Nestled on 4,200 untouched acres adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, Blackberry Farm is a truly unique place on earth
Nestled on 4,200 untouched acres adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, Blackberry Farm is a truly unique place on earth. Consistently ranked among the best hotels in the world, the Farm offers a stunning setting in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians and a chance to slip quietly into a different pace of life that is tuned more to the sunrise than the clock. Here you'll wile away your days in Southern style with a private tour of the grounds, garden tour with a chef, beer tasting and brewery tour, cooking class and wine-paired dinner, in addition to fantastic riding and a host of other activities available only at this exclusive property.
Ride through the lush Western foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains | Feast on the culinary creations of Bon Appetit's 2013 #1 Hotel for Food Lovers in America | Relax with a private yoga class or secluded hike on the Farm's expansive acreage | Canoe, kayak or paddleboard along the shores of Chilhowee Lake | Gather around a campfire with a local historian to hear tales of the region's rich history | Enjoy an intimate outdoor meal on the banks of Hesse Creek
DAYs 4 - 6
Stay at Blackberry Farm
Ride the famous Cades Cove Loop inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a car-free morning | Hike through Schoolhouse Gap | Meet the Farm's brewmaster for a tour and beer tasting | Join a Blackberry Chef for a private garden to table tour and cooking demo, followed by an unforgettable meal in the the Barn Cellar | Finish your trip with an included one-hour massage
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. Thirty-seven 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 why it is one of the world's top-rated destinations.
Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 4 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
Daily route support
The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting(limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
Paper route guides also available upon request
The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
Trek Travel water bottles
Entrance fees to all group events/activities
All luggage transfers
All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
All gratuities for special events, local guides, transfers, hotels, and restaurants
$300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer
What's not Included?
Airfare to and from the trip
Transportation to the trip pick-up location
Lodging before and after the trip
Gratuities for Trek Travel guides
Personal items purchased during the trip
Some meals are not included in each destination, which allows you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. Your guides are happy to make recommendations should you so desire.
What is the weather going to be like?
Late spring in the Southern Appalachians is generally mild and breezy, with a chance of mild rains. Early fall has a lower chance of precipitation, although wet weather is always a possibility. After all, portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are actually temperate rainforest. Temperatures in both spring and autumn range from the upper 70s and low 80s to the mid-50s.
What are the daily rides like?
Rider Type | 2
Average Daily Mileage | 32
Terrain | hilly
Average Daily Elevation | 1,800
On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Blackberry Farm is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied, with flatter roads along the Little River and through Cades Cove, but with longer climbs on the Foothills Parkway and some short climbs on the Jeffries Hollow and Boling Road Loops. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.
What are the options for a non-rider travel companion?
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information.Some non-riding options on this trip are:
Enjoy the spa, pool, gardens, and other amenities at the Farm
Join the group for a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard outing to Chilhowee Lake
Join the group for a private yoga class
Hike the trails on the Farm property
Explore Schoolhouse Gap and the White Oak Sink with the group
Schedule one of the many optional activities at the Farm including horseback riding, fly fishing, and geocaching
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