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JanetB
11-23-2010, 10:38 PM
Okay once more I going to the States on training, however this time I going near to Memphis, TN. The training takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, with Tuesday and Friday being the travel days, So I figured by adding a vacation day at either end I could have a couple long weekends somewhere warmer than Canada in February. One of the things I'd really like to do is see one of the old plantation , on the web site I looked their are a couple near Nashville, is it possible to take public transport between Memphis and Nashville? And what about the shopping?

Southpaw
11-23-2010, 10:44 PM
You can take a Greyhound bus between Memphis and Nashville, it's about a 3 hour trip. Maybe closer to 4 on the big grey dog.

Andrushka
11-23-2010, 11:47 PM
There is Greyhound.(I live nearer Memphis).There is a train(Amtrak) in Memphis.
http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=MEM
By car Memphis is 3 hrs from Nashville,not sure the time for a train.Not sure if they have a stop near Nashville,have never needed to take the train.

There are some plantations near or outside of Memphis as well.There is Davies Plantation in Lakeland,TN which is a suburb of Memphis.And numerous old homes here,there and everywhere in the Memphis area.
http://daviesmanorplantation.org/

Also,it is not as cold as Canada but it can still be pretty cold down here during the late Autumn-Winter.We are forecasted for freezing rain/snow Thursday night.So bring your warm clothes and some cooler ones because you never know.

Hope you enjoy your trip!

Allen
11-23-2010, 11:58 PM
Nashville has some really good shopping in the Hillsboro Village area near Vanderbilt, lot's of good boutiques and some nice cafes and restaurants. Nashville is one of my favorite American cities. There is music of every kind going on at the honkey tonks on Broadway in downtown almost all day long. I love the Parthenon, which houses a good modern art museum.

Andrushka
11-24-2010, 12:15 AM
The Parthenon is gorgeous,I went to see that last year.I too love Nashville.I don't go there enough.
If you are interested in shopping etc...in Memphis.Memphis has several really good boutiques and malls.The nicer ones(quieter) are in Germantown and Collierville.The larger malls are Oak Court Mall and Wolfchase.There are alot of little unique shops downtown.And restaurants.There is an art gallery,memphis zoo has ice skating till January 30.The Peabody hotel is a must see,it's really gorgeous on the inside and at 6 they escort ducks down the elevator and parade them through the lobby and into a fountain.red carpet and everything lol. Memphis also has live theater,opera and ballet.If you want something more...loud.There is also Beal street.
www.gomemphis.com

milanessa
11-24-2010, 12:23 AM
The Peabody hotel is a must see,it's really gorgeous on the inside and at 6 they escort ducks down the elevator and parade them through the lobby and into a fountain.red carpet and everything lol.

It's the original Peabody, IIRC and is gorgeous. They do a wonderful Sunday brunch.

rfisher
11-24-2010, 12:26 AM
Do not, however, plan to walk in the downtown area alone. It is not safe. Memphis is number one in murder and robbery rate for a city its size.

Andrushka
11-24-2010, 12:50 AM
Do not, however, plan to walk in the downtown area alone. It is not safe. Memphis is number one in murder and robbery rate for a city its size.

If you stay immediately around the Peabody,especially during the day,it's pretty well safe.I've done it myself.Just don't go off the beaten path.That's why I recommended some of the attractions in the suburbs,although that would require a cab or renting a car.No where is entirely safe but it's saf-er. Unfortunately,Memphis does have a high murder rate,but usually it's one group of people killing and robbing within their own group.Or so it seems from watching the news down here.

If you are a foodie,check out the farmers market which is down town,Fresh Market(it's a grocery store with awesome samples and a good selection of fresh fruits and veg) and Whole Foods,which is on Poplar Av.Whole Foods has some good sushi btw.There is a really nice movie theater behind Whole Foods and some really great restaurants in that area too.

aka_gerbil
11-24-2010, 01:19 AM
There is Greyhound.(I live nearer Memphis).There is a train(Amtrak) in Memphis.
http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=MEM
By car Memphis is 3 hrs from Nashville,not sure the time for a train.Not sure if they have a stop near Nashville,have never needed to take the train.


