I planned a 2-night getaway girls trip to Blackberry Farm for a group of my closest mom friends. From the moment we arrived to the Knoxville airport, our driver was waiting to whisk us off in a shiny new van, perfect for the 15 of us. Arrival was smooth and easy – and my friends were thrilled to receive their $100 spa credit and suite upgrades.
We had decided to go glam for our private dinner in the wine cellar at The Barn, so dress up we did! Sequins, leather and lace met up around the fireside lounge at The Barn for a round of glamorous pre-dinner cocktails, with a lot of oohing and awing over the insane beauty of the property. This was literally the first girls trip I had ever done for myself, so I was happy to pull out all the stops for my friends, and nobody could have done it better than the team at Blackberry Farm.
After lots of uninterrupted dinner conversation (Yay! No kids!), the sommelier gave us a private guided tour of the extensive wine collection and envious display of Jamón Serrano. Some ladies lingered late into the night, but I personally could not wait to head back to my Holly Glade Cottage to take a luxurious bath in a bathtub fit for a queen with an herbal soak made straight from the farm.
The following day was a semi-guided flow of a few activities that the ladies could opt in or opt out. We all seemed to gather for the Farmstead tour, which I highly recommend to thoroughly enjoy and see the entire property. The beauty of using a travel advisor to set up your group trip is that you leave the logistics and details in the hands of a professional, so that you’re left with a curated itinerary where everyone can just show up and have fun!
Our final dinner was in the main dining room of the Barn, and let me tell you, we shut the place down. Endless conversation among girlfriends is apparently what we all needed, and not one, but two women who were not a part of our group stopped to linger at our table and join in on the chatter. It may sound cliché, but Blackberry Farm is truly the perfect setting to reconnect and relish in conversation.
In the afternoon, the friendly and bubbly sales manager whisked me around on a golf cart to show me every possible category of room and meeting space. Yes, I know them all. So if you’re unsure of where to stay on Blackberry Farm, you can reach out for an unbiased opinion and an analysis of what will work best for you. The meeting spaces are perfectly suited for that corporate or incentive trip you’ve been planning for your business, or the wedding of your dreams. I truly couldn’t think of a more magical place for a large group to gather.
When the time drew near to collect our bags and reluctantly head home, the unexpected happened which made me fall in love with Blackberry Farm even more. Our flight was delayed! Not once, but three times. And guess what? The whole team bent over backwards to accommodate us like royalty. God forbid we would have to wait in the airport. Our luggage was loaded so that we didn’t have to lift a pinky, and our driver patiently waited for us as we lounged in the Farmstead, shopping the boutique, assembling the amazing Stave puzzles, and laughing as the movie, Magic Mike, played on the tv while we waited. It was truly bittersweet to have come to an end, but it was the perfect refresh button we all needed as mamas and a time to spoil ourselves and reconnect our friendships. If you haven’t done this for yourself, what are you waiting for? Call us to see how we can get started by putting together the perfect stay for you and those you love at Blackberry Farm.