World's Most Romantic Hotels
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No. 13 (tie) Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
If the way to your heart is through your stomach, then you’ll find a soul mate in Blackberry Farm, a culinary playground rambling over 9,200 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Greet the morning with farm-fresh eggs, cornmeal pudding, and buttermilk biscuits smeared in preserves made by the resident “jam lady” with berries grown on site. You can join her and a nursery-rhyme-worthy cast of characters—the butcher, the baker, the beekeeper, the forger, the gardener, the cheese maker—as they expertly ply their crafts. Or just enjoy the fruits of their labor over a picnic lunch after horseback riding. Come dinner, everyone grabs a rocking chair on the front lawn for bourbon sundowners, before heading into the elegant Amish barn for dinners of bacon-wrapped quail with sweet potato butter or Carolina shrimp with pickled pepper emulsion. Then it’s back to your limestone cottage for a nightcap by the fire.