Spend Cinco de Mayo in Safety and Style at Gaylord Opryland

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I don't know about you Bitesters, but the older I get the less I worry about planning where to get my drink on on the major amateur holiday nights of St. Patty's, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween and New Year's Eve. Instead, I'm more concerned about how to get safely home to my bed when my evening is over. Usually early.

How cool would it be to be able to enjoy a great Mexican meal in a fine dining restaurant, some educational seminars on Mexican cooking and spirits tastings, and then be able to walk home easily to a comfortable bed? Well, since I am talking about the Gaylord Opryland Resort, maybe "easily" is an overstatement of the walk home, but at least your stroll will be scenic and safe.

In honor of the Day of the Battle of Puebla, the resort (including Solario, its Mexican restaurant) is offering a special package for Nashvillians who want to take a little staycation and avoid the prospect of a Cinco de Mayo that also falls on a Saturday night. That convergence could lead to possible party havoc with regards to crowds, parking issues and sobriety checkpoints around every Mexican restaurant in town. Heck, a Saturday night Fifth of May might result in the Mayan calendar losing a few of the scant remaining pages.

Be safe and celebrate in a more refined manner by taking advantage of Gaylord's Cinco de Mayo "Cerveza and Comida" Celebration this Saturday, May 5. The event is, of course, for 21 and older only but should make for an excellent date night. Here are all the details:

Bring a sombrero and your fiesta spirit to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Solario inside Gaylord Opryland Resort's Conservatory atrium! The festivities will include a beer, tequila and cooking seminar, first showcasing one of our new ales, the Coco Mole by New Belgium Brewery. Part of the Lips of Faith series, this beer is infused with Coco and Cayenne pepper to add a spicy sweetness along with rich, malty flavor.

The fun continues with a tequila seminar where you'll learn how tequila is made as well as the differences in Silver, Reposado and Anejo tequilas. For the grand finale, our very own Chef Paulina Suarez will share how she creates some of her award-winning salsas and entrees, followed by dinner featuring Solario's signature Mexican Paella dish.

Availability: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Duration: 1 night (extra nights may be available at prevailing rates)
To book: Call 1-866-972-6779 or book online

Package includes:
*1 night accommodations at Gaylord Opryland Resort
*Tequila seminar and sampling
* Introduction to new Coco Mole Beer infused with Coco & Cayenne
*Cooking seminar by Chef Paulina Suarez, showcasing how we make our award-winning salsas and Solario's signature Mexican Paella.
*Dinner featuring Solario's signature Mexican Paella

Package price: $198* per room for double occupancy; extra adult $44.50* each

*Per room for double occupancy, plus tax, resort fee and parking. Extra adult $44.50 plus tax each. Rates include restaurant gratuity. Atrium upgrade may be available for an additional $40 plus tax. Not retroactive or valid with other offers or groups. Other restrictions may apply.

Schedule of Events
Saturday May 5th, 2012

3:00 p.m. Guests should check-in by 3:00 p.m. (event tickets will be distributed at check-in)

4:00-5:00 p.m. Beer, Tequila, Salsa, & Mexican Paella Demonstration at Solario

5:00-6:00 p.m. Dinner at Solario featuring the Mexican Paella dish as prepared in the demonstration

You had me at paella. Plus, with an early dinner planned, you'll have plenty of time to wander around the resort and visit any of the many other restaurants and lounges. Or you could even amble over to Opry Mills and catch a movie to complete your date night. Well, since you did book one of those romantic rooms at Gaylord, you can complete your date night whenever and however you want.

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