CLADmag issue4 2019

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WELLNESS

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In the mountains of Tennessee, the owners of the celebrated Blackberry Farm have opened a new resort – their first new venture in more than 40 years. Jane Kitchen visits to learn more

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ne of the most highly anticipated resort openings in the US this year is located not in New York, Miami or Los Angeles, but in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. A Relais & Châteaux resort – one of only four in the world to receive the designation before opening – Blackberry Mountain is a sister property to Blackberry Farm, a celebrated example of new Southern hospitality and elevated farm-to-table cuisine.

WELLNESS THROUGH NATURE

Mary Celeste Beall is the owner of Blackberry Mountain and Blackberry Farm

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Nestled amid 5,200 acres of pristine mountain wilderness, Blackberry Mountain has been conceived specifically to blend in with the environment and leave the smallest possible footprint on the land. Billed as ‘your own private national park’, the resort has dedicated more than half of the land to preservation, and the focus is on wellness through nature – a pitch that’s hitting the right chord with today’s digitally obsessed, always-on consumer. “We think wellness extends way beyond the walls of a studio and spa,” says Blackberry Mountain proprietor Mary Celeste Beall. “That’s why we incorporated so many special elements outside as well as in our facilities. You can find surprises all along our trail system, like a swing or a yoga platform, and we