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The Swag luxury retreat named Top 10 Condé Nast resort in United States, No. 1 in South

October 7, 2019

The Swag, a luxury all-inclusive resort in the Smoky Mountains, has been named a Top 10 Condé Nast resort in the United States and has earned the No. 1 spot on the prestigious list in the South.

The Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the best resorts in the United States and by region as voted by readers. This is the third year in a row that The Swag, located just outside Waynesville, North Carolina, has earned recognition.

The Condé Nast Traveler review calls The Swag “a mountaintop getaway of logs, fieldstone, shake roofs and natural rock porches (and) at an elevation of 5,000 feet in the Great Smoky Mountains, the views can’t be beat. The owners are delightful and engaging, and the staff are friendly and efficient.”

Annie Colquitt, proprietor of The Swag, along with her husband David Colquitt, thanked the resort’s guests for both visiting The Swag and voting for the resort.

“We always strive to offer a luxurious experience in a rustic atmosphere, focusing on warm and welcoming service to make sure every guest feels at home,” Annie Colquitt said. “Our guests are at the heart of everything we do. We can’t thank them enough for voting and for loving The Swag as much as we do. It’s an honor to be recognized again.”

Now in its 38th season, The Swag offers unparalleled hospitality, natural beauty and tranquility at its mountaintop inn. Sitting on 250 acres, it delivers fine dining and award-winning accommodations.

The property offers 14 rooms, all of which were refurbished in 2019, with stone fireplaces and steam showers. Most rooms also have private balconies. Outside the doors of the first-class accommodations are miles of hiking trails, expert nature guides and outdoor activities, massages, racquetball, badminton, croquet, a treehouse and more. Special events, such as cooking classes, birding chats and printmaking classes are offered throughout each season.

The Readers’ Choice Awards, created over 30 years ago, now boast more than 600,000 participants voting on more than 10,000 different hotels, resorts and destination spas around the world. The Swag earned a spot on the list based on a set of criteria for the hotel and resort category, which included ratings on rooms, service, location, food and dining, activities and facilities, design and value.

Guests not staying at the resort can book reservations to enjoy the seasonally inspired menus from the award-winning restaurant for dinner, Sunday brunch and Wednesday picnics, as well as gourmet packed lunches that are perfect to take on a hike.

To book reservations or for more information about the resort, visit

About The Swag
The Swag offers luxurious accommodations, allowing guests a peaceful environment where they can rest, relax and rejuvenate. Located on a secluded mountaintop just outside Waynesville, North Carolina, the inn is an ideal destination for romantic getaways, weddings, corporate retreats and much more. The 2.5-mile private drive leading to the inn climbs more than 1,000 feet. For more information, visit The Swag online.