East TN, Middle TN, West TN 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.


Stories By Amanda

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Stones River Battlefield Visitor Center

Get Away to Tennessee this Memorial Day

About 34.8 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for Memorial Day weekend, according to a study done by the auto club...Read on


You Simply Have to Be Here: Music City Center Opening

One of those once-in-a-lifetime moments will happen for Music City May 19-20. The long-awaited opening of the 2.1 million square foot Music City Center will...Read on


Nashville’s Got The World on a String at the 2013 Nashville International Puppet Festival

You’re going to want to mark your calendars for one of the biggest, eclectic and creative events of the year. Nashville will awaken in a...Read on

Old Country Store - Ice Cream Parlor

Get a taste of old times in Tennessee soda shops

Apothecary bottles, glistening soda fountains with rich wood accents and carvings and red-topped bar stools may come to mind when thinking of soda shops from...Read on

Nashville Farmer's Market Peaches 11

Have an Eco-Friendly Stay in Tennessee

Being sustainable every day isn’t a fad, it’s a lifestyle. But how can you continue being environmentally conscious as you travel? Tennessee has you covered...Read on



The alarm blared at 4:15 a.m. I contemplated whether being suspended 1000+ feet in the air was worth getting up on a Saturday. Of course...Read on

Herschel_Greer_Stadium, credit Nashville Sounds Baseball Club

Take me out to a Tennessee ball game

The sound of cleats digging into the dirt as a player slides safely into second base; the spinning of a pitcher’s screw ball as it...Read on