Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Nashville

I just got back from a four day trip to Nashville, TN and had a great time. I'd never been before and I had a chance to go with a tour so they took care of all the driving, tickets for shows, and everything else for us. Basically all I had to do was get myself packed and onto the bus.
We stayed at the Opryland Hotel and it was gorgeous. It's like three big hotels all hooked together with beautiful indoor courtyards, stores, restaurants, walking paths and much more. It is all under a huge roof, I've never seen anything like it. I didn't take a camera with me, but here are a couple of pictures of it I took with my phone (all pictures are clickable). All the below are inside the building, you never have to step outside (except for the one of the lights on trees).

Balconies and courtyard of one of the sections

Courtyard and decorations in one of the sections

The Delta section and the quarter mile long lagoon that runs through it. You can even take a flat bottom boat ride on the lagoon (boat is kind of hard to see here, it's toward the back of the piece of river shown). I can't believe this is all still inside the same building

One of the outside entries with the lights

One of the indoor restaurants and its view

One of the indoor waterfalls

Isn't it amazing? We also saw the Grand Ole Opry, the Pam Tillis Christmas Show, rode on the General Jackson Steamboat, saw Christmas with the Rockettes, and had a tour of downtown Nashville. We spent most of Mon. on the bus going there and Thurs. on the bus coming back, so had Mon. night, Tues. and Wed. to do things. As you can tell we kept pretty busy. I'd like to go back again sometime if I had a little longer stay as there was quite a bit we didn't get a chance to see.

As to stitching, not as much has gotten done as I'd like, but I have made some more progress on GingerBread House and started a second project.

I've finished the one tree and added a bit more to the house.

My new start is a SanMan design with a cute chunky reindeer. Unfortunately at this point all I have is the bottom half of his head with his nose and the start of the top of his shoulder. I'm doing this one on 28ct. Lavender Sunset Jobelan. It's a smaller one, with just the reindeer and the saying Ready Santa and some snowflakes, so it may get done by Christmas.

33 Comments:

  • At 9:42 AM , Blogger Vonna said...

    Nashville, TN is one of my most favorite vacation spots. When I was a girl we always went to Opryland...we were sad when it closed. Did you go to the Hermitage? That's another sweet memory of my childhood!
    Love your GB house...looking good! Can't wait to see the reindeer come to life :)

     
  • At 10:37 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

    Oh my gosh, my Dad would so love to stay at the Opryland!! It's gorgeous, and he just LOVES the music!!

     
  • At 11:40 AM , Blogger Lynn said...

    What a fun time!! I think it would be so much fun to take a group tour of something. Having somebody else plan the trip would be a refreshing change! and what a hotel!!

     
  • At 1:23 PM , Blogger CritterLady62 said...

    Great pictures from Nashville! It looks like it'd be a neat place to go. Gingerbread is looking good and the reindeer is looking cute.

     
  • At 2:07 PM , Blogger Wendy said...

    Those pictures are amazing! It looks like a fantastic place to take a little vacation. I would definitely manage to put my stitching aside for a few days for a nice trip like that.

     
  • At 3:39 PM , Blogger Pumpkin said...

    Those are awesome pictures! It looks like a wonderful place to stay :o) I'm glad to hear you had a great time.

    Your stitching is looking good and I bet you could have both done before Christmas ;o)

     
  • At 4:55 PM , Blogger Irene said...

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

     
  • At 5:02 PM , Anonymous june said...

    Great pictures - thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had a really good time. :)

     
  • At 5:44 PM , Blogger Sharon said...

    That hotel sounds amazing! Love the pictures. Your gingerbread cottage is very pretty!

     
  • At 5:47 PM , Blogger Cheryl said...

    Sounds like a fun time, love your pictures!
    Great new starts...will enjoy watching your progress :)

     
  • At 8:27 PM , Blogger Crazee4books said...

    Hi Sue,

    Wow, I had no idea this sort of complex existed in Nashville. It's not the sort of thing I'd expect there. More like Vegas. Not that I've ever been to either place. Sounds like you had a wonderful time there and it must have been nice to go to all those shows and enjoy the music.

    Your LHN Gingerbread House is very pretty and I love the colours. The SanMan design is going to be a fun one I think. A chunky reindeer eh?

    Cheers.

     
  • At 5:44 AM , Blogger Doris said...

    awesome pictures. and the place look very beautiful

     
  • At 12:54 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

    I'm so jealous!! :) Every year I try and talk DH into going to Nashville but so far I haven't been successful.

