Thursday, September 24, 2009

Schedule a Gaylord Texan Expedition!

The first time I visited the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center, it was just a daytrip to view the ICE! exhibit being held there (See 2008 archived blog post about ICE! ) I knew from that first visit that I wanted to experience more of this incredible property. Therefore, I was delighted to recently have the opportunity to be an overnight guest there. And I would have to agree with a quote from their website ( ) that says the place is "brimming with authentic Texas style and hospitality, and is awe-inspiring." From the expansive lobby (upper left and lower right photos) to the reminders of Texas Longhorns throughout the atrium (upper right and lower left photos), you can definitely tell you are in the Republic of Texas!
My room had a balcony with a great view of several scenic parts of the four and one-half acres of indoor gardens and winding waterways (Upper left & lower left photos ). Just outside the doors of the atrium one can enjoy the beautiful landscaping of the outdoor pool (upper right photo), or opt for the gorgeous architecture of the indoor pool/spa area (lower right photo).
The area covered by the clear dome structure has several distinct sections that pay homage to various sections of Texas. One area is a miniature recreation of Palo Duro Canyon (see June 26, 2009 blog post), a railroad section, and a desert Southwest section; yet another area is designed to recall Texas Hill Country, with its distinctive-style pioneer homesteads (lower left and right photos).

One of my favorite areas of the atrium was the one devoted to San Antonio, including a facade like the Alamo (lower left photo) In addition, the Riverwalk Restaurant next to the waterway makes one recall their times along San Antonio's famous Riverwalk (remaining 3 photos)
If you feel a "Howdy, podner" deficit in your life, then head on down to the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center. If your own horse won't take you, then book some airplane tickets! The property is located just six minutes from DFW airport, and is situated in Grapevine, Texas---a location ever so eager to make you feel welcome. A favorite Bible verse of mine is Philippians 1:3 that says "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you"; to personalize that even more, I should say "I thank my God upon every remembrance of the folks at the Gaylord Texan." Miles of smiles! TriciaPosted by Picasa