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Come with me to Serenbe

 

 

 

 

You are invited to join me for an amazing day trip to Serenbe, a hamlet nestled in the Chattahoochee Hills, just an hour south of Atlanta. With the exception of the main course, you can plan your day any way you’d like! Pick and choose your appetizers and, if you choose to stay for dessert, you’re likely to be rewarded and enchanted by the resident fireflies.

In my mind, the ideal trip offers a little something for everyone and I think this trip does just that. On the menu: tasty morsels from several area restaurants, fresh air and exercise downtown and on Serenbe Farms’ 30 acres, retail therapy for the shopper, culture in the form of art galleries and an outdoor production, and some history and unique architecture in downtown Newnan. Or, if you want some R&R, spread out a quilt beneath a shade tree and read a book or enjoy being a kid again and try your eyes at cloud spotting (there’s even an app for it).

About Serenbe:

Serenbe was the first hamlet built in Chattahoochee Hills, a 40,000 acre city with an overlay plan that calls for preservation of a minimum of 70% of the acreage. Serenbe’s founders, Steve & Marie Nygren and Rawson Haverty, have created an urban model promoting walkability and community living, with private residential homes, commercial space, art galleries, original shops, stables, and a 20-room inn with conference facilities. Serenbe has devoted 30 acres to farming—the Serenbe Farm is certified organic and biodynamic with a thriving CSA program and Saturday markets. The community is home to three thriving restaurants—Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop (the nation’s smallest Silver LEED certified building), The Farmhouse (which has received national critical acclaim in Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, and is consistently featured in local publications), and The Hil (owned by executive chef Hilary White, and has received national critical acclaim in Food and Wine magazine, and was named a Best New Restaurant by Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Read more about Serenbe at these links:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/travel/01heads.html?th&emc=th&_r=0 

http://southernhospitalityblog.com/serenbe-a-day-in-the-country/

 

Appetizers:

  • Visit Serenbe Farms
  • Shop in Serenbe:

o   The Bilt House - Serenbe is excited to have one of Buckhead and Roswell’s favorite shops at Serenbe! Part-time Serenbe resident Jan Bilthouse’s store features her well-loved mix of women’s clothing, novelty items, furniture, jewelry from local designers, handbags and shoes. Visit the website: http://www.thebilt-house.com/serenbe.html

o   Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop - The Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop is a Serenbe neighborhood staple, offering everything from fresh country breakfasts to sandwiches, salads and soup specials. The bakeshop is stocked with scrumptious treats such as cupcakes, pies, cookies and tarts. Head baker Candi Pittman and former employee Lorre Jacobs-Daniel won Cupcake Wars in 2012:   http://blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2012/06/27/local-bakers-win-cupcake-wars-and-share-recipe/

Visit the website: http://www.blueeyeddaisy.com/

o   Fern’s Market - Fern's Market provides a community farmers' market experience in a general store environment. We know that you want to know where your food comes from, and so Fern's priority is to source from local farmers and producers whenever possible. It is also our goal to discover and promote foods and products from small companies that are as passionate as we are about food, the environment and social responsibility. In keeping with this mission, Fern's brings you products from small-batch producers, farmer-owned, family-owned and employee-owned businesses. Visit the website: http://fernsmarket.com/

o   Honeycomb Consignment - Honeycomb Consignment is an upscale consignment boutique specializing in women's clothing. Whether you have an enviable closet in need of culling, or are looking for a special wardrobe piece at a great price, Honeycomb Consignment can help.

o   Repurpose - Owned by Gloriosa owner Keith Robinson, Repurpose is a consignment boutique of sorts, with found objects that have been restyled or “repurposed” for a new life. Imagine a store where each object is unique in some way – age, patina, quirkiness, usefulness, beauty. From rare and fine décor to objet d’art to simple gifts that inspire a smile.

o   Twig @ Serenbe - Create your home-place with candle fragrances, pillows, charming accents, useful containers, personal embellishments and luxuries, wonderful gifts to give others, special papers to record your presence in life, among many other charming surprises. Twig is your destination to find unique products from local and regional artisans and crafts people.

o   TWOvital - TWOvital is located at the Art Farm in Serenbe. Artist/Owner Dwayne Bass creates sculptures and furniture from construction waste and other reclaimed items. You may find him teaching some of the curious children at Serenbe how to recycle billboards into great painting canvases or how to make birdhouses out of reclaimed wood. Please sign up on our website to keep informed of the classes that will be offered at the Art Farm. Visit the website: http://twovital.com 

