Thursday, September 20, 2007

Nashville's Opryland Hotel

During my recent visit to Nashville, we had the pleasure of staying across the street from the Opryland Hotel...OK, so staying inside the Opryland would have been better, but this will have to do. So we walked over there during the day & at night to take in this wonderful place. If you've never been there (like I had not), you will be awed! This is one magnificent hotel...it's a hotel, amusement park, & mall all wrapped up in one beautiful package & you will walk around with your mouth hanging open. I sure did! I took lots of pics, so go on a tour with me. You'll love it as much as I did.
This is outside going into the front entrance.
The lobby.

When you enter the hotel, you walk through corridors & come out into this large atrium. The walkways just wind around and through the hotel and this is the scenery that's all around you.
There are many places to sit, eat & enjoy the views. Here is some sort of outdoor cafe. You can see all the hotel rooms in the background. This is all glass enclosed...a huge atrium.
Looking down from a walkway above.
A waterfall surrounding the cafe, with a beautiful pond.

More of the waterfall.
More outdoor garden.
Isn't this beautiful? My mouth was agape the whole time.
I truly have never seen anything like this, ever. I'm sure it's a treat to stay here.

More restaurants & outdoor eating in the atrium.
I think this was another restaurant. Looks like a plantation from the old South.
Pavillion...we heard that there are lots of weddings here.

A beautiful fountain...I got a nice shot of this fountain at night too, down below.
More gardens & fountains. There are even gondola rides on a canal winding through this hotel.
More levels to Convention Center.
This area looks just like the French Quarter in New Orleans.
One of the shops that's there.
This is my friend, Debbie (R) and her daughter Tiffany (L), shopping for some bling. They were my roomies on this trip. And here's the fountain at night. I hear that the Opryland Hotel is not to be missed at Christmas. I can just imagine what a wonderland it must be all decked out for the Holidays. I'd love to see that! Hope you enjoyed the little tour of Opryland. Maybe we can all go for a visit one day!
My 100th post is coming up next week, so you don't want to miss the giveaway!! Yippppeee!!


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Nunnie's Attic said...

Oh my gosh those pictures are breathtaking! I can't even begin to fathom how gorgeous it must be at Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing them. I will definitely put that on my to-do list. Visit Opryland! I love country music and watch the Grand Old Opry any chance I get.

Thanks again for the tour. It was amazing!

Love,
Julie

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I spent several days at the Opryland Hotel back in the 80s when we had an editorial conference in Nashville. It was awesome then. Bet it's even better now.

JeniBeans said...

How gorgeous!

p.s. Your friend and her daughter look more like sisters to me! =)

Anonymous said...

You need to go at Christmas - it is breathtaking. To be honest though, unless they've updated, the rooms are really nothing special.

tina

PAT said...

I was wondering about the rooms there. We had brunch at the Opryland a couple of years ago. Beautiful place and the food is good too!

Pat

Abbie said...

What a fantastic display of nature and technology.
Thanks for sharing.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful pics, Rhoda! I loved the indoor garden when I was there too. It is so awe inspiring......Bonnie

PS You got some great pics of Nashville & your friends look like so much fun to be around.

Michelle said...

Why, thank you for the "trip" to Nashville today, Rhoda; I enjoyed myself very much! LOL What great pictures - thank you for sharing them! I've never been to Nashville but my husband has a cousin who is a Christian recording artist there (shameless plug - Jill Parr is her name - that girl's got quite a voice!)and lives right outside of Nashville.

Have a blessed day!

(BTW, did you get your hair cut shorter recently?)

Anonymous said...

My Precious Hubby and I got engaged at the Opryland Hotel so it holds special memories. We return every chance we get and I must say Christmas is a favorite.
Becca
Knoxville TN

Rosemary said...

Wow,
That does look like a great place.
You never have to leave.
I bet it is beautiful at Christmas!
Have a great day!
Wow, your 100th post soon!
Rosemary

It's a Mom Thing said...

You're right about seeing it at Christmas. Nashville is my hometown and even though I've been to the Opryland Hotel for many years during the holidays, I still love to go. It's just so beautiful.

Alice said...

My brother-in-law got married there during the Christmas holidays. It was pretty and festive in a Disneyesque, artificial kind of way.

Sandi McBride said...

Wow, now you know how to take some pictures, Girl! I've always wanted to go to the Opry, Myrtle Beach's rendition is the best I've managed...that wasn't so bad, tho lol...thanks for stopping by...hope to see you again soon...I'll be checking on your pictures...wish I had that talent!

Simply Me Art said...

Wow, that looks Amazing.. Great Photos thank you for sharing...

The Feathered Nest said...

Gosh the atrium and waterfalls are just breathtaking! What a gorgeous place. We've been meaning to go to Nashville forever - my husbands been there on business and he really enjoyed it. Great pics Rhoda!

