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Thomasville was known as the “Winter Resort of the South” during the Victorian Era. Today, the same charm is significantly present with its perfectly preserved structures and locally run shops. This little Georgia town resides close to the Florida state line, providing a perfect retreat from those north or south.
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Look into 1800s plantation living by visiting Pebble Hill. The spectacular home is full of rich history that depicts the past of Thomasville. An extensive art and antiques collection decorates the home, and the style of the previous owners has been frozen in time. Cottages and a firehouse apartment are available if you’d like to stay overnight, and if you really fall in love, there are accommodations for long term stays.
Farmer’s Daughter Vinyards started up only a few years ago, but its founders are three generation peanut farmers. From French-American hybrid grapes, they’ve created a vibrant array of spectacular Georgia wines that can be enjoyed in their tasting room. An official tasting tour is the way to go; staff is knowledgeable and wines are paired with delicious cheeses and chocolates. The atmosphere and amazing offerings tie together to create a memorable Thomasville experience.
Sweet Grass Dairy creates cheeses from various regions, and each one is made from the simplest, purest ingredients and grass fed cow’s milk. At the cheese shop, you can dine on every thing from burgers to charcuterie boards with their famous cheeses. The “Thomasville” and pimento cheeses stand out above the rest, although all are totally drool worthy!
An exquisite display of the prevalent Victorian influence of Thomasville is the Lapham-Patterson House, which was constructed in the late 1800s. Its fish-scale shingles, elaborate porch, elegant pine floors, and double-flue fireplace are expected features in this type of home, but the Lapham-Patterson has many that touches that elevate it above many others. Tours are very budget friendly, with an adult ticket coming in at just 8 bucks.
Set in the cozy, super cute town square, Jonah’s Shrimp and Grits appropriately boasts some of the best shrimp and grits that will ever meet your lips. If you’re feeling adventurous, try them Cajun style! Portions are hefty, the shrimp are tender, and the grits are indulgently creamy. Jonah’s is a truly southern seafood joint depicting the top notch food scene in Thomasville.
What’s a town without an awesome bakery? Nanee’s Donut Hole actually serves up a huge variety of breakfast food, but the donuts are where it’s at. There’s a lot to choose from, like apple fritters, cinnamon twists, jam filled and classic donuts; and they are all so soft and perfectly sweet.
At 331 years old and over 160 feet wide, Thomasville’s Historic Big Oak is a local icon, demonstrating the literal “roots” of this quaint southern area. There’s a camera that will even snap a family photo. Visiting the tree is a great, quick activity to squeeze into the schedule.
A food tour is one of the best ways to sink into a city’s culture; the Taste of Thomasville Food Tour takes visitors on a walk around the area, to about six favorite local eateries. The tour is enriching, with lots of facts aside from food, and, of course, you get to do a bit of scouting before deciding where you’ll grab dinner that night.
Melissa, the mastermind behind Thomasville’s best antique store, proclaimed herself a junker after restoring an old farmhouse. She opened up Relic’s, and now sells treasures from the past that she scavenges for in the southeast United States. Given the historical ties of the area, finding a repurposed piece to take home with you seems appropriate.
If you love knitting , you’re in for a treat. Not only does the Fuzzy Goat offer an enormous range of ethically sourced yarns, they host classes. Staff encourages beginners and helps everyone select fun projects that delve into their own creativity. It’s just a fun, whimsical place to visit; you may find yourself inspired to take up the hobby if you haven’t already.