The Inn at Blackberry Farm

Melanie Simón

Photography by Beall + Thomas Photography

The small, luxury resort on 4,200 pastoral acres with commanding Smoky Mountain views was voted into the number one spot in North America by the 2011 readers of Travel + Leisure. Notably, its service, artisanal cuisine and health and wellness regimens have made it what it is today: A Relais & Chateaux member gold-listed by Condé Nast Traveler and Food Network’s Alton Brown, who puts it as a Top 10 destination in the country. Accolades for Blackberry Farm, home to 62 guest accommodations, are well earned. Cozy sitting rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, feather-topped beds, luxury linens, fine antiques and art, 20-foot waterfall vistas and personal concierge and chef treatments define the personalized elegance that can be found throughout the property’s Estate Rooms, Cottage Suites, Hill Cottages, FarmStead Cottage and multi-bedroom houses. Winter rates begin at $645 per night and provide nightly accommodations, dinner the day of arrival, three meals of celebrated foothills cuisine and gourmet pantry snacks daily, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Children under 4 years old stay for free while older siblings stay for an additional $250 a night. The adventure-packed Camp Blackberry is included for all little ones. Special perks: book with Four Seasons Travel in Savannah and receive a $100 spa credit, or ask for the Romantic Escapes package, which offers a complimentary fourth night, champagne and a rose petal turndown when you reserve three nights by December 31.