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Charleston (SC) bound!

As every good traveler knows, you sometimes come up on opportunities when you least expect them.  After a few rash decisions and apologies for last minute plan cancellations, it’s been settled: Bright and early Friday morning, My friends and I will be Charleston bound!

I know I’ve already covered SC in my post about Myrtle Beach, but I never pass up a chance to go be a history nerd with people I can drag around to enjoy the sights!

Any suggestions for “have-to-do’s” on the “Holy City”?

Tupelo, Honey!

Last April, my favorite travel companion (my mother) and I went on an amazing spring break road trip, and our trip developed a theme: Elvis.  Our first stop was Memphis, and our third stop was the wonderful town of Tupelo, MS. Any good Elvis fan will know, this is the “King”‘s birthplace.


Mom and I checked into the Days Inn, which was clean, safe, and convenient to the attractions.  Since we were only there for one night, we jumped right in to the attractions.  Our first stop was the Downtown Shopping District.  The most famous site is where Elvis bought his first guitar: Tupelo Hardware.  The people working were incredibly welcoming and kind, and they walked us step-by-step through the history of the establishment.

We worked up a good appetite, and decided to try out Romie’s Grocery.

What an amazing find!  I made the judgement call of getting the BBQ Nachos, and they were so perfect that mom and I joke about popping down to Mississippi to pick up some of these regularly.  They were covered in cheese, BBQ, BBQ sauce, and jalapenos.    They had fresh baked bread, and an INCREDIBLE strawberry butter.  I ordered the Catfish Romie (which is my favorite catfish I’ve ever had), cheese grits, and fried green tomatoes.  They hit every level of what I expected from these classic foods, and went above and beyond.  The waiter suggested the “Chocolate Delight”, and it was so good, we ordered one to go!

Next, we went to Elvis’s birthplace. It took us a little while to find it, at the time there was construction going on in the area and we missed the sign.

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There were multiple displays, and a museum in the welcome center area.  We opted for the “Grand Tour” which included all of the exhibits, and we were impressed at their collections.  It was $17 well spent.

On our last day in town, we ate breakfast at the hotel, Visited the Natchez Trace Parkway,

and said goodbye to the Elvis Homecoming Statue.

Everyone we met was kind and welcoming, just what you would hope to find while traveling.

If you’re planning a trip to the history-filled town of the King, definitely reference the Tupelo tourism website.  They have excellent suggested itineraries, and give you the inside look at the places you HAVE to see.

Until next time!