I remember visiting Memphis on our way to my grandparents' house as a kid one summer. We explored Mud Island, saw the ducks at The Peabody, and drove right past the most famous mansion in Memphis. I always wanted to go back, mainly because I longed to go inside those gates at Graceland. I finally made it there, and was immediately smitten!
There are so many amazing spots to see and things to do in Memphis. I didn't get to do it all, so I'd love to go back. Perhaps you'd like to go, but you're on the fence about visiting. Here are some snapshots to push you over the edge, and inspire you to visit. Enjoy!
Check back this month for more on this series--Five Photos to Inspire You to Visit...
Hey y'all! Can you believe it is June?! The year is nearly half over. It is flying by so quickly. I'm noticing since the birth of my twins, time has just been slipping away right before my very eyes. I know other parents know exactly what I mean.
Anyway, for this month I am going to share various itineraries for places I have been. They will have attractions we saw, things we did, and places we'd wished we would've made it to. To start out, I'm sharing about Memphis, Tennessee.
Arrive & Check In to Hotel
The Inn at Graceland & The Peabody are my top picks, but nearby Germantown is a great option in the suburbs with nice hotels and shopping.
See the Ducks at The Peabody
The famous ducks at the Peabody make their way from the rooftop to the lobby everyday. Take the kids to enjoy their walk from the elevator, or enjoy a drink at the bar and watch the ducks splash around in the fountain.
Enjoy a Stroll Along Beale Street
Listen to live music, shop for quirky treasures, and sip a cocktail while strolling along one of the most famous street's in America.
Have BBQ at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
Head to the alley adjacent to the Peabody, and enjoy charcoal ribs at Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous joint. The building is something to be admired, with memorabilia and signed photographs from everyone from the Rolling Stones to George W. Bush. The food itself is some of the best barbecue I've ever had. It is true Memphis style with dry rub so skip the sauce!
Spend the Day at Graceland
Explore the new compound at Graceland. Browse Elvis Presley's cars, costumes, personal effects, home, and more.
While you're there, enjoy a meal at Gladys' Diner or Vern's. I personally enjoyed the peanut butter and banana sandwich at the diner.
Dinner at Dale's
Keeping with the southern goodness, take a quick drive down to Southhaven, Mississippi to eat a delicious southern meal at Dale's Restaurant. The dressing & banana pudding are just how my Nana made it!
Visit the National Civil Rights Museum
You'll see the very motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot & killed, the Greyhound bus that was infamously lit on fire all in the name of racism, and Rosa Parks' very seat on the very bus where she changed the world. The photographs, the first hand accounts, the detailings & conspiracy theories of MLK Jr.'s assassination are all worth learning about.
Stroll along the Mississippi River & Take a River Boat Ride
Along the river in Memphis are parks and pathways to enjoy, and if you visit during the right time, hop on a river boat. Chanel your inner Tina Turner if you must.
Catch a Show at the Orpheum Theatre
We were lucky enough to catch a Broadway production at the Orpheum while there. Check their schedule for your travel dates. They feature Broadway shows, concerts, and more at the theatre.
Splash Around at Mud Island
See the entire Mississippi River in one afternoon at Mud Island. Talk a walk along the Riverwalk at Mud Island, and you'll see a model scale of one of the grandest rivers in America.
Give Back at St. Jude's
Before heading home, pop in to St. Jude's to make donations, take a tour (schedule ahead), and visit the Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavillion.
Happy Friday friends! I hope you've had a great week. It has seemed to fly by, but here's hoping the weekend lasts a bit longer. Well, I've finally wrapped up sharing my trip to Memphis, so I have everything all in one place for you here.
