There are few things in this world that are as wonderful as looking out over the Great Smokey Mountains. There are even fewer things in this world that are as wonderful as looking out over the Great Smokey Mountains after finishing a gourmet breakfast at Blackberry Farm! I recently had the chance to visit BF for the second time, and I fell in love with the casual hospitality and relaxed refinement all over again. Founded over 30 years ago, the 9,200-acre farm is located in the foothills of eastern Tennessee complete with horseback riding, renowned cusine, fly fishing, and a quaint farmhouse spa….My idea of the perfect country escape!
Many things have changed since my last visit several years ago, so it never occurred to me that there would be a chance for luxury shopping during my weekend in the country! But, the Blackberry Farm gallery gift shop proved to be one of my favorite experience while I was there. The store is filled with a fabulous selection of some of my favorite things. Between the cashmere throws, pewter tableware and horn knives I was in heaven!
But, I particularly loved the custom designed Bernardaud of France Fine China that was designed for dining on the property. The farm’s Master Gardener, John Coykendall drew the sketches that are depicted on the chargers and service plates.
Coordinating dinner plates and cup and saucers compliment the artistry of the other pieces beautifully. I love the idea of mixing and matching the different patterns of the plates and chargers to create a more sophisticated look.
The burnt orange, dark brown and olive green color palette is perfect for an autumn dinner or Thanksgiving feast!
While I was in the BF gift shop, I also discovered Eugenia Foster who is the artist behind these beautiful drawings and, like me, is from Alabama.
Come to find out, Ms. Foster is the mother of Mary Celeste Beall, the wife of Sam Beall, the proprietor of Blackberry Farm. And, she creates these works of art while she is visiting the property. It is very evident why Blackberry would want to showcase her work (besides the fact that she’s family)– the fluidity and sketchiness of her art completely embodies the casual sophistication and mood of the farm. I especially liked the unexpected hint of color she added in some of the pieces.
If you are interested in retreating to Blackberry Farm you can visit their website here: Blackberry Farm. And, to learn more about the Blackberry Farm China patterns or Eugenia Foster’s artwork, you can reach Kellee at the BF gift shop – (865) 380-2638.
PS, A little trivia for you:
While I was at BF enjoying the view, I became curious as to why the Smokey Mountains are “smokey!” It turns out, the name came from the Cherokee name “shaconage” which means “land of the blue smoke.” And the fog that is common there is due to high levels of moisture in the air from the 85 inches avearage of annual rainfall combined with the dense plant life…Who knew?!
Have any of you had the privledge of visiting Blackberry Farm? I would love to hear about your experience!