We are full of all kinds of new and exciting things here at The I Do List in the month of August. Last week, we launched our new Q+A series taking questions asked by members of our community and sharing the answers with you right here on the blog. You can check it out here if you missed it. And today, we’re launching another new series, The Honeymoon List. In this monthly series, we’ll showcase honeymoon options at varying budgets – $1,000, $3,000, and $5,000.
We’re kicking it off today with one of my favorite souther cities, Savannah, Georgia. Nestled in southern Georgia, Savannah is the quintessential southern town full of historic charm and history. But, over the last few years, it’s also become a mecca of impeccable dining. However, it’s still incredibly affordable to visit with hotel and dining moderately priced and plenty of free and affordable things to do while visiting. Check out our recommendations below complete with estimated costs and a sample itinerary for your stay.
Location | Savannah, Georgia
How to Get There
If you’re traveling from nearby, Savannah is easily accessible by car. However, if it’s too far of a drive for you, there is an airport in Savannah. However, it might be more affordable to fly into Jacksonville International (JAX – Jacksonville, FL) or Atlanta Hartsfield (ATL – Atlanta, GA) and rent a car. It’s only a two hour drive from Jacksonville and a four hour drive from Atlanta. Since the cost of travel can vary greatly based upon your location and time of year, travel fees are not included in the overall budget.
Number of Nights
To keep costs down, plan on staying three nights in this charmingly historic town. By staying fewer nights, you can still experience everything the city has to offer, enjoying the amazing attractions and dining to their fullest.
Where to Stay
There are a number of hotels in historic downtown Savannah within walking distance of everything you could possibly want to see, do, and eat. My favorite options (booked through Priceline) include
- Hotel Indigo | $164/night Avg. Set in beautiful Ellis Square, the building that houses Hotel Indigo was once the dry-storage facility of mega merchant Simon Guckenheimer housing everything from tobacco to canned peaches. It’s right next door to city market and just blocks away from the cities charming squares and famed River Street. Breakfast available but not complimentary.
- Courtyard by Marriott | $169/night Avg. Located in Savannah’s downtown historic district, everything you could want to see and do is within walking distance of this beautiful hotel. Courtyard Marriott offers parking and breakfast on site (both an additional charge). They also have an outdoor pool if you’ve got relaxation on the brain. d
- Springhill Suites | $155/night Avg. Springhill Suites is conveniently located steps from all Savannah has to offer. Located on a quiet street, you’ll sleep beautifully at night after a day on the town eating, drinking, and shopping. As an added bonus, Springhill Suites also includes a complimentary breakfast.
What to Do
Full of history, there is no shortage of attractions to see in Savannah. If history isn’t you’re thing though, don’t worry. There is still plenty to do and see in the town. Here are a few of our favorite attractions
- Tybee Island | Free A short 20 minute drive from historic downtown, spend the day relaxing on the beach at Tybee Island. Climb the lighthouse, visit the shops, take a dolphin cruise, and dine on fresh seafood at one of the island’s many restaurants. It’s a fun day trip outside of the city and a beautiful sight to see.
- Forsyth Park | Free Arguably Savannah’s most famous square is Forsyth Park. Pick up baguettes to-go from Cafe M and enjoy a picnic in the park. Also home to a Confederate Memorial and the famed Forsyth Fountain, you can spend an entire day relaxing under the oaks.
- City Market | Free City Market, located right next to Hotel Indigo, is full of can’t miss shops and restaurant. Sit outside and enjoy the the sights and southern breeze while you eat. After lunch, pop over to Byrd Cookie Company for a delicious post meal treat.
- Olde Town Trolley Tours | $30 Per Person This hop-on hop-off tour day long tour is the best way to see all the city has to offer. With over 100 points of interest, there’s something for everybody.
- Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace | $15 Per Person Tour Girl Scouts of America founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace in this one of a kind house museum. You’ll learn not only about the organization but the amazing woman that founded it, seeing the room where she made the famed phone call in 1912 that started the organization. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but advanced purchase is suggested during peak season (June + July) and around holidays.
- Savannah Ghost Tours | $17 Per Person See a different side of Savannah through the windows of a retired Hearse. Travel through the streets and cemeteries hearing stories of the spirits and ghosts that are believed to haunt Savannah. Not into spooky scary? That’s okay, you’re guide will keep you laughing throughout your entire 75 minute tour. Reservations required.
Where to Eat
- Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room | $22 per person This famed Savannah eatery specializes in classic southern fare including fried chicken, cornbread dressing, sweet potato soufflé, black eyed peas, okra, gumbo, and more served family style every day. Doors open Monday – Friday at 11 am. Get there early though as they don’t take reservations and are only open till 2.
- Leopolds | Ice Cream and Sandwiches at or below $10 per person This iconic Savannah restaurant has been serving up homemade ice cream for almost a century with a recipe that hasn’t changed since 1919. Sit at their marble soda fountain or grab a cone and walk the streets. Although their known for their ice cream, they also have a cafe that serves up delicious southern sandwiches daily.
- Public Kitchen + Bar | $12-$15 per person for lunch; $15-$25 per person dinner With a farm to table mission, Public Kitchen + Bar strives to serve dishes with only the best ingredients. They have elevated the casual dining experience in this mid century designed space. Serving lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sundays, Public is local and tourist favorite.
- Treylor Park | Appx. $15 per person Serving up seasonal cocktails, craft beer, and local fare, Treylor Park prides themselves on quality over quantity. Their modern southern pub food is mouthwatering and provides options for everyone with shareables, pizza, tacos, southern classics and sandwiches.
- Cafe M | Options at and below $11 per person This charming French inspired cafe serves up a wonderful assortment of pastries, croissants, baguettes, and sandwiches 7 days a week from 8 am – 3 pm. Dine in the cafe or pick up something to-go for a delicious picnic in Forsyth park.
- Wiley’s Championship BBQ | Appx. $15 per person Set just outside of historic downtown, this place is worth the drive. Plus, what’s a trip to the south without a BBQ meal. Serving up everything from ribs to brisket to chicken, you can’t go wrong at Wiley’s. Don’t forget to order a side of their award winning grits while you’re there!
- Rocks on the Roof | Tapas $11-$22 per person Located on the roof of the Bohemian Hotel, you can dine on savory tapas around the fire pit or just grab a drink and admire the breathtaking view of the river. Open daily at 11 am (breakfast + brunch available downstairs at Rocks on the River) with live entertainment (call for details).
- Jen’s and Friends | Pricing Unavailable This cozy bar is a local staple featuring hundreds of different martini’s from birthday cake to s’mores and rice crispy treat. Each even comes with a snack size garnish on the rim!
- Moon River Brewing Company | Most options under $15 per person Moon River is a craft brewery and beer pub located in one of the oldest buildings in downtown. On top of that, it’s haunted! Enjoy their beer garden, pub, and hand crafted beers every night of the week!
- Southbound Brewing Company | Brewery Tours at $15 per person (includes 32 oz. of beer) Located on the outskirts of historic downtown, Southbound Brewing is serving up some of the Southeast’s best craft beers. Stop by for happy hour or a post dinner drink as the brewery does not serve food.
For 3 nights at Hotel Indigo plus 8 meals for 2 people (lunch + dinner on day 1, breakfast + lunch + dinner on day 2 and 3) the approximate cost is as follows:
$492: 3 nights at Hotel Indigo
$265: 8 meals each for 2 people not including tax, tip, and beverages
$60: Trolley Tour for 2 people
$34: Ghost Tour for 2 people
$150: Drinks + Dessert
Total = $1,001 (does not include travel, tax, and tip)