Valentine’s Day is here! For the romantic at heart, historic places can offer a particular charm. For a truly romantic evening take the one you love out on the town, Memphis-style, and include some one-of-a-kind Memphis landmarks along the way.
1: The Peabody Hotel
The Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond Peabody Hotel is one of Memphis’ most high profile historic properties. Located in the heart of downtown, The Peabody is plush romance at its finest. The hotel has been host to high-profile dignitaries and countless romancing couples over the years. From their high-class restaurant Chez Philippe; to the carriage rides through historic Memphis offered right outside their front doors; to the famous Peabody ducks that grace the lobby fountain, The Peabody offers luxury and true Memphis personality to seekers of first-class romance.
2: The Inn at Hunt-Phelan
Hunt-Phelan is a historic five-acre downtown estate in Beale Street Entertainment District. The 1828 historic mansion is a registered Tennessee Historic Landmark, and the Inn at Hunt-Phelan offers 10 guest rooms with options ranging from traditional rooms to private suites. Hunt-Phelan also offers four-star luxury dining and the convenience of walking-distance proximity to the legendary Beale Street.
3: Magnolia Grove Bed and Breakfast
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown? Magnolia Grove Bed and Breakfast in Hernando, Mississippi offers a quieter, more intimate romantic experience. Luxuriously restored with period pieces and stained glass windows, the Victorian mansion was built in 1890 and now offers high-quality accommodations complete with a full breakfast and coffee or drinks on the porch later in the day. Should you want to revisit the hubbub of ‘city life’, the B & B is located 25 minutes from the Tunica Casinos and 25-30 minutes from historic downtown Memphis.
4: Restaurant Iris
If you’re local to Memphis, but want to get out for the evening, the Restaurant Iris may be the perfect way to add a little historic flavor and modern flair to your romantic night out. Iris is a French-Creole restaurant located in a renovated historic home near Overton Square. Restaurant Iris has been named Best Restaurant, Best Service, and Best Chef by Memphis magazine.
5: Elmwood Cemetery
Willing to think outside the box? Elmwood Cemetery was opened in 1853 as part of the Victorian Rural Cemetery Movement. The cemetery’s picturesque statues and gardens reflect the stylized, romantic Victorian portrayal of death through flowers and angelic depictions. The cemetery’s designers pictured the place as a park to host both the living and the dead, where family picnics and romantic walks would be the norm. On a warm day with the first hint of spring in the air, Elmwood could offer an off-the-beaten-path Victorian experience for the right couple.
Have other favorite romantic spots that you’d like to add to the list? Please comment! Your suggestions may be featured in a future ‘Most Romantic Historic Places in Memphis’.