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Blackberry Mountain in Tennessee is a sibling to the famous Blackberry Farm gourmet retreat, which has long been regarded as one of the preeminent country hotels in the United States. Located 35 minutes south of Knoxville and 9 miles from the original property, Blackberry Mountain is set on a perch overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It comprises 18 Stone Cottages, five multi-bedroom homes and six Watchman Cabins, the last category located at the top of 2,843-foot Chilhowee Mountain.

The quality of the food and the accommodations, as well as the beauty and tranquility of its setting, means that Blackberry Mountain will appeal to travelers of all stripes. But it is primarily a wellness retreat. Aside from the spa beneath the main lodge, with its sauna, steam showers and year-round outdoor infinity pool, the resort has an additional complex nearby, the Hub, where a huge array of activities is offered. And unlike Blackberry Farm, where the emphasis is on rich Southern cuisine, here the food is health-conscious and inspired by an international range of flavors and ingredients.

Blackberry Mountain is a superlative new resort and one that redefines the notion of a hideaway for a new generation.

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