On a cloudy Saturday morning, a few years ago, when we had a much bigger vehicle, we loaded up all the teenagers and one of their friends and took a little roadtrip to Serenbe. You know… that conservation-minded-planned-community southwest of Atlanta. I had read about it in a number of various shelter magazines and decided it would be a fun way to spend the day. Afterall, I knew it had a bakery, a couple of good restaurant, a few shops, and great architecture. What more do you need for a Saturday excursion?
The first thing we saw when our crew approached Serenbe was the super huge barn at the top of the post. We drove a little further and arrived in “town,” parked the car, and went straight to the Hil Restaurant for brunch. We had made reservations, but since we were about the only ones there, it wasn’t really necessary that day.
I loved the interior done by Stan Topol. Even the bathroom was beautiful! (and no, I did not take a photo of it.) There is a nice article about the interior design of the restaurant here.
Here is a sample of their brunch menu.the-hil.com
If I remember correctly, someone had a pimento cheese with fried egg and bacon sandwich. A couple of the kids shared the margherita pizza, and I know that I had their signature chicken pan pie. It was all very tasty.
After eating, we wandered around the little town by foot, and we found this path that went all through the woods. So of course we had to explore!
And while wandering down the path, we came upon these little treehouses that everyone played in. (Hey, what else do you do with a bunch of teenagers?!)
When we finished our adventure in the woods, we strolled through town. There were small shops with unique home items, a couple of clothing boutiques, and an art gallery (and an interesting wall.)
(Oldest child hates having his picture made, and daughter was in her “red head” phase.)
I really liked their little market called Harris and Clark, but I am not sure if it is still there. The website lists Fern’s Market as their local market now, but the interior looks very similar to what was that of Harris and Clark’s.
If you click on the link above you can watch a cute video of the owner (a former lawyer) talking about starting this market. Another store that is there is the Bilt House. It is full of home accessories of every kind.
There is also Repurpose – another home accessories and furnishings boutique.tphblog.com
Of course, it was time to eat again after all this walking, so we headed to the Blue Eyed Daisy for snacks.blog.alternativeapparel.com
With tummies full of sweets and coffees, we then began looking at all the homes in Serenbe –
like this vine covered cottage…
and this wonderful farmhouse beauty….
and then there was this rustic favorite of mine there.
We toured this huge house that was under construction and is now for sale.serenbecommunity.com
the kitchen under construction…
the amazing stairs under construction…
and the stairs now as shown in the real estate listing.serenbecommunity.com
The next two homes are not currently for sale. I love the exteriors on both of them!
This cute little yellow one was recently for sale. I don’t know if it is still on the market or not.facebook.com
This one was for sale last year.gossiprocks.com
And finally here is one that is currently listed for sale if you want to pack your bags and move. 🙂
Here is its kitchen.atlantafineliving.com
If we had stayed later, I would have liked to have had dinner at the Farmhouse Restaurant there in Serenbe,
but we were still quite full from such a big brunch at The Hil and all the goodies from the Blue Eyed Daisy. So we piled back in the car and headed home. The day was enjoyable, but the place seemed very deserted to me on that particular cloudy weekend. There were many homes for sale at that time, and I was worried that Serenbe wasn’t going to “make it.” Since then though, there has been MUCH positive publicity for it, and they have had several really big home events to occur there. I think everything has picked up, and it has really taken off. We need to make another trip over there now and enjoy all that has been added.
I’ll have another post for you with photos of the “big home events” in a day or two. Until then, I hope you have enjoyed wandering around Serenbe with me. If you have time this weekend and you are in that area of Georgia, you should take a drive over and see the little town for yourself.
Until next time…