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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.

 

Stories By Amanda

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Dale Hollow Lake in TN (2)

Hit the Road for More Tennessee Adventures Before Summer Ends

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Courtesy of South Cumberland State Park

5 TENNESSEE WATERFALLS WORTH THE HIKE

Take a break from the dog days of the summer hustle. Pack some water and snacks and get in nature. Marvel at natural wonders, cascading...Read on

Sheriff Buford Pusser Home & Museum, Adamsville

The Walking Tall Trail – Rockabilly, Rails and Legendary Tales

Get ready to explore West Tennessee like you’ve never seen it before on the Walking Tall Trail. On the surface, it’s a collection of charming...Read on

Beale Street, Memphis

Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee’s Famous Route 1 – Memphis to Bristol Highway

In 2015, we celebrate 100 years of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s first project – Route 1, the 538.8 mile Memphis to Bristol highway. Route...Read on

Cheekwood 2

6 Museum Exhibitions You Don’t Wanna Miss in Tennessee

Take a break from summer’s relentless heat with a day wandering air-conditioned galleries and museums. Here are a few traveling exhibitions that you’ll want to...Read on

Clumpies

Tennessee summer treats you just can’t beat

The ding of bell above the door as you step in, the instant smell of waffle cone and fresh fruit for paletas overtake your senses...Read on

Big South Fork

TWENTY-WEEK HIKING CHALLENGE ENCOURAGES DISCOVERY AND FITNESS IN BIG SOUTH FORK COUNTRY

Little-known natural treasures waiting to be discovered, America’s growing desire to be outside, and a rising awareness of health and fitness. Those were the primary...Read on