As an adult, there is something magical about visiting a resort that you often visited as a child. That’s how I felt during my stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. during the Blissdom’12 blogging conference. I loved exploring and reminiscing about the fun I had there when I was a kid.
After my recent stay at the resort, I have an even greater love for this fantastic property. Here’s why this resort is so special to me —
Each employee that I passed in the hallway or in the property, was quick to say hello. I made it a game with myself to see if I could beat them in being first to say hello.
Every person there was extremely helpful and friendly – great customer service goes a long way in my book.
Location, Location, Location!
I am a huge country music fan and on Saturday night, I walked over to the Grand Ole Opry to see this legendary show in person. There’s also a quick shuttle, but the weather was too nice!
The airport is only about 15 minutes away and Downtown Nashville is a quick 20 minute cab ride. Warning: $25/one way..yikes! (Use Uber code – UberCarrieWChildren and get your first ride free, up to $20. And I’ll get a ride credit too!)
The stained glass artwork found in the main lobby is just breathtaking. The attention to detail with banjos and fiddles placed inside the pieces were just beautiful. I’m also a big fan of Chihuly art and loved seeing the glasswork displayed throughout the hotel too.
With the comfy couches, I spent my free time in the lobby relaxing with a good book and plenty of people watching too.
Variety of Food Choices
Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican food, steaks, seafood, Italian, sushi or even Irish pub food – the Gaylord Opryland Resort has something for everyone.
I heard rave reviews about Stax burgers, located in the Delta atrium along with Wasabi’s sushi bar in the Cascades. Be prepared for resort-like prices.
Great Place to Exercise
With close to 3,000 guest rooms and over 600,000 square feet of convention space – bring comfortable shoes! I walked what felt like two marathons while I was there.
Insider Tip: Here’s a hint to keep you from getting lost – the carpets are color-coded to tell you what area of the resort you are in! Red = Delta, Conservatory = green, Magnolia = yellow.
When you visit the resort, make to time to explore the atriums. Each of them are filled with colorful flowers and greenery. I fell in love with these daisies in the Conservatory atrium.
The Power to Overcome
In May 2010, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and the Nashville area was devastated by a massive flood. With four to six feet of water throughout the property, the resort was closed for six months and underwent a complete transformation.
The property now boasts a fresh look and new furniture in the guestrooms, new carpets and more. They overcame the devastation and rebuilt the resort from the ground up in record time.
Every inch of this resort is top notch. From the customer service to the attention to details. The resort is a vacation all in its self with everything you could need all under one roof.
Have you been to the Gaylord Opryland Resort?
Tell me about your experiences….
**My trip to Blissdom, was sponsored in part by Sea Best Seafood. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **