A business trip took us to Memphis, TN where we stayed at the famed Peabody Hotel, known for the daily duck walk. The hotel is a landmark of Memphis dating back to the early 1900’s. It’s location is perfect to get the flavor of Memphis. And the flavor is decidedly bar-b-q and sweet tea.
The Peabody also is home of Lansky’s men’s wear where Elvis is known to have been a regular customer.
The hotel is in easy walking distance to Beale Street known as home of the blues. It’s a bit tacky for my taste as it caters to the tourist. This trip we found plenty of places to eat and visit without stopping at the touristy haunts on Beale Street.
Memphis is on the east edge of the Mississippi River dividing it from Arkansas. The river is still a waterway for shipping.
The city appears in many of John Grisham’s novels and was featured in the movie adapted from his book The Firm. It’s an old city with a history of hatred, bigotry and hard times. Once the cotton capitol of the world, hard times came to this city that’s perhaps more remembered as the city where Marin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.
I’ll focus on our visit to the Civil Rights Museum in a future post.
Memphis is trying to focus on its strengths which seem to be a strong arts community. Home of Stax and Sun music studios you’ll still find vibrant music in restaurants and club along Beale street, colorful murals on the old buildings downtown and artists communities in the midtown.