Not only can you be pampered at Blackberry Farm, but you can experience a dog breeding center.
You can go home with a $3,000 Italian truffle-hunting dog ($6,000 if you have Blackberry Farm train it).
In February I visited its Lagotto Romagnolo dog breeding center, where 23 puppies romped. This breed looks like a curlier, lighter-colored Portuguese water dog, and these dogs make loving, hypoallergenic pets.
On a return visit I would like to try Blackberry Farm's horsemanship experience. With a fully equipped Western and English tack room and well-bred horses, you can learn to ride in the arena, go on trail rides in the Smoky Mountains or gallop across fields.
You also can take a daylong natural horsemanship classes, delving into the psychology between humans and horse.
If you go
THE BEST WAY TO BLACKBERRY FARM
From LAX, Delta, American, United and US Airways offer connecting service (change of planes) to Knoxville, Tenn. Restricted round-trip fares from $462, including taxes and fees. It's about a 25-minute drive to the farm.
Blackberry Farm, (800) 557-8864, http://www.blackberryfarm.com. Doubles from $745 a night with a two-night minimum. Includes all meals from dinner on day of arrival through lunch on day of departure, all snacks and nonalcoholic beverages.
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