Shopping in downtown Thomasville, Georgia

Shopping in downtown Thomasville, Georgia

Safecation Guide to Thomasville

Explore Thomasville, Georgia, safely with these tips for things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.

This charming historic town is known for its Southern hospitality, majestic oak trees, and historic buildings. But Thomasville also is a culinary wonderland home to artisan cheese shops, a coffee roaster, and a New York-style bagel bakery. There's a surprise around every corner in Thomasville.

Get Outside

Explore Thomasville's greenspaces, which have plenty of room to spread out. Start at The Big Oak, a live oak tree downtown that is more than 300 years old. Get your photo taken at the Big Oak Cam, or bring a picnic to enjoy under the shade. Wander to The Rose Garden, which gives the town its "City of Roses" nickname. There are more than 1,500 roses in every imaginable color that bloom most of the year. Nearby Cherokee Lake Park is another favorite place to stroll with a one-mile paved walking trail and picnic shelters.

While you walk downtown, be sure to play the self-guided scavenger hunt called Hunt the Lost Quail. There are 18 bronze quail statues by artist Paul Rhymer set around town that visitors young and old can "hunt" for. Check out the online guide that provides hints to their locations. Snap photos of each to show off your work!

The Big Oak in Thomasville. Photo by @whighamimages
The Big Oak in Thomasville. Photo by @whighamimages

Safely (or Virtually) Visit Thomasville's Attractions

The Thomasville History Center is the best place to start your visit and to learn about the town. It's open for self-guided tours of the grounds and the exterior buildings. Social distancing is enforced, and hand washing stations have been set up. Limited tours of the Lapham-Patterson House also are available to small groups.

Visit the best restaurants in town with the Taste of Thomasville Food Tour, a fun and entertaining walking and tasting tour of downtown. The company also has after-hours tours for those of drinking age. All tours are currently limited to families and small groups.

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Dine In or Take Out

Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop in Thomasville, Georgia
Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop in Thomasville, Georgia

Enjoy the delicious flavors of Thomasville's restaurants, whether dining safely indoors, outdoors, or taking your meal to-go. Sweet Grass Dairy is first and foremost a cheese brand, but it also has a restaurant that incorporates its chief product. The farm-to-table eatery offers artisan sandwiches along with cocktails and wine. You can order online and pickup curbside, or make reservations to dine in. Another favorite is Liam's Restaurant, Lounge and Cheese Shoppe, which has incredible dishes like north Georgia trout, dry-aged ribeye, and artisan cheese boards. Stop by for happy hour and Wine Wednesday. You can dine outdoors in the garden, inside with spaced seating, or order online to carry out. 

Southern favorites are the reason people come to town to dine at Jonah's Fish & Grits. Fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, and shrimp and grits are among the most popular items. The restaurant is open for delivery, online ordering, and dine-in service.

You’ll find New York-style bagels and sandwiches at Empire Bagel & Delicatessen made from scratch daily. They also have homemade cream cheese, breakfast burritos, pastries, deli sides, and coffee. They're open for dine-in and take out. Grab it to go to enjoy under the Big Oak!

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Spend the Night

Thomasville's accommodations are welcoming guests and also offering discounts through the end of 2020. The new Marriott Courtyard in Downtown Thomasville opens soon as the first hotel downtown in almost 50 years. Amenities include free WiFi, an indoor pool, in-room kitchenettes, and an in-house restaurant serving Starbucks coffee. Sleep in a historic home turned resort at South Eden. You'll be wrapped in luxury from the well-appointed guest suites, complete with luxurious linens, cozy nooks, and top-of-the-line amenities. Each room is stylishly furnished with luxury toiletries and WiFi. Once you check in, you'll have to stroll the grounds and discover the historic pool house and meadow views. Or, if you want to rough it a bit, you can take advantage of the many RV campsites near Thomasville. Sugar Mill RV Park is one of the best with secluded sites that surround peaceful lakes perfect for sitting outside to watch the sunset. Enjoy the free WiFi, laundry facilities and meeting room space.

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Although your stay in Thomasville may look different these days, you’re sure to enjoy your trip safely.

Published: November 2020

Know Before You Go

Thomasville has safety measures in place, including hand washing stations set up throughout the downtown area. Restaurants are offering takeout and curbside pickup. Before your visit, review the city's COVID-19 precautions.

Georgia Safety Promise

You can show your support and pride by patronizing businesses that have committed to the Georgia Safety Promise, and personally commit to following these guidelines from the Georgia Department of Health when in public spaces:

  • Keep social distance
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash and sanitize hands