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Exploring the Smoky Mountains with Buick Enclave Avenir

Buick Enclave Avenir

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While you may not be quite ready for it, planning for the Christmas holiday is happening all around you—so you may as well dive in head first. Whether you’re planning an extended family gathering or simply a well-timed vacation, traveling for the holidays has become the norm and road trips are part of our American fabric.

Buick’s newly released mid-sized Enclave Avenir is a really great way to say “Happy Holidays” to someone looking for an upscale, but still high-functioning and intelligent vehicle. Starting at around $53,000 and seating seven adults, the Buick Enclave Avenir is a perfect way to kick off your holiday road trip. While beautifully designed, one of the most impressive things about this SUV is its attention to detail. Items like having a heated steering wheel and heated side mirrors can make driving so much easier in the cold-weather months. And, for your holiday road trips, the Avenir’s Lane Change Alert and Lane Departure Warning are important when on narrow, winding roads.

Buick Enclave Avenir
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There aren’t many places in the U.S. that have the majesty of the Smoky Mountains, and driving your family this holiday through this gorgeous landscape should be on your bucket list. Approximately four hours from Atlanta and located right outside of Knoxville is a magical place called Blackberry Farm that transforms into a postcard during the Christmas season. The All-Wheel Drive feature on the Enclave Avenir would make this road trip through the picturesque mountain roads not only safe, but enjoyable.

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While nothing can prepare you for holiday traffic, this Buick Enclave Avenir has not only an in-dash navigation system, but also features OnStar. The coolest part about OnStar that will help with your holiday grief is that an actual human talks to you and will download personalized maps with voice-guided directions making your trek into the Smokies much easier.

Once you arrive at Blackberry Farm, you’ll immediately realize why this tiny corner of Tennessee is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. Founded in the 1930s by a husband and wife venturing out on their own family road trip from Chicago to Georgia, the farm is surrounded by green hills, tiny cottages and crisp mountain air.

Buick Enclave Avenir
Photo Credit: Blackberry Farm

Easily regarded as one of the best properties in the states, the farm staff’s attention to detail definitely (sans stuffiness) will be one of the most important parts of your stay. While there are several cottages, each one uniquely named, you and your loved ones will get the feeling you have your own family mountain retreat. A winter holiday in the snowy mountains may not seem to have the same draw as a beach vacation, but the quality of the food, wine and thoughtful service at Blackberry makes it a unique choice.

Buick Enclave Avenir
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The Smokies, which surround the farm, are located in a gorgeous space where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Appalachian Chain. The mountains, which seem tailor-made for any Instagram moment, were given their name due to the haunting fog that gives the range the appearance of “smoking”. Luckily, the fog rarely interferes with your ability to photograph and drive safely through the region.

Buick Enclave Avenir
Photo Credit: Blackberry Farm

That being said, you simply can not come to this portion of the country and not explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in your Buick Enclave Avenir. Equipped with its own Wi-fi hotspot and a high-end Bose speaker system, you will be able to bop your way through the mountains without losing access to your favorite playlist, plus the Avenir gives you even more musical access via your subscription to SirusXM, Apple Music, Pandora or Tidal. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places and its highest, most notable peak is Clingman’s Dome, located in North Carolina about an hour and a half away from Blackberry Farm.

Buick Enclave Avenir
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Even though it has become a cliche for many properties to say, Blackberry Farm really is a paradise for foodies. With daily cooking demonstrations, whiskey tasting and private cellar tours, there is no moment during your stay that you’ll go hungry—or thirsty for that matter.

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In addition to being a pet-friendly property, Blackberry Farm hosts several Italian retrievers called Lagotto Romagnolo. Known as a truffle-hunting dog, these lovable and energetic dogs can lead guests on truffle-hunting demonstrations while on property. So, instead of dealing with airport frustrations this holiday and traveling to a crowded warm-weather location to drink sugary cocktails next to a dozen people by a pool, consider a luxury road trip in your Buick Enclave Avenir to enjoy the snow-capped Smokies at Blackberry Farm. You’ll definitely be thankful for the change of scenery and will quickly find yourself looking forward to your next holiday road excursion.

Shea Peters

Shea Peters, a travel enthusiast, currently lives in her adopted home of Brooklyn, NY. A former Music Marketing Executive that has worked on ad campaigns for superstars such as, Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne, Stevie Wonder, and India.Arie, Shea found her niche in travel, fashion, and lifestyle writing while working in the entertainment industry. She studied luxury destinations while traveling with artist...(Read More)

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