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Highlights
  • Ride over the Foothills Parkway
  • See epic views of the Great Smoky Mountains to the south and the Tennessee Valley to the north
  • Enjoy fresh farm breakfast
  • Explore Tellico Lake from a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board
  • Enjoy exploring the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Join one of Blackberry Farm’s renowned chefs for an afternoon farm-to-table cooking demonstration
  • Enjoy cycling through quiet back roads of eastern Tennessee

Nestled on 4,200 untouched acres adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, Blackberry Farm is a truly unique place on earth.

Consistently ranked among the best hotels in the world, the Farm offers a stunning setting in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians and a chance to slip quietly into a different pace of life that is tuned more to the sunrise than the clock. Here you'll wile away your days in Southern style with a private tour of the grounds, garden tour with a chef, beer tasting and brewery tour, cooking class and wine-paired dinner, in addition to fantastic riding and a host of other activities available only at this exclusive property.

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Itinerary

DAY 1:

TODAY'S RIDE:

Maryville to Blackberry Farm

Approximately 19 miles with 750 feet of climbing

DESCRIPTION:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Oliver Hotel (407 Union Ave, Knoxville,TN 37902) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a half hour shuttle, you’ll arrive in the college town of Maryville, located in the western foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. You’ll gather for a picnic lunch in Sandy Springs Park and, after a short round of introductions, your Trek Travel guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and ensure a comfortable fit to your bike. The day is then yours to explore as you head out on your first ride of the weekend. You will follow the Little River along a route popular with local cyclists, through the community of Walland, and onto the stunning 4,200-acre Blackberry Farm. Settle into your luxury accommodations before joining the group for a reception and a tasting of wine and cheese produced on the Farm. Your Trek Travel guides will fill you in on the exciting details of the week to come, and afterward you’ll enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers over an unforgettable meal of signature “Foothills Cuisine” in the acclaimed on-site restaurant, The Barn.

DAY 2:

TODAY'S RIDE:

Foothills Parkway to Happy Valley Return

Approximately 43 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing

SHORT OPTION:

Look Rock to Happy Valley Return with shuttle

Approximately 30 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Hiking

DESCRIPTION:

This morning you’ll enjoy your first Farm breakfast in the Main House dining room. Afterward, board your bike for a fantastic ride over the Foothills Parkway. This road traverses Chilhowee Mountain and offers epic views of the Great Smoky Mountains to the south and the Tennessee Valley to the north. After riding a loop through Happy Valley and back up the western end of the Parkway, you will break for a snack and to enjoy stunning views at Look Rock, located at the crest of the Parkway. Upon your return to the Farm you will join your fellow cyclists for lunch on the Main House lawn followed by some time to explore the surrounding landscape by foot. You can strike out on the 9 miles of hiking trails accessible directly from your room, or simply relax by the saltwater pool or in the steam rooms at the Wellhouse Spa. Dinner this evening will be a private and intimate affair served in the Main House.

DAY 3:

TODAY'S RIDE:

Chilhowee Lake to Blackberry Farm

Approximately 35 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Guided Canoe, Kayak, or Paddleboard Outing to Chilhowee Lake

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:

Horseback Riding | Fly Fishing | Spa Treatments | Garden Tours

DESCRIPTION:

After rising to the irresistible smells and tastes of a farm-fresh breakfast, you are off to discover the area from an entirely different perspective: the water. With local guides from the Farm, you will explore Chilhowee Lake from a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard, enjoying your guides' extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Enjoy a packed lunch on the shores of this pristine mountain lake, and then shuttle back to the Farm for a free afternoon to enjoy the extensive amenities, or bike back if you want more cycling. Roam the grounds, take a nap or find a quiet place to enjoy a book and soak up the tranquil peace of this special valley. Alternatively, take advantage of the abundant activities available (these are not included in the trip price and we recommend making reservations well in advance). This evening, enjoy drinks and appetizers around a campfire as a Southern Appalachian historian recounts tales of local lore, history and legend, then enjoy dinner in the Yallarhammer Pavilion on the banks of Hesse Creek.

