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September 5 – September 8, 2019

Blackberry Mountain House Party

Hosted by Laura Vinroot Poole and Barrie Benson, featuring Irene Neuwirth and more

Event Fee


Hosted by Laura Vinroot Poole and Barrie Benson, we’re bringing modern style to Summer camp! Relive your favorite memories of Summer as a kid on a grander scale. Indulge your creative side with ‘arts and crafts’ geared toward style and design, immerse in the outdoors with an array of adventure opportunities, and celebrate time together as we anticipate the coming of Fall. With a mix of fun, food, creativity and celebration, balance a touch of nostalgia with experiences and topics to enhance your life. Connect with new friends in an event environment suited to everyone ready to have fun and experience the Mountain.


Don't Miss

  • Get hands-on in a jewelry-making workshop with Irene Neuwirth.
  • Design and create a home item with Barrie Benson and create unique-to-you fashion using tie-dye with Laura Vinroot Poole.
  • Sharpen your skills at clay shooting, hiking, cycling and more.
  • Learn about some of the unique whiskeys of the South.
  • Join in a foraging expedition and learn what you can do with the items you find, including tinctures, natural design and more.
  • Participate in the Chilhowee Mountain Challenge, a fun-filled, adult take on a classic adventure race – that may involve a beer or two.
  • Explore the Mountain with guided group hikes, paddle sports, rock climbing, mountain biking
    and beyond.

What To Expect?

The goal of this retreat is to remind guests of everything you loved about Summer camp as a kid, reimagined into an adult experience. The curated agenda features a taste of everything the Mountain has to offer with lifestyle bonuses from guest personalities. Whether you’re getting creative, learning a new adventure skill, splashing through the last of warm Summer days or relaxing during leisure time, everyone will enjoy the opportunities that await.

Level of Intensity

This event will include both enrichment and active offerings. Physical activities will be high energy but low to medium intensity. There will be a range of options so you can select what suits your fitness and interest level. All outdoor and adventure activities are fully supported by the Blackberry Mountain Adventure team.


Laura Vinroot Poole

Laura Vinroot Poole

Owner of Capitol, Poole Shop and Tabor boutiques

Barrie Benson

Barrie Benson

Owner of Barrie Benson Interior Design

Irene Neuwirth

Irene Neuwirth

Fine Jewelry Designer