Walland, Tennessee – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Blackberry Farm, the beautiful 62-room Relais & Châteaux property located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, has yet another accolade to its name: The prestigious 2012 American Treasures Award.
The award will be presented at the annual Take Pride in America celebration held at the United States Capital on July 4, 2012. Blackberry Farm is being recognized for its integrated approach to stewardship of culture, heritage and the environment and for its unique seed conservation program.
Indeed, the property, which offers some of the world’s finest wines, cuisine, fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, sport clay, cycling, and mountain biking opportunities, takes immense pride and care in its farm-to-table approach, cultivating produce on-site, or sourcing it from neighboring farmers. In addition to an abundance of outdoor activities, Blackberry Farm offers an Aveda-Destination Spa and a series of annual culinary, enrichment and adventure events.
The American Treasures Awards are presented annually to individuals and small producers in recognition of a singular and significant contribution to the US that preserves and fosters a unique all-American craft and tradition.
“We couldn’t be more honored being named an American Treasure for the work we do on the farm and in the gardens,” says Blackberry Farm proprietor Sam Beall. “To be named amongst these other great farmers and producers that share a similar commitment to quality artisan products is humbling. We hope this helps to bring focus to the many farmers, producers and craftsmen that work to share a bit of the unique history and heritage of America.”
Blackberry Farm’s products will be featured at the 2012 inaugural American Treasures Culinary Experience to be held at the Washington Design Center on the fourth of July. This tasting event will be prepared by a roster of distinguished chefs including Event Chair, Chef Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana Enoteca-Osteria, in Washington, DC.