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Great Smoky Mountains - Blackberry Farm

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Great Smoky Mountains - Blackberry Farm

America's Most Luxurious Hidden Treasure

New bike tour with Trek Travel in 2014.

Nestled on 4,200 untouched acres adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, Blackberry Farm is a truly unique place on earth.

Consistently ranked among the best hotels in the world, the Farm offers a stunning setting in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians and a chance to slip quietly into a different pace of life that is tuned more to the sunrise than the clock. Here you'll wile away your days in Southern style with a private tour of the grounds, garden tour with a chef, beer tasting and brewery tour, cooking class and wine-paired dinner, in addition to fantastic riding and a host of other activities available only at this exclusive property.
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$5499PP

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Rider Type [?]

2

Recreational

Hotel Style [?]

Luxury

 

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Duration

6 days | 5 nights
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Start | End

Knoxville, Tennessee

Dates

2015
Oct
Nov

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Maryville to Blackberry Farm
Approximately 19 miles with 750 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Oliver Hotel (407 Union Ave, Knoxville,TN 37902) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a half hour shuttle, you’ll arrive in the college town of Maryville, located in the western foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. You’ll gather for a picnic lunch in Sandy Springs Park and, after a short round of introductions, your Trek Travel guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and ensure a comfortable fit to your bike. The day is then yours to explore as you head out on your first ride of the weekend. You will follow the Little River along a route popular with local cyclists, through the community of Walland, and onto the stunning 4,200-acre Blackberry Farm. Settle into your luxury accommodations before joining the group for a reception and a tasting of wine and cheese produced on the Farm. Your Trek Travel guides will fill you in on the exciting details of the week to come, and afterward you’ll enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers over an unforgettable meal of signature “Foothills Cuisine” in the acclaimed on-site restaurant, The Barn.

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Hotel:

Blackberry Farm
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Foothills Parkway to Happy Valley Return
Approximately 43 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Look Rock to Happy Valley Return with shuttle
Approximately 30 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hiking

Description:

This morning you’ll enjoy your first Farm breakfast in the Main House dining room. Afterward, board your bike for a fantastic ride over the Foothills Parkway. This road traverses Chilhowee Mountain and offers epic views of the Great Smoky Mountains to the south and the Tennessee Valley to the north. After riding a loop through Happy Valley and back up the western end of the Parkway, you will break for a snack and to enjoy stunning views at Look Rock, located at the crest of the Parkway. Upon your return to the Farm you will join your fellow cyclists for lunch on the Main House lawn followed by some time to explore the surrounding landscape by foot. You can strike out on the 9 miles of hiking trails accessible directly from your room, or simply relax by the saltwater pool or in the steam rooms at the Wellhouse Spa. Dinner this evening will be a private and intimate affair served in the Main House.

Hotel:

Blackberry Farm
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Chilhowee Lake to Blackberry Farm
Approximately 35 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Guided Canoe, Kayak, or Paddleboard Outing to Chilhowee Lake

Optional Activity:

Horseback Riding | Fly Fishing | Spa Treatments | Garden Tours

Description:

After rising to the irresistible smells and tastes of a farm-fresh breakfast, you are off to discover the area from an entirely different perspective: the water. With local guides from the Farm, you will explore Chilhowee Lake from a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard, enjoying your guides' extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Enjoy a packed lunch on the shores of this pristine mountain lake, and then shuttle back to the Farm for a free afternoon to enjoy the extensive amenities, or bike back if you want more cycling. Roam the grounds, take a nap or find a quiet place to enjoy a book and soak up the tranquil peace of this special valley. Alternatively, take advantage of the abundant activities available (these are not included in the trip price and we recommend making reservations well in advance). This evening, enjoy drinks and appetizers around a campfire as a Southern Appalachian historian recounts tales of local lore, history and legend, then enjoy dinner in the Yallarhammer Pavilion on the banks of Hesse Creek.

