Serenbe

Serenbe founders Steve Nygren and Marie Lupo Nygren believe that if you want to change the world, start in your own backyard. The couple discovered the property now known as Serenbe on a weekend outing to introduce their three girls to the Georgia countryside in 1991. Weekend visits for the family transformed their lives, and three years later they sold…

Chris Montes

At just 4 years old, Chris Montes was diagnosed with liver disease, resulting in a childhood full of medication and doctors. Although his parents continuously monitored his health in hopes that his condition would improve, his greatest challenges lay ahead. At age 17, a bacterial infection caused Chris’ health to deteriorate so rapidly that he was in critical condition and in…

April 2019 Around Town

Emily’s Spring Festival at Orangetheory Fitness Smyrna  OTF Smyrna will be hosting its first Spring Festival on April 13 from 2–5 p.m. to fund a cure for Rett Syndrome. There will be a bounce house, food, drinks, a DJ, great raffle prizes to win and many local vendors on-site. Please join us for a chance to participate in … Continued

The Ruff House

The Ruff House is a traditional antebellum farmhouse built in the early 1850s by Martin Luker Ruff, a founding member of the early Cobb community of Concord. This home has been lovingly remodeled and expanded over the years. The recent thoughtful restoration has kept the structure's earliest components intact: nine working fireplaces, stacked-rock foundation, heart-pine floors, wainscot, bead-board ceilings, hand-hewn beams,…

Going Green

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of nature springing to life after a long winter’s nap. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and children are playing outside as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. This month at Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day … Continued

2018 Readers’ Choice Awards Celebration

The winners of the 2018 Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards had fun celebrating and enjoying food and drinks at Hotel Indigo in Vinings.

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Re-Made Art

Reusing “junk” for art has been a reused concept in itself for quite some time, more markedly since the early 20th century with leading artists Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, among others, as its innovators. Seeing that environmental matters have become more critical in recent years, many artists feel increasingly compelled to use recycled materials as a thoughtful medium of choice. …

The Public House inside Hotel Indigo

The Public House restaurant located inside of Hotel Indigo in Vinings is quaint, cozy and friendly. Pull up a stool, sit down and enjoy the food, fellowship and ambiance. The restaurant is always full of people—from different parts of the country to your neighbor next door. Catch up with your best friend by the fire pit out back on the patio. The Public House offers fresh, traditionally…

The Smyrna Team

The Smyrna Team of Keller Williams Realty sat down in this newly renovated, modern craftsman home with Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle and answered a few questions about what makes their team unique and what's so great about Smyrna.

March 2019 Around Town

Cobb Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Council Names 2018 Award Winners The Diversity and Inclusion Council, Cobb Chamber’s leadership group that promotes economic empowerment, diversity and inclusion for all Cobb County residents, named the 2018 winners of its first Diversity and Inclusion awards at the D & I holiday reception hosted by JE Dunn Construction on … Continued

Good Times

We prayed for years to be in Vinings, a neighborhood where we wanted to put our roots down and raise our family. When we moved into our home, I stared at the blank slate for weeks. To me, there was nothing more daunting than the task of decorating this huge, empty house. Taking one room … Continued

“Home Is Where the Heart Is.”

It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most prized possessions. This month, we bring you … Continued

Design Within Reach

 HOW DO YOU LIKE TO LOUNGE?  Design Within Reach | Westside Provisions District | 1210 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta | 404.841.2471   

Home Away from Home

Vacation Your Way and Book a Luxurious Vacation Rental for Your Next Getaway Photography provided by HomeAway When you’re determining where to go for your next trip, it can be difficult to decide among sights to see, food to eat and adventures to have. From wine country to the mountain state, we’ve rounded up a … Continued

Kitchen Refresh

Looking to update your kitchen this year? We've put together some tips and great finds to help create a new look without breaking the bank. 

