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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 […]

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 […]

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 right track for a beautiful day.  Now it’s time to drill down and select an inn or hotel and a ceremony location.  Here’s a link to get started with the different packages and options offered by The Gastonian, The Kehoe House and The Marshall House.  Each inn has a favorite ceremony location on-site.  The Gastonian’s fountain and private garden is one of the best known Savannah elopement locations. The Kehoe House’s beautiful side porch and The Marshall House’s front balcony are also popular choices.  (Hint:  The Gastonian, with its honeymoon suite, fountain and private garden, is our most popular location!)

Savannah Elopement Package at The Gastonian
An Elopement at The Gastonian – photo by Lone Pine Photography

2.  Pick a Date

Because Savannah has such beautiful Spring weather and positively stunning flowers, we do highly recommend March-May as the best time to get married in Savannah.  (Our second favorite time is October, when the weather cools off some.)   But we do suggest some advance planning if you wish to get married on a Spring weekend as it is a very popular time.  If you’re super cost-conscious, inquire about weekday dates as Sunday-Thursday rates are sometimes less expensive options.  Check room availability at the Inns by looking on this calendar.

Spring is beautiful for a Savannah Elopement
The Kehoe House in Spring with hydrangeas blooming in Columbia Square – photo by The Kehoe House

3.  Decide What to Wear

Savannah’s elegant oak trees, wrought iron steps and historic buildings make a gorgeous background for a classic wedding dress and suit.  But we do often see couples approaching the big day in less formal attire, and sometimes, just something different.  Be aware that Savannah’s summer months are quite warm with high humidity, so plan on light and breezy attire if your wedding date is in the June-September range.  Other than being cognizant of the weather, there are no rules in Savannah for wedding attire.  Our eloping brides sport everything from a dream-come-true white wedding gown, to tulle in dusty rose or shimmery gold, to a comfortable denim outfit.  Elopements are personal, so your Savannah wedding attire can be too!

A Gastonian wedding photo shoot at Forsyth Park. photo by Lone Pine Photography.

4. Choose Your Wedding Cake & Flowers

Our elopement packages all include a small cake, bouquet and boutonniere, and lots of options to make these wedding items very personal.   For your cake, there are flavor and icing style choices; and many couples bring a small topper or personal decoration to make the cake special.  Bouquets and boutonnieres are your choice of pink, yellow, red, white, orange, peach or dark pink roses, and while a simple rose bouquet is beautiful, floral enhancements are also available.Your bouquet is included in all B&B of Savannah Elopement Packages - photo by Lone Pine Photography

Your bouquet is included in all B&B of Savannah Elopement Packages – photo by Lone Pine Photography

5.  Think About Your Elopement Ceremony Style

Our Officiant has a simple, meaningful service at the ready for you, but is also open to performing the type of ceremony you’d love.  Here are some Ceremony Options.  If you prefer one, just let the inn know and we’ll arrange it with the Officiant.  About a quarter of our couples write their own wedding vows, or take a moment to read meaningful words to their love during the ceremonies. It’s all up to you!Savannah Elopement Ceremony Style

Ceremony on The Marshall House balcony – photo by Its Megan Jones Photography

6.  Get your Marriage License

You’ll need to get a marriage license here in Chatham County.  There’s no waiting period (other than sometimes waiting in line!) so it’s perfectly fine to go by the Chatham County Probate Court for your license on Thursday and then get married on Friday. In fact, it’s done all the time. Marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. in the Probate Court of Chatham County, 133 Montgomery St., Room 509, Savannah, GA. 31401.  Be sure to read this information so you’ll know what you’ll need: Marriage License in Chatham County.

Savannah Elopement Ceremony
Wedding License at a Kehoe House Wedding – photo by The Kehoe House


Other Savannah Elopement Considerations:

1.  Photography:
There are about a dozen different Savannah photographers who we consider experienced at the properties.  We’ll be happy to recommend them.  In this post, images are from Leigh + Becca Photography (cover photo), Lone Pine Photography and It’s Megan Jones Photography.

2.  Bride’s Hair and Make-up:
We have a list of our favorite hair and make-up artists who will come to the inns. And a list of nearby salons.

3.  Horse & Carriage Ride:
The Kehoe House has a package that includes a horse-drawn carriage ride. If you select The Gastonian or The Marshall House for your wedding, this can be added on.

