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!
Hello again to another Monday. How is it the weekends pass by so quickly? There is just never enough family time on the weekends, and the weekdays are too full of work for visiting. Is it difficult for you to find that balance as well? That is something I am definitely working on! Anyway, I'm excited you are here today. I'm sharing more from my trip to Memphis, Tennessee.
Today's post is a collection of cool spots I enjoyed while visiting this super fun town. I think you would enjoy these spots as well. From entertainment to museums to food, there is so much to be seen in Memphis, Tennessee. Enjoy!
Happy Friday! Can y'all believe how quickly the week has gone by? I hope you've had a great one, and have a fun and/or relaxing weekend planned. :) I'm excited for today's post on Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
Having gained even more popularity since the CMT show, Sun Records, Sun Studio is a must stop spot in Memphis. This very business, Sun Studio & Sun Records (both housed in this building), is the birthplace of Rock N' Roll. Some of the most famous artists in the world made their start here, including Elvis Presley & Johnny Cash.
Touring the studio, you'll hear about the beginnings of Rock N' Roll, how Elvis recorded his first song and ended up on the radio on a whim, and see where the Million Dollar Quartet sang together. The tour beginnings just inside the door where you're greeted with Sun Studio & Sun Records memorabilia and a cute little soda bar. Soon you're escorted up to peruse historical artifacts about Sam Phillips' business, building, and Rock N' Roll. You'll end the tour in the actual studio where so many famed music artists have recorded, and they say, if you are lucky, one just might walk in to record!
If you're a fan of Rock N' Roll, country, or even other genres of music, I highly encourage you to pay homage to where music history was made, and visit Sun Studio for a tour! Learn how Johnny Cash created his signature guitar sound, hear Elvis Presley's very first radio interview, and step foot where so many greats have recorded. What do you think? Is Sun Studio on your Memphis itinerary?