It was a walk to remember for singer-actress, Mandy Moore, and indie rocker, Ryan Adams, when the intensely private couple slipped beneath the radar of the paparazzi and wed in historic Savannah, Georgia, in March 2009. With its Georgian architecture, flowering trees and unwavering hospitality, this charming city is a fairytale wedding spot that’s also easy on the wallet.
If you host your wedding celebration at the picturesque Eliza Thompson House in the Historic District, you’ll have exclusive use of the intimate inn. The hotel’s brick courtyard, which is shaded by moss-covered trees, is the perfect place to swap vows and enjoy a champagne toast. Inside, the manor is furnished with antiques and lots of overstuffed couches and comfy armchairs. The hotel offers 25 individually decorated guest rooms, split between the main inn and the carriage house. All have gorgeous armoires and dressing tables, hardwood floors and ornate fireplaces. Stay in the carriage house and you’ll have views of the inn’s brick courtyard from your balcony.
Experience the romance of Savannah on the hotel’s Champagne and Tour Experience special package, which takes you via old-fashioned trolley to such sites as the riverfront, City Market and the famed Bonaventure Cemetery. (And yes, as the name implies, there is champagne!) Explore the spooky side with Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tours—the city is known as one of the most haunted in the U.S. You’ll hear tales of the bone collector gone mad, view photos of apparitions, and see tunnels that were once used to transport the dead. Then visit some of the spots in John Berendt’s novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Savor Southern comfort food with a sophisticated twist at the Olde Pink House. Enjoy menu favorites like pan-seared yellowfi n tuna with wild mushroom ragout and toasted mascarpone cheese grits. For dessert, try the delicate praline basket filled with ice cream, mango puree and fresh seasonal berries. A stroll through Forsyth Park, beneath the gentle glow of street lamps, makes for a romantic ending to any day (room rates start at $189; elizathompsonhouse.com).
Photography: Courtesy of the Eliza Thompson House