Best Things to Do
For your morning nourishment, consider an elegant breakfast at Capriccio Grill Italian Steakhouse, the main dining establishment in The Peabody. You can also splurge and take high tea at Chez Philippe, the hotel's Versailles-like restaurant.
This grand property is also a pleasant place to conclude your day. Arrive around 4 p.m. and order a drink in The Lobby Bar. The drinks are pricey, but the bartenders make a mean martini. Plus, the bar offers you a front-row seat to the five o'clock "march," as the resident ducks leave their fountain, reprise the red carpet trip to the elevator and retire to their rooftop home. You might also ask if you can catch the sunset over the Mississippi from the roof; check out the ducks' accommodations while you're up there.
For dinner, downtown options range from perennially hip Automatic Slim's Tonga Club to Itta Bena, hidden just above B. B. King's Blues Club. You can enjoy new-style Southern cuisine and a great selection of wines at McEwen's on Monroe. Many visitors head for Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous, one of the city's liveliest and most popular purveyors of Memphis barbecue.
To cap the evening, stroll along Beale Street, where live blues and jazz are sure to lure you into one of the clubs. Good bets: Rum Boogie Café or King's Palace Café.