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Free Things to do in Savannah

Free Things to do in Savannah

Savannah, Georgia is one of the best-loved cities in the South.  There are endless choices of history and haunted tours, eclectic shopping spots, and fine dining.   The good news for visitors is there’s a also a lot of things things you can do here […]

Savannah Wedding Package for up to 20 Guests

Savannah Wedding Package for up to 20 Guests

• A Savannah Wedding Package for up to 20 Guests • For brides and grooms looking for more than an elopement, but less than a big, formal wedding, The Gastonian has a new Savannah wedding package.  It’s called the Romantic Garden Wedding Package, and it’s […]

Enjoy Pet-Friendly Savannah With Your Dog

Enjoy Pet-Friendly Savannah With Your Dog

Are you a dog-parent?  If so, you know the worst thing about travel is leaving your pet at home.  No matter how good the sitter or the kennel, it’s just doesn’t feel right to leave a member of the family behind.  The solution is easy if you’re headed to pet-friendly Savannah, Georgia — bring your dog with you and enjoy walking, touring, dining and shopping together!

Here’s a list of things you can do and places you can visit with your dog in downtown historic Savannah.

1) Take a Self-Guided Savannah Walking Tour

You’ll get to see the city at your own pace, and your pup will get training and exercise en route.  With 22 parks and squares, Savannah’s downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the US.   The historic district is a great place to to walk, and you’ll definitely find lots of “like-minded” dog owners out enjoying the city every day.

Take note of the convenient doggie waste receptacles Savannah has installed for you and your pup.  Most of the downtown squares have an in-ground waste receptacle, noted by a green metal lid with a white stencil of a dog on it.  You just open it by pressing a pedal with your foot, and you can dispose of whatever your dog left behind and continue on your walk.  You’ll even find doggie water fountains positioned at nose level for your dog.  There are two in Forsyth Park, one in Troupe Square, and another in Ellis Square.

Pet Friendly Savannah
Enjoying Forsyth Park in Savannah! — Photo by Dream Weaver Photos.


2) Go on a Pet-Friendly Savannah Tour

Several of the Tour Companies will allow well-mannered and leashed dogs on their tours.  Most walking tours are pet-friendly, including favorites like Savannah Dan, a familiar seersucker-clad guide who gives 90-minute walks through the historic district.  We recommend Oglethorpe Tours for a trolley tour if your dog prefers to ride.  But perhaps the most dog-centric tour you’ll find in Savannah is Oliver Bentley’s Historic Dog Walk Tour.  This is a history tour that’s all about your four-legged friend and includes a walk-about-bag of gluten-free healthy dog treats for the tour.  Oliver Bentley’s website is worth a visit for their fun video of dogs on tour.

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A dog-centric tour about to depart from Oliver Bentley’s on Wright Square.

3) Enjoy Pet-Friendly Savannah Dining

If you think you’ll be eating take-out in your hotel room for every meal just because you brought your dog, think again!  Check out the list of pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating below.   Savannah’s become quite the town for foodies over the past few years. Combine our love for food with our affection for dogs, and you’ve got a winning combination for pet-friendly restaurants.  Of course, dogs aren’t allowed to dine indoors, but that’s what the outdoor tables are for!  In fact, any time you see an outdoor table, you can almost guarantee your dog will be welcome.  Here’s a list of some of our favorite places you can take your dog.  (Be sure to call ahead if you’re headed out to a specific one listed here, as policies sometimes change!)


Pet-friendly Savannah dining
Beetnix Savannah Juice Bar on Broughton Street is a great place to stop for a healthy snack.


4) Indulge in Pet-Friendly Savannah Shopping for Yourself

You’ll find a welcome water bowl outside the doors of many favorite downtown shops.  Broughton Street is a shopping mecca in Savannah, so you’ll find lots of dog-friendly places to shop conveniently consolidated there.  Here are a few pet-friendly places we recommend if your dog loves browsing for a good sale as much as we do!


Sadie, whose website names her as the "proud owner" of Cherry Picked Consignments on Jones, would love to show your dog diva around Cherry Picked!
Sadie, whose website names her as the “proud owner” of Cherry Picked Consignments on Jones Street, would love to show your dog diva around Cherry Picked!

