Southern Sophistication with a Twist
By Sherra Meyers
Cultural, elegant, and undeniably southern. The Hu. Hotel is fashionably positioned between the Mississippi River and the main vein of downtown Memphis’ Main Street. The boutique hotel has a cool and quirky retro 60’s vibe with a rooftop bar that serves up craft cocktails and views of the River that will make you swoon. Located conveniently near restaurants and local attractions that are easily walkable or within a block of the historic Main Street Trolley line.
HERE’S THE SCOOP
If you’re considering a central location in the southeast for your southern wedding – give Memphis, Tennessee a good look. Downtown Memphis is a short 15-minute ride from the Memphis International Airport, making the Hu. Hotel a worthy destination for you and your guests to gather. Guestrooms are comfortable and outfitted with organic bath products by Grown Alchemist. The Hu. Café/Lobby is a place to relax and gather. The Café offers the highest quality specialty coffees in the city, updated takes on a number of cocktail classics, as well as baked goods, small bites, and sweet and savory treats. The rooftop is the main attraction for sunset spirits or front row viewings of the Mississippi River Bridge’s evening (#mightylights) light show.
GET THE DISH
Hu. Diner – Hu Hotel’s casual offering to a redefined diner concept featuring southern kitchen comfort food. The fried chicken is a must-try with flavor options inspired by global cuisines. The restaurant and patio serve lunch and dinner on the vibrant Main Street of Memphis.
Catherine and Mary’s – For a night on the town or rehearsal dinner option, Catherine and Mary’s is the brainchild of James Beard Award Winner’s and Memphian’s, Chef’s Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, located in the historic Hotel Chisca. The restaurant pays homage to their grandmothers cooking and Italian philosophy of dining; creating an inviting atmosphere and uniquely extraordinary meal.
OUT AND ABOUT
Make sure these hot spots are included on your guests’ itinerary walking or using the $1.00 trolley
- National Civil Rights Museum
- Old Dominick Distillery – celebrates to the whisky’s of 1866 (great gift shop perfect for stocking out-of-towner hospitality bags to complete your Memphis southern wedding)
- Beale Street – BB King’s + Itta Bena (cocktails and live music)
- Shopping on South Main Street Historic District from 1915
- Withers Collection: Museum of Photography (a photo-biography of Martin Luther King)
- Comeback Coffee – a unique coffee shop offering outdoor event space and ideal for farewell brunches
BIG DAY DETAILS
The event space at the Hu is full of retro-modern design and historic character – where classic and cool merge into one. The ballroom has an outdoor covered overflow option to extend on to Main Street in a private space lending even more hipness to the vibe. The mezzanine overlooking the lobby works perfectly for pre-reception cocktails.