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Memphis in May - Memorial Weekend - 2003

Visit the Peabody Ducks

Fine Cuisine

149 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 529-4000


The Peabody Hotel is steeped in history of the South with all its' Southern hospitality and charm. The Mississippi Delta is said to begin in the Lobby of the Peabody. Built in 1869, and named for philanthropist George Peabody, this hotel has been host to President Andrew Johnson, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, William Faulkner, Charles Lindbergh as well as modern day celebrities. The Peabody has been spotlighted, as a must see attraction, as the block buster motion picture "The Firm" with Tom Cruise was filmed here. As you sit in the lobby and take in the grandeur of this magnificent work of man, you are caught up in a spiritual connection to the many whom have relaxed and dined here.

Peabody Lobby
Peabody Hotel

As we were shown to our room, we were impressed by the friendliness and knowledgeable staff and by the comfortable surroundings and decor of the hotel. There is so much to experience here. On the main floor there are numerous shops and boutiques to shop and visit. Most notably is Lansky's which is famous for being called the Clothier to the King that is Elvis Presley and many other musical greats who have shopped here as well, evidenced by their signed guitars hanging on the walls of Lansky's at the Peabody.

Behind the Peabody is Peabody Place, an indoor three level complex with entertainment, retail and dining facilities for just about every particular you might need or want.

The hotel is also equipped with a 80,000 square feet of meeting space which could accommodate any rigors of modern day Captain and Kings of industry. Several beautiful ballrooms and salons for every imaginable gathering. There was a wedding reception being held in the Grand Ballroom on our departure date.

The hotel has 468 rooms and suites, a fitness center, pool and spa. The concierge service is out of this world and guest of the Peabody's Club, top floor, come with their own concierge service which features various Continental breakfasts and evening hors d' oeuvres.

Entrance to Peabody Place
Romeo & Juliet Suite

Among all that the Peabody has to offer and which makes her great, -there is also the tradition and attraction of the Peabody Ducks. In 1930 General Manager Frank Schutt initiated the tradition of the famous Duck March by placing live hunting decoys in the lobby fountain. Shortly after, by his actions, the decoys were replaced by real ducks. The ducks were then and are now, kept on their rooftop penthouse. They were trained to march to the penthouse elevator escorted by the Peabody's Duckmaster. They ride the elevator to the main lobby where they are greeted by a red carpet laid out from the elevator to the main lobby fountain. Here, they begin, promptly at 11 am, their march from the elevator to the fountain. They remain in the lobby fountain until 5 pm, at which time they return to their rooftop penthouse.

Peabody Fitness Center
Peabody Pool and Hot Tub
The Famous Duck March
Peabody Grand Ballroom

The Peabody has two fantastic restaurants. The Chez Philippe and Capriccio restaurants both are well known by Memphis locals for their fine cuisine. They are both located on the main floor of the Peabody. We attended breakfast at Capriccio's and our evening meal was at Chez Philippe. We provide an in depth review of Chez Philippe on the following page.

The Capriccio Restaurant, Bar and Cafe was introduced to The Peabody Memphis in 2002, following its success at The Peabody Orlando. Capriccio specializes in the cuisines of the Tuscan region of Northern Italy and incorporates an exhibition kitchen and wood-burning pizza oven. Menus change with the season, enabling chefs to work with the freshest of local produce, and the finest of meats, fish and fowl. The award-winning Capriccio concept provides The Peabody Memphis a complex of dining, wining and a boutique-style take-out service for fine coffees, exquisite pastries, and sandwiches.

We enjoyed a breakfast of waffles covered with praline creamed butter, italian sausage with fruit and of course their fabulous fresh ground coffee.

Pictured below from left to right:

Autozone Ball Park (view from the Peabody rooftop), Mississippi River (view from the Peabody rooftop), Francis Scott Key's piano on display on the mezzanine of the Peabody Hotel

Autozone Stadium
View from the rooftop
Francis Scott Key's Piano
Now it was time to go to Rachel's Day Spa and make our journey complete..
We walked to the Rachel's Spa from the Peabody a short three blocks from the front door.


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