Retirement and Rejuvenation: Planning a Milestone Trip to Memphis

Riverboat on the Mississippi River. Photo Credit: Amie Vanderford

Aboard a Riverboat on the Mississippi River

Mirimichi Golf Course: Andrea Zucker

Hole #18 at Mirimichi Golf Course by Andrea Zucker

Mic at Sun Studio: Dan Ball

Home of the Million Dollar Quartet - Sun Studio. Photo by Dan Ball.

talbot heirs entrance

Talbot Heirs Guesthouse entrance on Second St. in Memphis, TN

Chef Kelly English. Photo Credit: Justin Fox Burks

Chef Kelly English of Restaurant Iris and the Second Line gives us the succulent scoop on why Memphis cuisine is some of the best in the country. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

National Civil Rights Museum. Photo Credit: Amie Vanderford

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

Elvis Presley at Graceland 1957. Photo Credit: EPE

Elvis Presley at Graceland

So, you’ve just punched your time card for the last time. You’ve cleaned out your desk, your coworkers have thrown you a nice going away party, and now you’re officially retired. What’s your next move? How about celebrating your newly-found freedom with a retirement milestone trip to Memphis?

Like to enjoy a little sunshine? Make a tee time at Mirimichi, the first platinum LEED certified green golf course in the country, and practice your putts and chips. Mirimichi has been named the top course in Golfweek's “Best Courses You Can Play” in Tennessee for the past two years. Or sit back and be lulled by the waves of the Mississippi River on a Memphis Riverboats sightseeing or dinner cruise.

If music is your bag, we’ve got everything you need for a perfect milestone vacation. Rock out at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Have a little lunch at his favorite diner, the Arcade Restaurant, and then see where he got his start at the famed Sun Studio.

Want to chase some history? Start off at the Burkle Estate, or Slave Haven, which was a safe space for slaves to rest during their escape along the Underground Railroad. Then, go see the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum which traces the struggles of minorities in the United States from the time of slavery all the way to present day.

Taste the flavors of Memphis by dining at some of our delicious, award-winning restaurants. If you’re looking for a downtown spot to grab a bite to eat before dancing the night away on Beale Street, make reservations at Itta Bena. This fine dining eatery, located right above B. B. King’s Blues Club, is named after his hometown in Mississippi and is famous for she-crab soup and shrimp and grits. 

In Overton Square take a seat at Chef Kelly English’s new restaurant, the Second Line. Dive into po’ boys, fried catfish and Gulf shrimp. During nice weather, make sure to take advantage of the patio. If you plan on enjoying an evening in East Memphis, make a reservation to dine at Southward Fare & Libations. Experience Chef Ryan Trimm’s authentic Low Country cuisine in a relaxed, rustic setting. The oysters are always a great bet, as well as the pork shank and the quail. Save room for dessert; the Heath Bar trifle is not to be missed.

If you just want to rest and relax, kick up your feet and settle in at the Madison in the heart of Downtown Memphis. This sleek, contemporary hotel features valet parking, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor swimming pool. Another great option is the Talbot Heirs Guesthouse. With only seven rooms, this intimate property is perfect for those who like to get away while keeping all of the comforts of home. Each well-appointed room boasts a full kitchen and awesome views.

Now is the time to treat yourself to a fantastic getaway in the Bluff City. Let Memphis move you and soothe you and help you celebrate all your years of hard work.