Thirty minutes outside Asheville, the Swag Country Inn—named for the dip between the peaks where it sits—borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving visitors a private experience by one of the nation's busiest parks. Besides hiking and spotting wildlife, you can visit up to 90 preserved historic structures, from churches to outbuildings, says Swag Country Inn staffer Sarah Franquet. On Wednesdays, you might choose to enjoy a gourmet picnic, courtesy of executive chef Bryan Kimmett, atop the inn's Gooseberry Knob. Be sure to take a close look at the inn's exterior—the Swag is built from centuries-old hand-hewn logs brought in from an old church in Tennessee.
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