As the sun rises over the Great Smoky Mountain foothills, the morning mist fades to unveil one of America's greatest hidden treasures, Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Châteaux resort in Walland, Tennessee. In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Forty years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion. Today, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons it is one of the top-rated properties in the world.
The History - As the sun rises over the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the morning mist fades to unveil one of America's greatest hidden treasures, Blackberry Farm. Its 4,200 acres have been a mountain haven and tranquil escape for family, friends, and guests for more than 70 years as it evolved into a luxurious resort of breathtaking scenery, gourmet cuisine, and pleasurable pastimes. In the 1930s, Florida and Dave Lasier were enthralled by these mountains' majesty and, on a trip from Chicago to the Georgia coast, discovered the perfect setting for their dream home. In 1930, while selecting just the right location, Florida snagged her silk stockings in a thicket of blackberry bushes, and the name Blackberry Farm was born.
In 1976, the charm of Blackberry Farm captivated Kreis and Sandy Beall and inspired their own dream of sharing a magical property with good food and friends. Kreis made Blackberry the family's home and opened the beautiful property to the public as a six-room country inn. The Bealls' vision for Blackberry Farm became a reality and began to create a tradition of Southern hospitality, gourmet cuisine, and cherished experiences. Through the years, Blackberry has welcomed guests from the far reaches of the globe as well as nearby neighbors, with the genuine Southern hospitality and personal attention that have become the estate's hallmark. Today, Proprietor Mary Celeste Beall continues and pushes the family's tradition of hospitality and service.
More than 40 years ago, Blackberry Farm was founded on the idea of creating a home with good friends, family, and good food. Today, Blackberry shares its Southern hospitality and a true sense of place with all that visit. So escape to the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and experience all that Blackberry Farm has to offer.
Accommodations - Whether you select the intimate charm of a Historic or Estate Room, the legendary elegance of a spacious Singing Brook, Farmstead Cottage, or Holly Glade Suite, the luxurious comforts of a Hill Cottage, the sweeping views of a Carriage House Suite, or the privacy of a Home, Blackberry Farm's accommodations offer a haven of carefree comfort. From heavenly beds adorned with sumptuous linens to plush robes and luxurious amenities, your accommodations reflect a meticulous attention to detail.
Wine & Food - Blackberry Farm's renowned cuisine is definitely rooted in what comes from the farm and the region. 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. Guests have the delightful adventure of fulfilling their gourmet desires in three warmly inviting and wondrously inventive restaurants. Blackberry Farm brings together a rare collection of artisans - the chef, the master gardener, the baker, the cheesemaker, the forager, the butcher, the preservationist, the restaurant manager, the sommelier - who blend their unique talents to create what the guests know as Blackberry Farm.
On The Farm - For centuries, the land upon which Blackberry Farm is situated has provided its inhabitants. The Cherokee and the early Appalachians learned how to cultivate these foothill soils and forage what was already abundant in the field, forest and stream. Today, this understanding is cherished and continues to preserve these traditional land-use practices.
Since its inception, the Farmstead has been a favorite gathering place for guests, chefs, and artisans alike. With many vegetables from the gardens and foraged goods from the surroundings, the chefs and artisans have the "raw materials" to provide various culinary creations. The gardeners grow vegetables that offer endless colors, textures, and tastes. The forager, livestock team, and the local agricultural community provide milk for the cheesemaker, meat for the butcher, and wild mushrooms, blackberries, and ramps for the preservationist. Items harvested around the gardens like sour cherries, sumac and persimmons are offered to the brewery and transformed into award-winning spirits. Sustainably harvested ingredients are the essence of the celebrated Foothills Cuisine.
Activities & Adventure - Regardless of the season, Blackberry Farm offers countless activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. Pamper your mind and body at the Wellhouse. Enjoy the Orvis-endorsed fly fishing while surrounded by the pristine tranquility of Hesse Creek. Find yourself on a relaxing nature hike. Freewheel down mountain byways and country roads on a custom mountain bike. Be as active as your heart desires. Explore the activities and adventure section to find the perfect experience during your stay. If you can't find what you're looking for here, ask.