I have been lucky enough to travel through two of the three distinct regions that make up North Carolina: The Coast, The Piedmont, and the Smoky Mountains. Today’s hotel comes from latter of these.

Near the artistic mountain retreat Ashville, The Swag hotel, perched almost a mile above sea level on the summit of the Great Smoky Mountains, combines authentic hospitality with epic natural beauty. Step into a luxury hideaway.

From guided hikes on world class trails to local farm fresh meals in romantic settings, The Swag promises to provide you with a fully immersive experience. The Swag is more than just an amazing stay. It’s a one-of-a-kind getaway.

There is an adventure for everyone at The Swag—from guided hikes in the spectacular Smoky Mountains, to spotting constellations in a gloriously clear night sky, to letting go of your stress in The Swag Spa.

The main living room complete with roaring fire is a former country church from Tennessee. They bought the log church, dismantled it and built their living room with the 1795 logs.

The Swag is an award-winning, romantic mountaintop hideaway now in its 40th season. On 250 acres at an elevation of 5,000 feet, The Swag borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The all-inclusive Swag provides incomparable views, world class hiking, fine dining at every meal, and the ultimate in relaxation. Andrew Harper named The Swag the “Most Romantic Hideaway” in his 2018 Grand Awards. The Swag was also named the #2 “Top Resort in the South” in the Conde Nast 2017