Tennessee: 3 places to enjoy some romance


Blackberry Farm — Walland

Blackberry Farm, a luxury, 4,200-acre resort at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, has such a romantic ambience, it almost feels like a movie set. Take a carriage horse ride with that special someone and snuggle under a blanket while you admire the bucolic, wintry landscape. Later, you can warm up by the fireplace at the Barn, the resort’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant. Choose a fine vintage from the wine list and raise a glass to each other.

1471 W. Millers Cove Road, Walland. 865-984-8166, blackberryfarm.com@blackberryfrm.

The Peter Kern Library at the Oliver Hotel — Knoxville

A library may not be everyone’s idea of a perfect date night, but the Peter Kern Library in the Oliver Hotel captures the romance and decadence of the 1920s — because it’s really a speakeasy. Alcohol was prohibited, but flirting wasn’t. Of course, the youths of the era often engaged in both. Cocktail menus are tucked away in encyclopedia volumes, and the refreshments are named after famous literary characters. Sip a Daisy Buchanan and pray the cops don’t raid the place.

407 Union Ave., Knoxville. 865-351-0987, theoliverhotel.com@THEOLIVERHOTEL.

Beachaven Vineyards and Winery — Clarksville

Good wine, like a good romance, can be mysterious, bewitching and make you yearn for more. At Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, couples stroll hand in hand through vineyards set in the rolling hills of northern Tennessee. Winery tours are informative, but, of course, tasting the award-winning vintages is the best part. Sip classic white, which is as crisp as a winter morning, or savor a full-bodied syrah with warm nuances of raisin and clove.

1100 Dunlop Lane, Clarksville. 931-645-8867, beachavenwinery.com@BeachavenWine.

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