One of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels, Blackberry Farm welcomes discerning guests who want to escape modern-day frenzy and pamper themselves in idyllic surroundings.
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In 1939, Mrs Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the beautiful Smoky Mountain foothills and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Thirty-six years later, the Beall family invested in the same romantic site to create Blackberry Farm.
Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in western Tennessee, Blackberry Farm is blessed with spectacular views, and accommodations offer a haven of carefree comfort, with heavenly feather beds adorned with sumptuous linens and plush robes and luxurious amenities.
The farm generates a range of heirloom produce from the garden, including wild flower honey, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan cheeses. Guests can enjoy two superb restaurants, and the eighteenth-century Amish bank barn also hosts a series of culinary programs that welcome visiting chefs and winemakers to Blackberry Farm.
Regardless of the season, Blackberry Farm offers a wide range activities and adventures. Pamper yourself at the Farmhouse Spa; go fly fishing on the pristine and tranquil Hesse Creek; go horse riding; find yourself on a relaxing nature hike; freewheel down mountain byways and country roads on a custom co-motion bike; or enjoy a bluegrass jam on Friday evenings in the nearby town of Walland.
Blackberry Farm offers a range of comfortable accommodations from intimate, cozy estate rooms complete with personal pantries and fireplaces to more spacious guest cottages and houses featuring in-house chefs and gourmet kitchens, perfect for families or friends traveling together. Accommodations blend rural American architecture and charm with contemporary touches and indulgences to create a luxurious home from home.
No matter which location guests stay, Blackberry Farm offers an array of indulgent amenities, including feather beds with sumptuous linens, wood-burning fireplaces, oversized soaking tubs, state-of-the-art technology, and much more.
Children journeying to Blackberry Farm on vacations and in the summer can also enjoy Camp Blackberry, a tailored program for children ages 3-12 years. Scavenger hunts, rock climbing, “dinner and a movie,” putting on a play, canoeing, gathering eggs from the chicken houses or picking fruit in the orchard, Camp Blackberry creates an authentic adventure for young guests. For children aged 3 years and up, Camp Blackberry provides fun-filled, fully supervised daily activities and for 8 years and up, the Adventure Camp is the place to be. For even younger ones, a sitting service is available.
Blackberry Farm’s renowned cuisine is definitely rooted in what comes from the farmstead as well as its Smoky Mountain heritage. The farm generates a range of heirloom produce from the garden, including wild flower honey, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan cheeses.
Owner Sam Beall, a chef by training, has been responsible for the accumulation of one of the nation's best wine cellars-with a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list-as well as the development of Blackberry's Farmstead. Blackberry Farm has a rare collective of artisans — the chef, the master gardener, the baker, the cheese maker, the forger, the butcher, the jam lady, the chocolatier, the restaurant manager, the sommelier — who have blended their talents to make a culinary destination. Blackberry Farm actively encourages guests to get involved in the farms activities, as well as cooking courses and demonstrations with the culinary team.
Guests can enjoy two superb restaurants and the eighteenth-century Amish bank barn also hosts a series of culinary programs that welcome visiting chefs and winemakers to Blackberry Farm.
Guests with outdoor pursuits in mind will enjoy horse riding, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting, tennis and croquet. Orvis-endorsed fly fishing at the ponds and streams on property or at nearby rivers in the Smoky Mountains National Park is a highlight of a stay at the farm, as are the property's seven miles of hiking trails provide guests with a variety of countryside walks and cycling trails. Guests looking for a truly unique adventure can, in season, take a camping trip into the mountains.
Sporting adventures are just a few of the activities available to guests at Blackberry Farm. The chefs and artisans on property share their knowledge with guests on a regular basis, whether it's attending a cooking demonstration, a wine tasting, or enjoying a guided tour of the property's gardens and farms to learn about where chefs source their ingredients. Each year, the property hosts a stellar series of gourmet events.
The Farmhouse Spa is located in a renovated farmhouse and includes a wet-treatment room with a Vichy Shower, for detoxifying and hydrating services. The spa's menu includes signature facials and manicures, and guests may also select customized massages and body treatments, such as the Galvlati - the Cherokee word for "heaven" - that is performed by two therapists.
Additional wellness options include yoga instruction and a 24-hour fitness room. Chose to relax by the outdoor pool that looks out over the mountains or make use of the library and while away time in a rocking chair with a good book.
Location & Directions
Blackberry Farm is situated on a pastoral 4200-acre estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee. 20-minutes from Knoxville.
When to go
Knoxville falls in the humid subtropical climate zone, although it is not quite as hot as areas to the south and west due to the higher elevations. Summers are hot and humid, with July highs averaging 31 °C. Winters are generally cool, with occasional small amounts of snow. Precipitation is usually in the form of rain, and falls primarily during the winter and in late spring, though sudden thunderstorms are also quite common in summertime and provide relief on extremely warm days in the valley.