Looking for a winter family getaway with style and holiday cheer? Try the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, located on a sprawling 9-acre property in Nashville, Tennessee. It's the largest non-gaming facility in the US, and uses this space to full advantage… especially for kids.
The 2,881 rooms are comfortably decorated in warm colors, and have either exterior or garden views. You'll feel like you're outside in the huge glass-domed atrium, and the gorgeous pools and an 18-hole, award-winning golf course will help you relax.
In fact, there is so much to do right on the property that you could stay for a long weekend and never run out of activities. Entertainment is extensive, including a Saloon and Dinner Showboat, not to mention the Grand Ole Opry, the area’s namesake and the venue that made country music famous. The hotel's "Night at the Opry" offer is available every Friday and Saturday night year round, plus Tuesdays through December 13, and allows visitors to plan their stay to take in a live show. It's priced at $132/N per adult, or $102/N if you stay at the Radisson Opryland nearby, and includes a double room plus preferred seat tickets. You'll have to call for this offer: 866/972-6779.
And Opryland is a great location for kids. The resort offers plenty of opportunities for kid-friendly fun, including scavenger hunts and boat rides on the indoor river. All activities are aimed at families, so that everyone can enjoy time together. Opryland goes all-out each Christmas, hanging over 2 million lights, and working with Dreamworks characters to make the holidays fun. The basic Country Christmas package, available from Nov. 16-Dec. 25, features lots of entertainment and family fun.
With a minimum two-night stay, you can enjoy front of line access ticket to ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Shrek the Halls, these popular characters, and a walk-thru castle structure sculpted from two million pounds of ice. Each guest gets a ticket to Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, Lorrie Morgan's Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show, breakfast or luncheon cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat, ticket to Christmas Holly Jolly Town Square including shops, demonstrations, story time with Mrs. Claus and more; and a Gaylord Opryland VIP Coupon Book, valued at more than $250.
Rates begin at $359/N for two, or $289/N at the less fancy Radisson Opryland. Kids ages 12+ pay $179; ages 4-11 pay $139 plus tax. Plus, visitors are given puffy parkas for use during the walk through the exhibit, so you’ll stay toasty.
Spring, summer, all year round, whatever season of the year you need a vacation, the Gaylord Opryland offers a fantastic getaway. For more information, visit Gaylord Hotels or call 866/972-6779.
Finally, if you are looking to visit another destination, the Gaylord resorts, all part of the Marriott family of resorts, are also located in Florida, Texas, and Maryland.
This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.