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Journal / Special series
A Tale of Two Farms
The next destination in our Summer Hideaways series brings us to one of Tata's favorite retreats. Hidden amidst an enchanting, pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Blackberry Farm has become a home away from home for Tata and her family (or, should we say, farm away from farm).
A Summer Hideaway is more than just a vacation — it’s a feeling in the soul. It’s the discovery of a sanctuary of wellness where one can embark on a journey of both exquisite taste and deep care of oneself.
Blackberry Farm is one of America's most celebrated and intimate luxury hotels, and its historic grounds are the ultimate destination for those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of our modern-day world. Come along with us to discover this beautiful respite and slip into a "Blackberry state of mind."
BEAUTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Similar to our own philosophy, Blackberry Farm’s take on wellness is rooted in the appreciation of a life lived with natural balance. Just as each season on the farm affects the next, their perspective on health and wellbeing focuses on not just exercise and diet, but on living a life which is grounded, reflective, and well-rounded.
A WALK BACK IN TIME...
In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills — then and there, the name Blackberry Farm was born. Forty years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site.In the decades since, it has become their family home and lifelong passion, as well as one of the top-rated properties in the world. Today, Team Tata is here to show you just a few of the many reasons why.
Regardless of the season, Blackberry Farm offers countless opportunities to enhance your hideaway experience. Whether you're looking to unwind and disconnect or jump into adventure and exploration, the farm has the perfect itinerary for you. From carriage rides through the emerald fields and fly fishing in the wooded creek, to guided forest bathing hikes and group meditation or yoga, Blackberry Farm has everything you need to choose your own wellness adventure amidst the glorious foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
It's the perfect mix of country chic, with all the elements of a true working farm. The balance is truly harmonious."
Robyn Youkilis (@robynyoukilis), Health Coach, and friend of Team Tata
For centuries, Blackberry Farm’s incredible landscape has provided to those who called it home. The Cherokee and early Appalachians learned how to cultivate the soil and forage for what was already abundant in the field, forest, and stream, and today, Blackberry Farm works to protect and cherish this history while continuing to preserve the traditional land-use practices.
Reminded of our own farm back home in Vermont, Team Tata was completely taken with the beauty that Blackberry Farm possesses. Days were spent admiring and soaking in the colors, sounds, textures, and tastes that are native to Blackberry Farm and its home in rural Tennessee. With their focus on sustainability and following the cycle of the land and seasons, their promise to continue the legacy of Blackberry Farm is evident.
The cuisine alone is an incredible reason to visit Blackberry Farm, each dish singing with fruits of the land around you. Blackberry’s award winning, world renowned fare can be described as bold, Southern-style, with the perfect fusion of refined and rugged. One evening, we even had the pleasure of dining en plein air under time worn oak trees at a tablescape twinkling with candlelights and bursts of fresh blooms.
This is soul-food to a whole other level.
The Blackberry kitchens bring together a rare collection of artisans — from the chefs, to the master gardener, baker, cheesemaker, forager, butcher, preservationist, manager and sommelier — who all blend their unique talents to create a farm-to-plate dining experience you’ll dream of for the rest of your life.
As soon as you walk into The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm, you immediately are surrounded and overcome with a feeling of serenity."
At Blackberry Farm, the approach to wellness is rooted in the philosophy of finding the perfect balance. In the serene Wellhouse Spa, you can settle in for a relaxing massage or a completely customized Tata Harper Skincare Facial. Each treatment provides an outlet for you to relax and renew, while also nurturing sustainable habits for a healthy lifestyle long after your stay at the farm.
Each day, our skin is under attack: from pollution, ultra-violet rays, free radicals, and even an unbalanced diet. That’s why we used our time at the farm to detox our pores and give our skin a reset. We indulged in a farm-fresh facial using one of our favorite masking hacks: a thick layer of Clarifying Mask mixed with our Refreshing Cleanser, for a fresh, clean feel and overall radiance.
We also detoxed with our Purifying Cleanser & Mask products that are truly like a tall green juice for your skin. Each helps to purge pores and impurities that your skin has contacted during the day, and they were our best travel companions at Blackberry to completely detox from modern life.
A stay at Blackberry Farm is the ultimate detox from modern life. It’s an incredible place to relax, refresh, unwind, and reconnect with the natural world around you. We loved our time at the farm to not only refresh our skin and bodies, but our minds as well.
I think we can safely say we left the farms in a true Blackberry state of mind. Needless to say — we’ll be back soon.