beale street memphis

Memphis lies in southwest Tennessee, with the muddy Mississippi trudging along its western edge. The city is famed for its delicious barbecue soul food and vibrant music scene – blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll spill out of the bars and clubs.

Memphians are united by an immense pride in their city’s cultural history. In the Sixties, it was both the epicentre of the Civil Rights movement and the black music scene. It’s home to the legendary Sun Studios where Elvis Presley, B B King and Johnny Cash once recorded albums too. Little surprise then, that Memphis has a lot of tourist traps. Yet SUITCASE has sought out the city’s hidden gems that prove why it’s a firm favourite among locals, musicians and travellers alike.

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Talbot Heirs

Trendy and contemporary styling is not often associated with the tradition-oriented south, which is what makes this guesthouse so unique. Located in downtown Memphis, less than a mile away from Beale Street (the city’s nightlife hub) and within the bustling theatre district, the Talbot Heirs is made up of eight quirky suites, each complete with kitchen, dining and living areas.

Shack Up Inn

On the border of Mississippi and Tennessee, the amazing Shack Up Inn is just an hour’s drive away from Memphis. If you have a car and don’t mind the journey, this collection of original sharecropper shacks located on the grounds of the historic Hopson Plantation is a truly unique way of experiencing American history. Virtually a town itself, the former cotton plantation houses several blues bars playing live music – perfect for when Memphis’ Beale Street feels a little daunting.

The Guest House

For devotees of the King, no trip to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Graceland, the world’s premier musical attraction. Mere steps from the iconic mansion, the colonial-style 450-room Guest House is a place you, well, can’t help falling in love with. From the luxurious King’s Suites to the 464-seat theatre and four restaurants serving up Southern comfort food, its rock ‘n’ roll style will make you believe Elvis never left the building.

Talbot Heirs

Shack Up Inn

The Guest House

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