East TN, Memphis, Middle TN, Nashville Writer

Amanda Stravinsky

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of Nashville. My family and I vacationed in East Tennessee every year when I was young. Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains, staying in cabins in Gatlinburg, horseback riding in Pigeon Forge and Dandridge instilled in me a love for this state at an early age. I now have the privilege of working and living in Tennessee. My blog posts will center on what’s happening around this great state.  I’d love it if you joined me! Describe your perfect Tennessee day. If gas prices were virtually non-existent? Okay. The weather would be a crisp 50 degrees, bright sunshine, one or two fluffy clouds in the sky. The Nashville city skyline would be void of city haze. My day would start in Nashville with a quick run to Bongo Java for a mocha latte and a stroll through Centennial Park with my friends. Then, we’d drive to Sevier County to hike Rainbow Falls. Coming back from our hike, we would drive back to Chattanooga for the aquarium and the Southern Belle Riverboat tour. We would end the day right where we started, in Nashville, settling down for some southern home-cooking at the Loveless Café. Of course, one day wouldn’t be enough so I would add a second day and head to Memphis for some toe-tapping music and finger-licking-good barbecue. Where’s the first place you’d take a friend visiting Tennessee? Being an honorary Nashvillian, I would have to take my friend to downtown Broadway to experience the sights, smells and sounds of live music blaring from the honky- tonks, flashing neon lights and that lingering smell that tells you some great BBQ is always at your fingertips. If you could meet one historical Tennessean, who would it be and why? (This can be someone still living.) I’ve always wanted to meet Aretha Franklin who was born and raised in Memphis. It would be an honor to be in the presence of one of the great singers of our time, to hear her story of how she used her powerhouse voice to break into the music industry. Also, I would ask her for some singing lessons.


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7 Places to go for a Made in Tennessee Shopping Experience

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Black Friday can be a bit overwhelming, but here in Tennessee, it’s a pleasure with ample amounts of shopping malls, boutiques, and...Read on

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5 More Tennessee Boutiques You Should Know About

A few months ago, we highlighted five boutiques in Tennessee that will level up your style. With holiday shopping on everyone’s mind, here are five...Read on


Ready for a weekend getaway? Here’s the perfect 48 Hours in Downtown Chattanooga.

Chattanooga may be famous for its Choo Choo train, but visitors also get thrills exploring on foot. Downtown is especially walkable, so stroll along the...Read on


13 Ways to Experience a Tennessee Christmas

Spend your 12 days of Christmas (or longer) with these 13 ways to celebrate the season in Tennessee. From live reindeer to millions of lights,...Read on

Sheryl Crow at the 2015 City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair, Photo by Alissa Saylor

What to expect in Tennessee this November

Festivals celebrating the changing season, new exhibits, celebrity encounters and the beginning of the Christmas season can all be found throughout Tennessee this November. Here...Read on

Ole Smoky Moonshine


It’s that time of year people are picking pumpkins, carving pumpkins, obsessing over pumpkin spice. But Tennessee doesn’t limit itself to pumpkin spiced coffee. We’re...Read on


7 Haunted Houses to get the Scare of your Life in Tennessee

Halloween: the time of year people think it’s great fun to be freaked out by other people in scary costumes. Unless you’re easily scared like...Read on