nature, Travel

Tranquility at its Best

Houston to Rockport, Maine, is a long drive, so we make quite an adventure out of the trip by stopping here and there to explore new places.  A daughter in Tennessee provided a very good excuse for meeting at Blackberry Farm in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

Smoky MountainsBlackberry Farm is one of those places that has been much written about, deservedly so as it is a spectacular location in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where all thoughts of the outside world yield way to absolute delight.  It is tranquility at its very best.

Blackberry FarmLike to fly fish?  No problem.  There’s a stream where you can cast your rod and maybe even be lucky enough to catch a trout.

Blackberry FarmIf you arrive without proper gear, it’s there waiting for you.

Blackberry Farm

One of my favorite spots  is the boathouse where you can just sit quietly on the deck, enjoy a picnic lunch

Blackberry Farmor take to canoeing.  I must confess to failing to get the hubby to serenade me under the moonlight!

Blackberry FarmBlackberry FarmBlackberry FarmBlackberry FarmTaking a stroll through the property, there’s no telling what you might see.  It could be sheep in the meadow or chickens and turkeys strutting around or geese taking their young ones for a first swim.  Though the animals are an attraction, they also provide much of the foodstuffs that are served at the inn.

Blackberry FarmMy favorite animal?  I fell in love with Lagotto Romagnolos, otherwise known as truffle dogs, an Italian breed that was the first water dog.  I would have loved to take one with me, but they are quite expensive.

Blackberry FarmThere are miles of trails to walk, and always there is something interesting to see.  Maybe it’s the pastoral view of horses grazing in white fenced pastures

Blackberry Farmor a lovely little chapel nestled among the trees.

Blackberry FarmI love the moss covered wood fences that line the road,

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the farm buildings

Blackberry Farmand quiet retreats.

Blackberry FarmBest of all is returning to our cottage porch after a most fun day and feeling at peace with the world.

Yes, there is much to like at Blackberry Farm, and I am saving the rest for a later post.

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