Post # 1
My Fiance and I are thinking of taking a week long vaca in September. I’m trying to decide Savannah, GA vs. Charleston, SC (and welcome all other options!)
What is there to do in Savannah aside from the Haunted Ghost Tour and a Boat/Trolley tour? Would a week be too long? Can we get away with having no car in both places, and where would we fly into?
And finally, where is the best place to stay? I would definitely want a balcony, and somewhere right in the “middle of it all”. Savannah looks SOOO beautiful but Charleston is right near the ocean which is a bonus.
My only other thoughts were one of the islands off of NC, or Nashville but I think I’d rather something smaller, more laid back and intimate with a lot of charm. Would prefer to stay in the south-east, minus Florida since I go there a lot.
Post # 3
I vote Savannah! It’s gorgeous, and is very close to the Golden Isles of GA (gorgeous GA coast with great resorts too). Very romantic city, filled with history and great restaurants.
T and I went there for our first romantic getaway and it really cemented us together.
If you go, do make sure to read “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” before you go, to get a taste of the beautiful city by the sea. We love Savannah here in GA!
Post # 4
I love Charleston and voted for that selection. But I don’t think you can go wrong with either choice!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I’ve never been to Charleston but I looooved Savannah. They’re only 2.5 hours away from each other though, so can’t you do both?
Post # 6
I suppose we could, I had no idea they were that close! I was hoping to fly and not rent a car, except for maybe a day trip. But that could be our day trip! How close is Savannah to the ocean?
For those who have stayed in Savannah, where would you recommend staying? I looked into some B&Bs and then got freaked out when Kehoe mentioned some of their rooms being haunted…..NOOOO THANK YOU! I will do the Haunted Ghost tour but no way in hell am I sleeping in a haunted room!
Post # 7
Honey I say Savannah and believe me, there is more than just ghost tours! You can fly right into Savannah and it’s on the river with the ocean about 20 mins away (Tybee Island). So there you go!
There are tons of beautiful and romantic bed and breakfasts if yall are into that and if not, tons of nice hotels. I would stay in the dowtown historic district which will be close to River Street, all the parks, the shopping, the restaurants, the historic homes, etc. A hotel we stay in when we have events downtown is Avia and it’s a super cute modern, trendy hotel with great prices and right in the middle of everything.
Savannah is a walking town, which I love. Yes a horse and buggy ride is sweet but you can really learn a lot about the city. Tybee Island is only right across the bridge about 20 mins from the city. There’s the old cemetary, River Street (cobblestone district on the water full of bars, restaurants, and eclectic shops and candy kitchens), City Market (like River Street in the middle of the historic district), THe Lady and Sons restaurant (Paula Deen’s very own, omg mouth watering good), you can tour the old historic homes, piddle around in the artsy and eclectic shops or hit the designer and boutique shops, the parks are romantic and fun to walk around in (you might even see a wedding or couples like me and my Fiance taking our e pics-we had our e pics done in Forsyth Park).
Something fun we’ve always wanted to do is the haunted (yes but keep reading) pub crawl! You go from bar to bar, grabbing a beer of course, and learn the history of the bootleggers and pirates along the way. Speaking of beer, the cool thing about Savannah is that you can walk around the city with your alchohol as long as it’s concealed in a cup. Dont know if yall are drinkers or not but just a FYI.
There really is a lot to do in Savannah and is very similar to Charleston but personally, there’s just something a little more in Savannah 🙂 A little more romantic and oozing the Southern charm, more fun…I dont know but I may be biased because my Fiance is based there and I will be moving back after we get married. PM if you have any questions or what to chat about it! Theres so much to Savannah, I could keep going on lol.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Savannah has Tybee Island, which is a beach island near the city.
And here is where we stayed, it was really cute, affordable and near everything:
Post # 9
We’re doing both in about 2 weeks! 🙂
Post # 10
We’ve stayed in the Kehoe and let me tell you, we didnt have any problems and I a the worlds biggest weanie!!! It was GORGEOUS!!! EVery morning they had breakfast waiting for us to do breakfast in bed and each night they had wine and apps in the dining room. So fun and in a great part of the city. I would def reccommend that one, despite the ghost warnings 😉
Post # 11
I voted Charleston, because my wedding photographer is there now and at some point we need to take a weekend down there for an e-sesh! lol
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Here are some pics from my trip:
Post # 13
Savannah all the way!! Although I am biased because that is where Fiance and I got engaged!
It is so romantic and historic, I think you’ll love it!
We wanted to stay in the historic district, which I recommend because it is close to the shopping and squares.
We stayed at the Marshall House which was nice and supposed to be haunted, but we never heard/saw anything!
The B&Bs looked lovely as well though. Have fun planning your trip!
Post # 14
The Boyfriend or Best Friend and I have been to both recently and we vote Savannah all the way. To us Savannah was easier to navigate. Also the streets were better lit in Savannah. We also did many ghost tours in Savannah and had a great time. Charleston is lovely however we couldn’t get any ghost tours to call us back and we didn’t enjoy our trip as much. However if you do go to Charleston we stayed at the Cannonboro Inn and loved it! It is so lovely and the Innkeeper was very helpful.
If you would like any more info on things to do, places to eat just let me know!
Post # 15
Oh you guys are just awesome! danadelphia, I LOVE the rooms at East Bay Inn, just love them but there are no balconies. This will be a minimoon of sorts, so I would love a balcony but those rooms with the exposed brick just make me all fuzzy inside. Kehoe House has balconies for their King bedrooms but 2 of those are ones said to be haunted and I swear if I wake up to the ghost of a little girl brushing my hair, I will be back to Ontario faster than anyone can say BOO.
I suppose I should have looked at a map…i totally thought Savannah was in the western part of GA lol! I know, just KNOW I will not want to return home if I go there! It looks sooo increadibly beautiful, charming and intimate and the poll shows and my heart says to go there.
Any certain recommendations on places to eat? Is there anywhere nearby (aside from the beach) we should check out if we rent a car?
Post # 16
If you’re planning to do a week, I would do both. I spent three days in Savannah and loved every minute of it, but it was definitely enough time to feel like I’d done the town justice. We didn’t need my car while we were there, though you may want to rent one to drive in from Charleston or Atlanta where flights may be cheaper. As far as hotels, I recommend the River Street Inn. We requested a room with a balcony overlooking the river. The decor was lovely and the location great. Design Sponge’s city guide covers a lot of the best restaurants and shopping in town. As far as Charleston – that’s next on my list…
Either way, I’m sure you’ll have fun. Let us know what you decide!