Category: Tennessee

Experience the real America in Tennessee

Experience the real America in Tennessee

Nestled between eight different states, Tennessee is the epitome of ‘the real America’, influenced no doubt by its neighbours, whose attitudes, beliefs and cultures seep in through its borders. It’s here that you’ll find hearty and delicious food, popular music and stunning natural vistas. It’s little wonder that Tennessee has become the ultimate location for […]

The US National Parks centenary year

The US National Parks centenary year

2016 sees the centenary of the establishment of the National Park Service by President Woodrow Wilson on 25 August 1916.  What a far sighted man he was! There were already 35 parks in existence; Yellowstone, the first National Park, having been established in 1872. The National Park System of the United States now includes more […]

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

There are literally hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across all five continents with more being designated ever year. Each site offers a unique and fascinating experience to discover more about our history, culture and biodiversity. Every traveller has different interests, Battered Suitcase specialises in personalised itineraries, tailoring tours and holidays to suit the […]

5 best places to see Fall foliage

5 best places to see Fall foliage

It’s all in the leaves this time of year. Vibrant shades of crimson, gold or buttercup beckon from all corners of the world. As long as you’re in the northern hemisphere, autumn leaves fall anywhere between September and November. Pack a carry-on with light layers and plan a weekend getaway this autumn to witness nature’s […]

5 of the most unique and luxurious resorts in the US

5 of the most unique and luxurious resorts in the US

You won’t believe the amazing options offered at the most unique resorts in the US. When it comes to priceless luxury travel, it doesn’t get better than fresh local-grown cuisine, your own private island, or better yet, the sight of the Aurora Borealis! There are many luxurious resorts throughout America, but there are only a […]

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

Larry King’s done it. Emeril Lagasse’s done it. Even Oprah’s done it.  Now it was my son’s turn.  The elevator doors open, and a parade of ducks march out. My five year old walks the red carpet behind them. His chest is puffed; his stride is confident. Being an Honorary Duckmaster for the famous Peabody […]

Top 10 unusual vacation rentals

Looking for something a little bit different and not just another hotel? Perhaps Tripadvisor’s list of the top 10 unusual vacation rentals will tempt you… 1. Unique Hilltop Windmill Rental, Odemira, Portugal 2. Hawaii Volcano Genuine Treehouse, Volcano, HI 3. My Sedona Place – Unique Dome Home, Sedona, AZ 4. SUITABLE DIGS…cool green lodgings, Santa […]

See your favourite stars at The Opry

Head to Nashville and see today’s superstars, new faces and legends with Gaylord Opryland‘s Night at the Opry package starting at only $121. Includes room accommodations and preferred seat ticket to the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Appearing soon: 23rd January 2009 – Vince Gill, Cherryholmes 24th January   – Luke Bryan, Marty StuartJan 30th January […]

Embassy Suites: 62 hotels in the next 3 years

Embassy Suites Hotels, an upscale Hilton brand, is planning to open 62 franchised hotels in the next three years.  It currently has 192 hotels, and officials say the planned properties represent the strongest development pipeline in the brand’s 24-year history. New properties will include locations in Memphis, Denver, New Orleans, Houston, St. Louis and Miami. […]

Easter Day brunch at Gaylord Opryland Resort?

Easter Day brunch at Gaylord Opryland Resort?

Celebrate springtime with Easter Day brunch or dinner for a holiday to remember at Gaylord Opryland Resort. Diners have four restaurant options and endless choices for a holiday feast that won’t disappoint.   Among many other menu items at Ristorante Volare, Barchette Di Frutta Stagionale (melon boats with berries), Tuscan Roasted Chicken Salad, and Fesa […]

$400 million expansion of Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

Gaylord Entertainment Company recently announced a proposed $400 million expansion of Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. With a proposed completion as early as 2010, Gaylord Opryland will offer convention customers and meeting professionals a total of 3,281 hotel rooms and more than 1 million square feet of convention and meeting space.

Interview with Arthur Keith of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville

Interview with Arthur Keith of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville

Arthur Keith  is senior vice president and general manager of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He joined Gaylord Entertainment in February 2004, from Harrah’s Entertainment, where he was vice president, hotel operations, for the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. What is it that  you do exactly? My […]

Gaylord Hotels is the latest to go smoke-free

Gaylord Hotels is the latest to go smoke-free

With immediate effect from today, all Gaylord Hotels are smoke-free.   This includes the brand’s existing properties – Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL, and Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine near Dallas – as well as Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Prince George’s County, MD which is slated to open […]

Bottle of water for $24...? Welcome to Bling H2O

Bottle of water for $24…? Welcome to Bling H2O

Bottled at its source in Dandridge, TN the award-winning Bling H2O bottled water is an extravagant fashion accessory rather than a sensibly-priced drink.   Bottles come in two sizes, with prices starting at $24 for 750ml. The frosted glass bottles themselves are studded in Swarovski crystals. Definitely one for those with more money than sense […]

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

One of the main events in the Memphis in May International Festival begins today. This 3-day event will attract almost 100,000 pork-lovers to Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis and has all the ingredients for a great day out. If you’re in the area, it could be worth a visit but, be warned… there could […]

New luxury hotel in Nashville

New luxury hotel in Nashville

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a 20-year deal with Nashville real estate developer Alex Palmer to operate a 285-room hotel under the name InterContinental Nashville at 1600 West End, where the avenue and Broadway meet. InterContinental will help finance the $250 million project, which also will include an office tower, condominiums and retail space. Construction […]

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