Wednesday, January 18, 2017

24 Hours in Memphis

Part of my Christmas present (bought in November) was tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Memphis this past Thursday!  I was really excited to get to visit Memphis since I wasn't able to go run the St. Jude's Half in December.

So this past Thursday morning, Dustin and I loaded up and headed to Memphis for a mini-vacay.  We didn't leave as early as we should have (probably my fault 😜).  We originally had planned on arriving in Memphis at lunch time and eating lunch at the famous Rendezvous BBQ joint.  Well, we stuck to that plan even though we didn't get to Memphis until almost 2 PM!


 I was planning on getting chicken but they weren't serving the full menu at that time so ribs it was.  I ordered the small slab, and learned quickly that I'm not a fan of dry rub ribs.  I ate three only because I was starving and gave Dustin everything else.


We walked over the The Peabody so I could see the ducks.  I thought the fountain would be a lot bigger.  Anyone else feel the same way?


 We explored Beale Street and I was pleasantly surprised to find it a lot cleaner and way less rowdy than Bourbon Street is in the daytime.



 Our concert venue was right behind Beale Street and we learned that the Westin hotel would have been the perfect hotel!  Right across from the Forum and right behind Beale Street.  **So if you plan on going anytime soon, stay at the Westin no matter what the price is!  It would be worth it!



 We stayed at the Sheraton and had an end room.  It was slightly curved and had a ton of windows--not all were able to fit in this picture.  It was a really nice room and our view overlooked the river!  The best part?  The bed was actually really comfortable.  We have a Tempur-Pedic mattress, so you know nothing compares.  We both talked the next morning about how comfortable the bed was.



 Dustin quickly connected to wifi (remember our text message conversation?) while I painted my nails haha!



sweater / jeans (same brand) / flats (same brand) / purse (same brand)
Concert outfit!



 We grabbed dinner and an app at Huey's downtown, and let me just say, this was so good! I couldn't get my picture to turn and upload to this post, so you may have to turn your computer, but I had the Old Tyme A1 and you can see how cheap the prices are.



 I did not order fries since I splurged big time on this hamburger.  Doesn't it look amazing?!



 We were lucky enough to get parking passes that had direct access to the level our seats were on.  I was so pleased with this set up.  And Dustin waited in line patiently to be let in to the Forum.  What a good husband ;)



 It was an AMAZING concert!!!  In terms of entertainment, I'm ranking it in my top three and Dustin ranks it as #1.  I promise, well-worth it!



 Breakfast the next morning was another great recommendation near The University of Memphis.  We ate at Cafe Eclectic and I had the Rachel Wrap.  It was eggs, bacon, cheese, onions, bell peppers, avocado, and tomato.  THE BEST!  I couldn't even eat it all so Dustin finished this one too haha!  In his defense, my breakfast was much better than his so he was really excited to get to eat this.



 Driving through the campus



 And we found their stadium..... #thingsyoudowhenmarriedtoDustinShaneyfelt



 We also spent 500 2.5 hours in the massive Bass Pro.  



 And some of us tried on clothes (and bought lots).  One of us didn't buy anything the entire trip...... 😉



We stopped at Corky's in Olive Branch (another recommendation).  Guess who had what--one is healthier than the other haha!  I enjoyed my salad and Dustin enjoyed his nachos AND banana pudding.

It was a really quick trip since we had to go hunting the next day, but we both agree that we've got to go back in order to visit lots of the museums and Graceland (on my bucket list 😜).  If you've ever been to Memphis, what are some must-do things you recommend?


Linking up with Jenn

16 comments:

  1. What a fun weekend for you! I'm not a ribs fan either, so I don't blame you for giving up the food! Give me all the chicken!!

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  2. Looks like a super fun, and tasty, trip!

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  3. Yay!!! 24 hours well spent. You two are always adorable as can be and look like you have so much fun together!!

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  4. Sounds like you had the best time. We should meet up there - I love Memphis! We have stayed in the Westin and like you said - it's ridiculously convenient. Next time you guys go, you need to stop and get a freshly made waffle cone from one of the places on Beale Street - there is also this little place there that has the best chicken and waffles. Now you have me wanting to go again. :)

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  5. So glad you had a great time on your trip and really enjoyed the concert!! that food is making me drool right now! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. What a fun trip!! I am dying about Dustin connecting to wifi immediately! That is such a patrick move. He's already warned me about wifi on our trip this weekend. That breakfast sandwich looks like the bomb!! I'm so glad y'all had a fun time. It's always so nice to get away!!

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  7. Sounds like such a fun trip! My husband and I are hoping to make a quick trip to Chicago in March for our anniversary and I'm already dreaming about hotel room-service-hahahaha!

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  8. A couple friends and I made a quick one day Memphis trip several years ago. I have to agree on the Peabody experience...meh. We've talked about going back because there was more to see and do than we realized. We also stumbled upon probably the best Target I've ever been in....but that's coming from someone who has to drive an hour to get to the nearest Target anyway, ha.

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  9. Oh my goodness how fun!!! I've never been - and now I'm hungry!

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  10. I agree Beale is so much cleaner than Bourbon. We said the exact same thing when we were there. Glad y'all had fun! You are just so pretty. :)

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  11. I'm LOLing about the "connecting to wi-fi" part! We went to Memphis a few years ago for a concert, and I remember thinking that Beale Street was so much cleaner than I thought it would be, too! Looks like y'all had a great time!

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  12. So fun! PS- I LOVE Red Hot Chili Peppers... this isn't quite the same but Blink 182 is coming to the Houston, TX Rodeo in March and I am so going to be there for that!

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  13. Hi! I live in Memphis and some recommendations are also Central BBQ, but you really can't go wrong with any Memphis BBQ :). Graceland is worth seeing, Shelby Farms is a great public park with many activities, and Overton Square has some good restaurants as well. There is also the Civil Rights Museum and other museums in the city along with a great zoo.

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  14. Memphis is majorly on my bucket list-especially after visiting Nashville this past summer! Thanks for all the dining suggestions :)

    xoxo, SS


    Southern And Style

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  15. So fun that you had this to look forward to after Christmas - it looks like you guys had a great time and sometimes the shorter trips are the best! All of those meals look delicious too!

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  16. What a fun trip! I agree that the fountain at the Peabody was smaller than I was expecting. We were there for the marching OUT of the fountain and followed the ducks up to the rooftop. It was really neat. I even had the man sign my book for my students when I was teaching - they loved it.
    Memphis is so fun - the zoo is amazing with PANDAS, Graceland is wonderful and really fascinating - definitely do the audio tour so you learn as much as you can, go to all of the areas (homes, airplane, etc) and eat some more delicious food while you're in town :)

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