Slow Meander South

Discovering Old Florida: Thomasville (GA) & Apalachicola (FL)

  • Indian Springs
  • Thomasville & Fitzgerald, GA
  • Murals of Colquitt
  • Florida's Forgotten Coast


February 6 – 12, 2025


  • Excellent Southern inns: the Gibson Inn in Apalachicola and the Windsor Hotel in Americus
  • The best of local dining, in a region celebrated for its seafood and agriculture
  • Wakulla Springs; abundant bird and wildlife viewing
  • The Explore Up Close appeal: backroads drives; charming small towns; hidden sites and stories

Trip Description

February means it’s time to explore further south  . . . and we’ll retrace one of our favorite “Old Florida” itineraries – featuring two-night stays in pretty downtown Thomasville, Georgia; and in the historic riverside village of Apalachicola, Florida.  Enjoy meandering drives through the state of Georgia, exploring fascinating off-the-radar sites like Indian Springs, Plains, the “utopian” town of Fitzgerald, and the remarkable murals of Colquitt.  In Florida, we’ll enjoy “the Forgotten Coast” of the central Panhandle – fishing villages, rich and dense wildlife, and an outstanding historical footprint.

Featured Experiences

The Gibson Inn

Welcome to the Gibson Inn, a beloved landmark turned modern expression of the New Old Florida. Beyond our breezy wrap-around porches and swaying palms, discover a historic jewel steeped in authentic Southern hospitality and old-world charm – where lovingly crafted guest rooms, fresh local seafood, and live music inspire guests to linger a spell – all in the very heart of the Panhandle’s most welcoming town.

Historic Windsor Hotel

The Windsor Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Americus, Georgia. Built in 1892, the Windsor is a five-story Victorian masterpiece hotel architecturally designed with a tower, balconies, and a three-story open atrium lobby. It occupied nearly an entire city block and was the site of numerous balls and celebrations. The hotel closed its doors in 1972 after almost 80 years in operation. The hotel has undergone extensive renovations in 1991, 2010, and most recently in 2019.

The Historical Windsor Hotel is now part of the Ascend Collection by Choice International Inc. Choice Privileges Members can avail themselves of numerous benefits offered by this Rewards Program. Enrollment for new Members is offered at the Hotel.

What's Included

  • Comfortable van transportation
  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Breakfast, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • All activities / admissions per the itinerary
  • Guide and concierge service throughout the trip

Trip Price

$3,529 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $800)

What's Not Included

Price does not include alcohol, other meals, or optional trip insurance.

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This trip departs from Greenville / Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. If you live elsewhere, please contact us to discuss travel arrangements, and we will look forward to assisting you!

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