Savannah doesn't have to be expensive to be fun. Explore its oak-lined avenues, and taste its well-known restaurants--all on a comfortable budget that doesn't skimp on style. Here are some tips to make your stay more affordable.
Around the Squares
Leave your vehicle in the garage at the City Market or at the one on Bryan and Abercorn Streets ($1 an hour, $7 maximum). Or stop by the visitors center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to purchase a pass for $8 that enables you to use any meter all day. Next, with a free map from the visitors center in hand, spend several hours visiting the squares.
A Taste of the City
Instead of dropping cash on expensive snacks, find yourself in the City Market or along River Street where candy shops tempt visitors. Each one graciously provides free samples. Your challenge, of course, is to exit without purchasing a whole pound of the divine treats. Instead, buy just one candy apiece, and savor the indulgence.
Or for a more refined experience, try The Olde Pink House just a few blocks over. Its elegant dining rooms welcome guests who want to enjoy a lavish evening. Don't let this turn you away. Instead, check out the Planters Tavern in the basement. There, Gail Thurmond plays the piano while you relish a rich dinner of appetizers. Choose seared scallops with wild greens ($8.95) or shrimp with country ham and grits cake ($8.95), and don't forget the she-crab soup ($6.95).