Ducks, Ducks, Ducks
They are everywhere! What a marketing brand the Peabody has created.
From the little duck bars of soap in the hotel rooms, to the inlaid
marble floor in the elevators, to the duck drawing with legend
printed on the bar napkins to the real live ducks that swim in the
hotel lobby fountain every day, the Peabody Hotel has the duck
market cornered. You must stop and see the Peabody Hotel in Memphis
and make sure it is at either11 AM or 5 PM when the ducks march.
The Peabody Hotel is located in downtown Memphis a few blocks from
the Mississippi River and within walking distance to Beale Street.
We stayed at the hotel for a couple of nights to experience the
food, the blues, the rock-and-roll and of course the ducks.
Across from the
Peabody is South Second Street. It looks more like an alley than a
street. About half way down the street is the Rendezvous restaurant
that has served the famous Memphis BBQ dry-style rib for over 50
years. The ribs were good, but for my taste not as good as the ones
served in Atlanta at the Tavern at Phipps.
Memphis' Beale Street is one of the most vibrant streetscape and
activity center and one of the hottest entertainment districts in
the country. Over the past 20 years, the street has gone from the
epitome of urban decay to the number one tourist attraction in the
State of Tennessee. We drank many beers, saw a lot of live music,
played pool and watched people make fools of themselves with
Karaoke. Time flies on Beale Street, we ended up closing a blues
music place in the wee hours of the morning.
Elvis too! The legend
continues. Like the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, Elvis is everywhere.
Memphis, along with Las Vegas has the Elvis market cornered.
Memphis was an interesting stop. Tunica's gambling has brought
development, jobs and tourist dollars to a poor part of Mississippi
near Memphis. There are discussions to bring some of those dollars
and tourists to Memphis to help continue the redevelopment of this
Will I return?
The Peabody Hotel ...been there - done that!
Elvis - sorry, not interested!