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Higher Ground

Checking into the Land of Plenty

Bounty to bar. Harvest to hearth. Call it what you will — a fresh crop of farm-focused destinations from South Africa to the Smoky Mountains are getting back to the land, nourishing the body and soul.

By the Numbers


Launch Pad

Blackberry Mountain

Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm pioneered the chef-led, farm-stay concept and now its soon-to-open sister property, Blackberry Mountain, adds adventure to the mix. Hike, bike, climb and rappel throughout thousands of acres of untouched Great Smoky Mountains dotted with hidden waterfalls and a series of soaring water towers. Meals are no less intrepid: Executive Chef Josh Feathers heads the foraging expeditions in search of mushrooms, beets and more. Trail-side, open-flame dining includes the fruits of your labor supplemented by Blackberry Farm’s famed cheeses, charcuterie and more. Blackberry Mountain opens February 2019.

Andaz Maui

Soar sky high at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort with its heli-foraging tours of a Maui plantation. Ride with the chef to a private tropical farm ripe with native produce and drop down into fields of white ginger, Tongan taro and more. Then reap the rewards of your harvesting back at the oceanfront retreat for a cooking class starring your fresh-picked haul. 

Who's Growing What, Where

Rambutan: Native to Southeast Asian, this spiky-rind, lychee-like fruit can be plucked by guests at the 10-suite tea estate Kahanda Kanda, Sri Lanka.

Calabash: AKA bottle gourd or long melon, the fruit grows alongside the golf course at the West Indies’ Kittitian Hill where caddies will point you to the ripest of the bunch.   

Maracuya: A member of the passion fruit family, this sweet and seedy fruit can be picked at La Huerta at Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica, diamond-set amid lush treetop canopies of the Talamanca Mountains.

Burlat, Moreau, Napoleon & Griotte: Four of 16 varieties of cherries grown at Le Domaine D’Ablon, a collection of humble farmer’s cottages gone opulent in Normandy, France.

Inn Crowd

Cape Kidnappers

There’s the cliff-top golf course above Hawke’s Bay, the infinity pools and the luxury lodge suites, but New Zealand’s Cape Kidnappers is also a working coastal farm, which means that everything — meat, fish, fruit and vegetables — are sourced directly from the spot. Better yet, you can experience that bounty beyond the dining table: Head for the gardens with hotel chefs to pluck the night’s meal, or spend a day with your kids working alongside shepherds as they guide flocks across the rugged terrain and river flats of this high-drama landscape.

INTRO: @Le Domaine D'Ablon

LAUNCH PAD: @Blackberry Mountain

THE BRAG: @Andaz Maui

INN CROWD: @Cape Kidnappers

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen