East Tennessee Farm Stay


A Love Your Parks Tour Farm Story by Lisa D. Smith and Nancy J. Reid 


BIG BLEND RADIO INTERVIEW: Erin Turner talks about life on The Farm as well as their White Rose Vacation Cabin. Listen to her interview or download the podcast on  SoundCloud.com or YouTube.com.

As part of our Love Your parks Tour “Mission Possible” Story Series, our friend Donna George who owns The Peanut Patch in Yuma, Arizona, sent us on a farm story assignment. She wants us to showcase anything and everything farm-related, from farm-to-table restaurants to antique tractor shows, farmers markets, to historic farm sites. So this fall, when we had the opportunity to spend a couple of nights at The Farm at Spring Creek, we jumped at it!

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, The Farm at Spring Creek is a working family farm that raises grass-fed beef. They invite guests to experience their farm and region by booking the White Rose, an authentic, restored log cabin overlooking a small fishing pond and scenic rolling hills.

It’s an ideal four-season destination for those seeking a solitary escape, a romantic retreat, or a family getaway. The rustic atmosphere offers a tranquil and private respite in nature with beautiful panoramic views of trees, mountains, and rolling hills with grazing cows. For families, this is a fun way to give your kids a glimpse of a simpler time and way of doing things. Since this is a working cattle farm, there are some rules, but families are welcome to learn more about the farming way of life.

When it comes to Southern hospitality, look no further than the Turner family. They opened up their home to show us how to make their sweet Pear Honey and delicious Grass-fed Beef Chili for a recipe feature we are working on, and also took us on a farm tour to meet some of the cattle, pigs, and chickens, and showed us the vegetable garden and honeybee hives. They live, work, and sleep “The Farm,” and love having guests come out to learn about their DIY homesteading lifestyle that’s deeply connected with the land and seasons and firmly rooted in family unity.

The White Rose Cabin is a peaceful retreat that offers comfy full beds in two separate sleeping areas with a full master bath adjacent to the master bedroom downstairs and a powder room in the loft area. There is a pantry, dining area, and living room with a flat-screen TV & DVD player.

This farm is big on seasonal beauty. While we were there, the fall colors were just starting to make a splash while the grass was holding on to the last of its lush summer green. The views of the pond from the cabin were incredible with falling yellow and rust-colored leaves, all kinds of birdlife, and jumping fish.

We hope to return to experience another season at The Farm at Spring Creek and to further explore this Appalachian region such as Smoky Mountain National Park, the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests, and the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in historic downtown Greeneville.

For more, see: https://www.springcreekplace.net/ 

The Peanut Patch


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