Starry, Starry Night…

After dinner on our way to bonfire…

The stars were the show at this magical get-together. The sky was a gorgeous deep blue and it was filled with so many stars it was hard to fathom. At home, we have other homes and trees around us, so we can only see little pieces of the sky/stars… so this was awe inspiring – and very, very hard to leave. Soon the chairs had wonderful, interesting people filling them and stories were shared.

There is a magical place that exists in this world where you can stay in a beautiful setting 5,000 feet above sea level (which is saying a LOT coming from Charleston, SC – elevation 19′). Where you can have dinner in a stunning setting, with the very best of ingredients. And… you can end the day with a fireside chat with friends. The fire is built, the s’more ingredients are available (homemade marshmallows!) from your server after dinner. It was breathtaking and this photo doesn’t do it justice. Thank you Steven for a great time!

This magical place is called The Swag. I’ve mentioned it before because it is just SO breathtaking. I have many photos from our trips there and one is usually on my desktop, ha ha.

What comes across so clearly is that the owners (David and Annie Colquitt) care, truly care about this place and have made it over the top special. The General Manager, Will Jones – Wow, I have never seen an individual with such excellent people skills.

Here is a blip from Will Jones via the Relais Chateaux website, I simply could not have said it better myself:

“Epic views and authentic hospitality combine for the most intimate of experiences.”

Maître de Maison – Will Jones

“The path that leads to The Swag is the best of life itself. Strikingly beautiful, it offers all that is essential to mankind: nature, rivers and healing mountain air. Perched almost a mile above sea level, at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — The Swag is a high-altitude retreat boasting breathtaking views of North Carolina’s highest peaks. Located near Asheville, a stay here is the ideal change of scenery to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed, especially after one of the many memorable hikes. Nestled deep in the woods, it is the epitome of a romantic getaway where the concern for the environment, remarkable array of amenities and delicious traditional cuisine only add to its rustic charm. Hosting only a few dozen guests at any one time, The Swag is a favourite of thoughtful travellers who treasure the property’s rare, restorative combination of epic natural beauty and authentic hospitality.”

Cannot wait until we can visit again!

👩‍💻 Until next time…

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