One evening there’s a cookout by the garden. The sun is outlining the tips of the trees when we arrive. The family-style meal mixes all the guests at long tables, and platters of grilled corn and chicken go from hand to hand, followed by peaches with vanilla ice cream. Two fiddlers start playing, and William jumps from the table to dance. Back in our rooms, we put on the duo’s CD and pick up where we’d left off. As a family, we’ve never stayed in nicer quarters. But the real treat is being in the woods of Tennessee, and knowing it with every bite.
Doubles from $795 per night, including meals; children $250 per night, kids’ camp included; kids’ cooking school $400 for a three-day session; inquire about family dates.