Down on the Farm

Hotels & Resorts

Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tenn.

The Setting: Peaceful meadows, grazing sheep and misty hills create a pastoral landscape at this 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, just a 25-minute drive from Knoxville.

Standout Feature: The farm’s agricultural bounty—morel mushrooms, wildflower honey, farm-fresh eggs—supports a culinary program renowned among gourmands the world over. Epicurean team-building activities include cooking demonstrations and cheese tastings.

Style: The resort is as sublime as the setting. Its country-chic design elements include fireplaces, front-porch rockers and old-world antiques.

Convene: Up to 124 guests can stay in estate rooms, cottages or homes. An intimate boathouse and historic barn, rustic outside and upscale inside, are among the reception and meeting options.

After Hours: A bakery, butchery and salumeria are worthy daytime attractions. But when the sun sets over the hills, guests will most enjoy the property’s newly opened brewery and 8,000-square-foot wine cellar known for its premium Rhone varietals.

Wild Card: There are ample conventional activities to enjoy, including hiking, fly-fishing and cycling. Less conventional options include horseback riding in the winter and an expansive paintball course.

Twin Farms

Barnard, Vt.

The Setting: Verdant New England terrain makes this 300-acre resort a welcome escape from city life. By car, Boston is just three hours away and New York City, five hours.

Standout Feature: Customized activities, from fire-building competitions atop ski slopes to private outdoor yoga classes, transcend the ordinary. Nearby attractions include Quechee Gorge, known as Vermont’s Grand Canyon.

Style: Evoking a bucolic art gallery, the lodge-style property is adorned with the works of Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella and other artistic greats.

Convene: All-inclusive group packages encompass local and sustainable meals, recreational activities, wine and spirits, complimentary wireless Internet and such elegant meeting facilities as a cabana beside graceful Copper Pond.

After Hours: Attendees will easily relax after a day at Out of the Woods Spa, featuring glass brick steam rooms, followed by sips of vino from a 20,000-bottle wine cellar.

Wild Card: The property’s spa includes a furo, a traditional steep-sided wooden tub common in Japan, with water heated to 104 degrees.