out on a point a 1/2 mile from the Inn. It is the best view in all of Maggie Valley. The staff was wonderful and the food was great. If you are in the area and want to take away a very special memory do go to the Swag for their picnic lunch.

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2  Thank Macman448
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

This is another unique restaurant in Haywood County. Very Pricey but nice for special occasion. Have also taken several hikes there where they supply the backpack, food, and hiking stick. Their dessert was to die for!!!!! I highly recommend doing the back-pack lunch.

Thank Terry R
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