Wednesday, March 25, 2009

An Off-Beat Tour of Gaylord Opryland
I thought you might like to follow me around as I wander through this large hotel and its lovely gardens.

See? We actually did make it outside once or twice while we were here. When my husband and I stayed here 20 years ago, our room overlooked this outdoor garden area. Note to self: next time spring for the atrium view room. (Maybe in another 20 years or so.)

The radio station WSM broadcasts from the hotel.

Recognize the guy in the third panel?

Shh, they're on the air.

Talk about being a fish in a fish bowl. Speakers in the hall let the passersby hear the station's broadcast.

The dear daughter insisted that I get a picture of this T-shirt. In fact, she liked it so much that she bought one before we left. You know, I do believe I saw that shirt on her today...

This stain glass inset was in the ceiling of the main lobby.

If you click on the picture, you can see more of the delightful detail of this fine sculpture.

Guess where my daughter and I spent one afternoon?

Why does this remind me of another spa?

Ooh, check it out: the "Official" car of Gaylord Opryland Resort.

This enormous chandelier is in Magnolia, the original lobby of the hotel.

Attention to detail.

On our way to the Opry Mills Outlet Mall, we passed by the Grand Ole Opry. So that's where that is...

I love this picture from behind the waterfall.

I wish I could have gotten a better picture of this large, crystal-encrusted mirror. This Swarovski mirror will only set you back $7,999. If you can believe it, the boutique worker told another customer that a similar mirror, done in multi-colored crystals, had sold the prior month. And that mirror had cost $1,000 more. I know that I am amazed.

This stain glass ceiling is in Findley's Irish Pub.

In the Magnolia section of the hotel.

The facade of the original section of the hotel.

Many people like to have their pictures taken with these statues. I should know; I took a picture for a couple of nice ladies one evening.

The Garden Conservatory at night.

The darling daughter thought that I should take this picture of an apron for her "Auntie Rosie".


Rosie Hawthorne said...

Oh my Goodness.
Kelley, I'd freakin' luv that for an apron. PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE??!!????!??

CarolynA said...

Why was that shop selling Aunt Sandy's t-shirt?

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Who's the guy in the third panel?

And WHOOT! You've passed the 10,000 mark!

Marilyn said...

Rosie, you mean you don't recognize Pat Sajak? He'll be so disappointed.