Two weeks ago, I packed my weekender bag and blue suede shoes and headed to Memphis, TN. As a native Tennessean, I’m a little embarrassed to say I’ve never been to Memphis. It’s only three hours away from Nashville and I heard it was a fun place to visit. So off we went!
We left at about 3 p.m. CT, to avoid traffic. We made good time driving down and arrived at about 6:30. We stayed in the Madison Hotel. It’s a cute boutique hotel with fun decor, records line the elevators, and their staff is so friendly and helpful!
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We settled into our gorgeous suite (seriously, look at that living room, closet, and bed), freshened up, and went to see the view from their rooftop lounge, the Twilight Sky Terrace. The view was incredible at sunset!
We got a little hungry around 8 p.m. Good thing we had reservations at Flight! My husband had been to Memphis before and couldn’t stop raving about how good Flight’s food is. I was excited to experience it for myself!
Flight was just around the corner from the Madison. As we walked over we saw the trolley’s and horse and carriages resembling Cinderella’s! Flight was busy for a Friday night. It’s a small restaurant and don’t even try to go unless you have a reservation or can grab a seat at the bar.
Now Flight is a little different when it comes to ordering. Their dishes are smaller and can come in three’s. You can get three of the same meat family or switch it up. I settled on chicken and waffles, steak and mashed potatoes, and bison and rice. Flight also has recommended wine pairing for each dish, or you can pick your own. The same goes for dessert! We shared a brownie with peanut butter ice cream, a chocolate chip souffle, and apple cobbler. Flight lived up to its name and was AMAZING! I would go back there in a heartbeat.
The staff was also superb and was so attentive. They called you by nam from the moment you walked in and I felt like I’d known them for years.
After dinner, we decided to go listen to some local music at the Hi-Tone Cafe. They have two rooms for music with a lounge in-between. It was a great place to just hang out and listen to different types of music. I will tell you there’s a cover to get in, so bring cash!
Up and at em’! We got up at 6 a.m. so we would be first in line at the Arcade Restaurant. They don’t take reservations on Saturday morning so its first come first serve! The Arcade is Memphis’ oldest cafe. It opened in 1919! We had coffee, biscuits, french toast, hash browns, the ultimate breakfast! It was the cutest little place and I love the outside signs!
After breakfast it was time to meet the King, Elvis that is. I already did a post about what we did at Graceland. So read that to get the full experience!
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After finished our tour of Graceland, we headed to the Cotton Museum. We had the place to ourselves and were able to take our team, read everything and take some cool photos. They also had a super fun room for kids as well! As we were leaving, a group tour showed up so it was a nice treat!
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Time for lunch. We headed to Cooper-Young to eat at the Beauty Shop. Which is a beauty shop turned restaurant. They had THE BEST burgers and truffle fries! This is another place I recommend making a reservation.
After lunch, it was time for the Slave Haven Underground Museum. I have to say this was my favorite! No photos were allowed inside but there was so much history and the tour guides were amazing. I learned so much!
Last was the Blues Hall of Fame. They had so much cool memorabilia from Hall of Fame members and even a little room where you could go in and listen to any song by any Hall of Fame member. We spent so much time in there just listening to great Blues music!
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This is a pretty jam-packed day. But we still had so much to do! We decided it was dinner time and made a reservation at Hog & Hominy. We had worked up an appetite and heard good things about this Italian restaurant. We had salad with crispy chicken, collards, meatballs, sweet potato slices and pizza! We also had Carol’s Delightful Smile desert (trust me you want to get this). Everything here was DELICIOUS!
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After dinner, we wanted to listen to more local music so we headed to Earnestine & Hazel’s. This place had such a fun vibe. Everyone was talking, watching basketball, listening to music and having a great time!
After hanging out and listening to music for a while, we walked to Beale Street and walked around. This is a great place to walk, people watch, or hop in and listen to music. It’s also very Instagramable with all the fun signs!
We packed out bags, checked out of the Madison and made our way to brunch at Alchemy. Everyone I asked said this was the best brunch spot in Memphis! I had the Belgian waffle with berries and bacon. Tim had french toast and cold coffee.
After brunch we walked around the trendy Cooper-Young neighborhood. This is the up and coming neighborhood in Memphis and has so many cute clothing and antique shops. It also has some great restaurants, houses and streets. Definitely take some time to explore this neighborhood.
Our last stop was to Central BBQ. How can you visit Memphis and not get barbecue?! This place was packed out but the barbecue is so good, it’s worth the wait!
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After a packed weekend, we headed back to Nashville. We loved our time in Memphis and definitely plan on heading back for another weekend soon. Tell me, what did I miss? Share with me what to do next time in a comment below!
All photos by Timothy Hollar. Follow him on Instagram!
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