Welcome to some new happy places. They each are different and very special. They will make you happy! Some of these, I have experienced as an adult. One place is part of my childhood memory. Come along with me. Take your time, but if you ever have the chance, visit these happy places and create your own memories.
The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is included in my top 5 US places to visit. It’s located in a great city, Nashville, TN. My husband and I call it “Disney World for adults”. It’s gorgeous. Imagine being in a giant greenhouse filled with beautiful, lush greenery. You can look up through a glass ceiling that allows you to gaze up at the stars from the comfort of an indoor space. There are over 10 restaurants inside the hotel. Want to shop until you drop, there are retail shops galore. Of course, you can swim in the pool, get a spa treatment, see a show. It’s truly magical.
I had the chance to go to the Georgia Aquarium. My husband and I enjoy going to aquariums in different cities. So far, I think this one is my favorite. I snapped this picture while there. The visual made me appreciate the hand of God. These massive swimming creatures and their beauty just quiet you. I stood there in awe.
My husband was raised in Florida. On our first trip there together, he introduced me to one of his favorite restaurants. Havana’s has quickly become near and dear to my stomach 🙂 The oxtails, beans and rice are a true culinary delight. If you’re looking for a nice lunch, try the Cuban Sandwich. Make sure you add mustard and pickles. Yum! To top anything off at this restaurant, you MUST order a banana shake or two or three of them. They are sweet and perfectly creamy. A special perk of this restaurant, which can be considered great or absolutely horrible is that they have a 24-Hour walk up window. YOU CAN ORDER FOOD ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT! I know! It’s amazing! Recommended by your own personal Foodie!
Hawaii, I am sure is a happy place for many. For me, Honolulu is very special. I have great happy memories there. My mother passed away a month after my husband I got married. It was challenging. She passed in September, so December of 2009 was my first Christmas without her. My sweet husband decided a trip would be in order. Neither of us had ever been to Hawaii. Our choice was Honolulu. We arrived at night. Because we arrived at night, we couldn’t see the ocean, but we could hear it. The next morning, we opened the curtains in our room to a sea of blue (literally). It was a balmy 80 degrees. This trip was so refreshing and beneficial for me. Everything we ate was amazing! The beach was so inviting, even to non-swimmers 🙂 There’s so much to do and see. If you ever get the chance, please visit.
Now this place, is a happy place from my childhood. I was born and raised in New York City. I remember many field trips to the American Museum of Natural History. I remember the museum was huge and beautiful. One of my lasting mental snapshots is this huge whale replica. I just always thought it was massive and amazing. A childhood happy place always has lasting effects!