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Metro Atlanta certainly has no shortage of impressive art galleries, but get a little farther afield and you might stumble upon unexpected treasures for your collection. Here, three destinations less than two hours away with galleries worth the drive.
Westside Atlanta’s 70-acre Quarry Yards, Forsyth County forthcoming mini-city Halcyon, Serenbe's health-and-wellness–focused “hamlet” called Mado—these metro Atlanta developments are focusing on the outdoors.
While midcentury modern has had its recent resurgence, it’s now clear that the 70s are back, baby. For proof, step inside any number of Atlanta’s newest restaurants: Little Rey, Iberian Pig Buckhead, or Halsa at Serenbe.
While planning her family’s new house in Serenbe, yoga instructor Jeny Mathis dreamed up an in-ground labyrinth and yoga studio as the heart of the backyard design, for aesthetics and spiritual and physical wellness. She uses the space for personal respite as well as a setting for her business, Zoetic, which offers yoga, meditation classes, and retreats.
In Fayetteville, 15 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and just across the street from Pinewood Atlanta Studios, Pinewood Forest is designed as the kind of mixed-use community where “positive collisions” happen among neighbors—and where picturesque streets might serve as the backdrop of a Hollywood blockbuster.
On her Douglasville farm, Rodgers Greens and Roots, Ashley Rodgers is completely in her element, wearing khaki shorts, a baggy t-shirt, rubber boots, and covered in manure.
Nicolas Bour set the direction for the Farmhouse at Serenbe more than 10 years ago. Now, the chef is returning to Serenbe to give the existing restaurants a leg up—and open two new ones.
From Vickery Village in Cumming to pastoral Serenbe, Lew Oliver has been metro Atlanta’s New Urbanist trailblazer for more than a quarter century. But the versatile housing designer—who now master-plans full communities—calls a massive undertaking in Fayetteville, Pinewood Forrest, his most inspiring project yet.
This interior design couple never stopped dreaming about Chattahoochee Hills. “One of our weekend pastimes was checking out Serenbe real estate online,” admits Meghan Sharp. Seeing this house for sale helped set them on a course back to Georgia, inspiring them to return and start their own business.