(Closed) Easy coast winter honeymoon…Charleston, Savannah, D.C?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

DC is really cold and you would have the same winter worries as NYC. Where are you from/living now? I live in DC and I would never recommend anyone come visit in February, Spring/Fall are the only times when it’s nice here. Today it was 16 degrees on my way to work and in the summer it is ridiculously humid and gross. I’ve always wanted to go to Savannah, and I hear it’s beautiful, and I’ve heard similar things about Charleston. DC is fun, but it’s not as romantic as the other cities. Plus, it’s a great place to come later in life/with kids and stuff, so maybe save it for then.

ETA: DC is also really expensive, so if you’re on a budget, that’s also something to consider.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

All three would be nice for different reasons.  I have been to DC and Savannah but not Charleston.

I would say that Savannah is perfect for a short, romantic honeymoon of less than 4 days.  I don’t know that you would have enought to do to stay for a week.  There are beautiful squares (parks) throughout the historical downtown area that are perfect for romantic afternoon strolls.  A few nights in Hilton Head would also be relaxing even though it would be their low season as a resort town.  (My understanding is that Charleston is similar to Savannah with it’s historical district; just add in lots of fine dining and plantation tours for Charleston.)  I would not expect any snow in Savannah unless it’s a freak storm.

DC is much more versatile.  There are great iteneraries that are perfect for as little as 3 days and as many as two weeks (the Smithsonian museums are huge!)  The city is not as romantic as Savannah but the monuments and museums are epically memorable.  If you do this make sure to write to your local congress representative ASAP to request tours of the White House and the U.S. Capitol building, both of which require special permission and background checks that need to be done weeks before your arrival (i.e. you won’t be able to book the tour once in DC.)  It may snow in DC that time of year but not much sticks due to its location on the Potomac.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’d say savannah or charleston. There’s no telling if it will be chilly or warm  (darn crazy southern winters) but either way it’ll be warmer than DC. Also both cities are so romantic; cobblestone lined streets, bed and breakfasts, horse drawn carriages, gorgeous parks, savannah has the river walk and cozy park squares, charleston has the battery and the giant swings. 

If you want warner temps why not consider the Florida Keys or the gulf coast (destin, Panama city)?

ETA: I’ve been to all three cities (plus the gulf coast) never the keys though. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would not recommend the northeast in the winter.  It’s cold, miserable, and gray outside and is just generally miserable.  If you want to visit NYC or DC, I’d say go in the March/April/May window.  And if you’re dead set on taking a winter honeymoon, head south!  Charleston would be nice and so would Florida.  

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

We spent 5 days in Savannah, GA last March and simply loved it. The weather was perfect. We rented a Carriage House off Forsythe Park. It is a lovely, beautiful city and I would have loved to have gotten married there. There are great, affordable restaurants, a lovely waterfront and plenty to see and do. We headed to Tybee Island for 2 days after, and that to me is ok, but 2 days was too long. A nice excursion for a day, or to overnight and leave the next morning.

I haven’t been to Charleston, and we were supposed to go after Savannah, however my understanding is that Charleston is like a bigger, better Savannah.  We didn’t feel we could do it justice in 2 days, so we decided to make that a trip for another time.

Next time we head down that way, we will do 4 days in Charleston, and 3 days in Savannah. 3 days is ample time for Savannah, IMO, and even though we’ve been there before, I just find it such a romantic, relaxing spot that I really want to return to.

If you do go, I highly recommend reading “The Book” (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) before you go. It’s a wonderful read, and based on a true story. Book is quite different than the movie, and it really gives you insight into Savannah society. I read it after we returned and regretted that I hadn’t done it last February instead.

I have been to DC, and it was many years ago with my mother. I found there is lots to do and see there, and much of it free or inexpensive. Probably because I was with my mother, and we were doing the tourist thing, but it didn’t strike me as romantic and restful, like I’d want a honeymoon to be. I’d love to go back again, but depending on what you do (Holocaust Museum, the various war memorials, Arlington Cemetary–all must sees IMO), it can be a little “heavy” and emotionally draining.  So, it’s somewhere that I highly recommend, but I wouldn’t consider it a honeymoon destination. I do plan to return there again in the future.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’d also like to add that while many of the sights in DC are free (the museums, monuments) places to eat and hotels and such are not. So, you’ll save on your tourist attractions but will be spending a lot elsewhere. In addition, the monuments aren’t all next to each other and many are not right off a metro, so depending on how cold it is, that could be not so great.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Another bee from the DC area- its too cold here in Feb!  I think Charleston or Savannah sound lovely.  There is a ton to do, both have a very old-south/romantic vibe, and they would be less expensive this time of year.  If I had to choose, I would pick Savannah because its only 1 large hurricane away from being wiped out (seriously…I’ve worked on the flood models).  Enjoy your honeymoon!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@peachykd:  We’re doing a week in Charleston in mid-March, and we’ve heard that while it might be a bit chilly, it’s likely to be beautiful weather. It probably depends on where you’re from; we’re coming down from Canada where it’s still awful and snowy in March so Charleston will be lovely, but if you’re hoping for really nice, warm weather, it may not happen.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve been to Charleston and I frequent Savannah (I live on Hilton Head) and would recommend either one! They are very similar as some bees have said and it’ll be MUCH warmer than DC and NYC! Savannah I think is a little more laid back and romantic, while Charleston will have more things to do I think.

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