Rainy days can be a bummer. You may decide to avoid the rain altogether, opting to huddle up at home with a cup of coffee and the latest Netflix series you’ve been meaning to get to. Sometimes it can be nice to avoid the gloomy weather, but for those who love rainy day vibes, here are fifteen ways to get out and enjoy the drizzly weather.
Scan the shelves at Burke’s Bookstore
Type out a poem on one of the old typewriters, and find a book that smells like an old house. Hey, maybe even head to a coffee shop to read and gaze out the window dramatically (mostly to gaze out the window dramatically).
Chill at House of Mews
What rainy day is complete without the indifferent company of the moodiest housepet of all? If you don’t have a cat of your own, head to House of Mews to chill with some felines, and if the rainy day has you feeling right, you may want to take home a new moody companion.
Check out Puck Food Hall
Puck Food Hall has a variety of vendors inside, so take a stroll around the cool space before sitting down to chill. Grab some gelato from Sweet Magnolia, a pastry from Delightful Bliss, or some coffee from Doctor Bean’s and find yourself a couch by the window to – you guessed it – gaze out the window dramatically.
Explore the Dixon Gallery & Gardens
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We love this collage by artist Sheila Gallagher that is part of the “Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum” exhibition. Read more about Gallagher’s work below and swipe to see detail shots of objects within her piece. ◾️ “I was trained traditionally as a painter, but I find paint to be an incredibly burdensome tradition. So I’ve been essentially painting with things that aren’t paint. My big artistic theme is the mingling of the sacred and the profane, the trashy and the beautiful. ◾️ ‘Ghost Orchid Plastic Nebula’ is inspired by both the psychedelic ‘flower power’ aesthetic of the 1960s as well as ‘science’ photos of space and other natural phenomenon. The composition recalls a starburst or nebula, the cloud of dust thrown out by the explosion of a dying star, bursting with plant imagery. Many of the flora, like the fantastical ghost orchid which is found throughout the painting, are endangered or extinct in the wild, their natural habitats threatened by human impact.” —Sheila Gallagher #DiscoverTheDixon #MintToBeAtTheDixon Sheila Gallagher. “Ghost Orchid Plastic Nebula,” 2018; Melted plastic on armature; Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, Museum purchase with funds provided by Wells Fargo. 2018.48
The Dixon Gallery is perfect for a rainy day. Not only is it in an old house, but it’s full of art that was probably made by people who love rain more than the average person. Walk around the mansion and think about how cool it would’ve been to live during the Impressionist movement. If you’re feeling especially gloomy, take a walk through the gardens (hopefully with an umbrella, but you do you).
Go to the Memphis Botanic Garden
It takes a bit of walking to find them, but there are quite a few covered areas within the 96-acre gardens, the best being the pavilion by the Hydrangea Garden. Finding it requires a walk through the rain, but once you get there, you can sit for hours painting watercolor flowers with rainwater, because that’s moody, right?
Look at the old houses in the Victorian Village
The houses in Victorian Village are beautiful on their own, but these architectural gems are really elevated with a gray sky and a light drizzle. Travel back in time with a tour of the Woodruff-Fontaine House or the Mallory-Neely House. We bet their original tenants were, and still are, pretty moody.
Eat some cupcakes at Muddy’s Grind House or Bake Shop
Everyone loves Muddy’s, but have you ever experienced cupcakes while watching the rain? Get the Capote (possibly inspired by the author, Truman Capote, how moody), which is chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream. Take to your cupcake on the patio and pop in your headphones to enjoy some tunes as the sprinkles turn into a torrential down pour, as it usually does.
Make your way to Avenue Coffee
Pick up a cup of Avenue’s amazing coffee or hot chocolate and go to the chalkboard in the back to write a haiku about gray skies or something. Afterward, sit down at a table and get started on that screenplay you’ve been meaning to write.
Find yourself on a hotel bar crawl
Make the most of the many hotel bars that have seemingly popped up over night. From Eight and Sand at Central Station, Bar Hustle at Arrive, the Hu. Roof at the Hu. Hotel, the Lounge at Hotel Indigo, and the Greyhound Bar, there are plenty of tasty eats and drinks waiting to lift your rainy day spirits.
Sip some tea at Maggie’s Pharm
Tea is perfect for a rainy day. Really any hot drink is, but we all need an excuse to drink tea sometimes. Maggie’s Pharm sells an assortment of wonderful loose leaf teas that every tea drinker needs to try. Purchase a bag of tea to take home with you, and keep it stocked always for when the skies start to tear up.
Thrifting is a perfect rainy day activity. Old clothes are cooler, and they save the planet. Hop, skip, and jump your way down Summer Avenue, and find a neat vintage raincoat so you can go for a brooding walk in the rain.
Search the Antique Warehouse Mall for new treasures
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The Antique Warehouse Mall on Summer Avenue is a giant treasure trove of antique gems. Get lost in one of the many passageways throughout the store, and who knows, you may leave with a new lamp, or two, or three.
Smell some soaps at Buff City Soaps
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Somewhere out there, someone has recreated the smell of a rainy day in soap form. In fact, that someone resides in the Bluff City. Stop by one of their stores to smell all the wonderful soaps they have to offer. If you find one that smells like a rainy day, buy it and you can smell like rainy days every day. Who wouldn’t want that?
Ride the Trolley on South Main
Trolleys are cute, quaint, and fun, even on a rainy day. Put some earbuds in, play some Simon and Garfunkel, and gaze out the window as you travel.
Treat Yourself to Breakfast for Dinner
The Pancake Shop is a Memphis classic, and lucky for us, they are open late. This means that you can go out for dinner to get pancakes. Classic, nostalgic, and very, very tasty. Just make sure to take your wallet since this restaurant is cash only. ATM on site.