Now that you’ve explored the city on day one and day two of your trip to Atlanta, it’s time to downshift to a more bucolic setting. Rent a car and travel 45 minutes south to Serenbe, a 70-percent forested community in rural Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, with horse stables, 17 miles of walking trails, a certified organic farm, and an upscale country inn. Before you make the trek, check Serenbe’s events calendar for happenings — you might luck into a goat yoga class, wine tasting, or an afternoon play by Serenbe Playhouse the day you’re there.
Before you leave Atlanta, grab a breakfast biscuit at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit in Virginia-Highland (the country ham and the cinnamon are favorites). Or stop into Star Provisions Market & Cafe in West Midtown for cinnamon toast, an everything bagel, or a chicken biscuit to go.
Before you visit Serenbe, make a reservation for a morning horseback ride with Serenbe Trailriding. The slow and easy guided horseback rides lead through Serenbe’s pine forests and rolling meadows, and there are options for both beginner and experienced riders. If you’d prefer a later ride, the outfit offers a noon ride that includes a picnic lunch by a waterfall and two afternoon rides as well.
Have lunch on the street-side patio at Serenbe’s casual bakeshop Blue Eyed Daisy, which serves sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, or at nearby The Hill for more formal sit-down dining. If you’re looking for something veggie-centric, try the Nordic-themed restaurant Halsa in Serenbe’s Mado hamlet. The Farmhouse at The Inn at Serenbe also serves lunch on weekends. All of the restaurants source their ingredients locally and from the community’s certified organic farm.
After lunch, trek a portion of Serenbe’s 17-mile trail system, which leads through towering pines, grassy meadows, along horse pastures, and throughout the quaint residential community. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, stop at the Serenbe Farmers Market while you explore the area. If you’ve brought a bike along for your visit, navigate Serenbe and the surrounding countryside on two wheels.
Finish out your leisurely Serenbe day by taking in the rustic grounds and farm at The Inn at Serenbe. The inn’s Animal Village includes goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, and other farm animals. If you like the feel of a goat’s snout in your palm, pick up some feed for the animals at the inn’s front desk.
When you return to Atlanta, navigate to quaint downtown Decatur for dinner at one of its many restaurants. Try Chai Pani for Indian street food, Revival for Southern cuisine, The Iberian Pig for Spanish tapas, or The White Bull for new American fare.
Where you wrap up your night will depend on your style and drink preferences. For a traditional pub experience, hit up dark and musty Brick Store Pub on Decatur Square, beloved by locals for its epic beer list. If cocktails are your thing, slide onto a stool at Kimball House, set in a historic train depot, for its craft cocktail menu and vintage-glam vibe.