Where to stay, where to go in Memphis

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  1. Marc Morfei

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    Some good replies already. I had a very enjoyable trip there a few years ago. So much music history! A city with a soundtrack.

    - Sun Studios: still set up like it was when Elvis, Johnny Cash, and everyone recorded there.
    - Graceland: Must-see, even if you are not an Elvis fan.
    - Stax Museum of American Soul Music: fantastic, loved it!
    - Memphis Rock and Soul Museum: also excellent.
    - National Civil Rights Museum: unexpectedly excellent. Lorraine Motel where MLK was shot, and the rooming house across the street where the shooter was.
    - Beale Street: kinda like Bourbon Street in NOLA, but with live blues music in every bar
    - Gibson Guitar Factory: sadly, I heard this has now been closed.
     
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  2. RCinMempho

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    Sun Studio is hallowed ground
     
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    Go bike shop hopping.

    Been too/through Memphis a few times in my life. Best memory I have of Memphis is it was the town in which I bought my first high end bicycle (1984) - from a cool bike shop down there. They had lots of nice stuff. Drove 3 1/2 hours to buy that bike and 3 1/2 hours back. Great trip. Can’t remember the name of the shop but I bought a handmade Italian Guerciotti - Columbus SL frame with Campy Super Record. In those days that bike was the bomdiggity. What I’d give to have that bike back.
     
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    You gotta go to rum runners on Beale street. There is some awesome music there most every night. There is a cover charge usually, but the music man, the music.


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  5. RCinMempho

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    If you like country music, look for Eddie Smith. He'll be somewhere Wednesday to Saturday almost any week.
     
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    Bourbon Banana Bread Pudding at BB Kings. Then you can leave.

    See the duck march at the Peabody.
    St. Blues near Stax, try a Bluesmaster.

    Check the downtown hotels for secure parking for the bikes.
     
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    THIS. Be aware of your surroundings. My family has lived in Memphis since 1800. I live in NorCal now. I couldn’t take any more of what that city has become.
     
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    Yeah, there’s a menace there that I haven’t felt anywhere else. I was there in the 80s. Beale street felt fine, but beyond that? At night in the core?

    New Orleans, dodgy bits of Chicago, Mexico City in the 90s? All felt weird, but not Memphis weird. I dunno if it’s gotten better or worse.

    We did Graceland and Sun, drove past Stax which was ruins basically at that point. Drove by Humes High - Elvis. Saw the Peabody ducks. Pre internet, but we thought there must be a strip where university kids went to see music, eat etc. If it existed we couldn’t find it.

    I might have bought a 6120 at Pyramid guitars, which I don’t think still exists.

    I’m positive we were driving beside Albert King at one point. An older black gentlemen in a Corvette smoking a pipe. Who looked like Albert to me. The guy I was with was a big Albert fan and didn’t think it was him, so who knows.

    But yeah, a very weird vibe there in the core, especially at night.

    Wish I’d known more about the bbq. Pretty sure we went to BBs place. And of course the Rufus Thomas statue.

    Cheers,
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    The weird thing about these cold lakes is, you jump in and you're underwater, and it is cold but you anticipate breaking the surface and getting some nice breaths of fresh air. But the breathing apparatus is paralyzed. It can take a while before you can get the lungs working, or you may have to swim all the way to shore and haul out before taking in air happens properly.

    But it sounds appealing, somehow. Humans are like that - we want what we don't have. The air is so heavy in Shelby County, you don't want to breathe that either.
     
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    Thanks for serving our great country.
     
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    I'm on lake Okanagan, which is nowheres as cold as Lake Louise, but is feed by melting snow and ice. The water gets colder in the spring because of that. July 1 is traditionally when BDLH can swim in the lake without turning blue, but you Southerns, I don't know ;)
     
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    Graceland and Sun Studios would top my list ...
     
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    I recommend heading NorthEast on I-40. Just kidding... sort of...
     
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    Overton Square is back actually. Layfayette's Music Room is a lock for a good show.
     
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    Molly's Mexican restaurant is really special. You should find plenty of vegetarian options there.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for their input. Lots of great suggestions!
     
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