Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, as evident by the influx of pink, red, and heart-decorated merchandise in retail stores everywhere. If you’re still trying to come up with ideas to shower your sweetheart with love, we’ve got you covered. Here are three different date ideas that’ll help make your Valentine’s Day in Savannah unique.
A traditional date approach is a safe choice because it’s a classic, tried-and-true route.
Start the date off with a carriage tour with Historic Savannah Carriages, which is billed as the perfect way to see the Hostess City. The carriage ride takes you through some of the city’s squares at a slow and steady pace — perfect for setting the tone for a romantic evening. The licensed tour guide adds an additional layer of immersion by keeping you entertained with stories of Savannah’s past, and you’re sure to quickly become fond of the horses. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at your next destination for dinner.
Garibaldi in City Market is the perfect place to have a Valentine’s Day dinner. A local favorite, Garibaldi combines refined, largely seafood-driven Italian dishes with a simple, elegant setting that creates an intimate atmosphere, rounded out with excellent service. Whether you opt for the seared sea scallops, crispy diamond scored flounder, or grilled New York strip for your entrée, both you and your sweetheart are sure to be impressed.
Now it’s time to cap Valentine’s Day off with something sweet. River Street Sweets is a short nine-minute walk from Garibaldi, giving you just the right amount of time to prepare your sweet tooth. You can go with the always-stellar pecan pralines – the candy shop’s staple, or go another direction with bear claws, River Street Sweets’ version of chocolate turtles. If you and your honey are feeling particularly daring, you can give the salt water taffy a whirl.
Finish off the night by staying at one of our preferred hotels in downtown Savannah, the Hilton Garden Inn.
Off the beaten path
Sometimes it’s nice to switch it up and do things that may be considered atypical for Valentine’s Day. Let’s try a unconventional date for you and your sweetheart.
What better, unique way to get acquainted with the city of Savannah than joining a Segway tour? Don’t fear if you’ve never been on a Segway before; the Adventure Tours in Motion guides will ensure that you feel at ease and clearly understand how to operate the mobile transporter. You’ll then be led safely around downtown Savannah as your guide shares interesting stories with you about the city.
You’re probably thirsty after your Segway tour, so it’s time to get something to drink. Ghost Coast Distillery offers up tours to see how they make some of the area’s finest craft spirits, while also learning about Savannah’s history with alcohol. Once the tour is over, you and your sweetheart are free to have drinks in the Cocktail Room, where over 18 drinks are made with Ghost Coast’s products.
You and your Valentine’s Day date are likely hungry at this point, so let’s head to Crystal Beer Parlor, Savannah’s oldest restaurant that opened during the Great Depression in 1933. Don’t expect anything too stylish; Crystal Beer Parlor is all about great food and drinks. Share fried green tomatoes as a starter and you can’t go wrong with any of the classic burgers.
Savannah isn’t the only place with plenty of offerings for Valentine’s Day. The small beach town of Tybee Island is located just 25 minutes from downtown Savannah and has several options to help make your day special.
Explore Tybee and the beach at your own pace with a bike ride. Don’t worry if you don’t have bicycles – both Fat Tire Bikes and Tim’s Bike and Beach Gear offer easy rentals at the south and north ends of the island.
You and your sweetheart can work up an appetite and then head to Sundae Cafe, a former ice cream parlor turned eatery that specializes in seafood and steaks. Start off with the classic Southern appetizer, Oysters Rockefeller, and then look to the sweet and spicy pistachio crusted tuna or fire roasted ribeye steak for an entrée.
No Tybee trip can be complete without visiting the Sugar Shack, an island landmark since 1971. Order ice cream and soak in your Valentine’s Day date on the shop’s front patio.
You’re sure to have a perfect Valentine’s Day outing no matter what kind of date you decide to put together. Don’t forget to hashtag #stayinsavannah when you’re out and about!