By Anderson Tour Director Carol
Our first day on the coach was pretty exciting as I talked about Nashville and how beautiful everything would be. I don’t know who was more excited about getting to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, the passengers or me as it seemed like I had waited so long for this wonderful trip. We arrived at the hotel to unload our luggage and I know so many would have loved to get off but we were off to a really nice dinner. The meal was so nice, but the chocolate cake was the best. Everyone at our table ate the cake first. Arriving at the hotel was so much fun as I listened to everyone as they walked in and then as they saw all the beautiful decorations. All were very tired from our early start but still wandered around the hotel to see how beautiful it is decorated. Off to my room and to the most comfortable bed thinking about our second day in Nashville.
Day 2 – Started out the day with a very nice buffet in the Tennessee ballroom. The group seemed to find their way around the hotel very quickly. At 9:00 am we were on the coach for a tour of Nashville. So blessed to have such a wonderful guide on the coach that certainly knew everything about the town and also a ride past homes where some of the stars used to live. Very beautiful area.
Our guide pointed out places to eat and shop in downtown Nashville which made it very easy to decide where you wanted to eat and, of course, do a little shopping.
We then moved on to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Very beautiful place with so much info about the stars including pictures, cars and some of the outfits were on display they had worn. Everything decorated for Christmas which made everything more beautiful and exciting.
I say exciting because that is the way I feel when I get to Nashville at Christmas time or any other time.
Time to relax at hotel then off to dinner at Santa Fe Cattle Company. YUM. Great meal.
Speaking of GREAT we went to Grand Ole Opry House for the CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE show and I cannot even explain how awsome this was. In 24 years of traveling I have never seen a show like this show. On coach riding back to hotel everyone could not stop talking about this performance. What a way to end the day.
Day 3 – After a nice breakfast we had some time on our own to explore Opryland Hotel and we had tickets to enjoy a Delta Riverboat ride through the four acre indoor garden with a guide.
We then got on the coach for the Opry Mills Mall for a little shopping and lunch. So many nice places to eat. Next we departed for ICE. Located here are the most magnificent ice sculptures of many scenes from the beloved Charlie Brown. Just awesome sculptures of many colors. There’s a great gift shop and we had some time to relax at hotel before going to our dinner show at the hotel: A Country Christmas Show featuring Diamond Rio.
We were served a wonderful meal and entertainment was great with lots of Christmas music. This felt like such a special time. We had Sometime left to walk around the hotel to view all the Christmas lights before retiring for the night from such a special day.
Day 4 – We had our last buffet breakfast at the hotel. We all got on the coach with some saying they wish they had one more day at this awesome, beautiful hotel. Our group had such a good time together and I was wishing we had one more day with them. Oh well, we will have another time to look forward to Nashville. It’s just a great place even without Christmas lights.
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