Blackberry Farm: New Blackberry Mountain resort to be built in Walland

8/31/2017

Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateau property located in Walland, announced that in late 2018 it will open a new resort called Blackberry Mountain.

The property will be built on a 5,200 acre tract of land with 2,800 acres of that property to remain undisturbed. The location is part of the Three Sisters property on Chilhowee Mountain in which the Foothills Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement of 1,898 acres.

The resort will feature six cabins, 13 cottages and multi-bedroom homes nestled amid the slopes and hills of the mountain range.

Health and well-being will be a priority at Blackberry Mountain.

Guests will have access to a spa, a yoga studio, a spin studio, a fitness room and fitness classes, a gymnasium and a basketball court. An infinity edge pool will be built to overlook the spectacular mountain range.

Tree climbing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, foraging, fly fishing, paddle sports, sporting clays and horseback riding will be available for the more adventurous patron.

In a press release proprietor Mary Celeste Beall said, “Breaking ground on Blackberry Mountain is the culmination of many dreams. The ultimate goal has always been to protect the land for our community and future generations, but Sam and I also dreamed about taking all that we learned from Blackberry Farm and creating something from scratch," she said in a press release. Her late husband, Sam Beall, served as proprietor of Blackberry Farm until his death in February, 2016.

The culinary program at Blackberry Mountain will maintain the same high standards for which Blackberry Farm is known. That includes seasonally-focused meals, a wine list that showcases small vintners, a beverage selection that highlights boutique spirits, and its own Blackberry Farm Brewery beer.

Two restaurants will be on site. The Firetower will be erected at the peak of the mountain near the base of the historic Millstone Gap Lookout Tower. It will present a casual dining atmosphere with a 360 degree view of the Smoky Mountains. Three Sisters will be located within Blackberry Mountain's lodge and will offer a fine-dining experience. The property is located approximately 20 minutes from the farm and 30 minutes from McGhee Tyson airport.

Rates include nightly accommodations, some meals, pantry snacks and beverages, a guided morning hike and a

"With Blackberry Mountain, we are excited to provide new jobs in the community, protect the viewscape in Blount County and increase the positive economic impact we have on our community, said Matt Alexander, executive vice president of Blackberry Farm said.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, by Mary Constantine

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