5) Go Pet-Friendly Savannah Shopping for Your Dog

If your pup prefers  shopping for high-end apparel, toys and snacks for himself, we recommend Woof Gang Bakery.  There are three locations in downtown Savannah: in City Market, on Drayton Street, and on River Street. You’ll find treats, dog toys, leashes, collars and accessories galore inside.  And Oliver Bentley’s isn’t just for tours.  They sell treats and gifts for dogs and their humans in their Wright Square storefront.

Pet-Friendly Savannah Shopping
Toys and treats for your dog can be found at Woof Gang Bakery — located on River Street, in City Market and on Drayton Street.


6) Stay at a Pet-friendly Savannah B&B

If your idea of a getaway includes first class accommodations, you’re in luck with Savannah’s choice of upscale pet-friendly establishments.  East Bay Inn,  Olde Harbour Inn and The Gastonian (starting May 1) in historic downtown Savannah are three pet-friendly inns in the heart of Savannah’s landmark historic district.  Each is a beautifully restored B&B in a true historic building, with original architectural features like tall ceilings and brick walls.  There’s lots of extras, complimentary WiFi, wine and hors d’oeuvres and breakfasts.  For your dog, there’s a small welcome gift at check-in and a nice selection of convenient-to-the-outdoors rooms.  (The Gastonian will be pet-friendly starting May 2016)

OHI Logo on Gray  Pet Friendly Savannah - The Gastonian  East Bay Inn Savannah pet-friendly hotel

With so many options, we hope you’re ready to take advantage of Savannah’s canine hospitality.  Book your next Savannah visit soon, and plan to bring your dog with you.   Book Here

East Bay Inn Savannah pet-friendly hotel
Book a stay with your dog at East Bay Inn.

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Book a Last Minute Savannah Getaway

Book a Last Minute Savannah Getaway

Lots of people aren’t fans of doing things last minute.  But there’s something to be said for an unexpected splurge now and then, and nothing fits the bill better than a last minute Savannah getaway. Just imagine, in a matter of hours, you could be […]

Where to Stay in Savannah

Where to Stay in Savannah

Deciding where to stay in Savannah is key to having a great vacation.   Here’s an infographic on six of the top historic inns in Savannah.  Each Inn here maintains top scores on TripAdvisor, is authentically historic, beautifully renovated and offers an abundance of amenities.  The […]

4 Ways to Have the Best St Patrick’s Day in Savannah

4 Ways to Have the Best St Patrick’s Day in Savannah

Just thinking about the potential for fun in Savannah next month has us shaking off our winter blues. St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and the concierges at Historic Inns of Savannah  have some suggestions for you. Here are four things they recommend for the best St Patrick’s Day ever this year:


1. Stay in a Haunted Hotel

Sound scary to you? Have another sip of liquid courage, brave up a bit and join us. We’ll admit the haunted reputation of Savannah plays second fiddle to the Irish shenanigans of St. Patrick’s Day; but that doesn’t mean the paranormal vibe disappears. Celebrate the spooky spirit of Savannah by booking a stay in a 19th century historic hotel or B&B. Who knows? You might run into one of our ghosts wearing green and sipping a to-go cup.  Hotels with a haunted reputation to consider:  The Marshall House, The Kehoe House, Eliza Thompson House and East Bay InnIf you’d like to check availability and rates at all of the inns together, click here: March 16 & 17 and March 18 & 19.

St Patrick's Day in Savannah - Stay in a Haunted Hotel: The Kehoe House.
Stay in a Haunted Hotel: The Kehoe House (pictured here) still has availability for the 2016 celebration.


2. Take a Haunted Pub Crawl

Continue with the theme of mixing spirits with spirits with one of Savannah’s most popular activities: a Haunted Pub Crawl. Our favorite pub crawls will be crawling on March 16, but not on St. Patrick’s Day. We recommend: Savannah Slow Ride and Cobblestone Tours; and we highly recommend reservations! Both of these tour companies will be closed on the 17th-19th, so if you do want to Pub Crawl, you’ll need to make it St Patrick’s Day eve.