Spring Cleaning Project

As the clocks spring forward, it’s a perfect time to move forward on planning your spring cleaning projects. One task that finds its way onto many spring cleaning “to-do” lists is organizing a space in the home. Before tackling any big organizing project, it’s important to take these important steps first!

Best of Smyrna Vinings

The Best of Smyrna Vinings is evident as you drive through Smyrna's booming community as well as the village called Vinings that is ever-so-bustling throughout the day. The next few pages recognize the restaurants, personal services, businesses and medical professionals our readers patronize every day. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! The Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle readers want you to know that you…

February 2019 Around Town

Cobb Chamber Names New Executive Vice President of Economic Development & Executive Director of Select Cobb The Cobb Chamber announced that Dana Johnson will join its staff as executive vice president of Economic Development and executive director of Select Cobb, the organization’s economic development strategy. Dana has been in a managerial role with the Community Development … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Holiday Festivities Were in Full Swing at the Reed House

The Smyrna Business Association held its annual holiday celebration at the newly renovated Reed House this past December. 

Curating Creativity

February might be the shortest month, but it is by no means short of excitement. I am happy to announce a change to the title of the magazine.  “Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle” has been on many readers’ radar for quite some time.  I’ve had lively discussions with several people about including the booming city of Smyrna … Continued

Drink to Your Health

The key to a smoothie that is healthy, filling and equally delicious is to be sure to include adequate protein, healthy fat and fiber. Unfortunately, most commercial brands are loaded with added sugar, which offsets the health benefits and causes blood sugar levels to soar. 

New Year’s (re)Solutions

2018 came and went, much like those caloric holiday leftovers that no longer loiter around in the fridge. Then so it is, with a renewed feeling of resolve for a better year onward, we yet again vow—for “realsies” this time—to follow through with our new year’s pledges. For better chances of success this year, identify what you can do to improve your…

It’s a New Year and a New Me!

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer more in your community. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips and tricks in this issue … Continued

Healthy Finances

What causes tax problems? Most people who own a business or work as a contractor will eventually have a tax issue. It's most often caused by not thinking about tax payments until they are due, a large unforeseen expense or adjusting spending up as revenue of the business rises but not adjusting down when it decreases.

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Campbell High

Campbell High School will present the Dancing with the Stars Smyrna event and fundraiser benefiting the Campbell High School Athletic Department. Nine local stars and their professional dance instructors will take the stage of the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre to perform exciting routines guaranteed to bring down the house! Two teams will emerge as champions of the People’s Choice and…

Anime Weekend Atlanta

Anime Weekend Atlanta descended on Cobb Galleria like an “Attack on Titan.” Thousands of cosplay anime die-hards happily took pictures of each other and chatted it up about their favorite characters. Vinings Lifestyle junior reporter Chloe McClure and bestie Carrie Ashe attended the event.

January 2019 Around Town

MLK Day of Service “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  MLK Day isn’t just another day off, it’s about finding ways we can come together and serve our community. On Monday, Jan. 21, you will find many opportunities around Atlanta to give back. Be … Continued

Winter’s Revel

Your guide to a simple and stylized new year’s soirée Article Nicolette Martin Following closely on the coattails of autumnal and winter holidays, the celebration of the new year can often be overlooked due to an understandable desire to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season. But, a holiday that celebrates … Continued

For Auld Lang Syne

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Vinings Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and … Continued

At the Holiday Table

There are many ways to set a festive mood during the holidays from how you decorate your home. As friends and family gather around, they typically aggregate in the living room and at the dining table, so make the decor in those areas stand out to show your loved ones how special it is for you to have them come over! A…

December 2018 Around Town

Atlanta Boat Show The 2019 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show returns Jan. 10-13, 2019, bringing more than 20,000 boating enthusiasts to downtown Atlanta to see the biggest and best in boating for four nautical-themed days. For the show’s 57th year, visitors to Hall A of the Georgia World Congress Center will find nearly 700 new boats, including houseboats, and enjoy interactive features and … Continued

Readers’ Choice Kick-Off

The Readers' Choice contest is a great platform for local businesses to promote themselves to the community. Here are some of the top contenders for the 2018 trophy. Don't forget to vote for the best local businesses in Smyrna and Vinings!

