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Great For Luxury Seekers... Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
For the ultimate country experience, albeit not necessarily the get-your-hands-dirty kind, Blackberry Farm has created a consummate union between a working farm and a top-notch resort in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. The Relais & Chateaux property is a feast for the senses, where artisans like the cheese maker and preservationist (a.k.a. jam lady) supply homemade ingredients to onsite chefs. When not busy with equestrian outings or renewing at the Farmhouse Spa, guests can study with these masters, tracing the path food takes from farm to plate. Accommodations range from estate rooms to multi-bedroom cottages, and are packed with amenities like feather beds and plush robes. While pricey, stays include pantry snacks and three meals per day at one of two restaurants serving Southern "Foothills" cuisine.
$795-$4,500 per room, per night; open year-round; blackberryfarm.com