A Savannah honeymoon combines Southern charm effortlessly with the latest trends in design, food and the arts. The oldest city in Georgia offers a mix of culture, history, nightlife, and waterfront and beach life to fill your honeymoon days with romance and excitement. Famed for its cobblestone streets, historic buildings and graceful fountains and gardens. Savannah is also rated as one of the world’s friendliest cities, making it one of the most appealing destinations for a romantic getaway.
The city has a variety of cultural and outdoor activities to satisfy all tastes. Discover the historic downtown and the famous squares, fountains and gardens on foot or by bike. Hundreds of moss-covered oak trees add a romantic and gothic backdrop to your explorations. Walk along picturesque River Street, where the cobblestones come from around the world. They were carried to Savannah as ballast on the ships that anchored here in the age of sail.
Walking, hiking and biking in the parks are favorite outdoor activities. Paddle boarding and kayaking in the three rivers or the backwaters are a good way to get close to nature. Sailing and boat trips and championship golf courses will add fresh air and beautiful scenery to the city experience.
As well as its historic architecture, the city is home to a well regarded philharmonic orchestra and ballet theatre. You’ll also find jazz, alt-rock and pretty much everything in between at different music venues across town. Savannah also has the reputation of being the spookiest city in the south, and you can do a ghost tour or even stay in a haunted inn.
In food as in everything else, Savannah combines tradition and trending in its unique style. Sample some of the finest southern comfort foods, get a taste of shrimp and grits as they should be, and dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, at meals accompanied by local beers and spirits from craft breweries and distilleries.
Choosing your accommodations will be part of the fun of planning your Savannah honeymoon, since there are so many options, each more intriguing than the last. Hotels and motels to suit all budgets and tastes, historic inns, B and B’s, RV and camping sites, and even haunted hotels – whichever you choose, you’ll leave with unforgettable memories of Southern hospitality.
At a Glance
- Savannah was founded in 1733 where the Savannah River meets the Atlantic. It’s the oldest city in Georgia and has preserved its historic buildings, homes, gardens, cemeteries and places of worship.
- Take a walk along the waterfront River Street downtown to admire the historic buildings. Check out the shops and stop for a meal at an elegant restaurant.
- Tybee Beach is just a short hop from downtown. Head out as locals do for miles of sandy beach, historic sites and seafood restaurants.
- To get your fill of historic architecture, visit the 18th century Cathedral of St John the Baptist and the eerie Bonaventure Cemetery with its Victorian statues and lush gardens.
- Visit the Telfair Museums and check out the mysterious statue of The Bird Girl. The statue was previously located in the Bonaventure cemetery where it became famous as the cover for the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, set in Savannah.
- The Savannah College of Art and Design museum showcases art and fashion created by students and faculty. Artwork and textiles are available for sale at the museum shop and at galleries around the Historic District.
- A bike tour, on your own or with a guide, is a good way to discover the city and its gardens and trees. Forsyth Park is a favorite destination for outdoor activity and the site of music festivals in the summer. The iconic great fountain is a good place for selfies, too.
- Savannah is famous for its shopping, with everything from trendy boutiques to farmers markets. Take a stroll through City Market, check out the art galleries and stop for a meal.
- Enjoy the many different styles of cuisine you’ll find in and around the city – seafood, Southern, barbecue, Lowcountry, British and much more.
- Enjoy a romantic drink or dinner at one of the many rooftop restaurants in the city.
- Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to complete the perfect honeymoon experience.
- Bring a picnic to Forsyth Park and spend a quiet day together in beautiful natural surroundings.
- Plan a springtime visit to Savannah when the entire city is fragrant with the smell of magnolia and honeysuckle blossoms, and the azalea bloom in the gardens.
- Take a dinner or moonlight cruise around the harbor on a riverboat, and gain a new perspective on the city’s architecture and history.
- GETTING THERE: Savannah Airport (SAV) is connected to over thirty destinations in the US and Canada. If you’re driving, I-95 or I-16 will bring you here. Amtrak and Greyhound also make stops in the city.
- GETTING AROUND: You can get around the downtown area on foot or bicycles, or travel in style in a carriage. There is also a free downtown trolley shuttle service. To visit other areas further out, you will need a car.
- WEATHER: The climate is classified as humid sub-tropical with long, hot and humid summers and short and mild winters. Spring and fall weather is pleasant and comfortable to be outdoors.
- WHEN TO GO: The best time to visit is in the early spring, from March to June, when the magnolia and honeysuckle are in full bloom. July and August are peak season, and it does get crowded. The weather is pleasant from September to November and the crowds are gone.