Among the most legendary properties in the country, Blackberry Farm encompasses 4,200 acres and is a culinary and wellness retreat in one. The cuisine and spa attract guests from all over the world, and the outdoor pursuits, from horseback riding to hiking to gardening, are the best of the diversions. The concierge team can arrange for numerous experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains, less than 20 minutes away, such as fly fishing, hiking some of the more than 800 miles of trails, and boating.
The Park: Grand Canyon
The Property: L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, Arizona
Even though it’s about a two-hour drive, L’Auberge de Sedona is still the closest luxury resort to the Grand Canyon. The property is located in the heart of Sedona’s scenic Red Rock region and has a mix of high-end cottages and lodge-style rooms, as well as a spa offering indigenous treatments, and a restaurant set along a creek. Outdoor adventures such as guided hikes and rock climbing are the point of a stay here—the Grand Canyon experiences that guests can book include driving, hiking, helicopter, and train tours. Prices for tours start at $325 a person.
The Park: Zion
The Property: Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
It’s no wonder that a reservation at Amangiri is hard to snag, no matter the time of year: The resort is in the midst of a desert landscape that includes canyons, mesas, and ridges, and has a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, as well as onsite Via Ferrata hikes for every fitness level. It’s also near the largest Native American reservation in the country and about two hours from Zion, a park that’s home to hundreds of plant and animal species. Amangiri offers a helicopter tour of the park in combination with Brice Canyon National Park. Prices begin at $5,150 for two people.