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Travel + Leisure names Blackberry Farm in Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee the No.1 resort in North America

Travel + Leisure announced their 2011 World’s Best awards, crowning Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm the No. 1 resort in North America. The World’s Best list is generated as a result of the loyal readers of Travel + Leisure, who for more than 15 years, annually cast their votes for their favourite hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies in the world.

“We are so thrilled to receive this award and want to sincerely thank all of our past guests and friends of Blackberry Farm who helped to make this achievement possible,” said Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall. “As a property, we work to provide an experience and a level of service that guests from all over the world look forward to receiving in the magical Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.”

Situated on a 9,200-acre estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is a 62-room property providing world-class luxury and adventure activities. Paying homage to locally grown and sourced ingredients, Blackberry Farm is celebrated as an unrivaled food and wine destination, providing farm-to-table cuisine, as well as a comprehensive wine cellar complete with 180,000 bottles of wine from around the world.

"What a wonderful and well-deserved honour for Blackberry Farm,” said Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Susan Whitaker. "To be ranked the number 1 resort in the prestigious Travel + Leisure "2011 World's Best Awards" speaks to the extraordinary experience a guest can expect at this beautiful, environmentally-conscious resort. We are so proud to have Blackberry Farm in Tennessee!"

Activities at Blackberry Farm include fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, sport clay, yoga, cycling and mountain biking.  The perfect destination for business and pleasure, Blackberry Farm offers various meeting rooms, an Aveda-Destination Spa and annual music, epicurean, enrichment and adventure events that are held at various times throughout the year.

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