Dynamite Midtown Carriage House

House - Entire home/apt · Vinton Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, United States
Matt And Kimble

Relax and unwind in our charming 2 BR Carriage House behind our ca.1908 Central Gardens home in Midtown. $90 events/weekends

Voted Memphis' Best Neighborhood, Central Gardens is a gorgeous collection of historic houses bordering Downtown and just west of Cooper Young/Overton Square with EASY access to all.

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Relax and unwind in our charming 2 BR Carriage House behind our ca.1908 Central Gardens home in Midtown. $90 events/weekends

Voted Memphis' Best Neighborhood, Central Gardens is a gorgeous collection of historic houses bordering Downtown and just west of Cooper Young/Overton Square with EASY access to all.

The Space

Pretty, private back yard Carriage House with 2BR & 1BA. You'll love the full kitchen with bar. It's a great place to hang out and have some cocktails, or head out to explore our gritty, soulful musical heritage and the fun to be had in the local music scene which is authentic, myriad and very accessible. The living space includes a cozy seating nook and Gramma's original 50's dinette set off the kitchen. Upstairs, the Master has a double bed w pillow top (website hidden) 2 has two single beds and room for an air mattress or sleeping bags.

Guest Access

On site record player for those local band or festival purchases.

2 spare bikes usually available, and free. Please mention if you are interested.

Musical instruments have sometimes found their way into the guest house and you are encouraged to play until 10pm.

Interaction with Guests

We're happy to give advice, make special arrangements, or leave you to your own devices if you prefer.

The Neighborhood

The Mighty Mississippi is a Big River, and is also the TN/AR state line, so most of Memphis' urban neighborhoods are just east of Downtown in Midtown, where we reside. Central Gardens borders both Downtown and Cooper Young. Cooper Young is a 20 min bike ride (5 min drive). Central Gardens is on the Nat'l Register of Historic Places and was voted one of North America's Best Old House Neighborhoods by This Old House. We're also consistently voted Best Neighborhood in Memphis by Memphis Magazine's annual poll. Central Gardens is lush (Tennessee's only neighborhood that's designated a level 3 arboretum), it's safe, friendly and remarkably accessible.

Perfect accomodations for Gonerfest, Memphis in May, Beale Street Music Fest, BBQ Festival, Memphis Grizzlies (playoff games!), Cooper Young Festival, Stax, Graceland, Sun Studios, The National Civil Rights Museum, The National Ornamental Metal Museum, The Memphis Rock and Soul Museum and so much more.

Great for wedding guests, vacationers as well as those with business in Memphis.

Getting around

A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE TROLLEY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A CAR WHEN YOU BOOK HERE.
To see all of Memphis' famous hotspots, you may want to check out Memphis Zipcar, a car sharing service, but it's possible to go without your own auto at this location b/c we are blocks from the midtown trolley extension that accesses Downtown. From there, there are several motorized tours available, including the Memphis Hop a tour w a circular route that allows you to get on and off at your own pace for a flat day rate. Stops include Graceland and Stax, which are a little further away.

Start by taking the trolley Downtown. From the Carriage house it's a quick walk to the Madison Ave trolley which provides easy access to the UT MED campus, Sun Studios, Autozone Park, FedExForum, Main St., the Mississippi Riverfront and Tom Lee Park, Beale St and the Nat'l Civil Rights Museum (to name a few).

Memphis has also been recognized for our developing bicycle infrastructure, including access from midtown to the largest urban park in the US -Shelby Farms- and the upcoming Harrahan Bridge project which will cross the mighty Mississip and connect with the Mississippi River Trail. Our neighborhood is ideal for cruising.

Memphis also has overnight Amtrak Train routes to NOLA and Chicago if you have time for a side trip or are coming from either of these cities.

Other Things to Note

We're friendly, laid back and easy to work with. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

We charge a one time $35 cleaning fee.

If you want to begin learning more about what locals love about Memphis, I recommend checking out the I Love Memphis blog.