Hotel:

Blackberry Farm
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Cades Cove Loop from Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead
Approximately 18 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Cades Cove Loop from Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead plus Dry Valley to Blackberry Farm
Approximately 35 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike the Schoolhouse Gap Trail

Description:

After an early breakfast you will shuttle into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit Cades Cove. This verdant valley, filled with historic, well-preserved homesteads and abundant wildlife, is a popular destination in the park. The ride begins at the Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead and will take you around the 11-mile Cades Coves Loop, returning to the trailhead. With a packed lunch in hand you will hike over the Gap with time to explore the White Oak Sinks, where you will find an array of unusual and unique natural features. After your hike ends on the other side of the Gap, you may collect your bike and ride down Dry Valley and return to the Farm along the banks of the Little River, or choose to hop in the van for a shuttle. Before dinner at your leisure in the Barn, enjoy a private tour of the Blackberry Farm Brewery and learn about their distinctive, small-batch beers from the brew master himself.

Hotel:

Blackberry Farm
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Jeffries Hollow Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Boling Road Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Today's Acitivty:

Garden Tour | Cooking Demonstration

Description:

Your last full day will be spent cycling through quiet back roads of eastern Tennessee. Choose from two loop options that take you to the northeast of the Farm on roads popular with local cyclists and enjoy lunch mid-ride with your fellow travelers. Back at the Farm you will cap off the week’s adventures with a culinary experience to remember. Join one of Blackberry Farm’s renowned chefs for an afternoon farm-to-table cooking demonstration that begins in the garden and ends on your plate. We'll celebrate with a final, fantastic, wine-paired tasting menu in The Barn Cellar and you'll taste for yourself the fruits of your labor, savoring the ingredients from Blackberry Farms’ bakery, butchery, creamery, gardens, brewery and 8,000-square-foot wine cellar. Take this time to raise a glass with your companions to toast an unforgettable week!

Hotel:

Blackberry Farm
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Activity:

Spa visit for one-hour massage

Description:

From the airport you may catch a flight to your next destination or pick up a rental car. If you need to go back to the Oliver Hotel your guides can drop you off there after stopping at the airport. If you are flying out today, please do not book a flight before 1:00 PM. Savor your last morning on the Farm first with breakfast in the dining hall, followed by some time in the magical gardens before indulging yourself with a trip to the Spa for an hour massage —the perfect way to wind down after an unforgettable week in the mountains. With a carefully packed Blackberry Farm lunch as a parting gift, you will say your goodbyes and board a shuttle to the Knoxville McGhee-Tyson Airport at 11:00am, arriving at the airport around 11:30am and in downtown Knoxville around 12:00pm.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch



Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 7TH

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price is guaranteed.

2015


Oct
11th - 16th / 6 days / 5 nights
$5499 / Person, $1999 / Single OCC.
Oct
18th - 23rd / 6 days / 5 nights
$5499 / Person, $1999 / Single OCC.
Nov
1st - 6th / 6 days / 5 nights
$5499 / Person, $1999 / Single OCC.

Hotels

Blackberry Farm on Trek Travel bike tours

Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee

Relais & Chateaux LogoIn 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Thirty-seven years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion. Today, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons why it is one of the world's top-rated destinations.

What's Included

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Blackberry Farm trip, you will stay in luxurious accommodations at the Farm, each space uniquely appointed with fine art and antiques.
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 4 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Blackberry Farm trip, all meals are included and are prepared by Blackberry Farm except for the first day's lunch, which is a picnic prepared by your Trek Travel guides. The Farm's chefs, gardeners, baker, cheese maker, butcher, brewer, sommelier, and chocolatier all combine their award-winning skills to bring you their renowned "Foothills Cusine." These meals will be enjoyed in a variety of settings, including a private dinner in the Main House; an outdoor affair at the Yallarhammer Pavilion and a wine-paired final dinner in the Barn's Cellar.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting(limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 32
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,800

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Blackberry Farm is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied, with flatter roads along the Little River and through Cades Cove, but with longer climbs on the Foothills Parkway and some short climbs on the Jeffries Hollow and Boling Road Loops. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

