“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
One afternoon in late February, I sat down with a cup of chamomile tea and one of my favorites, the latest edition of Victoria magazine. I was thumbing through, and the words “A Mountaintop Haven” grabbed my attention. It was a gorgeous two page spread of a highly recommended small country inn in the Great Smoky Mountains! I knew that “The Swag” was a place I now wanted to visit, so I immediately checked their website! I called and made reservations for the first week of May…I knew this would be the perfect get away for Butch and me! So we took off and after only five and a half hours of driving, we arrived at this scenic 250 acre property at an unbelievable altitude of 5000 feet. Breathtaking is an understatement! The owners are an amazing couple that built it as a family retreat in 1971 and decided in the early 80’s to share God’s beauty and blessings by opening it as a country inn…and I am so glad they did! This beautiful inn provides privacy with no noise, crowds or traffic…just the sound of birds and the beauty of the mountains. It can only accommodate 40 guests (which is perfect), so let’s not tell everyone about it…shh! It can be our little secret!
Nestled among peaks of 6,000 feet and bordering the Great Smoky Mountain Park, this rare mountaintop hideaway is a treasure to be discovered by nature lovers. In the Appalachian Mountains a “swag” is a dip between two mountain peaks not deep enough to be called a gap or a pass. So in case you wondered how the inn got its name, now you know.
Before we unpacked, the lounge chairs were calling our names!
The largest was a church from Tennessee that forms the main living room and dining room.
My sweet man works so hard and he never takes time to relax. This was exactly what I had hoped for!
As you can see, preparations were being made on the dog trot by the friendly staff.
Breakfast is served buffet style between 8 and 10 a.m. In the left hand corner of the dining room is a coffee and tea station with an espresso machine…have I mentioned how much I love espresso? The large table had an abundance of offerings…stone-ground grits, crispy bacon, perfectly cooked sausage, steel-cut oatmeal with all the trimmings, fluffy pancakes, house-made cinnamon rolls (my personal favorite), moist coffee cake, omelet station with all the fixings, and the lightest and fluffiest cheese biscuits. Of course, there were several choices of juice.
The living room with its large antler chandelier is welcoming any time of day. If the weather is cool, the wood burning fireplace will invite you to pull up a rocker and relax. The Stave puzzle on the coffee table intrigues guests to linger.
The needlework tells about the owners. Their names Deener and Dan, along with the name of the inn, and the word Trinity. On September 11, 2001, Father Dan was the rector of Trinity Church Wall Street and its chapel, St. Paul’s, a historic place in the shadow of the World Trade Center. He was there when the towers fell. He helped firefighters and rescue workers, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who felt lost. He saw what he calls the “shadow of life.” Now he spends his time at this beautiful sanctuary that he designed!
I spent a quiet afternoon resting…
Please stay tuned for part 2 of our getaway next week. Have you ever found a small gem of a place to rest and relax? I would love for you to comment and share with me!
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