Thursday, November 20, 2008

night at the gaylord

Last Thursday after Chris picked Anna Kate and me up from the Nashville airport, we got to do something I've always wanted to do. We saved the two and a half hour trek back to Chattanooga for the next day, and stayed overnight at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I've loved this place since I was a little girl. It is especially fantastic while decorated for Christmas. Our little girl missed her daddy while we were in CT! She was so excited to see him that night!

While there, we got quite the VIP treatment thanks to my friend Skip's wife Kate, who works at the Gaylord Texan. She got us an amazing room overlooking the waterfall in the Cascades section of the hotel. Absolutely beautiful! Can't say thanks enough Kate!
the view from the balcony in our room... (the picture does not do it justice)
While we were wondering around looking at the lights, we turned a corner and almost literally ran into our friend Brent (who recently moved from Chattanooga to Nashville). It was such a coincidence seeing him in such a huge place! It was so good to see you Brent and catch up a little.
This was waiting for us in our room when we returned... a sweet note and a voucher for breakfast at our favorite restaurant in the hotel. Thank you Brent! You are awesome!
Lights, lights, and more lights! Two MILLION lights are used to decorate the outdoors alone. Add two hundred thousand to decorate the indoors. It is quite a sight to behold. Anna Kate was fascinated. She spent the whole night pointing, smiling, and clapping.
The outdoor Nativity scene was stunning. We were told that is is the world's largest.
watching the fountain, light and music show...
This is no average fountain! It reaches 85 feet at it's highest!
This is their gorgeous Christmas tree stretching up 40 feet!

After a long day on a plane and quite an eventful night, it took us a while to calm our little "overstimulated" girl down. She had fun playing on big bed in the room.


still fascinated when she woke up the next morning...

having fun running down the long hallway after an early morning swim...
a walk by the beautiful flowers...

7 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow!!! I love that place so much, especially at Christmas! The Cascades section is my favorite! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!

P.S. - Madilyn has those kitty pjs too!

Michael said...

Love it! How sweet. Anna Kate looks like she had a great time! Great pictures!

Michael said...

Whoops, I just posted as michael. It's really Jessica. =)

-brittany- said...

Oh, I love Opryland too! How fun that A.K. got to stay there already at age one! She was just an itty bitty when we were there last year. It is wild to think how much she has grown. I love the picture you took of the fountain.

Brent is such a sweetheart. We love that guy!

Becca and Brent said...

How crazy that you guys ran into Brent!! Glad you had a great stay at Opryland and I definitely second the motion of its fabulous-ness!

Motivation for Life! said...

Forgive my handwriting as I should have gotten a 3rd grader to write it for me! Glad you guys had a blast and it was great catching up with you all!

Brent

The Hollands said...

I am so jealous!!! It is such a magical and dreamy place to go!! So glad that you got to enjoy that!