Memphis was named one of the top 20 places in the world to visit in 2013 by MSN so come check our hometown out.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $10 / night after 4 guests
Security Deposit: $300
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 11:00 AM
Check Out: 3:00 PM
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  • The carriage house was perfect for the four of us. Convenient to downtown and all the attractions. Kimball was welcoming, greeting us when we first arrived. Their restaurant tips were amazing and we were even was greeted by their friendly dog. Only difficulty was the low ceilings and 6 ft plus husband and step dad, but the charm of the house makes up for it.

    July 2014
  • Great fit for what we were looking for in Memphis. Carriage house is in a cool neighborhood that is an easy drive from Rhodes College and downtown. The inside has been remodeled and is very comfortable and clean. Kimble communicated with us ahead of time and the directions were easy to follow. We will definitely stay here again in the future.

    June 2014
  • The hosts were friendly and provided several recommendations for local activities to check out.

    June 2014
  • The carriage house was very nice. It is small but cozy. We only stayed a few days as our visit was cut short so we only briefly met our hosts. The vintage decor was charming.

    June 2014
  • Matt and Kimble had a love carriage house! It was located in a beautiful historic part of town where we enjoyed looking at all the wonderful houses. It was just minutes from downtown and Cooper's Young/Overton Park area so it was easy to get to all the places we wanted to go in Memphis. Matt and Kimble had great suggestions on where to go and what to do during our stay and were very helpful and responsive the whole time. I would definitely stay there again if I go back to Memphis!

    June 2014
  • The Midtown Carriage House was perfect for our family of 6. Very clean and beautifully decorated. Kimble was great. She was available for questions and quick to respond. They left a welcome packet and tons of brochures to help make our trip to Memphis a memorable one! We have already recommended the carriage house to our friends and can't wait to go back.

    May 2014
  • Memphis is a great place to visit, and Matt and Kimble's place is the cherry on top. Tucked away in the back yard is this adorable little carriage house, with a full kitchen and sitting room, downstairs bathroom, and two bedrooms upstairs. Plus, they are so nice to let you sit down with glass of prosecco at their back-yard patio, and just enjoy Memphis weather. You will need a form of transportation to get around(cab, your own car, the street-car) the neighborhood for shopping, or sight-seeing.
    The trips itself might be a little different from what some other visitors because we really didn't do the night-life, Beale St thing or Graceland for that matter(FYI $34 to get in), but rather explored other options. We recommend the Civil Rights Museum, STAX Museum, Sun Records Museum, Brooks Art Museum, Botanical Gardens(HUGE Koi fish thing happening there...), the Beauty Shop(brunch), the Cove(bar/music food), Elmwood Cemetery, Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken, the Peabody Hotel to watch the Ducks((website hidden) it ;)), Central BBQ, a great little restaurant the corner of Beale St right across from BB King's place(the exact name I cannot remember right now). Most, if not all of these places have reasonable prices for the things they offer. Either cheap or free(on special days), you can have a great time checking out the sights, and then come back to your carriage house, have a drink on the patio, and then get some great sleep. A great alternative to the rock-n-roll stuff, if you are looking for that kind of fun.

    May 2014
  • Our hosts provided great communication on all levels: advance info, reminders, adjustments, special requests, follow-up. The carriage house was just as photos suggested. Loved having what we needed for cooking in the kitchen and the privacy of the house was a bonus. We also enjoyed a lovely walk in the beautiful neighborhood. It was perfect for a little getaway! We would absolutely return for another visit. Thanks much!

    May 2014
  • Very pleasant stay - perfect for enjoying Memphis but getting away from the crowds. Our hosts had excellent suggestions for an "insider's" guide to Memphis. They were very responsive to a few things we requested. Two thumbs up!

    May 2014
  • Very nice space in a nice safe residential neighborhood. It was as represented and very comfortable, homey and a good value. We used the full kitchen to make breakfast and to store leftovers in the fridge, very convenient. Easy access to dining and downtown Memphis. I would stay here again next time I visit Memphis.

    May 2014
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We love traveling but are always, always glad to come back to Memphis. It won't take you long to see why we love living in this city. I work for the Memphis Grizzlies and my husband is a finish carpenter, old home remodeler and sings in a couple of bands. I am a water baby, a basketball freak, love camping, music, old houses, and the big, wonderful family of friends we have found in our beloved midtown.
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