Sunday, October 28, 2012

dreaming of Blackberry Farm

(photo compliments of Blackberry Farm)
I love Sundays.  Time spent puttering, resting, making lists, and daydreaming is certainly time well spent.  If you haven't already heard of Blackberry Farm, now is the time to "be in the know".  It is considered to be one of the premier destinations in North America, and was named #1 resort in the U.S. and Canada in the 2012 World’s Best Service Awards by Travel and Leisure.  A brief history found on their website describes the farm perfectly.
           "In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Thirty-six years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion. Today, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons why it is one of the top rated properties in the world."
(photo compliments of Blackberry Farm)
One way to be a part of this beautiful community is to become a Friend of the Farm. This complimentary membership provides access to "exclusive perks" including discounts on reservations, dinner, and merchandise.  Their farmstead catalog is full of pantry favorites, including southern grits, maple syrup, meats, and cheeses. Everything is locally sourced and produced- all highly recommended additions to your well appointed pantry.
One of my personal favorites, however, is access to their Kitchen Sessions.  These unlisted YouTube videos feature Blackberry Farm chefs demonstrating recipes from their cookbooks!
(photo compliments of Blackberry Farm)
And speaking of cookbooks,  you can pre-order their newest cookbook here!

The dining room is stunning, both in its simple elegance and warmth.
(photo compliments of Blackberry Farm)

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