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Memphis may be known for its blues and barbecue, but the city will love you tender as you plan a romantic trip. Here’s a list of the five best things to do on a romantic trip to Memphis:
1. Dinner at Paulette’s. Nothing puts romance in the air like dinner at Paulette’s Restaurant, consistently voted Memphis’ most romantic eatery. After a recent move to the downtown River Inn of Harbor Town, Paulette’s is still famous for its desserts and hot popovers with strawberry butter. Open for 37 years, Paulette’s intimate dining room exudes a distinct warmth and charm with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River - perfect for a date night. Before or after enjoying executive chef Scott Donnelly’s continental cuisine, head up to the rooftop terrace with its spectacular view of the river, especially at sunset, or warm up by the lobby’s wood-burning fireplace.
2. A concert at the Orpheum Theatre. Catching a concert or show at the Orpheum Theatre sets the mood. With stately chandeliers and an ornate décor inside the “South’s Finest Theatre,” the performance won’t be the only thing you have your eye on. The performing arts center hosts the Ballet Memphis, Opera Memphis and 12 Broadway productions a year.
3. Ride the Mississippi. Let nature be your aphrodisiac with a Memphis Riverboat ride along the Mississippi River. The evening cruises include two hours on the mighty Mississippi, a buffet-style barbecue dinner and a live band for dancing the night away against the backdrop of the city’s skyline.
4. B&B at Talbot Heirs. Scratch a bed and breakfast off your romance checklist. The Talbot Heirs Guesthouse, located in downtown Memphis, offers eight spacious suites, each uniquely styled, giving you private and authentic surroundings. The privately owned guesthouse has a full kitchen in each suite, and if you provide a grocery list, the property will have your kitchen stocked upon arrival.
5. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Flowers are the symbol of romance, so visit the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the fine art museum and public garden features a permanent collection, including French and American Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain. Stroll along the 17-acre campus that includes formal spaces, woodland tracts and cutting gardens, landscaped in the manner of an English park.