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Travelling to Thomson, Georgia

If you’re visiting Georgia’s Augusta, and want a hotel that offers tranquillity, then Thomson is your best bet. It’s just 30 miles from Augusta and, although known as a city, has a population that barely reaches 6,000.

Thomson was originally called Slashes when it was founded in 1837 as a depot on the Georgia Railroad. Situated in McDuffie County, Thomson is part of the Augusta–Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Today it’s nicknamed the “Camellia City of the South", in recognition of the thousands of camellia plants that can be seen throughout the city.

Thomson shares with the rest of the rural state of Georgia a relaxed, almost lethargic feel. It’s an easy-going place where life is lived slow. This is a city where the best way to enjoy your time is sipping a chilled iced tea and chatting with friends on the porch.

Choosing your hotel in Thomson

A hotel in Thomson not only offers you a more relaxed stay than in larger Augusta, it is also highly likely to be a cheaper stay. There are a number of budget hotels in Thomson that offer a comfortable stay without any unnecessary expense. You can take your pick from 2 and 3 star establishments.

If you want to stay a little closer to Augusta, and also closer to Augusta Regional Airport, yet still be outside of the main city, there are also hotels available in the districts of Fort Gordon and Grovetown. Here you can stay in the suburbs, yet still be within six miles of the city centre.

When to book your hotel in Thomson

Things get uncharacteristically busy round here in the first weeks of April. This is when Augusta hosts the Masters Golf Tournament, a major PGA event that is held annually.

Augusta Southern Nationals is an exciting display of drag boat racing on the Savannah river. It’s billed as the "world's richest drag boat race", and you can catch the excitement if you are here in July.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta is held on Augusta Common every September. This showcases the food, music and visual arts of the region. It is followed by a newcomer to the festival circuit, Westobou Festival, which casts its gaze wider to include the best in international performance and art.

Keep your eyes on the skies if you are booking your hotel in October. During this month the Boshear’s Skyfest takes place above Daniel Field. Look out for acrobat biplanes, racing jet semi-trucks and a hot-air balloon race. Rather more down to the ground is the Georgia-Carolina State Fair, which is also held in October. The homely pleasures of fairgrounds, games, concerts, livestock judging and Southern crafts can be enjoyed here.

Things to do from your Thomson hotel

Lovers of all things equestrian will have one of America’s premier eventing venues on the doorstep of their hotel in Thomson. Pine Top Farm’s gently rolling hills and expertly designed courses provide the perfect setting for spectacular equine events.

Augusta is just a short drive away from Thomson and there’s more to explore here. Augusta was of major strategic importance during the Civil War, thanks to its location inland on the Savannah river. Yet, it was spared much of the destruction that so many other Southern cities suffered. This makes touring its historic district a real pleasure, with many old buildings and landmarks to see. The majority of these can be found between East Boundary and 13th Street. Greene Street, parallel to Broad, has many monuments along its landscaped median paths.

Also in Augusta you’ll find the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson, where 14 rooms are impeccably maintained in the style of the 1860s.

On hot days in Augusta it is possible to cool down at the canal; hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking are all options. Another good place to relax is the Lake Olmstead Park, where you can fish in the lake, play disc golf or just stroll to a shaded picnic spot. And where better to catch the breeze than on the Augusta Riverwalk? This takes you down the beautiful Savannah river and drops you off downtown to enjoy a drink or catch a bite to eat.

Pay your respects to the godfather of soul at the James Brown statue in Augusta Common, or pay your respects to the god of retail at the Augusta Mall, where all the major chains are represented.

And, should life get a little sedentary in Thomson, you can always spice it up with a visit to Grovetown’s Modoc Speedway, a dirt-track raceway which holds events most weekends throughout the summer.

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