Post # 1
We are getting married in May of 2012, so prices are going to be higher I know. 🙁 But does anyone have any ideas as to where we could stay and fun things we could do on our honeymoon in Savannah, Georgia? I am from around that area and met my fiance in college near there so he has only been a few times and absolutely loves it! We are trying to keep our honeymoon budget under about $1,000. Any ideas? Suggestions?
Post # 3
I got engaged in Savannah and I’m actually getting married in May 2012 also. We stayed at AVIA and loved it. It’s right near Ellis Square and City Market and we thought the location was perfect. Lots of things to explore if you just walk around the historic district – you can take a trolley tour or a carriage tour. You can take a trip to Tybee one day. We loved our dinner at the Olde Pink House Restaurant. We also did a ghost tour with Blue Orb Tours (when in Rome….) and thought it was pretty fun. Finding a hotel for a really good rate will probably be the hardest part. Sometimes you can get good deals on those discount websites like Priceline and Snique. We loved AVIA and would recommend it, but we also looked at the Bohemian, Planters Inn, Marshall House, and Mansion at Forsyth. All seemed pretty nice (we weren’t interested in a B&B). Good luck!
Post # 4
I got engaged there and am getting married there in January. Hotels can get pricey, so definitely shop around! I did a walking tour there once, and it was SO interesting to hear all the history in that city. There is a dinner river cruise (I thought it was ok) that my fiance really liked. Also, definitely go to The Pink House. Either for dinner (pricier) or just for drinks. If you go for drinks on the weekends downstairs, they have this great piano player. I just love him! And he’s amazing. But go kind of earlier in the evening or you’ll never get a spot to sit. I go see him everytime we’re in the town.
Post # 5
Thanks so much!! I keep seeing people talking about the Olde Pink House restaurant. I can’t believe I’ve never seen it but the only pink house I know of in downtown is the founder of girl scout’s house! haha.. We have always wanted to stay in the AVIA but never knew of anyone who did so I’m glad to know it was nice! 🙂 Thank y’all so much for the advice!!
Post # 6
I went to SCAD and now live in LA but I’m getting married in Savannah on 5/5/12.
Have you thought about renting a condo/house instead of a hotel? There are lots of places available downtown or on Tybee for vacation rentals. Check out http://www.homeaway.com It can often come out to be more affordable than a hotel and you get a real living area and kitchen which can cut down on some of the costs of eating out for every meal.
Oh and I second or third Avia. We’re staying there for the wedding. The rooms are really nice and its in the perfect location.
Post # 7
The Mansion at Forsyth, Avia, Inn at Ellis Square and the Bohemian are all great.
For retaurants, visit: Brasserie 529, Alligator Soul, Green Truck (burgers), The Pink House, The Chart House (seafood), Chabella, Elizabeth on 37th, Leochee’s (homemade Italian), Nople Fair, Sweet Potatoes, Toucan, Flying Frog, the Warehouse, and the Crab Shack (overwater treehouse) at Tybee are all cool places.
For tour and attractions: River Street Riverboat has some great dinner cruises and themed cruises like the Murder Mystery Cruise on Thursday nights and more. There is also walking tours, carriage rides, trolley tours, haunted trolley tours and graveyard tours, dolphin tours, day trips to Daufauski Island, and so much more.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Use Priceline and bid on a room in the historic district. You will want to be in the historic district and I scoured the internet for deals but couldn’t get anything under $100 a night in the historic district (I went the first week in June this year and we’re going back this weekend.) I was able to get the Four Points by Sheraton for $70 a night (be aware that most hotels in the historic district also tack on a $15-20 resort fee which includes valet parking.)
Definitely drive out to Tybee Island one day and eat at the Crab Shack. It’s touristy and kitchy but it’s fun and if you order the mixed boil you will find something in it you like. I think May is softshell crab season as well and I have heard great things about softshell crab.
As for food in the historic district, we preferred the street food at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s (cash only) and Zunzi’s (they have been featured on Man vs. Food since we were there in June.) B&D Burgers is a cute spot with some great burger choices. You also have to make time to go to Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House; the best fried chicken in town eaten family style (cash only.) We could smell the chicken frying from a few blocks away. And yes, the line is long but it’s worth the wait and way better than Paula Deen’s restaurant. For dining outside of the historic district I highly recommend Toucan Cafe in Midtown.
Sign up for a walking tour and/or ghost tour while you’re in town. Try to see all of the squares but our favorite spot was City Market because they had live music most nights and you can catch a carriage ride or take pictures of the horses. Grab a grain alcohol frozen drink at Chilly Willy’s on the riverfront. Try out the locally made honey at the Savannah Bee Company. We really wanted to try Papillote but they were closed the entire time we were in town; I have received glowing recommendations for Papillote’s French inspired food.