Part of our trip was a tour through the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The hotel originally featured 600 guest rooms, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, and 30,000 square feet of convention space. It is the largest non-casino hotel in the U.S. The hotel has hosts standing through out giving maps so people can find their way around. I'm so glad we had a guide to show us around.
It was built in 4 phases beginning in 1977. Each new phase is a different theme Atrium.
**Magnolia - The original lobby and retail area of the hotel. Currently features "The District" and Grand Staircase, modeled after Tara from the movie Gone With the Wind.
**Garden Conservatory - The first atrium constructed, considered by many to be the heart of the hotel. Several weddings take place in the Garden Conservatory's romantic setting each year, near the Lionhead Fountain and Crystal Gazebo.
**Cascades - The second atrium constructed. Features the hotel's largest waterfalls. .
**Delta - The third and largest atrium constructed. Currently the center of activity at Gaylord Opryland. Home to the Delta River where you can take a boat ride through the Hotel
Besides the atrium's it houses the largest convention area in Tennessee with three main exhibit areas and five ballrooms. It also enjoys a 90% capacity all year.
The hotel had 5 - 10 feet of water in it during the 2010 flood. It only took 6 months to reopen.
After our guided tours we took one day and drove around. We visited the Nashville 'American Picker' store. It was fun to see some of the items we watched them buy on TV. I think they may make more money on the T-shirts and souvenir's then the actual items for sale.