Dustin and I had a B-L-A-S-T on our honeymoon in Savannah, Georgia in May this year and I had to share some of the highlights with you. It's been so sweet just writing this post to reminisce over the memories we made - we can't wait to visit again sometime! I thought I'd break it down into sections for you:
Before you take Savannah, Georgia
Before your trip, I would HIGHLY recommend ordering a map of the historic district! My husband did this prior to our trip and it really helped orient ourselves to the city once we arrived and plan activities in advance that we knew we wanted to do.
Also, I would decide as you're looking at hotels if you'd like to stay in the historic district or riverside. For our trip, we decided to split the trip to save money (discussed further in the resort accommodations recommendations). We found that it really changes your experience depending on what you're looking for, so checking out where resorts are located on a map in relation to activities you'll be doing is V important.
Savannah is a very "walking friendly" city so keep in mind it's much easier to explore if you stay near the historic district or riverside so you can easily walk.
Resort Accomodations Recommendations
The first resort we stayed at was a Hilton Honors Tapestry Collection hotel called the Cotton Sail Hotel. I highly recommend the Hilton Honors program if you're saving up for a big trip like a honeymoon. I saved up points for about a year leading up to our honeymoon and only had to pay about $75 for our two nights' stay here!
Valet parking is super easy right at the front of the hotel and is only $20 (TOTALLY worth it with as much walking as you do in Savannah.
We really enjoyed staying on River Street and listening to the music, walking around in the shops and feeling the breeze coming off the river. It's a little bit of a walk to the other end of the historic district but totally do-able!
The second place we stayed is called The Gastonian Inn. We stayed in the Casimir Pulaski room if you check out the different options on the site. It's super dreamy inside, they serve breakfast on a silver platter each morning to your room (definitely a first for this girl!) and dessert and snacks each evening.
It's located very close to many of the beautiful historic squares downtown and we parked about a block away in designated parking that they have for The Gastonian Inn.
If you're looking for a "bed and breakfast" feel to your visit to Savannah (and want to splurge a tad), The Gastonian is your place!
Keep in mind it's not on the water so the river is quite a walk but definitely doable!
The first place we LOVED was The Pirate's House!
Savannah’s World Famous Pirates’ House is located on one of the most historic spots in Georgia. It was first opened in 1753 as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a meeting point for pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Since then, The Pirates’ House has been entertaining visitors! You guys totally have to go. The food was great, the waiters were dressed up like pirates giving tours of the house as you're eating your meal!
The Wyld Dock Bar was another favorite! We loved this local spot near the water. You could tell it's a local spot due to the number of local license plates in the long gravel parking lot leading up to the restaurant (you know it's good when that's the case!).
Also, isn't my hubby cute?!
Our dinner was great (mine pictured below). I got their twice cooked pork tacos and they were FAB. We also tried their quail and rabbit sausage (which sounded gross when I read it on the menu) and it was SO good!
We both agree that our favorite food in Savannah - HANDS down and bar none - was The Grey Market. We realllllly wanted to go to The Grey while we were there but needed to plan further ahead (apparently you have to get reservations weeks in advance). So next time, The Grey, we're comin' for ya!
We visited The Grey Market twice on our trip - the first time for breakfast and the second time for lunch. Breakfast was amazing! I had a traditional "eggs bacon grits" kind of meal and Dustin had a biscuit sandwich. The coffee was amazing and the atmosphere is really neat!
For lunch, I had their rotisserie chicken and a salad (to DIE for) and Dustin had their burger and potato wedges. If you know my husband, he's definitely a foodie! You know when he says, "This is the most amazing burger I've ever put in my mouth!" you're onto something good!
Way to go, The Grey Market, for stealing our hearts and our bellies!
One of our favorite things to explore were the historic squares all throughout downtown! This is another time where the map (discussed in the Before You Take Savannah section) comes in handy!
Make sure to visit the beautiful Forsyth Park fountain - a classic Savannah site and check out the history and the beauty of each of the squares.
Recognize a beloved movie scene from the picture above?
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We also really enjoyed a dolphin boat tour that we did on Tybee Island (about 15 minutes outside of the city). We sailed on Captain Derek's Dolphin Adventure Tour. If you know me you know I love love dolphins so this was a real treat! We were on the boat for about an hour and a half and they told us all about Tybee Island, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse and more!
They are known for something pretty neat on their sunset cruises. They take you out and then as the sun is setting behind Cockspur Island Lighthouse they will circle around it a few times until everyone gets the perfect photo of the sun setting in the background - GORGEOUS!
We also really enjoyed our tour of Savannah with Old Savannah Tours! They took us all over the historic district and shared so much info that was so neat to learn since by that point we had been wandering around the "squares" for days.
In addition to exploring Historic Savannah sites, they fill their Savannah Tours with historical re-enactors who bring Savannah’s history to life!
The last thing we did that I absolutely loved was visiting the Wormsloe State Historic Site. It's a gorgeous avenue shaded by live oaks and Spanish moss that will absolutely take your breath away!
Hope this helps you with some ideas for your next visit to Savannah! If you've never been, I highly recommend it!
Your biggest cheerleader,
Rebecca Dotson George