Opryland Hotel is not your ordinary hotel. There are over 600 plants there, ranging between 200 species. The place itself is a sort of greenhouse. In Opryland, you will find waterfalls, a river, gazebos, peaceful settings, and plenty of entertainment throughout the hotel.

My mom had a conference at Opryland last week. Her job paid for her room in one of the coolest hotels I’ve ever seen. I went to Opryland just about every night while her conference was going on. There was a mall right up the road, so we got to shop some too.

I think the rest of the family was jealous we were on a sort of mini vacay, so one night my brother and his girlfriend came up and we went to Paula Deen restaurant and gorged on fried chicken and dumplins. Then we walked around the hotel, taking pictures and soaking up the views and quality time.

Then another night my grandparents and my dad came up. We went to Old Hickory, a delicious steakhouse in the hotel. It was a fine dining experience, with lobster, steak, wine and as much mac n cheese as we could possibly consume. We all agreed it was probably one of the best meals we have ever had. Plus the service was immaculate, our server was cracking jokes with us the whole time and if you know my family, you know that we’re a bunch full of jokers.

It was really nice to be surrounded by family all week. We laughed a lot, ate a lot, and just enjoyed each other’s company in a magical surreal environment.

One night my mom and I decided to get dinner in the hotel. When we finally decided on a place, we realized there was live music going on.

Charlie Argo with his mop of curly hair and captivating voice, stole the crowd’s heart. I don’t even really like country music, but his voice was incredible and he played a lot of well-known songs. It was some of the best live entertainment I’ve seen in a long time.

My mom and I took at our time at our prime front row seats, ordering appetizers, food, and plenty to sip on. While we both thought the night was perfect, we agreed the company was the best part.