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Blackberry Farm 4-Day

One of America's Most Luxurious Hidden Treasures

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. This trip is so special, National Geographic included it in their list of Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime. It’s a love poem to a vanishing America, where it’s all too easy to wile away your days in Southern style with a private tour of the grounds, fantastic riding and an evening by a campfire with your new friends. In addition, this exclusive property offers a wide array of other activities—choose between a fly fishing lesson or an afternoon on horseback as part of your trip. But you’ll be forgiven if some of your favorite moments are simply spent in a rocking chair on the famous Blackberry front lawn, soaking up the long view down the valley and the amazing smells drifting from the Main House kitchen. See our Blackberry Farm 6-Day trip Experience Trek Travel's One Collection where you stay in one luxurious hotel during your trip

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From:
$4799 Per Person
Duration:
4 Days & 3 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 / 2 - Active / Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Luxury
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
Reviews:
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Trip Wows
Discover the "Foothills Cuisine", an extraordinary culinary experience unique to the region, curated by the onsite chefs, gardeners, bakers, cheese makers, foragers, butchers, brewers and sommeliers
Spend a private evening at the Yallarhammer Pavilion by Hesse Creek—complete with a campfire and lawn games before sitting down to a family-style dinner
Choose your adventure with an afternoon fly-fishing lesson or a guided horseback ride, led by guides from the Farm
The picturesque foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains offer fantastic and beautiful roads for cycling
This intimate trip size of just 12 guests ensures a chance to really get to know your fellow travelers and guides, as well as the Farm staff
Watch the Experience
My husband and I have been on quite a few Trek Travel trips over the years and THIS was my favorite. Perfect setting, relaxation, riding kayaking, hiking, etc. Truly magical.
-Debbie

Dates & Prices

Prices listed below do not include a 9.25% Tennessee state and local sales tax.

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Look no further. All you need to do is pick any open trip date, get your group together and we will do the rest. Private trip pricing is as follows:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Oliver Hotel at 10:00 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 delicious brunch 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 enjoy as you head out on your first ride of the week. 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 accommodations for the week before joining the group for a tour of the grounds, followed by a reception including wine, beer and cheese produced on the Farm. Your Trek Travel guides will fill you in on the exciting details of the days 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. (Please note that gentlemen are required to wear a jacket (a tie is not required) to dinners on the Farm.)

Today's Ride:

Maryville to Blackberry Farm
Approximately 17 miles with 1,030 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Blackberry Farm

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning you’ll enjoy your first Farm breakfast in the Main House dining room. Afterward, you will again ride along the banks of the Little River as you pedal to the small community of Townsend, one of the western gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy a cappuccino or espresso mid-ride before heading back to the Farm or you may choose to add the beautiful out-and-back climb up Rich Mountain Road on your way back. Prepare to be delighted by your first Blackberry Farm lunch on the Main House lawn before choosing your own adventure for the afternoon. With local guides from the Farm, you will either take a fly-fishing lesson (Blackberry Farm has been an Orvis-endorsed fishing lodge since 2001) or the field and stream horseback trail ride (please let your trip consultant know which activity you prefer at time of booking). No prior experience is necessary for either option. Dinner this evening will be a private and intimate affair served at The Dogwood.

Today's Ride:

Townsend Coffee Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 1,480 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Townsend Coffee Loop with Rich Mountain Climb
Approximately 39 miles with 2,570 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Guest Choice of Fly-Fishing Lesson or Horseback Ride

Hotel:

Blackberry Farm

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After rising to the irresistible smells and tastes of a farm-fresh breakfast, board your bike for a fantastic ride around Chilhowee Mountain. Enjoy some of the best backroads east Tennessee has to offer as you take in views of rolling farms and ride alongside the shady banks of Waldens and Reed Creeks. 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 Farm on your own. 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. Alternatively, this is a good time to take advantage of the abundant activities available at the Farm such as clay shooting or a spa treatment (these are not included in the trip price and we recommend making reservations well in advance). On your final evening spend some time with your fellow travellers over drinks, appetizers and lawn games around a crackling campfire. Then gather around the table for a family-style dinner in the Yallarhammer Pavilion on the banks of Hesse Creek.

Today's Ride:

Chilhowee Mountain Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Chilhowee Mountain Loop to Goose Gap Road with shuttle
Approximately 23 miles with 1,420 feet of climbing

Optional Activities:

Hiking | Clay Shooting | Spa Treatments | Garden Tours | Whiskey Tastings

Hotel:

Blackberry Farm

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Savor your last morning on the Farm first with breakfast, followed by some time wandering the beautiful grounds before indulging yourself with a trip to the Wellhouse 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 12:00 PM, arriving at the airport around 12:45 PM and in downtown Knoxville around 1:30 PM.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee

Relais & Chateaux Logo In 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-nine 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 top rated properties in the world. On your Trek Travel trip you will stay in one of the Farm’s Historic Rooms, which are the original rooms dating back to the Farm’s beginning. These small, intimate rooms are individually decorated with period antiques and represent the true essence of country-house style. Historic rooms offer a king, queen or two twin-sized beds and vary in architectural layout and size. Giving a sense of “coming home” to Blackberry Farm, guests enjoy the convenience of staying in the Main House, where all breakfasts and lunches are served during your trip. Expect a feeling of warmth and coziness as if enjoying a private bedroom at a great country estate.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best bike on the road—a light weight, stable and technologically advanced machine to make even the hardest roads seem easy. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200.

Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 3 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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.

More Information

Rider Level: 2/3 - Recreational/Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
31 miles
TOTAL MILES:
92 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,735 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
5,210 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is varied, with gentler climbing along the Little River but with short, punchy climbs throughout the rest of the trip and a longer climb up Rich Mountain. Blackberry Farm is best suited for our Type 2/3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 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 and climbing the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Enjoy the heated spa, pool, gardens, and other amenities at the Farm
  • Join the group for a fly fishing lesson or horseback ride
  • Hike the trails on the Farm property
  • Schedule one of the many optional activities at the Farm including kayaking, clay shooting, and yoga classes

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. 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. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
MEETING TIME:
10:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Oliver Hotel, Knoxville, Tennessee

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:45 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, Tennessee

Arriving

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 Paradise Taxi (865 577 6330) to plan a pickup.

For guests driving to the trip and needing a place to store a personal vehicle during the trip, we suggest parking in one of the parking decks in downtown Knoxville near the Oliver Hotel. The front desk at The Oliver can make recommendations for long-term parking options. If you prefer to park at Blackberry Farm for the week you may do so for no charge. Simply drive to the Oak Cottage upon arrival to Blackberry and ask for complimentary valet parking. You will then need to make your own arrangements through Chariots of Hire (865-522-8108) to be taken to meet the group on Day 1 in Maryville. Please bring your cycling gear and plan to arrive at the Vienna Coffee House (212 College St) in Maryville between 10:45 AM-11:00 AM on the first day of the trip.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Oliver Hotel (407 Union Ave, Knoxville,TN 37902) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Once everyone has arrived, the group will shuttle approximately 30 minutes to the town of Maryville. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch while your Trek Travel 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, since your luggage will be transported directly to Blackberry Farm from the Oliver Hotel and you will not have access to it during lunch or the bike fit.

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 Blackberry Farm (865 984 8166) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from downtown Knoxville to Maryville to meet the group will cost about $50 and take about 30 minutes.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:45 PM 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 2:30 PM.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

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. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: 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 restaurants, 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:

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Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

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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