Middle 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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Colorful Stories Awaken Tennessee’s Past at Belle Meade Plantation

As soon as you turn into the long drive to Belle Meade Plantation, you are instantly transported to a different time. Everything is charming and...Read on

Humboldt - Strawberry Festival Museum

Get Ready for Spring with Tennessee Festivals

The groundhog didn’t see his shadow which means spring will come early! While we’re all rejoicing and dreaming about the longer, warmer days ahead, Tennessee...Read on

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Tennessee Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month, four weeks set aside to commemorate and celebrate the contributions black men and women have made to the United States...Read on

George Dickel Distillery

Slow and Steady: The Formula for Great Tennessee Whisky

George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma, Tenn. was my first visit to a distillery, though I have visited the Guinness brewery in Dublin, Ireland. While touring...Read on


Grab your copy of the 2013 Tennessee Vacation Guide Today

It’s finally here! The FREE 2013 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide has been released by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and is available for your...Read on

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Jack Frost has us in his cold grip and, while it seems comfortable to be like the Tennessee black bears and hibernate during the winter,...Read on

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Tennessee Beckons with Adventure and Attractions

With the holidays over, the dust settles over 2012 and we open the door to 2013. Hopeful possibilities, new opportunities and wanderlust plans fill the...Read on