Valentine’s Weekend in Savannah: A Bad Idea Gone Good

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I thought it would be nice to plan a last-minute getaway to Savannah for Valentine’s Day last year with Karl, because why not? Seemed like a great idea in the 5 seconds I spent thinking about it. I was just so certain my bright idea to spend a romantic evening on a riverboat dinner cruise was flawless…except for a couple things that failed to dawn on me before we arrived: 1. Karl hates boats and 2. It’s cold AF in Georgia in February.

But this is the part where I tell you that despite my flawed thought process, or lack thereof, we still had an amazing time. Why? Because 1. Karl is so entertaining, that we could have spent Val Day stuck on an elevator with Kristen Stewart, and still not get bored and 2. We’re both savvy and always find ways to make a comeback.

Here’s how we turned what should have been a cold and dreary trip into a memorable Valentine’s weekend.

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Tybee Island for Mardi Gras

Before going to our hotel, we decided to drive a little further to Tybee Island, where they were celebrating Mardi Gras that day. Although Mardi Gras in Tybee Island doesn’t come anywhere near the level of exciting debauchery you would experience somewhere like New Orleans, it’s still a celebration complete with parades, a street party, live music, and drunk people busting out their best drunken dance moves. It’s a family-friendly event that we probably wouldn’t mind returning to when we’re married with kids (oh shit, that’s like right around the corner).

~TL Tip~ If you love seafood, you must stop at The Crab Shack on Tybee Island! It’s a must for me every time I go to Savannah (we just didn’t have time to on this trip).

Mardi Gras on Tybee Island
Mardi Gras on Tybee Island
Mardi Gras on Tybee Island
Mardi Gras on Tybee Island is very family-friendly.

Savannah Marriott Riverfront: Hotel with a View

You know we have a thing for views. So we splurged a little on a room with a nice view at Savannah Marriott Riverfront. As its name suggests, this hotel is located smack dab on Savannah’s historic waterfront and is directly connected to River Street, a favorite strip of mine that I’ve frequented over the years with friends due to its awesome lack of open container laws. If it were warmer and we had more than one night to spend there, I think we would have appreciated the perfect location of our hotel even more.

Savannah Marriott Riverfront
Savannah Marriott Riverfront

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise FAILS + WINS

To reiterate, it sounded like a great idea in theory, but here are the FAIL moments:

  1. Why did I think having dinner on a boat when it’s pitch black outside would be a good idea…with a man who hates being on boats? He was so sweet though and never once brought it up. It just happened to dawn on me later. #GirlfriendFail (but now we’re engaged, so I guess he loves me despite my fail moments).
  2. It was, of course, even colder out on the water than it was on land, duh.
  3. We’re foodies and I really hate to say this, but our meal tasted pretty basic. The meat was a little too dry for us and the sides could have used some more flavor. Perhaps it was just a bad night?

We DID, however, have a blast people-watching and cracking jokes.

Riverboat Cruise Buffet in Savannah
Riverboat Cruise Buffet

And with every fail moment, this dinner cruise did have its WINS:

  1. They put an effort into making the ambiance romantic. Each table had flowers, balloons, and champagne.
  2. In addition to the decor, their talented pianist also added to the vibe with his romantic tunes.
  3. Ummm…I love boats! So at least that part was a WIN for me.
Riverboat Cruise Valentine's Day Dinner in Savannah
Riverboat Cruise Valentine’s Day Dinner

Breakfast at J. Christopher’s

This place was PACKED and clearly the place to be the next morning. We loved our breakfast at J. Christopher’s and it completely hit the spot after our flavorless dinner debacle from the night before. Karl enjoyed sinking his teeth into the blueberry crunch pancakes he ordered, while I gave in to my typical craving for Eggs Benedict (or in their case, the “Eggs Christopher” as they called it).

J. Christopher's in Savannah
J. Christopher’s in Savannah

Dessert at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Well…just look at the logo for Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. It’s a woman sitting on the rim of a martini glass with a large slice of decadent cake in her hand. Chocolicious adult drinks + chocolicious desserts = the kind of drunkenness you aren’t likely to recover from right away. It was the ultimate sugar high and one I didn’t even feel guilty about.

Lulu's Chocolate Bar in Savannah
Lulu’s Chocolate Bar in Downtown Savannah

Bonaventure Cemetery

I promise you we aren’t some creepy morbid couple. It sounds like an odd place for a pair of young lovers to venture off to for a romantic afternoon, but it was so freaking beautiful! You can either drive around the cemetery or tour it by foot and we did a little bit of both. The dangling Spanish moss and old Victorian graves gave it a kind of eerie charm that made strolling through it a unique experience.

Bonaventure Cemetery Sign in Savannah

Taking photos of Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah
Taking photos of Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah

PS. Karl is totally my “Instagram Husband” when we travel.

Karl with my GoPro strapped to his chest in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah
Karl with my GoPro strapped to his chest in Bonaventure Cemetery

Don’t know what an “Instagram Husband” is? You MUST watch this hilarious video to see what I mean:


Valentine's Weekend in Savannah: See, Do, Eat

17 Replies to “Valentine’s Weekend in Savannah: A Bad Idea Gone Good”

  1. OMG, I did the dinner cruise fail once too. Ha ha ha. And I do also think cemeteries are cool to visit, especially in the South. Also, if you’ve never had a failed trip as a couple, well, you don’t know for 100% certain that you’ll make it through married life. Failed trips are the best ways to test your mettle together and you really get to see how each other reacts… on the road 🙂 PS: I love your unusual camera angles.

    1. I’m chuckling at the unusual camera angles comment =) I’m glad you like them! It was really just a result of me setting my GoPro down on the table whenever we were out somewhere.

  2. I love visiting cemeteries, it’s always cool seeing some of the stories of people who lived long before I did. Dinner cruises are always hit or miss. I’ve done the work events a few times but my wife and I only ever went on one just as a couple. It was … interesting 🙂

    1. What is it about dinner cruises that just always seem so…weird?! Several people have told me they too had strange dinner cruise experiences. It’s a mystery.

  3. Looks like fun. The chocolate bar would definitely have been my favorite part. What made you decide to go to Savannah in the first place?

    1. That is a GREAT question haha! Honestly the only reason I picked Savannah is because at the time, my fiance was in Augusta, GA doing military work for a few months. Since Savannah was only a couple hours away from Augusta, I decided to drive out to Augusta to meet up with him and then from there, we took a road trip together out to Savannah for the weekend. It was either that or Hilton Head! We chose Savannah in the end.

  4. The food looks amazing. Sounds like a great way to spend valentines day. People seem to be attracted to cemeteries we have been through a few in Europe were they are very old

  5. Travel is all about experiences, some good, some bad and some ugly, but probably that is what makes it so interesting. Nice to see you look for a silver lining on the darkest of clouds.

  6. I think when a failed plan turns anyway into a fun night, you know you are with the right person! We had an epic fail during our first trip together as a couple and now we’ve been married for 7 years and have two children: so I’d say, this experience sounds to me like a good start 🙂

  7. I have always stayed away from cruise trips for important celebrations. Just in case something goes wrong, there isn’t much in my power to make it right. Your post definitely makes me wanna rethink that. I think I will give it a shot for the next celebration.

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