(Closed) Planning our Mini Moon in Savannah- need help!

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Post # 3
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For places to eat I recommend the Olde Pink House and Vic’s on the River 

Post # 4
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@maggiemay0811: Savannah is kind of my favorite historical city in the entire United States. I haven’t been there in a few years, but here are a few of my favorite things.

I ate at Lady and Sons before Paula Deen was Paula Deen and I highly recommend it. The hoe cakes are delish! The Pirates House is also really cool because of the history. I also second the Olde Pink House.

Assuming you have access to a car, Tybee Island is gorgeous. We did a dolphin tour out there and it was pretty magical. The lighthouse is also really cool.

They have horse drawn carriages that run throughout the town and they are a lot of fun and a great way to see the city and hear it’s lore.

Forsyth Park is fun for people watching and admiring nature.

If you’re into historical things, the Girl Scout founder’s house (Gordon-Low House) is a lot of fun. They are celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting so there is a lot of cool things going on there.

The “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” house (Mercer House) is also down there.

If you get really bored, you can try finding the Forrest Gump (“Life is like a box of chocolates”) bench in Chippewa Square. There are 24(ish) squares that Savannah is built around.

River Street is pretty cool too. It has a lot of trendy boutiques, candle shops and hotels.

We stayed at the Best Western in the Historic District because it was the most budget friendly.

Post # 7
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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Post # 8
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

What time of year are you visiting?  It gets d*** hot and muggy in Georgia (even on the coast) May-September, sometimes even April and October, too. 

As a Georgia native, I highly recommend checking out Tybee Island if you have the time.  It is very cool and reminds me more of New England’s beach communities than Southern ones.  The fort is one of the most surprisingly interesting museums I’ve even been to and the lighthouse is really pretty.  If you have enough time for a day trip out from Savannah, Cumberland Island and Jekyll Island are AMAZING.  Cumberland Island is basically an unspoiled paradise–with wild horses!  It is a national park and you can camp there, but the mosquitos can be killer.  Jekyll is one of those places the incredibly wealthy (you know, like the Astors) used to vacation–gorgeous. The Jekyll Island Inn is one of the swankest resorts in the South and cool to just tour.

No time for outlier trips?  The battleship is really neat (as long as you don’t get claustrophobia or mind ghosts) and Juliette Gordon-Low’s home is neat.  The maritime museum is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be.  The Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil tour (and book!) is great.  The River Walk is can’t miss.  Try to visit as many of the squares as you can.  The one of the oldest synagoges in the US is in Savannah and there are some incredibly gorgeous churches.  Really, there are no wrong attractions in Savannah.  It is all amazing.  If you eat meat, make sure to try some Brunswick Stew while you are down there and enjoy some of the great seafood.  Calabash shrimp, while technically from the Carolinas, is also a local delicacy.

Tip 1: Try to limit your number of museum visits.  They can really add up in Savannah as many are privately run and expensive. 

Tip 2: To really save money, visit the River Walk, but only eat down there if you are looking to really splurge.  Instead, ask the locals–Georgians tend to be pretty hospitable–where they like to eat.

Tip 3: The horse-drawn carriage tours ain’t cheap and the horses aren’t always treated very well.  But, they are one of the most romantic ways to see the city.  Again, ask a local for a recommendation and try to book one on an “off” time.

Post # 11
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have a love affair with savannah…i’ve been the last 3 years and want to go back NOW.

I agree with PP about the Pink House.  You can’t go wrong.  Its heavenly food and the best “old savannah” atmosphere.  My Fiance and I take a whole day and just walk the city.  You can’t go wrong with that, especially if you are history buffs like us.

One of my person favs is Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House.  They serve lunch “family style” from 11-1pm most days.  Locals say its better than Paula Deans, which is why we went there the 1st time and the food is why we go back.  I actually got engaged there!!!The pirate house is fun too.  Actually, I’ve never had a less-than-the-best mean in Savannah.

Fiance and I loved going to Fort Pulaski, again, if you are a history buff. Make sure you take an afternoon to visit Tybee!  When we go, we actually stay on Tybee and drive into the city for dinner or whatever. 

Savannah is my fav destination, and I just can’t say enough about it, so I’ll stop now, LOL

Post # 13
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I just moved to Savannah in July and I love it! There is a ton to do and even just walking around the city, doing nothing is a great way to spend an afternoon. 

I second Olde Pink House for a nice dinner out. Vic’s is nice too but there are also some nice lesser known places such as Sapphire Grill, Alligator Soul, Cha Bella, 17Hundred90, or B. Matthews which are just as good.

As for lunch, if you are going to do one Southern lunch I would do for Mrs. Wilkes. It is better than Lady & Sons by far and a really cool atmosphere. The lines can be extremely long and exhausting at both, especially during August, so I wouldn’t bother trying to do both. There are some other fabulous lunch spots in Savannah that are much more worth it includnig Soho South Cafe on Liberty Street (it’s an art gallery and lunch place, really neat), Zunzi’s (for a quick lunch, no inside seating, but delicious), and B. Matthews on Bay Street (great anytime of the day).

If you’re looking for breakfast or brunch, J. Christopher’s on Liberty Street is good, B. Matthews also has a good breakfast, and Clary’s is a greasy spoon but delicious (it was made famous by the movie, MIdnight in the Garden of Good & Evil). 

I don’t know if you are looking to have a more relaxed dinner with pub/ bar food but The Distillery, Crystal Beer Parlor and Churchills are all bars that have pretty good food too. 

As for places to go, either a trolley or carriage tour is a great way to get oriented with the city. Tybee is nice if you want to go to the beach and Fort Pulaski, on the way to Tybee is a good stop. City Market is a fun place to hang out, if you go on a weekend there is always live music. I second what someone else said about walking down to River Street but don’t eat there. It is very much a tourist trap with little good shopping other than trashy junk stores and nothing but fried seafood places. 

If you’re into art, the Telfair Museum or the new SCAD Museum of Art are both great. Honestly, I did the Juliette Gordon Low house and it wasn’t really worth it but we may have just had a bad tour guide (I was a Girl Scout all my life too). 

If you have a chance to make it down to Forsyth Park, it’s really beautiful and has a gorgeous fountain with moss covered oaks leading to it… exactly like you picture in the movies.

If you have other questions, feel free to message me. I haven’t been in Savannah long but I’ve had tons of people visit so we’ve done a lot!

Post # 14
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had my wedding reception at Marshall House so I highly recommend it.  They have a restaurant there, 45 Bistro, the food is amazing!  It’s a great location too!

All the previous recommendations are exactly what I’d say.  This city is my absolute favorite.  You are going to have an amazingly romantic time, that city is just gorgeous.

Post # 15
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

One of our favorite restaurants in Savannah (we’ve been to Savannah about 10 times in the past 4 years) is Sweet Potatoes. It’s not downtown, but it’s cheap and fantastic. We also like going to Leopold’s for ice cream. Most of the other posters have mentioned attractions I’d also recommend.

Post # 16
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My husband and I were there a couple years ago and had an AMAZING time at the dueling piano bar…I think its called Smiles


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