It’s been a few months (February) since I visited Thomasville, GA and I have never shared the experience with you all, so today I’m doing just that. Historic Thomasville, GA has been welcoming visitors and travelers from all over the world since the late 1800’s. There is definitely more to this South Georgia town than I could have imagined. It’s very Southern, with a quaint downtown area and lots of great shops and restaurants. Back in the late 1800’s it was known as the Winter Resort of the South. Northerners and others came to Thomasville to enjoy hunting, fishing, and an active social life, with golf, horse racing, and bicycling. If you missed my Pebble Hill Plantation post, be sure to read that too. It has such rich history to share.
I was there for a small travel conference and stayed at the South Eden Plantation for one night. I’ll show you that down below.
We took a tour of downtown while there and it was so charming and informative. I took part in a walking food tour and that was very fun. Taste of Thomasville is a wonderful food tour and I would highly recommend it if you get to visit Thomasville. As you walk the brick streets, you’ll sample some of the best tastings from family owned restaurants and shops while learning about the history and culture of Thomasville. The owner of the tour, Debra Smith, was a fountain of knowledge about Thomasville history and culture. After retiring from teaching school, Debra reinvented herself with a second career as a food tour owner and guide and it’s been very well received
We had nice weather for our outing and it was a sunny but cool Winter day in February.
One of our first stops was this little courtyard by the bagel shop we visited.
With artwork and colorful awnings, this was a great reinvention of an older area and this area was bustling with people hanging out.
This is where I grabbed a photo.
We visited Empire Bagel for some really good tasty breakfast treats.
It was definitely a busy place that morning.
We heard from the owner and tasted these bagel bites which were so delicious.
The walking tour continued and we saw some pretty architecture which always catches my eye.
Next stop was George and Louie’s, a Greek seafood restaurant and it was so delicious.
I could have stayed here longer and eaten more of their great food, like Green salads and fried shrimp.
The fried green tomatoes were outstanding as well.
The historical houses in Thomasville are plentiful all with stories to tell, I’m sure.
Another lunch stop was AJ’s Pizza and it was also delicious.
Pizza is one of my favorite foods and I never turn down pizza. This one was so good!
We continued our walk around town.
Such a cute and quaint town. I can see why people love living here, it’s away from the big city, but only 30 miles from Tallahassee, FL.
There are quail birds strategically placed around town, since quail hunting is the sport of the region.
We stopped in a few shops as well, like Relish.
Isn’t this the cutest red fridge?
Grassroots Coffee Company hosted us for a tasting as well.
So many cute shops and restaurants.
Thomasville is known for their antique show in February and I bet that’s a fun event to attend.
As the sun was setting, we then made our way to dinner.
The town looks grand under the setting sun.
Several of us were set to dine at Jonah’s, one of the best known restaurants in town. We had to wait awhile to get in.
I got to hang out with my cousin, Howard (who is a travel writer at Back Road Planet) in Thomasville and we were both waiting for dinner together. Always fun to catch up with family.
Jonah’s did not disappoint either, it was outstanding food.
This makes me hungry all over again just looking at the pics.
I got a fish dish and by then, could hardly eat everything, but I sure tried hard. It was delicious!
Back to South Eden Plantation, we had the small travel conference here and I stayed in one of the guest suites one night, which was so pretty.
South Eden, a historic hotel of America.
The plantation hosts weddings and events.
This was a newly built honeymoon cottage, so cute!
We gathered and had dinner the first night here at the Show Boat.
Set with a beautiful table and piano player in the background, it was a setting with ambience.
At night the lights came on and it was magical walking on the dirt roads around South Eden with moss hanging from the trees.
My cute cottage room was so comfortable and spacious.
I had my own little screened porch overlooking a small pond.
That’s another look at my visit to Thomasville, GA. It was such a pretty place and I’m glad I got to go and tour the town. I’d definitely go back in the future and take Mark with me. The food, shopping, antiques are all delightful so keep them in mind if you’re looking for a fun place for a get away. They are building a brand new Marriott Courtyard right downtown which will be open in Fall.