The Guesthouse at Graceland: High on luxury, low on Elvis

Guesthouse at Graceland
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In the summer of 2016, I was so excited when they were building the new Guesthouse at Graceland luxury hotel right next to Elvis Presley’s mansion. As a frequent visitor to Memphis and Graceland, I have stayed both at the Days Inn Graceland across the street from the mansion and the Heartbreak Hotel next to the Graceland Plaza. Both had a lot of Elvis character but were low on luxury. A new hotel was much needed in this area for many years.

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Graceland’s new mega-complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a Disneyland for Elvis fans

Elvis Presley's Memphis

Upon entering the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex, fans will be overwhelmed by how much there is to see and do. The new $45 million, 200,000 square foot complex which opened in early March 2017 literally transformed a strip mall with a few Elvis attractions and turned it into an Elvis Presley theme park.

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Elvis Presley’s secret crush on Mary Tyler Moore and possible romance with Jane Elliot

There is no denying that Elvis Presley was loved by women and very few could resist his charms. However, there is one famous woman who did not succumb to The King’s magnetism.

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Elvis’ co-star on what turned out to be his last feature film was none other than Mary Tyler Moore, former star of The Dick Van Dyke Show. They were paired up for the 1969 film, Change of Habit, where Elvis played a hip doctor and Mary played a nun.

 

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Elvis Presley still reigns with the best-selling Christmas album of all time

christmasalbum1957The King of Rock and Roll still holds the title of best-selling Christmas album of all time with over 10 million copies sold. In 2012, the RIAA awarded its Diamond award to the Elvis Presley Estate for “Elvis’ Christmas Album,” which has sold the most copies of any Christmas album in the United States. Second to Presley is Kenny G’s Miracles: The Holiday Album which has sold 7.37 million copies.

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New Elvis Presley museum to open in expanded Graceland visitor complex

Just five months after the new luxury hotel, The Guesthouse at Graceland, opened next to Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, there will be a new mega-entertainment complex opening across the street. “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” is a new $45 million, 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment attraction set to replace the existing Graceland visitor center.

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5 things I learned about Elvis Presley from Linda Thompson’s new book

bk-lindathompsonAlthough the Elvis Presley section in Linda Thompson’s new book only takes up about one-third of the pages (170 to be exact), this personal memoir is still a must-have for die-hard Elvis Presley fans. Linda Thompson, who was not only Elvis Presley’s girlfriend for 4-1/2 years but also the ex-wife of Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn), recounts some of the most notorious stories about Elvis in her new book called A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis’s Graceland to Bruce Jenner’s Caitlyn & Songs in Between.

Linda was there when Elvis shot the TV out when he was watching singer Robert Goulet on screen. Linda recounts “It’s not that Elvis didn’t like Robert Goulet or his singing. It was just his particular mood on this particular night; he was not in the mood to hear Goulet’s voice.”

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