Memphis Journals

Classic Memphis

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A June 2009 trip to Memphis by vampirefan

Neon Signs Photo, Memphis, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: This first of 3 journals, I tell you all about the places we visited that make Memphis a favorite spot for travelers.

Beal Street Carriage Rides

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Attraction | "Getting around in classic style"

Another Memphis rule Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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There is nothing that says classic Memphis like enjoying this amazing city while being chauffeured around in style…by horse drawn carriage. Day and night you will find these carriages lined up in the Beal St. area. After seeing the most awesome Broadway show..ever, Wicked at the grand and glorious Orpheum Theater, Aunt Ellen and I stopped by our room at the Peabody, changed clothes, and made our way to Beal St. While out during the day, I mentioned to Aunt Ellen that I really wanted to ride one of the carriages. I love carriage rides and have taken rides all across the country and even in the Bahamas. She said they lined up in the evening on Beal and she was up to a carriage...Read More

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Beal Street

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Attraction | "Bright Lights...Lots of Bars"

Beal Street Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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Whether you’re a fan of the blues, bar fly, or destination diva..when your in Memphis you have to come downtown and spend time on one of the most famous streets in the world..Beal Street. Beal Street was started in 1841 by developer, Robertson Topp, who named the fame street after a war hero. Though at the time it was Beal Ave. Beal St. actually starts down at the Mississippi River, so at the time the street was filled with merchant shops and was a vital link it the cities economy. In the 1860’s because of segregation, African-American performers were not allowed to perform in the affluent areas of Memphis. So they began performing on Beal St. In 1867, Sam Thomas, formed the Yo...Read More

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Graceland

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Attraction | "Home of the King of Rock & Roll"

Graceland Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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I think somewhere in the Memphis law books it is written that first time visitor’s must stop in at Graceland. Just think about it. How many people do you know that have been here and haven’t been to Graceland?Graceland is of course the home of Elvis Presley. The home was built in 1939 in the Classic Revival style. The home was originally owned by SC Toof who owned the SC Toof & company, a local commercial printing company. Elvis purchased the home in 1957. He moved the home to its current location for privacy and security. Elvis lived there with his parents, Grace and Vernon. His mother dies the following year and his father remarries and his new step mother moved in. Pricilla stayed h...Read More

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Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38116
(901) 322-3322

Peabody Hotel

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Attraction | "One Grand Memphis Belle "

Peabody Hotel Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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When my aunt and I were making our plans, she said that we could stay with her friend Beth. Sounded like a good plan. We decided however though, that since our first night didn’t give us much time between our arrival and the 8pm showing of Wicked. We decided to stay in downtown for the first night. Aunt Ellen said she had always wanted to stay at the Peabody and asked if I could get a pretty good rate. One call later, and I would be keeping up my high flalutin’ lifestyle of a low flatutin' budget. The original Peabody was built in 1869 by Robert Campbell Brinkley. It was named after George Peabody who died shortly before the hotel opened. The original was located at Main and Monroe and it ...Read More

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Peabody Hotel
149 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 529-4000

Overview

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The Peabody Ducks Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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After seeing the most amazing Broadway show ever…Wicked here in Charlotte last year, I decided to go see it again..very quickly. So I came home to see where else it would be playing. Perusing around I noticed it would be in Memphis. Since John is a guitar player who loves the blues, I figured he would jump at the chance to go with me. I was surprised when he turned me down! So I called my Aunt Ellen, who used to reside in the amazing town, and she was an all go. So a few months later..off we went! We would be staying the majority of the time with my Aunt’s friend Beth. But we were very busy our first night and wanted to stay downtown since we would be arriving about 11 and had 8 pm...Read More