Serenbe

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I stumbled upon Serenbe one night when I read on Twitter than one of my favorite poets was doing an artist in residency program there. Curious about this artistic community that I had never heard of despite its close proximity to my home in Alabama, I did a quick Google search. Intrigued by what I found and with the realization that I had no Spring Break plans, I texted my mom and suggested a girls’ trip. We booked the cabin the next day.

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Serenbe is a sustainable farm and art community located just outside of Atlanta. Situated on about 60 acres of land, it houses cabins for guests, a farm-to-table restaurant, farm animals, a garden, hiking trails, and a residential community. It sounded like the perfect, relaxing vacation for my week off of school.

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The majority of our stay was spent exploring the grounds, hiking, seeing the animals (including a very friendly pig), browsing the shops in the little town, sitting on the back porch of our cabin, and eating at the cutest bakery.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of slow living, recently, which is definitely a difficult concept to practice as I’m in the midst of the hardest classes for my degree. These days, I feel like I’m in a constant state of stress (not to sound dramatic or anything), so spending some time out in nature and (mostly) unplugged was just what I needed. At the risk of sounding like a bonafide Romantic, I have to say that there’s nothing quite like hiking through the woods on an early spring day. The perfect weather, the way the sunlight seems to have gotten little brighter, the greenness of everything. I couldn’t help but think of a poem by one of my favorites, Alfred Tennyson (a Victorian, as irony would have it), called “Early Spring.”

“For now the Heavenly Power

Makes all things new,

and thaws the cold, and fills

The flower with dew;

The blackbirds have their wills,

The poets too.”

Check out the entire poem here.

What’s your favorite spring thing?

– Lauren

Savannah, Georgia

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Hey there!

In addition to the Tybee Island trip I mentioned in my last post, I spent a good deal of my fall break exploring downtown Savannah and the Isle of Hope. The weekend we were in town was the weekend of the Savannah College of Art and Design Film Festival, which our full schedule prevented us from attending, despite our best intentions.
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Savannah, though it’s known for its history, ghost tours, and oak trees, is a city full of details. There’s art everywhere you look, random cobblestone streets interspersed throughout downtown, and the most amazing buildings. _MG_6891One of my favorite places we visited was the Wormsloe Estate, because the trees are an actual work of art. The estate is a popular tourist destination and is also featured in several movies. The photo doesn’t do it justice. I spent a lot of time messing with all the settings on my camera, thinking that if I could get them right, the photo would turn out as incredible as the trees themselves, but I eventually accepted that no matter what I did, it wasn’t going to happen. _MG_6976

As it was Halloween, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit a cemetery. I went to Bonaventure Cemetery the last time I was in Savannah, so that’s where we ended up. The cemetery is huge, so we weren’t able to see all of it. We only stayed for about half an hour before deciding to head to the beach, but it made for some good photos. _MG_6979_MG_6984_MG_6987_MG_6994_MG_7002

All in all, road trips are fun. Road trips with friends are even better. And road trips with friends in beautiful places are the best. I’m so glad fall is here, and that in it, I can find some of my favorite days.

-Lauren

Tybee Island

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Hey there!

Since my freshman year of college, my roommate and I have been talking about taking a trip to Savannah, Georgia over one of our school breaks. However, break after break came and went, and we never did anything to make it happen. With the realization that I would be graduating in the spring (which is no longer the case), we decided that it was now or never. We got some friends together, loaded up the car, and drove six and a half hours to Georgia.

One of my favorite things about the trip was our visit to Tybee Island, which is undoubtedly the most beautiful American beach I’ve ever seen. In my opinion, October is the perfect time of year for a beach trip. It’s not crowded, and the weather is perfect, which makes walking along the ocean, finding starfish in the tide pools, and spending time with great friends even better.

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What’s your favorite fall vacation destination?

-Lauren