Blackberry Farm, day 3
We took full advantage of everything today. We got up early, had breakfast and then took out the Lexus. Lexus has some kind of partnership with Blackberry Farm. The cars they use are all from Lexus and the guests can sign up to use them. Emily and I took out the convertible for a little spin.
There were a few options on what to go see but many of them were going to take too long. This time of the year you can get trapped between a slew of cars driving in to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so we opted for the Foothills Parkway. The parkway is its own national park that sits at the foothills of the northern Great Smoky Mountains. The views are spectacular and besides for a few motorcyclists we were the only ones on the road. The clouds hang down in the mountains before rising up as the day progresses. It is pretty awesome.
Our next activity back at the farm was a cooking presentation. A little bit like being on the food channel. Michael Sullivan was the chef. He prepared our lunch. We did not learn anything and it went on a little bit too long but was more interesting was the questions that people asked. Obviously most people want to cook but don't feel completely comfortable doing it. Lunch was a salad of kale, strawberries, golden beets, caramelized pecans and a lemon dressing. Hanger steak with a red wine sauce, a potato gratin and sauteed red kale. For dessert, a banana fosters clafoutis.
Our next activity was truly a highlight. We went skeet shooting. I have a nice bruise on my right side to prove it. I had done skeet shooting once about 25 years ago and riflery at camp as a kid. The people who took us about were so nice and really great instructors. All the siblings of the young woman had gotten a full ride to college on shooting. Here I am.
After dinner we went down to the wine cellar. They have 50,000 bottles on site and another 100,000 in storage. The 50,000 is worth $8m. The sommelier showed us a bottle for $17k and they have sold two bottles so far. I am always fascinated that someone would order a bottle at that price but obviously they do.
Back to the golf cart and home.