7 Reasons to Love the Gaylord Opryland Resort

by Carrie McLaren with no comments

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 —

Gaylord Opryland Resort Exterior

image courtesy of Gaylord Opryland Resort


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!) 

Grand Ole Opry House Exterior

Breathtaking Artwork

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.

Gaylord Opryland Resort Art Collage

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.

Gaylord Opryland Resort Atrium

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.

Gaylord Opryland Resort Map


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.

Gaylord Opryland Atrium Flowers

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.

Gaylord Opryland Resort - Room Interior

Visit the Gaylord Opryland Resort site to learn more about the resort.  Follow them on Twitter at @GaylordOpryland and be sure to check out the Gaylord Opryland Resort on Facebook.

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. **

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