Also known as the “heart of the country music-scene” with the long-running Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and a legendary stretch of honky-tonks and dance halls in Nashville. (MORE on Nashville) Memphis, in the far southwest, is the home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, rock-and-roll pioneering Sun Studio and the blues clubs of Beale Street. Then, on the other side of the state, Bristol is known as the “birthplace” of country music. Appalachian mountain folk music has been popular for generations. Many of the fiddle tunes and song styles came over from the British Isles in the 1700s. Nearby, Pigeon Forge highlights several country music revues at dinner theaters like Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. It is also home of the Dollywood Theme Park, reopening this month, a beautiful getaway area with the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop. (MORE on Pigeon Forge)
The Volunteer State – is a nickname that began during the War of 1812 as thousands of volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a prominent role in this war, especially during the Battle of New Orleans. When the state asked for 2,800 Tennessee volunteers during the Mexican War, the nickname was reinforced as there were 30,000 responding to the call.
The Peabody Memphis will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2019 with a series of special offers and events. The Peabody opened its doors to great fanfare in downtown Memphis in 1869, and has since become world famous for its charm, elegance, gracious Southern hospitality, and five resident ducks that march daily through the Lobby at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Peabody’s rich history includes countless stories of first dates, last dances and memories made, but also of blues musicians creating influential recordings in guestrooms in the 1920s, of famous orchestras and big band dancers swinging atop the hotel’s rooftop in the 1940s, of a young rock ‘n roll icon named Elvis Presley signing his first major record contract in the Lobby in the 1950s. In addition to completing a renovation of its Grand Lobby and all 464 guestrooms and suites just in time for its sesquicentennial, the “South’s Grand Hotel” will invite travelers to visit throughout its 150th anniversary year with a Grand Anniversary Package for $1,500, and multiple celebrations, including a throwback summertime Rooftop Party and an elegant ballroom celebration in September.