If you’re planning to visit or stay at Opryland Hotel and want to stay on track with your keto diet while you’re there, here’s everything you need to know. 😉
Quick list of helpful tips while staying at Opryland Hotel:
👣 There is A LOT of walking involved. Wear comfortable shoes, and plan for plenty of time to/from different areas of the hotel. Here is a map of Opryland Hotel (you’ll need it!)
💦 You can get free water or refill your water bottle in the gym.
🔸 The hotel rooms do have a small refrigerator, but no microwave.
☕️ The coffee pots in the hotel rooms are single serve coffee makers, and it’s weak (terrible) coffee. 🙂 If you’re going to make coffee in your room, use half a paper cup of water per coffee, and simply call up to have more coffee packets sent to your room.
🥗 The “Delta Island” area has a food court / market. Your best options there are a bunless burger at Stax, or snacks/boxed salads at the Market.
🥩 Old Hickory Steakhouse is expensive and dark, and the food is NOT that great. If you choose to eat there, the ribeye steak is the best entree on the menu. The scallops were sandy, and the salmon had no real flavor, but the ribeye was great.
👩🍳 Cascades Cafe is your BEST option for delicious low carb breakfast, lunch and dinner meals that are keto friendly. Their menu will please everyone, the chef will happily accommodate special requests (gluten free, etc), and it’s well lit and surrounded by the beautiful Cascades area.
🍣 Good to know! Wasabi uses the same kitchen, and you can order from the Cascades menu there.
🥜 If you’re staying at Opryland Hotel for a conference or event, definitely pack your own keto snacks, or go to an off-site store to get some low carb snacks to have in your room and/or keep with you. Event days can be long, the property is huge and things are spread out, and the restaurants can fill up quickly and have long waits during your short breaks. 😉
Below is a photo tour of delicious low carb, keto friendly meals I had during a recent stay at Opryland Hotel.
This should prove helpful in case you ever find yourself there – or another type of resort/hotel where you need to make quick meal decisions.
Your host for this tour: @LowCarbTraveler Find me on Instagram and Facebook and say hi! 🙋♀️ I’ve been eating a ketogenic low carb diet for 9 years and am a fun, creative keto restaurant guide. 😉
I knew the meals at Opryland Hotel would be expensive, and the conference I was there for had 12 hour days with long walks and long lines on short breaks, so I did bring some of my favorite keto snacks to get me through the long days.
I’m SO glad I did too. One of my favorite low carb meal replacements are the Perfect Keto Bars. You can Get 15% Off at Perfect Keto using that link, or using discount code LOWCARBTRAVELER at checkout.
Day 1: Dinner at Wasabi / Cascades in Opryland Hotel
This one cost me almost 40 bucks after tax & tip, but it was worth EVERY PENNY.
I got there in the late afternoon but had to get checked in, cleaned up, go to event registration etc – so it was late and I was famished by the time I had dinner.
I ordered the salmon (grilled plain, please) with steamed grean beans and it came topped with arugula tossed in olive oil & lime. FABULOUS meal!
I had my favorite keto collagen bars in my room, so I had one of those for breakfast before I headed to the conference the next morning.
Opryland Hotel is HUGE, and our event alone had over 4,000 attendees. I didn’t manage to get lunch during the break. The lines were long and there was just no way to make it happen in time – or I didn’t manage to at least.
I waited in one line too long and then they had to turn us away, or said they’d be at capacity well past our start back time.
Fortunately I had Macadamia Nut Butter packets in my bag, which I keep on me ALWAYS for cases like this on the go. 😉
These are from FBOMB and my discount code is LOWCARBTRAVELER. I heard they just came out with bars too, btw! I can’t wait to try those.
I also didn’t get back to the conference room in time to easily find a seat so I just pulled up a piece of carpet in the back of the room and ate my nut butter. 🤷♀️
Keto Breakfast at Cascades Cafe in Opryland Hotel
I ordered 3 eggs (cracked eggs please, no milk) scrambled with cheddar cheese, bacon and strawberries & blueberries.
Tip: If you order scrambled eggs or omelets, ask for cracked eggs – otherwise they use bagged liquid eggs. I also requested “no milk, eggs only please.”
You can also order meals to go at Cascades Cafe, which may be helpful if you’re there for work and short on time.
That night we had a catered event at the conference I was attending. It was a working dinner, and the buffet was… Rice Bowls. 🤦♀️
I managed to find some good stuff I could eat though: shredded chicken, roasted mushrooms (plucked out of the sweet potato tray), almonds, feta cheese and guacamole.
Old Hickory Steakhouse inside Opryland Hotel
This is a fancy steakhouse, reservations only.
It’s one of those places where they serve “shared sides” (mostly carbs I wouldn’t eat) so I just ordered the scallops off the appetizer menu.
I got three. 🤔🤣
They were cooked/served in some fancy (sugary) cranberry sauce so I requested mine cooked in butter only. They were okay, very sandy but okay.
(truth: not recommended)
I didn’t eat my berries from breakfast (I got full on the bacon & eggs), so I put those in the refrigerator in my room and had them for lunch the next day.
I had lunch in my room and I paired them with a Cinnamon Roll Perfect Keto Collagen Bar. 😍 Delicious combo!!
For dinner, I took myself out. 🙂
Back across the hotel to the Cascades Cafe!
I ordered the cheeseburger (no bun please) with steamed green beans instead of fries, some of that delicious arugula on the side – and a creamy mustard sauce.
(It’s just mustard and heavy cream – I asked).
That was a fabulous meal. 🙂
The Cascades Cafe quickly became my favorite place for hot meals during my stay at Opryland Hotel. It was consistently great!
They also have a breakfast buffet that EVERYONE will enjoy.
I got an omelet cooked to order (two cracked eggs, no milk, cheddar & spinach), and got bacon and sausage off the buffet – plus strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.
The berries were SO fresh and SO flavorful, and…
The omelet was DELICIOUS!
And yes, I ate ALL THREE PLATES OF FOOD. 😅
Except about half the berries, and my server was kind enough to bring me a cup to take those to go. I hated to see them thrown out, and I knew I’d eat them.
I hope these tips and this quick photo tour proved helpful, and gave you ideas for easily staying on track at Opryland Hotel or similar resort style hotels.
I live in Middle TN and have always enjoyed the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center on personal trips, but it can definitely be more challenging when you’re there for a conference or event – and working.
My advice: pack snacks, plan meal breaks during NON peak hours to avoid lines and long waits, and definitely eat at the Cascades Cafe for the best whole food options and most delicious meals on the property. 😉
And most of all… enjoy your stay!
p.s. I love my collagen keto bars. Those are my GO TO for a quick, convenient keto meal replacement as you saw. They’re made with great ingredients and they keep me satisfied better than other bars. Plus they’re delicious with berries. 😋
The new Birthday Cake bar (below) and the Cinnamon Roll flavor are both softer and creamier. Those are two of my favorites. Almond Butter Brownie and Lemon Poppyseed are the other two I love, so those are my top 4 picks with their bars.
I use their unflavored collagen powder daily too, so 15% off is a GREAT deal. They also have very high quality MCT Oil at one of the lowest costs per serving. It’s a great value.
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