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Walland, Tennessee, population 525. Walland is known for the fabulous Inn at Blackberry Farm, you'll find elegance and pampering here, in a 29-room country house/hotel/estate on 1,100 acres in the foothills of the Smokies. Gourmet meals, beverages, and use of recreational equipment included in the daily rates. Member of Kelals & Chateaux, a 4 Diamond Award winner.
... falls out on each trip. Then we found out our guide was a rookie which didn't instill a lot of confidence. Nevertheless, we donned our life jackets (which they now call personal flotation devices) our helmets and were given our paddles.
I naively thought I was going to just take a seat and enjoy the ride. Not so. After we were bussed to the drop off, ...
... I can easily say these are the largest waterfalls I have ever seen. It was definitely worth the detour. And did I mention they even had a rainbow going across it? Can’t see a rainbow without thinking of God and seeing it in this environment only made me
appreciate his world so much more.
Next stop – SEC School #5 – University of Tennessee. It ...
... could see them die a little bit inside! Feeling a little worn out, and a tad bored of the national parks, we drove round a bit more, before exiting and driving through one of the bordering towns, Pigeon Forge. This place was a bit nutty. I have never seen so many adventure golf, and go karting places on one street. There were so many that you wouldn't believe me if I told you, not that I counted! We however, had our heart set on dinner, so we stopped in for some super ...
... such different beliefs. It gives perspective, something I am gaining increasingly more of everyday on this trip. After we rounded off our build day with lunch provided by the site, we headed to the lake house for some swimming, snacking, and speed boating. The afternoon was relaxing and I feel adequately prepared and rested for the next 7 days straight of ...
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My husband and I have been lucky enough to go to Blackberry twice and are in the planning stages of a trip with our children in December. Of all of the places I could choose from for a pre holiday visit, Blackberry was first on my list. Althoug we live only 3 driving hours away and could fly to Chicago or New Orleans in an hour, nothing compares. I'm a big foodie and have had some of the best meals of my life there. The staff is without a doubt the most professional and courteous we have ever come across. Although children are welcome only a few times a year, they have been super to deal with regarding our boys (8 & 10), going so far as to ask what special meals they would enjoy. I haven't even mentioned the Spa, scenery, etc. All amazing. It's worth every penny, make plans to go soon.
Four years ago i stayed here with my husband and had a great time. I was planning a trip to tn. with my 12 yr. old son and right before we were to leave Blackberry sent me a card saying we could stay at a discount rate ($200 off the daily rate) so I changed our reservations and headed to blackberry. The place was as great the second time. Everyone should get to visit blackberry at least once in their lifetime. Staff is A+++. My son wanted a hot fudge sundae to be delivered at midnight (kid fantasy request for room service) I said no that would be obnoxious, well the spa staff overheard us and on their own initiative they (thanks Heather) sent him the sundae at midnight. My son's giant smile said it all, plus they sent him the cutest letter about blackberry having esp and knowing what the guest's wishes were and they thanked him for being such a great kid at blackberry. Now what other hotel does those kind of things. We love blackberry and will try to return again.
My extended family of 12 headed off to Tennessee for a 4th of July getaway, staying at a 2500-acre property called Blackberry Farm. The defining moment of our stay happened on our first evening - our waiter asked my father what he wanted to drink. My father mentioned a brand of vodka, on the rocks. The waiter said, "I'm sorry sir. We don't carry that vodka, but let me see what I can do for you." Ten minutes later, my father had his drink. The waiter had sent someone out to a liquor store to buy the vodka.
We chose Blackberry Farm for our honeymoon based on a tip from a travel website. It couldn't have been a better choice! The scenery and accommodations were even better than the pictures on the brochures/website, the staff was unbelievably attentive and kind, and the food was too good for words! I could write paragraphs about what a wonderful experience we had but suffice to say we've stayed in some of the best hotels in the US and this one easily surpassed them all.
