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Why do people all over the world know Memphis, Tenn as simply ‘Memphis’? It’s the world-famous attractions and the funky shops, back-alley barbecue joints and the music and nightlife of Beale Street. For Memphis Valentines Day ideas, you can’t quite beat the eclectic mix of five-star forays and down home restaurants, the upscale Memphis hotels, designer malls and the quirky downtown Memphis shops. So for February 14th this year, hit up Memphis and its legendary history, blues, rock n’ roll and pure soul – they make the “The River City” one funky, fun and fresh place to be! So wherever you are in town and no matter what you’re doing from the guide below to celebrate the day for lovers, don’t forget the Valentines Day flower bouquets!

1. Dining for Two

Since dollar taco night just won’t cut in on Valentines Day, try something a bit more romantic and charming. You need something a little classier, someplace that says that you wanted the evening to be special. Memphis has a plethora of restaurants like this for you to sample. Try to get reservations ahead of time at Flight, Chez Philippe, Sweetgrass or Tsunami. Uber-romantic and with fresh menus to boot, you can’t go wrong at any one of these places.

2. Brunch at Brushmark

Enjoy a romantic and elegant brunch at the Brushmark, located at the Brooks Museum of Art. The menu includes chocolate dipped strawberry French toast, smoked salmon, and heart shaped pancakes. Reservations are required. Brunch is sereved from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Call (901) 544-6225 for information or reservations.

3. Memphis Riverboats Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

Take a romantic ride on a Mississippi riverboat! Memphis Riverboats offers a Valentine’s Day dinner cruise that includes live music, a buffet style meal, and of course, a romantic cruise along the Mississippi River. Plan to spend over $100 for two adults, $53 for each youth ages 13-17 and seniors 60+. Call (901) 527-BOAT for further information or to make reservations.

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4. Valentine’s Package at the Peabody Hotel

For an extravagant romantic getaway, the Peabody Hotel offers the Valentine’s package. This package includes one night’s accommodations for two at the Peabody, a bottle of champagne, a horse drawn carriage ride, valet parking, and a Valentine’s Day brunch the next morning! Plan to spend near $400 for double occupancy. Call (901) 529-4000 for further information or to make reservations.

5. Visit Graceland

The new Roots of Elvis Exhibit is opening January 2011 as part of the Graceland VIP Tour! This exhibit tells the story of Elvis’ early years and the influences that shaped him as a person and music legend. Special segments of this exhibit will include Growing Up in Tupelo, Elvis and Gospel Music, Elvis and Hobbies and Elvis and Charity. What could be more romantic that exploring the roots of the world’s number one romance singer of his time? Enjoy each other’s company throughout the exhibit and then take in a show afterwards! Plan to spend around $50-$75 for two.

6. Golfing for Two at Mirimichi

From tee to green and every step in between, you’ll be challenged by Mirimichi‘s world-class golf experience and inspired by its natural beauty. Mirimichi is open to the public and the first golf course to obtain Golf Environment Organization (GEO) Certification and to be certified an Audubon International Classic Sanctuary. Enjoy a cart and complimentary drinks with the package. Call 901-259-3800 for more information.

7. The Shelby Farms Park Greenline Ride

The Shelby Farms Greenline is a seven-mile span that runs from Shelby Farms into the heart of Midtown. Built upon a former CSX railroad line, this first-of-its-kind community amenity will feature a paved walking, jogging and biking trail, provide spaces for gardens and greenscaping. Join together with a cuppa’ Joe or some southern sweet tea, grab a seat, and enjoy not only the view, but the company!