Thursday, January 23, 2014

3 Day Getaway: Memphis & St. Louis

On the first of the year, we woke up early to snag some more beignets and take one last walk around the Quarter. We wandered though a bunch of art galleries and were really attracted to the art of Jamie Hayes, we even bought a couple of prints to frame for the house. We checked out of the hotel and drove to the famous plantations in the area. Unfortunately I didn't do any planning beforehand and when we arrived they were all closed for the holiday. EPIC FAIL. At least we got to admire the plantations from the outside.

Evergreen Plantaation

Oak Alley Plantation

We drove 6 hours to Memphis and arrived a little after 7 pm. We checked in at The Days In at Graceland, it's across the street from Graceland and would allow is to save on parking the next day. We set out to find someplace to eat and EVERYTHING in the city was closed down, it looked like a ghost town. We ended up trying 5 or 6 different places before giving up and going to the movie theater. Next morning, walked we one block from the hotel to Graceland and got our tickets for the tour.

Living Room @ Graceland
Guest Bedroom @ Graceland
Dining Room @ Graceland
Pool Room @ Graceland
Elvis's Awards
One of the most visited graves in the US - Elvis Presley RIP
We spent more than 3 hours exploring Graceland and the grounds before grabbing lunch. We couldn't decide were to eat so we ended up having lunch at 2 different places. We stopped first at Central BBQ to have some good Memphis Style BBQ. We ordered a half rack of dry ribs and a pulled pork sandwich to share. Memphis is known for it's dry rub and although yummy I'm not it's biggest fan, because I prefer my BBQ smothered in sauce. The pulled pork was fantastic, moist, tender and mouth watering. We then had a second lunch were everyone ordered one piece of friend chicken at Gus's Fried Chicken. I was expecting a delicious, juicy piece of chicken, I was NOT expecting how spicy and hot the coating would be. It tasted incredible but definitively different from any other fried chicken I've ever had. After stuffing our faces we started our drive towards St. Louis. Lucked out on Priceline Express Deals and for $50  grabbed a room with Hyatt Regency with view of the Arch. We were starving and Yelp steered us towards Sauce on the Side, a fast casual calzone place just a few blocks way. They have a calzone stuffed with banana, mascarpone and nutella. Enough said

On the morning of January 3, we grabbed some Starbucks and made our way to Gateway Arch.

View of the city from the top

It was then lunch time! We headed to Pappy's Smokehouse for lunch at the recommendation of my husband who had visited during the business trip. Pappy's had an hour long line but once we ordered the food came quickly. We ordered half a rack and a pulled pork sandwich to share and it was all scrumptious. The one hour wait was worth it. We visited the Anheuser-Busch brewery after lunch, We visited St. Louis during the 2014 Polar Vortex and it was freezing as we walked between the buildings if the brewery. Having done the free tour of Coors in Colorado, the Anheuser -Busch one in St. Louis is much better. There are a lot of historic buildings with beautiful architecture in addition to being able to get closer to different stages of brewing.

We ended our week long roadtrip vacation with a 5 hour drive to Cincinnati where we discovered that my husband had turned the heater to cool by mistake and our house was around 30 degrees. We were lucky our pipes didn't freeze and that we had enough blankets to cover ourselves in that night. Ironic end to a great vacation

Trip Stats:
7 Days
2,158 Miles or 29.4 hrs of driving
Drove through 10 States (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana) 5 of which we had never visited before.
Many great memories :)


  1. Love the first picture, so artistic! Graceland looks like a beautiful place to visit. I am amazed at how much you got done in a week!

    1. Thanks Kristie! Graceland is actually a lot more fun to visit than I initially expected. It took us more than 3 hours to tours the grounds completely.I enjoy mashing as much stuff to do as possible in a short period of time.