My first visit to Blackberry Mountain in Tennessee was in 2019 for a yoga retreat and I remember being instantly mesmerized at how seamlessly they infused hospitality into every experience. So when I recently learned they had opened their Treehouses, I knew I had to book a trip.
The Treehouses, which are suspended over the mountain and only a short distance from the Lodge, truly immerse you into the mountain. The rooms are designed with floor-to-ceiling windows for spectacular canopy views along with king beds, walk-in closets and an indoor seating area with sleek white oak interiors. It rained one night while we were staying there providing an unreal experience. Listening to the thunderstorm and watching the storm roll was such a treat.
What I love most about Blackberry Mountain is their staff. They are there to help guide you along every step of your vacation from the culinary tastings to adventure. You can also tell that the Bealles have left a touch on every aspect throughout your experience on the property. They are the family that own and run both Blackberry Mountain and the sister property known as Blackberry Farm.
Blackberry Mountain has the 2nd largest collection of wine in the US besides Bern’s Steak House, which is conveniently located in my hometown. I loved how every wine our sommelier chose was from a local family vineyard adding to the boutique vibe and feel of the resort. Matt and Wesley were two of the sommeliers on staff. We enjoyed a wine and cheese tasting in a wine cave. And I have to say, it’s an absolute must!
Firetower is my favorite dining spot. Very dark, romantic and a fantastic spot for the sunset. Perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.
The library room, located next to the Firetower, is also a great spot to watch the sun go down. I grabbed a handcrafted cocktail and enjoyed the sun disappear while listening to a record player, which I loved. Highly recommend the “there will be blood” cocktail which highlights Spicy Corralejo Blanco Tequila, Cocchi Rosa, Montenegro Amaro, blood orange juice, lime juice and agave. Served shaken, not stirred.
On the Blackberry Mountain property, there are so many gems that span over the 5,200 acres. I found myself rediscovering activities as well as finding more adventures such as exploring new hiking trails or investing in some personal care with a yoga experience that overlooked the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is definitely not a one-time visit destination and plenty to do for the whole family.
I thank my husband for signing us up for the arbor adventures because I’m not sure it is something I would have signed up for on my own. It’s a very challenging course but you can make it as easy or difficult depending on the path you choose. I felt like a little kid, climbing trees in the backyard.
“Traverse from rock-strewn slopes through the sturdy canopies of the trees that cover the mountainside. Snake your way along trails of wood, rope and vines, and enjoy a true bird’s-eye view from three custom-built tree houses. The Arbor Adventure offers 26 exciting elements, including four Tyrolean traverses through the trees and over a beautiful mountain stream!”
On a rainy day, we shifted one of our plans to the Lexus Off Road Adventure driving course exploring seven different off-road challenges. An expert driving instructor goes along with you to help navigate the property and hone in on your off-road driving skills.
Valley Hike is a hidden gem that features an old barn, an art installation and a stone labyrinth. No need to bring your hiking poles or backpack- they have plenty on loan with over 30 miles in their trail system. I was hoping to see a black bear, from a distance of course, but we only encountered a few wild turkeys.
I also tried two new fitness classes. The first class was Hip Stretch and Release hosted by our instructor Michael. Similar to a mini yoga class with emphasis on the hips. We also tried a TRX class on the second morning with Zach. Who knew that breaking a sweat could be so fun? It was a great workout… and I definitely felt it the next day.
When it comes to relaxation, the Nest is the name of the spa. I got the herbal poultice massage and it was truly a tranquil experience.
“Coined with the verb in mind and designed for calm and comfort, our spa is a perfect setting to pause, relax and recharge. The serene, subterranean setting is staffed by a team of expert practitioners and offers a tranquility lounge, sauna, steam showers and a year-round heated pool with a scenic infinity edge.”
While on property at Blackberry Mountain, I would recommend a few rules before traveling:
- Set your intention- Adventure? Relax?
- Select morning activities- Yoga, spin, or mountain hikes
- Plan your afternoon- Classroom to learn new cooking techniques or tea making, Mezcal or Tequila tasting, head to the Nest Spa
- Decide on dining
They have so many offerings from whiskey, wine and agave mezcal tastings to fly fishing and acrylic painting classes. Don’t hesitate to reach out the next time you plan a visit to Blackberry Mountain so we can make sure to chart your own course!
Until the next time I jaunt away, Jennifer.