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?
Hello again! I hope your week is going well. Our house is ridden with sickness, and I'm doing my best to stay well! Near the end of pregnancy is not the time to be down and out with a cold or flu. Anyway, I'm continuing on my journey around Memphis, Tennessee today with a bit about our visit to the theatre!
For this trip, three of us ladies struck out to Memphis, and we did great with keeping us all happy in our exploring! One lady had been to Memphis several times before, and elected to spend sometime at a nearby casino just across the Mississippi River in Arkansas. The other two of us decided to catch a Broadway show at the Orpheum Theatre. This just might be one of my favorite experiences from the trip! Ok, second after Graceland. ;) We saw Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. It was excellent! Definitely one of the best musicals and Broadway shows I have ever seen, and in a stunning theatre to boot. The music and story were incredible, and went sang Carole King tunes the whole way back to Texas! It was the perfect addition to our getaway.
The musical was made even better by the stunning theatre. The marquee lights, chandeliers, wallpapers & trimmings were incredible! Aside from the marquee outside the theatre, the building didn't look to wow, but as soon as you walked in the doors you knew it would be a stunner! Inside the theatre itself were beautiful gold wood trims, striking red curtains, and showstopping chandeliers. Built in 1928, you can definitely feel the nostalgia, richness, and opulence of the 1920s! The Orpheum Theatre often hosts concerts and Broadway shows. Find more details on their website here. I hope you'll add even just a stop here for a peek inside during your visit to Downtown Memphis!
Hi friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and are getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. I'm adjusting to spending more time at home as we wait for the arrival of our twins. So I am spending a lot of time on the couch and working on the computer, not to mention getting naps in while I can! Anyway, I'm excited to have you back today. I'm continuing sharing my trip to Memphis with a very special stop, the National Civil Rights Museum. I had a different post planned for today, but I thought sharing this important bit of our trip on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seemed much more fitting and appropriate.
Though this museum wasn't at the top of my radar or even a place I wanted to visit, I am excited to share my time there with you. Why didn't I want to go? I knew it would be so incredibly tough to experience, and I did not want to face that. However, I am so grateful that I did! I am sadden that this is apart of our world's and nation's history, and it was something that I definitely needed (and still need) to learn more about. There is still much work to be done in regards to human rights, inequality, and racism, but it was refreshing to see how far we have come.
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel walks you through the history of slavery in America, desegregation, more about Dr. King's and his movement, the events leading up to his death, and so much more. At the museum, we explored the very place Martin Luther King, Jr. slept and was assassinated, and stood precisely where the shooter devastated the world. I cannot put into words the feelings that I experienced while browsing the museum and being in those very places. All I can do is encourage you to visit, and experience it for yourself.
I hope you'll enjoy these photos to get a better idea of the museum's experience, the horrid history of slavery in America, and a better understanding of how far we have come and how far we still have to go. Thank you for stopping by today. May you go out and do good in the world today, on this day of service, and everyday!
Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good weekend. Mine is going by way too fast, but I seem to be getting a lot accomplished. We are working on final touches in our new home, like flooring, door knobs, and hardware, so hopefully it won't be long before we are moving in. I hope once we get to move in I'll start feeling much better, more in control of "things", and have something concrete for my mind to focus on. Tiny house living is definitely not for me, plus all I want to do is nest and prepare a nursery, but that all must wait a few more weeks.
Anyway, I'm excited to start sharing my trip to Memphis, Tennessee from earlier this year, and today I'm starting with an itinerary for visiting this fun & unique city for a weekend trip. We spent 2 full days in Memphis, and though there was still so much more to see, we managed to hit most of our must haves. To make your quick trip to Memphis easy to plan, check out this sample itinerary for 48 hours in Memphis.
Day One in Memphis
Began your first morning bright and early to get a head start on the crowds at Graceland. We spent over half a day perusing the massive compound. We covered every nook & cranny from Graceland itself, the mansion's acreage, the new state of the art complex across the street that houses Elvis' cars, costumes, and more. We even enjoyed lunch at Gladys' Diner, hot PB & banana sandwich of course. After exploring Elvis Presley's Graceland, head downtown to catch the show at the Peabody Hotel. Every morning & afternoon, the famous Peabody ducks make their way from the roof top to the hotel lobby then back up again. Even adults are sure to love seeing the ducks swim in the fountain, then make their grand return to the elevator along their red carpet! Grab a drink at the posh lobby bar & take in all of the beautiful design & architecture while you wait on the show.
