The Wellhouse Debuts at Blackberry Farm

  • Anush Benliyan

Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel set in the foothills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, unveiled a brand-new wellness facility on June 1. Located in a treelined meadow at the edge of Blackberry Farm’s property, the Wellhouse was born from resort’s desire to help guests develop a lasting pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

The facility—which houses a yoga studio, a pool, a lounge, a juice bar, and fitness and activity rooms—has a rustic-chic aesthetic, with a stone-and-clapboard exterior and tranquil, soft spaces inside showcasing original pieces by local artists. The Wellhouse also accommodates a spa with nine rooms for treatments such as Reikia 60-minute Japanese massage that aims to improve energy flow within the body, and one of its most popular therapies, the Wellhouse Soothe, which combines Swedish massage techniques with warm compresses to efficiently relieve muscle tension and stress.

The Wellhouse will also hold many of Blackberry Farm’s Wellness and Adventure events, designed to provide experiences that guests cannot find anywhere else. From July 6 through 9, guests can take part in a Balanced Life and Body retreat ($900 per person). As in most of the resort’s wellness events, guests can expect a morning fitness or nutrition class, followed by a workout or a hike. In the afternoon, they meet one-on-one with on-site fitness or nutrition specialists. Culinary adventure is part of the package, so guests can expect cooking demonstrations with ideas for the home kitchen and special health-conscious meals showcasing foods harvested from Blackberry Farm. (The property produces wildflower honey, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan cheeses from East Frisian sheep.) Other itineraries, including a September cycling weekend, food and wine events, and concerts, will be offered throughout the summer and fall. (www.blackberryfarm.com)

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