Why You Need This Savannah, GA Travel Guide

Why You Need This Savannah, GA Travel Guide

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Updated: February 26, 2022

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Are you looking for that Southern town filled with charm, rich history, and beautiful landscaping? What about a town with the 3rd largest St. Patty’s day event in the U.S.A and a place where open containers are allowed throughout the historic city all year long?

Savannah, Georgia is a great place for bachelorette parties, weddings, and girls’ getaway trip. We had a destination wedding in Savannah, Georgia in February 2017. During that time I spent hours and hours researching the historic city, the local favorites, and the best of Savannah! This Savannah, GA travel guide will share some insight into why we love this coastal city and help you plan your next vacation.


Let’s get started: Savannah, Georgia Travel Guide

Savannah really is a magical city. If you have never visited Savannah before, navigation can initially be confusing. After learning the make-up of Savannah, you will be able to walk wherever you want to go.

Let me simplify the city for you: The city of Savannah is made up of many squares. You will often hear the names of Oglethorpe, Forsyth Park, Calhoun, Chatham, etc. These are the names of just a few of the many city squares. Each square looks different and is unique – part of Savannah’s charm!

Fun Fact: Spanish moss covers most of Savannah, making it a beautiful site for photographs. No moss, however, will be found in Johnson Square. Legend has it that this is due to paranormal activity! 👻

Map of wedding in Savannah, GA

Did You Know?! Forest Gump told his story on the bench in Chippewa Square. That bench is now located in Savannah’s History Museum.

Best Time To Visit

Savannah can be HOT and humid! Keep that in mind when planning your trip. I was nervous when planning a February wedding – I even bought my bridesmaids a fur shawl to keep them from being too cold. It ended up being a beautiful, sunny day in the 70’s!

Peak Season (March – July)

Peak season begins with the popular St. Patty’s day festival in March. Average temperatures range from 70-90 degrees. During this time, be prepared for lots of crowds as tourism is at its peak with schools being out for the summer.

Shoulder Season (August – December)

As fall creeps in, you will start to see a drop in crowds and temperature! You may even get lucky and find some cheaper lodging prices during this time; just shop around for those good deals! I like using hotels.com. The average fall temperatures range between 40-70 degrees.

Off Season (January – February)

The winter months is a great time to visit Savannah, Georgia. Crowds are low. Prices drop. Average temperatures range anywhere from upper 30- 60 degrees. You may need to bring some warm clothes, but check the weather before packing because you could have a sunny day in the 70’s like I did on my wedding day in February!

CrowdsTemperature
Peak Season Busy70-90 degrees; Humid and Hot
Shoulder SeasonLess Busy 40-70 degrees
Off Season Low Crowds30-60 degrees; Can have warm days

Lodging

Location, location, location! That’s what my mama always says…. and it’s so true when staying in Savannah. Savannah is a very walkable city depending on where you stay- just be careful of the cobble stones and bring some good shoes!

  1. Bed and Breakfasts – It should be no surprise that the first place on my list of recommendations is the Forsyth Park Inn. Not only is it right in the heart of Forsyth Park Square, but it’s also where we got married! It’s a quaint inn with attentive service and a delicious breakfast served every morning.
Forsyth Park Inn in Savannah, Georgia
  1. Airbnb – There are many Victorian style homes that are available to be booked in downtown Savannah. These homes are gorgeous and a great option for a group of friends or large families. Try to find a home that is within walking distance to the action! Parking can be a challenge and, not only that, Savannah is such a walkable city with some fun transportation options!
  1. Hotels- According to US News & World Report, the top 3 hotels in Savannah, GA (2021) are Perry Lane Hotel/A Luxury Collection, Mansion on Forsyth Park, and The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. There are many other hotels in Savannah to choose from, depending on your budget, style, etc.

Fun Fact: The Mansion on Forsyth Park is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, so if you are a Marriott member you can use points here!

Hotels in Savannah: Cheap hotels

HotelStarsDiscountPrice before and discountSelect dates
Hyatt Regency Savannah★★★★--View hotel
The Marshall House, Historic Inns of Savannah Collection★★★★--View hotel
Planters Inn on Reynolds Square★★★--View hotel
Holiday Inn Express Savannah - Historic District, an IHG Hotel★★--View hotel
Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District★★★--View hotel
River Street Inn★★★★--View hotel
Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront★★★--View hotel
Best Western Central Inn★★★--View hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Historic Savannah★★★--View hotel
The Inn on West Liberty★★★★--View hotel

Restaurants

Mrs. Wilkes

Mother and daughter standing in front of Wilkes House in Savannah, GA

Hours: Monday – Friday | 11a-2p

Price: $$

OMG! This is Southern cooking at its best.

Make sure you go hungry. Mrs. Wilkes is not your traditional restaurant. All meals are served in a family-style fashion. ** Cash only **

COVID-19 Update: The dining room is closed for social distancing. Currently Mrs. Wilkes is using outdoor seating or pick-up service.

The Olde Pink House

Olde Pink House at Reynolds Square in Savannah, Georgia

Price: $$$

The Olde Pink House is where we had our wedding reception. It is also where we took some “Northern” friends to experience fried chicken!

Located on Reynolds Square in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, The Old Pink House is Savannah’s only 18th century mansion. The restaurant is an upscale dining experience in a casual, Southern atmosphere.

The Olde Pink House recently underwent some renovations in early 2019 after catching on fire from a Christmas Tree on the second floor. The restaurant is up and running and reports indicate the majority of the architecture was able to be preserved!

