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The Swag

2300 Swag Road
Waynesville, NC 28785

Toll-free 800.789.7672

Phone 828.926.0430

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Discerning guests seeking peace and solitude often find it at the Swag, the highest mountaintop inn in the eastern United States. The Swag is an independent luxury inn located in the Great Smoky Mountains an hour’s drive west of Asheville, North Carolina and the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL).

At an elevation of 5,000 feet, the Swag’s 250 private acres share a common mile-long split rail border fence with Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a remote destination named for a ridge that gently dips or “swags” between two mountains. Here, nature has set the stage with sheer beauty and thoughtful attention to detail creates a sense of unsurpassed peacefulness and relaxation.

Founded in 1982 as a North Carolina country inn by innkeeper and owner Deener Matthews, The Swag was originally built in 1971 as the family home of Deener and her husband Dan Matthews, an Episcopal clergyman and the retired rector emeritus of Trinity Episcopal Church on Wall Street in New York City. Now in its 33rd season, The Swag’s distinctive accommodations have expanded and include private cabins and spacious suites all furnished with early American rustic antiques, handmade quilts, woven rugs, and original artwork.

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Onsite, 24 hr

  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Gardens on Property
  • Laundry Facility
  • Business Center
  • GLBT Friendly
  • Green/Enviro-Friendly
  • Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station




Outside Only

Wireless, Complimentary


Guest rooms and private cabins at our Smoky Mountain resort are all individually decorated with handmade quilts, woven rugs, early American rustic antiques, and original artwork. Most rooms feature private balconies, woodburning fireplaces, and steam showers.

  • Cabins
  • Cottages
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites





  • Antique Furnishings
  • Bathrobes
  • Fireplaces
  • Hairdryers
  • Luxury Linens
  • Private Deck
  • Private Entrance
  • Refrigerators
  • Rollaway Available
  • Telephones
  • Whirlpool or Jacuzzi
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Ironing Boards
  • Turndown Service
  • Laundry Service

  • CD Players

More about our rooms


Meals at The Swag are both social and delectable experiences. It is not unusual for lasting friendships to be forged while guests feast on our gourmet cuisine!

Breakfast specialties include our cider-simmered oatmeal, fragrant breads, fresh juices and an ever-changing variety of pancakes, omelette station, waffles, and pastries.

For lunch, we have the Wednesday chef's gourmet picnic at noon and Brunch on Sunday. Otherwise, all luncheons are either in a brown bag (if you are leaving The Swag), insulated thermal backpack if you are hiking, and a wooden picnic hamper if you want to spread a checkered cloth and eat your picnic closer to the inn.

We'll provide maps with hiking destinations clearly marked.

At dinner, the mood is elegant, yet relaxed. Our delicious cuisine is served with flair in the candlelit dining room. Vegetarian and special diet meals are available upon request.



Individual Tables, Communal, Set Times


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Special Diets Accommodated
  • Vegetarian Options

  • Complimentary Beverages
  • Afternoon Tea/Refreshments
  • Complimentary Snacks
  • Early Coffee/Tea
  • Evening Hors d'oeuvres
  • Picnics Available



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  • Amusement Parks
  • Antique Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Casinos/Gambling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Rivers/Lakes
  • Shopping
  • Sports Events
  • State/National Parks
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Sports
  • Winery Tours

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Our one of a kind location and our welcoming hospitality create a casual elegance and relaxing atmosphere for North Carolina retreats, meetings and events. Whether it’s a family reunion, executive retreat, brainstorming session, or product unveiling, you won’t find a more unique venue to relax, generate creative ideas, or simply enjoy the company of colleagues or loved ones.

  • Business
  • Family Reunion
  • Social

  • Onsite Catering

Indoor, Outdoor

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It is difficult to imagine a more beautiful, natural setting to serve as the backdrop for the celebration of a marriage. Most weddings at The Swag are relatively small events, roughly 50 to 75 people in size (maximum of 100). The couple and their immediate families and closest friends usually reserve the entire inn for at least two nights. Other friends and family can be accommodated at nearby lodging facilities

  • Ceremony
  • Receptions
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Bridal Luncheon

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor


More about our weddings services

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Swag Bars

A confectionary treat consisting of peanut butter, cornflakes and a chocolate topping. Perfect for a dessert, a pick me up in the middle of the day or to include in your backpack for when you hit the trails.