Do you ever visit a place and have such an amazing time that when you leave, you say out loud, "I would soooooo live here!" The only two places I have ever had that feeling have been Paris and Hawaii. I actually cried when I left those places because we had such awesome experiences there and I had a giddy happy feeling the whole time I was there. Thankfully, I have always loved where I lived, which is why I lived in those places. First I grew up in Los Angeles, California, then I moved to Nashville and now, I have been here in Atlanta for over ten years. I love Atlanta and all of the homes I have lived in here have been within a ten minute radius of each other so when I had that giddy feeling again and it happened so close to our home, I was kind of surprised.
It happened at a place called Serenbe. The Bosch Experience Center had asked STAR 94 and me to come out and be a part of a green living event they were having at their store Saturday morning at Serenbe. Bosch is a maker of all things appliances for your home. I used to have a Bosch dishwasher when I first moved to Atlanta and their stuff is pretty cool. Needless to say, my Hubster Eric was pretty excited to check out their green living seminar Saturday at Serenbe. The kind folks at Serenbe also invited us to come out the night before and stay at their Mitchell Gold Nest Model Home (Check out this cool blog about it) so of course, we were in! We packed up the fam and headed to Serenbe Friday night. It's about a 45 minute drive from the city. I remember hearing about Serenbe from an old friend of mine Tucker...she raved about this place like eight years ago but I never made it out. What is Serenbe? Apparently many of you know about it but for those of you who don't, like me...here ya go: "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." The story of the founders of Serenbe is pretty neat too!
When we arrived Friday night we had a super yummy dinner at The Farmhouse restaurant. Danielle, our server was so sweet and so very attentive to Luna and Lily and the food was deeeeelish. They had these herb biscuits that were so good I almost pulled a Grandma Simmons and packed some in my diaper bag. (If you have a grandma who did/does this, you know what I am talking about! lol) The next morning we went back to The Farmhouse for breakfast which was just as yummy as dinner. Oh and this jam/jelly they have from Fairywood Thicket Farm was scrumptous. Try the blackberry! After breakfast, it was off to the Bosch Experience Center where right outside was a Farmer's Market. All of the Serenbe neighbors were outside socializing, sampling foods together, kids were playing, adults were hanging out drinking coffee, juices and everyone just seemed really happy! Before we headed out of Serenbe, we had another delicious meal for lunch at a little Bakeshop called the Blue Eyed Daisy. After lunch, my husband and I looked at each other and said, "We want in!" "We want to move here!!" Seriously, it's like Little House on the Prairie circa 2013 and I allllllways wanted to live on Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid! They have their own restaurants, shops, farm, general store (called Ferns which was so awesome it's another blog in itself) and the people...everyone was so friendly and welcoming, we were treated as if we were their neighbor.
All in all it was such a lovely visit and we cannot wait to go back...for good. hee hee
PS. The HGTV Green Home 2012 is there too! It's the house in the bottom right corner! So cool!