Manuela

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh my! That place is just stunning! Thank you for the tour, this may be the only way I get to see the USA, through other peoples travels they post on their blogs. lol. Awesome place!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Amazing!
It must have been so exciting. That needs to be on my list of road trips in the future.

Steph said...

My husband stayed there for a business convention years ago, and continues to talk about how great it was to this day!

Diane said...

Hi Rhoda. Loved seeing your pics. Our daughter and her husband have stayed at the Opryland Hotel and loved it. They also bought me a beautiful bracelet from there :o)
Diane

Diane said...

Hi Rhoda. Loved seeing your pics. Our daughter and her husband have stayed at the Opryland Hotel and loved it. They also brought me a beautiful bracelet from there :o)
Diane

Catherine said...

Oh my ...what a beautiful place!
And your pictures are beautiful also...thanks for sharing all the beauty! Through your eyes~ I now feel like I have been to Nashville!

Catherine

cityfarmer said...

Little Disney...actually I love campin' at the Jellystone down the road a spell and walking in and acting like I own the place...anyone can walk thru and take pictures but not everyone can pay the $ for a rrrrrooooom

shaybert said...

Oh my goodness Rhoda!!! You know the Vigneulles!!! Awesome! Say hi from the Herberts! We went to Shadow Mountain together back when our Tiffanys were little. Mine is 28 today!! I have seen pics of Opryland Hotel before and it is on my list of places to visit. Thank you for sharing with us! Blessings! Shay

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Great pictures Rhonda. Seeing them makes me want to go back for another visit. . . if only my husband goes to another convention there though, it's too costly if it would come out of the family budget LOL!! Did you see the live radio station being broadcasted too? That was fun to watch through the glass. It was down by the shops. At least it was in '97

Blessings!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

That plantation looking restaurant looks wonderful! Everything is gorgeous. I would love to go there someday. So many places to go, so little time! Glad you shared your tour, so I can at least dream!

Thanks Rhoda!

Suzanne said...

Oh My! That is quite a place! Thank you for sharing it through your lovely photos! And congratulations on your "almost 100th post", :)

Robyn said...

OH how fun for your 3! Lovely photos!

shaybert said...

Rhoda,
Thank you for visiting my site. Yes I'm Shay from GI. It just floored me last week when you had gone to Beth Moore's conference, no I've never gone but want to and then for you to know that precious family we knew in years past (and still get their newsletters)... what a kick! Blessings and hi's all around! Shay

ValleyGirl said...

Once again, thanks for a wonderful tour! I'm definitely adding it to my 'list of places to visit if I ever win the lottery!' Beautiful.

Kari said...

Oh my gosh! Who would have thought??? And it's so funny...when the first few pictures scrolled up I was thinking "wow - can you imagine this place at Christmas?!?" and then you said basically the same thing at the end of your post. lol I had absolutely no idea that so much could be put into one hotel. Wow. I mean really. WOW.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

This is where we spent our wedding night!
Our homemaker's lesson yesterday was on Southern Hospitality...the speaker pulled out a poster to show a few things and there was your blog banner!!! She had read your blog (we are the only two computer users in the whole group...) and she had googled SH and found you. I said "I know her!" It was so funny.

Sandy said...

I love all of your photos, Rhoda. Makes us feel like we've been there!
Have a great weekend.
Sandy

justabeachkat said...

We lived in Nashville for almost 8 years, but only went to the Opryland Hotel only at Christmas, which is unbelievably gorgeous. A must see! It's hard to even describe. Amazing!

Hugs!
Kat

KLKinFLA said...

Hi, Rhoda
Thanks for stopping by. Don't you love Nashville? Lived in that area for 6 years, and would move back in a heartbeat! You should see the Opryland Hotel at Christmas...it's magnificent! Thanks for the great photos. Have a wonderful weekend!
Karen

PlumWater Cottage said...

I love the Opryland Hotel. It's quite the place to be during the Quilt Show in August...filled to the brim with quilters, vendors, and the most gorgeous quilts you'll ever see. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures

Betty said...

Rhoda,

We were at the Opryland Hotel a couple of years ago during Christmas....it was breath taking.....gorgeous.....your pictures are fantastic.......Betty

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Just stunning! I've never been to that part of the country and I think I must! I had a "taste" of the south when I visited Atlanta and New Orleans, but there is so much more to see! One thing I love about the south is your gorgeous greenery (all the palms, etc.). It's a nice change from pine trees!

Shirlee said...

I really enjoyed your pictures, it looks like a fantastic place to visit. I can just imagine how wonderful it is all lit up at Christmas. :)

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

We're so close to Nashville and it's way high on my list of places to visit. Maybe I can talk my hubby into going there over the holidays!

Susie Q said...

Oh it truly is an amazing place to spend a night! We always loved to go over when my parents lived in TN. It just gets better all the time!

I want to take Gracie there soon...I know she will love it all. It is really awesome during the Christmas holidays!

Hugs,
Sue

Neutral Dwelling said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics! We were there this summer for our 1st time and it is unbelievably gorgeous!