Top 6 Things To Do in Savannah, Georgia

Our Weekend in Savannah, Georgia

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

 In light of Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted the inaugural DTW Travel post to be about last year’s Lil Big V-Day trip to super romantic Savannah, Georgia.

Traveling to Savannah, GA

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and known for its quaint cobblestone streets, squares and parks, and historic buildings. I had visited numerous times while in undergrad (Hi, SCAD friends!), but since Big had never been, and JetBlue had an awesome sale, I found myself with roundtrip tickets to America’s Most Haunted City for Valentine’s Day 2016.

Our flights costed $49 RT per person, or 7,000 JetBlue True Blue points each.

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At Laguardia, waiting to board and mid-munch

Big and I wanted to keep a low budget for the trip, because I still had $75k left on my $100k student loans. This article will detail our top 6 budget-friendly activities in Savannah.

We left from Laguardia airport around noon on Friday. The flight was a quick 2hrs 30min and grabbed an Uber from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to our Airbnb. We arrived with plenty of time to explore the neighborhood and settle into our adorable Airbnb cottage before getting ready for dinner.

1. Use Uber versus Rental Cars

We spent $28 on our way to our Airbnb and $14 on our way to the airport, totaling $32 in Uber fares for our weekend in Savannah.

Uber and Lyft are great alternatives to taxis and rental cars in Savannah.  It turned out to be cheaper to grab an Uber from and to the airport than it was to rent a car for 2 days and having to deal with parking, potential tickets, and wasted time at the rental counter. Uber and Lyft are cheaper than taxis by 10-15%; powered by WAZE/Google maps so if you veer off-route for any number of reasons, you can contact Customer Service for a fee adjustment/refund; and super convenient to request via app.

So if you’re staying in Savannah proper, consider walking or biking around to enjoy the parks and amazing architecture and using Uber for longer distances or late night commutes. Feel free to use our referral link to get up to $20 off your first ride! We also love Lyft, and if you use our referral link, you’ll get $15 off your first ride in eligible cities (but unfortunately, Savannah isn’t one of them).

2. Stay at an Airbnb vs Hotels

Our Airbnb costed $289 for 2 weekend nights.

This was a bit of a splurge for us, but we saved by being in a central location (no need for rental car, which saved us at least $40) and having access to a kitchen (we cooked a couple of meals, which saved us at least $60).

There were many more affordable rental options in similar locations, ranging from $50-80/night, but they had shared common spaces. We aren’t completely opposed to sharing a space with the hosts (we opted for this in Chicago in April 2016!), but this was our first trip together, plus Valentine’s Day weekend, so yeah.. <3

Yeah, we could have stayed at a hotel and used our hotel points, but where’s the charm in that? Savannah’s architectural styles range from simple Colonial to Victorian and everything in between, and Airbnb offers many rentals in these stunning, historic homes.

Our Airbnb rental

We stayed in a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom suite (with a gorgeous clawfoot tub in a bathroom the size of my Manhattan apartment at the time) attached to the owner’s home with a private entrance and courtyard, located in the Thomas Trolley Historic District, and a convenient walk to just about everything!

Checking in and out was super easy as the key to the cottage was kept in a lockbox in the courtyard. The owners left a great guidebook with personal recommendations and other resources in the living room for us, as well as an ample supply of kitchen and bath necessities.

These personal touches make Airbnb such a great alternative to hotels, especially ones with flexible check-in and central location. Airbnb’s are typically cheaper than hotels, especially if you do an extended stay (many hosts offer discounts for stays 1 week or longer).

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Super huge bedroom with king-sized bed and faux fireplace
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Checking out the giant bathroom and beautiful bath tub!
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Making sure we can log on to the hosts’ wifi – yay Apple TV!
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Our neighborhood – SO picturesque with the cobblestone and Spanish moss

3. Zunzi’s

$ and 4.5 stars on Yelp. South African sandwiches. Eat here. You’ll thank us later.

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The Godfather and the Conquistador – saaaauce!
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Awesome saaaauce!

4. Dinner at Elizabeth on 37th

Y’all. This place is a splurge, but a MUST (hence, it made this list and many others). There are so many other places to eat affordably, so you can reward yourself with a wonderful meal here.

Southern coastal food set in a 1900’s mansion, dinner here was dreamy. Dessert is a must. At $$$ and 4.5 stars out of 291 reviews on Yelp and ranked #27 out of 667 restaurants in Savannah on Tripadvisor, Big and I ultimately decided that this would be our “fancy meal” of the trip – we don’t regret our decision at all.

