Valley Pines Golf Club challenges golfers with its nine-hole, par 35 course, stretching 2,499 yards from the longest of its four tee positions and composed to test a player's precision golf game. The David McQuary–designed course presents fairway trekkers with a manicured landscape dotted with perilous water hazards. One hole features a true island green—similar to the TPC at Sawgrass's signature 17th hole—that challenges golfers to airmail their shots over the moat and onto the island, where it will join a marooned, heavily bearded Tom Hanks.
On the National Register of Historic Places and recipient of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Tarrer Inn wraps wayfaring history buffs in Southern hospitality and Victorian-era luxury. Groupon holders can choose from eight uniquely decorated rooms, festooned with antiques, warmed by hand-painted fireplaces, and outfitted with authentic antebellum cable and WiFi. In the morning, guests can head down to the main dining room for a complimentary continental breakfast from their favorite landmasses.
At Beef 'O' Brady's, hungry herds can satisfy hankerings for flavor stampedes with an extensive pub-style menu served in a sports-themed spot. Thrill-seeking taste buds dive tongue first into a wing basket laced with any of 11 different sauces and accompanied by fries, coleslaw, and blue-cheese dressing ($8.99) or beer-battered onion rings served with Beef's spicy dipping sauce ($6.69).
Permanent Beauty Day Spa's skin-savvy squad of professional aestheticians buff and beautify skeleton sheaths to a healthy sheen. Before beginning a complete epidermal overhaul, experts extend a complimentary skin consultation, gifting guests the opportunity to call out problems, concerns, and Jeopardy answers. The spa's signature facial whips slappable surfaces into shape with an individualized cleansing cream, followed by an infused serum to bolster facial massage benefits, and an antioxidant mask (a $65 value). Then, staff members comfort desert-wandering fingers with moisturizing gloves, and massage knot-riddled necks, shoulders, and hands. Set-Me-Free body wraps paradoxically bind recipients with plastic as they transport toxins from fat cells to the lymphatic system, aiming to detoxify without dehydrating (a $65 value). The six-layer paradise hand massage caps off a deluge of body pampering with a nod to the oft-neglected knuckles, leaving fingers as smooth and brilliant as Plato after a full-body wax (a $35 value).
Swamp Gravy, a series of folk plays produced by the Colquitt-Miller Arts Council and previously performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, embodies the diversity, history, and rural culture of life in Southwest Georgia. The newest Swamp Gravy installment, The Big Picture, builds on the wistful works with a presentation full of comedy, music, choreography, and during-show commentary from some of the community's most outspoken audience members. Inspired by the local Millennium Murals, the show details Colquitt's precocious past, enlisting volunteer actors to bring to life local folklore and tales. Tickets entitle theater-goers to seats at a fun and familiar southern celebration staged in the 70-year-old Cotton Hall Theater and Museum, a historical building that was formerly the site of the local cotton warehouse.
Rhonda Foster, owner and head chef of Liam’s Restaurant, founded Liam's with two maxims in mind: think locally and organically, and take the pretension out of fine dining. After hot-gluing the restaurant into a cozy, historic brick building in downtown Thomasville, Rhonda began purchasing ingredients from local sustainable-growth farms. To this day, Rhonda and her employees take an active role in every step of the farm-to-table process, whether they’re touring the actual farms to ensure their methods are organic or they're hunting for wild turkey and duck themselves.
From the open kitchen, chefs transmogrify the fruits, vegetables, meats, and artisan cheeses of their research into ever changing seasonal menu, which includes daily seafood specials such as the mushroom-crusted Ahi Tuna. Diners can look in on the cooksmanship while chatting with Rhonda and her husband Scott about culinary techniques or chewing strategies as the two slow-cook enticing dishes, such as the sautéed Duck & Mushroom confit with truffle oil. For smaller appetites, the duo plates up a selection of nearly a hundred artisan cheeses flown, shipped, or catapulted in from around the globe.
Craft brews from breweries like Dogfish Head and North Coast line the shelves alongside wines from California, Germany, and France. Liam’s also serves up weekday lunch and a Saturday European-style brunch, and periodically hosts themed events such as chocolate tastings, Taste of Spain, Lobsterfest, and Beer Club.:m]]