At the celebrated luxury resort Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., a jar of pimento cheese welcomes each arriving guest. The next morning, that guest can order a breakfast with one or all of the following: biscuits with foothills sausage gravy, grits with bacon jam and lemon poppy seed griddle cakes with pecan butter and spiced maple syrup.
There are no plans for biscuits at Blackberry Mountain, located 8 miles from Blackberry Farm on 5,200 acres of pristine land in the Great Smoky Mountains. The focus of the new sister property, slated to open in Feb. 2019, is wellness. Owner Mary Celeste Beall anticipates that some guests will hike from check in to the Watchman cabins at the top of the mountain, a 1.5 mile uphill trail. When they arrive at the mountain’s peak, they’re more likely to be greeted with black eyed pea hummus than pimento cheese.