I just arrived home after a magical few days at Serenbe with my dear friend Ali Harper at her INCREDIBLE home. Walking into her home is like walking into my Pinterest page... literally. It's what hopes and dreams are made of :) I also have a special place in my heart for Serenbe because I was lucky enough to marry the love of my life there four years ago and I always jump at any excuse to visit. The cherry trees, wisteria, forsythia, honeysuckle, and hydrangeas have exploded. This is my favorite part of spring... flowering trees when everything else is still waiting to awake from winter's last gasp. We spent quite some time foraging for an editorial story and I was happy to earn a healthy amount of dirt under my nails.
We also visited Manyfold Farms, an inspiring small farm run by the darling Rebecca and Ross who are also high school sweethearts(which of course I love)! We got up close and personal with their brood of chickens and a cantankerous rooster who suckerpunched Ali right as she was getting the money shot! I also managed to get my paws on some of their cheeses and HOLY SMOKES. I could live on their cheese alone and die a happy woman. For those in the Atlanta area I highly recommend visiting Star Provisions to snatch up a selection.
Ali also introduced me to some new Serenbe gems. I am smitten with Resource, a shoppe where I was able to snag black chalk and a pair of the coveted, sold out, Red's Outfitters Bridges shades. I also had a lovely quiet morning at Fern's Market, a gorgeously edited general store with artisinal nibbles and beautifully branded utilitarian wares like common good soap.
I also had the eating tour of Serenbe, Blue Eyed Daisy and The Farmhouse were two stops that left me with a full heart and belly. The Hil is not to be missed as well! We had our rehearsal dinner there and I have a particular soft spot for that place.
I just adore Serenbe and its inhabitants and everything the community represents. One of Ali's friends described Serenbe perfectly as a community of makers. I love that.