On a sultry summer evening, Memphis is easily one of the most romantic places in America. It’s not a coincidence that each July, romance writers gather at the River City for an annual conference. If coming up with a winning proposal plan has you stumped, don’t sing the blues. Here are five suggestions from our favorite places to propose in Memphis:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Located on Park Avenue, Dixon Gallery and Gardens accommodates significant numbers of visitors without feeling overcrowded. Food Truck Fridays are a huge hit with locals so it is a perfect excuse to invite your significant other to start the weekend early. There is a lot going on in this compact area, so tourists usually choose between attending the museum or exploring the gardens. Many opt for the former over the latter, which turns out well for anyone seeking a private proposal moment in the gardens. If there are garden visitors, most are drawn to the Hughes Pavilion, a popular venue for weddings and receptions. So, avoid this space on busy days if you are aiming for an intimate proposal. The garden covers more than 17 acres, so you are bound to find a quiet space to pop the question nearby.
Chez Philippe in the Peabody Hotel
The elegant Chez Philippe restaurant in the storied Peabody Hotel is perfect for locals seeking Southern opulence and luxury. For almost a century and a half the Peabody has hosted countless proposals, and it remains popular among couples seeking traditional ambiance with southern flair. While similar high-end restaurants in the South require formality and dinner jackets, Chez Philippe recommends casual elegance. However, depending on what you want the tone of your proposal to be, dressing to the nines might be the better choice.
Prix-fixe seasonal menus frequently feature a choice between a three-course sommelier’s tasting menu and a five- to seven-course chef’s tasting menu. Whichever you choose, add in the wine pairing option on these menus because Wine Enthusiast magazine recognized Chez Philippe as one of The Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America. The experienced Chez Philippe staffers are practically pros when it comes to proposals and anniversaries, so do not hesitate to mention your plans when you call for reservations. Depending on your dinner time, you can also catch the traditional March of the Ducks in the Peabody lobby at 5:00 PM.
Popular among fitness enthusiasts, the relatively flat, two-mile path along Greenbelt Park is a scenic thoroughfare for those looking to run, walk, or bike at the beginning or end of a summer day. At night, lights illuminate the concrete walkway without ruining evening perspectives of the city skyline. Breezes off the nearby river always feel refreshing at the end of a warm day. Keep in mind that this area is prone to flooding at certain times of the year, but May through September remain best for evening strolls.
Shelby Farms Park
You could pack a picnic basket or backpack with cheeses, strawberries, crusty bread and a diamond engagement ring before driving your partner to this 4,500-acre urban park, but finding leisurely ways to build up to your proposal may heighten the romance factor. If you own bikes, start your journey from Midtown Memphis. If you don’t have bikes, rent them at Shelby Farms Park and make your adventure an out-and-back trip. The smooth Greenline trail is a mix of asphalt and plank bridges and the surface easily accommodates road, hybrid and mountain bikes. This area is often crowded on weekends, so pace yourself and consider starting out early when there are fewer families on the trail. After building an appetite, find a quiet spot in this extensive park and roll out the picnic blanket. It’s unlikely that you will be interrupted while popping the question. Keep in mind that there are basic park rules prohibiting alcoholic beverages and personal grills.
Lower Mississippi Cruises
If the idea of a romantic river cruise proposal on the Mississippi floats your boat, check out the proposal possibilities with the American Queen Steamboat Company. All cruises begin with an overnight deluxe hotel stay in Memphis, so you can pop the question on the first night or wait for other opportunities, like sunsets aboard the steamboat. Cruises embark from Memphis and usually arrive in New Orleans after nine days. Voyages feature fun themes like Elvis, Southern Culture, Gardens of the River, Good Old Summertime and Old Fashioned Holidays. Itinerary stops can include Greenville, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Nottoway and New Orleans. At each stop, you can enjoy self-directed exploring or participate in premium shore excursions. Assortments of romantic gift package upgrades are also available, including flowers, spa services, fruit baskets, fine wines, and champagne. All pair well with any engagement or diamond wedding ring.
Are you still seeking the ideal engagement ring to pair with your Memphis proposal? In Memphis, engagement rings with a classic feel are the most popular. Classic engagement rings encompass a wide range of styles, including those with round cut diamonds, solitaire settings, and micropavé diamond bands.