For hoteliers who love fowl, nabbing a job as a duckmaster is nothing short of a dream come true. And for travelers who want to share their vacation with a flock of ducks, The Peabody in Memphis, Tenn., is a must-visit.
Every day, the historic resort parades out five North American Mallards that waddle down a red carpet, bathe in the hotel’s fountain and luxuriate in the hotel’s Royal Duck Palace after hours. The original Peabody ducks were trained by a retired circus-trainer-turned duck trainer who taught his flock the famous, dignified Peabody Duck March. Today, seasoned Duckmasters carry on the proud tradition.
Fun fact: Because people might not want to nosh on duck after making friends with this flock, the Peabody’s restaurant is one of the only French dining establishments in the world that doesn’t serve duck. These fowl are friends, not food.