Savannah is one of the most beautiful cities in America to explore by foot. But there’s no need to change your travel plans just because the weather isn’t cooperating. By limiting your journey to Telfair Square and Wright Square, you’ll have plenty to see and do without spending a lot of time outside.
A statue in front of the Telfair Academy. — Photo courtesy of J. Campbell
Start your journey at the Telfair Academy, the oldest public art museum in the Southeast. Founded in 1883, the museum is housed in a renovated Regency-style mansion on Telfair Square. The museum features an extensive permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, including paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, along with two 19th-century period rooms.
The Jepson Center features contemporary art and hosts renowned traveling exhibitions.. — Photo courtesy of Telfair Museums
Your ticket to the Telfair Academy will also include admission to the Jepson Center, which is just across the square. The contemporary art museum is home to the Kirk Varnedoe Collection, a permanent collection that features works on paper by artists including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Richard Avedon. The Jepson Center also hosts major traveling exhibitions and boasts a two-floor interactive gallery for children and their families.
Cafe Zeum in the Jepson Center is the perfect place to stop for lunch. — Photo courtesy of Cafe Zeum
If you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the Jepson Center, then head to the museum’s ground level and grab a bite to eat at Café Zeum. Operated by the owners of Savannah’s popular eatery Starland Café, Café Zeum offers an array of fresh and healthy Paninis, biscuit sandwiches, salads and more.
Enjoy some delectable truffles at Wright Square Cafe. — Photo courtesy of Wright Square Cafe
After lunch, walk one block east and stop by Wright Square Café for a hot cup of coffee and some confections. The café specializes in fine European, domestic and house-made chocolates, and you’re sure to find something heavenly to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Simply Irresistible has a great selection of whimsical items for the home. — Photo courtesy of Simply Irresistible
Once your belly’s full, you’ll be ready to hit up the stores on Wright Square. Make your first stop Simply Irresistible, a charming gift shop that’s packed with unique artwork, jewelry, accessories, housewares and more.
Liquid Sands Glass Gallery has beautiful finds at every price point. — Photo courtesy of Liquid Sands Glass Gallery
After you’ve explored the whimsical goods at Simply Irresistible, go one door down to Liquid Sands Glass Gallery, Savannah’s only gallery dedicated to the American Studio Glass Movement. The retail gallery features a variety of glass pieces, including sculptures, vases, jewelry, paperweights, orbs, lamps and more.
If you’re a hardcore shopper, then be sure to check out the other shops on Wright Square, among them Magnolia’s of Savannah, Antiquities Antique Shop, Perlina, Savannah Memories and Wright Square Antique Mall.
45 Bistro's local black grouper is perfectly prepared and full of flavor.. — Photo courtesy of 45 Bistro
Before turning in for the evening, open your umbrella and walk a couple of blocks northeast to the Marshall House hotel on Broughton Street. There’s no better way to end your rainy day in Savannah than with drinks and dinner at 45 Bistro, the hotel’s highly acclaimed eatery, where you can treat yourself to the restaurant’s legendary beef Carpaccio appetizer and exquisite local black grouper entrée. The meal–and your day’s adventure–will leave you so satisfied, you’ll wish every day could be a rainy day in Savannah.