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Before you head to Blackberry Farm, here are five things you should know about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort:
1. Its namesake. According to legend, former landowners Florida and Dave Laiser selected the name Blackberry in 1930 after Florida accidentally snagged her silk stockings in a thicket of blackberry bushes.
2. Beall family. In 1976, Kreis and Sandy Beall purchased the land. (Sandy was the founder of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain.) Since that time, the Beall family has slowly expanded it from a six-bedroom country inn to the 62-room luxury resort it is today. Kreis and Sandy’s son, Sam, is the current proprietor.
3. Farm. A portion of the luxury hotel's 4,200-acre property is set aside for farming. Vegetables, herbs, honey, cider and cheese are produced at Blackberry. Executive chef Joseph Lenn creates a cuisine in tune with what comes from the farm, as well as from the Smoky Mountains foothills region. The farm’s horses, sheep, llamas, chickens and dogs live on the property and are a welcome site for visitors and staff members alike.
4. Wine cellar. Blackberry Farm has an impressive 180,000-plus wine bottle collection and 8,000 unique selections on the wine list. A team of sommeliers led by Andy Chabot are excited to share their knowledge and navigate guests of all levels of wine knowledge toward the perfect food and wine experience.
5. Special events. Blackberry has a packed calendar of special events. Live musical performances, wine tastings, special meals featuring rare wine pairings, cooking classes and demonstrations, and educational seminars are just a few. Check the calendar before you book – you might want to plan your visit based on one of these events.