3 Memphis Getaways: Rock Star, Rustic or Refined – Excerpt As Published On STLToday.com

By | May 30th, 2017|Food & Beverage, Hotel, News|

MEMPHIS, Tenn. • A truly relaxing getaway is one where you can check into a hotel and never get behind the wheel again until it’s time to head home. Visitors to Memphis, just a four-hour drive down Interstate 55, will find two new resort hotels and one established classic that offer plenty to keep guests entertained. And more adventures off-site are just a short walk or Uber ride away. You may never want to leave your room at these hotels, but you really should. One-of-a-kind experiences await. Rock-star luxury: The Guest House at Graceland Think of the Guest House at Graceland as an Elvis Presley-inspired hotel, rather than as an Elvis Presley-themed hotel. You certainly don’t need to be his No. 1 fan to stay here — it’s pretty cool on its own. The Guest House opened in October on property adjacent to the Graceland mansion, where Presley lived from 1957 until his death in 1977. With suites designed by the rock ’n’ roll legend’s former wife, Priscilla Presley, the 450-room resort is excessively stylish. In the glitzy lobby — where we spotted a bouffant and thick sideburns waiting in line at the check-in counter, along with several contenders for [...]

From BBQ to Baked Goods, Memphis is Always in Good Taste

By | May 18th, 2017|Food & Beverage, Traveling|

With a culture based as much on food (Barbecue anyone?) as music (The King of Rock ’n’ Roll), Memphis is a feast for the senses. In fact, music and food are so intrinsically intertwined in Bluff City, visitors often build complete itineraries focused on experiencing the best of both. One key intersection: Some of Elvis Presley’s favorite dishes — peanut butter and banana sandwich, Tupelo Tater Casserole — are staples on the menus at The Guest House at Graceland. A post shared by The Guest House at Graceland (@guesthousegraceland) on Apr 23, 2017 at 10:02am PDT But that’s just scratching the surface when it comes to developing a taste for Memphis. Let’s take a stroll through some of the city’s most beloved dining traditions. When it comes to barbecue, Memphians have strong opinions. That’s rightfully so in a city that hosts one of the world’s premier barbecue cooking contests. Celebrating its 40th anniversary May 17–20, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest was originally a component of the Memphis in May International Festival, an initiative developed by the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce to promote the city’s myriad interests. Four decades later, it’s a stand-alone $7 million non-profit, community-based organization with [...]

Thanksgiving: Counting Our Blessings at The Guest House at Graceland

By | November 22nd, 2016|Food & Beverage, Hotel, News|

More than any other holiday in the United States, Thanksgiving is a time to look back over the previous 12 months, to acknowledge where we were a year ago and to take stock of the blessings that have come into our lives. As we prepare to welcome our first Thanksgiving guests this week, The Guest House at Graceland has a bounty of blessings to acknowledge. Last year at this time, the hotel was a construction site. Twelve months later — and less than a month after our official opening — we proudly added the AAA Four Diamond Award rating to our list of achievements. One of the most sought after and recognized awards in the hospitality industry, AAA Diamond Awards are earned based on in-depth evaluations conducted on-site by unannounced professional inspectors. Hotels and resorts recognized with Four Diamonds meet rigorous standards for hospitality, service, amenities and attention to detail offered in a refined, stylishly upscale setting; less than 6 percent of the almost 28,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond-Rated hotels inspected each year hold a Four Diamond rating. In addition to our AAA Four Diamond Award rating, we are grateful for: A warm welcome from the Memphis community Sold-out weekends since [...]

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