Made in Memphis Gifts and Souvenirs

By | 2017-08-18T12:04:22+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Activities, Traveling|

In a world of mass-produced gadgets and trinkets, it’s refreshing to find unique souvenirs and gifts. The longtime home to the one-and-only Elvis Presley, Memphis is also a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind shops offering handcrafted items that will leave you swooning. So grab your money, honey, and let’s shake rattle and roll. Phillip Ashley Chocolates A post shared by The Guest House at Graceland (@guesthousegraceland) on Feb 12, 2017 at 7:04am PST Chocolate lovers worldwide crave the sweet satisfaction of designer chocolates created by Memphis’s own Phillip Ashley Rix. A native of nearby Bartlett, Tenn., Rix traded a career in corporate sales to earn his chops as a self-taught designer chocolatier. While some of his flavor profiles are surprising — pineapple ginger wasabi, Moscow Mule vodka ginger lime, gorgonzola dolce apricot — the hundred-plus varieties include some more traditional blends like Madagascar vanilla bean caramel fleur de sel and Key lime pie. Since opening his shop in the Cooper-Young neighborhood in 2013, Rix has built a worldwide following. He was named one of the Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America by TasteTV,   dubbed him the “Real Life Willy Wonka” and British Vogue listed Phillip Ashley Chocolates in its May 2017 [...]

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

By | 2017-06-29T01:14:13+00:00 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 [...]

16 Sweet Things to Do in Memphis for March Madness

By | 2017-06-29T01:14:14+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Activities, Traveling|

In town for the NCAA tournament? These 16 Memphis attractions are a slam dunk for fun between the hoops action! Graceland: No visit to Memphis is complete with a pilgrimage to the home of the King. In addition to Elvis Presley’s mansion, grounds, and museums, Graceland also features a new entertainment complex and of course resort accommodations at the Guest House. A post shared by Elvis Presley's Graceland (@visitgraceland) on Jan 16, 2017 at 8:29am PST   The National Civil Rights Museum: Housed in the Memphis hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his final hours pursuing his dream of equality, the museum offers a sobering but inspiring look at the struggle for equal rights in America. A post shared by National Civil Rights Museum (@ncrmuseum) on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:39pm PST   Beale Street: The address of the American Blues, the Beale Street Historic District is home to dozens of clubs and live-music venues as well as the famous A. Schwab store. A post shared by Beale Street (@bealestreetmemphis) on Jan 25, 2017 at 11:41am PST   Memphis Zoo: Overton Park has one of the top zoos in the U.S., with more than 3,500 animals roaming 76 [...]

Memphis Is For Lovers!

By | 2017-06-29T01:14:15+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Special Offers, Traveling|

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s true: Memphis is for lovers. Home to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s longtime residence, the city is forever linked with the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Generations of lovers, young and old, have celebrated romantic milestones to the soundtrack of Elvis Presley’s ballads. Love Me Tender, It’s Now or Never and Can’t Help Falling in Love are just a few of the songs likely to evoke fond memories of special moments. But there’s more to romantic Memphis than love songs. Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and blessed with a temperate year-round climate — average temperatures hover in the mid-50s even in February — Memphis is a place where it’s possible to go for a romantic riverfront stroll in the afternoon and cozy up by a fire the same evening. We asked Memphis insider Cara Greenstein, founder of Caramelized, a lifestyle blog offering advice for adding “sweet touches to everyday experiences,” to share some of her favorite places to find romance in Memphis. First up: Cocktails at Terrace at the River Inn overlooking the Mississippi River. Offering expansive river- and city-view vistas from its fourth-floor perch in [...]

Memphis Holiday Shopping Starts at Graceland

By | 2017-06-29T01:14:15+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Activities, Traveling|

First and foremost, for the Elvis fans on your holiday shopping list, nothing beats Graceland and its neighbor, The Guest House at Graceland, when it comes to finding the perfect gift. With items ranging from clothing to jewelry to collectibles, Graceland is a mecca for shoppers in search of the just-right gift for Elvis fans. Right next door, The Guest House at Graceland is the latest addition to the neighborhood. The hotel gift shop is packed with many of the same items available at Graceland, but the gift of a stay at The Guest House of Graceland may well be the ultimate experience for Elvis superfans. The AAA Four Diamond-rated, 450-room hotel, just a short walk from Graceland, is earning rave reviews since opening in late October. Elvis aficionados will appreciate daily screenings of Elvis movie classics in The Guest House Theater and the classic Southern fare on offer at Delta’s Kitchen. Fun activities include Elvis trivia in EP’s Bar & Grill and karaoke in the Lobby Lounge. If you’re staying at The Guest House at Graceland and your evening plans involve taking in the music and club scene over on Beale Street, leave the driving to us. Hop aboard [...]

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