The Tennessee Whiskey Trail Itinerary — West
For the last leg of your journey, make time to spend a couple of days amid the blues-filled streets of Memphis. With so many attractions, museums, restaurants and breweries, there is no shortage of activities to pair with some
good Tennessee whiskey.
Start your day with a guided tour of Graceland, a 13.8-acre estate that Elvis used to call home or check out the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum to learn about the evolution of rock, soul and the musical pioneers who made it all possible. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Gibson Guitar Factory where you can watch these incredible instruments being made by hand.
Once you’ve experienced Memphis’ musical roots, grab some lunch for some mouthwatering fare. To truly experience the Memphis vibe, head over to the Arcade Restaurant, the oldest diner in Memphis for some home cooking. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is also a popular spot. Be sure to have some sweet tea handy. They serve it hot and spicy.
To wet your whistle, head over to Old Dominick Distillery near the banks of the Mississippi River for some new artisanal spirits. This family run distillery focuses on Tennessee-style whiskey and is housed in a 1920s-era warehouse that has been beautifully renovated to include two tasting rooms, 10,000 square feet of event space, and a 5,000-square-foot restaurant in the enormous 54,297-square-foot facility.
No Memphis experience would be complete without strolling down Beale Street where the party is always humming. Live music spills out of bars and restaurants all day and it’s a great way to experience the city’s vibrant personality.
To wind down after a busy day, stop by Central BBQ for some Memphis-style dry rub ribs and hot chicken wings. Or, if you’re in the mood for something different, Hog N’ Hominy might be more your style. They offer Southern-influenced Italian dishes and cocktails. Other notable options include Sweetgrass for farm to table Southern fare and Next Door which offers craft beers and eclectic comfort food. For something a little more sophisticated, Acre Restaurant is a local favorite for foodies. They offer modern American cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails.
Old Dominick Distillery