At Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, you can watch cooking demos, tour the hotel’s new brewery, and hike the many trails on the 4,200- acre estate. Multi-course dinners are held in a beautiful barn and feature ingredients from the on-site bakery, butchery, salumeria, and creamery.
This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
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A Stand-Up Paddle Picnic in the Smoky Mountains
Foodies from around the world whisper about Blackberry Farm. The 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains is my version of heaven. For years the hotel has been known for its award winning restaurant, The Barn, which features ingredients from Blackberry Farm's bakery, butchery, salumaria, garden, and creamery. Chef Joseph Lenn's delicious creations might include potato and pickled ramp salad topped with a fried quails egg or wood oven roasted guinea hen with cornbread pudding and collard greens. Take my advice, put yourself in the hands of sommelier Andy Chabot and his team so they can choose the perfect wine pairings from Blackberry Farm's 8,000-square-foot wine cellar.
To balance out all of the indulgence, Blackberry Farm opened the Wellhouse in June 2014. The Wellhouse is more than just a spa. It offers a 360 approach to well being. In addition to amazing treatments that use products from Naturopathica and Tata Harper, the spa also offers yoga, barre classes, personal training and lots of activities that take advantage of the gorgeous setting. Don't miss a chance to stand up paddle board (you can even request a healthy picnic lunch at the boat house be set up while you're on the water). My favorite offering is the Earthfit Endurance Hike, which includes a pre-hike stretching session, a gorgeous hike on the property's trails (with squats and push ups along the way) and a post-hike yoga and meditation session near the pond.