Known the world over, the Peabody hotel is one of the top attractions in Memphis. A few months ago, our son, Carl, and his wife, Valerie, stayed here and upon learning that our travels would take us to Memphis, encouraged us to have a look at it.
It is luxuriously appointed, with the lobby centerpiece being a beautiful water fountain, sculptured from a single piece of Italian marble. What makes this fountain even more memorable is the fact that it serves as the daytime home of the "Peabody Ducks." Precisely at 11:00am each day, the five mallards (1 drake and 4 hens) are paraded from the rooftop "Duck Palace"; herded into an elevator; and then marched across a red carpet to the lobby fountain. It is a huge spectacle! At 5:00 pm, the process is reversed, so the ducks can spend the night in their rooftop accommodation.
YouTube - Peabody Ducks on Animal Planet's Most Outrageous Pet Digs.
One day, following the morning ritual, we met with the current Duck Master, Anthony, who gave us a wonderful two hour tour of the hotel. We learned that many famous folks have stayed at the Peabody (e.g. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Queen Noor of Jordan, and every U.S. President since Harry Truman). We had a fabulous time! The staff at the Peabody were all very friendly and helpful, especially Anthony.