To top off the day, head to the alley adjacent to the Peabody, and enjoy charcoal ribs at Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous joint. The building itself is something to be admired, with memorabilia and signed photographs from everyone from the Rolling Stones to George W. Bush, not to mention the amazing architecture. 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! I will warn you though, you might want to go back again it is so good. Trust me, it is worth the wait in line! Be sure to check their hours before you go. They aren't open everyday.
Close out the night with a stroll down Beale Street, not far from downtown. Enjoy shopping in the odd & end boutiques, delicious drinks, or just take in the various styles of music while you make your way down & back again. Memphis truly is a beautiful place for music. It is the birthplace of Rock & Roll after all!
Day Two in Memphis
After a good nights sleep in your comfy hotel, I recommend The Guesthouse at Graceland for its great location, be ready to hit the ground running for your last full day in town! Continue the Rock & Roll theme from the day before, and start your day at Sun Studio. This legit record studio is still up and running, but also offers tours to the public. Many famous names, including the Million Dollar Quartet made their start here. You'll hear rich history of those famous four, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, and more during your tour through the studio. They also supposedly have the microphone that Elvis recorded his first song on. Who's to say I really believe it is the one though! At any rate, its fun to think so! I loved hearing stories of days gone by at Sun Records, and hearing how some artists still pop in to record from time to time. Sun Studios is a very fun place that is definitely worth checking out during your visit to Memphis!
After grabbing lunch, head on to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. I must say, I was apprehensive about visiting here, but I am so grateful I did! 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. Though I cannot fathom what people of color have endured and continue to endure in our country, I walked out of that museum with a clearer understanding of the problems of our nation. I highly recommend taking the time to visit this incredible museum. You will not regret it!
For dinner, we actually made our way to Dale's in Southhaven, Mississippi. It was less than a 3o minute trek from Memphis, and we were so glad we made the journey! Dale's Restaurant is the epitome of southern cooking. Fried chicken, turkey & dressing that tastes like grandmas, and oh the incredible, just like Nana made it banana pudding! Dale's will be on my radar when I get the chance to return to Memphis!
To end the trip, check out what is showing at the Orpheum Theatre. We were luckily enough to catch the Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical for the low price of $30 each during our visit! The show was a last minute, day of pick, and boy were we in for a treat! Concerts and Broadway shows are a regular occurrence at the theatre, so I recommend checking out their schedule for your visit. The theater itself is worth checking out. It boasts beautiful architecture, stunning chandeliers, and marquee signs to boot!
With this quick itinerary, you're sure to squeeze in all of the hot spots in Memphis. What else would I have loved to have done? Exploring historic cemeteries, a visit to St. Jude's Research Hospital, and a ride on the mighty Mississippi in a famous Memphis riverboat. Perhaps you can squeeze those into your visit, but, for me, they'll be waiting for that next trek to the birthplace of Rock & Roll!
Hey friends! I hope Monday was good to you. Mine was super busy, and way too long! Here's hoping the rest of the week is a bit more relaxed. But wait, what's that word?! ;) Anyway, I'm excited you stopped by today. I have a fun post for you. Though not actually in Washington, I'm sharing Lovely's visit to see the Spruce Goose within my Seattle series.
While staying in Seattle for work, he ventured a few hours to Oregon to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to see Howard Hughes' famed Spruce Goose! If you've seen the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Aviator, you're familiar with the Spruce Goose and Howard Hughes' quirks. Hughes went out on a whim to build an all wood aircraft to assist in the efforts of World War II. The aircraft only ever got off the ground once and wasn't complete in time to use for the war, but it was highly significant because of its size. According to Wikipedia, "It is the largest flying boat (as it could land on water), and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history." It's so large, he couldn't even fit it all in one photo (must teach him to take a panoramic photo). ;) And though I didn't see it in person, boy can you tell it is huge from the photos! It's really quite amazing that the thing ever even made it off of the ground! Definitely a sight to see! If you're the touristy type, you can also have your photo made in the flight deck of the plane, where Howard Hughes himself once manned the aircraft. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of its first flight.
Along with the Spruce Goose, the museum boasts designs from Orville & Wilbur Wright, modern day aircraft, and everything in between! If you have an extended stay in Seattle or Portland and are into aircraft, you should check out the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. It was so good, Lovely made the 3 hour venture from Seattle twice!