Memphis, TN

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Dates: - Thu, Jan 22 - Sun, Jan 25, 2009


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Memphis, TN: Tickled Pink in the City of Blues
In a city where guitars may outnumber people, local legend has it that Memphis is where music was born. Spend a weekend here to roll away the blues and savor the barbecue-hot spice of life.

Place we love, even if it's touristy: Sink your teeth into rock and roll history--and a fried peanut and banana sandwich--at Graceland. Gawk at everything Elvis: his airplane, his car collection, and a bed fit only for The King. And you'd be nothing but a hound dog if you left without shimmying into the gift shop for fake sideburns and oversized gold-frame glasses.

Did we mention it's free? Lined with blues bars, Beale Street is the city's main music drag, and is a lively place for a strut or a stroll. The strumming sounds of blues guitar spill into the street, the scent of barbecue wafts out of restaurants, and hopeful buskers with stories to tell are always up for singing you a soulful tune.

Useful phrases: "Dry rub" means barbecue that is seasoned without the mess of sauce. Spices are slow-cooked over hickory and charcoal, and lovingly applied to hand-pulled pork shoulders and ribs. If you order a "three-in-one," you're exercising your option to get three sides and a meat, so choose your black-eyed peas, collard greens, coleslaw, and cornbread wisely.

The real deal: At Charles Vergo's Rendezvous Ribs, the experienced staff has been firing up the 'cue since 1948. From a coal chute basement to the restaurant empire it is today, the dry-rib recipe has remained the same all these years--and happy customers wouldn't have it any other way.

Editor's favorite watering hole: The Peabody Hotel's evening "duck march" is a famous Memphis tradition, during which a contingent of web-footed friends waddles from the hotel fountain, across the posh lobby, into the elevator, and up to their rooftop penthouse roost--just in time for happy hour.

History lesson: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life was cut short at Memphis's Lorraine Motel, which has since been converted into the National Civil Rights Museum. Giving an overview of history from Jim Crow laws to the Montgomery bus boycott, the museum movingly chronicles the human rights struggle and its paramount achievements.

Chill-out spot: See 22 types of gardens all in one place at the home of the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center. Chase away the blues in over 96 acres encompassing fish-stocked lakes and woodlands. The summer concert series under the stars features the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Lyle Lovett, Bruce Hornsby, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.