Travel + Leisure Magazine released the results of its 2011 World’s Best Awards Survey naming Blackberry Farm the “Number 1 Resort in the Continental U.S. and Canada” for 2011. This is the first time Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux property, has received the top spot in a category where hotels that have more than 50 rooms placing it against some of the largest and most unique hotels in the country.
“I am just so proud of this team and what we have accomplished over the last few years,” says Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall. “As a property we have worked to provide an experience and a level of service that guests from all over the country would be proud of and happy to receive, this award lets us know that we are the right path.”
With an ongoing look to the future and how Blackberry Farm can continue to improve the guest experience, Beall notes “this sort of recognition doesn’t happen overnight, I contribute this to all the team members, partners, farmers, purveyors, that have been so loyal and committed to helping us create an amazing experience for our guests, but it doesn’t end here, in fact, we now have a greater responsibility to fulfill new expectations.”
Blackberry Farm, located in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, has welcomed guests since 1976 garnering more than 30 years of sharing dynamic mountain views, Foothills Cuisine™, an eclectic collection of outdoor adventures, and an award wining wine collection.
“Over the years, we have strived to be a complete experience,” says Brian Lee, Director of Lodging and Blackberry Farm veteran for more than 15 years. “We have received top honors for wine and culinary programs, similar recognition for service, but to be at the top of a list where all of those elements come together is simply exciting and humbling.”
Results of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey revealing readers’ favorite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car rental agencies, spas, and tour operators are listed on www.TravelandLeisure.com, will be featured in a special World’s Best Awards 2011 iPad edition that will be available on iTunes beginning July 11, and will be the cover story of the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 22.
This is the 16th year of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey.