Nature Immersion: Blackberry Mountain Opens in February

Courtesy of Blackberry Mountain

Blackberry Mountain, situated in the Great Smoky Mountains, is an upcoming resort in Miller’s Cove in Walland, TN ideal for outdoorsy adventurers. It's something we've been keeping tabs on for some time, as we know how beloved Blackberry Farms is. The resort’s website says it spans more than 5,000 acres with nearly 3,000 acres of land dedicated to conservation, offering up a plethora of activities emphasizing adventure and relaxation. It is set to open in February. 

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The Stone Cottages (1,200-1,475 square feet) showcase The Great Smoky Mountains. They have tacked stone archways, iron windows, reclaimed oak floors, white rough-sawn walls and lime-washed oak ceilings—crafted with materials from the mountain. Bonus: Each cottage has an outdoor patio with a wood-burning fireplace and a soaking tub. The Watchman Cabins (675 square feet) are located near the Firetower and have access to a 20-foot outdoor heated soaking tub. These have walls of reclaimed wood, floor-to-ceiling windows, scenic outlook decks and wood-burning stoves.

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At the Firetower Restaurant, chef Joel Werner, who has been at Blackberry Farm since 2015, prepares Grilled Sturgeon with Coriander Scented Carrot Purée and Parsley-Lemon Salad—a dish the hotel recommends. He will oversee the all-day dining menus with light dishes. Firetower Restaurant will include breakfast, lunch and snacks, including bowls, flatbreads and mussels. The restaurant is built around a restored historic fire tower—considered the focal point of the property—originally used by the U.S. Forest Service for scouting fires in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Outdoor offerings and activities include sunrise yoga, creekside meditation, forest bathing, endurance climbs and trail running. Travel advisors can contact Holly Tipton, assistant director of sales, at [email protected].

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