DAY 4:

TODAY'S RIDE:

Cades Cove Loop from Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead

Approximately 18 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

AVID OPTION:

Cades Cove Loop from Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead plus Dry Valley to Blackberry Farm

Approximately 35 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

 

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Hike the Schoolhouse Gap Trail

DESCRIPTION:

After an early breakfast you will shuttle into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit Cades Cove. This verdant valley, filled with historic, well-preserved homesteads and abundant wildlife, is a popular destination in the park. The ride begins at the Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead and will take you around the 11-mile Cades Coves Loop, returning to the trailhead. With a packed lunch in hand you will hike over the Gap with time to explore the White Oak Sinks, where you will find an array of unusual and unique natural features. After your hike ends on the other side of the Gap, you may collect your bike and ride down Dry Valley and return to the Farm along the banks of the Little River, or choose to hop in the van for a shuttle. Before dinner at your leisure in the Barn, enjoy a private tour of the Blackberry Farm Brewery and learn about their distinctive, small-batch beers from the brew master himself.

DAY 5:

TODAY'S RIDE:

Jeffries Hollow Loop

Approximately 46 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

SHORT OPTION:

Boling Road Loop

Approximately 35 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

TODAY'S ACITIVTY:

Garden Tour | Cooking Demonstration

DESCRIPTION:

Your last full day will be spent cycling through quiet back roads of eastern Tennessee. Choose from two loop options that take you to the northeast of the Farm on roads popular with local cyclists and enjoy lunch mid-ride with your fellow travelers. Back at the Farm you will cap off the week’s adventures with a culinary experience to remember. Join one of Blackberry Farm’s renowned chefs for an afternoon farm-to-table cooking demonstration that begins in the garden and ends on your plate. We'll celebrate with a final, fantastic, wine-paired tasting menu in The Barn Cellar and you'll taste for yourself the fruits of your labor, savoring the ingredients from Blackberry Farms’ bakery, butchery, creamery, gardens, brewery and 8,000-square-foot wine cellar. Take this time to raise a glass with your companions to toast an unforgettable week!

DAY 6:

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Spa visit for one-hour massage

DESCRIPTION:

From the airport you may catch a flight to your next destination or pick up a rental car. If you need to go back to the Oliver Hotel your guides can drop you off there after stopping at the airport. If you are flying out today, please do not book a flight before 1:00 PM. Savor your last morning on the Farm first with breakfast in the dining hall, followed by some time in the magical gardens before indulging yourself with a trip to the Spa for an hour massage —the perfect way to wind down after an unforgettable week in the mountains. With a carefully packed Blackberry Farm lunch as a parting gift, you will say your goodbyes and board a shuttle to the Knoxville McGhee-Tyson Airport at 11:00am, arriving at the airport around 11:30am and in downtown Knoxville around 12:00pm.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,499

Price Per Day:

$ 917 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,999
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.
Meals Included:

Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day

On our Blackberry Farm trip, all meals are included and are prepared by Blackberry Farm except for the first day's lunch, which is a picnic prepared by your Trek Travel guides. The Farm's chefs, gardeners, baker, cheese maker, butcher, brewer, sommelier, and chocolatier all combine their award-winning skills to bring you their renowned "Foothills Cusine." These meals will be enjoyed in a variety of settings, including a private dinner in the Main House; an outdoor affair at the Yallarhammer Pavilion and a wine-paired final dinner in the Barn's Cellar.

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
The average group size on our cycling vacations is about 12*. Most trips are capped at 20 guests: this ensures each guest receives exceptional individual support, dedicated attention, and uncompromising care from our world-class guides. *Group sizes vary from destination to destination and can be as many as 30+ guests for Race, Ride Camp and Cross Country trip departures.
Accomodations

BLACKBERRY FARM

WALLAND, TENNESSEE

In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Thirty-nine years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion. Today, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 9,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons why it is one of the world's top-rated destinations.

 

Start City
Knoxville
End City
Tennessee
Cancellation Policy:

Days to Departure         

Refund                                        

Future Trip Credit*

More Than 90 Days

All but $100 cancellation fee

100% of deposit

61-90 Days

75% of trip price

90% of trip price

31-60 Days

50% of trip price

65% of trip price

30 Days or Less

No Refunds

25% of trip price

Additional Information:

Support

  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Bontrager merchandise

Gear

  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 USD off any 2015 5 Series or 6 Series Trek Domane including Project One and the Trek Emonda SL6 and SL8 models.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling sock

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