Staying calm at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Garden Conservatory, Opryland Hotel

Garden Conservatory, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Stay calm?  At the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center?  Is that not an oxymoronic question in itself?  With 2,711 guest rooms and 171 suites on six floors, you would think it an impossibity to indulge in rest and relaxation. Especially when an event such as the conference I attended last week —  Learning Forward 2014 —  brought together 3,600 educators in 600,000 square feet of meeting space.

But yes, you can stay calm. And relaxed.  And enthralled.  You just have to know where to go in this magical, multi-space resort where gardens flow harmoniously into well-appointed living spaces.

First, ask for a balcony room in the Delta wing of the hotel so you have a view of the Garden Conservatory, an architecturally beautiful space with a glass ceiling open to the sky.

View of Garden Conservatory, Gaylord Opryland

Glass ceiling, lush greenery — view from my balcony room and the Garden Conservatory

Swing open the door to your balcony and enjoy the lush greenery that awaits you — palm trees, ferns, manicured shrubs and, at this time of year, massive plantings of pink and white and red poinsettias.

Banks of pink poinsettias  line the area near a waterfall in the Garden Conservatory

Banks of pink poinsettias line the area near a waterfall in the Garden Conservatory

Watch as people take pictures of family members near the light-bedecked gazebo . . .

Mom captures her husband and child at the decorated gazebo in the Garden Conservatory

Mom captures her husband and child at the decorated gazebo in the Garden Conservatory

or climb into one of the boats meandering the waters and listen while a guide selects other features of this indoor paradise to share with you.

Riding the Delta Riverboat through the waters of at Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Riding the Delta Riverboat through the waters of at Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Indulge in the sights of balconies aglow from ceiling-hung strands of twinkly lights . . .

Balcony rooms all aglow with the light of streetlamps and thousands of twinkly lights

Balcony rooms all aglow with the light of streetlamps and thousands of twinkly lights

or stand in front of the all-red poinsettia tree and take a selfie for your Christmas card!

A popular spot for pictures -- the red poinsettia tree in the Garden Conservatory

A popular spot for pictures — the red poinsettia tree in the Garden Conservatory

Second, just sit a spell on your own balcony and notice how others are enjoying the privacy even in this full-to-capacity resort.  You might want to pamper yourself with a massage right on your balcony or just share early-morning coffee with your roommate.

Early-morning coffee on the balcony -- Gaylord Opryland Resort

Early-morning coffee on the balcony — Gaylord Opryland Resort

But if you choose to roam, you can still remain calm.  Bring your walking shoes and “hike” the walkways above the gardens.

Hiking the gardens on one  of the long walkways above the flora and fauna

Hiking the gardens on one of the long walkways above the flora and fauna

Look down at the restaurants yet to open . . .

The calm before opening -- Ravello, one of the restaurants in the Garden Conservatory

The calm before opening — Ravello, one of the restaurants in the Garden Conservatory

or the shopping areas where people gather but you hardly hear them.

View from above of the shopping areas in Gaylord Opryland Resort

View from above of the shopping areas in Gaylord Opryland Resort

You may opt for sipping coffee in front of the waterfalls just as my roommate Terry Frost of Knoxville did and plan your day.  Will it be shopping? picture-taking? attending a conference? or simply “staying put” in one of America’s premier resorts?

Enjoying her coffee and the calm of the Conservatory -- Terry Frost of Knoxville

Enjoying her coffee and the calm of the Conservatory — Terry Frost of Knoxville

Whatever you choose to do at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, rest assured that you can be hurried and active or calm and relaxed.  The choice is up to you!

Colorfully decorated trees seem to be everywhere at Gaylord Opryland Resort!

Colorfully decorated trees seem to be everywhere at Gaylord Opryland Resort!

For more information:

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

615-889-1000

Websitehttp://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/gaylordoprylandresort

If you go:

  • Book early.  Space fills up quickly, especially if there is a convention at the hotel.
  • Ask for a balcony room, if it fits within your budget.  It’s worth it!
  • Check out the restaurants and early-morning coffee places.  Lines get long as walkers roam the hotel early and then stop for a pastry and coffee.
  • If you go at Christmas, check out the over 2 million lights and the lovely nativity in the Magnolia entryway.  Carriage rides are available.  (Access blog post here.)

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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16 Responses to Staying calm at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel

  1. Whoa! That’s a one-of-a-kind hotel. We wish we could stay in places like these one of these days. With our limited budgets, we always stay in bed and breakfasts, pension houses (inns), or homestays.

    • This is a one-of-a-kind hotel, and I wouldn’t have stayed there if it hadn’t been for business. We were lucky that we could combine business and pleasure at this special holiday time. Thanks for reading and commenting. And please remember that we are budget travelers all the way!

  2. suzjones says:

    Oh wow! That reminds me of a luxury cruise ship like the QEII or something. Very grand indeed.

    • You know, Suz, you may have the best comparison of all. The Opryland Hotel is like a mammoth cruise ship — so much to do, so much luxury, and so many people! I knew I needed a cruise right before Christmas this year!

  3. Apart from when we went to Vegas, I don’t think I have ever, ever seen a hotel as huge as this! I can’t believe the gardens and the river running through it!

  4. freebutfun says:

    They even have a river boat going through the hotel…?! Amazing! Grand!!

    • That river boat is amazing, and there was always a line of people ready to board! This is one enormous hotel — one of the largest I’ve been to. But well-run and beautiful! Thanks for taking a look. Happy holidays!

  5. Amy says:

    What a grand and glamorous hotel!

  6. Those Gaylord hotels really know how to do it up right! Great photos and it looks like a fabulous time! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Curt. Although this is relatively close to home, I don’t get there often. But what a lovely place to stay! Guess I still would like to be rich and able to travel and stay in resorts. But until then, I’ll take a few days at a time any way I can get ’em!

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