The Lover's Guide to Memphis – with Music

Memphis is a city known for its music. . . but when you stop and think about all the romantic - dare we say sexy? -  music that has come from this city, it's not hard to make a leap to Memphis being a town that's big on romance.

Memphis is home to romantic (again, sexy) crooning of Elvis Presley and Justin Timberlake, Al Green's "Let's Stay Together", the go-to slow dance song recorded right here, and dozens of songs that speak of love.

For Valentine's Day - or any romantic occasion - we've got your guide to the most romantic things to do in Memphis, set to an editor-suggested soundtrack brought to you by this city's favorite musicians.

"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green: Celebrate your relationship with a picnic and stroll through the Japanese garden  at the Memphis Botanic Garden

"(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley: Take your love to the Memphis Zoo, where you can see pandas, grizzlies and polar bears - and take a ride on a whimsical carousel.

"Suit and Tie" by Justin Timberlake:Go dressy with a tour of the Brooks Museum of Art followed by drinks at The Peabody Hotel's lobby bar, while you watch the duck march at 5 p.m.

"Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding: Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down to the river- and board the American Queen Steamboat for a romantic getaway.

We've provided you with the ideas - and the soundtrack - for romantic outings in Memphis. The rest is up to you.



Luxury paddle-wheeling on the Mississippi returned to Memphis in 2012, when the American Queen Steamboat company added cruises from the city to New Orleans, St. Louis. In true Memphis style, there's an Elvis connection; Priscilla Presley is...  Read More



The Memphis Grizzlies bring a unique style of basketball to the FedEx Forum - and win or lose (but they mostly win) - they are a blast to watch. Led by Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, the team focuses on ball-intense defense and scoring inside...  Read More



The clip-clopping of horse hooves can be heard throughout downtown Memphis, thanks to a robust carriage tour industry. Kids certainly delight in these tours, which wind around downtown, form the Peabody Hotel area through the main business...  Read More



Located in a 1916 building that was given a space-expanding, award-winning addition, Memphis Brooks Museum features collections of fine and decorative arts from antiquity to the present. You'll find works representing French Impressionists,...  Read More



Once the center of black-owned businesses and nightclubs, Beale became the home of the blues at the turn of the 20th century - a waypoint along the trail from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. W.C. Handy lived - and performed - here, and...  Read More



The Wolf River Greenway runs through Memphis and Germantown, and is part of the longer Greater Memphis Greenline that will eventually connect Collierville to downtown Memphis. The Wolf runs along the Wold River, and includes a wide paved path...  Read More



The tradition of the duck march started following a hunting trip in 1932. The story goes that then-general manager of the hotel and his hunting buddies, along with their live decoy ducks, stopped in the Peabody's ornate lobby bar for a glass or...  Read More

Memphis Botanic Garden
Photo courtesy of


With almost 100 acres of gardens set in the middle of East Memphis, there's something for any lover of the outdoors at MBG, including the serenity of a Japanese garden, a huge herb garden and a sensory garden. And there's 'My Big Backyard' -...  Read More



The Memphis Zoo is consistently rated one of the top zoos in the country, both for its breadth of exhibits in an easy-to-navigate layout, and for the sheer fact that one can get pretty close to the animals in almost every habitat. With giant...  Read More

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Photo courtesy of


Since 1976, this museum has housed a spectacular Impressionist collection including Degas, Monet and Pisarro, and the collection of art is rivaled only by the gorgeous gardens surrounding what was once one of Memphis' finest estates. The...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally