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Random Pictures From Gaylord Opryland ( Get to know the place)

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I do a ton of random walk features everywhere we travel to. Like I always say it’s a great way to get to know how a place looks and feels. Not just the stock media photos every travel blogger gets and tries to write an article around.

I took about 3000 pictures while we were in Nashville. A solid 2200 of them were inside the Gaylord. So much history. Glitz, music and just an unusual feel that I don’t find often . The pics in this post are just from all over the complex(truly one of the largest places I have ever wandered around. Go there, hang out and just see what you run into. No plan, no agenda just wander. Enjoy the pictures and then book a trip there.

There isn’t a reason to not stop by this place if you’re in Nashville. It’s like walking through a cool, glitzy museum with food and booze! Better yet, stay at Gaylord Opryland

Christmas Decorations At Gaylord Opryland( beautiful Nashville)

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This place is stunning and massive. At Christmas time you can wander for days and feel the season. You can see my review of the hotel in the archives as well

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Walking Through Opry Mills (pictorial)

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So in our recent stay at the Gaylord In Nashville, I had a bit of time to wander over to a nearby mall. Nearby meaning on the hotel complex but close to a half mile away.

Opry Mills is just flat cool. Close to the hotel. Right by the Opry House and Events center. It has great shops. Unusual restaurants and quite possibly the largest/most diverse food court I’ve ever seen. It’s a place you can relax and just wander for a bit. Grab a coffee or bite to eat. Buy anything you want or just people watch. It is huge. It’s cool and it’s easy to get to! Take a look at the pics and enjoy. Then get yourself to this place!!! Talk after the jump.

Take a look at a shopping/eating/relaxing experience. Heck Facebook used it as a VR location. You know it’s cool. Whatever you are looking for Opry Mills has something for you!Enjoy

 

Thoughts And Pictures From The Gorgeous Gaylord Opryland (pt1)

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Most folks think of Nashville as country music. It is, which is awesome. It also has an incredible cosmopolitan  feel and great history. You can see so many things, eat incredible food and drink great whisky.

Between the honky tonk dives and the world class restaurants, .you can find something to make anyone happy. The old Ryman and now the opry house. Legendary music. Legendary food. American history. It really doesn’t get better for a travel guy looking for unique experiences. Things you need for your trip

My wife and I recently spent a week at the Gaylord Opryland hotel. It is the complex where the current Grand Ole Opry house is located. If you don’t know what that is, LOOK IT UP!! Legend. There is a ton of activity here. Lots of stuff around, but i’ll focus on the hotel itself for this post. So many more posts coming but this is to give you a taste and a bit of review of the hotel. Good or not? Awesome!!! It is massive. It is so well run for something of this size, I really couldn’t believe it. It is the size of say the Caesars Palace complex in Vegas. I got lost multiple times.

It is a group of atriums(doesn’t properly describe it) with different

hotel areas around. You truly Can’t describe it so I will let pictures do it. Great restaurants. Shows. Killer bars.

The staff at everywhere we went here was amazing. Kept it clean. Helped you find things. Super friendly. Rare in this day. I travel all over in my job and am blessed to have stayed in most of the top ranked places. This place stunned me. Beautiful. Massive. Well run.

You can truly hang out in just the complex and never leave. Shops. Waterfalls. Boat rides. Something new everywhere you turn. I spent several nights out til 2am shooting pics from every angle. Still didn’t get it all. I’ll throw a lot here but look for more in different pieces. Each section of this gran place needs it’s own. For this I’ll give you a taste and room shots. Just take a look. History , music and nightlife.

In short, get to this hotel. I travel the world and love it. Short weekend with the kids. Corporate meeting. Romantic getaway. Has it all. Look for tons of posts from this area. More importantly, just go hang out here, Find and hire us to hang out at your place. Hit s up here. YOu know the routine.

