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The resident rooster is interrupted occasionally by fellow farm animals and the crunching of gravel under the tires of passing golf carts. Surprisingly, not a single golf bag is attached. Instead, giddy youngsters hitching a ride with Mom and Dad hang on with one hand and wave with the other.

From the screened porch off of Dogwood Cottage, I return the smile, wondering whether my own brood is enjoying their day in Camp Serenbe. Before the feverish pitch of play-by-plays arrive from them, I soak in the solitude of Serenbe’s scenery just a little longer, watching horses graze contently in the pasture.

To them, this is home. To my family, it is a much-needed retreat, where distractions come in the form of hikes, an animal village, rope swings and an enormous treehouse that, during our stay, served as an imaginary ice cream shop. To me, it is a reminder of my own childhood, especially when the whippoorwill calls from a nearby tree. My younger sister and I spent hours in a bucolic backdrop best remembered for never-ending games of hide and seek and tall glasses of lemonade.

With activities to offer all ages and only 30 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson, Serenbe promises memories aplenty. Aside from quaint cottages, accommodations are available in the Main House as well as in the neighboring guest house. Nestled into 900 rustic acres of Chattahoochee Hill Country, the beautiful Inn at Serenbe resides near the Farmhouse, a renowned farm-to-table restaurant critically acclaimed by Gourmet and Bon Appétit.

After dinner, we follow a trail beyond the bocce ball and croquet greens to the stone labyrinth, where the Serenbe Playhouse was preparing for its last performance of “Man of La Mancha.”

The following morning, I mosey into the growing community. The streets are few but more than sufficient with tempting stops such as The Spa at Serenbe, Elite Fitness, The Hil (where Chef Hilary White now dishes her culinary creativity) and the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop.

Serenbe, obviously, is a haven that welcomes wellness, invites inspiration and encourages egress. Head south to celebrate May Day, Mother’s Day and Serenbe’s 10th anniversary this month. serenbe.com