How To Take The Ultimate Vacation In Memphis

by | Apr 25, 2022 | Travel

Take A Break is your ultimate guide to the perfect trips to recharge, rediscover yourself and your relationships, and reengage with the world. We’ll cover shopping stops, great bars, restaurants worth your money, photo opportunities, memorable drives and experiences, and other important details you need before you book.Below, we chat with Caroline Bologna, senior travel and culture reporter at HuffPost, about why you’ll want to put Memphis, Tennessee, on your bucket list.AdvertisementWhat drew you to Memphis as a place to visit or explore?I first had the chance to experience the magic of Memphis in 2011 when I visited a friend who went to college there and absolutely loved it. The strong sense of community, amazing food and vibrant music scene were among the many qualities that made me excited to return. I’ve recently had the opportunity to spend even more consistent time in Memphis as my partner started a one-year job in the city last August while I was still working remotely.What are the best times of year to visit?Fall is beautiful in Memphis, but I’m partial to spring, especially during “Memphis in May” ― a historic monthlong international festival that features tons of cultural events.AdvertisementWhat’s your best tip for getting there? How can you make the travel as stress-free as possible?The newly renovated Memphis airport is still fairly small, but you can fly directly from most major hubs. (And you’ll get a good look at the massive fleet of FedEx planes as you drive away from the airport.)Where do you recommend staying when you go?The Peabody of course has the famous “duck march,” but I recommend staying in one of the boutique hotels in the downtown and midtown area for more relaxing vibes.AdvertisementArrive Memphis, The Memphian and Hu. Hotel all have cozy eateries and bars (the latter boasts beautiful views of the Mississippi River and Hernando de Soto Bridge light show.). I also like the atmosphere at The Central Station, which brings a vibrant, modern energy to a historic transportation hub. The lobby bar, Eight & Sand, has great cocktails.If you’re looking for a unique experience, however, consider Big Cypress Lodge ― the wilderness-themed hotel inside the famous Bass Pro Shops pyramid. Think treehouse rooms, balconies overlooking an outdoor sporting goods store, and a lot of taxidermy.What are your go-to restaurants or foods to eat while you’re there?Memphis is famous for its dry-rubbed ribs, which you can try at classic spots like Central BBQ, Charlie Vergos Rendezvous, Cozy Corner and The Bar-B-Q Shop (where you can also order barbecue spaghetti!).For delicious Southern comfor …

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