Savannah is certainly an outdoor-minded city, with squares and streets made for a pleasant stroll. But when summer comes around, enjoying the historic streets can be a hot, sticky, and wet ordeal with high temperatures or an afternoon thunderstorm. Deciding on the Presidents’ Quarters Inn as your boutique hotel of choice puts you within walking distance of most of Savannah’s indoor activities. We have made a list of some of those fantastic Savannah indoor activities near our luxurious accommodations to help you plan for any weather conditions!
Mercer Williams House Museum
Walk through the Mercer Williams house and experience life in the 1860’s. Relish in the art of days gone by and the antique furnishings. Learn of the family’s history on a guided tour and visit the gardens, if the weather permits. Read the book or see the film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” which was filmed in the Mercer Williams House. Reading the book before visiting makes the tour even more enjoyable!
The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Stunning. When it comes to the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, only one word is needed to describe the beautiful 1873 building. Take a few minutes and admire the architecture on the exterior with incredible stain glass windows, then walk inside and view the lovely choir area. This building is said to rival some of the finest churches in Europe.
The Owens-Thomas House
The Owens-Thomas House, considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest illustrations of English Regency architecture in America, was built in 1819. Decorative arts collection, furnishings, and American and European objects dating from 1750-1830 are throughout the house. The Museum Store is located in the original stables and the tours begin in the original slave quarters, giving guest a feel for life of a slave in the 1800’s.
The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
A navy man’s highlight, The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is housed in the Scarbrough House, which was built in 1819. The museum has exhibits of ship models, paintings and maritime antiques and the largest garden in the historic district.
The Academy was built in 1818 as a mansion for Alexander Telfair. The Telfair family once lived in this magnificent mansion, which now houses their impressive collection of American and European paintings. The museum includes works on paper, wonderful oil paintings, antique furniture, sculptures, and major paintings by Childe Hassam and many more artists. Enjoy browsing the exhibits and reading about the architecture of the house or take an informative tour. The perfect place to visit when it’s overcast and rainy!
Even though Savannah is a beautiful city with so much to enjoy outside, having a plan for unfavorable weather is always a good idea. Just because a bit of rain falls doesn’t mean you have to give up hope of having a great day. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn is located in central downtown, offering you the best access to all the activities listed above! Book one of our 16 luxurious rooms to escape to after a rainy day. We will be sure to prepare you for a hot summer day with a delicious complimentary breakfast!
Photo courtesy Ron Cogswell.