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11.8.13 … ahhhhh, be serene …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Labyrinth Walks, Serenbe Community, Chattahoochee Hills GA, kith/kin, Driving Mamma Lindsey, The Hil, The Inn at Serenbe, Mary Mac’s Tearoom:

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I visited here for the first time in August. I knew I’d be returning.
This time I not only brought my mom, but I also brought my sister.
We first did the drive through the various “villages”…

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 then proceeded to The Hil for lunch.  Lunch was perfect.  My sister and I shared our two items, mine a burger with pimento cheese and hers a crabcake fritter sandwich.  Both were excellent.  My mom enjoyed brocolli cheese soup and gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, also excellent.
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After lunch, we drove back toward the Inn and stopped by the labyrinth.  Although the setting is wonderful and it is a full 11-circuit Chartres, it is the Stonehenge of labyrinths.  it is way too large!! And because it is so large, the timing is all wrong.  The sacred geometry does not work, it is not sacred when the scale is wrong.  It is merely fun.
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Our last stop was to the Inn.   We walked in seeking info about the Inn’s Thanksgiving Day menu and availability.  The pastry chef was wonderfully attentive to every question.
As I walked out, I noticed that a cookbook from mary mac’s tearoom was for sale and the only cookbook for sale. Mary mac’s is a family favorite and my sister was actually eating dinner there that night.  I asked the connection.  I should have known that …

At Serenbe, we believe in the power of food.  Families bond over meals, friends are made, and true communities are formed. Serenbe founders Steve & Marie Nygren have a long history with food—Steve as a restaurateur and founder of the successful Peasant Restaurant Group; Marie as the daughter of Margaret Lupo, owner and chef of Atlanta’s famed Mary Mac’s Tea Room—and they knew that culinary arts should be at the heart of all that Serenbe has to offer. Thus, Serenbe has become a dining destination featuring authentic restaurants and some of the best talent in the South.

via Restaurants at Serenbe.

Blessings!
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