If you're looking for an adult getaway from Atlanta this spring, consider a stroll down Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. A driveable distance from Atlanta, Memphis is full of history, music, and fantastic restaurants that all add up to a fun escape. Hit up Sun Studio or Stax Records during the day, but be ready to spend some serious time on the famous rue de blues, Beale Street.
You'll want to stop by this famous locale during the day, too, to work in a visit to the famous Schwab's store. You can reportedly find anything and everything in Schwab's, and once you step a few feet into the historic shop, you'll believe it. The second floor hosts a mini-museum of antique treasures, while the third has the best kitschy t-shirts and Elvis trinkets on the strip.
Of course, the true star of Beale Street is the ever-present rhythm of the blues. Rain or shine, any night of the week, you can turn into several clubs on this strip and find authentic blues played by people like Dr. Feelgood at W.C. Handy's Juke Joint. B.B. King's and the larger venues attract more well-known acts, but whatever your preference, there is a place where you can belly up to the bar, have a drink, and enjoy the real Memphis.
If you're staying in town, keep a few dollars on you for the trolley - at just $1 per ticket, it's a great way to get from your hotel to Beale and back. You can also take the route that travels by the river to get an inexpensive tour of the town. Just be sure to tip your hat to the statue of Elvis Presley - he'll point you in the right direction.