To recap, a few of us from work spent a long weekend in Memphis, Tennessee exploring much that it has to offer. We enjoyed a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, a Broadway show at the Orpheum Theatre, a tour of the birthplace of Rock N' Roll, Sun Studio, a day at Graceland, and much more! Below you'll find a list of all of the great spots we hit. Hopefully, they will help you in planning your own trip to Memphis. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello again! I'm excited you're back to see more from Graceland. Today, I'm sharing the best part, the mansion itself. Earlier this week, I shared the "across the street" portion of Graceland which houses all of Elvis' cars, planes, costumes, and archives.
The Graceland Mansion was Elvis Presley's private home open to the public to tour. Along with the home is an exhibit of some of his most special personal effects, his & Priscilla's wedding garb, Lisa Marie's baby crib, home furnishings, and more. For the most part, I'm focusing on the mansion itself. Enjoy!
These were a couple of my favorites to see. The outside of the Graceland mansion is stunning! It is quite a bit small than you might envision, but the grounds are enormous for being right in town. It was actually once a hereford cattle ranch! I enjoyed the mansion's furnishings, including the stained glass in the main living area just as you walked in. The stained glass "P" above the front door was also a beautiful touch. One of the highlights for me was see Elvis & Priscilla's wedding tux & gown. So stunning!
The mansion's furnishings are over the top, just as you would expect the King of Rock N' Roll's home to be! The decor has been resorted to the time when Elvis & Priscilla were married, as she & Lisa Marie are in charge of the estate. It is lovely that Elvis kept so many of the furnishings so things could go back to the way they were. The more recent decor pieces are on display at the mansion along with other personal effects.
Notable bits from inside the mansion were the enormous white couch in the living room, the stunning chandeliers, 1970s kitchen, the famed jungle room, the monkey in the TV room, and the incredible pleated fabric ceiling and walls in the billiard room.
Graceland is such an incredible place to visit. You can truly feel the infectious spirit of Elvis and how much he is still so much alive & loved today. If you are an Elvis fan, going through these gates up to his beloved home is a must! If you can't make it just yet, I hope you've enjoyed me sharing my visit to the beautiful home of Elvis Presley!
P.S. If you want to catch a glimpse of the famous gates closed, you'll need to visit very early in the morning. We stopped by on our way out of town at 7 am, and were lucky enough to make it just in time before they opened for the day.
Hey there friends! I'm so excited you're here today. Today's and the next post are what I've been waiting for. I'm so excited to finally share my trip to Graceland with you! Because it is so massive, has so many important parts, and so many great photos to share, I decided to break it up into two parts. Today, I'll share part 1 which will consist of the Elvis Presley's Memphis--the entertainment & exhibit portion of what is for the most part known as Graceland.
Essentially exploring Elvis' compound is broken up into two parts. The Graceland Mansion itself is located on one side of Elvis Presley Boulevard, and the exhibits (costumes, cars, planes, etc.) are located across the street. When I visited, a multi-million dollar renovation had just taken place, and the grand re-opening was just a couple of weeks prior. So it was exciting to see the exhibits in a fresh, new setting. Though our tour began with the mansion, I wanted to save the best for last. ;) So below, you'll see photos and tidbits about the exhibits portion.
Apart of what is referred to as Elvis Presley's Memphis are endless exhibits about Elvis' career and personal life. We enjoyed seeing gold records, awards, his instruments, and movie posters.
A highlight of the tour is browsing Elvis' many stage costumes. The exhibits boasted his Army uniform, movie costumes, and many of his famous jumpsuits. It was incredible to see these up close. The bead work on his costumes are stunning!
Along with all of the bits & baubles are some of Elvis' greatest passions, motor vehicles! On display are many, many of the King's cars, motorcycles, play toys like go carts and golf carts, and even a John Deere tractor! On top of that, you can also tour two of Elvis' planes, The Lisa Marie & The Hound Dog II. I quite enjoyed some of the quotes Elvis said in regards to his cars.
As you can see, there is so much to see at Graceland, and we haven't even gotten to the mansion itself yet! Check back in a day or two for the crème de la crème of Graceland, the mansion!