Daily Archives: October 8, 2009

Destination Highlight: Blackberry Farms

Say for once, I’m not traveling for work. I know, it’s a stretch. But if I were in never-never land, with extra vacation time and discretionary spending power, I would HAVE to spend my time here.

Everybody has their nest that makes them feel the greatest and most authentic

version of themselves (or who they want to become), and for me, the little girl from suburbia with aspirations of canning her own jams and learning the art of simplicity, a farm is my authenticity.


Blackberry Farm is nestled on a 4200-acre estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and offers even the most discerning city folk plenty in the way of relaxation and luxury.

It is difficult to even capture the breadth of activity at Blackberry. As a working farm, Blackberry is home to livestock (including sheep from who farmhands gather milk for specialty cheeses, and chickens for farm-fresh eggs), an expansive orchard (with cherry, apple and crabapple trees), a garden that produces more than just flowers (think heirloom veggies and fragrant herbs), and plenty in the way of relaxation (including an upscale, Farmhouse Spa with yoga, a Lexus fleet for guest use, and innumerable outdoor activities).

I’m a wannabe foodie with so much to learn, and thus the on-property cooking school and wine cellar particularly appeal to my taste, especially considering the resources are, for the most part, home grown on the very property you cook on. The Blackberry Farm web site explains their food style: “Often described as Foothills Cuisine, it wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both haute cuisine and the foods indigenous to Blackberry’s Smoky Mountain heritage.” Talk about going green.

For more information, please visit www.blackberryfarm.com to step out of the box from your ordinary retreat at a chain hotel with a pool. Blackberry Farm waits as your excuse for adventure and renewal.


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