Looking for new ways to find your own beat in Memphis? There are more reasons than ever to love Memphis right now, as we celebrate the launch of new outdoor wonderlands, an intimate arts center and hotly anticipated cuisine, hotels and the ultimate place to shop. By day, choose your own adventure at Shelby Farms Park, freshly reimagined with an expanded lake, trails and so much more: rent a kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard or bike to cruise past restored wetlands, a live music pavilion, splash pad and two farm-to-fork restaurants. Or, strike out on Big River Crossing, the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge. The historic pass lures you over the Mississippi River along a 5,000-foot trail that connects Downtown Memphis with Arkansas.
If destination-shopping is your thing, don’t miss the only IKEA in the Mid-South region, brand new in fall 2016. By night, step out in Downtown Memphis with dinner at Catherine & Mary’s. The fourth local concept from acclaimed Memphis chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, Catherine & Mary’s balances Italian cuisine with the flavors of the American South—plus spot-on selections for wine and cocktails. And, it’s located inside The Chisca on Main, a gorgeous example of architectural reuse—with a connection to Elvis Presley.
After dinner, catch a show at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. This intimate outpost of Memphis’ historic Orpheum Theatre hosts an On Stage performance series highlighting veteran musicians from across the world. When it’s time for bed, tuck into Downtown Memphis’ new boutique property, Hotel Napoleon, a sleek reimagining of a century-old building with its own restaurant and easy access to Beale Street and other downtown attractions. Or, stay steps from Graceland at The Guest House at Graceland, where glints of gold and deep blues in the décor exude the swagger of Elvis himself (in fact, select suites were designed under the supervision of Priscilla Presley).
Sneak Peek: 2017 Openings
Elvis: Past, Present & Future – Spring 2017
The largest expansion at Graceland since its opening in 1982, this $45 million entertainment complex will feature 200,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, several Elvis-focused museums showcasing various aspects of his career and personal life, and a special events venue for film screenings, live music performances and more.
Old Dominick Distillery – Spring 2017 There are about to be new spirits in town: vodka, whiskey and bourbon, courtesy of Old Dominick Distillery. This 150-year-old brand will open its new distillery to the public with tours, tastings and event space.
Memphis Cook Convention Center – Fall 2017 The downtown convention center will be getting a fresh look on the outside and state-of-the-art upgrades on the inside with a $55-$60 million renovation.
American River Cruises by French America Line – Spring 2017
Board the romantic Louisiane for a multi-day excursion along the Mississippi River. These premium river cruises depart from Memphis and sail to “sister” river cities, inviting you to celebrate the food, music and culture of the South.