Better Than Sex: A Dessert Restaurant

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday | 6p-12a — Sunday | 5-11p

Price: $$

I have heard nothing but great things about this restaurant! It’s on my bucket list of places to try 😋

Elizabeth’s On 37th

Hours: Sunday – Saturday | 6-9pm

Price: $$$$

Located in the Victorian District, Elizabeth’s on 37th serves a delicious fine dining experience.

Vic’s On The River

Hours: Sunday – Saturday | 11a – 3p | 5-10p

Price: $$$

Vic’s On The River is in a great location overlooking the Savannah River and Historic River Street.

The restaurant is located in a beautiful old cotton warehouse with live music provided every night.

Honorable Mention: Gryphon Tea Room

This was a wonderful place for our bridesmaid luncheon. They serve brunch, lunch, and a delectable tea service with an assortment of cookies and crackers. The Gryphon Tea Room has a quaint atmosphere, surrounded by stained glass and mahogany book cases. Dating back to the 1840’s, it used to be a drugstore.

** Check websites to confirm hours **

Attractions

There are so many things to do in Savannah! Just walking the cities, sightseeing, and enjoying the beautiful scenery can fill one of your days. If you are like me and enjoy having something planned out, there are numerous fun things for all ages.

Disclaimer: I have not done all of these things, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look fun!! 🤪

According to USA today, Savannah is one of America’s 10 most haunted cities! Not only is there tons of history within the city limits of Savannah, but there is also believed to be lots of paranormal activity as well!!

Savannah Trolley Tour

Savannah, GA Trolley Tour

Check out Old Savannah Tours or Old Town Trolley Savannah Tours. If you want a laugh, there is a company that even offers a comedy tour! And as you can see, they even offer wedding packages to help get from point A to point B!

These tours are powered by you! You drive the bike. I know, I know. Who wants to work that hard?! Well, it’s a 15 person bicycle AND you can take alcohol aboard as long as you abide to Savannah’s open container laws.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

bride and groom in horse drawn carriage downtown Savannah, GA

Check out the Savannah Carriage Tours or Carriage Tours of Savannah!

Transportation

Pedi Cabs 🚴

Pedicabs run on tips only when taken within the Historic District. If you see a pedicab sitting out, you can grab it and they will drive you to your desired destination. You can also give the pedicab company a call and they’ll send a cab out to pick you up!

Are you ready for your Savannah, GA getaway?!

I hope you found this Savannah, GA travel guide information helpful! Thoughts or specific questions? Let me know!!! 👇

Until next time!

xxx Sara + Josh

Savannah, GA Travel FAQs

When is the best time of year to visit Savannah, Georgia?

Savannah can be HOT🥵 and humid! Keep that in mind when planning your trip.

Peak Season (March – July)

Peak season begins with the popular St. Patty’s day festival in March. Average temperatures range from 70-90 degrees. During this time, be prepared for lots of crowds as tourism is at its peak with schools being out for the summer.

Shoulder Season (August – December)

As fall creeps in, you will start to see a drop in crowds and temperature! You may even get lucky and find some cheaper lodging prices during this time; just shop around for those good deals! I like using hotels.com. The average fall temperatures range between 40-70 degrees.

Off Season (January – February)

The winter months is a great time to visit Savannah, Georgia. Crowds are low. Prices drop. Average temperatures range anywhere from upper 30- 60 degrees. You may need to bring some warm clothes, but check the weather before packing because you could have a sunny day in the 70’s.

What is the hottest month in Savannah, Georgia?

Average temperatures between Mary – July range from 70-90 degrees. During this time, be prepared for lots of crowds as tourism is at its peak with schools being out for the summer.

What square in Savannah was Forrest Gump?

Forest Gump told his story on the bench in Chippewa Square.

Where is the Forrest Gump bench in Savannah?

That bench is now located in Savannah’s History Museum.

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Sara & Josh

While Sara and Josh may be new to the travel blogging world, that doesn't mean they lack knowledge or experience in booking bougie vacations. With a talent for finding travel deals, Sara and Josh are here to teach YOU some of their tricks to traveling "bougie on a budget." Learn more about their story and please reach out with any questions or comments via e-mail at: [email protected].

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  1. Ginny

    Great recommendations!! We always enjoy our time in Savannah, too, and we can’t wait to get back – we’ll try out your tips during our next visit! And what a fabulous location for a destination wedding. Just love the gorgeous photo of you two leaving in the carriage from all the fun times at The Olde Pink House. Two thumbs up to your recommendation of Vic’s – always a worthwhile stop either for lunch or dinner. (And for the adventurous at heart, nothing quite compares to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah!)
    Agree also with Mansion on Forsyth Park from the Kessler Collection – an elegant and comfortable place to stay (and yes to using Marriott points!), full of beautiful artwork, antiques and inspirational design featuring exquisite fine dining at 700 Drayton, all within walking distance to several famous squares and lovely boutiques, grocery and wine shops (like the ultra cool landmark: Johnnie Ganem’s), the gracious Gryphon tea room at The Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Mercer Williams House Museum featured prominently in the Clint Eastwood film, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”!

  2. Gabe Mackelmore

    This place is totally awesome! Cheap hotels in Savannah GA make it one of the best or top vacation destinations around! I really love what they have done and how sites like https://www.visitsavannah.com/hotels-motels really promote and advertise the place

    1. Sara & Josh

      It is one of our favorite places to visit as well! 😊

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