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Labor Day Weekend Getaway for Foodies

 

Join me for a weekend getaway to downtown Thomasville, GA as we try to pack in as much fun as we can in two days. On the menu is a visit to Sweet Grass Dairy's downtown Cheese Shop, shopping downtown Thomasville, a visit to Birdsong Nature Center’s 565 acres of meadows, forests, ponds and swamps, and an exploration of Pebble Hill Plantation’s main house and 77-acre plantation.

Thomasville is unique in that it has not only preserved many of its original downtown buildings, but many of its original downtown businesses, as well. The restored Victorian storefronts put a lovely face on a fun variety of stores offering everything from proper hunting attire to the perfect little black dress and great shoes to go with both. The city’s brick-paved streets lend an old world feel to the bustling shopping district, which draws consumers from throughout south Georgia and north Florida as well as visitors from around the country and the world.

Visit this link to Thomasville’s downtown directory: http://www.downtownthomasville.com/?page_id=4

Below is a suggested itinerary. The plan is for us to nibble at as many restaurants as we can and then walk it off.

Friday:

·         Arrive in Thomasville, noonish

·         Lunch at Savannah Moon Bakery & Cafe

·         Birdsong Nature Center

·         Dinner at Liam’s Restaurant

Saturday:

·         State Farmers Market

·         European Brunch at Liam’s Restaurant or hotel’s continental breakfast

·         Shopping downtown Thomasville

·         Lunch at Jonah’s Fish & Grits

·         Pebble Hill Plantation

·         Dinner at Sweet Grass Dairy Farm Cheese Shop

Sunday:

·         Thomasville’s Historic Cemeteries

·         Head back to Atlanta

 
Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop
106 N. Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
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Visit the Cheese Shop in Downtown Thomasville to taste and purchase delicious cow cheeses hand-crafted by Sweet Grass Dairy. The shop also features a variety of quality meats, pantry items and spirits. Menu options include cheese and charcuterie boards, hand crafted sandwiches, salads, small plates, and desserts. Wine and cheese can be purchased. Cheese Shop Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pebble Hill Plantation (7 miles from downtown)
1251 U.S. 319
Thomasville, GA 31792
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Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Main House Tours:
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are available for touring the House and Grounds, or the Grounds only.
Adult Admission (into plantation): $5, self-guided (77 acres to explore)
Main House Tour (includes admission fee): $15.00
Docent-guided, starts every 30 minutes, lasting slightly less than 1 hour.
You will want to set aside several hours for this. Pebble Hill Plantation sits on 3,000 acres, approximately 75 of which are open to the public so bring some good walking shoes. You’ll be able to explore the Main House (extensive art collection, antiques, library, loggia), the Grounds (pump house, nurse’s station, fire house, carpenter’s shop, dog hospital, Noah’s ark, log cabin school, Waldorf, swimming pool and tennis court), and the Gardens.

Link: http://www.pebblehill.com/

Birdsong Nature Center
2106 Meridian Rd.
Thomasville, GA 31792
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Fri., & Sat. 9a-5p
Sunday 1-5p
Admission $5 adults
$2.50 for kids
Free to members
June 1 – beginning birding

Birdsong Nature Center's 565 acres of wildflower meadows, forests, ponds and swamps, are home to a myriad of birds and other wildlife. Here you can enjoy the serenity and beauty of the natural landscape and return home with a renewed spirit.

Founded as a non-profit nature preserve and education center in 1986, Birdsong is dedicated to preserving and maintaining its lands in a manner that is most beneficial to wildlife, and to fostering in the public a greater understanding and appreciation of nature.

·         Visit the Bird Window for an extraordinary and intimate bird-viewing experience. The surrounding gardens and pool have attracted over 160 species of birds, including many rare and first sightings.

·         Twelve miles of Nature Trails provide the perfect setting for casual hiking and exploration.

·         The Butterfly Garden, vibrant with colorful butterflies from April-November is an entrancing place to relax and observe the butterfly life cycle.

·         Tune in to the sounds of nature at the Listening Place, a screened pavilion overlooking Big Bay Swamp.

Link: http://www.birdsongnaturecenter.org/

Thomasville’s Historic Cemeteries
Located just minutes from our historic downtown are two quiet treasures that offer an intriguing glimpse of Thomasville's rich past. In the Old Cemetery and the Flipper Cemetery, you can visit the final resting places of many early settlers and noted citizens. Names of familiar streets and historic buildings are easily found in the Old Cemetery such as Remington, Smith, Love, Warren and Mitchell. In the Flipper Cemetery, African-American families and dignitaries such as Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper (West Point's first black graduate), Walton, Gibson and Davies are quite prominent.

