Tupelo, MS, the birthplace of Elvis Presley, shares the namesake of the honey tree famed by Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey. This fun town is a fabulously easy 90 minute jaunt from Memphis, TN, perfect for a day trip to see how real folk live it up outside of our bustling city of Memphis.
Upon arrival, you’d be remiss not to take a quick 5 minute detour to glimpse Elvis’s one bedroom home. There’s even a gift shop that is sometimes open for business!
From there, make the kids happy by spending the morning hanging out with exotic animals while riding the monster Bison Bus at the Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the sacred white buffalo!
Once the kids are good and satisfied from a viewing and petting standpoint, buy yourself a little more time for shopping by hopping them up on some sweet treats at CRAVE.
Reeds– The Tupelo location of this standalone department store is one of three in the mid-south and has been around since 1905 as their Flagship location. It should have you covered when it comes to that dapper southern style for the whole family. Back to school shopping anyone?
FarmHouse – Walking into Farmhouse, it will be hard not to want to buy everything! It’s a perfect place to shop for home décor, antiques, art and gifts. My first time there I just about completed my wedding registry.
That is until I stepped foot into Elizabeth Claire’s.
Elizabeth Claire’s – This hidden gem is so hidden it does not even have a website! But who needs one these days when you have Facebook? This very bashful shop boasts itself as a place “where you can find the perfect gift for every occasion! We offer an extensive Bridal Registry, Baby Registry, and Senior Registry!!” Two exclamation points is too few if you ask me. This description does not do the shop justice. Go see for yourself, and bring your wallet.
Now, who’s hungry?
Put away your open table app and head straight for the now famous Neon Pig, where the Smash Burger was “voted best burger in America” on Thrillist. That’s a big deal for a little old-school butcher shop in the middle of Mississippi! And make sure to crack a craft beer while you’re there; you’re on vacation after all.
If you end up staying through the evening and did not get your fill of local goodness, make sure to reserve a seat at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen (KOK). Honestly, this is a restaurant that could survive and thrive in even the foodiest of cities. From the old warehouse atmosphere to the hand crafted cocktails, you’ll love the enormous portions served up on cutting boards. I’m a veggie girl and their Vegetarian Art Project is out of this world. Loosen up those buttons babe…
See y’all in Tupelo!