Ava and Bianca Take Tennessee: Heartbreak, BBQ, and Blues in Memphis

It was day three of our trip, and our getaway was starting to look a little like a National Lampoon’s comedy.  Bianca and I had gotten a little too close to a cow, almost taken a spin in the General Lee, and lost a little money ($40) on the poker machines at the Horseshoe Casino.  When we woke up on day three, we were ready for more hijinks. 

After some Starbucks, we hit the road for our next adventure...Graceland.  Home to the late Elvis Presley, Graceland is one of America’s gaudiest tourist attractions.   After being dragged there as a young teenager by my Elvis super fan mother, I KNEW Bianca would greatly appreciate the Elvis experience.
Bring on the Elvis!!
I wanted for us to enjoy the complete Elvis experience so I booked a girlfriend getaway package that included an overnight stay at the Heartbreak Hotel.   Our Graceland tour tickets were included with the package, so we grabbed our passes at the end of Lonely street and crossed the bridge to Graceland!!
John Stamos (Uncle Jesse) led our tour of Graceland via iPad.
The main house looked a little smaller than I remembered.

The house has been well preserved!  I felt like I stepped back in time while exploring the house.
Apparently Lisa Marie, and the rest of the Presley family still celebrate holidays at the big house.
Here's the pool room...
and the TV room.  Elvis liked to watch all three networks at once.
Elvis picked out all of his animal head furniture for the Jungle Room in 45 minutes.
We then saw all of Elvis' awards and records in different buildings on the property.
Some of my favorite displays were of Priscilla's wedding dress...
And Elvis' karate suits.
After the tour we took a moment of silence to remember the King.
After the house tour, we checked out the car museum.
My favorite car was his mom's pink Cadillac.  In addition to seeing his cars, we watched a movie that contained many of Elvis' car chases.
Once an Elvis fan, always an Elvis fan.
In my opinion, Graceland is still one of the biggest tourist traps.  There was all kinds of Elvis paraphernalia available for sale.
After shopping, we headed through the fan detector to check out Elvis' planes.
The planes were also quite well preserved. 
On the way back to the Heartbreak Hotel, we followed tradition and signed the bridge.
Viva Elvis!
After touring Graceland, we were hungry so we headed to Corky’s in search of some tasty Memphis Barbecue.  
No trip to Memphis is complete without a trip to a bbq joint.
Corky's ribs were the best ribs I've ever tasted.
After lunch, we were ready to head back to our room at the Heartbreak Hotel and rest up for more shenanigans on Beale St.
The hotel was actually located at the end of Lonely St.
Would you prefer to sleep under old or young Elvis?
Since we purchased the Girlfriends Getaway Package, we got a FREE Elvis purse, Graceland nail file, and Heartbreak Hotel lip balm.
Guests of the Heartbreak Hotel can watch Elvis Movies on the in house Elvis channel, or take a dip in the heart shaped swimming pool.  Visitors who have difficulties getting in the pool are free to use the poolside elevator.
If guests get thirsty, they can grab a drink in the Jungle Room.
Beale Street is a bar/club/restaurant district located in downtown Memphis.  It is known for its cold beverages and live music. (Congress declared it the official Home of the Blues.)  We wanted to head to Beale St. to see the drinking goats at Silky O’Sullivans.
Silky O'Sullivans is a well known establishment on Beale St.
The bar features Irish Diving Goats who at one point were able to pound beers.
Guests can no longer buy the goats beer, however we were able to feed them crackers.
After feeding the goats, we had a great time checking out the Brass Note Walk of Fame and catching some live blues!
The Brass Note Walk of Fame honors those people who put Memphis on the world music map.
After walking around for a little while, we discovered Wed. night was Bike Night on Beale St.! 

I loved the neon lined street and the colorful Blues fans!
We ended up at the Blues Hall Juke Joint where we listened to The McDaniel Band!
I had a great time singing along with Charlie and the crew! P.S. They are much better live than on CD.
We were beat at the end of the evening, so we headed back to Heartbreak Hotel to rest up for our next day on the road!  Bring on Memphis!

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