This article was originally published on October 17, 2016.
I love hotels. I love hotel bars. I love hotel hot tubs. I love hotel wedding watching.
Last weekend, we dropped our 2-year-old at my in-laws, but instead of just staring at each other around the house and joking about “What did we do before our child?” we decided to book a room at the Ballantyne Hotel (19 minutes from our house).
If you book in advance, a room at the Ballantyne Hotel costs $189 (plus tax).
You thought it was going to be more. Wrong.
Here’s 7 must-do activities on your Ballantyne Hotel staycation.
(1) Hit golf balls
Real grass. $7 for a bucket of balls. 2 putting greens (both in solid shape).
(2) Chill at spa & indoor pool
My wife got a facial. Loved it. Treatment came with a free white wine, champagne or mimosa. After her treatment, we chilled in the lounge chairs at the indoor pool.
The indoor pool had a table with free snack mix and fruit water.
Use the outdoor lounge chairs that overlook the 18th hole.
(3) Enjoy hotel room balcony view
Look out over the wonderland of B-town! Room was very, very nice.
(4) Watch a wedding, or two
The Ballantyne Hotel is a turnkey wedding venue – thus they’re always hosting weddings. There were two weddings at the hotel the night of our stay.
This made for excellent people watching – highlighted by the bride and groom taking photos on the 18th hole while golfers tried to play (cover image at the top of this story).
(5) Sip a cocktail on the hotel lobby veranda hightop tables
There are 6 hightop tables outside of the main hotel lobby and the inside bar wait staff will take your order. Overlooks the golf course.
My new, fancy drink order is a Dirty Grey Goose Martini, on the rocks (I hope you’re impressed).
(6) Dinner at The Gallery
Nice touches included: choice of lemon, lime or cucumber in your water, three different butter options for your bread, amuse-bouche and free macaroons at the end dinner.
I recommend the French Onion Soup and the 8oz Filet with Truffled Mashed Potatoes.
(7) Strolling the hotel with a drink
Aren’t you curious about the people who hang out at hotel bars on a Saturday night? Me too. Although, I guess it’s me.
The Ballantyne Hotel allows you to grab a drink at either or the hotel bars and take it with you anywhere around the hotel. Power strolling.
Bonus: The hotel has free wifi and I highly recommend waking up, purchasing a $2.50 coffee from the lobby bar (free refills) and doing some writing in one of the four leather chairs by the lobby fire place.