Friday, February 25, 2011

New Places and New Faces

Our trip to Nashville last weekend was full of fun. John, the girls, and I made the most of every minute. One of the highlights of the trip was staying in the grand Gaylord Opryland Resort. It is hard to believe that last year it was under several feet of water. The resort was renovated and reopened at the end of 2010. This was our first visit so I don't know how looked before, but I have to say that now it is gorgeous.



















There was an indoor conservatory garden with many beautiful pathways winding through it.



















Although ours didn't, some of the rooms had balconies that opened up to the enclosed gardens.



















It is amazing that these plants are so lush and healthy.



My favorite part of the gardens was the waterfalls and hearing the continual sounds of rushing water.


The gazabo was the scene of a lovely wedding. I wonder where the bride and groom honeymooned?


Even the ceiling in the hotel had guitars on it! Or are they fiddles?? I can't tell.


One of the best parts of this trip was getting to meet Tina from In The Garden. She and her family are some of the nicest people I have ever met. When she found out from my blog that we were visiting Tennessee, she left me a comment about the possiblity of meeting in person. I emailed her right away to set it up. She was so sweet and invited us to her home. Since it was over an hour away and our time was limited, we decided instead to meet at our hotel. She and her family drove over an hour to meet us. How nice is that?


I was so happy to meet her. Our families hit it off right away. Everyone had a blast. Before we knew it a couple of hours had past. It seemed like just minutes. I know this is the start of a good friendship.


Tina even came bearing gifts from her garden! How cool is that? Now, part of my North Carolina garden will have a little piece of Tina's Tennessee garden. I can't think of any better gift than that...except the gift of friendship. Thanks, Tina, for taking the time to come and visit with us on our trip! You and your family blessed our day!

17 comments:

myletterstoemily said...

oh, it makes me so happy when blogging friends meet
in real life and have such a wonderful kinship. those
daffodils will bring back sweet memories each time
they bloom.

did carson make any contacts?

tina said...

Well thank you Carla! It was a pleasure meeting you and all the family. What a great bunch! Wow on the blooming daffodil! It likes your NC weather I think. So glad we were able to meet and that you had time to tour the hotel. I haven't seen the whole thing but it is an awesome place. I love the city under the glass effect.

Dawn said...

Oh I love this!!! For one...that's an incredible place! I really like the guitars:)
And how NEAT you got to meet up with another Blog Gal!!!!! I like that part of this blogging world:)

Have a wonderful weekend...thanks for showing us all your pictures!

Diana (Di) said...

Carla, what fun to travel, be with family and meet new friends. It appears you had a great time. I'd love to visit Nashville at some point, especially since I have a son who lives there. ;) Good thing is he is coming to visit me next week.

Masha said...

It must have been a great trip. It is so nice to meet new people, especially when they are so generous. The indoor garden at that resort is so gorgeous...

From the Kitchen said...

Carla, those look like banjos in the stained glass ceiling.

What a fabulous trip and what fun to meet a blogging friend.

Best,
Bonnie

Lola said...

Hi Carla, just hopped over from "In The Garden". Isn't Tina just the best. I had the privileged of meeting her, Skeeter & Nina. They sure are a bunch of terrific gals. Met her mom too, when she came to Fl.
That hotel sure is pretty. I was there some yrs ago. Couldn't stay out of the plants.

sweetbay said...

That's great that you got to meet Tina. I hadn't seen the Opry Resort before. It looks amazing.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I have stayed in some amazing rhotels in your country. There is nothing to match them here. Your trips reminds me of some very wonderful memories.

Paula said...

Glad you had such a fabulous trip. I've been wanting to go to Nashville and now I know where I need to stay!

Allison said...

Gorgeous! Love those balconies. I'd take my afternoon tea sitting there!

Kathy and Robert said...

Bloggyland friends are something else! Folks you have never met in person become so close! What a wonderful time you had complete with a mindful gift of friendship!
Kathy

Cameron said...

Wonderful! I've not been to Nashville. Must go sometime. Glad you and Tina got together.

Glenda said...

Such a beautiful place . . . and to look that perfect after the floods is amazing! One day I'd like to visit there; I'd love the gardens,too!

Babbs said...

Gorgeous photos!! Didn't you just love Nashville? I went as a little girl and will never forget it. Our hotel was right on music row next door to the Hall of Fame. We were swimming in the pool and Johnny Cash and his crew and bus pulled in, walked right through and talked with us all. It was amazing!!! I'm so glad I found your blog!!!! I am excited to be your newest follower!! I hope you'll pop on over soon for a visit!!! Happy Sunday!!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Carla! Lush and green - these words sounded like they were from unknown language, since everything is white around my house. Tina was the first blogger from Blotanical who commented on my posts and I am so glad you had a chance to meet!

Skeeter said...

Did you only see one conservatory? The last time I was there, they had three different ones and I just wonder if the other two are not open yet due to the flood????

Tina was the first Garden Blogger I met in person. She and I hit it off so well that I became a partner with her at In the Garden. What fun she and I have when we are together. We chat for hours as if we have known each other for many more years then we have. She is the best....