Romance is in the air, but it shouldn’t just be around Valentine’s Day when men and women think about being romantic in Memphis. The home of Al Green, where the great reverend sang “let’s stay together” and Otis Redding created soundtracks of love over at Stax, the Bluff City is full of love.
You don’t have to go far to find it, either. Whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, celebration, proposal or just an opportunity to keep the spark alive, these 10 ways to be romantic in Memphis will show you how to express your love in a Bluff City kind of way.
And, yes, some of these might seem kind of cheesy. This list is not a one-size-fits-all, but there should be a few of these ways to be romantic in Memphis that will work for everyone.
A carriage ride through the streets of Downtown Memphis might be a little cliché, but there is a reason these things exist. Not everyone needs a ball and glass slippers to feel like Cinderella. Sometimes snuggling up on a carriage ride underneath a blanket works just fine.
The Peabody Rooftop
The rooftop of The Peabody Memphis might be one of the most romantic spots in town. If you decide to take your lady up there and get down on one knee to propose, well, you’re not alone in that thinking and that’s OK. Especially at sunset, the rooftop is beautiful. It’s also one of the best places to steal a kiss.
Horseback Riding at Shelby Farms
Getting out on the secluded trails of Shelby Farms Park while enjoying a leisurely horseback ride is a great way to connect. Just make sure your partner is open to the idea.
Reserve a Table at a Memphis Hotspot
Memphis has numerous great restaurants to fit every taste. A reservation at Restaurant Iris definitely is a great way to be romantic. Other cool spots are at Flight, especially with a table on the second floor next to a window overlooking Main Street.
Sunset by the River
Sunsets are priceless in Memphis, particularly near the Mississippi River. Some favorite spots include behind the Metal Museum, at Tom Lee Park, on the pedestrian bridge near the University of Memphis law school and the Bluff Walk.
Picnic by the River
Surprise your date with a blanket and spread of cheeses and a bottle of wine set up under the trees at the Greenbelt Park on Mud Island.
Afternoon Walk at the Dixon
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens has great Impressionism art on the inside and beautiful gardens on the outside. Spend a couple of hours perusing the art with a walk through the gardens.
Cocktails on the Patio
Memphians love patio season and if you’re able to lock down a spot on a comfortable evening, especially along the Main Street Mall, the mood is just right.
Twilight Sky Terrace
Enjoy a cocktail and snacks on one of the couches at the Twilight Sky Terrace atop the Madison Memphis Hotel. This really is one of the sexiest spots in town, and your date will know you have romantic intentions when you step off the elevator to walk out onto the terrace and its spectacular views of the Mississippi River open up.
South Main Art Trolley Night
The South Main Art Trolley Night is a see-and-be-seen event the last Friday of every month, particularly during the warmer months. Walking hand in hand with your date with a glass of wine, looking at art and being seen as a romantic touch.