Some years ago (I won't put a number to them, but you will see by the pictures included in this entry that I was quite young) I attended a conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Although the majority of my time was spent working, therefore leaving next to no time for sightseeing, I was able to spend quite a bit of time exploring the Opryland Hotel during conference breaks. That in itself made this trip far more fun than it would have been had we attended a conference in some boring old conference center!
I decided to write about this now because Steve and I plan to go to Nashville in a few months--he's never been--and as I have two previous Music City trips under my belt, I figured it would be a good idea to recap them before posting about a more recent one. Nashville really is a great city and I have to say, I'm excited to get back there and do some more "touristy" activities!
Anyway, during this trip we stayed at an Embassy Suites. It was so long ago now that I don't even remember where the hotel was, really--I just remember that it was in the middle of nowhere. I think there was a Mexican restaurant and a Wendy's nearby--that's it. We went to downtown Nashville two of the nights we were there and it was a 20-30 minute drive; likewise, the Opryland Hotel was a good 15-20 minutes away. At least. This was due to the fact that we decided to attend this conference fairly last minute and the Opryland was booked solid. Sad.
As I said before, though, the majority of this trip was spent at the Opryland hotel, and even though I worked--a lot--I did get long breaks every couple of hours. Once my co-worker Renee (the dark-haired girl in the pictures) and I had visited practically every booth at the conference (mainly to collect all the fun giveaways!) we spent our time exploring the hallways, shops and of course the atriums! One could literally spend an entire day wandering around this hotel and never get bored. If you ever have a chance to visit Nashville, I suggest doing just that--show up at the Opryland Hotel and literally get lost inside of it. You won't be disappointed!
On top of all that, the Opryland made one of the fastest cleanups after the May 2010 floods in Nashville and is boasting that it is better than ever. I know I can't wait to check it out again on my next trip out there!