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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Pickwick Lake  Fishing

The Treasures You’ll Find in Hardin County

In the southwest portion of Tennessee, about 2 ½ hours from Nashville and 2 hours and 15 minutes from Memphis, lies Hardin County which is...Read on

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5 Tennessee Boutiques that’ll Level up Your Autumn Style

With autumn comes the task of putting away summer essentials and bringing out the sweaters, knits and darker wash clothing. If your closet is looking...Read on

Beale Street, Memphis

48-Hours in Memphis: A Music Lover’s Weekend Getaway

If you’re looking for a weekend music lover’s escape to Memphis, here’s an itinerary created for just you. Memphis is a city of music, food,...Read on

Cherohala Skyway, East Tennessee


Autumn is almost upon us with its colorful leaves, cool breezes and the endless craving of pumpkin spice everything. Tennessee is simply magical in the fall...Read on

Wired Coffee Bar

Stay cool in these Tennessee Coffee Shops

What’s better than staying cool during the dog days of summer? Chilling out in one of these Tennessee coffee shops. Whether you’re a caffeine fanatic...Read on

Virgin Falls, Sparta

Rambling Along Historic Route 1 from Nashville to Sparta – 20 Must-See Sites

One of Tennessee’s perfect road trips is to take Route 1 and travel leisurely from Memphis to Bristol. You’ll experience the music, history, people and...Read on

world's longest yardsale

Add these 4 Tennessee festivals to your August calendar

Travel along Highway 127 for 690 miles of yard sale shopping during the Highway 127 Corridor Sale: World’s Longest Yard Sale Aug. 6-9. From Michigan...Read on