St Patrick's Day in Savannah - Take a Haunted Pub Crawl for a fun twist with Savannah's spirits.
Take a Haunted Pub Crawl for a fun twist with Savannah’s spirits.

3. Watch the Parade

Take a break from the ghost hunting and start a search for a leprechaun amid the craziest green ensembles on March 17. The 2016 St Patrick’s Day parade starts at 10:15 am and winds around downtown for approximately three hours. All of the details for this years parade have not been unveiled yet, but the parade route doesn’t usually vary from year to year. Here’s last year’s parade map. We expect it to be much the same this year.

St Patrick's Day in Savannah - Parade watching in Savannah
Parade watching in Savannah is a given for the celebration.


4. Eat at One of Our Favorite Casual Savannah Restaurants.

Not-too-fancy, delicious fare will be easy to find if you head to one of our favorite fun spots.  These restaurants will be open on St. Patrick’s Day and are recommended by our concierges.
Jazz’d Tapas Bar  (52 Barnard St) will be open 4-10 on St Patrick’s day.
* Fire Street Food (13 E Perry) will have regular hours on March 17:  11 am-10 pm
* J Christopher’s (122 E. Liberty) – Closes at 3:30, but a great place for breakfast and lunch.
* Chive Seabar and Lounge (4 W. Broughton Street) – Open St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day in Savannah
Casual, fun dining options abound in Savannah during the St Patrick’s Day celebration days.

Here’s some more information about our hotels for a St. Patrick’s Day visit.  (Sorry, River Street fans…Olde Harbour Inn on River Street is already sold out.)

1) The Marshall House:

St Patrick's Day in Savannah - The Marshall House Hotel
The Marshall House

The Marshall House has been voted Best Haunted Hotel (USA Today) and Best Boutique Hotel in Savannah (Savannah Magazine), and it ranks right at the top of guests’ Savannah favorites on TripAdvisor, so it’s a great choice. This hotel is on Broughton Street and boasts one of Savannah’s  finest restaurants and a very upbeat and popular lounge, 45 Bistro, on its first floor. Built in 1851, The Marshall House has  sixty-eight  guest rooms. Its Broughton Street location is a hot spot for a spirited good time for parade-goers. There’s still availability for some rooms at this centrally-located hotel. We recommend a visit to their website or a phone call to work out the best room for you.  Book a Room Here and Get an Exclusive 10% Discount.

2) The East Bay Inn: 

St Patrick's Day in Savannah - East Bay Inn
East Bay Inn

Located directly on the parade route, this Inn is always popular for parade- and people-watching. The East Bay Inn is perfectly situated for walking through the party…then taking a break…and then re-joining the fun at your own leisure. This Inn is small and intimate — with only 28 guest rooms, and its location on the parade route, it always sells out.  Give them a call if this sounds like your kind of place to enjoy the event.  Book a Room Here and Get an Exclusive 10% Discount.

3) The Eliza Thompson House:

Two blocks off the parade route, the Inn is located in the

St Patrick's Day in Savannah - Eliza Thompson House
Eliza Thompson House

heart of residential historic Savannah.  Here you’ll be just a couple of blocks from Forsyth Park and the green’d fountain.  It’s near Savannah’s decorated squares and popular historic sites, and has its own secret Savannah garden. Highly recommended by guests on TripAdvisor, the Eliza Thompson House is a remarkable small hotel and makes a memorable place to stay.  Book a Room Here and Get an Exclusive 10% Discount.

4) The Kehoe House:

Classic and

St Patrick's Day in Savannah - The Kehoe House
The Kehoe House

sophisticated, The Kehoe House Bed and Breakfast Inn is located on Columbia Square.  It is central to the parade and is just one block off Bay Street and two blocks from the River Street festivities.  It’s right around the corner from The Marshall House, so it’s convenient to Broughton Street, City Market, and River Street.  However, this 4-diamond Inn has only 13 guest rooms, and will positively be sold out soon; so contact The Kehoe House soon if you wish to book here. Book a Room Here and Get an Exclusive 10% Discount.

