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  posted on 2/12/2011 at 11:22 AM
Well, it looks like I'll be going to Memphis/Graceland in late April. We're exploring the best deals on lodging, other attractions, etc., but if anyone local to the area or with experience/inside info has any tips, tricks etc., to save some money, I'd sure like to hear about them. I.e., 2-for-ones, etc.

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  posted on 2/12/2011 at 01:14 PM
Hey Topdroog...i have lived here now for the past 5 years... for lodging tehre are really nice hotels in Cordova near the wolfchase mall do a expedia.com search on the mall address 2760 North Germantown Parkway, Memphis 38133 which is 18 miles from downtown and this is a nicer part of town.

AS far as graceland they offer a lot of different packages so it depands on how much you want to see and how much you want to pay. All i can say is go there during daylight and do not be in that part of town when it gets dark.

Some must see ttractions for music fans is Sun Studio, Staxx museum, Gibson guitar factory. For good local music check jambase.com for schedules.

For BBQ i recommend A&R on elvis presley blvd just north of hwy 55..Go in the day not at night. For the best chicken go to GUS's on front st downtown its a few blocks south of beale st

AS a FYI apri 29-may 1 is Beal st music fest and most hotels downtown are already booked, so people flow outwards into the burbs.

Feel free to send me a PM if you want to meet up for some music and food

 

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  posted on 2/12/2011 at 01:31 PM
& if you are looking to visit any music stores for vinyl,cd's, (both new & used)etc. these two are top notch...

Spin Street :
http://www.spinstreet.com/

Shangri-La:
http://www.shangri.com/

For the best selection of blues cd's in Memphis :

Memphis Music on Beale St. .... just a few stores down from B.B. King's

For the best Burger in Memphis :
http://hueyburger.com/

 

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  posted on 2/12/2011 at 03:44 PM
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& if you are looking to visit any music stores for vinyl,cd's, (both new & used)etc. these two are top notch...

Spin Street :
http://www.spinstreet.com/

Shangri-La:
http://www.shangri.com/

For the best selection of blues cd's in Memphis :

Memphis Music on Beale St. .... just a few stores down from B.B. King's

For the best Burger in Memphis :
http://hueyburger.com/



I didn't think they had record shops like that anymore.

 

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  posted on 2/12/2011 at 05:39 PM
Don't forget that less than an hour and a half's drive down Highway 61 is Clarkesdale, Mississippi, ground zero for the blues.

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Clarksdale, Mississippi has been a center for blues culture since the 1920s. Its location as a transportation hub—where Highways 61 and 49 connect, where the Illinois Central and other railroads maintained depots and passenger terminals, and where the Greyhound Bus Company built a station—made Clarksdale an economic boom town. Flush times created audiences with money to spend for entertainment, and the blues flourished in the city. Many now-legendary musical artists were born and raised in and around Clarksdale: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Ike Turner, Jackie Brenston, Sam Cooke, Junior Parker, and W. C. Handy, among them. Clarksdale was a major market for the Delta’s constantly traveling musicians, and the likes of Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Charley Patton are also associated with the city. Today, that historic blues culture is preserved for visitors while contemporary musicians carry on the great Delta blues tradition.




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Clarksdale, Mississippi has long been described as "Ground Zero" for blues aficionados from around the globe. It all started here. That's why Ground Zero Blues Club® was created — to celebrate the area's rich blues heritage and to provide a forum in which it can continue.
Located at Ø Blues Alley next door to the Delta Blues Museum in the heart of historic downtown Clarksdale, Ground Zero Blues Club® opened in May 2001. Owned by local attorney and businessman, Bill Luckett; Academy Award-winning actor and Mississippi Delta resident, Morgan Freeman; and Clarksdale native and Memphis entertainment executive, Howard Stovall; Ground Zero Blues Club® is the place for anyone looking for an authentic Delta Blues experience.






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  posted on 2/12/2011 at 06:15 PM
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Don't forget that less than an hour and a half's drive down Highway 61 is Clarkesdale, Mississippi, ground zero for the blues.

Clarksdale is a great call, Derek, and a much better place to spend some time than Graceland in my opinion, unless you are an avid Elvis fan. I went to Graceland a few years ago to appease my wife (same reason I've gone to Dolly Parton, Sugarland, and Miranda Lambert concerts. Of course, it's the same reason she goes to ABB shows.) Anyway, I left Graceland feeling like a ripped-off tourist. I'd say the best way to do Graceland on a budget is to just skip it if that's an option. But Memphis is cool for it's music history, barbeque, Beale Street, etc. And Clarksdale is the Holy Grail! The great thing about Clarksdale is that on any night you can listen to some of the best live blues in the world for $10 cover or less at Red's, Ground Zero, Bluesberry Cafe, Hopson's or several other spots. There's always something going on. And it's rich in history, lots of things to see during the day. And between Memphis and Clarksdale....casinos!

 

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  posted on 2/13/2011 at 02:58 PM
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Don't forget that less than an hour and a half's drive down Highway 61 is Clarkesdale, Mississippi, ground zero for the blues.

