|Beautiful artwork in the lobby|
|"Jumping" water fountains in the Cascade atrium|
|View of the Cascade atrium from our balcony|
|Another view from our balcony|
|A picture of our balcony from inside the room|
|Our room - nice and roomy!|
|Rare pic of me - all dressed up for dinner!|
|My Sangria :)|
|I ordered the blackened mahi mahi tacos with jicama slaw and black beans - it was delish!|
|Owen ordered the brisket with grits - he made a happy plate and said it was one of the best things he's ever eaten (aside from my cooking that is....yeah...)|
|This is not the best photo but this was the manager - he came up to speak to us and he had lobsters embroidered on his pants. True story.|
|Dessert - bananas foster bread pudding!!! Now, it was no O'Hana's, but it was still damn good|
Once we got done shopping we headed back to the hotel and decided that since it was still early we would walk around and enjoy other sections of the hotel. The hotel is actually comprised of 4 sections: the Cascades atrium, the Delta atrium, the Magnolia, and the Garden Conservatory. Walking back from the mall we entered the building at the Delta atrium to walk around. There is a river that runs through the Delta atrium - it is only about a quarter of a mile long and 2 feet deep but the Delta Riverboat Company has boats that take you on short guided tours along the river. Since they were still open we decided to pick up a Haagendazs ice cream and go for a boat ride. The guide told us all about the history of the hotel, the foliage in the atrium and other neat details about the hotel. We came upon a large structural pillar in the river and there was a red line drawn around it. The guide told us that this line indicated how high the flood waters had risen in the hotel during the Nashville flood back in 2011. This line was WELL above our heads and it was amazing to see how much had been redone since everything we were on had been underwater. The tour was well worth the price and I recommend it if you ever stay at the hotel!
|Owen and I on the riverboat|
|This water fountain has a show every night at 6, 7, 8, and 9pm|
|Pathway through the Garden Conservatory|
|Walking up to the waterfall in the Cascade Atrium|
|Cascade Atrium waterfall - the largest on property|
|Behind the waterfall, looking out|
|Restaurant view from our table|
|My breakfast - the blueberry scone was delish!|
|The smaller waterfall inside the restaurant - our room is behind the green plant|
|Another restaurant view from our table|
|Rather large tree in the middle of the restaurant|
Before we headed out I just had to take some more pics of the beautiful Cascades atrium; these are over on the waterfall side.
And I couldn't leave without taking a picture of the lobby door. Now you've seen those large, automatic revolving doors but did you ever see one with flowers INSIDE??
|Flowers INSIDE the automatic revolving door|
|My turkey sandwich|
|Cute cup and the "house chips" - which were a crunchy ruffled chip with salt and pepper and I think a hint of lime. They were SO good.|
QOTD: Owen says he's officially in the lead in our date night game - so I've got to come up with something good that trumps this for next month! Give me some suggestions!!!