Fall generally brings the lowest chance of precipitation of all the seasons in eastern Tennessee, but wet weather is always a possibility. After all, portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are actually temperate rainforest. Temperatures in autumn range from the upper 70s to low 60s during the day and from the upper 40s to upper 30s at night.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Enjoy the spa, pool, gardens, and other amenities at the Farm
  • Join the group for a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard outing to Chilhowee Lake
  • Join the group for a private yoga class
  • Hike the trails on the Farm property
  • Explore Schoolhouse Gap and the White Oak Sinks with the group
  • Schedule one of the many optional activities at the Farm including horseback riding, fly fishing, and geocaching

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Travel Services

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into the McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville,Tennessee.This regional airport is serviced by most major US domestic carriers. From the airport, you may hail a taxi outside baggage claim to take you to downtown Knoxville.The trip will take about 20 minutes and will cost around $30. If you plan to arrive outside of regular business hours we suggest that you schedule your taxi pickup ahead of time.You may call Cloud Nine Taxi at (865 803 4017) or Benchmark Taxi (865 310 7047) to plan a pickup.

Oliver Hotel | Knoxville,Tennessee

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Oliver Hotel (407 Union Ave, Knoxville,TN 37902) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Once everyone has arrived, the group will shuttle approximately 30 minutes to Sandy Springs Park in the nearby town of Maryville.At the park you will enjoy a picnic lunch while yourTrekTravel guides ensure a comfortable fit to your bicycle for the week.Afterwards you’ll begin riding with a route that follows the Little River to the community of Walland. Please have your riding gear in a separate bag or readily accessible, to avoid having to unpack your luggage.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Blackberry Farm (865 984 8166), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.A taxi from downtown Knoxville to Sandy Springs Park will cost about $45 and take about 30 minutes.

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) | Knoxville,Tennessee

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:30 AM at the McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). From the airport you may catch a flight to your next destination or pick up a rental car. If you need to go back to the Oliver Hotel your guides can drop you off there after stopping at the airport. If you are flying out today, please do not book a flight before 1:00 PM.

Before: KNOXVILLE, Tennessee

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River and next to the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus, Knoxville is a Southern city with an Appalachian heart. A vibrant folk art and music scene, along with a deep respect for the historic, drives the vibe in the city.The heart of downtown Knoxville is Market Square, which features bustling shops, cafes, and pubs. In the winter the Square plays host to an outdoor ice skating rink and in the spring and summer you’ll find it packed with music fans attending free concerts. One block over are the shops and theaters of Gay Street, home to the historic Tennessee and Bijou Theaters. If you are lucky you might catch a show while you are in town, or check out the WDVX Blue Plate Special-- a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the Knoxville Visitor Center on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive. It’s free and the music will knock your socks off! We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post trip hotel:

The Oliver Hotel

The Oliver Hotel is Knoxville’s only boutique hotel, and is located on Market Square for easy access to the best that downtown has to offer. It is located in the historic Peter Kern Bakery building, which was built in 1876 and coverted to a guest house for the World’s Fair, held in Knoxville in 1982. Completely remodeled in 2011, this hotel now offers modern luxury while retaining the feeling of a historic building.The on-site restaurant,Tupelo Honey, offers delightful southern favorites with a modern twist and is immensely popular. Save time to visit the Peter Kern Libary, where you can kick back with a hand-crafted cocktail possibly invented by the server who made it for you.

407 Union Avenue | 865 521 0050 | www.theoliverhotel.com | ~$200

Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville

This conveniently located hotel is within walking distance of Market Square and the University of Tennessee campus.The Sheraton is adjacent to World’s Fair Park (home of the famous Sunsphere that defines the Knoxville skyline) and offers an on-site restaurant and bar, lobby-level parking deck, and free passes to the nearby downtown YMCA.

1109 White Avenue | 865 971 4663 | www.FourPoints. com | ~$150

Crowne Plaza Downtown Knoxville

The Crowne Plaza is one and a half blocks from Market Square and offers a very walkable location for exploring both downtown Knoxville and the eclectic section of town known as The Old City. It features a large fitness center, indoor pool, on-site dining and lounge area, and convenient parking deck.

401 W. Summit Hill Dr. | 865 522 2600 | www. CrownePlaza.com | ~$150


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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