How to spend a day in Memphis

memphis blues cafeWe had a quick overnight stay in Memphis, Tennessee a few months ago to attend a friend’s wedding. Even with a short turn-around, we managed to really enjoy the city.

Of course, Memphis is known for Graceland and Sun Studio, but we actually didn’t get to visit either–so we’ll definitely need to go back!

 

We crashed at the Peabody Hotel late on a Saturday night. It was definitely a step above our usual budget, but the experience was pretty well worth it. (OMG the duck shaped soap!) Even if you don’t stay overnight, you can still step into the lobby to see the Marching of the Ducks. Every day the ducks march down into the fountain at precisely 11AM — and at 5PM they return to their home on the roof. The first and second floor hallways surrounding the lobby are full of interesting history and memorabilia from the hotel’s long and lovely past, as well, so you can while away the time while you wait for the ducks to march.

Before leaving Memphis, we walked over to Beale Street to take in some of the blues history and vibe. Silky O’Sullivan’s was a great find. We visited in the early afternoon so it was pretty quiet, but I can imagine it being quite the nightlife spot after dark. They are known for their goats (which we did not see), and their outdoor courtyard which was full of ambiance. I was surprised and delighted to find Ella Fitzgerald’s signature at my feet…

We definitely missed A LOT by sticking around for only a few hours — on our next trip, I think we’ll be seeking out some Elvis and Blues destinations!

 

 

 

 

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