The Swag, Waynesville, North Carolina
Situated at 5,000 feet, just outside Asheville, The Swag has the distinction of being the highest inn in Eastern America. The Appalachian vista justifies the trip. Perched on the Cataloochee Divide, The Swag offers panoramic views of four mountain ranges: the Great Smokies, the Plott Balsams, the Richland Balsams and the Black Mountains. It also shares a split-rail fence with Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This idyllic property is named for the dip between the two mountain crests on which it sits, but it could just as easily be named for its little extras. Meals are included in the room rate. There are rustic touches aplenty—wood-burning fireplaces, handmade quilts and rocking chairs. The buildings are comprised of hand-hewn logs. Yet, travelers be warned: The Swag is located in a dry county. So while the inn is not permitted to sell alcohol on site, guests are welcome to arrive prepared. Pack accordingly. Rooms from $490; 2300 Swag Rd.; 828-926-0430; theswag.com.