If you are headed to Memphis and looking for a Hotel to stay at you can’t go past the Peabody. I spent a night here over the 4th of July weekend and it was quite the experience.
The Peabody is located in downtown Memphis and its history dates back to 1869 when the original Peabody Hotel opened around the corner. In 1925 a newer, grander Peabody was built in its present location on Union Avenue and continues its legacy to this day as the “South’s Grand Hotel”.
The hotel has undergone numerous enhancements over the years however the hotel has kept its old world charm and remained faithful to its past. Its opulent and extravagant design coupled with its modern luxuries makes it the perfect hotel for a weekend getaway or a special occasion.
The rooms are beautifully decorated with spectacular views of downtown Memphis. I really enjoyed the size of the rooms, unlike newer more modern hotels the rooms at the Peabody exude the luxury of the past.
While staying at the hotel you don’t want to miss the March of the Peabody Ducks which occurs at 11am and 5pm every day. What is the march of the ducks you ask? Well to answer that we must take a trip back in time to the year 1933 when real live ducks were placed in the Hotel Lobby fountain by the then Manager, Frank Schutt. Frank returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas, the men had a little too much Tennessee sippin’ whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place their live duck decoys in the lobby’s fountain. This set in motion an 80-year tradition that continues today. The Peabody name has become synonymous with the 5 North American mallard ducks that are now the living symbol of the Peabody brand.
If you want to get involved the Hotel allows one hotel guest per march to become an honorary Duck Master, if you book the Duck Day Package. I was very happy to oblige during my stay and became the Duck Master for the morning march. Being a Duck Master involves herding the ducks from the Duck Palace on the roof to the lobby, down the red carpet and into the fountain. You receive a certificate and official Duck Master Cane (which you get to keep!).
If you are interest in history be sure to join the History Tour offered by the hotel daily after the Duck March. The Duck Master is very knowledgeable and will discuss the history of the hotel as well as the history of Memphis. Fun Fact: Elvis’s original tailor has a shop in the hotel lobby which his packed with history and memorabilia.
For more information visit: http://www.peabodymemphis.com/specials-en.html#DuckyDay