While the train does run through Memphis, there is no Amtrak service to Nashville. The Memphis stop is on the line that runs between Chicago and New Orleans.

I grew up about 2 hours from Memphis and 2 1/2 from Nashville. My main experience with Memphis is that up until a couple of years ago, we'd show dairy cows at the Midsouth Fair down there every year. I want to second what Rfisher said about not walking around downtown Memphis without someone else. Even as a grown woman, I would not would not walk around the fairgrounds after dark by myself or leave to go pick up stuff without taking someone with me.

Most of my experience with the Nashville area is flying in and out of the airport as it's the closest major airport to home. I'm not for certain, but I think the Opryland hotel and that general area will be reopening soon, if not already. As for shopping, I used to get some really good deals at the Oprymills Mall, but I'm not sure when they're going to be completely open for business again.

ross_hy
11-24-2010, 02:23 AM
Most of my experience with the Nashville area is flying in and out of the airport as it's the closest major airport to home. I'm not for certain, but I think the Opryland hotel and that general area will be reopening soon, if not already. As for shopping, I used to get some really good deals at the Oprymills Mall, but I'm not sure when they're going to be completely open for business again.

Opryland Hotel has reopened and is worth checking out if you're in Nashville, if only for the sheer size and splendor. Unfortunately, Opry Mills isn't opening any time soon, if at all. The Bass Pro Shops there is the only thing open.

Andrushka
11-24-2010, 03:01 AM
Sorry to hear that Opry Mills isn't opened...I took the kids to the Rainforest last year.It was pretty impressive.

JanetB
11-24-2010, 10:49 PM
Thanks everyone for answering my questions. I may have to rent a car if I want to go to Nashville, since there is no train, I'm really leery of taking the bus because I invariable get really bad motion sickness on them. I'm going to have 5 days in total, 3 at the beginning and 2 at the end so I could rent a car for just the second weekend and fly out of Nashville instead of Memphis. Or do I need a car to get around Nashville?


Do not, however, plan to walk in the downtown area alone. It is not safe. Memphis is number one in murder and robbery rate for a city its size.

So is this just the downtown core?

Iceblink
11-24-2010, 10:53 PM
The bus station in Nashville isn't in the best of areas so renting a car would be a much better option IMO...and unless you plan to stick to the few walkable areas of town (Vanderbilt/Hillsboro Village, mostly), you'll be very glad to have a car!
And February *can* be cold and gloomy here, but it'll still probably be warmer than Canada!

aka_gerbil
11-24-2010, 10:56 PM
Thanks everyone for answering my questions. I may have to rent a car if I want to go to Nashville, since there is no train, I'm really leery of taking the bus because I invariable get really bad motion sickness on them. I'm going to have 5 days in total, 3 at the beginning and 2 at the end so I could rent a car for just the second weekend and fly out of Nashville instead of Memphis. Or do I need a car to get around Nashville?

So is this just the downtown core?


I know some areas of town, like Germantown, are safer than others, but most parts of Memphis, I'd have someone with me or be extra cautious.

I think a car might come in handy when getting around Nashville.

rfisher
11-25-2010, 12:07 AM
Thanks everyone for answering my questions. I may have to rent a car if I want to go to Nashville, since there is no train, I'm really leery of taking the bus because I invariable get really bad motion sickness on them. I'm going to have 5 days in total, 3 at the beginning and 2 at the end so I could rent a car for just the second weekend and fly out of Nashville instead of Memphis. Or do I need a car to get around Nashville?



So is this just the downtown core?

You will need a car. Be warned, traffic can be very challenging in both Memphis and Nashville. There are several areas where multiple freeways merge and it's easy to go the wrong way. You cannot be a timid driver. If you rent a car, I'd pay extra for a GPS system. At least you'll know when to merge.

There is no totally safe area within the city in that you can walk around alone. In some areas, you'd actually see people openly carrying guns in holsters. Just be vigilent and do not openly carry a purse if you can help it and for God's sake don't wear a fanny pack.

Areas such as Germantown or Collierville where the higher end malls are located are certainly safer, but there's nothing there you'd be walking to see in any event. The Pink Palace Museum is quite good and if you're interested in Native Americans, Chucalissa State Park is located in Memphis proper. It's the site of a 15th century Native American polity.