For several months, my mom & I planned a pilgrimage to Graceland, a place my mom had wanted to see since she was a teenager. She had done research on the area and found a YouTube video of the famous Peabody Duck March, and it quickly became as much of a must-see as Elvis' estate. So one can imagine her profound disappointment when the tour we had planned to take (which included a stop at the March) was unceremoniously canceled. Since we were nearby, we decided to stop in to see the ducks in their famous fountain and have a drink even though we were hours before for the March.
We sat at a table near the fountain and watched four playful ducks swim around & "talk" to the people sitting nearby. Keeping them within their confines was a regally-dressed man with a duck-decorated cane: the Duck Master, and his name was Doug. He greeted us at our table and my mother, a talker, engaged him in conversation and told him about our tour cancellation. He encouraged us to come the following day as he conducts tours of the hotel. Unfortunately, we were leaving so we thanked him and said we'd stay awhile and enjoy the ducks before going back to where we were staying.
Moments later, our server came by with a "reserved" tent for our table, and Doug came by and said that he hated to see guests to Memphis leave disappointed. So, he took us on an "abbreviated" tour of the hotel. We saw beautiful ballrooms, Lansky's clothing shop, the restaurant and the roof, all while Doug regaled us wonderful stories of Memphis history, its industrial growth, musical influence and social scene. He spent well over an hour with us and when we returned to our table, we were not only well educated, but we were right on time for the Duck Parade, which we saw from the prime real estate reserved for us by the bar staff.
We can't thank Doug enough for his generosity, for he made our trip complete. Even if you don't stay at the hotel, stop in for a drink and the ducks...and if you're lucky, a tour with Doug!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic, luxury hotel located in downtown Memphis, TN, known for its famous marching mallards, The Peabody Ducks. Located just two blocks from the world-famous Beale Street entertainment district, Peabody Place, Memphis Museum of Rock & Soul, FedEx Forum and Autozone Park. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Hotwire, TripOnline SA, Priceline, Preferred Hotels, Cheap Tickets, Cancelon, Evoline ltd, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your The Peabody Memphis reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- The Peabody Memphis Hotel Memphis
- Peabody Hotel Memphis
- Memphis Peabody Hotel
- Hotel Memphis Peabody Tn