Monday, May 10, 2010

Savoring Serenbe

Yesterday for Mother's Day, my parents and I ventured 35 minutes south of Atlanta to Serenbe Farm. We had been planning to visit for over a year. Upon arriving we were transported to an idyllic country setting.  Serenbe is a planned community near Palmetto. The community is a neighborhood with small shops and restaurants similar to Watercolor Beach in Florida, but it features an Inn with an amazing restaurant The Farmhouse

 The Inn at Serenbe consists of a main house constructed from a resurrected 1905 farm house and  is surrounded by various out buildings and barns new and old that have been renovated into additional guest quarters. Rooms at the Inn are quite reasonably priced in comparison to other resorts near Atlanta, and the ambiance is exactly what you seek when you try to get out of the city. Picture a Countrytime Lemonade commercial and you are there. Wildflowers were in bloom, horses stood lazily in the pastures, and the garden behind the Inn was lush with lettuce, and herbs used in our Sunday lunch.

Being Mother's Day, we were there for the Sunday fried chicken lunch. We were greeted and seated on the beautiful screened in porch overlooking the garden. The Sunday menu is pre fix featuring a green salad, your choice of fried chicken or ham, various seasonal side dishes, and a dessert. For only $25 this was a deal.

The meal started with a green salad, featuring the lettuce we could see growing in the garden! It was tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary. The accompanying bread stole the show. These little biscuits were perfect. Slightly crusty on the outside, totally moist and buttery on the inside and full of fresh chives.

The entree arrived with a huge portion of fried chicken served  with chive cheese grits in a casserole, fresh carrots (also from the garden) and a tomato, cucumber and onion salad. The chicken was amazing, crispy and moist with plenty of black pepper in the batter, delicious. The cheese grits were so creamy. To finish we were served a homemade old fashioned style lemon pound cake with fresh blue berries and whipped cream.

The meal was a perfect way to celebrate the day. I am looking forward to returning to Serenbe for the day or for a weekend. Throughout the summer and Fall they have events for families and couples. This is one retreat worth venturing outside of the city to find!

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