Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Too Hot in Nashville

We’ve always enjoyed visiting the Nashville area, and on this trip we managed to grab a great spot at 7 Points Corps of Engineers Campground, just outside of town on J. Percy Priest Lake.  You can see our review here.  The weather was insufferably hot – mid 90s and humid, and we decided to pass on a visit downtown with the crowds, heat, and very expensive parking.  Instead, we decided to revisit one of our favorite places, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.  We had attended a conference here back in my working days, and were amazed then, as we were again, at clip_image002this huge, beautiful facility.  With 2800 rooms and over 600,000 square feet of meeting space, 15 restaurants  and 3600 employees, it’s a city in itself – and all that space doesn’t include the four magnificent “atriums” that cover nine air-conditioned acres.  The largest atrium, “Delta” is so large that it has a 1/4 mile river that meanders through the gardens.  Each Atrium has a separate theme, but all four are filled with trees, flowers, fountains, and waterfalls.  It’s hard to believe that you’re indoors – I can’t imagine the energy cost to keep the entire 9 acres at a comfortable 72 degrees!  Some views of the atriums:Opryland1

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The sound of rushing water from the many fountains and waterfalls is everywhere:

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Ah, and the flowers; everywhere flowers….

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As we were walking around, we were shocked to find a group of Vulcans having lunch.  Turns out there was a Star Trek convention going on while we were there, and many of the attendees came in full costume:

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Nashville was great, but it was time to move on, so we’ll get back to you with more tales of our travels!

2 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place. We have been to Nashville several times and never visited the Convention Center. Looks like this place goes on our list. Thanks for the tour.

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  2. I stopped in there a number of years ago on my way to a Life on Wheels course and NOBODY was there. I was surprised it could stay in business - guess the Trekies help.

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