 

Fountains and Gorgeous Water Features of Vegas (pictorial)

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One of my favorite things about Las Vegas is all the gorgeous water features and fountains. You can just walk around and be mesmerized. I love to just walk around and absorb the sights and sounds. The visually stunning installations never cease to amaze me.

From The amazing Caesars and Forum Shops to the Lake of dreams at the Wynn, you can spend hours just having a drink and looking at them. Add the amazing fountain at Bellagio and the canals at Venetian and Palazzo and it is mind blowing. Take a look at some simple shots I took. Get Deals On Travel Gear And More

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Vegas is so much more than many people think. Just walking around can be a world class experience. Open your eyes and look at the things around you.

The Great Caesar’s Palace Random Pictorial .

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I truly love just wandering around Caesar’s!!!!  The hotel,the casino and the incredible Forum Shoppes. Even more entertaining and relaxing are the gorgeous grounds. Huuuuge!  You can spend forever outside enjoying the Vegas sun and the manicured beauty.  The place is a must when you are in town. Truly a wonder of the world.

In honor of today being the 50th anniversary of this awesome place I thought I’d toss on one of my weird random walk pictorial posts of this place. These are actually all from a my last trip there so hopefully you realize how much there is to see. These are just grounds and shops. It’s that big!  Without further banter, here they are. Talk after the jump.


I hope you see how seriously awesome this place is. I am fortunate to have seen it multiple times. I do not care if you stay at whatever cheap motel is in town, go and see it. You will feel like a KING!!!
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Vegas Random Unusual Shots ( things I shoot as background)

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Sometimes as I dig through pictures  for work, I notice how many  random background shots I’ve taken. On second viewing, some of them are pretty cool. They give you feel for just being there. As you know, I’ve done several posts on just random walks. I feel it gives you a better idea what a place is like and about. You learn and some of my best adventures come that way. 

This piece is almost more in the way of outtakes but they still give you that same idea. As travel/lifestyle/ martial arts blogger I’m all about trying to get you to experience things and places. See and feel it here and then hopefully go there yourself. At least get motivated to go somewhere new or view old things in a new way. Take a look at these from Vegas and we will talk a bit after the jump.  


My family laughs at how many random pictures for work. My wife doesnt now as she has see the success from my goofiness here and in our other social media. Lots of random pictures. I hope you get inspired to wander around and see new things by these posts. 

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Gratuitous Food and Cocktail Pictures/Descriptions From Recent Trips( and local)

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Just for fun and something different, I thought I’d do a food/travel piece like that. A tiny description/thoughts on a place with a couple of food/drink/ambience pics. Let’s face it, you come here to read my goofy statements and see some pictures!  I’ll never win any awards for this but you guys just keep showing up lol! Let’s do this.
     First Nobu at Caesars in Las Vegas. As with every in Caesar’s, it’s great. Cool look with open modern area and skirted off private booths. Sushi,sushi,sushi! 
 

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    Murphy’s Pub on the UIUC campus in chambana. A classic bar with great burgers. A nice dive that isn’t a dive.

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Mama Sherry’s in Destin Florida. Pizza, wings and other great things. Great food at great prices in an area where food isn’t always cheap. Beer and wine specials, just an overall vibe that feels like vacation.

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Jean Georges in Aria, Las Vegas. Beautiful, world class Steak house. Stunning selection of meat and seafood with great servers. The wine list and staff Aline make it worth a visit. Expensive but worth it. One of my favorites.

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Black dog Smoke and Ale House in Champaign. Great BBQ in a cool old railyard building. Listed as one if the BBQ places in America. Great sides and a fantastic bar list. The ambience is with the trip alone.

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Costa Di Mare in Wynn Las Vegas. One of the most knowledgeable staffs I’ve ever been around. I got a lesson in fish, and sourcing it from unusual places. Prep and cooking. Wine etc. It was amazing. Truly like nowhere else I’ve ever been. Like everything at Wynn, it is first class, and expensive.

