The High Life
What it is
From the family behind the iconic Blackberry Farm: a new adventure, foodie and wellness-focused retreat on 5,200 acres of the Great Smoky Mountains.
What it isn't
Wasteful. Blackberry Mountain is as eco-friendly as it gets, from the locally quarried stone structures to plastic straw-free cocktails.
What we think
The wilds of Tennessee are famous for their bare-bones one-room cabins, the types of places that birthed Dolly Parton. Blackberry Mountain’s are the exact opposite, but retain every ounce of heart and charm you’d want in your tour of the heartland. Whether you choose a stone cottage, ridgetop cabin, or sprawling home, you’ll be pampered; expect deep outdoor soaking tubs, wood-burning stoves and loaner iPad’s and Bose radios. We particularly love the Watchman Cabins, which are adjacent to a 1950s steel lookout fire tower with jaw dropping views of the mountainscape—and now, a restaurant with cocktails inspired by sunset, autumn leaves and smoke. The only thing they don’t have? A TV (although, you won’t miss it. This place demands you sip coffee on the deck and get serious about your honky tonk song lyrics). No surprise from the people behind Blackberry Farm, but the food here is worth the trip alone; dinner options include North Carolina trout with buttermilk yogurt and charred spring onion.
You're here because
For the uninitiated, adventure activities like fly fishing, rock climbing and mountain biking can be intimidating to the max. Not so here, where guides will gently push you out of your comfort zone while keeping you laughing along the way. Did we mention the loaner Lexus’ for off-roading?
You have to be honest: your morning hike felt like a spa treatment. You can’t remember the last time you’ve felt so blissfully relaxed. But when you enter the lodge spa, where steam showers, a sauna and an infinity heated pool await, you’re glad you booked your clay wrap and herbal poultice massage. Wellness, indeed.
Restaurants & Bars
- Three Sisters - Thoughtfully elevated cuisine featuring small, shareable plates, wholesome entrees and nourishing desserts.
- Firetower - A 1940's lookout tower with sweeping views offering creative breakfast, lunch and sunset cocktails.
- Whippoorwill Lounge - Enjoy delightful and healthy provisions all day, spanning from light to indulgent.
Perched in the midst of the Great Smoky mountains, just a 40 minute drive from Knoxville and, in the other direction, Dollywood.