You go to Blackberry Farm for the mountain scenery and the flawless Southern service. But you return for the food. Blackberry proprietor Sam Beall, who grew up on the farm, earned his gourmet chops at the California Culinary Academy, with stints at the legendary French Laundry and a host of California wineries. He delivers farm-to-table revelations that honor Blackberry’s inherent promise: food that respects the land. For breakfast, a silky omelet of fresh farm eggs, locally caught smoked trout, and pork maven Allan Benton’s hickory-scented bacon. At dinner, rich roasted pheasant with slivers of foie gras, cranberry, and orange; delicate lamb’s lettuce with artichokes and celery root; the house-made blue cheese with a fig-almond brioche and nutty roasted pears.
Ribbons of white fence wind through the 4,200-acre property. Flocks of fluffy sheep fill the gaps in the landscape between the trickling trout streams, the swimming pool with sweeping valley views, and the oversize red barn. A team that includes accomplished chefs, dedicated Master Gardener John Coykendall, and sommelier extraordinaire Andy Chabot work together to turn the natural bounty of West Millers Cove into meals you’ll recount like they are part of your life story. There’s an on-site creamery and larder where cheeses, jams, and pickles are made. A nightly fire pit where guests smear marshmallows on chocolate for evening s’mores. And a spa fashioned from an 1800s farmhouse.
Don’t think for a second that “farm” equals “roughing it.” Blackberry’s 62 rooms, spread throughout the main house and a collection of cottages, feature massive stone fireplaces, whirlpool tubs that swallow you whole, and thick down beds draped in crisp white linens. Ralph Lauren could take some notes from this Southern escape.
WHAT YOU'LL PAY TO SPLURGE: $ 3,500
Lodging: Three days/two nights in a Singing Brook Cottage. The rate includes breakfast, lunch, and a candlelight dinner for two each day ($1,595 per night) $ 3,190
Galvlati Spa Treatment: The hour-long Galvlati treatment features two spa therapists giving you a synchronized massage guaranteed to release all of your stress and tension. $310
WHAT YOU'LL PAY FOR JUST A TASTE: $815
Lodging: Two days/one night in an Estate Room, includes meals for two $745
Spa Manicure: $70
Activities: Guests have unlimited use of the inn’s activities including tennis, hiking, croquet, and fireside s’mores. Free
For more information visit blackberryfarm.com, or call 800-648-4252.