A few weeks ago we had one of those amazing Spring days, where the sun is shining and the air is crisp but warm, and the colors of the season pop just enough to make you want to spend the whole day outside. My mom was visiting so we made a day trip to Thomasville, Georgia, which is only about 35 miles away from Tallahassee. It was the perfect opportunity to stroll the cutest downtown, pop in shops, and chat over drinks. Here are a few highlights from my favorite spots…
Our first stop was Sweet Grass Cheese Shop, a cute restaurant/bar in the middle of downtown. We kicked off our adventure with drinks, naturally. My mom tried the Florida Line, a vodka cocktail complete with frozen fruit ice cubes, and I had my first Moscow Mule, which was as delicious as it was pretty.
Once we were ‘warmed up’ we decided to go for a stroll. Every corner of downtown Thomasville was like something out of a movie, bursting with southern charm. The tree lined streets were blooming with color and even the municipal buildings looked friendly and inviting.
We popped in Smallcakes for a sweet treat and we were not disappointed. Coated in pink from top to bottom, the bright and cheery cupcakery had every flavor and filling of cupcake imaginable. We split a chocolate cream cupcake and people-watched through the huge store front windows.
After our sugar rush, we took the streets again and popped in a few shops, including Forever Retro, a cool home store with a boatload of vintage, mid-century modern gems. From candy-colored table lamps to an extensive vinyl collection, they have everything you need to furnish your home, Mad Men style.
I toyed with the idea of bringing these beauties home, but ultimately decided against it. I have a whole set of glasses I don’t use and honestly think they deserve to be shown off on someone’s swanky in-home bar.
Firefly was without a doubt my favorite stop of the day. The adorable shop, akin to Anthropologie, is filled to the brim with artisan bath products, antiques and furniture, cookbooks, and candles. Every inch of the cozy store is packed with charming trinkets, and if you’re looking for a unique gift for someone with great taste (Mother’s Day is right around the corner!), start here.
Also in my favorites was The Bookshelf. This bright and inviting bookstore looks like the kind of place I would spend hours in if I lived in Thomasville. When you first walk in there’s a sitting area to the left, perfect for skimming the newspaper and people-watching passersby. A table in the center front of the store showcases local authors and, the right wall displays gifty-type treats, like candles and Herschel bags.
There’s an adorable kids’ section toward the back of the store, complete with patterned bunting and tiny seating, and more odds and ends (and coffee table books!!!) across from the in-store cafe. I loved the local charm of The Bookshelf, which hosts several events monthly, and even has a podcast!
All in all, it was a great day, spent with great company. There’s something about taking time away, even if it’s just for a day, that feels really important to my soul. Like, I’m a better person and harder worker when I have the opportunity to just escape, spend time with people who make me feel good about myself, laugh way too much (there’s no such thing, btw), and explore a different place. Even if that place is only an hour away.