One of the things I like most about living in Georgia is that it has a very unique blend of city and county. Living in ATL provides the perks offered by the biggest and best cities in the world – awesome cultural activities like musicals and plays at The Fabulous Fox Theater, strolls though the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and awesome restaurants (no chain establishments for this girl, please) – but its also minutes (or a couple hours) away from amazing rural areas.
Barrett and I love going hiking at Arabia Mountain (thanks for the recco, Kelly!) and Sweetwater Park with Bocephus and try to escape the city at least once a month. Another favorite spot of mine is Serenbe, a sustainable community in the heart of Chattahoochee Hill Country – a short hour or so drive from the city. According to the website, the “settlement” of Serenbe is “40,000 acres of rural Georgia… about the size of Napa Valley, and one of the last undeveloped stretches of land in the Atlanta area.”
I was recently invited to May Day on behalf of the Roadies, and it was the perfect reason to plan a trip back to this serene community. Serenbe partnered with ScoutMob Hand-Picked and offered an exclusive VIP Tasting Tent chock full of awesome vendors like DBA BBQ, Trace, Three Taverns Beer and Frozen Pints. I had such a blast hanging out my buddies Tori and MJ in the tent and chatting with the awesome chefs and other guests who made the smart choice to attend the event and not miss out ;). A highlight was Trace Atlanta, opening this month in the W Atlanta Midtown. This farm to table restaurant made the most refreshing cucumber onion salad – and you better believe I went back for seconds. I can’t wait to give this place a try with Kelly very soon – I think she will love it too.
Besides the food and drink provided by ScoutMob, the festival included a hefty dose of beautiful Mother Nature, hot-air balloon ride, awesome vendors like Yours is the Earth (I picked up the coolest postcard for my Mom!) and even have a bona fide May Pole dance and celebration.
We had such a wonderful time, and I can’t wait to go back – hopefully long before May 2015!
Although we got into the festival and the Scout Mob Tasting Tent for free my opinions are entirely my own. If you haven’t been out to Serenbe I really suggest you give it a try!