  • Visit Callaway Gardens (on the way to Serenbe)
  • Explore Newnan’s historic districts - Newnan’s six historic districts, all on the national register, contain some of Georgia’s most beautiful houses and commercial buildings. The houses are represented by the antebellum and Victorian styles that dominated Newnan’s early and mid-19th century development. Buildings that make up the Central Business District comprise several architectural styles, including Neoclassical, Italianate, Classical Revival, Romanesque, and Victorian. Historic districts include: Coletown, College – Temple, Downtown, Greenville – LaGrange, Newnan Cotton Mill and Mill Village and Platinum Point. For a list of 110 things to do in Newnan, download the brochure.

Main Course: (dinner is at 6:30 p.m.)

The Farmhouse at Serenbe, one of Atlanta's original farm-to-table restaurants, serves regional cuisine using locally grown, organic ingredients from the restaurant's own garden as well as from Serenbe Farms and other area producers. It has received national critical acclaim in Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, and is consistently featured in local publications. Proprietress Marie Nygren’s famous fried chicken (only available at lunch) was voted Best Pick, August 2012, by Martha Stewart Living magazine. The menu changes weekly to highlight the freshest, seasonal ingredients available.

Dessert: (performance is at 8:30 p.m.)

A Walk in the Woods, by Lee Blessing, directed by Harrison Long

Enter at The Farmer’s Market Clearing, 9110 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268

General Admission: $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee)

Purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/326510

Revealing conversations, profound frustration, and deepening understanding… Two superpower arms negotiators, a Russian and American, meet in the woods of Geneva to negotiate nuclear disarmament. The elemental differences in their two systems of government will continue to exacerbate as long as the real power rests in the hands of those burdened by the bitterness of the past…. Can a major CHANGE happen with a simple Walk in the Woods?

About Serenbe Playhouse:

Serenbe Playhouse believes that theatre is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience; and does so by producing artistically rich, open-air theatrical performances for audiences throughout Greater Metro Atlanta. By reducing the barriers between audiences and the artists-in-residence, the playhouse provides numerous opportunities for engagement, conversation, and collaboration.

Serenbe Playhouse is a pioneer in modeling Green Theatre Practices by producing plays with a commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship. All productions are performed outdoors, in concert with Nature; repurpose existing structures; and use natural light and 90% LED theatrical lighting. Sets are designed for disassembly and constructed with reclaimed and recycled materials with the goal of minimizing a production’s waste and impact on the environment.

Note: There are no restroom facilities at the venue; use facilities in town prior to entering the performance.

Carpooling:

Carpooling is a wonderful way to get to know people. Use the comments section to make arrangements with others. With dinner as the main course, you can choose to come down for a half day or an entire day. If you're staying for dessert, you might want to consider booking a hotel for the evening and driving back the next day and stopping off at Callaway Gardens.

    

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry it took me so long to upload my photos

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great....really loved dinner and play!

    July 19, 2013

  • Bill

    Delicious red velvet cupcakes and a brownie from the bakery.

    July 13, 2013

  • Bill

    Spotty cell service, but Kim is here.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's just a 30% chance of rain for today. You might also want to consider bringing a rain poncho. If you don't have one, they are not very expensive and it's a good idea to keep it in the car anyway.

    July 13, 2013

  • Vanessa M.

    Something personal is hindering my ability to make this. I was sooo excited. I am super bummed

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Vanessa, I got your e-mail (it was private). Your cancellation does not affect the dinner reservations as you had not planned to attend anyway so no worries on that end. Feel better! We hope to see you at another event!

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all....had a crazy week. Have lots of my plate tomorrow. My dog injured herself and is going to have to have major knee surgery! I cried all day yesterday. She has been crated and is very restricted until surgery which will not take place for a couple of weeks.
    Still on for tomorrow......I won't be down there till 3 or 4pm.
    Kim, can you give me an address or meeting location? Will you have your cell phone to answer to meet you when I get down there?

    Let me know. See you tomorrow!

    July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Poor baby! Hopefully some fresh air and sunshine will ease your worry and stress.

      July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jan, I'm so sorry your dog is injured.

      July 13, 2013

  • Bill

    In case anyone has not looked already here is a link to the dinner menu. Save room for dessert!
    http://www.serenbefarmhouse.com/menupop.html

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may have to take up a collection. The surgery is going to cost almost $4000!

