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Imagine romantic moonlight hitting the water of the Mississippi River while jazz plays softly in the background. Imagine holding hands as you walk along rows of shops while listening to the blues, or visiting an area filled with clubs where you can dance together to music of all types. Imagine the two of you, exploring a mansion that a very famous man built for his bride while songs play in the background. If you have noticed that music is the main theme, then you must be in Memphis--Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock and Roll.

Romantic Memphis Accommodations

Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis. This hotel overlooks the Mississippi River and Mud Island River Park. Its location includes a variety of restaurants and cocktail lounges nearby. Attractions such as historic Beale Street (home of the Blues), Hard Rock Cafe-Memphis, Cook Convention Center, Mud Island, and Peabody Place are also nearby. Located near Interstates 40 & 55, a wide range of activities such as museums and galleries, casinos, and The Pyramid Sports Arena area never that far away.

Best Western Executive Inn. The Best Western Executive Inn offers a friendly, attentive staff that takes pride in providing each guest with personalized service. Each room was created for your convenience and offers you amenities such as an iron and ironing board, hairdryer, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, private fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and deluxe breakfast bar. This hotel is located just minutes away from most area attractions.

Romantic Memphis Activities

Elvis Presley's Graceland. This was the home of Elvis and is a sight to see. With over 14 acres of grounds and a grand mansion, you are sure to be impressed. Also on the site are Elvis's planes, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II. These are the custom designed planes that he used when he traveled and toured. On the grounds you will also find his impressive collection of cars and motorcycles and a memorabilia museum where you can see all things Elvis. If you can only do one thing in Memphis go see Graceland. During the Christmas season the grounds are lit up and sounds of the season rings through the air. In January, the museums celebrate 'the King's' birthday all month long.

Memphis Zoo. Le Le and Ya Ya, Giant Pandas from China, will call the Memphis Zoo their home for the next ten years. The Pandas' home is a part of the revered China exhibition, which also features Asian animals like the Pere David deer, white-napped cranes, small-clawed otters, white-cheeked gibbons and Chinese goldfish. A Chinese teahouse and ornamental trees and flowers further enhance the exhibit. Memphis is one of the only four U.S. cities with Panda residents.

Soulsville USA: Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Topping the charts of Memphis' newest attractions is Soulsville USA. Located on the very site of the original Stax Records, this museum, performance center and community outreach facility pays homage to a label that produced over 500 hit songs in the top 100 R&B charts and makes a great addition to the Memphis music scene. Stax Records, responsible for great hits including 'Green Onions,' 'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,' 'Soul Man' and 'Theme from Shaft,' is the subject of this multi-million-dollar museum.

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. The beat starts here - in a place where Elvis Presley and Otis Redding are still rocking the jukebox and microphones are displayed in quiet observance of the sounds that made Memphis. The sounds of Memphis echo in every footstep, every strum of the steel string Gibsons. This site pays homage to the musicians of the past while acknowledging their influence on the music of today.

Romantic Memphis Dining

Corky's B-B-Q. Memphis is home of some of the best barbecue restaurants in the world. And Corky's is one of the best that Memphis has to offer. For a real treat, try the jerked chicken. Remember that in Memphis, cole slaw is considered the dressing for a great sandwich. Corky's has several locations around the area.

Isaac Hayes Music, Food and Passion. This restaurant offers all three. Listen to jazz at brunch and you have to love their motto - 'Stuff yo' mouth and feed yo' soul'.

B. B. King's Blues Club. After more than 43 years of performing and over 50 albums, B.B. King returned to Memphis' Beale Street to realize his dream, B.B. King's Blues Club. Inspired by an authentic Delta juke joint, the club includes B.B. King photos and memorabilia. The restaurant serves up down-home southern cuisine along with live entertainment.

Butcher Shop Steakhouse. The Butcher Shop has been a Memphis tradition for more than 20 years. With a menu that includes incomparable thick and juicy steaks, fresh Atlantic salmon and grilled marinated chicken and a variety of excellent appetizers and desserts, this restaurant is sure to please. It offers an inviting atmosphere, good food and great service.

Romantic Memphis Nightlife

Beale Street. This is the most famous street in America for music and fun. Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, it's three blocks of more than 30 nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops. Music includes traditional Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll. Catch a concert at Handy Park or attend one of the annual festivals or parades.

Overton Square. Overton Square is a multi-block entertainment district located in the heart of Midtown Memphis and features a variety of restaurants, including the first TGI Friday's franchise and Boscos, Tennessee's original brewpub. An assortment of unique retail shops, multiple live theatre and entertainment venues and Memphis' only independent movie theater are only some of the attractions.

Tunica. Located a short drive from Memphis in Mississippi is Tunica, a community of casinos. Offering many shows with big names and free shows with local musicians too. Tunica casinos offers visitors an opportunity to see if Lady Luck is on their side at the tables or slots. Some of the casinos in the area include The Grand Casino, Sam's, Harrah's, Bally's, Fitgerald's and the Gold Strike. Tunica is also proud to be the home of the loosest slots in America.

Reviews
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Awesome! Quite the learning experience!
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-- Sandra Koettel - Ottumwa, IA
Elvis Presley's Graceland Platinum Tour
I travelled all the way from ireland to memphis to visit graceland. Any true fan will know that this visit is more that your average holiday trip - it is rely an experience. Visiting the house of elvis, a person who had enthralled me for over 30 years, was something i had hoped for for many years - never rely expecting to get there. I spent nearly 5 hours at graceland - taking in every detail of every room - it was totally fascinating - seeing the rooms where elvis ate, played and recorded. The museum out back is full of fascinating artifacts - but what stopped me in my tracks was when i came to his graveside - i went cold finding it hard to believe that i was there - standing at the grave of elvis presley. Others passed by - but to them i could see it was just another stop on a tour - to a true elvis fan it was something incredible. To any elvis fan who has ever thought of going - i say just do it - what ever it costs it is worth every cent. While in memphis the sun studios tour is also great - the staff give a real good talk, you get to see everything you want and you dont get rushed out of the place. I took a drive to tupelo next day and again its well worth it - the house and museum are excellent. Just do it - he was and is the king - its the trip of a lifetime.
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-- Vincent McG - Dublin Ireland
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
This was very informative i enjoyed it a lot
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-- Michael P Hartka, Sr - Pennsauken, NJ
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