Memphis, TN Travel Blog
We recently had the opportunity to visit Memphis, TN for a conference. Memphis is the largest city in the state of Tennessee and is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff where the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers meet.
We had the chance to check out Beale Street (which has been voted America’s Best Iconic Street) in downtown Memphis. We went to BB King’s Blues Club on the corner of 2nd and Beale and ate Southern style BBQ Ribs and Fried Chicken while listening to live music. The food was excellent!
Our conference was held at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The Peabody is known for the “March of Ducks”. The “Peabody Ducks” live in the Duck Palace on the hotel rooftop. They make the journey down the elevator onto the red carpet to the fountain in the lobby each day at 11:00. Then at 5:00, they march back onto the red carpet to take the elevator back up to their home in the Duck Palace. The tradition started in the 1930’s when the General Manager at the time had just returned from a weekend hunting trip in Arkansas with a friend of his. After a little too much Tennessee sippin’ whiskey, they left 3 of their English Call Duck decoys (they could use live ducks as decoys at the time) in the hotel fountain. The guests loved the ducks in the fountain and since then 5 Mallard ducks have played in the fountain every day. There is a duck theme in this hotel with everything from the butter shaped ducks while dining to the duck emblems on the paper towels in the restrooms. However, they do not serve duck at the hotel restaurant!
Memphis is known for being the Home of the Blues and where Rock ‘n’ Roll started, so it is a very interesting city to visit. Please follow Peak Consulting LLC on LinkedIn for our blog updates.