Northeastern blizzard strands business travelers in Nashville - WKRN News 2

Northeastern blizzard strands business travelers in Nashville


There are worse places to be stranded than the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.

"It's not the worst, but I want to go home," said Carrie Weisenberg of Hartford, Connecticut.

Weisenberg and her colleagues spent most of the week talking shop at their company's national sales conference, and tracking the blizzard that's now pounding the northeast.

"We've been watching the weather front coming in, and everybody's been glued to it trying to figure out how we're getting home," Weisenberg told Nashville's News 2.

Most of her colleagues boarded planes for home Friday, but Weisenberg and several other northeasterners had flights canceled due to the weather.

"I was supposed to leave this morning," said Weisenberg. "I've rebooked my flight three times and finally I gave up and said I'm staying in Nashville. I'm just going to enjoy the city and leave Sunday."

Faced with another night or two in Music City, the out-of-towners decided to make the best of the situation.

"I wouldn't mind listening to some country music and doing a little line dancing," said Allison High of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"We might go down and go to the honky tonk bars," said Weisenberg, who added with a laugh, "Is that what they're called?"

"There's nothing else to do, so this is absolutely great," said Carlos Valladares, who lives just outside of New York City in New Jersey.

While the stranded business travelers are excited about the prospect of a night on the town in Nashville, it won't take their minds off of their loved ones back home.

"It's always fun to be snowed in," said High. "You've got all the food, the movies and just get to hang out."

"I'd have a nice fire going and we'd be having hot chocolate," said Weisenberg, "I'm missing all my time with the kids."

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