The hotel has a wonderful roof top deck with a hot tub and great views of the Mississippi River. On Wednesday nights the managers host a wonderful cook out for the hotel guests. Great food and fantastic hospitality!
After getting settled into our room--actually it was a fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment with a full kitchen. Wowsa! We headed over to Sun Records; The Birthplace of Rock N' Roll. This tiny studio is where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins started their careers. The tour was great! We couldn't believe how much music history was packed into such a small space.
Trying to pack as much in as possible, we headed over to the Civil Rights Museum. The museum is housed in and built around the Lorraine Hotel where on April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated. It was so surreal to be in the parking lot looking up at the balcony at the exact place where he was shot. There was so much information and moving images in the museum. I regretted not getting the audio tour. It was far too much reading for the kids. I think they would have been more engaged if they were able to listen as we passed through the amazing exhibits.
Early the next day we headed out to Graceland. Yes, Graceland was my main reason for wanting to go to Memphis. It was fantastic! Even Daddy-o was impressed with how well curated the collection was. Not only did we tour tour Elvis' home but also his jets, car museum and archives. The handsome devil duo had a good time as well. They are still talking about Graceland and one of them picked Elvis as their Halloween costume!
Uncle Lou's! Frankly, from the outside Uncles Lou's Fried Chicken doesn't look like much. The interior is pretty sparse as well but the place was packed with folks eating the BEST chicken I have ever tasted. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The chicken was fried with a light batter and then coated in a fantastic thin sweet, sour, spicy sauce. It was so good that we got a giant tray of it to take on the train the next day!
All in all, Memphis was a pleasant surprise for the whole family. We would not hesitate to go back!
'Til we meet again,