Travel West to East across the Volunteer State, and get to know Tennessee like never before. From the barbecue capital of Memphis to the music subwaypolis of Nashville and the jagged, rural backdrop that is the Great Smoky Mountains, explore Tennessee in all its southern glory.
Ribs and Rock n’ Roll
Begin your voyage in Memphis, home to barbecue enthusiasts and rock n’ roll devotees. Once you touch-down, head straight to the iconic Peabody Hotel for the night, whose southern style never fails to impress its guests, and whose resident ducks have become something of an attraction in themselves. Exploring is easy from here, with Beale Street a minutes’ walk away, meaning that many of the city’s major attractions are right here on your doorstep. So spend your first day the Memphis way, and head to this legendary street where you can feast on barbecue ribs at The Pig, drink Jack Daniels at Alfred’s and listen to blues music at the Rum Boogie Café.Read more
Come day two, we’ll transport you to Elvis’s prime residence of more than 20 years, Graceland, where we’ll lead you through what many people label the embodiment of the ‘American Dream’ – a place where Elvis evolved from small-town nobody to a world famous rock n’ roll superstar. But if you’re still not convinced that Memphis really is the rock n’ roll (and soul) capital of Tennessee, swing by the Rock ‘N Soul Museum, whose interactive exhibitions will take you on a musical journey from the revolution of the thirties to it’s heyday in the seventies. As the day comes to a close, head to B.B. King’s blues club for your night cap, and for a performance from local country, blues, soul and rock bands. What’s more, you’ll gain exclusive Black Tomato back-stage access, meaning a meet-and-greet with the local stars is on the cards.
New Era Nashville
Next stop, Nashville, a city that has long attracted creative individuals. These days the city is home to more than just musicians, from world renowned artists to globally recognised chefs, Nashville is a hub of creative activity. What’s more, Nashville’s once abandoned neighborhoods are also witnessing change, with unique eateries, artisan bakeries and boutique stores popping up left right and center. The Gulch is one of Nashville’s most popular up-and-coming areas, and also home to your hotel for the next two nights: The Thompson. From here spend your days exploring Nashville’s hipster scene by roaming through independent galleries and sipping on craft beers from local breweries.
But let’s not forget you’re still in the US’s music state, meaning that a trip to the legendary RCA Studio B is essential. Acting as a catalyst in establishing Nashville as a globally acknowledged recording center, Studio B has long been a city landmark with anyone who’s anyone recording here, including the likes of Dolly Parton and Eddy Arnold.
Escape to the Smokies
Finish your trip by escaping to the Great Smoky Mountains, so named due to the picturesque blue mist that hangs above the valley every morning. Stretching more than 20,000 hectares, this mountain range makes for the perfect rural retreat, with an abundance of outdoors activities on offer. From rock climbing, white water rafting and paddle boarding to the gentler pursuit of fly-fishing, there is something for everyone here in the valley. During your two nights in the Smokies, you’ll be staying at the family owned Blackberry Farm Hotel, whose luxuriously comfortable rooms make for an ideal base after a long day of exploring. Equipped with a ‘Wellhouse’, Blackberry farm is ideal for relaxing and revitalising. Through bespoke spa treatments, fitness programmes and mindfulness activities, Blackberry Farm will leave you feeling truly refreshed and recharged, just in time for your flight home.