Blackberry Farm (Tennessee)

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Blackberry Farm is a hotel resort in Walland, Tennessee, United States, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was rated the best small hotel in America by Zagat Survey in 2004.[1]

History[edit]

Blackberry Farm was built by Florida and David Lasier in 1940 and opened in May 1941. In 1952, the Lasiers sold the property to the Jarvis family who subsequently sold it to Ruby Tuesday restaurant founder Sandy Beall and his wife Kreis. In 1976 they turned the property into a hotel, initially with six rooms.[2] Their son Sam Beall spent his earliest years at Blackberry Farm and served as owner until his death in 2016.[3] [4] The hotel joined the Relais & Châteaux association.

Property details[edit]

The hotel grounds cover 4,200 acres and it has 62 rooms.[5]Blackberry Farm hosts culinary, musical and outdoor sporting activities and events on and off property. [6] The property includes a timberframe barn from Pennsylvania, a dining and entertainment venue, a spa, an events hall and guest cottages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Taste of Blackberry Farm". O, The Oprah Magazine. Fall 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.blackberryfarm.com/about/family/sandy-beall
  3. ^ Blackberry Farm's Sam Beall Has Died
  4. ^ "The Inn at Blackberry Farm - History". Blackberry Farm. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Cole, Jennifer V. "Experience Luxury at Blackberry Farm". Southern Living. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Blackberry Farm". Luxury Hotel Experts. Retrieved March 16, 2013.