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We scoped out the restaurant while exploring the neighborhood – it’s stunning both inside and out
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Cheers to kick off a whirlwind weekend in Savannah! Big decided to try a local brew by Service Brewing Co, a veteran-owned and operated craft brewery. Check them out here!

5. Forsyth Park 

This is the largest park in Savannah’s Historic District with over 30 acres. There were a couple of groups playing frisbee even at 9am on a Saturday in February! In the warmer months, there are concerts, a giant farmer’s market, picnic-ing, sunbathing,  capoeira, and good ol’ people watching.

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Snacking on a scone and sipping on coffee from the Sentient Bean, a highly rated fair-trade, organic coffee shop just south of Forsyth Park
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Big looking handsome with his coffee and with the famous Forsyth Park Fountain as his backdrop
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A closeup of the Forsyth Park Fountain

Walking north through the park, we were able to make our way through many of the 24 squares, one of which was featured in Forrest Gump (Chippewa Square). Be sure to look all around – the architecture is stunning!

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The famous Gingerbread House
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Cute trolley tour passing us – we opted to walk around the city, which was better for our wallets and waistlines

6. River Street

Very touristy, but worth a visit for the shopping, food, and views of the waterfront! The cobblestone streets are lined with old cotton warehouses turned colorful specialty shops on one side and the Savannah River on the other. Check out more here.

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The famous River Street Sweets  and their pralines – stop in for a free sample!
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The ubiquitous Spanish moss
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Big and super steep stairs by River Street
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Relaxing after a long walk through the Historic District and River Street on the rooftop bar at the Bohemian Hotel, Rocks on the Roof
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Taking a break from checking out the shops and galleries at City Market to enjoy some live music and scroll through photos

Honorable mentions: 

Treylor Park – $$ and 4.5 stars on Yelp; great for lunch! Get the peanut butter jelly wings and sit on the back patio.

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Foxy Loxy – $ and 4.5 stars on Yelp; excellent coffee and pastries! Sit for a little while in the garden patio, then make your way upstairs to sit under their giant tee-pee/gazebo structure.

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Sipping coffee Sunday morning on an enchanting garden patio – only in Savannah, only at Foxy Loxy
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Being giant kids under a giant tee-pee

The Ordinary Pub – $$ and 4.5 stars on Yelp; a cool basement bar in the heart of the shopping district on Broughton St; go during happy hour for $3 craft beers!

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At the Ordinary Pub for some local brews before catching an Uber back to the airport

Sexy Spreadsheet for Savannah, GA

Big and I did a bunch of research before our first flight together to make sure we stayed within a reasonable budget and maximized our time there. Here’s a cleaned up version of our sexy Excel spreadsheet:

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A spreadsheet of things to do and eat in Savannah, plus reflections

Click here to download the .xls file: Lil Big Travels – Savannah Spreadsheet

Cost Breakdown:

  • Flight: 0 (points)
  • Transportation: $32
  • Housing: $289
  • Food: ~$200
  • Alcohol: $60
  • Coffee shops: $20
  • Shopping: 0
  • Total: ~$600 or $300 per person

This was an amazing first Valentine’s Day trip for us. We are pretty happy with how we stretched our budget while still enjoying ourselves and experiencing Savannah to the fullest. The spreadsheet we made was helpful, because it allowed us to see where we could save and where we could allocate those savings to.

Hope you enjoyed this roundup of our favorite Savannah spots and found our tips useful!

Do you have any recommendations not listed on our spreadsheet? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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Here’s the health and wealth,

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10 Replies to “Top 6 Things To Do in Savannah, Georgia

  1. This is a great post. My daughter in-law goes to College in Macon, Georgia. She also travels to Savannah to see friends so I will definitely share this with her 🙂

  2. Sounds like you had a great trip! I love Savannah and will be going there with my fiancé in November for a wedding. Thanks for the great ideas of how we can entertain ourselves for the long weekend! 🙂
    xo, SC // SCsScoop.com

    1. Have a great time! Hopefully your trip coincides with the food and wine festival – if you want more after your friend’s wedding haha 😛

  3. I love your sprea sheet idea to ensure you stay within bidget. Pics were great as well you guys looked and sounded as though you enjoyed it and especially since it only cost $600 in total that’s awesome!

    1. Thanks for reading! Budgets are super helpful for us, especially since I had student loans to pay off at that time

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