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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Cades Cove

Pedal on Tennessee’s Beautiful Bike Trails

Spring is officially here and what better way to celebrate the blooming, beautiful nature than strapping on a helmet and pedaling to your heart’s content...Read on

Salt and Pepper Museum

Tennessee’s Unique and Extraordinary Attractions

From the uncommon to the utterly extraordinary, Tennessee has some attractions that are anything but commonplace. From a museum dedicated to an enormous collection of...Read on


Take a garden stroll in Tennessee

Spring is officially here and that means the slow emergence of flowers in all their beautiful hues and shades. Tulips, daffodils and even some cherry...Read on

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Dream a Dream in Crossville, Tennessee

Jean Valjean’s road to redemption; Fantine’s dream unrealized; Cosette’s rescue from the dastardly conditions of her relatives’ care; Marius’ fight for revolution; Eponine’s pining, heartsick...Read on


Tennessee Has You Covered For Spring Break

Spring break is just around the corner. Some schools are already out and celebrating a week from studies. When I was in college, I would...Read on

rain and maize gods

Art Museums in Tennessee Stretch the Imagination

Glass paperweights, ancient Egyptian sculptures and hand-woven baskets reflecting Appalachian heritage may not cross your mind when you think of art museums. However, Tennessee gives...Read on


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