DUCKS AT THE PEABODY HOTEL / ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND
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IN THREE WORDS
CUTE, CORNY AND CONTAGIOUS
At first glance this downtown Memphis institution would appear very much out of place on a list of offbeat accommodations. That is until you learn about its most famous custom – the marching of its ducks.
Each day at 11 a.m., one drake and four hens waddle across the lobby on a specially laid red carpet to the tune of the “King Cotton March,” making their way from the main elevator to an ornate marble fountain in the center of the room.
The ducks spend every day leisurely splashing about in the fountain until 5 p.m., when they are ceremonially marched back out of the lobby to the elevator en route to their overnight residence.
When not on duty, the ducks live in a $200,000 granite-floored coup on the hotel’s roof.
While the hotel’s human residents may not consider it the height of luxury, it’s positively penthouse by domesticated avian standards.
That isn’t where the four-star service ends for the ducks. Their daily snack of cracked corn is delivered on a silver platter – literally – by the hotel’s Duckmaster.
The Peabody’s quackers (sorry…couldn’t resist) custom dates back to 1933.
Having returned drunk from a weekend hunting trip with his buddy, the general manager of the time decided to release some of his live decoy ducks into the fountain.
Needless to say, the drunken prank also happened to be a stroke of marketing genius.
The Peabody Ducks are raised on a local farm. Selected ducks go to the hotel at age one and undergo only one week of training. Each team lives in the hotel for only three months before retiring and returning to the farm to live out the remainder of their days.
Relax with Luxurious & Rejuvenating Treatments from Feathers the Spa at the Peabody Hotel
Indulge yourself at The Peabody’s rejuvenated spa and salon. Transformed spaces. Inspired services.
Named number 6 among the Top 100 Spas of 2019 by Spas of America, Feathers Spa at The Peabody offers a variety of luxurious spa and salon treatments, including massages, body wraps, facials and facial enhancements, wax treatments, manicures and pedicures, hair styling, and make-up application.
A highlight among the Feathers’ treatments is Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage, including a treatment for couples that is a first in Memphis.
Feathers Spa at The Peabody also offers a full line of high-end spa and salon products from Zents, Dr. Dennis Gross, Goldwell Kerasilk, Sorella Apothecary, Patchology,
WORLD FAMOUS BEALE STREET DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Beale Street was built on memories – good and bad.
Beale Street’s heyday was in the roaring 20′s, when it took on a carnival atmosphere. The booming nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops and hot music thrived alongside gambling, drinking, prostitution, murder and voodoo.
In the early evenings, boxback suits and Stetson hats mingled with overalls.
Young ladies sashayed down Beale Street and inside the bars, gamblers waited for an easy mark to stroll in. If the mark escaped from the dice or the cards, maybe he would fall victim to Little Ora – always ready to prove her reputation as the best pickpocket between New Orleans and St. Louis. Maybe he’d just stop over at PeeWee’s and visit with the musicians, play a little pool, or secure the voodoo protection of Mary the Wonder.
By mid-evening, the street would be packed. A one block walk could mean a detour around the medicine show set up in a little hole in the wall, as much as stopping and listening to the wandering bluesmen playing for pennies and nickels.
One club, The Monarch, was known as The Castle of Missing Men due to the fact that gunshot victims and dead gamblers could be easily disposed of at the undertaker sharing their back alley.
Machine Gun Kelly peddled bottled whiskey from a clothes basket back before moving into the ranks of big-time crime. Numerous gamblers set a box next to the card table and slid a share of the take into it for the church down the street.
There were big vaudeville shows at the Palace and the Daisy, hot snoot sandwiches at the corner café, Memphis jug bands playing down at the park, and one block over on Gayoso, the red-light district rivaled New Orleans’ Storyville.
Beale Street – come down and see a Memphis jug band, Memphis blues or W.C. Handy Blues!
THE GATES OF GRACELAND
We are so excited to welcome you back to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, 100+ acres dedicated to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! We are committed to the health and safety of our guests and associates and have been diligently working to ensure your visit is everything you’re dreaming of!
With Mansion tours greatly reduced, you will have the unique opportunity to walk in Elvis’ footsteps like never before – in your own personal tour space spread out from other touring guests. Social distancing at its best!
Due to reduced tour capacities, it is highly encouraged that you purchase your tour tickets well in advance of your visit.