Chattanooga, East TN, Memphis, Middle TN, Nashville, Tri-Cities, 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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Nashville Symphony Orchestra

I Hear a Tennessee Symphony

Winter tends to be a harsh season with snow, cold winds and frigid temperatures. Let Tennessee’s symphony orchestras sprinkled throughout the state offer magical soundscapes...Read on

Discovery Center with Reflection

Get ready for a bigger and better year in Tennessee

With the holidays all wrapped up, it’s time to look to the horizon for what the upcoming year has in store for Tennessee. World-class attractions,...Read on


You’ll never guess who’s on the cover of Tennessee’s 2014 Vacation Guide

It’s time to plan your 2014 Tennessee getaway with the newly released 2014 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide available in print and online. Music thrives and...Read on

Marquee Spring 2004Austin Springs Health Spa

Tennessee is your relaxation destination

Let out a deep exhale. The holidays are officially over and while that’s somewhat of a sad thought, it’s time to look forward to the...Read on

Memphis couple

Maintain love’s spark this holiday season in Tennessee

Christmas always seems to encourage blossoming romance despite the chilling temperatures outdoors. Maybe it’s the cold air that welcomes oversized coats, hats, and mittens; or...Read on

Host of Christmas Past, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

Experience small town Tennessee charm during this holiday season

December has officially marched in with its pomp and cheer. Tennessee has loads of holiday celebrations to fill your calendar in every big city and...Read on


Take a journey through high bluffs and history on the Great River Road Trail

Prepare to head out on the Great River Road trail, one of 16 Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways, by popping into the Riverside Drive Welcome...Read on