It's pretty simple: this is our favorite hotel in the world. It's not as big as others, it's not as formal as others, it's not as centrally located as others. But it's better than all of them. We've returned multiple times, each time thinking maybe this time it wouldn't be as nice, and each time they surpass our expectations.
The legitimate question that has to be asked is why you would ever go to Walland, Tennessee, for a vacation. Once you get there and spend a couple days, you understand. No, Walland is not a "destination." But Blackberry Farm is. Things move more slowly here, but it's not boring. There's just the right amount of things to do for a 2- or 3-night stay, especially if you're the type that likes going on a walk and stumbling on a cabin by a lake and sitting in the rocking chairs for a bit.
What's surprising about the service here is that it doesn't appear to be provided by lifelong hotel veterans. There are a decent amount of college kids and just-out-of-college kids, but they've been taught very well.
The food, as you'd expect, is great. On our last day, they packed us a picnic--just a simple take-it-with-you parting gift--and I'm guessing it was better than most anything you could get at a sit-down restaurant anywhere within 150 miles.
It's clear from reading the journals left in every room that this is a place people go to celebrate special occasions. They're filled with stories of anniversaries, birthdays and honeymoons. It's priced as a special occasion place, too. But it's one of the very few places where you can spend $1,000/night (I'd save and wait until you can grab one of the cottages rather than staying in the main building--enhances that feeling that you're on your own estate) and feel like you've gotten what you paid for.
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