|Sun Studio, Memphis|
|Me @ Honky Tonk Row|
|The Hermitage House, Home of Andrew Jackson|
|Nashville music fun!|
Fortunately, my spirits picked back up at Belle Meade Plantation. Belle Meade is a beautiful mansion/winery that was decorated for Christmas throughout the ages. Each room showed Christmas decorations from a different decade. The tour guide was wonderful and very engaging, and the tour was just long enough to see a lot, but not get bored. After the tour, we went out to the winery for a wine tasting. If you know me, you know I love wine.. I purchased a sparkling Riesling that is sitting in my kitchen waiting for the right occasion! They also had a beautiful gift shop with all sorts of southern paraphernalia. I could have spent a while here shopping, but we were on a schedule. The ride back to the hotel was short and in no time we were back in our room getting ready for another night out and a quick dinner at Puckett's where I had the most delicious pulled pork quesadilla.
What is a trip to Nashville without going to the Grand Ole Opry? As I mentioned before, there was a lot of spontaneity to this trip, so we secured our tickets the night before the event. We were very lucky to attend the Opry at the Ryman theater, instead of Opryland. The theater was beautifully intimate and there was a big lineup of both older and young and up and coming country music acts. Listening to a radio show being broadcasted live was an experience you don't typically get in this age. It was a fun way to spend the night, and I came away with a new poster and a new band to like, Old Crow Medicine Show! After the show, we returned to honky tonk row and listened to some more of the live music I was starting to love in Nashville.
|"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash!"|
By early afternoon, we had picked up our rental car from the airport and after a pit stop at Opry Mills just so I could see the huge development, we were on our way to Memphis. The 3+ hour ride was easy and quick. When we were planning this trip, we both agreed to stop over in Arkansas so that we could cross that state off of our bucket list. Fortunately, West Memphis, Arkansas is about 10 minutes away from Memphis, TN. The first thing we came to on the road was a truck stop. I don't know about you, but truck stops scream authenticity to me! We stopped for a short while and perused the small shop. Arkansas = check!
|Burial Plot of Elvis Presley|
The last two days, we heard here and there, that we should check out BB Kings. We decided to listen and walked down to main street to the other end (about 1.5 blocks away - a long street, I know). We were seated in a half booth that was arranged in stadium style seating around a big stage. I ordered a cocktail and waited for the music to begin. Approximately 45 minute later, the musicians got their act together enough to start playing and we were treated to live music while eating dinner. The food was average, but the atmosphere was fun. I'm glad we decided to come here and check it out. After dinner, we decided to make our way elsewhere to find some pecan pie and more music. As we walked down the street asking each bouncer if they served pie, we found a winner! We were serenaded by a group of old men resembling the cast of duck dynasty while eating our dessert. It doesn't get much better than that!
Our last day in Memphis, we ate another healthy breakfast in the hotel restaurant and walked down the street to the Civil Rights Museum. We contemplated going there the night before, but quickly realized we made the right decision to wait until daylight. The short walk was questionable through some run down parts of town. The museum was nice, though small, and focused mostly on the investigation of the death of MLK Jr. With admission to the museum, we were also able to walk over to the Loraine Motel and stand on the balcony where he was shot. This museum is a nice side stop in Memphis and even though it is off the beaten path, it is a nice place to see.
|Gus's Fried Chicken!|
All in all, I would love to go back to Nashville for round two, but would skip out on Memphis. Once is more than enough for me.