Experience the Ultimate High Life at Blackberry Mountain's Luxe Resort with New 'Floating' Treehouses
There is nothing like a cozy and intimate getaway located right in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Rich Report takes you to this cozy and intimate getaway combines rural comforts with modern conveniences.
From a distance, I have admired Blackberry Mountain since it opened in 2019 for its cozy cabins, multiple-bedroom cottages, and slate roofs that are locally quarried and stone facades that blend into the foliage of Three Sisters Mountain to make the cabins look like they belong to the mountains. So I was thrilled when I arrived at the Relais & Châteaux property for the first time, checking out their new room category, their 14 floating treehouses.
The 561-square-foot space I occupied was a beautifully contemporary, cantilevered cube, decorated with cozy comforts like white oak paneling, an air-jet tub and a wood-burning stove. It also offered spectacular views of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, which change seasonally.
There is room for up to 130 guests at a time on the resort's 5200 acres, so you are unlikely to run into other guests. But its intimate treehouses are even more perfect than those. During the winter, bare trees reveal a perfect sunrise, while in the summer, the lush growth offers absolute privacy for sunrise yoga on the deck (mats are provided) or canodling with your loved one.
There are also king-size beds available in the treehouses, which are positioned in front of the darling stove, where the ingredients for s'mores are artfully arranged each evening during turn down service, and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the aforementioned views.
Guests can either self-start the stove or request that the stove be lit as they savor their last bites at dinner to return to a romantic atmosphere by using pre-chopped wood provided both inside and outside the treehouses. During the summer, open the sliding doors and listen to silence, and on rainy days, stay in bed and enjoy nothing.
The lodge is a short golf cart ride away from the treehouses (which are named after butterflies and moths like Sleepy Orange) when guests aren't cocooned in their wooded homes away from home. Located here is the center of the property, which houses a spa called Nest that leads out to a heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi, in addition to a variety of culinary and cocktail options for all day indulgence, as well as the spa's culinary options.
There are over 10,000 bottles of wine and whiskeys in the wine cellar of Whiskiorwill Lounge, which offers a wide selection of proprietary Blackberry Mountain brews, whiskeys, and wines. As part of the lodge's flagship restaurant, Three Sisters, a four-course dinner menu that features local and forged produce from the Walland, Tennessee region, is also served daily, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Take a ride on one of Blackberry Mountain's Lexus fleets and reach the top of the mountain, called Firetower, by taking advantage of Blackberry Mountain's squad. Taking its name from the restored 1950s watchtower where watchmen formerly surveyed the land for blazing wildfires, the library atop this hill is the ideal place to enjoy sunset cocktails with a panoramic view while listening to vintage vinyls.
In addition to sipping, savoring, and being pampered, guests can also partake in hiking, clay shooting, whiskey tastings, or horseback riding when not sipping, savoring, or being pampered.
The room rate starts at $1,375 per night, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner for one person.