4.  Restaurant Reservations:
Your concierge (or the event coordinator at The Marshall House) can make dinner reservations for you from the city’s favorite, most romantic restaurants.


Savannah elopement



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 […]

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 […]

“Save & Give” Holiday Special Offer at Historic Inns of Savannah

“Save & Give” Holiday Special Offer at Historic Inns of Savannah

We couldn’t be more excited about our 2016 Holiday Special Offer at Historic Inns of Savannah!  Beginning November 25, all reservations made on our own websites for stays through December 25 at The Marshall House, East Bay Inn, Olde Harbour Inn, Eliza Thompson House, The Gastonian, and The Kehoe House will receive a 10% discount.  Plus, a portion of your stay will be donated to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

The idea originated with our Staff — the bellmen, guest service representatives, housekeepers, kitchen staff, concierges, and maintenance teams — who wanted to make a charitable contribution to the community this holiday season.

With the inaugural Holidays on Broughton festivities starting this weekend, it’s an exceptionally good time to enjoy a Savannah getaway, and give back to the community at the same time.  To join us in the giving, book the Save & Give promotion for a stay with us between Nov 25 & Dec 25.

Things to Do in Savannah
Holidays on Broughton:  Nov 25-Dec 17

Visitors to Broughton Street this holiday season will enjoy festive decorations, photos with Santa, musical performances, extended shopping hours and holiday shopping incentives.  And, we’ve heard rumors that Santa is planning to stay at The Marshall House before his visit on Dec 3!

  • Saturday – November 25 – 5:00 p.m. –  Tree Lighting and Santa!
    Broughton Street officially welcomes the holiday season with the lighting off the 50-foot holiday tree adorned with glistening lights, led by Mayor Eddie DeLoach.  There will be musical performances, the arrival of Santa, and more.

  • Friday, Nov. 25, 5 to 9 p.m., & Every Saturday through Dec.17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Photos with Santa
    Capture your holiday tradition on Broughton Street with a photo with Santa, located underneath the holiday tree at the corner of Broughton and Bull Streets.

  • Nov 19-Dec 25 –  Punch & Judy Pop-Up
    Punch & Judy, Savannah’s premier children’s boutique, will return to its original Broughton Street roots for a limited time during Holidays on Broughton. For more than 60 years, the family-owned children’s store has served as Savannah’s premier children’s boutique providing a wide array of quality products for infants and children alike. From a variety of colorful clothing and accessories, to an array of toys, a fantastic selection of gifts and more, Punch and Judy offers the perfect place to shop for the wee-people on your shopping list.
  • Nov 25 – Dec 26 – Art Projections
    Throughout “Holidays on Broughton,” bright, colorful and whimsical building projections will illuminate Broughton Street nightly from 6 to 9:30 p.m. In celebration of Savannah’s original Main Street, the range of classic and modern projections will feature high-tech and immersive projections from Broughton Street’s storied past.
  • Musical Entertainment – Nov 25 5-10 pm; Saturday in December 3-6 pm
    Taking stage at the intersection of Broughton and Bull Streets.  Local Savannah musical groups – from the Savannah Country Day School jazz band and Calvary Day School, to the Tell Scarlet artists and the Clear Daze Band – will provide holiday entertainment to the visitors and shoppers at Broughton’s grand holiday tree.

About Second Harvest Food Bank

Here’s some information about Second Harvest, the need in our community, and the services they provide:

The Need:

  • 1 in 4 children in Coastal Georgia are at risk for hunger
  • Each $1.00 donated provides 5 meals!
  • 64% of children in Coastal Georgia go hungry every day
  • 43% of the people served by Second Harvest choose between food and utilities
  • 34% of the people served by Second Harvest choose between food and housing

Second Harvest Services:

  • Brown Bag for the Elderly – each month volunteers pack 1862 grocery bags to supplement the diets of seniors in need
  • Partner Market Place – the food bank is the warehouse and distribution center for more than 300 non-profit and faith-based agencies in Coastal Georgia
  • Mobile Food Pantry – operates in rural communities where hunger relief is limited
  • Kids Café & Summer Feeding – provides a hot meal in an after-school program along with tutoring, homework assistance, and a safe haven

We hope you will visit us during Savannah’s holiday festivities this year.  Book direct with Historic Inns of Savannah so that your visit will also yield a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank!

