We got to the hotel without any problems. I got a basic room, while Carmen got the more expensive one with a balcony and view. I didn’t mind forgoing the view for more quiet and greater privacy, though. (Plus, I’m cheap.) Our rooms were on the second level, so the walkway was right outside Carmen’s balcony. She couldn’t leave her curtains open while dressing or sleeping. I, on the other hand, was able to leave my curtains open pretty much the entire time. I did have to keep them closed at night to keep all the light out.
Other than the noisy Juice Plus people out in the hallway, I had peace and quiet the entire time. Carmen had to contend with drunk people in the Cascades bar a couple of nights. She said she could hear them even with the doors closed. If you’re overlooking Cascades, a great tip would be to ask for a higher floor for more privacy and less noise. Although, one of the ladies we met at the conference said she could hear the drunk people all the way up on the fifth floor where her room was. She also said the people next door sounded like they were hammering pictures on the wall one night. We all had a good laugh about that.
We ate at Cascades American Cafe on our first day there. It was almost 3 PM by the time we arrived at the hotel. Cascades American Cafe was the closest restaurant and we were both starving as neither of us had eaten anything since breakfast at around 6 AM that morning. Our 40 minute layover in Atlanta didn’t really afford us much time to grab a bite.
This is one of the many pools at the resort. I didn’t really get to take advantage of it, as I forgot to pack a swimsuit. Not that we had any time. We were busy with workshops and networking for our entire stay.
The resort was amazing. There were literally dozens of waterfalls everywhere. You couldn’t turn around and not see one. Everywhere you went, you could hear water.
This is a view of the Delta restaurant and shopping area from the Delta Mezzanine where our workshops were held over the three day period.
I loved all of the tropical plants.
We didn’t get to take a boat tour, but this is where those boats are docked.
This is one of the waterfalls in the Delta area.
Same waterfall, different angle.
Yes, those are real banana trees.
I think this one was in the Garden Conservatory area.
I should have listened to Brian’s advice and brought a “real” camera with me. I mostly took photos with my phone as we were walking by. These were the best shots I got and I think they’re kind of lame. They really don’t do the resort justice. Carmen brought her Canon with her. I can’t wait to see those photos. I think she got some really good ones.
Gaylord Opryland seems to be a really popular place to hold conferences and conventions. There were several business conferences and conventions going on alongside ours. Other than the hotel being way crowded, it’s actually really cool. The whole place is amazing. The hotel offers something for everyone. Anything you could think of, they had it. I think the only thing missing was a casino. LOL.
I’m definitely going to go back and take Brian there. Although, if I’m going for pleasure, I’m going to schedule it when there aren’t any conventions going on. Brian doesn’t like people. Oh, and I’m bringing my camera! =P