The home of country music, good times and Southern hospitality, Nashville is a legendary musical hub but also has much more to offer. Along with taking in a big-name performance at the Grand Ole Opry, listening to up-and-coming singer-songwriters in low-key cafés and touring the Country Music Hall of Fame, you can visit the honky-tonk bars, see the Nashville Titans play, eat great food and shop in a host of independent stores. Nashville also played a large role in American history and its many museums cover plantation history, the Civil War, and Civil Rights, and pay homage to musical greats such as Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.
Ever since I can remember, travelling has been a huge feature in my life. The excitement of seeing new places, meeting new people, and finding out about different cultures and traditions has always inspired, interested, and fascinated me.
I was fortunate to be able to explore a lot of the USA both in my life before and since Audley and what became clearer and clearer was the huge variation in everything from north to south, east to west. North America is so vast and expansive, with such a wild history that has moulded it into the cultural hub it is today, and I love that it can surprise once you get away from the bright lights, the big cities and the crowds, where you can see some of the most incredible natural landscapes in the world.
I joined Audley in 2017 and absolutely adore helping design dream holidays for our lovely clients. I’m so passionate about this area of the world, and it’s a true pleasure to build something unique, personal, and special for couples, families, solo travellers, and groups of friends who choose to travel with us, especially when I hear about their fantastic experiences and see their photos afterwards.
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Staying at the Vanderbilt Grace, an indulgent Gilded-Age mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, is like being a VIP guest in an exclusive private home. Each guest is treated like the hotel's only client, everything is taken care of and nothing is too much trouble. There are indoor and outdoor pools, great attention to detail in the modern but classically elegant styling, and superb food but the standout feature for me was the rooftop bar. Watching the sun set over the water while sipping a cocktail here was the epitome of relaxation.
I'll never forget when…
On my first visit to Boston I decided I wanted to see the city from an alternative perspective. I had been reading about it and it seemed like such a vibrant place, brimming with history and things to see and do. I opted for a Segway tour and saw all the main attractions and learned lots about the city's history and culture but also discovered little tranquil corners off the beaten track. At the end of the tour we rode into North Point Park, looking over the river as the sun set in front of us. It was the moment I fell in love with Boston.