10 Ways to Celebrate The Peabody’s 150th Anniversary

August, 2019

If you haven’t wished the South’s grand hotel a happy 150th birthday yet, there’s still time. And, there’s a bucket list full of ways to celebrate. Even if you’ve visited The Peabody before, some of these suggestions might surprise you—proving that even at 150, this grand dame is better than ever.

1. Experience the duck march like an insider

First-timers crowd the red carpet (and kids always should—they’re invited to sit right on the carpet’s edge). But pros know a few things: Arrive early—by 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. march; 4:15 p.m. for the 5 p.m. march. This ensures you’ll have time to enjoy a cocktail in The Peabody’s storied lounge or saunter up to the mezzanine level, where you can get a bird’s-eye view of the march.

2. Stick around for a Hotel History Tour

When the ducks have marched and the crowd begins to dissipate, make your move toward the Concierge Desk. Daily after the 11 a.m. duck march, The Peabody Duckmaster invites you on an hour-long history tour of the hotel. For $10 per person, you’ll hear 150 years’ worth of lore, starring tipsy duck hunters, big band-era musicians and Elvis himself.    

3. Discover the Memorabilia Room

Once you’ve taken the Hotel History Tour, see the artifacts for yourself in this mezzanine-level room. The shrine to Peabody history displays photographs, room keys and china from days gone by, plus gems such as the recording contract Elvis Presley signed on-property. 

4. Do some ducky souvenir shopping

Peabody Deli & Desserts isn’t just for house-made treats (more on that in a bit). It’s your one-stop shop for Peabody-themed souvenirs, from plush mallards to the Celebriduck, a rubber ducky decked out like the Duckmaster himself.

5. Linger over afternoon tea

Reserve your spot at The Peabody’s traditional afternoon tea, a three-course affair of savory sandwiches, sweets (including warm-from-the-oven scones) and teas. Caffeine-free selections, and champagne add-ons, are available, and the setting—The Peabody’s venerable Chez Philippe restaurant—is oh-so-elegant.

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6. Indulge in house-made ice cream and pastries

You’ve learned that The Peabody employs an official Duckmaster. But did you know that the hotel also has its own executive pastry chef? The best way to find out is to pop into Peabody Deli & Desserts for a shortbread cookie—shaped like a duck and expertly iced. Or order a chocolate dome filled with rich mousse and Grand Marnier crème brulée from the gilded dessert cart that appears in the hotel lobby each evening. Or sample the soufflé du jour at Chez Philippe. You get the picture.

7. Visit the Duck Palace

Ever wonder where those famous ducks go when they aren’t hanging out in the hotel lobby? Take the elevator to the roof; then take a peek at the Duck Palace, where the ducks enjoy room to waddle, splash and chill near their own miniature version of The Peabody.

8. Hang out on The Peabody Rooftop

The ducks aren’t the only reason to head to the roof of The Peabody. Be prepared for gorgeous city and river views and, when the weather’s warm, events like Sunset Happy Hour and Peabody Rooftop Parties, a summer-evening trifecta of live music, cool cocktails and unparalleled views. 

9. Stay for special events

The Peabody’s social calendar is always packed with goodies, but you can bet the hotel’s going all out for its 150th. Reserve your spot at the 150th Anniversary Dinner on Sept. 5 for a five-course dinner presented by current and former Peabody chefs (and featuring wine pairings by The Peabody’s own sommelier). Or, set your sights on the Nov. 7 Jack Daniel’s Tasting & Dinner to sip limited-edition whiskeys and enjoy a three-course Southern-style banquet.

10. Or, stay overnight

Through Dec. 31, 2019, The Peabody is offering anniversary-themed accommodation packages to keep you in the celebratory mood all night long. Splurge on the 1869 Package for dinner for two at Chez Philippe and a couple’s massage in the hotel’s Feathers Spa.

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