We stayed just one night in Memphis on our way to New Orleans. I had several things planned to do while we were there for less than 24 hours, and we accomplished them all!! We arrived in Memphis around 10 a.m., and went to the Slave Haven house. I had read that the neighborhood was iffy, but we didn't have any problems at all. The Slave Haven tour was very interesting and I will post a report about it. After that, we went to the Civil Rights Museum. I was concerned that we wouldn't get to see much because of the renovations that were going on, but we spent over two hours there and could have easily spent longer. We stood on the balcony where Martin Luther King was assassinated, read about the conspiracy theories, etc. We are looking forward to going back there again after the renovations are complete.
We ran over to the hotel to check in and found the hotel to be very nice, especially considering the fact that it was about half the cost of most hotels in the downtown area. We stayed at the Comfort Inn Downtown. The lobby was nicely decorated and there was a rooftop pool, but we didn't have a chance to use it. Our room was very nice, the carpeting looked brand new and we had a flat screen tv. I requested an upper floor room, and got the top floor! We had a great view of the bridge from our room - very pretty at night.
After checking in, we made our way over to Mud Island and rode the tram over to 'walk the Mississippi'. It was fun for a while, but it is a very long walk if you decide to do all of it. Interesting enough, but not something I would go back to again.
We took a short break in the room before heading out to Beale Street. Walked over to catch the trolley, and it was packed - standing room only. We squeezed on and I thought that they won't stop to get any more people because it was already so full - but the conductor stopped twice more to allow more people on! It was fun though, everyone was in a good mood and all going to Beale Street, and thankfully it was just a short ride.
We wandered along Beale for a short time and then went to Silky O'Sullivans. The food was wonderful and we really enjoy their entertainer, Barbara Blue. We stayed there for quite a while enjoying the food, drinks and music. We made a stop out to the courtyard area to see the goats before leaving.
I see that panhandlers are mentioned on this forum frequently, but we weren't approached by a single person while we were there. Maybe the city is cracking down?
We went back to the hotel around 11 - we took the trolley to the street where the hotel is located and had a block walk to the hotel. We felt perfectly safe the whole time we were in Memphis.
We had a wonderful, but too short, visit, and hope to return soon. Thanks Deb for all of your excellent advice!!