Our two historic cemeteries showcase sculpture and architecture amidst ancient oaks, spruce and magnolia trees. Spend an hour or two exploring the Old Cemetery or Flipper Cemetery on your own, or with a knowledgeable tour guide. Come learn about the families that laid the foundation for the Thomasville we enjoy today!

Guided Tours Available: Enjoy an enlightening walking tour of the historic cemeteries with Wiregrass Walks. Resident and tourists will be captivated by stories that come to life during this delightful, hour-long tour. Contact[masked] or [masked] for tour schedules. (I can set this up if there is interest in doing this as a group.)

Thomasville Parks
• The Big Oak Park and Gazebo, Elizabeth Ireland Poe Park
• Cherokee Lake Park and Thomasville Rose Garden
• MacIntyre Park
• Paradise Park, 13 acres

Thompson Farms Smokehouse
2538 Dixie Rd., Dixie, GA 31629
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Producers of all-natural pork, Thompson Farms manufactures and sells high-quality and delicious pork such as ham, bacon, pork chops, sausage and more. Visit the Smokehouse Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., to shop and pick up orders. Or, visit the Website to order.

State Farmer’s Market
502 Smith Ave. / US Highway 84
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Visit the second largest commercial, fresh-produce market in the Southeast and purchase in-season produce and other locally-made items at the locally-owned stand at the market. Produce stand is open Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Jonah’s Fish & Grits
109 E. Jackson St.
Thomasville, GA 31792
M-F 11a-2p; 5-9p
Saturday 11a-9p
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Does NOT serve alcohol

Link: http://www.jonahsfish.com/

Liam’s Restaurant
113 E. Jackson Street
Thomasville, GA 31792

Link: http://www.liamsthomasville.com/

Savannah Moon Bakery & Café
109 North Broad Street
Thomasville, GA
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Tuesday – Saturday, 8-3

Link: http://www.savannahmoonbakery.com/

 

What to Bring:
Appetite
Small coolers
Hat
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Binoculars
Comfortable walking shoes
Camera

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I would say I was jealous but just had fresh Alaskan oysters on the half shell, a spinach salad, fresh crab stuffed halibut, and fresh halibut cheeks topped off with lemon sorbet while sitting at a table overlooking the water in Anchorage!

    September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Robin, you probably had better weather than we did, too. :) It was QUITE humid. Hopefully you can join us next year when we revisit Thomasville. Enjoy Alaska!

      September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thomasville is a beautiful place to escape to if you want to get away from the city and get a real feel for the past. Excellent food and shopping and lots of exercise walking around. Pebble Hill Plantation is simply magnificent and contains most, if not all, of the original furnishings. It was built before the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and if I had to choose a favorite, I would choose Pebble Hill Plantation for it's warmth and timeless style. When I said that I liked it much more than the Biltmore, our guide said she's heard that from a number of people. Unfortunately we were not able to take pictures of the interior. The winding staircase was simply stunning; I can see why it is a great spot for weddings. Thomasville folks were very friendly. The food was excellent. This is a definite "do" for next year. The only disappointment was that we didn't get to visit Birdsong Nature Center because it was closed for two weeks.

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a very enjoyable weekend. The town is a wonderful example of southern living. The many food places kept our appetites satisfied and all the different stores were a shoppers paradise. The plantation was an amazing place with all original furnishings inside. The outside grounds make you wish you could live there. Kim is a terrific person for her inspiration in planning this trip and being such a wonderful guide during the entire trip.

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having a great time exploring the many shops and attractions here. Jonas Fish & Grits is our favorite food place so far with more still to come.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    would love to join....but i will be able to finalize only by next week

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hope you can join us Srinadh!

      August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've booked a room with two beds at the Holiday Inn Express. If anyone is interested in rooming with me, your cost for both days is $124.32 which comes out to $62.16 per night. Not a bad deal. Sweetgrass Dairy is actually opening a new restaurant in the fall; unfortunately, not in time for our visit. They do plan on keeping the cheese shop open in downtown Thomasville.

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would so like to go but will be in Alaska. Have fun!

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I booked a hotel room on my own [Kim turned me down :)] with an extra bed if anyone wants to share the cost. Carpooling works for me too.

    June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You crack me up, Bill! :)

      June 27, 2013

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