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The Swag

The Swag, North Carolina, Boutique Inn

When my mom and I arrived at The Swag in North Carolina, a 14-room rustic inn, we were immediately greeted by the friendly staff. If we arrived earlier a staff member would have given us a tour of the grounds, but we got there just in time to drop our luggage and sit down for dinner at 7pm. Every night at the same time a 3-course gourmet dinner is served. All of the guests sit at their assigned seats, which the owner and innkeeper, Deener, sets. Deener and her husband Dan are the loveliest people. It was an honor to sit at their table every night. They have the most interesting stories and I got some great insight from Dan. At the communal table we also met other people who were traveling. I love staying at small inns and B&B’s for this reason. You never know who you will meet.

We woke up just in time for breakfast the next morning. An elaborate spread was waiting for us in the dining room when we went downstairs. A hearty oatmeal set us up for a day of hiking and exploring the grounds. We grabbed our lunch, which was packed for us in a hiking backpack, filled up reusable bottles with their fresh well water, and set out for the the 2.5 mile hike that circles the property.

The Swag Inn, North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains

We got about 1/4 of the way on the hike and spotted a bear. If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw my post about it. We finished the hike with a little more speed to our stride. We stopped off at Dan’s Hideaway to have lunch while we listened to the nearby rolling stream. Around The Swag there are several different hideaways, each with a place to sit and relax, and most with a hammock for lounging.

The Swag, The Great Smoky MountainsThe Swag, North Carolina, Waynesville

It rained the next day, so we decided to stay inside and relax. After another great breakfast {the cinnamon rolls are award worthy}, we did a quick workout in the small weight room. We then spent the remainder of the day reading in the rocking chairs by the fire in the living room. It’s funny how I can sit and read for hours on vacation, but it’s a struggle to do that at home. That alone felt like a vacation.

The Swag, Rustic Inn, Cabin

We enjoyed breakfast with Deener and Dan before checking out of The Swag on the final day. The staff sent us on the road with a sack lunch and fond memories of our time spent there. Before we left I took one final look out at The Great Smoky Mountains from the back patio. I took a deep breath of the fresh mountain air and knew that I would be back there again some day.

Great Smoky Mountains, The Swag

Note: My walking stick arrived yesterday. Everyone gets a beautiful walking stick to use and as a souvenir. Now I need to figure out how to display it.


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