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Roadtrip | Senoia GA

Friday, July 25, 2014

Since I started this blog when we moved to Austin, most of the day trips I write about are within driving distance from Austin, TX.  But this post is a roadtrip from Atlanta GA, where I used to live.   If you take HWY 85 southwest for about 45mins from Midtown, you'll come across Senoia (Sen-oy-ah): a tiny town in the heart of Georgia that fills my heart with glee and has become one of the favourite places my mother-in-law and I love to visit together, like we did when I visited her earlier this week.

Senoia has become well-known because of all the movies and tv shows filmed there, but what really sets it apart and makes it the perfect spot for a girl's day (or date) is that the town has completely boycotted modernity and retained an authentic, 'stepped back in time to a bustling town' vibe. Complete with a chapel, water tower, terrace-style shops with charming window displays and colourful shade covers above door ways, immaculately maintained flower beds, polished street signs and gutters: simply the perfect, living depiction of a charming Southern town! 

You won't find any modern/ technological gismos in
any of the stores here...
Just one of a kind beauties...


... and hand made treasures!

These are all pictures I took on Wednesday depicting Senoia during a warm, bright, summer's day and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s stunning.  But if you’re fortunate enough to visit during autumn, you’ll see the town transformed into something straight out of a fairy tale!  Hay bales, red apples, wheat bouquets, sunflowers and burlap wreaths adorn Main St as far as the eye can see.  Of course Christmas-time is no less impressive when the town becomes a living depiction of the North Pole!

Perhaps this is why many set directors chose Senoia as the rustic, charming Southern town for the backdrop of their movies.  Movies such as Sweet Home Alabama, Driving Miss Daisy, the Footloose remake; and TV shows like The Walking Dead & Drop Dead Diva (to name only a few).  But the city's council maintains the town all year long, making it the perfect location for weddings, special occasions or photography enthusiasts, no matter when you visit!

Commemorative movie plaques litter the paved walkways
all over Senoia 

Annnnnnd, I almost forgot to mention the food!  Not only is the town as picturesque as a postcard, Senoia is also the perfect place for tasting the South.  Many of the restaurants that line Main Street offer ‘home style cooking’ menus and Southern staples such as fried green tomatoes, BBQ, cobbler and of course: sweet tea of the highest quality!  Definitely, definitely worth a visit!


  1. Hi Lena - good photos for you to remember many of the places around Senoia .. loved the look around .. and some good food too .. actually the antique shops look fun .. cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary! I enjoyed taking them :) It's always a fun little place to visit - and yes, those shops are super-duper! Lucky I was flying out that day so I didn't do to much damage to the bank account, but otherwise it would have been... 'one of everything, please!'




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