At Home for the Holidays on Polo Lane

Vinings was voted one of the top 100 places to live, and that includes Polo Lane. There’s something special about the Holidays on Polo Lane. Take a look inside this elegant home; I think you will agree.

Feeling Grateful

This year I wanted to write the parting thoughts for 2018 myself because it has been the best year of my life. It has not been without trials or hardship, but it has been a year of God showing me mercy, love and great growth.

Hoping for Hoppin’ John

New Year’s Day represents personal renewal and positive expectations for a more prosperous year ahead. Reawakened hopes for the upcoming year also often interestingly incorporate a sense of nostalgia for the traditions culturally passed down to us from bygone generations. 

Meet the Howards

Jaha, Vanessa and their three children are Smyrna residents with a heart for community. Vanessa is a digital marketing strategist for Humana, and Jaha is a pediatric dentist in Vinings as well as a Cobb County School Board member-elect. We asked their thoughts on thankfulness and service.

The Vinings Village Civic Club

The Vinings Village Civic Club has a mission and a duty to the Vinings community. Its members strive to know their community and their neighbors, keep Vinings beautiful, keep the community informed and support their local public service organizations.

Crime Victims Advocacy Council

There are many organizations such as food pantries, shelters and clinics that help meet needs of people throughout the year. Some people experience a serious, violent crime like homicide. Many people in the metro Atlanta area know someone who has lost a loved one due to a horrific crime. The Vinings United Methodist Church has memorialized around 6,500 names of murder victims…

November 2018 Around Town

‘Fun in the Park’ Photo Contest While you are out enjoying our Cobb County Parks, be sure to bring your camera! The 2018 Fun in the Park photo contest is underway, and the entry deadline is Nov. 6. All photos must have been taken at a Cobb County park, facility, activity or event. Any county or city … Continued

2018 Readers’ Choice Kick-Off

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Kick-Off started with rain but ended with a lot of door prizes, food, music, fun, and little goodies fromVinings Lifestyle and the many vendors that participated. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite businesses—you probably ran into them at the Kick-Off!  

Thankful

As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day … Continued

Going Italian with Maggiano’s

This Thanksgiving, Vinings Lifestyle is thankful for Maggiano's Little Italy sharing with us two wonderful original recipes from its mouthwatering menu: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Rigatoni “D.”  If you have enjoyed these dishes before, now is your chance to replicate the experience at home! Or let your taste buds revel in delectable meals on-site at the Cumberland Mall, Buckhead orand Dunwoody’s Perimeter…

Turkey Day Workout

 Banded Front Raise  Bent Low Row  Hollow Hold Chest Press

Be Your Best

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  -Winston Churchill  

October 2018 Around Town

2018 Next Generation Award by Cobb Young Professionals Congratulations to A.J Brooks of WellStar Medical Group and Emily McMillian of Nothing Bundt Cakes for being named the winners of the 2018 Next Generation Award by Cobb Young Professionals, a Cobb Chamber networking group for professionals in their 20s and 30s. A.J. Brooks, assistant vice president … Continued

The Dish

 Pho Dakao  To know pho is to love pho. A traditional Vietnamese dish is a delight to food enthusiasts everywhere. No longer do pho lovers have to make a small pilgrimage to delight in its steamy goodness. The owners of local sushi bar Kuroshiro have brought us Western Atlantans this culinary delight in their newest venture, Pho Dakao. Vinings Lifestyle…

F Is for Foodie

F is for “foodie,” a person with a particular interest in food. Someone who’s always up for trying new places and has a refined but adventurous palate. And this month at Vinings Lifestyle, we’re all about feasting with foodies as we just scratch the surface of all the fine eats and drinks the “locals” have to offer. … Continued