Thomasville as told by Stella the Golden Retriever
Thomasville: A Pet-Friendly Guide
With a variety of pet-friendly accommodations and a busy downtown with many dining and shopping options that you and your pups can enjoy, Thomasville is dog-friendly and more! Here is a complete list.
Things to Do in Thomasville
“Hunt” for the Lost Quail of Downtown Thomasville
For well over a century now, the numerous quail hunting plantations of the area have continued a tradition of hunting quail, drawing sportsmen to Thomasville from across the country and around the world.
To celebrate the importance of the quail to the area’s heritage, visitors can “hunt” quail right in Downtown Thomasville! Not with guns, of course, but with your eyes. Twelve bronze quail statues are hidden high and low in different spots throughout downtown.
Finding all 12 is a fun, adventurous scavenger hunt for children and adults (and pups!) alike. The goal is to complete the hunt by locating all 12 quail. In the process, those who participate will gain a deeper appreciation of the natural and historic surroundings that Thomasville has to offer.
Find Antiques, Interiors & More
Let your pooch peruse three fabulous floors of antiques and beautiful interior decor with you at Toscoga Antiques and Interiors. Trolley’s Designer Fabrics will also let your pup hang out while you “chase” their endless selection of wonderful fabrics and upholsteries.
Tallokas Road on Broad Street has all “necessities for gracious living” and everything you need to make a house a home. Bonus: Beulah the Blood Hound will greet you if you check out her mom’s store!
Play with the Pack at the Thomasville Dog Park
Balfour Park is a beautiful, small park located on South Pinetree Boulevard between US Highway 319 and Fletcher Street, across from Southwestern State Hospital. Adjacent to the park is the Thomasville Dog Park, a perfect place for your dog to safely enjoy some off-leash time! The Dog Park has three separate pens for small, medium and large dogs, each with running water. For some real exercise, your dogs can try out the Obstacle Course!
Shop at Hugga Mugga’s
If your dog needs a new look, let him shop for himself at Hugga Mugga’s, the new pet store downtown that also has a doggie day care center. They have the latest leashes, fine foods and handmade treats that will make your pet — and you — wag all over.
Take a Selfie with the Big Oak
For many years, the Big Oak Tree of Thomasville has stood as one of the show spots of the city and one of the marvels of benevolent nature. Even President Eisenhower visited this historic landmark and was so impressed he had to photograph it himself!
One of the largest Southern Live Oak trees (Quercus virginiana) east of the Mississippi, the Big Oak (c. 1680) has a limb span of over 165 feet, a trunk circumference just over 26.5 feet and reaches 68 feet in height. Thomasville's Big Oak was one of the earliest members of the National Live Oak Society, registered in 1936 as the 49th member.
The Big Oak is located in Elizabeth Ireland Poe Park. Enjoy the tree in all its glory from a quiet little gazebo, and have your picture taken beside the Big Oak by the Big Oak Cam!
Walk Around Cherokee Lake
Cherokee Lake Park in Thomasville is a little getaway all by itself! The park has a one-mile paved walking path around a fishing lake, complete with bridges and piers with built-in benches. There are several covered picnic spots, restrooms and a modern playground for your kids. The park is adjacent to the Thomasville Rose Garden, which is in bloom throughout the spring and summer months. Admission and parking are free, and the park is open from dawn to dusk.
Where to Eat
Restaurants like SASS (Sweet and Savory Sisters), Bacchus, and George and Louie’s are happy to welcome you and your furry buddy on the patio. You can also let him join you dining al-fresco at Jonah’s Fish & Grits and Liam’s on their shared patio.
Bacchus gives its patrons an unexpected big city experience in a small town. With their modern décor, personalized service and customized menu, take your pup to dine in style!
George and Louie’s
Family-owned and operated since 1981, George and Louie's is a Thomasville staple known for its Greek salad, fresh seafood, fried green tomatoes and a delicious beer and wine selection.
A New American menu with European touches is served at this relaxed eatery with warm, rustic decor. Liam's believes a great meal should be born of passion, tradition and celebration. They serve only sustainably sourced, natural, organic foods.
Bonus: Order the Manchester Farms Quail! It was one of Explore Georgia’s 100 Plates Locals Love for 2016.
SASS (Sweet and Savory Sisters)
Located inside the Historic Train Depot, the Sweet and Savory Sisters restaurant, aptly named SASS, is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. for lunch and dinner, open Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. serving lunch and dinner, and open Sunday from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. serving brunch, lunch and dinner.
Where to Stay
With plenty of pet-friendly options around Thomasville, you and your pup can rest easy knowing you will be together for all the fun Thomasville has to offer.
The Paxton Historic House Hotel
Relax in a magnificently restored Victorian mansion in Thomasville's premier Historic District. The Paxton Historic House Hotel takes pride in its commitment to guest services, personal attention and the desire to exceed your greatest expectation. It’s the perfect place to stay to experience Thomasville!
Pup guidelines: Pet-friendly cottages are available upon request
Sugar Mill RV Park
Sugar Mill RV Park is a full-service 131-site RV park and campground situated on a 54-acre plantation just north of historic Thomasville. Sleep under the stars while still being close enough to enjoy the city.
Baymont by Wyndham
Find your home-away-from-home in a small town – with big-city sophistication – by making a reservation at our Baymont by Wyndham Thomasville hotel. Easily accessible from U.S. Highway 19, you'll find a charming downtown with cobblestone streets, historical homes and grand oak-lined neighborhoods just a few miles away.
Pup guidelines: Two pets up to 25 pounds are allowed for a non-refundable charge of $20 plus tax per pet per night and a $100 refundable deposit.
With plenty to do within a short drive of the wallet-friendly Econolodge hotel, you and your pup will rest easy!
Quality Inn & Suites and Conference Center
Stay minutes from Pebble Hill Plantation at the pet-friendly Quality Inn & Suites and Conference Center hotel in Thomasville.
Pup guidelines: $10/pet, per night. Maximum two pets per room. 40 pounds and under.
A 5-minute drive from the Thomasville Rose Garden and downtown Thomasville, the pet-friendly Serena Inn features an outdoor pool, rooms with free Wi-Fi, and a hot breakfast with waffles.
The Thomasville Inn is just minutes away from historic Downtown Thomasville with a variety of shopping and dining locations only minutes away.
Pup guidelines: $25 fee per dog