We stayed at the Staybridge Suites (Arrowwood) in Charlotte. This is the first time that Elizabeth and I had heard of this particular chain, so we didn't really know what to expect. Boy, was it nice?! The price per night was really good, and the suite was huge. There was a "living area" that was the room where you entered. It had a kitchenette (complete with full-size fridge/freezer, sink, dishwasher, microwave and convection oven), a love seat and easy chair, dining table for four and an entertainment center complete with DVD/VCR player.
To the left was a bedroom with a King bed, full bathroom, conference table and dresser. That was Buddy and Kay's spot. To the right was another bedroom (ours!) with two double beds, a full bathroom, full closet and a dresser. There was a TV in each room, and Elizabeth had packed our travel DVD player, so we hooked that us in our room and could even watch movies. Not that we really had much time to relax like that! :)
Our windows looked onto the outside pool, but not very many people were out swimming while we were there. There was a free breakfast in the lobby every morning. It had everything from the usual pastries and English Muffins to oatmeal and waffles! We've never been to one of these places where oatmeal was an option. Elizabeth and I eat that most mornings, so that made us pretty happy.
On the first night, we unloaded our stuff and settled in a bit before looking for a place to have dinner. There was a Ruby Tuesday just down the street, and Buddy was dying for some ribs, so that won the vote. The two of us had the salad bar with a combo of three sides of our choice. We got onion rings and french fries --- figuring that the portions would be the typical three onion rings. Whoa, were we wrong! There were so many fries and onion rings that we couldn't even eat half of them. We took them back to the hotel and ate them another evening.
We didn't need to be at the recording studio until about 9:45am the next morning, so we were able to sit around and talk together. We had a nice time with Buddy telling us about some of his family when he was little and some things that we've wanted to hear about for a long time. Everybody turned in about 9:00pm, and Elizabeth and I watched about twenty minutes of Ride Clear of Diablo (a fabulous Western and one of my favorite films!). More later.