Destination: Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
What you won't find anywhere else -- truffle-hunting Lagotto Romagnolo pups, special weekends featuring wine; noted chefs; wellness; or music greats like Luke Bryant. Limited to Blackberry guests only, these weekends sell out in a flash. Eileen's favorite surprise -- that Blackberry Farm makes gluten-free gourmet a reality.
Blackberry Farm is ideal for a 3 to 4 night getaway, with a quick flight to Knoxville, or driving distance from Atlanta, Charlotte or Nashville. But if you leave your car behind, you can borrow the house Lexus LS.
Sometimes romance is all about the serenity and sharing the day in a lovely setting. Blackberry Farm, bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, comes as close to perfect as I've found in the US. It's famed for its outstanding food and wine, but at Blackberry there's an even rarer quality -- kindness and warm, welcoming service.
Days are active or laid-back, with fly fishing, hands-on food immersion, exploring the farm, riding, hiking, massage, spa, yoga, mountain biking or wine tasting to round out the time between the not-to-be-missed breakfast, lunch and dinner.