There’s nothing quite like a fun vacation with your best girlfriend. I can’t think of a better place to catch up with friends whom you haven’t seen in forever than Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is easy to get to from most major airports; with tons of great food, drinks, shopping and adventures to be had within walking distance of downtown. Here’s how one of my girlfriend’s and I caught up and had the ultimate weekend in the Home of the Blues.
Must-See for Elvis Fans
A Girlfriend’s getaway to Memphis cannot be complete without visiting Graceland.
We decided to book the VIP tour so we could have the ultimate Elvis Experience, and boy what a great decision! The property is elegant and the exhibitions give you an authentic look into the private life of Elvis and his family.
I would highly recommend the VIP tour which allowed us to bypass the queues with a very informative guide from the moment we arrived. You will most definitely get your monies worth as the tour includes an automobile museum, pop culture exhibit including Mystery Train, Sam Phillips Exhibit, and the all new Icon exhibit which features 75 artifacts on loan from the famed Cleveland museum, along with items from the collections of many of today’s biggest names in music who have been influenced by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The exhibit celebrates Elvis’ status as a music pioneer and icon that paved the way for many of today’s artists and celebrities. Items on display in this exhibit includes James Brown’s jumpsuit and vest worn in concert in the 1970s, along with artifacts from Elton John, Trisha Yearwood, Justin Timberlake, Sam Cooke, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Dolly Parton and many others. There is also a 1950s-style diner and Memphis barbecue restaurant along with a few retail shops.
For Music Lovers
You can’t mention Memphis without talking about BB Kings Blues Club on Beale Street. The live shows awesome and you don’t want to miss the house band, complete with a full horn section that will have you dancing to music inspired by the King of Blues, the Queen of Motown and the soul of funk. The musicians remind you why Aretha demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T, why Tina left her good job in the city, why Ray has Georgia on his mind and what the Temptations are talking about!
All you need to do is follow the music.
Where do I even begin when talking about Memphis and food?
The culinary scene in Memphis is expanding exponentially, especially farm-to-table. Our first stop on our foodie bucket list was Erling Jensen, which is known for their Lobster Pancakes. Without a doubt, Erling Jensen is one of the best dining experiences Memphis has to offer. The food is always exceptionally delicious.
Cozy Corner BBQ
Cozy Corner has long been regarded as having some of the best barbecue by both locals and visitors alike. The line is normally wrapped about the building with people anxiously waiting to indulge in some of the best in the south.
Bar hopping is a staple in downtown Memphis, so while on Beale Street we decided to go bar hopping for a few late night craft cocktails.
You certainly won’t get thirsty on Beale Street. Beale Street is a place where you can drink beer in the middle of the street or share a bucket of booze from Silky O Sullivan’s with friends while watching the Beale St. Flippers. Silky's has one of the best patios on Beale, so pull up a chair and enjoy an evening of laughs with friends. Another great patio and stop for drinks is right across the street at Alfred's, where the cocktails and music flow all night followed by a D.J. after hours.
Where to Stay
Hotel Napoleon, is a historical building built in 1902 and located in the heart of downtown Memphis. The Scimitar Building was initially home to the old Memphis Press-Scimitar, a newspaper that went out of business in 1983 and sat vacant until it was turned into a stylishly modern boutique hotel, complete with a great lounge. There are a total of 58 rooms in the 114-year-old Scimitar Building which is walking distance to Beale St, restaurants, bars, shopping, live music and more.
Planning a getaway to Memphis soon? Consider this your itinerary for a great time!