Gastonian Wins 2015 “Best of Savannah”

Gastonian Wins 2015 “Best of Savannah”

SAVANNAH –  Readers of Connect Savannah have named The Gastonian “Best Inn/B&B 2015” in their Best of Savannah review. The Gastonian is a part of Bed and Breakfasts of Savannah, a collection of six historic hotels in downtown Savannah, which also include The Marshall House, […]

Southern Food from The Gastonian

Southern Food from The Gastonian

The best way to introduce or welcome in the South is by food. When invited into someone’s home, be assured that you will be fed (and how!)  To be welcomed into the kitchen is to immediately become kin, and most Savannahians have extended families of […]

Savannah Dining Recommendations – From the Innkeeper at The Gastonian

Savannah Dining Recommendations – From the Innkeeper at The Gastonian

Suggestions from Hallie Mobley, Innkeeper at The Gastonian

Restaurants We Recommend Near The Gastonian
We have several restaurants in Savannah we recommend to our guests daily, but there are some really special neighborhood places that we absolutely suggest for guests looking for a place “around the corner” from our historic Inn.

In fine dining:

700 Drayton is located inside the Mansion on Forsyth Park, and includes an inventive menu and fantastic artwork. Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, 700 Drayton features fantastic views of the park, just four blocks away from the Gastonian.

Leoci’s Trattoria is located three blocks away from the Gastonian and features an Italian menu with an emphasis on local ingredients. Leoci’s features both indoor and outdoor dining. Their Gnocchi of the day is a local favorite.

Local 11 Ten is a well-liked restaurant located just across Forsyth Park from us. They have built up a reputation for quality food and service. The owners wanted a restaurant that had a menu that was simple yet refined and honest to their Southern roots. The food is best described as being contemporary Southern cuisine. They are located in a remodeled bank one block south of Forsyth Park. Upscale atmosphere, but not formal.
Carriages can not drop off here.

Noble Fare is located at 321 Jefferson Street in the residential historic district of Savannah. Noble Fare is a small elegant restaurant with 11 tables in the main dinning room and 2 rooms upstairs for private dinning, seating for up to 24 people upstairs. Chef Patrick McNamara prides himself on having a scratch kitchen, nothing frozen or canned. Everything baked or cooked fresh and on the premises everyday, including all breads and pastries. Chef McNamara uses an American approach to French technique and is more than willing to personalize dishes to fit the needs and desires of his patrons.Carriages can drop here depending on their schedule.

In casual dining:

Crystal Beer Parlor is an old prohibition-era speakeasy that serves great Southern food to locals who know where to go. It is casual, has an extensive menu, and is a ten-minute walk from the Gastonian. They don`t accept reservations and you can get in on a busy night with a 15-minute wait. Great for last-minute arrivals to the Gastonian without a reservation anywhere.

Six Pence Pub is an authentic British Pub about ten minutes` walk from the Gastonian. It serves great pub food and beers late into the night. You may recognize it as the place where Julia Roberts caught Dennis Quaid cheating on her in the film “Something To Talk About”. No reservations required.

Soho Café South is an excellent restaurant to have lunch at one of the days you are in Savannah. Soho is a favorite of locals. It is located at 12 West Liberty Street.

Mrs. Wilkes` Boarding House on Jones St. near Barnard St. serves the best Southern food in Savannah for lunch only, from 11am-2pm Monday through Friday.  An all-you-can-eat feast with 30 items. Best bet is to get in line early (10:30am) or before closing (1:30 pm). President Obama had lunch there while in Savannah. The great paradox of Savannah – how to sample all 30 items at Mrs. Wilkes after a fabulous breakfast at The Gastonian!

There are a number of fantastic restaurants in Savannah. Any one of our concierges would be happy to make arrangements for taxi transportation or assistance.

The Marshall House and The Gastonian Named “Best of Savannah” by Savannah Magazine Readers

The Marshall House and The Gastonian Named “Best of Savannah” by Savannah Magazine Readers

SAVANNAH – September 2, 2014 — Savannah Magazine has just unveiled its Best of Savannah 2014 issue, naming The Marshall House as “Best Boutique Hotel,” and The Gastonian as “Best Inn/B&B.” The recognition follows a great year for both properties: The Gastonian was awarded the […]