Not all ideas conceived with whiskey and hunting buddies turn out to be good ones.
ducks in the fountain of the Peabody
Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee has proven to be a notable exception.
the general manager of the Peabody and his friend returned to the hotel after a
weekend hunting trip. Still a bit tipsy on Jack Daniels, they decided to leave
a few of their live duck decoys in the travertine marble fountain located in
the lobby. The ducks were such a hit with guests that the hotel fountain has not
been fowl-free since.
the ducks have become the hotel’s biggest attraction, even drawing celebrities
like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and Jimmy Carter. Daily at 11 am, the
hotel’s Duckmaster leads five Mallard ducks (one male and four females) down a
red carpet to the fountain. The ducks march to John Philip Sousa’s King Cotton
March as onlookers snap photos and clap. At 5 pm, the ducks march back to the
elevator, which returns them to the rooftop Royal Duck Palace, where guests can
also catch a glimpse of them through glass windows during off-hours.
only work at the hotel for three months before retiring to a nearby farm, and a
new set is brought in to be trained by the resident Duckmaster. Guests
interested in being an honorary Duckmaster can book the Ducky Day
package, which includes the privilege of helping the Duckmaster lead the daily
march and an official brass-head Duckmaster cane to take home.
long day watching waterfowl, guests can grab a bite at the hotel’s on-site
Philippe, though the French eatery eschews one traditional dish. Those
wishing to dine on duck will just have eat elsewhere.
Waddling in the footsteps of the Memphis hotel, the twice-daily march of The Peabody Ducks can also be seen at the Peabody hotels in Orlando and Little Rock.