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The Innkeepers

The Closest B&B and Boutique Hotel to the Main Entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Chalet Inn & Suites' Innkeepers, George and Hanneke Ware

Owner/Innkeepers George and Hanneke Ware

G eorge, a US Army Officer stationed in Germany, first thought about opening a bed and breakfast while enloying the hospitality of the various Gasthäuser (bed and breakfasts) as he traveled in Europe. After retirement, he sought practical experience in the hospitality business and began searching for the perfect location. George knew it had to be in Western North Carolina (having fallen in love with the area in 1979, on his way from Fort Bragg, NC to Command and General Staff College in Kansas). George first managed a restaurant with TPI Restaurants Inc., then spent a season with High Hampton Inn & Country Club.

In the fall of 1990, he found and purchased the property he had been searching for. Three years and a great deal of sweat equity later, George felt he created a touch of Europe in North Carolina, and began sharing it with others. He even commissioned an award-winning German artistic-blacksmith to create an Aussenhangenschild (a wrought iron sign, originating in the Middle Ages in Europe and still found today on many Gasthäuser (bed and breakfasts) in Germany's older towns and cities) to hang on the front corner of The Chalet Inn.

With all the moves associated with military service George was never able to be an active member of the community he lived in, and vowed this would change when he retired. George is a member of the Jackson County, Swain County, and Cashiers Chambers of Commerce as well as founding members of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. George was selected as Swain County's representative to the Publicity Committee of Smoky Mountain Host, the regional tourism agency, and he has been appointed by the Jackson County Commissioners to the County's Travel and Tourism Board of Directors for three terms, where he has served as Chairman of the Marketing Committee. George has also served as Alternate Foreperson and Foreperson of the County's Grand Jury.

George and another Retired Army Officer did the research for and developed the map of activities, hikes, waterfalls, etc. that is the centerpiece of the County's Tourism brochure. So don't hesitate to ask for information or suggestions. He will be happy to prepare a custom sketch map based on your desires for your day's activities.

George still enjoys exploring and finding new adventures where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Great Smokies. You may encounter him "puttering" on a new landscape or wildlife habitate enhancement, so don't hesitate to ask for information or suggestions on things to do. He will be happy to prepare a custom sketch map based on your desires for your day's activities.