8.9.13 … Driving to Serenbe … and a new labyrinth …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Labyrinth Walks, Serenbe, kith/kin, Driving Mamma Lindsey:  So I have heard about Serenbe for several years now because of its great farm to table restaurant, The Farmhouse.  Although not open for lunch on weekdays my mom and I headed out on an adventure shortly before noon.


I had no real expectations …

The three distinct hamlets are named Selborne, Grange and Mado.  Selborne is the center for arts (performing, visual and culinary), and is currently home to about 100 residents, the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop, Studio, Swan Art Gallery, Goode’s For the Home, Gloriosa Style, and The Hil restaurant.  Here, you’ll find stunning attention to artistic detail, from the glowing streetlamps created by an artist especially for the Selborne hamlet to the iron bike racks, benches and even trash cans.  Grange, currently under construction, is the farm hamlet, given its proximity to the Serenbe Organic Farms and Serenbe Stables.  With hilly terrain and sweeping views of 50 miles of greenspace, the lake, and preserved forestland, homes here will feel as though they’re nestled in a mountain retreat.  Grange will also be home to a barbecue restaurant, a tack store, feed and seed shop, and arts and crafts studios.   The third community, which is in the planning stages, is Mado—named for the Creek-Indian word meaning “things in balance.”  Here, you’ll find the destination spa, an upscale boutique hotel, vegetarian restaurant, juice bar, traditional and holistic medical services, assisted living, and more.

via Serenbe Community.

I realized immediately that Serenbe reminded me of Tottingham Lane SA, the landscape and the cluster arrangement of the communities.
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We had lunch at the The Bue eyed Daisy Bakeshop  … very good cheese and broccoli soup and ham, local blue cheese and arugula sandwich.
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We continued to drive around the development which included an organic farm, artist colony, horse barn and Inn.
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And last but not least a …. labyrinth
It was a very large Chartres style labyrinth made of rocks with gravel, many of the rocks as large as 1′ x 8″ x 6″.
it was in a very sunny area so it was very hot in the sun.  The area was a  very natural wooded area overlooking a pond and a very funky gazebo.  This was the largest labyrinth I have ever walked.
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And a donkey BRAYING! That was a first for a labyrinth walk.
Here is some additional info about Serenbe …

Serenbe is a 1,000 acre community located under 30 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It is a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S.—focusing on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations. With a projected 70% of future building occurring in the greenfield, Serenbe demonstrates how urban development models can succeed on the edge of a metropolis while preserving a vast majority of the greenspace. Serenbe’s ultimate goal is to demonstrate how development can accommodate the need for housing with minimal impact on nature—Serenbe’s land plan call for a preservation of at least 70% of the acreage, while accommodating as many or more people as traditional subdivision-style development, which would disturb nearly 80%.

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 (currently, approximately 170 residents), 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).

via Serenbe Community.

and a connection to Mary Mac’s Tea Room and the Haverty family …

Founders What is Serenbe

Like-minded founders that thankfully found each other

Marie and Steve Nygren

Marie and Steve Nygren discovered the property now known as Serenbe on an outing to introduce their children to the Georgia countryside. They purchased the first 60 acres, along with the existing buildings, in 1991. Weekend visits for Marie, Steve and their young daughters literally transformed their lives and in 1994 they sold their Atlanta home and relocated full-time to Serenbe. In 1996, they turned the 1930s horse barn next to their house into guest rooms and opened the Serenbe Bed & Breakfast.

Marie grew up in the hospitality business. Her mother was the owner/operator of Mary Mac’s Tearoom, a well-known Southern restaurant in the heart of Atlanta. Marie attended Florida State School of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration before returning to Atlanta to manage the Women’s Commerce Club. Marie now oversees the kitchen and menu development at the Farmhouse and the Serenbe Chef Series Cooking classes.

Steve … opened the Pleasant Peasant restaurant, which grew to a corporation of 34 restaurants in eight states by the time of his departure in 1994.

Nan and Rawson Haverty, Jr.

Nan and Rawson bring to the Serenbe project a strong enthusiasm for this new vision of community, a longtime interest in the arts and their solid business experience.

Nan Haverty shares a wonderful family and a home both in Atlanta and at Serenbe with her husband Rawson and their two children.

Rawson has served on the Board of Directors of Haverty Furniture Company for over ten years. He joined the company in 1982 and was named Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development in 1998.

via Serenbe Community.

And according to the proprietor at the gift ship Twig, “Serenbe” is nothing more than a play on “be serene.”
And on the road from the highway there was a large brick church with a tall white steeple at the end of a double tree-lined drive.   I had to find out what it was … The Georgia Baptist Children’s Home.
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Palmetto Campus.

For 141 years, Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries, Inc. has been reaching out to hurting children and broken families. We couldn’t minister to these children and their families without your support. Thank you for helping us put the pieces together for all the children God sends our way.

via Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc..

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