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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Upper East Tourism

Tennessee sparks curiosity

Curiosity about the wonderful world around us is highly encouraged in Tennessee. Natural history programs, hikes, and lots of planetarium shows are offered at state...Read on

Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN

Tennessee locals, we need you!

If you love Tennessee as much as we do, Tennessee TripTales may be your next (or, first!) publishing gig. That’s right. You have a chance...Read on


Rocky Top Trail encourages summer road trips

There’s something about summer that instantly encourages a road trip: a fresh music playlist, snacks, friends, and the open road. It’s freedom, it’s summer, and...Read on

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Eat Fresh, Eat Local in Tennessee

You don’t have to blow your healthy lifestyle changes during a night out on the town. Regional, local, homemade and healthy food choices are being...Read on


Celebrate the U.S. in Tennessee

July 4 in the United States is one of the biggest holidays as it celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence (official separation from...Read on


Learn the stories of the Cherokee people, fuel your adventurous side and more along the Tanasi Trail

Heading to Chattanooga? Home to America’s largest freshwater aquarium, the Hunter Museum of American Art, Rock City and Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga has a wealth of...Read on

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Fontanel: Where ‘Extraordinary’ is the norm

The retreat that is the Fontanel, about 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, has experienced some growth since the end of 2013. I got a chance...Read on