Friday, January 09, 2009

Texas within Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas. And smaller.

The Gaylord Texan Hotel is pretty close to where my sister lives. One morning we enjoyed a walk over to tour the lobby. Amazing! They have their own indoor riverwalk. The fabulous ice sculpture show was too pricey for us. But it was fun to see the Christmas display above the cliffs.

It was incredible to learn that they are expanding the number of rooms. 6,000 just isn't enough.


richies said...

We spent a night at the
Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. It was pretty awesome.

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Julie Layne said...

Dontcha mean 1,511? Haha. I looked at the website because I didn't see how they could have 6000 rooms and then decided maybe you were tongue in cheek on that one. :-D I figured them more for like 600 after staying there once, so I was surprised they had more than 1,500.

Look at me, defending your home state again -- you live in mine and I live in yours. How crazy is that? Well, I know you were a transplant to TX and I was to CO, but you know what I mean.

By the way, looks like they're trying to introduce statewide legislation on a smoking ban again.

Paul Merrill said...

I was saying "6,000" in the expansive sense of the word. It seems like 6,000.

As to my native-ness, I have spent 14 years of my life in Texas. I was born in Maryland. (Or, as it really sounds like, "Merrill-land.") Now I'm up to about 8 years in Colorado.

Jenny said...

Dreadful name for a hotel!!!

Is that some sort of display down below? Can't quite picture what it is.

Paul Merrill said...

Hi Jenny.

The name? It was created before "gay" gained its current meaning.

Lower half of photo? It's a life-size fake river with fake cliffs that winds through the hotel lobby.