Published on July 8th, 2012 | by Shellie Ward0
Summer at Serenbe
At a moment’s notice, without any planning, there is a place south of Atlanta, that you can take your family, to get away from the rat race of life. It’s a place where the entire family can decompress and have fun, even just for the day. From the natural scenery and beautiful wildflowers growing in the yards of the natives, to the eco-friendly eclectic home designs, and charming business culture, Serenbe is a unique,2.0 version of Southern charm. It feels like Mayberry, but it looks like….honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it.
All of the residents know each, which is why the neighborhood kids can run freely through the property. Steve Nygren, founder of Serenbe, gave us a tour. He was like Norm on Cheers because everybody knew him, and he knew everybody. Don’t be surprised if you are greeting several times when you’re there. There are blueberry bushes throughout Serenbe and I ate the blueberries right off the bush. Haven, my 7 year old, asked “Aren’t you going to wash that?” And my reply was”NOPE!” (I have to admit, I was drinking the Serenbe kool-aid and sold on the lifestyle!) The shops offer unique finds for the home, and there is salon and spa services available. The new general store Ferns Market, just opened Memorial Day weekend, offering locally produced foods which include King of Pops!
You really can’t go wrong on any of the restaurants at Serenbe. We ate at the Blue Eyed Daisy for lunch. My daughters wanted to bypass lunch and go right for the cupcakes! The food used at the restaurants is farm to table, meaning it’s grown and raised on property or local farms.
As much as I would love to pack up and move us down to Serenbe, I realized that it’s also a lifestyle. Steve Nygren gave me tips on how to achieve a healthier lifestyle right where I live. He spoke about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Programs where families can pay small fees to local farmers to grow crops and you share in the harvest. The food is organic, fresh, and cheaper than going to grocery store. This way of living is attainable at all income levels.
Below are a couple of ways to experience Serenbe with kids!
The Serenbe Playhouse puts on productions throughout the year. True to form, Serenbe plays are like no other. Their goal is to have the audience feel like they are a part of the story and the naturalistic backdrop is an essential component to Serenbe plays. You can catch Serenbe play previews around metro Atlanta at Atlantic Station and the Botanical Gardens.
Camp Serenbe offers a weekly day camp where kids get to hang out in nature and activities such as crafts, hiking, scavenger hunts, tree climbing, fishing, canoeing, swimming, and sporting activities, not to mention farming activities. There are other themed camps such as horseback riding and a drama camp. Families get a discounted rate for camp if you stay at the Inn at Serenbe. So parents can enjoy a relaxing day while the kids are having a blast and wearing themselves out!
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The stuff you need to know before you go…….
- There are bike rentals, but feel free to bring your own.
- There is horseback riding and hay rides available.
- Bring a blanket and pack a picnic lunch or dinner.
- There are several FREE events and activities such as May Day celebration and the 4th of July parade so check the Serenbe calendar.
- Blueberry bushes are scattered throughout the property.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
- The food in the award winning restaurants is farm to table, meaning the food is grown/ raised on property.
- Subscribe to their Twitter and Facebook pages for specials, and check the Serenbe website for ongoing deals and happenings.