When we were planning our trip to Memphis we knew that we would go to Graceland. Even if you are not an Elvis lover, Graceland is one of those places that everyone can appreciate. But we had not heard about the Peabody Hotel and the famous ‘March of the Ducks’ until a friend gave us the heads up (Thanks Joan). We ended up visiting the Peabody Hotel on two of our three nights in town (at Happy Hour) and had two different views of the legendary ducks.
The Historic Peabody
The Peabody Hotel itself is worth a visit, even without the ducks. The original Peabody Hotel opened in 1869 a few blocks from the current location. In 1925 a newer, grander Peabody was built at the current location and became the “South’s Grand Hotel.” The Peabody’s famed Grand Lobby Bar has been referred to as the “living room of Memphis” and has been voted “Best People Watching” and “Best Martinis”.
We can attest to the quality of the ‘Memphis Mule’ and the terrific staff. Around the corner from the Grand Lobby is the Corner Bar featuring “Peabody Select” Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and signature cocktails. Yes we visited both bars.
The Peabody Ducks
On our first visit to the hotel we arrived 10 minutes before the 5pm duck march and were surprised by how full the lobby was. This worked to our advantage as we took the elevator to the roof to see the ‘Duck Hotel’ and caught the 2nd half of the march with 3 other people on the roof! Exclusive. The next day we arrived at the Grand Lobby Bar for Happy Hour at 4pm and had a front row seat for the start of the duck march at 5pm. It was a real show put on by the Duck Master and his ducks. You can read the full history of the Peabody Ducks on their website.
Essentially, trained ducks waddle out of the lobby fountain, down a red carpet and into the elevator at 5pm each day and have been doing so since 1940. The hotel has done a terrific job of keeping the tradition and the excitement going and filling its lobby to capacity every day!
View from the Rooftop
One of the unexpected bonuses was the view of Memphis (and the sunset) from the rooftop of The Peabody. You can visit the ducks before 11am and after 5pm in their rooftop palace simply by taking the elevator from the lobby to the roof. Or you can just take in the view at anytime. There was no-one on the roof but us and the view was terrific.
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