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Sometimes a little staycation is all you need. You don’t want to drive super far, but you also crave time outside of the house. For those who live in Memphis, you may have never stayed at some of these hotels or experienced these activities or restaurants, so here is your chance to feel like a tourist and see all that the 901 offers. Here are three Memphis staycation itineraries — all for different personalities — for you to explore and enjoy.

3 Memphis Staycation Itineraries

Experience the Music of Memphis

WHERE TO STAY: The newly renovated Central Station Hotel is a must-see for the full Memphis musical experience. Located in the South Main Historic District, the landmark still serves as a train and trolley station.

RELATED: Your Ultimate Guide to South Main: A Hot Spot with Rich History

WHAT TO EAT: If you decide to stay at Central Station, a visit to Bishop is an absolute must. With a menu filled with everything from caviar to fried chicken, you can really try it all. There’s also an extensive cocktail and wine list that pairs well with their charcuterie board. For a nightcap or happy hour drink, Eight & Sand (also located inside the hotel) has seasonal cocktails you can sip on while listening to their vinyl collection.

WHAT TO DO: If you’ve never seen a recording session, Sun Studio or the STAX Museum are the coolest ways to spend an afternoon. In Midtown, just a few minutes away, is Lafayette’s Music Room, which has live bands and a fantastic patio. And, if you’ve never visited Graceland, this is your chance!

Memphis staycation: Central Station Hotel

Hang out in the lobby of the Central Station Hotel for music and drinks. Image: Central Station Hotel

Lafayette's Music Room patio

Hang out on the patio when the weather is nice! Image: Lafayette’s Music Room

Experience Classic Memphis

WHERE TO STAY: The Historic Peabody Memphis is located in the heart of downtown just blocks away from Beale Street, Sun Studio and more. Whether you’re there for an overnight stay or just passing through, be sure to check out the parade of Peabody Ducks and grab a cocktail from the hotel’s lobby.

WHAT TO EAT: If you want to eat inside the hotel, Chez Phillippe is a great dinner spot, whereas Peabody Deli & Desserts and Grand Lobby offer snacks and a quick bite. However, if you want to explore options outside the hotel, we recommend Itta Bena (located upstairs in B.B. King’s Blues Club — and get the fried avocado!) or The Majestic Grille for a contemporary Southern meal. If you want something more on the casual side, Flying Fish, Blues City Café, and popular tourist spots like The Rendezvous and Central BBQ are great choices.

WHAT TO DO:  First things first, you have to check out the view from the Peabody Rooftop, and you may even grab a selfie while you’re up there, too. Or, if you’re feeling the need for pampering, you can also check out Peabody’s Feathers Spa. When the weather is nice, enjoy a ride on the Memphis Riverboat, or walk along the Memphis River Parks. For a day out and about, several Memphis breweries give you the ultimate taste of the 901.

Memphis staycation itinerary: the Peabody Hotel

Kick your feet back and relax — you’re on staycation, after all! Image: @charbroandco

Central BBQ sandwich

It’s not a classic Memphis experience if you don’t eat barbecue, right? Image: Central BBQ

RELATED: Our Favorite Memphis Patios for Outdoor Dining in Memphis

Experience Modern Memphis

WHERE TO STAY: If you’re looking for modern, look no further than the Hu. Hotel. With an amazing rooftop with views of the Mississippi River, stylish rooms and a hip dining area, this is the perfect spot for that Instagram photo op.

WHAT TO EAT: For breakfast, grab something from Bedrock Eats & Sweets or Sunrise Memphis. If you want to stay at the hotel, the Hu. Diner and Hu. Café have delicious bites and plates. Other worthy options include Bardog Tavern and Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos, which have casual and late-night dining. Before turning in for the night, head up to the rooftop for a cocktail while taking in the scenery.

WHAT TO DO: Just a few blocks over from your hotel homebase are Slider Inn and Loflin Yard, two of Memphis’ ultimate hangout spots. While you’re in the area, make a pitstop at Broad Avenue Arts District for some shopping, and maybe grab a drink, snack or picture in front of a mural (there are lots over there!). Other close-by options include the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street and trolley rides.

Modern Memphis staycation: Hu.

Inside the Hu. Hotel, you can find a diner, café and rooftop bar. Image: Elizabeth Looney Photography

Couple at Loflin Yard

The ultimate hangout spot: Loflin Yard. Image: Loflin Yard

Cheers to staycations and chances to kick back and chill. Enjoy your mini-vacay in the city of Memphis!


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