Hello all! To cap off my final week of maternity leave, we took a weekend trip to Memphis. This is Hattie’s first official vacation! Joe and I are committed to helping Hattie develop an appreciation for exploring, right from the start. Of course traveling with a newborn is a little different than a couple’s getaway, but we’re welcoming this new stage of life and are excited to show Hattie all that this world has to offer.
Where we stayed
We really enjoyed the historic Peabody Hotel, which is famous for its Duck March! The ducks march out every day at 11 am, with great pomp and circumstance. They enjoy their day in a fountain located in the hotel’s lobby. At 5 pm, they march off to bed. It’s quite silly and fun, and a perfect event for folks of any age to enjoy!
The National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is was perhaps the most fascinating museum I’ve ever visited. Hattie enjoyed riding with Dad in the Baby Bjorn throughout our entire visit. The museum chronicles the American Civil rights movement, beginning with resistance to slavery, to the Civil war, to the sit-ins and marches of the 1960s. The museum is attached to the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King was shot. It has been preserved to maintain the look of the period, from the cars parked outside, down to the very small details — there was food and ashtrays in the room, exactly how they found it the day he died. This was really powerful and made me feel like I had traveled back in time to that very tragic day.
Where we ate
Hattie enjoyed her first meal at the Hard Rock Cafe. I was tempted to get her a t-shirt, but ultimately decided she has time for one of those in the future. It’s always fun to see the memorabilia in these restaurants!
If you’re traveling with an infant, you definitely don’t want to miss Graceland! Seeing Elvis’s home was fascinating. You have the opportunity to tour the first floor. There’s also museum-type exhibits outside the home. Seeing Elvis’s grave was also oddly emotional — people were pretty serious in this area of the property. And finally, at the end of the tour, there’s a short concert with a light show that Hattie adored. Her face lit up and I think she would have stood up and danced if she could have!
The pool at the Peabody isn’t super large, but we were the only ones there. This 0-3 month swimsuit is too cute for words!
All in all, this trip was an absolute success for us and for Hattie. If you’re looking for a quick getaway with kids, Memphis has more than enough options to keep everyone entertained.