With a reputation for providing “everything in one place,” Gaylord Resorts are a fabulous choice any time of the year, but at Christmas the four hotels (located in or near Washington D.C.; Orlando, Florida; Dallas, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee) are transformed into a fanciful world of thousands of twinkling lights, colorful trees, over-sized wreaths and ornate details that provide a breathtaking view from every direction. Atriums inside each of the four resorts feature a wonderland of lighted icicles, towering Christmas trees, and illuminated fountains with choreographed shooting waters that dance to Christmas melodies.
The resorts’ signature holiday attraction, ICE!, is hand-carved from nearly two million pounds of ice by more than 100 artisans from Harbin, China (a city known for its master ice carving skills), who travel to the U.S. each year to work on the displays. A series of inter-connected rooms features larger-than-life, three-dimensional sculpted ice pieces, including storybook characters, giant slides, and traditional holiday scenes, all enhanced with lights and natural dyes to create brilliantly colored panoramas.
In the spirit of the holidays, Gaylord Resorts is encouraging people to share real-life stories of the precious moments that make the holidays last forever during their Christmas Memories Sweepstakes. Participants are invited to upload a favorite photo, pen a poem, write a story, or post a video that exemplifies their personal spirit of Christmas at www.ShareChristmasMemories.com from now through Dec. 28, 2009. One randomly chosen winner will win a Grand Prize trip for two to the Gaylord Resort of their choice, which includes an atrium garden room for two nights, daily breakfast buffet, one spa treatment per person at Relâche Spa and round trip airfare on Southwest Airlines.
Gaylord Hotels is a collection of four upscale resorts that provides vacationers with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities, all within each resort. Gaylord Resorts include Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida near Orlando; Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas; and Gaylord National on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland, adjacent to Washington, D.C.
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Article by Barbara Weibel at Hole In The Donut Travels