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Old 09-15-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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Hi,

Am looking to travel to some nice fun romantic place wit my husband in the long weekend of oct to celebrate our first anniversary.

my choices at the moment are savannah and the tybee island or gatlingburg. i am interested in both the places....savannah since its a historic place and gatlinburg since its the mountains and its my first trip to the mountains.

but i am not sure how to go about booking for the place. the cabin rentals are away beyond my budget. also i am not sure in which areas i should go about booking a hotel and what would be an acceptable price. also what are the tourist attractions there other than riples and dollywood. i am sure there are many places in the mountains other than gatlinburg. some where else even close by would be fine. as long as its good the good views.

also i have visited charleston earlier for a 2 day trip. are charleston and savannah similair kind of places ? one thing is that i will be in this country only till the end of the year and i am looking to go to the best possible places.

this may probably not be the right forum for this but i am sure there must be some1 who would have gone to both the places and can help me out.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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Pookie and I will celebrate together for 6 years in middle of Octoberas well

i was just up that way this past weekend. I noticed alot of cabin rentals in the area
im not sure if they are listed on the web but google it or try craigslist .

Also look into Pigeon Forge and a tad drive Maggie Valley, north carolina
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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This time of year is peak season for rentals in the mountains. Plus, many folks book a year ahead to guarantee that particular hotels, B&Bs, resorts, etc are available when they come to this region to see the "fall colors" of the leaves.

So if you are thinking about the mountains, then you will most likely be dealing with high prices on lodging. If you are flexible about your lodging - you may find bargains at out of the way places, but you can drive back to tourist areas.

Savannah and Charleston are both coastal cities but each has its own unique vibe. You can find lodging in standard hotels/motels such as Embassy Suites at decent rates. Sometimes, hotels will have specials. Best rates for most of the period type hotels (Mills House, Francis Marion, Planters Inn) in Charleston are gonna be around $249 up - if you can find a room at that rate. Often, I can't find a rate that low at hotels I prefer. But you can find accommodations outside of Charleston for more reasonable rates (Resident Inn @ Mt. Pleasant, Red Roof Inn @ Mt. Pleasant, Residence Inn, etc).

That is just a sample of what is available around Charleson. There are also other islands - Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Johns Island, Kiawah . . .

There are hundreds of hotels/motels and B&Bs to choose from in that region. It all depends on how important it is for you to stay near an historic district, how much driving you are willing to do, rates, etc.

As for Savannah - you will find many choices there, too.

I just found these special packages in Savannah:

Savannah Georgia Hotel and Tour Packages (http://www.savannahvisit.com/specials.asp - broken link)

If you google, you will find many more like these for any given area you are interested in, be it Savannah, Charleston, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Litchfield Beach, etc.

You may consider Asheville and that region rather than Gatlinburg. I would also look into Highlands-Cashiers - which is a really charming area, but again - accommodations may be booked this time of year. There are also many neat B&Bs around Highlands-Cashiers.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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I decided to give you my one best recommendation for the most reasonable accommodations in the best location in Charleston. Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District (345 Meetings Street). I just looked up Oct 15-18th as an example. Their rack rates started at around $143.00. Now you may be able to get rooms outside of Charleston lower than that, but this would be what I would consider a reasonable rate for a hotel in the historic district, and it does include a hot breakfast. If you are a member of AAA, you can mention that and see if you get a lower rate.
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