    Your WIP's look wonderfu!

     
  • At 3:06 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

    Wonderful photos, Sue! You've definitely got me homesick for Nashville now. I grew up in Tennessee and went to college in Nashville. I lived in Nashville until I moved to California back in January of 1997.

     
  • At 7:28 PM , Blogger Sachiko said...

    Wow!Very gorgeous place!!
    Your "Gingerbread Cottage"'s fabric is so nice!!I like it,too!

     
  • At 5:17 AM , Blogger Nicole said...

    Wow, Nashville is beautiful! I've never been, but would like to go someday. I'm still loving your GC on that fabric! It's looking great! :)

     
  • At 10:10 AM , Blogger Stitchingnow said...

    That sounds like a fun trip. I've always wanted to travel but just don't. The WIP are looking good and the new start looks nice. I will check back for updates.

     
  • At 11:30 AM , Blogger Sally said...

    Wow those photos are gorgeous Sue! Thank you for sharing them. I would love to go there.

    Love how Gingerbread Cottage is coming along. It's a lovely design. Your new start is looking good so far.

     
  • At 3:11 PM , Blogger Michele said...

    sounds like you had a great time! I'm a huge fan of country music .. would love to visit there one day!

    Can't wait to see your "chunky" reindeer!

     
  • At 9:53 PM , Blogger claudia said...

    Beautiful pace. It looks and sounds like you had a great time! Wish I could have been there!
    Thank you so much for your kind and wise words. This child is my "baby" so it hurts that much deeper, although today I was thinking that this is not the first time she has made a bad choice, I should be used to it. But I guess that will never get easier. But, thank you so much, you have given me hope for the future.

     
  • At 10:19 PM , Blogger Hannah said...

    Your pictures make me want to go! I've never been. Your Gingerbread progress is looking great! I love the fabric you are stitching it on.

     
  • At 11:22 PM , Blogger Anita said...

    Those pictures are awesome. I wish I was there too. I love the fabric you are stitching the Gingerbread house.

     
  • At 11:22 PM , Blogger Anita said...

    Those pictures are awesome. I wish I was there too. I love the fabric you are stitching the Gingerbread house.

     
  • At 11:47 PM , Blogger tkdchick said...

    Some great pictures with your phone!

    Keep going on those WIPs!

     
  • At 12:14 AM , Blogger Dee said...

    The pictures from the hotel are gorgeous! Looks like you couldn't help but have a good time there!

    The stitching looks good too.

     
  • At 9:03 AM , Blogger Beatrice said...

    Your photos are lovely. I love that part of the world.
    Stitch with happy fingers ..Great wip's.

     
  • At 9:11 AM , Blogger Lelia said...

    Lovely stitching -- I have not accomplished much of that lately.

    Isn't the hotel beautiful??? Our daughter stayed there (recently) for a week-end. She said it was fabulous all lit up.

    When I was there, several years ago, I enjoyed it very much. Our room had a balcony opposite a piano & water show. We'd sit out and watched the performance a couple times.

    I think there is a zoo nearby that Alex & I visited (for the day).

    enjoy the day - thanx for sharing

     
  • At 6:30 PM , Blogger Mary Ann said...

    It sounds like you had a fabulous time, Sue, and thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures.

    Your Gingerbread House and Ready Santa are looking great! I'm looking forward to seeing update pictures.

     
  • At 11:21 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Sounds like a fantastic trip! The pictures were awesome! What a super place to stay. Glad you had such a great time. I've never been myself.
    GB house is looking good! Look forward to seeing your reindeer too.

     
  • At 10:00 AM , Blogger Jenn said...

    Thanks for sharing your pictures. The Opryland Hotel is just beautiful! I'm glad you had a good time.

     
  • At 3:26 PM , Blogger Rachel S said...

    That is the most beautiful hotel EVER. I was there for CATS in 2005 and it was stunning.

     
  • At 5:30 PM , Blogger Meari said...

    Your pics of the Opryland Hotel took me back in time! I remember the first time I was there. It's a beautiful hotel. Did you have a drink at the revolving bar? ;-)

     
  • At 9:14 AM , Blogger Concetta said...

    I LOVE the fabric you're doing your Gingerbread House on, I'm looking forward to seeing more progress!

    Merry Christmas!

     

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