THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - You may not have to go too far for your next weekend getaway, because a popular destination is nearby.
"People just love Thomasville," City of Thomasville Tourism Director Bonnie Hayes said.
Summer vacations may be coming to an end, but the weekend getaways in the City of Roses are in full bloom.
Jeremy Emmett is the owner of Thomasville's Hampton Inn. He said usually area hotels are packed with business travelers, but now he's seeing more families.
"[Tourists] are just here randomly to visit family or a sports event and then they see everything that Thomasville has to offer and I think that brings them back," Emmett told WALB News 10.
The hotel owner said that the times are changing for the city.
"It used to be that people would just come through Thomasville along their way to Florida. Now, I think we're an actual stop," Emmett said.
Whether it be a new restaurant or area attraction, there's always something new for tourists.
Hayes said that the city also has several weekend events planned throughout the year, like the Rose Festival and the Victorian Christmas Festival.
"It's such a boon to the whole area for our restaurants and our retailers. It brings so many people throughout the town, uptown and downtown, and you'll just see people enjoying the entire weekend," Hayes said.
According to the City of Thomasville's Tourism Office, area hotels saw more than a 5% increase between this year's spring and summer season.
"This new influx of weekend business, especially like the sports teams that I mentioned, it has really helped us a whole lot," Emmett mentioned.
And more families will be in the area soon.
Thomasville is gearing up to host the Rose City Fall Invitational next month, which is expected to bring over 900 soccer families to the area.