In our high-octane world, places like Blackberry Farm remind us to slow down, savor the moment, and stop to smell the bramble bushes.

While exploring the picturesque Smoky Mountain foothills—the future location of her and her husband’s dream home in Walland, Tennessee—Mrs. Florida Lasier snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble.  It was 1939, and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Nearly 40 years later, the young Beall family dedicated themselves to honoring the historic Farm by opening it to the public as a six-room country inn. The Beall’s young son, Sam, grew up on the Farm, and his love for the charming property—and the ever-changing cast of characters filtering through its 4,200 acres—made him the natural future proprietor of Blackberry Farm.

Today, Sam Beall and his own young family continue the long-standing legacy of southern hospitality and unwavering attention to detail that has given the Farm its sparkling reputation. Just this year, the highly prestigious James Beard Awards Foundation honored Blackberry Farm with the Award for Outstanding Service.  This, however, is no new accomplishment, as it marks the Farm’s fourth consecutive James Beard Award!

Consistently praised for its gourmet food and wine, impossibly lush scenery, and varied activities, the Farm is a one-of-a-kind experience guaranteed to rekindle an appreciation for simpler times. The accommodations alone are enough to transport one back to 19th century charm and elegance. Spectacular views abound, no matter what type of room you book, so whether you’re in the Hill Cottages, Estate Rooms, or Cottage Suites, there will be no shortage of breathtaking Southern enchantment.

Families travelling with children, friends planning a girls’ getaway, solitary seekers of serenity,  and cowgirls looking to hone outdoor skills will all find the Farm’s ample resources are suited to any, and every, type of vacationer.  Spa connoisseurs will  delight in the The Wellhouse—Blackberry Farm’s spa and wellness center offering signature treatments and cosmetic care packages.  For physical activity and adventure, take advantage of the Farm’s many hiking and cycling trails, or perhaps try paddle boarding on a pristine nearby lake.  And what would a country farm be without its horses? Blackberry Farm knows its equine friends are a guest favorite, and offers horseback riding excursions—with or without a guide–around the Farm and into the Smoky Mountains.

Some of the most popular  Blackberry Farm amenities are the hands-on culinary experiences.  Foodies can hunt for coveted truffles with the Farm’s own Lagatto truffle dogs, or spend time with the Master Gardener John Coykendall and explore the heritage, history and craft of agricultural gardening. There are plenty of cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, including whiskey tastings. Blackberry Farm is located in the epicenter of American Whiskey production after all!

A trip to Blackberry Farm is a step back in time to a place where the people are kinder, the food is purer, the air is fresher, and life is a little sweeter.