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Blackberry Farm?

kate.s Feb 20, 2010 06:30 PM

Hello all. My husband and I are planning a week long tour of Tennessee this summer and we were thinking of stopping at Blackberry farm in Walland. Have any of you been there? Is it worth a stop for lunch? Thanks so much!

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    TLF RE: kate.s Feb 21, 2010 11:16 AM

    I haven't been, but ... it's one of the top culinary destinations in the country. Like, up there with French Laundry. It was the focus of an episode of Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth Reichel (http://www.gourmet.com/adventureswith...).

    They don't publish their prices online, but just know that it won't be cheap. If you enjoy truly gourmet, local, organic food ... yeah. If I had the opportunity to go and could afford it, I'd not only jump at the chance, I'd do somersaults.

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      kate.s RE: TLF Feb 22, 2010 12:48 PM

      I saw the episode you are talking about and immediately took out the map to see how far out of the way it will be for our trip. Considering how much they charge you for a room at the farm (we will NOT be spending the night), i figured it would be an arm and a leg to eat there. We are just trying to decide if it would be worth it. Thanks!

    2. WestEndRailNJ RE: kate.s Feb 22, 2010 03:43 PM

      We stayed there in the fall and it was very good, I don't think you can eat lunch there however unless you are staying at the resort. You might call ahead to check it out. The lunches change every day as do the dinners, but the dinners are where it's at. The place is very, very, very expensive.

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        LaLa RE: WestEndRailNJ Feb 26, 2010 08:31 AM

        but it is worth the price

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        Phoenix99 RE: kate.s Feb 25, 2010 06:50 AM

        Unless you have a reservation for accomodations you can't even get onto the property.

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          kate.s RE: Phoenix99 Feb 26, 2010 09:31 AM

          Well, that is a bummer; but thanks for the heads up.

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            Brawny RE: kate.s Mar 1, 2010 12:20 PM

            Check out their "sister" operation in Maryville, TN called RT LODGE. Heard exceptional reports although I have not been there yet.

            http://www.rtlodge.com/

        2. meatn3 RE: kate.s Mar 8, 2010 03:22 PM

          Do a search for poster Bill Hunt + Blackberry Farm. He has written some very detailed reviews that should have you booking your reservation! His food knowledge and experiences run deep and I personally would love to tag along with him and his wife on some of their culinary adventures!

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            stumpyjoe73 RE: kate.s Mar 10, 2010 06:38 AM

            two words--WORTH IT; plus you can fish, walk, or ride through their beautiful property to burn off the calories!

            1. Bill Hunt RE: kate.s May 23, 2012 10:22 PM

              Well, two years, or so, late, but we are fans of Blackberry Farm.

              However, we do stay there, so we have three meals per day included, as though a normal human could possibly eat all three, even if they knew, before hand, that they might like to try and do so.

              We stay there, a least once per year, and often twice, if we are fortunate enough.

              As others have mentioned, the meals are basically for the guests, but one should call ahead, and check to see if there are seats available for an evening meal. I do not know about either breakfast, or lunch, but "assume" that one must be a guest. Still, check. I have heard that they have seats available, but do not know for certain.

              Now, staying there, and dining there, is something to be experienced. In about 11 trips, over 9 years, they have never let us down. Yes, some meals are not up to the level of a few others (and we also can seldom do lunch, so that does not count), but then, others just blow us away. Heck, even my wife's kitchen cannot be 100%, though she comes close - as does Blackberry Farm.

              Is Blackberry Farm cheap? Well, unless you are Mark Zuckerburg, then the answer is "no." If you should ask, "is it a great deal, even at the higher price," my answer would be "definitely."

              We are fortunate to travel to the best resorts in many areas of the globe, and Blackberry Farm exceeds all others, at least in our book.

              Hunt, who is sorry that he did not see this thread in a timely fashion.

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                Littleman RE: Bill Hunt May 24, 2012 10:37 AM

                The Blackberry folks own Dancing Bear Lodge just S of Blackberry at Townsend. It's less expensive but very nice.

                Dancing Bear Lodge @ Apple Valley Way, Townsend, TN 865 - 448 - 6000.
                http://www.dancingbearlodge.com/\

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                  Bill Hunt RE: Littleman May 24, 2012 07:10 PM

                  I have been told that Dancing Bear Lodge can book at Blackberry Farm, if there is room in The Barn.

                  I do agree that Dancing Bear Lodge looks very nice, but have never stayed there, hence, I cannot comment on their food, but would imagine that it is very good too.

                  Just returned from Blackberry Farm, and their Old World/New World culinary/wine event, featuring Chef Michael Mina and Chef Jason Berthold (RN74 San Francisco), and the wines of Dirk Nierpoort. That event actually exceeded my expectations, and those are high to start.

                  Chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm was also on his game, for the evening meals, where we were on our own. Same for breakfast, and the few lunches that we could indulge in.

                  When going to Blackberry Farm, I almost feel that I need to run from TYS airport to Blackberry Farm, just to help make room for all of the great food.

                  Hunt

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