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    BTW, I recommend bringing a small backpack rather than lugging a purse around. There are trails to walk on, so wear comfy shoes. I think there are two waterfalls and I was told by another Tastebuds member that there is a labryinth. Items to bring: small cooler, bugspray, change of clothes, a book, a blanket, a hat, camera, play ticket, appetite. There is no regimented schedule (except please be at The Farmhouse at 6:15). Everyone is free to roam around and check everything out on their timetable and enjoy a relaxing day (hopefully w/o any rain).

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everybody! Looking forward to tomorrow. Shannon and I should arrive around 1:00 and our first stop will be at Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop for refreshments/facilities. Dinner is at The Farmhouse at 6:30. If anyone is interested, we can meet up about an hour beforehand at the Inn at Serenbe for a drink and maybe some games (this is optional). Prior to that everyone is ON THEIR OWN to explore. If you are attending the play, DO NOT FORGET YOUR TICKET.

    July 12, 2013

  • Jen

    finally pulled the trigger - have fun guys!

    July 9, 2013

  • Vanessa M.

    I am super excited for this meetup!

    July 9, 2013

  • Bill

    I bought Dry Off bug spray if anyone needs it for the play after dinner

    July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good call! I'm going to bring a change of clothes - long sleeves, long pants - to try to keep the bugs off

      2 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know that some are carpooling at 1pm to arrive down there at 2pm...but at this point I would rather go a little later. Does anyone want to ride with me and leave possibly around 3. We are scheduled to have dinner at 6:30 so that will give 2-1/2 hours worth of walking around time.

    If anyone is interested, let me know, otherwise I will probably drive myself.

    July 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jan, if you're not going to the play, I'd love to ride with you

      July 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes I am going to play.....call me at[masked]

      July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For anyone else interested in signing up, please note that there are 3 spots left for dinner at The Farmhouse as Vanessa will be going down for a few hours but not joining us for dinner.

    July 2, 2013

    • Vanessa M.

      Yeah...sorry I have dogs that need out so I can't be gone hat long !!

      July 2, 2013

  • Bill

    I have my ticket for the play after dinner.

    June 30, 2013

  • Vanessa M.

    PS I have to leave by 3.

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for letting me know you won't be having dinner with us. And your driving sounds like mine. :)

      June 18, 2013

  • Vanessa M.

    If anyone wants to ride with me, I will be leaving the Morningside/VaHi at 9:00 am, and will have 1 cooler with dry ice in the back seat! I have a Mustang so I can only accommodate 1 adult in the passenger seat! Also FYI If you are faint of heart you may not want to ride with me...

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finally got my ticket for the show today! Almost forgot.

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I feel the same besides since a will be gone all day anything we would buy would have to sit in car all day.

    May 18, 2013

    • Vanessa M.

      I will bring a pair of coolers with dry ice. That should help keep the purchases fresh. You can stash some of yours in my coolers

      1 · June 3, 2013

  • Vanessa M.

    I am super excited for this meetup!

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Local Palate's June/July issue has featured Serenbe and The Farmhouse in a small feature article: http://www.localpalatemag.com/magazine.html

    June 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      P.S. You can't actually READ the article until you buy the magazine. :)

      1 · June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kim!! I'm content to keep the original plan... but open to leaving earlier if others want to.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just want to make everyone aware that the farmer's market is, as most farmers' markets are, only open from 9a.m. to noon. If interested in going to the farmer's market, we would need to adjust our start time.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I recommend we all meet at oneish at the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop to meet one another and grab a light bite to eat to tide us over until dinner. I have three spaces in my car available for anyone who is attending the play after dinner. I was thinking we could meet between 11:45 and noon at the Prado parking garage on Roswell Road which is right off 285 (unless someone has a better suggestion).

    May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hmmm, Bill, maybe it'll be shopping. :-)

      1 · May 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That first photo is of Fern's Market. I'm really looking forward to checking that place out! And the farmer's market too.

      1 · May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I bought my tickets for the play too

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes I think I would like to see the play. I have to make sure that I schedule myself off the Saturday.

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kim, with the day being so long, it is possible to maybe go a little later? Maybe oneish?

    May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds like a good plan.

      May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jan, are you attending the play? People who are attending the play after dinner should probably carpool together. :)

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, let's carpool again...

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, the bulleted text is a mess because they will not succumb to what I want them to do but I think you will get the gist of it. We have reservations for 12 at The Farmhouse but I can probably expand that if there is enough interest. I have purchased my ticket for the play after dinner.

    May 5, 2013

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