The headlines on the TCMF website say that the Tamworth Country Music Festival is “Australia’s Largest Music Festival – 10 Days – 700 Artists – More Than 2800 Events”.
We headed to Tamworth to find out what people have been raving about!
Tamworth is about a five-hour drive from Sydney – it’s an easy drive passing through pretty countryside and charming towns – particularly Murrurundi and Willow Tree. In fact if you leave Sydney in the morning, the Willow Tree Inn is a great place to stop for lunch. Their award-winning Graze Restaurant and Bistro serves one of the best steaks you will ever have. Across the road is The Plains Pantry – another great place for good coffee, home baked meals, cakes and gourmet groceries.
The following is a summary of a trip to see the Fall colours between New York City and Stowe, then returning to New York City via Boston, Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport (Rhode Island) and the Hamptons. We recommend a much slower pace to take in all there is to see – and perhaps leave out Bridport and Montreal to concentrate on New England.
Our overnight stops were NYC at the beginning of the trip then Hancock, Stowe, Bridport, Montreal, North Conway, Boston, Edgartown, Newport, Montauk and NYC at the end of the trip.
We chose to stay at the Cambria Hotel Chelsea based on price and location. We were not disappointed and can highly recommend a stay at the Cambria.
The Cambria is a new hotel (built in 2015) and is fresh, clean and modern. Our room was a Deluxe King Guestroom – 1302 on the 13th floor, at the back of the building away from the street, so nice and quiet.
Montauk Manor is an historic condominium resort hotel located on a hilltop in the small community of Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island (on the south shore or South Fork). There are 140 apartments available – from studios to 3 bedrooms. Apartments are individually owned so each is decorated differently.
We can’t help but be impressed by the grand Tudor Revival building as we drive up the sweeping drive to check in. We receive a friendly welcome at Reception and book into Apartment 412 – a 2-bedroom apartment, with one bedroom actually in a loft.
The Newport Bay Club & Hotel has an excellent location at the corner of Thames Street and America’s Cup Boulevard – just a few minutes walk to the restaurants and shops of the Newport Harbour area (Bowens Wharf and Bannisters Wharf). It is also a short walk to the shopping area of Brick Market Place, and a 10-minute walk to the Tourist Office – where most tours depart from (the bus station is also part of the Tourist Office building).
The hotel is in an historic building – The Perry Mill – a cotton mill built in 1835 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
We have Room 307 on the 3rd floor (lift access) – a one-bedroom suite with queen bedroom, bathroom and a spacious living room plus kitchenette. The suite has big windows with shutters and beautiful timber beams across the ceiling.
The Harbor View Hotel is an historic hotel in a beautiful setting in Edgartown – with views of the harbour, Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Island. It is conveniently located a short stroll to the shops and restaurants of Edgartown.
Arriving at the hotel we were very impressed. The lobby is beautifully furnished in a casually elegant coastal style. There is a wrap-around veranda at the front of the hotel with pretty green rocking chairs – a perfect spot to enjoy the view.
Reception is off to one side of the lobby and we had a quick and easy check in – Room 924 in the Governor Mayhew Wing of the hotel.