THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A tour that involves both food and history may not be too far away from your backyard.
A few years ago, a retired Thomasville City Schools teacher and a friend traveled to Chicago to learn more about food tours.
"I got kind of bored and thought I need to do something," Taste of Thomasville owner Debra Smith said.
And with the help of a friend Debbie Godbehere, the Taste of Thomasville was born.
Since starting the tours in 2013, Smith and her tour partners have guided over 3,000 people throughout the restaurants of downtown Thomasville.
"Our 3,000th person landed on our 3rd anniversary, which was just a coincidence," Smith added.
The 3-hour tour includes stops at area Thomasville restaurants, including Jonah's Fish and Grits and Moonspin Pizza.
In addition to sampling delicious food, like shrimp and grits, guests also get the chance to learn about the City of Roses.
"We find some fun stories to tell about downtown Thomasville," Smith said.
Restaurants are also benefiting from the tour's success.
"People come back. People go back and purchase foods and go back to their restaurants," Smith added.
And the South Georgia heat isn't stopping people from touring this summer.
"We give you fans. We give you bottles of water," Smith said.
In June, Taste of Thomasville celebrated their 400th tour.
Smith has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
"This is going to go until people just don't want to do it anymore and so far everybody still wants to do it," Smith said.
There's also an evening tour that includes different restaurants and alcoholic beverages.