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On the far southside of Atlanta, there is a very cool “Agritopia” neighborhood called Serenbe.   I have wanted to visit here for several years, and just haven’t had the time.   It’s such a cool concept though- an entire community structured around a working farm (animals and plants), a hotel with conference facilities, tons of different housing options to actually live here and a village of shops and restaurants.  Serenbe   If you are a nature lover, this is your kinda place!

Serenbe Logo

The Grounds

From the moment you drive into the property, you begin to feel one with nature.  I grew up on a farm, so it was a wonderful weekend reminiscing.  There is a beautiful horse stable and a lot of pasture land.  The landscaping is lush and there are so  many thoughtful spots to sit (or play) outside.   If you’re outside at feeding time, you may just get to help 😊

Country road view

The Hotel

The  Inn at Serenbe is a remodeled farmhouse with tons of history and all sorts of nooks and crannies.  It was fun roaming around the property and exploring- benches and seating in many places to enjoy a good book or a chat.

Farmhouse exterior

Note that the pool is being remodeled- no idea on when it will be finished, but it is in major disarray at the moment!   They also filled in the adult wading pool, so it’s just a big paver patio right now.

The room was crisp, clean and comfy;  what more could you want.  Super comfortable bed, gorgeous bathroom- check out the dual showerheads!  Coffee pot and plenty of coffee, along with tea and yes, truvia!  Yay.   You’ll find all sorts of touches that reinforce sustainability- like refillable shampoo/conditioner/body wash/hand soap and ceiling fans to help keep the air flowing.

They even had a treehouse for the kiddos!

Treehouse

The Restaurant

The Farmhouse restaurant is attached to the hotel Serenbe Farmhouse Restaurant and was a very nice experience.  We had made a reservation a few days in advance, but I hear they book up pretty quickly on the weekend, so plan ahead.    It was super busy this summer Saturday night.  The bar has happy hour from 4-6p and drinks were 2 for 1 (all drinks, wow)… along with a small snack counter that had cheese straws and other small munchies.   Elliott makes a mean Old Fashioned!  You can also order from the starter menu, so we had a bit of meat/cheese while we enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks.

Farmhouse predinner drink

Once we were settled in to our table, service was very efficient.  Check out our view of the fireplace- very urban farmhouse.

Hubby had the Short Rib and I had the Mahi.  His was cooked to perfection;  mine was a bit cool unfortunately, but still tasted good.   The fresh veggies on both plates were fantastic.

The restaurant is very cozy and has several rooms; one is what appears to be the ‘front porch’ and is surrounded by windows- it’s really pretty at night as well.  Breakfast is normally included in the room rate and is also held in this restaurant, buffet style.   The choices were cheesy scrambled eggs, poached eggs on toast, breakfast sausage (which ended up being the star of the meal).  There were pancakes, fruit, biscuits and other cold options as well.  Unfortunately, both of the egg dishes were cold; so the team needs to figure out how to keep these dishes hot!  We found a corner of the porch area and lingered over coffee for awhile- that was nice and the coffee was piping hot.

Things to do

We loved exploring the grounds- and especially loved the animal zone where they house the pigs, sheep and goats.  And yes, I know you wanted to know, they have GOAT YOGA!  I wish I would have made time to do this!  Hilarious.

Goat Yoga

You can pick up a small bucket of grain at Guest Services and enjoy feeding the animals as well (it was free and they loved it)-  they had a Llama too, but he was spitting all over everything even before we got close.  Yuck.

There area a variety of fun things to do; including visiting the different “Hamlets” around Serenbe.  I’ve included a map here.    You can rent a golf cart at the hotel as well- as you can see from the pictures, this was a good mode of transportation for many!  The distance from the Inn to the first village is about .7 miles; to the General Provisions store in Grange is 1.3 miles.

Serenbe master plan

Not all of these are built yet, but quite a bit of it is, so we went exploring 😊

We visited several of the little village areas; first stop was the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakery- this place was hopping busy- has both indoor and outdoor seating.  You can get a decent glass of wine for $6 and beer for $4, so not bad!  They have all sorts of coffees, rolls and such, but also serve up lunch.  I noticed they are open til 6p, so if you like to eat early- you can get a burger and people watch on the patio.   There are quite a few little shops here too, trinkets and clothing, a very nice spa which looked to be open 7 days a week and the fitness facility was in this area.   The street view is pretty cool…  quite a diverse variety of housing all over Serenbe.

While we didn’t visit The Hill restaurant- we were told it’s fantastic.

The Hill restaurant

We also visited the Grange area, which is where the general store is- unfortunately they don’t open until 11a on Sunday- so we could only peek in the windows.  They looked to have quite an extensive wine selection, along with a variety of food products from the farm.  I would have loved to browse, but we just didn’t have time to wait this morning.  Check out the views from around Grange- and the housing options!    Very cool area.

There are TONS of activities to keep you busy (outside of eating and shopping), including a playhouse- they were advertising Titanic and Peter Pan upcoming shows, so we’re not talking little productions either.  They have wine tastings at the general store on the weekends;  a Farmers Market, Cooking classes, horseback riding, farm tours and lots of open green space to throw a frisbee or football.

We were warned that just about everything is closed on MONDAYS, so if you are planning a trip, you may want to work around this day.

Mobility Notes

The Inn would be a bit tough to maneuver if you are mobility limited.  It’s an older house and there are many steps.  They do have a golf cart rental option (which the Inn is over a mile from Grange, as an example), so this is a good option if you’re not into walking distances of this length.  The picture on the right would be the entrance to our first floor room from the back; i.e. where the golf cart would park, so still not super mobility friendly.  I would be sure to call and ask for specific rooms that may be easier to access.  We were in room #15.

Tech and Tools

Since this is such a short trip from home for us (~90 mins), we only brought a few tech items, and they came in handy!

    1. USB dual Plug:  There aren’t any USB ports anywhere and outlets were at a premium.  Don’t you hate having to choose what to unplug?  Anyway- I opted for No Lamp this time.  They also have a 4 cube option.

[UL Listed] iClever BoostCube+ 24W Dual USB Wall Charger | Travel Charger, 2 SmartID Port USB Power Adapter for iPhone X / 8 / 7 / 7 Plus / 6S / 6 Plus, iPad Pro Air / Mini and other Cellphone, Tablet

USB Dual

    1. Long USB Cable-  I use this 10′ whenever I travel- in this case it was necessary to reach up and over the bedside table.

iPhone Charger, AEDILYS 4 Pack [3FT 6FT 6FT 10FT] Nylon USB Charging & Syncing Cord Charger for iPhone 8/8 Plus /7/7 Plus/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5/5s/5c/SE and more (Gray)

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