We recently spent a couple days as a family visiting Serenbe! Serenbe is a nature + wellness focused community is about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta and about a 4 hour drive from Nashville! I’m going to share more about our trip below. Thanks for reading!
WHAT IS SERENBE?
I’ve struggled to succinctly explain this, but on their website, it says it is a “wellness community connected to nature on the edge of Atlanta. Serenbe is a neighborhood focused on wellbeing, full of fresh food and fresh air. This community is set among acres of preserved forests and meadows with miles of nature trails that connect homes and restaurants with arts and businesses.” It’s a neighborhood itself, so people live and own homes there, but of course, like us, many people come to visit too. We obviously visited with our kids, but it would be an awesome place to visit as a couple, for a girlfriends wekeend trip, for a work offsite, etc.
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at the Inn at Serenbe, a relaxed luxury retreat nestled on a 36 acre farm. The Inn has a main house, which is adults only (perfect for a couples or girls weekend!), as well as several cottages available. We stayed in a cozy two-bedroom cottage (Mimosa Cottage) that was perfect for our family! It was right in the center of the Inn’s grounds and provided us with plenty of space (and a separate room from the kids! 🙌🏼). Our cottage also has a fridge, stove, oven, coffee maker, etc. which is always nice, especially when traveling with kids. There are also larger cottages available for bigger groups.
From the Inn, you could walk, ride a golf cart (can rent at the front desk), or drive your regular vehicle into the main part of the community (where the shops and other restaurants were). Walking and/or riding golf carts was definitely the most common form of transportation around here! We loved that the Inn (and all of Serenbe, really!) is dog-friendly — it’s always nice to be able to bring Jack with us. 🐶💛
You can also rent homes and apartments within the Serenbe community if you wanted another option outside of The Inn.
THINGS TO DO IN SERENBE
Animal Village! This was steps away from our cottage and we went several times each day to feed the animals! There were pigs, goats, donkeys, chickens, cows, and sheep. The girls were OBSESSED. 🐐🐑🐴🐓🐄🐖
Nature-inspired play spaces + activities including treehouses, sand pits, in-ground trampolines, swings, and more. 🌿 At the Inn itself, there was a treehouse, in-ground trampoline, life size chess, and swings. We were so delighted to find other play spaces on our walks/hikes, too! One night we were at dinner and found all of these swings in the forest across the street. Literally – like six types of swings. It was amazing. Another time we were on a big walk and quite literally ran into a massive treehouse. Another time we went to explore another area of the Serenbe community and found sand pits and another in-ground trampoline. The entire community does such a cool job of integrating play and nature in such an effortless way!
Hiking trails within miles of preserved forests and meadows — someone we met told us they have been to Serenbe many times and are STILL discovering new trails. We did a short hike to a waterfall one time, and E and Lucy explored the Inn’s labyrinth another day. It feels cheesey to say, but there is really just so much to discover here just by wandering around. The trails were stroller friendly, and most people walk or golf cart around vs. driving their car! 🌲🌾
Walk around the idyllic community — there’s a cute general store, flower shop, wine store, book store, coffee shop, and a couple gift shops. Everything is so thoughtfully designed and charming. 📚
Hot Tubbing – we loved hot tubbing every day with the girls and when we come back in the summer, we’ll definitely use the main pool too! The Inn also has a separate adults-only pool and hot tub, too. 👙
Evening bonfires + s’mores! 🔥 You can just ask the front desk to get a bonfire going for you so we literally finished dinner and walked down to the lake and our bonfire was waiting for us! You can also buy s’more kits, but we brought out own items from home!
There was so much more to do we didn’t get to squeeze in, like going to the gym + yoga classes, canoeing and swimming in warmer weather, booking a spa appointment, horseback riding (12+), and checking out the organic farm + farmer’s market + greenhouse.
FOOD & DRINK
There’s only a couple of restaurants within Serenbe! Of course, you could drive and go somewhere else, but part of the charm is staying onsite at the Inn/in the community for our visit. The Inn itself as a restaurant (The Farmhouse at Serenbe) and breakfast was included in our stay every morning. We had a yummy dinner here one night! There’s also a cozy bar here, which was a popular spot to grab a drink and sit by the fire. We went to The Hill one night, which we personally didn’t love AS much (but the menu was more meat-focused so not a lot of options for us!). Our favorite place to eat in Serenbe was Halsa, which is a more casual veggie-focused restaurant. We went for dinner one night and lunch another day and loved everything we had here. Outside of those three spots, there’s Blue Eyed Daisy Bakehouse (coffee shop vibes with small lunch offerings) and Bamboo Juice Shop.
Here’s a little video from our stay!