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Memphis, Tennessee is a city that is steeped in tradition, history and beauty. Its place along the Mississippi River means that it's also been an important part of our country for hundreds of years. I've been coming to Memphis since I was a child, but have only ever seen the so-called touristy parts of town as I rarely had time to do anything else. That was true even after I became an adult and started traveling there for work on a somewhat regular basis. I loved what I saw, but it's been gnawing at me lately that I needed to see more. For my last trip, I decided to do just that. I was set to fly home from meetings early on a Friday morning, but instead I booked my return flight for Saturday morning. That gave me a day to explore, and I chose to explore just one neighborhood. That neighborhood was Cooper-Young. I had heard a bit about it over the years but had never seen it. I wasn't concerned about lodging, either, as I travel with my HotelTonight app. It would find me a Cooper-Young Memphis hotel room as soon as I was ready to relax.

The Cross-Section of People

One of the first things that struck me when I drove into Cooper-Young and got out was the fact that it was obvious that there were a lot of different cultural influences here. You could see elements of the old south quite clearly. You could see the influence of the African-American culture. You could see several other cultures present as well including several from northern Europe. What struck me wasn't the melting pot that I was in, but rather the fact that this was still very much a united and welcoming community. That was a very good feeling indeed.

The Arts

Cooper-Young may be known as somewhat of a residential community, and while it's true that there are a lot of homes here occupied by families, there is also a lot that happens in this neighborhood. I noticed that the artist community was big here, as there were studios and galleries around that were fun to walk through and see for myself. You could also see that quintessential artist touch on a lot of the buildings, local signs and the like as you walked around, and I think that adds a lot of local flavor to any place.

The Cuisine

If I'm in the south, I want to try some barbecue. There's just no other way about it. I spoke to a nice couple that told me about a barbecue joint up the road from where I was, so I took their advice and tried it. I'm glad I did. I ate ribs to the point where I wondered if it was possible to eat any more of them. They were not greasy or even that messy--the meat just fell off the bone as soon as I picked them up.

HotelTonight – Cooper-Young Memphis Hotels

After a great meal and a great day, all I wanted was for HotelTonight to get to work and find me a Cooper-Young Memphis hotel. I opened the app and within seconds, it had found one near where I was at the time. It was time for a big night of sleep.