How to Not Be Lame with Guests with No Kids
My brother and his girlfriend (late 20s) came to visit for 5 nights, 6 days the first week of May. I thought I’d tell you all where I took them each day so you can have some ideas for your own Memphis tourists. Is this the most riveting itinerary you’ve ever seen? No, not necessarily. I had my kiddos with me almost every day. Here’s where we went that was entertaining enough for my 20-something guests and kid-friendly enough I could host them with my girls. This post contains affiliate links.
Guests arrived pretty late on Tuesday night so we just drank wine and worked on this puzzle. They were driving from Washington, DC to San Antonio, TX, on their cross-country road-trip and move.
Coffee and a Chinese Fire Drill Tourist Stop
Wednesdays my Big Girl is in school until 12:45 so we drove to City & State on Broad. This is an Instagrammer’s and hipster’s heaven. But not too stuffy. The outdoor patio is huge and very kid and dog-friendly. There are bowls outside for the dogs. I like to hang outside with Little Girl at restaurants and she loved playing on the wooden bleacher steps things. I could see how a helicopter parent would be very nervous but she was fine and loved it.
I really wanted my guests to see Crosstown even though I had just been inside recently to see it. We drove to the parking lot and Little Girl & I stayed in the car while my brother and girlfriend hopped out. We idled in the parking lot and I told them to walk inside the concourse and look up.
Not gonna lie, I used them as babysitters the rest of Wednesday afternoon and evening as I had a meeting and Daisies.
How to See Memphis in Your Activewear
Thursday both girls are in school 9-2, and I told my guests I really needed to get some work done. They had a car or could have used mine and I sent them to the Wolf River Greenway for a run. They hopped on on Humphreys between Kirby and Riverdale.
When the girls were finished with school, we all went to Memphis Botanic Garden. As a rare treat for me, we actually didn’t make a beeline for Big Backyard and instead went to feed the koi. They creep me out so bad. They are literally like the fish on Darwin bumper stickers that are walking out of the water onto land. Of course we went to Big Backyard, too.
Beer and Jenga
After Memphis Botanic Garden, we drove to Wiseacre. In retrospect, I should have coordinated Wiseacre with City & State and/or Crosstown (all Broad stops) but I don’t know when you would drink coffee then want a beer right away. The food truck was Memphis Mojo Cafe and it was pretty awesome. It was such a gorgeous night and my kids would have played with the Jenga blocks for hours.
We couldn’t end the night there, we needed dessert so we headed to MEMpops because it was on the way home. I don’t recall every flavor everyone got but I do know that Little Girl gets strawberry dipped in dark chocolate (kids size when available) every time and the Reverb Coffee and Maple Bacon are amazing options.
$1 per Hole
Friday the Girlfriend and I stayed home with Little Girl while Big Girl was at school half day. My brother is a golfer and was looking for a place to play. He landed on Audubon because it was $9 to play 9 holes! On their to-do list while in Memphis was to eat BBQ. Since Corky’s was on my brother’s way home from golfing, we placed an internet order which he picked up and we ate it for lunch at home.
After naps, we all loaded up to make the 30-minute trip to see the Peabody Ducks. It was a Friday night, and we barely made it in time, so we pulled the ol’ kids-on-our-shoulders-trick since all the good seats in the lobby were taken. After that we went to the rooftop to take some skyline-view photos and see the ducks’ penthouse suite. Honestly, to me, that free site-seeing was worth ($8 maybe?) paid parking I had to do at the lot across from Tamp & Tap. Free duck-viewing and skyline picture-taking for $8 parking. Worth it.
I’m Outdoorsy in That I Like to Drink on Patios
Next we loaded back up into the car and drove to Loflin Yard. (Yep, I gave it another chance.) We only had a beer each and the cheese plate between us. I would have been happy to hang there all night, but my husband wanted to expose the guests to another restaurant, and Little Girl was pitching a pretty big fit, so we took the opportunity to load up and drive Out East to the new Babalu.
Listen, we waited an hour and it was LOUD but the service was great, the weather was gorge, we hung on the patio/bar for a drink, and the kids were fine. We had a great time. We had the kids. In a bar. At this point we were pushing a European dinner for young girls so after we wrapped up, it was beddy-by time.
I Donut Understand Puns
Saturday where else could we go but Gibson’s? What is there to tell? After that we went to Overton Square and there was a (rare private) birthday party going on at Art Project. I didn’t anticipate that because I think usually when they have a birthday party they are still usually open to the public, or at least to members but this was an unusually large birthday party, I think. It was like 10:30 and I think they opened to the public at 11 so we meandered in and out of the shops at Overton.
Like a Kid in a Candy Store
NOT KID FRIENDLY. We took a baby to a candy store but made out pretty well (Sweet Noshings). Don’t take little girls into Crazy Beautiful because it’s one of those really-nice-styled-boutiques. I would love to go back to shop there kid-less. Have you been to the light show hallway on the 2nd floor? I had never been! We had plenty to do to kill 30 minutes.
Art Project. ‘Nuf said. (I cannot stress the deal that it is to get a membership to this place. They are not crazy-psycho-Nazi about NOT letting the parents “help” the kids or touch the art supplies, so you get to scratch that itch so to speak, a little, too.)
Saturday afternoon, the Girlfriend and I took 4pm class at Sumits Yoga. It’s a drop-in rate of, I think $7, so it’s a good deal for visitors who aren’t going to buy a class pass or membership. They also have a similar-rate class on Wednesday nights. We ate dinner in that night.
When the Lord Sends Rain
Sunday morning I was the liturgist at my church but was home by 9:30. My brother and his girlfriend were headed out of town to NOLA and didn’t want to hit the road too late. Normally, my husband does not like to eat breakfast, but he suggested Another Broken Egg so I jumped on that brunch opportunity!
When we got there, it was a 30+ minute wait but they have this awesome thing where you download an app and you can LITERALLY see the number of people ahead of you on your phone. It was drizzling at this time, so we just walked all the way down the (covered) sidewalk of the shopping center and all the way back. I’m guessing it was about 11 at the time, because Stash wasn’t open yet or we would have gone in there.
Brunch was delish, but you guys, this was that Sunday where there were downpours, and I mean downpours. Well, Another Broken Egg had seated some parties outside under a covered canopy but the rains were, like, horizontal and the people outside were getting drenched. So they had to grab their plates and come in but remember how I told you it was a 30 minute wait? Yea, the place was packed. So the outside-people just stood in the aisle with their plates. It was funny. Everyone had a great sense of humor about it.
I know this is kinda an abrupt end to the story, but, after brunch my brother and girlfriend drove to NOLA, and we went home for Sunday naps.