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      Look for more in depth reviews of some these at another time. Just wanted to whet your appetite a bit, and entertain you. Yes a bit all over the page but so am I !  Burgers to sushi from a guy who likes to fight and write.
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Thoughts and Pictures From a Stay at Wynn Las Vegas

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I’ve been fortunate to travel quite often and all over. From fights in my younger years and training and coaching now. Plus my time in trading as well as current promotional work. These things have allowed me to stay in all sorts of places. Rural to urban. Super cheap to very expensive. I enjoy it all. That said, I love the Wynn. Love it!  I love Vegas, and I’m not really a gambler. I enjoy casino resorts in general as they are usually well run and often quite beautiful. In the case of Vegas you can find world class food, shopping and people watching!  What little time I did gamble, I liked the casino in the Wynn and the accompanying Encore next door. Cool energy and view without the excess noise.

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The Wynn is elegant and hip at the same time. Not Palace of Versailles type elegant just a more modern elegance. I like both of those, but this was nice. Spending my days working with fighters and nights going to eat and sight seeing with my wife, the quiet elegance of the place was nice. Vegas energy but nice and not over the top. One of the things I loved was all the artwork. I am a huge art and architecture fan. I’m not overly knowledgeable about either, but enjoy both immensely. Maybe it soothes getting hit in the head often!  As you will see when you get to the pictures, the Wynn has great art pieces throughout the resort, and the Esplanade shops that are attached. When I was writing bits for promo pieces while I was there I could always find a nice area to sit with a coffee or cocktail in a secluded area. Beautiful art in an elegant space helps my creativity. Surprisingly for a casino resort, the Wynn had a great number of places just like this. I loved it.
I am going to drop some random pictures of the resort here. Read on after you look at the as I’ll hit on the restaurants and amenities a bit after that. I know I’m random, but I’m a blessed travelling fighter, not a robotic travel writer lol.

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Before putting up a few more pictures, let’s talk about restaurants and amenities. The resort has a ton of food choices. From casual to elegant. Pizza to incredible seafood and steak. From Zoo Crackers deli to SW Steakhouse and of course a buffet. A great experience we had one night was at Costa di Mare in the attached Esplanade shops. The service was phenomenal and the place was beautiful. It was an unusual experience, the explanation of how the cooked and presented your dish was like going to a museum. Not cheap but an experience you can have in very few places.  The next set of pictures has a bit of our destroyed plates lol (sadly missed a shot of the salt encrusted whole fish!)
The pool area is stunning. Multiple connected pools. An Italianate look for the cabanas and nice bar. Relaxing and beautiful. Yes there are even a few gaming tables by the bar. I actually enjoyed being out there in the morning. Sitting by the pool doing ad work and writing before heading out to work with fighters. Peaceful and beautiful. Take a look at My Personal Picks  

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While I was often headed out to different facilities to work out with fighters, I did check out the fitness center in the resort and used it. As someone who sweats for a living, it’s a good one for a hotel! Great staff as well. That is one thing I forgot to mention.  The staff at the Wynn is world class. I really mean that.  In decades of travel it is truly one of the best overall crews I’ve seen.
One last set of pictures starts with the Lake of Dreams. One of the coolest things I’ve seen. Multiple different shows each night, all through the evening. Between watching it from my room and the show terrace, I was amazed. One evening late after dinner, my wife and I went out on the show terrace and watched. Nice small bar cart there, the wind coming in as a storm moved in. Beautiful and romantic. I know, I’m a fighter so what do I know about romantic? A lot! It’s how I got my wife!  Enjoy the random pictures of this place and a few others. Back with a few words after the jump.

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Again, after being fortunate enough to stay all over the world, Wynn is high on my list. This whole trip was great, as you will see in future pieces. If you get a chance, stay at the Wynn. Not cheap, but awesome. The only real complaint I had was that the coffee was not at the level that the rest of the resort was. Small complaint !  If you want to know and see more go to the website http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/ or contact me at tompkinscontent@gmail.com and I’ll help you.
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