After leaving Oklahoma City, we arrive in finally arrive in Memphis, Tennessee!
Sleep. As Memphis is a more expensive travel destination, we elected to book our anonymous hotel through hotwire.com. The Staybridge Suites in Memphis – Poplar Avenue East was the nicest hotel we stayed at on our roadtrip! I believe it’s designed for more long term or business stays because it has a mini living room and kitchenette included. The beds were super plush and comfy! The free breakfast was very impressive – lots and lots of hot and cold options. I uploaded many more photos, including ones of the breakfast buffet on yelp.
Eat. Ok no. Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken was a bust for me. The wait was atrocious, and once seated, service was very poor. Not that the gals weren’t trying, they were, but they were just stretched too thin across the tables. We had to flag multiple times for anything and everything. It was a frustrating experience. We nursed our beers, fearful that she’d never bring us a refill if we needed one, and waited for our food. When it arrived, it was equally disappointing. That chicken was moist inside, but waaaaaaaaaay too salty. I love salt, but this was too much. Sides were ‘ok,’ but nowhere near justified that ridic wait. Originally planned to order dessert, but with all the inefficiencies suffered, we cut our losses and left.
Do. We drove over to Beale Street to check out the bars and live music scene. Parking was FREE and there were plenty of bars with no cover charge. It was pretty fun – lots of energy all around us. I love how all types and ages participate in this scene. In Los Angeles, I feel like nightlife is much more segregated. Live music was enjoyable and Sung was somehow persuaded to go up onstage & dance, HAH!
Do. I like Elivs, but I’m not really a diehard fan. Nevertheless, I thought it would make for an interesting afternoon to visit Graceland. It actually was pretty interesting. It was part house tour, part museum, part car gallery, plus you get to go inside the Lisa Marie airplane! There are lots of fun and novel rooms to see, but it’s interesting how different this house looks when you compare it to the extravagance of modern celebrity homes. Like his kitchen, looks like a totally normal kitchen? Weird! No real criticisms – very organized and easy to navigate, despite the crowds. One more thing crossed off the list.
Next stop >> Nashville, TN