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We love a good comeback story, and in this case it's even sweeter, since the Opryland is one of the biggest fans of Christmas we've ever seen in hotel land, and they're reopening just in time to launch their big Country Christmas holiday tradition.
We're only halfway through and already 2010 has been a banner year for Hotel Emergencies. The headlines today may be dominated by BP oil spill news, but we are heartened to hear this good-news followup to another of the year's disasters, the Nashville floods of May 1st weekend: the Gaylord Opryland Resort will re-open on November 15.
The grand hotel suffered considerable damage and was forced to close indefinitely in the aftermath of the floods. (Thankfully, guests were evacuated before the floodwaters reached the property.) But restoration has been in full swing and is on schedule for a triumphant return in November.
We have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. The constant RT-ing, the abuse of hash tags, the "Top That!" and "First!" mentality of Twitterers and their cringe-inducing overshares have us threatening to quit Twitter on a daily basis. But today, we love Twitter again. That's because Twitterer DShelleny tweeted about his woes with too many gadgets and not enough outlets in his room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. He writes and TwitPics the frustration saying:
Hey @gaylordhotels..great hotel, here's a quick suggestion for you though... http://twitpic.com/m9u4o
That's his TwitPic above. Interestingly, @GaylordHotels (which has four Gaylord Hotels in the U.S.) has 475 followers but absolutely zero tweets. So we're guessing they didn't see DShelleny's @reply yet. Maybe now they have.
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While we were busy scouring Flickr for images of the worst Christmas decor in hotel lobbies to make our Five Ugliest Types of Hotel Lobby Christmas Decorations list, we came across a photo from a hotel that nailed the whole festive decorating thing and won our boozey little hearts.
Behold a grand, sparkling structure (and the beams of light that seem to shine upon it from the heavens): a Christmas tree made of wine bottles in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. Seriously, check it out.
The massive hotel is well-known for its Christmas festivities ("A Country Christmas") which, this year, includes a Radio City Rockettes show and a production of The Grinch on ice but we're pretty sure we'd skip all of that business to sit under this tree drinking straight through the twelve days of Christmas.