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Culinary Holiday in Tennessee

Spend time with our Farmstead artisans from all around property, including time in the garden and kitchen. In our quest to share the ingredients, wisdom, and ways of the area with our guests from all around the world, as well as to build upon a beverage program that our guests and experts alike have come to know as one of the most comprehensive wine and unique beverage collections in this country, Blackberry Farm is honored to be ranked number one by our guests in many readers' choice awards.

Meet the instructors

Josh, Cassidee, Liz, & 3 More…
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  • Brewery tour and tasting
  • Basic American whiskey tasting
  • A day in the life of a chef experience
  • A day in the life of master gardener experience
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation in Hill cottage
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 3 lunches


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Warm and welcoming, the Hill Cottages are a fashionable approach to ultimate luxury and comfort. Shaped by regional influence and modern American design, the cottages provide an authentic comtemporary experience with the lasting elegance of old world antiques and classic purpose. The cottages are designed to offer guests indulging choices and unexpected nuances.

Curl up by the fireplace, enjoyed from both the living room as well as the outdoor screened porch, escape in the oversized soaking tub, and enjoy a bite of Foothills Cuisine in the dining nook or a glass of world-class wine while slowly swaying in the rockers on the front porch.

The cottages come with state-of-the-art technology, including high-speed internet, flat screen televisions and integrated sound systems throughout, including the bath suite, with theatre surround-sound in the living room. Patterned for the quintessential luxury experience, the Cottages present an unmatchable getaway. Also included is your own private golf cart.


Garden and kitchen tour

Spend about three hours with the Master Gardener John Coykendall as he takes you through the heritage, history and craft of sowing, harvesting and seed saving. Work the fields, harvest the day's produce for the kitchen and shell some seeds. All will afford you the understanding of what it is like to be a master gardener. Spend the day with one of our chefs as they guide you through their daily culinary routine.

Brewery tour and whiskey tasting

The first step to making whiskey is actually making beer. Having a brewery on our property allows our guests direct interaction with the process and brewers, the team to make the most of the beer pairings and the by-products of the beer making process. The tour is available on Thursdays and Fridays at 4:30pm. Take the opportunity to bask in the amber glow that emanates from within our bars and educate your mind and palate during a whiskey tasting with one of our beverage experts.


Josh Feathers
Blackberry Farm Corporate Chef Josh Feathers understands the importance of details in world-class cuisine. As sous chef for the Commander in Chief of Southern Forces in Europe, Chef Feathers prepared formal dinners and ceremonies for numerous dignitaries. He found inspiration in the culture and cuisine of Italy and its passion for food. Chef Feathers joined the Blackberry Farm culinary team, serving as Pastry Chef, Sous Chef and Executive Sous Chef, and rising to Corporate Chef in 2007.
Cassidee Dabney
Gardening, canning, and cooking were an ever-constant happening for Cassidee Dabney growing up. Her passion for food led her to a career in the culinary field. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, she has since developed a diverse culinary background. Dabney came to Blackberry Farm in 2010 as a Sous Chef before working her way up to Executive Sous Chef. In 2015, Dabney was named the Executive Chef of the Barn.
Liz Miller
Inspired by southern cuisine and her upbringing in Pennsylvania, Liz Williams leads Blackberry Farm’s pastry team in creating new and inspiring pastry dishes. A graduate of both the DCT Swiss Hotel & Business Management School and IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, Liz came to Blackberry Farm in 2011 from The Inn at Little Washington. As the pastry chef, Liz is responsible for managing the pastry team as well as menu planning, new dessert creation and chocolates.
Sarah Steffan
From line cook to pastry chef to sous chef, Sarah Steffan has held just about every title in the kitchen along the way to becoming the Chef de Cuisine of the Main House at Blackberry Farm. With more than 10 years of experience, Steffan grew up on a farm milking goats, planting gardens, and cooking. She learned how to cook using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients.
Katie Bennett
While searching for local ingredients to use in baking, Katie Bennett, Head Baker at Blackberry Farm, finds seasonal inspiration and ingredients in the garden, larder and while foraging on the farm. Bennett’s love of baking came from her family as her father was a former baker and she grew up canning and baking in the kitchen. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Bennett had previous stints at restaurants and hotels in New York and South Carolina.
John Coykendall
Walking among stalks of corn and rows of pumpkins, Master Gardener John Coykendall explored the world of gardening at an early age with his grandfather, Congressman John Jennings. Coykendall always knew he wanted to create and care for some of the finest produce in the world. Traveling through Europe and across the United States, John has collected not only great secrets but also the seeds from the most successful gardens in the world.


Blackberry Farm is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee. We are within a 3 hour drive from many southern cities as well a short 25 minute drive from the Knoxville airport which has direct flights from more than 19 different cities.

Things to do (optional)


  • Canoeing
  • Carriage ride
  • Cycling
  • Fitness center
  • Fly fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Golf
  • Guest carts hire
  • Harley Davidson touring
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Lexus sport car for hire
  • Paddleboarding
  • Paintball
  • Shotgun sporting clays
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Bird Watching

From the porch of your cottage suite, a rocking chair on the Main House veranda or a vantage point on one of our many paths, bird-watching with binoculars is a favorite pastime for our guests. The serene environment of the woodlands and rolling fields provides a natural setting for a wide variety of birds.

Star Gazing

Far from the city lights, Blackberry Farms night sky is bursting with celestial sights. Full of harvest moons, lunar eclipses, and constellations galore, the view from the evening veranda can take your breath away. You can simply enjoy the panorama of night sky or pick out specific celestial bodies with our in-house astronomer.

Wildflower Hikes

Discover a thousand wildflowers throughout Blackberry Farm and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With miles of trails throughout our 4,200 acres and on into the park, you can find every shape and shade of natural beauty. It is said that the Smoky Mountains has one of the most diverse selection of wildflowers in the world, second only to the rainforest. A perfect place to wander and be amazed!

Spa treatments

Blackberry Farm is an ideal destination for focusing on relaxation and wellness. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff and services designed to guide you on a journey to physical and spiritual cleansing rejuvenation, and balance. Yoga and chakra sessions are available. Personal hair styling is also available.

How to get there

Driving directions from Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa/Maryville, Tennessee

Approximately 18 miles/25 minutes.

When leaving the airport, take 129 South toward Maryville.

Merging into the left lane at the split, follow the sign for Highway 321 toward Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will pick up 321 North in Maryville.

Pass Blount Memorial Hospital on the left continuing on 321 North approximately 10 miles passing the Foothills Parkway entrance and exit.

Where the four lane road becomes two lanes, immediately turn right onto West Millers Cove Road, noted by a small green street sign. (Please be aware that, for the privacy of our guests, there is no directional sign on the highway that identifies Blackberry Farm.)

Continue 3.5 miles to where the white rail fencing begins on your left. Continue past two gated entrances until you see the sign for Blackberry Farm, turning left into our driveway. Our team will greet you at the covered entrance to the Oak Cottage.

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