All the Fun things to Do in Memphis | Art in the Find

How to Plan a Great Trip To Memphis

Posted on: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

One of the places I visited for the first time in 2013 was the historical city of Memphis, Tennessee.  I’m not going to deny that one of the strongest reasons for visiting this city was that one of my best friends moved there last year, but it was most certainly on my list of go-to destinations.   When you are a traveler, nothing cures a case of Wanderlust more than a visit to a new place where friends, new and old, reside.  But this is the perfect time to share with you all the fun things to do in Memphis.

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HANGING OUT IN MEMPHIS

What are all the fun things to do in Memphis?  A visit to the home of Elvis? maybe.  Catching up with good friends? certainly!  BBQ? absolutely!!  Food warms my heart and one of the things I love exploring is cuisine I can’t find in my own city.  Fish tacos and California Burritos?  San Diego’s got plenty of that.  BBQ, not quite.  This type of BBQ can only be found in a city like Memphis.  With that as a set-up, you can see this was a must on my list of fun things to do in Memphis.

NEIGHBORHOODS TO EXPLORE IN MEMPHIS

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THINGS TO DO IN MEMPHIS

Looking for things to do in Memphis? Riding the Memphis Trolley and watching a show at the Orpheum Theater are just a few. Hop over to read more!

Take a ride on the Memphis Main Street Trolley through South 1st past the Orpheum Theater

fun things to do in Memphis | Art in the Find

fun things to do in Memphis | Art in the Find

  • Ride the Main Street Trolley through town, stop off at one of the many shops or restaurants.
  • Head to Beale Street for Music
  • Take a dabble in something touristy- either the visit Graceland or see the Lorraine Motel and the National Civil Rights Museum
  • Take in a show at the Orpheum Theater

fun things to do in Memphis | Art in the Find

(Central BBQ Photo: Via)

While I was in Memphis, I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow style blogger, Laura, of Walking in Memphis in High Heels.  She is up to some great things folks, like working together with Shopstyle for one!  How fabulous is she?  We’re partnering up for a fashion link-up in February, so stay tuned.   Well, she is a doll and a wonderful Memphis host and she introduced me to the lovely Peabody Hotel, where we stayed for a night, which has a great tradition of the Procession of the Ducks in their lobby fountain.  It’s a pretty intriguing site to see.  And the rooms are pretty darn lovely too.  Staying at the Peabody or at least paying that a visit is definitely one of the fun things to do in Memphis.

One of the places that is a must-see is Beale Street.  From speaking with local’s, many of them liken it to a small (tiny) version of New Orlean’s Bourbon Street.  I don’t know if it’s quite the same comparison I’d give, but I’d say it’s worth the visit.  Music streams out of almost every window in every music joint down a four or five block walk.  And, you can hold a tasty beverage while movin’ and groovin’ to a little blues music.

fun things to do in Memphis | Art in the Find

Earnestine & Hazel’s in all its glory

fun things to do in Memphis | Art in the Find

To-go cup and a full belly.  Yup.

fun things to do in Memphis | Art in the Find

fun things to do in Memphis | Art in the Find

PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

  • Earnestine and Hazel’s– Order the Soul Burger.  That’s all I need to say.  Of the many stories we have, aside from visiting the infamous Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. lived his last few moments to seeing where Elvis lived, is visiting Earnestine and Hazel’s.  Go there.  Trust me.  I may have been a little shaky in the knee’s just looking at the dilapidated facade, but oh there is a great story behind this place.  Once a brothel, turned food joint, it may or may not still be haunted.  Believe it or not, many a famous person has set foot in this bar, which happens to serve one of the most famed soul burgers around.  It’s damn good.  The Soul burger.  That’s all you’ll need to order.  (Read an article about E & H from Esquire)
  • Gus’s Fried Chicken A wonderful little lunch spot to hit up is Gus’s Fried Chicken.  We did a lot of hunting and asking to find this place and boy is it worth it.  Fried chicken served on disposable plates and drinks out of to-go cups.  When you find a lunch spot that’s filled with construction workers and locals, you know you’ve hit the spot.  This is my kind of fried chicken.  Another don’t miss place to eat in Memphis.
  • Central BBQ One of my personal favorites.  It is a “chain” but by chain I mean there are like 3 in Memphis.  Let’s just say that in the 3 days we were there, we went back as many times.  It’s that good.
  • Flight  A great dinner spot in downtown Memphis is Flight. You can literally pick out a little of everything to custom create your own meal, from the appetizers, to the wine, and dessert.  It was like a mini little meal heaven for me!  This is definitely a must eat at place to try on the list of things to do in Memphis.

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PLACES TO STAY

 Special Thanks

Photography Courtesy of: Emily B. Photography  Thank you for helping to capture our Memphis Moments!! If you need a Memphis photographer, look her up!  Laura Boswell of Walking in Memphis in High Heels.  Thank you so much for showing us the ropes in Memphis!  Happy to have made a new friend.  My lovely, darling, and special bestie, Arlene for being who you are, being my close friend, and hosting us on our trip.

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