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Just off I-85, south of Atlanta and Windows Server 2012 Product Key tucked into the serene shade of Chattahoochee Hill County is the incredibly beautiful land that makes up the Serenbe community. Buildings ooze farmhouse charm while maintaining a nationally recognized eco-friendly footprint that makes a trip to the community a must for any visitor to Georgia.
Only 30 minutes from Atlanta, visitors are greeted by fresh air, farm life and a village among the 1,000 acres, including renowned restaurants The Hil and The Farmhouse at Serenbe. Within minutes of your arrival at Serenbe, you’ll understand why the area has been dubbed the “Sonoma for the New South” by the New York Times.
Serenbe isn’t just a few farmhouses, a village and some great restaurants. It’s a community with schools, stores, festivals, a theater and a hotel. Here are a few of my must-visit stops on a trip to Serenbe:
1.) Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop (9065 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia)- Led by pastry chef Cindi Pitman, the 2012 winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, the shop is the smallest Silver LEED-certified building in the United States. Cupcake flavors vary daily, so visit their Facebook page before you go.
2.) The Farmhouse at Serenbe (10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia)- Atlanta Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2007 has become known for its fried chicken lunch, which is served Saturdays and Sundays. The menu changes weekly depending on what is in season on the farm. Be sure to make reservations before you go.
3.) Peachtree Bikes (9119 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia)- Looking to explore Sernebe like a local? Rent a bike from Peachtree Bikes and enjoy a new adventure around town.
4.) Serenbe Playhouse (9110 Selborne Lane Suite 210, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia)- With programming to serve a wide variety of age groups, the Serenbe Playhouse currently has The Velveteen Rabbit on stage through July 27 and offers season tickets for as low as $50.
Want more out of your visit? Perfect for weekend getaways and romantic overnight stays, The Inn at Serenbe has several different types of accommodations to choose from, including the main house, guest house, cottages and village suites.
For an escape from the hustle and bustle of reality, escape to the eco oasis that is Serenbe.
Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is a digital marketing professional based in Atlanta who first visited Georgia in 1994 and decided that when she graduated from college she would make Georgia her home. Since 2007 that dream has been a reality. She is the founder and executive director of Occupy My Family.
Unplug and actually have fun with your family
Find summer fun in LaGrange, Georgia – just about an hour south of Atlanta. A cool spot for entertainment on a hot summer day, the LaGrange Art Museum showcases the talents of world-renowned artists and now offers a new gallery for children which includes art hung at the eye-level of little ones as well as posted questions designed to engage kids and parents in dialogue about the masterpieces. Dedicated to the history of West Georgia, admission is also free to Legacy Museum on Main.
In search of true R&R, enroll little ones in the Bible Land Adventure summer camp at Explorations in Antiquity Center and relax while the children are in a boredom-busting and educational setting. Call 706-885-0363 to make a reservation; numbers are limited.
26,000-acre West Point Lake, Highland Marina is the go-to place for renting watercraft. Toodle along in a pontoon boat or create a splash with a wave runner. For rental pricing and details: www.HighlandMarina.com.
Tour Hills and Dales Estate, the 1916 Italian-inspired home of the Callaway family, opened to the public in 2004. Pick up the Earle the Squirrel Tour guidebook for the young ‘uns – a free activity booklet. Call 706-882-3242 for more information or check the website: www.HillsandDales.org.
When you get hangry (that’s when you’re so hungry you start to get angry), plenty of places abound to turn your mood around. Try Mighty Joe’s, where pizza by the slice or whole calzones are to die for and, for the healthier set, fresh salads are offered, too. Trammell’s Smokehouse Grille at Highland Marina offers outdoor waterside dining as well as an indoor option.
LaGrange’s downtown area is full of hidden gems like Stephens Exclusives, popular with teenage girls and the old-school army and sports supply store, Edelson’s Army and Sporting Goods – for the boys. The whole family will find a souvenir worth taking home at Solomon’s Department Store where traditional style mingles with the latest in clothing and shoes.
When you go:
Camp in the comfort of air-conditioned yurts at Pine Mountain RV Resort. The tent-like structures are affordable and several sleep a crowd of up to 12 people; pool and playground onsite.
The Baymont Inn and Suites offers comfortable, family-friendly lodging and an indoor pool.
Sleep at the Best Western PLUS LaFayette Garden Inn and Conference Center and spend days perfecting your tan, lounging by the best outdoor pool in the area.
LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, www.LagrangeChamber.com, 706-884-8671.
Mom-on-the-go and Laurie Rowe Communications PR pro Katie Reeder graduated at the top of her class from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies. Katie resides in Cumming, Georgia – between the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the lights and action of nearby Atlanta.
The official 2013 Georgia Travel Guide is the state’s premiere marketing resource for visitors and vacation planning. This FREE full-color, magazine-size guide provides visitors with information on Georgia’s tourism assets including trip ideas, attractions, accommodations, events and more. The Georgia Travel Guide is organized by nine travel regions to help you plan your visit.