Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest Post: Christin from Classy, Southern Wife

Hi, y’all! I’m Christin, and I blog over at Classy, Southern Wife. If you’re into running, cooking, fashion traveling or anything related to newlywed life, be sure to stop by and say, “hi!”

While Brianna is gone, she asked if I’d write a little guest post. Well, seeing as how I love Memphis, and May is the busiest time of year for our city, I thought I’d share a list of things to do and see in the Bluff City!                 

If you’re ever going to visit Memphis, I recommend coming during Memphis in May, a month-long celebration complete with a music festival and a BBQ cooking contest. The month ends with the Sunset Symphony, which is basically a symphony concert on the river. One of my favorite events!

Memphis also has a number of attractions. My favorite is the Sun Studio tour. Sun Studios is where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. recorded. Local musicians give the tour, so they're passionate about what they're doing. By far the best tour in town. And it only lasts an hour.

The National Civil Rights Museum is in downtown Memphis as well and is amazing. Plan to spend a few hours there.

The Memphis Zoo has recently been renovated, and it’s fun for the whole family
Also be sure you go to the Peabody Hotel and watch the March of the Ducks in the lobby at 11am. The ducks come down from the roof and walk the red carpet into the fountain. Pretty cool and free. I would get there a little early in case it's packed.

Memphis is also known for its food, namely BBQ. Be sure to try at the world famous Rendezvous . It's in an alley across from the Peabody (just ask anyone...they will know where it is). Or for something a little more low key, Blue City Café on Beale Street has amazing ribs.

If you really want to see something funky, go to Ernestine and Hazel's on South Main St. It's a former brothel and is now a bar (but they serve food all day). They only serve "soul burgers" (I don't even like hamburgers, but these are amazing), and if you start talking to someone working there, they'll give you the history of the building and take you on a tour. The upstairs is still set up like a brothel (minus the beds). Several movies have been filmed there, too. Very funky.

You could also check out the Majestic Grill downtown, which used to be a movie theater, and they still show silent films on the screen. They have great food and a patio, which is awesome for people-watching and taking in the sights of downtown Memphis.

I could go on for days about my city, but hopefully this gets you started!

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