The Swag Country Inn is the ultimate, luxury romantic getaway in the North Carolina mountains. Sitting at 5,000 feet elevation on the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is near Waynesville and Maggie Valley. Deener and Dan Matthews have lovingly created this 250-acre oasis as the idyllic place to "get away from it all." With their remote lofty perch at the end of a two-mile private drive, you will not want to leave. Each stay includes three meals a day, many places to enjoy their endless views and plenty of pampering.
The main living room in the main Swag House is a former country church from Tennessee. They bought the log church, dismantled it and built their living room with the circa 1795 logs.
Innkeeper Deener Matthews loves to chat with guests at the hors d'oeuvres hour at 6 PM in the dog trot. At 7 PM the dinner bell rings, inviting you inside to a four-course dinner. In the morning, watch the sun rise over the Smokies from the porch with a cup of coffee. Then enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet with plenty of delicious choices.
A quarter of a mile walk from the Inn is Gooseberry Knob, the prime picnic spot. On Wednesdays, enjoy their over-the-top picnic there (day visitors welcome). On other days, they supply you with a picnic basket or backpack lunch.
A mile-long split rail fence marks the boundary. Options for hiking from The Swag are many since they are directly connected to 800 miles of trails in the National Park! A must hike is a two-mile roundtrip to the top of Hemphill Bald to enjoy one of the best views in the Smokies. Or hike to Purchase Knob on the Cataloochee Divide Trail. Play croquet, horseshoes, or badminton. Wind down the day by soaking in the hot tub under the stars.
In addition to rooms in the inn, stay in one of their luxury cabins. The name "Woodshed" may not sound romantic or luxurious. But it is!
This cabin bedroom features a sumptuous king bed and stone porch with outdoor shower, looking directly into the lush forest of the national park. Turndown service includes a nice souvenir gift and locally-made chocolates.
WOW is the word for many of their bathrooms. This copper soaking tub in the Wood Shed is perfect for two. Adjacent is the glass enclosed steam shower and your own wood sauna.
The Swag is open mid April through mid November. Be sure to make reservations well in advance, especially for weekends.