My wife and I recently honeymooned at the Foley House Inn. We stayed in the Wrest House for four nights. In retrospect, the best part of our trip to Savannah was our experience in the Foley House. Our room was beautiful, painted in a bold but romantic orange and well appointed with quality bedding and attractive furnishings. We loved our finely carved four-poster and our oversized Jacuzzi. Every bit of the inn itself was handsome and romantic from the dark tones of the lobby (which had the feel of an opulent hunting lodge, replete with a baby grand piano)to the serene courtyard and even in the elegant stairwells. We would have been plenty satisfied with the accommodations alone, but to top it off, the food was heavenly! Each morning we were treated to breakfast in the courtyard, which was perfectly portioned so as to satisfy but not overwhelm guests. The presentation was lovely. In the afternoons we were treated to tea and sweets. Perhaps the most aggravating aspect of our stay at the inn was that they did not serve sweet tea. But the cookies and cakes more than made up for this deficiency. They were some of the best I’d ever tasted, and they differed each day. Being a young couple (22 and 21), we felt that we would not have as much in common with the older guests, therefore we did not take advantage of the wine and hors d’oeuvres social hour. I’m sure it was delightful, however. The staff at the inn were friendly and helpful enough, although nothing like some of the descriptions I’d read from other guests on TripAdvisor. The exceptions to this were the housekeepers. As they served us breakfast and greeted us throughout the day, they truly made us feel welcome and at home.
As for the city itself, my wife and I felt that it was a wonderful honeymoon locale. The downtown historic district in which the Foley House lies is a lazy little area with not much to do but stroll through squares and streets. History abounds, as Savannah was such a pivotal city in the burgeoning nascent America. The homes and gardens are opulent, and the downtown is remarkably preserved to an extent that can’t be found elsewhere in America. Stay away from the riverfront, as it has become infested with chain restaurants and shops, unless you desire scenic views of the river and bridge, which are lovely at sunset. Being from south Louisiana, my wife and I are accustomed to delicious food, especially seafood, but the food in Savannah is decidedly spectacular. For dinner we ate at The Lady and Sons (can’t go wrong with Paula Deen, although this was my least favorite meal in Savannah), Bistro Savannah (included in our package at the inn. They are trying too hard to be chic, and the result is awkwardness for everyone but upwardly mobile late 20 and early 30-year-olds. However, the flash fried flounder with apricot glaze was the best fish I’ve ever tasted.), Uncle Bubba’s (owned by Paula Deen’s brother…it’s on the way to Tybee Island and affords beautiful marsh views. The seafood pot pie was spectacular), and the Sapphire Grill (supposedly one of Savannah’s most talked about chefs is here. I went for steak this night, which was delicious, and my wife’s sea scallops were wonderful, as were the side items). For lunch we dined at the Six Pence Pub (a quick stroll from the inn…delicious English pub fare), the Sweet Leaf Smokery and Eatery (we came across this out of the way café by accident…it’s to the east of Forsyth Park, across the street from a low-income high-rise apartment complex. At first reluctant to go in, since we were famished we decided to try it and were extremely surprised to find that it was a fun, hip place decorated with artwork from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and serving delicious sandwiches), and on the last lunch we had a picnic in Forsyth Park, the food for which was prepared by the chef at the inn. It was a very nice lunch.
Altogether, Savannah was perfect for a honeymoon. If you enjoy history, it’s perfect for you. The nightlife was definitely a let-down, although we perhaps did not go to the best establishments. My chief complaint about the city, however, is that it feels to sterile and lifeless. This is, I presume, a result of most of the locals moving out of their homes and the abundance of homes converted into inns, apartments, and museums. The result is what seems like an enormous museum: beautiful, well preserved, informative, historical, but lifeless. For a city with a similar historical/sultry reputation, I would recommend New Orleans. Sadly, it is renowned mainly for Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street, but there is much more life and exciting/intriguing history found here. And I must add that all the areas where tourist would venture in New Orleans are up and running, with a couple exceptions such as the zoo. Please don’t think that it is entirely in shambles, and know that it is actually safer now than it has ever been. However, New Orleans doesn’t have anything like the Foley House. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The romantic Foley House Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia is made up of two lavishly renovated historic mansions facing the quiet and lovely Chippewa Square. This romantic Savannah Inn is distinguished both by location and historic prominence. This historic bed and breakfast mansion hotel is located in the exact center of your Savannah Georgia destination journey ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Foley House Hotel Savannah