Clarksdale is a great call, Derek, and a much better place to spend some time than Graceland in my opinion, unless you are an avid Elvis fan. I went to Graceland a few years ago to appease my wife (same reason I've gone to Dolly Parton, Sugarland, and Miranda Lambert concerts. Of course, it's the same reason she goes to ABB shows.) Anyway, I left Graceland feeling like a ripped-off tourist. I'd say the best way to do Graceland on a budget is to just skip it if that's an option. But Memphis is cool for it's music history, barbeque, Beale Street, etc. And Clarksdale is the Holy Grail! The great thing about Clarksdale is that on any night you can listen to some of the best live blues in the world for $10 cover or less at Red's, Ground Zero, Bluesberry Cafe, Hopson's or several other spots. There's always something going on. And it's rich in history, lots of things to see during the day. And between Memphis and Clarksdale....casinos!


Couldn't agree more.

 

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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 10:19 AM
I went to Memphis last year in March and had a good time. I was only there for half a day though. I saw the outside of Graceland & Sun Studios, but didn't get to do the tour. And the gibson guitar factory was closed the day I was there, so I couldn't see it. I bought some cds at Memphis Music, and that was a great music store. I ate bbq at Pig On Beale, and it was pretty good. If I get to go back to Memphis, I plan on doing more stuff.
 

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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 05:57 PM
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...... I'd say the best way to do Graceland on a budget is to just skip it.....





LOL Love it!

 

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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 09:04 PM
My Wife and I went to Memphis about 5 years ago for our 20th anniversary and had a great time. We stayed at the Hampton on Beale St. and were treated like King and Queen.

I called ahead to the Hampton and asked that flowers be put in the room for my Wife as it was our 20th anniversary. Not only did the woman I talked to pick out some wonderful flowers and stay in my budget but they upgraded our room to a "Presidential-type suite" with a balcony overlooking Beale St. and had a gift basket there too. No additional charge for the upgraded room or basket. Great service and great people. I thought I died and gone to heaven listening to the music on the balcony. The Wife was also pretty veklempt when she saw the flowers, room and basket.

 

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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 09:07 PM
Also, Sun Studios is NOT to be missed. Take the tour, it's well worth it.

Graceland, the Gibson Factory(if you play) is worth visiting.

AND, Clarksdale is well worth the ride. Nice ride, there's a Casino or two in the middle of the cotton fields along the way and the Delta Blues Museum is an excellent museum.

 

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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 09:28 PM
Thanks for all this info everybody! My wife and I are going to Memphis in July, only for a couple days though, but this has helped. We leave Waverly, TN Wednesday am and head down to Memphis, staying the night at the Peabody and seeing what we can see. Planning on Graceland just because-neither of us are huge Elvis fans, but kinda feel like we should go there. Also planning on Sun Studios and the Gibson Factory (she mentioned that!) and not sure what else, maybe Staxx, maybe a riverboat cruise, probably lots of time/meals/money on Beale St. I highly doubt I'll be able to talk her into another hour drive to Clarksdale, she's not big on being in the car, but she's willing to go to Memphis with me because we're spending a week down there with her entire family so she figured she'd need a mid-week break.
 

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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 10:20 PM
The Rendezvous and Blues City Cafe are great for Bar-B-Q.

Rendezvous for dry Ribs and Blues City for Wet.

Don't forget too about BB Kings on Beale. A bit of a chain but still a good place for Blues music.

 

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My Wife and I went to Memphis about 5 years ago for our 20th anniversary and had a great time. We stayed at the Hampton on Beale St. and were treated like King and Queen.

I called ahead to the Hampton and asked that flowers be put in the room for my Wife as it was our 20th anniversary. Not only did the woman I talked to pick out some wonderful flowers and stay in my budget but they upgraded our room to a "Presidential-type suite" with a balcony overlooking Beale St. and had a gift basket there too. No additional charge for the upgraded room or basket. Great service and great people. I thought I died and gone to heaven listening to the music on the balcony. The Wife was also pretty veklempt when she saw the flowers, room and basket.


We always stay at the Hampton Inn on Poplar.It's away from downtown,but way cheaper rates...

 

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The Rendezvous and Blues City Cafe are great for Bar-B-Q.

Rendezvous for dry Ribs and Blues City for Wet.

Don't forget too about BB Kings on Beale. A bit of a chain but still a good place for Blues music.


Blues City Cafe is my fav. place to eat on Beale St...great steaks & ribs....another cool place is the Pink Palace Museum on Central Ave. ...they have an I-Max theater & Planetarium ...The Memphis Zoo is also a cool visit.It's off Poplar Ave. ....

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 08:23 AM
Cozy Corner is the rib place to hit in Memphis.
 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 09:27 AM
If you like fried chicken Gus' World Famous Hot Fried Chicken is a must. Don't miss it. Only about four blocks west of Beale and 2nd St.
 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 09:40 AM
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the Peabody


I get down there every year for Memphis in May, the big bbq competition. One of my clients always has a tent set up, so I end up there. I digress. If you are staying at the Peabody, make sure you see the ducks that come out of the elevator everyday (I think at 3PM). Yes, real live ducks.

How did the tradition of the ducks in The Peabody fountain begin?

Back in 1932 Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Jack Daniel's Tennessee sippin' whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain.

Three small English call ducks were selected as "guinea pigs," and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Soon, five North American Mallard ducks would replace the original ducks.

In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day and taught them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became the Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity for 50 years until his retirement in 1991.


 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 01:55 PM
Go to Dyers for a "deep fried" burger.
 

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Go to Dyers for a "deep fried" burger.


Yes! Is this the place where they allegedly move the grease along with when they move locations? Apparently they have ageless cooking grease.

 
 


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