5) The Gastonian:

For fans of elegance, sophistication, and the fun of Forsyth

St Patrick's Day in Savannah - The Gastonian
The Gastonian

Park, this is a four-diamond hotel of choice, as it’s located one block away from the famous green’d fountain. This award-winning inn is located in a residential neighborhood, near all the fun, but in an excellent position to provide a peaceful, truly relaxing Savannah afternoon after the party. Of the six Inns in the B&B of Savannah collection, this is the most peaceful Inn during the celebrations. Parking should be less troublesome here than in other parts of the city.  Book a Room Here and Get an Exclusive 10% Discount.


Wherever you choose to stay, we do hope to see you in Savannah!

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How to Plan an Historic Savannah, GA Elopement

How to Plan an Historic Savannah, GA Elopement

It couldn’t be easier or more fun to plan a Savannah elopement.   Here are six steps we recommend for booking a Savannah Elopement Package with Historic Inns / Bed & Breakfasts of Savannah. 1.  Select an Inn You’ve already chosen Savannah, so you’re on the […]

Six Romantic Savannah Getaways

Six Romantic Savannah Getaways

US News & World Report Travel recently ranked Savannah as the nation’s #5 Best Romantic Getaway.  With that kind of endorsement, a romantic Savannah getaway should definitely be in your plans!  Here are six historic Savannah inns that specialize in romantic Savannah getaways. The Kehoe House […]

Get Married in Savannah!  2016 Elopement & Wedding Packages

Get Married in Savannah! 2016 Elopement & Wedding Packages

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Elopements and weddings don’t get any more romantic than the ones set in historic Savannah. There’s just something about the moss-covered oak trees, azaleas and cobblestones that make an exceptional backdrop for nuptials. So if Savannah’s on your list of possible places to get married, check out the 2016 Elopement Packages offered by these three Historic Inns of Savannah:  The Gastonian, The Kehoe House and The Marshall House.

Each offers a basic Savannah Elopement Package, which includes:

  • Two-night stay in the Inn’s very best room
  • Ceremony location & the Officiant
  • Small wedding cake
  • Champagne and keepsake flutes
  • Bridal bouquet and boutonniere
  • Romantic carriage ride (Included at The Kehoe House, optional at The Gastonian & The Marshall House)

These packages are simple, but ideal, for a beautiful private wedding experience; with less stress and worry than you can possibly imagine.  Plus, these  packages are surprisingly affordable (starting at $1,250 at The Marshall House).

Savannah Elopement

Savannah Elopement at The Kehoe House. Photo by Dream Weaver Photography.
Photo by Dream Weaver Photography

What About Guests?

If a true “just for two” elopement doesn’t work for you, the Inns have Savannah Wedding Package options that will delight your guests. There’s always the option of including a room or two for close friends or family so they can attend the more personal elopement ceremonies.   And yes, we will probably still call it an “elopement” — even if you plan it ahead of time and invite a few guests!

  • The Gastonian offers a wedding package for 14-16 guests and another one for up to 34 guests.
  • The Kehoe House has a wedding package for up to 26 guests, when you rent the whole-house.
  • The Marshall House has three packages:
    1.  Veranda Elopement for Two – Just the Bride & Groom
    2.  Veranda Elopement with 1-6 guests + Bride & Groom
    3.  Private Veranda Wedding for up to 20 guests + Bride & Groom

If none of these wedding packages seem quite perfect for you, there’s help for that too.  Just contact us with your details, and we’ll help put together the perfect Savannah Elopement Package for you and your love…and maybe your friends and family too!   Complete our contact us form below, or visit our site to Learn More.


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Savannah Elopement at The Marshall House. Photo by Dream Weaver Photography
Photo by Dream Weaver Photography


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Decorating Tips From The Gastonian

Decorating Tips From The Gastonian

Are you thinking about re-freshing your home’s look?  Looking to jazz up your decor a bit? We recently did just that at The Gastonian in historic Savannah, with the help of Pam Rody and Angela Groover of Interior Merchandising.   It was a big project that […]