I've stayed at Blackberry Farm 5 times and had to write a response to the other reviewer who had a bad experience. We have never had any situation at this wonderful little property that has been less than perfect. The rooms are just a delight. We've stayed in everything from the smallest room (I think it's called May Apple) to one of their cottages and have loved everything about each room. Service is what this hotel has perfected. I am always amazed at the level of perfection that they are able to achieve. Things happen, obviously by staff members, but many times you don't see it happen. I would love to sit in on their training sessions because the staff know the exact words to say, at the exact time to say them, and they are perfect at "reading" guests to know when they are needed and when they are not. There's plenty to do on the grounds. But, more to the point, this is a place for absolute relaxation. Ah, and last, the food. This is the best food I've ever eaten anywhere in the world. I know that sounds like it's impossible, but it's better than any meal I've had in any major city in the US. Blackberry Farm is a delight and I'm sorry the previous guest had a less-than-optimal stay. I've seem their level of customer service and know that the manager who responded to the post is sincerely interested in hearing from the guest.
My husband and I saw Blackberry Farm at the top of a survey in a magazine a couple of years ago and had been wanting to visit there.
This is place is extremely overrated. The rooms are old, the bathrooms cramped. Our experience was that the service is not as efficient and overall as good as advertised. Plus it is snooty.
Coming from coastal Texas the experience at the Inn at Blackberry Farm was like a fairy tale. I had traveled a little to Jamica, Hawaii, CA, FLA and other states but the experience at The Inn at Blackberry Farm was magical. We only had two days and it was raining but it was wonderful. We were able to get a fly fishing lesson in and walk all of the grounds, which are beautiful and magical even in the rain. The rooms were like being in a small kingdom and the comon/great room dowstairs had drawers of delicious snacks and the hidden fridge had every drink you could want plus Dove bars in the hidden freezer. The views of the smokies at dawn and dusk were inbelievable for a Texas southerner not to mention the bon fire at night at which you could make your own smoores treats. The food prepared by the Inn's outstanding and accomplished chief and the superb box lunches that you could not only eat anywhere on the grounds but take with you as you leave were nothing that I had been exposed to and I had been to some of the best restuarants in Houston, Tx. There is a wonderful farmhouse spa for anything that man or woman may want or need and not to mention the Aveda samples in your room. The staff is also one of the most accomidating and pleasant ever to experience. My overall experience at the Inn at Blackberry Farm was so rememorable that I can not wait to get back there. There are not many places that I am willing to experience twice but the Inn at the Blackbery Farm is one of them.
My husband and I just returned from a trip to Asheville where we detoured for a few nights to the Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. As I have told everyone since my return, everyone should have a chance at some point in their lifetime to spend a few nights at the Blackberry Farm. The crisp cool October air made the roaring fireplaces more worthwhile - there is even a fabulous outdoor fireplace under a wonderful pavillion overlooking a lake stocked with trout. We have stayed at some very fine properties (including the Inn at Biltmore), but the service at Blackberry was absolutely a notch above. The spa was relaxing; the biking and hiking were necessary after the delicious but rich foothills cuisine; and the flyfishing looked like fun (lots of fish to see but didn't see many caught). There were wonderful adironack chairs, hammocks, rocking chairs, and couches to read and relax on. It was charming and relaxing and we plan to return when we are looking to unwind again!
My husband and I have stayed all over the world at some of the finest resorts. Without question, the Inn at Blackberry Farm is without equal. We stayed in the Purple Martin guest cottage for 5 days in June. The service is the best I have ever experienced. The food is superb and the restaurant staff easily accomodated my husband's no red meat, low fat meal requirement. The high point of my visit was a 4 1/2 hour trail ride on a trusty little sure-footed Rocky Mountain horse named Eli accompanied by trail guide Jim Sanford- we went off trail up in the mountains and easily scaled inclines I would have thought were too steep for a horse to safely negotiate. Less experienced riders will prefer the 2 hour trail ride which will skip the off-trail steep inclines. The next day I got what was easily the best manicure and pedicure I've ever had at the Aveda spa located in a beautiful old farmhouse on the grounds. One note of caution though, this resort will be most appropriate for those who enjoy outdoor activities-fly-fishing, hiking, horse-back riding. Fly fisherman will enjoy knowing that I saw a place in the crystal clear stream where I counted at least 30 rainbow trout-each about 16 inches long. Be advised that the Inn is really not appropriate for young children under the age of ten. In fact, the Inn offers a program for children only during July each year. They also have a lovely cooking school where the executive chef as well as visiting chefs demonstrate receipes. We had a tour of the wine cellars (there are 6 I think!) followed by a tasting led by the sommelier.The Inn is very pricey but includes all meals and all the snacks stocked in your room (Dove ice cream bars, M&Ms, soft drinks etc.) And, let's face it, we're all worth it!