Chattanooga, East TN, Memphis, Nashville, Tri-Cities 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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Blue-Plumb Festival 2009

It’s Tennessee’s Season of Music Festivals

Thousands are in Memphis this weekend at the Beale Street Music Festival to kick off Tennessee’s season of music festivals. Music is everywhere in Tennessee,...Read on

Herschel_Greer_Stadium, credit Nashville Sounds Baseball Club

Take me out to a Tennessee ball game

The sound of cleats digging into the dirt as a player slides safely into second base; the spinning of a pitcher’s screw ball as it...Read on


Drink it in: 3 Restaurants with a serious view

There’s a saying that goes “Without winter, we wouldn’t fully appreciate spring.” Well, winter has dealt the nation a good blow of ice, snow, and...Read on


Follow the sound: Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival is coming to town

There’s a place where art, film, and music collide; where you have to listen with your ears and follow your heart to be swept away...Read on


Time Travel: 48-hours in Tri-Cities

If you plug in Tennessee’s Tri-Cities into Google Maps, starting with Johnson City continuing to Kingsport and finishing in Bristol, the whole trip will take...Read on


10 Must-Attend Tennessee Spring Festivals

It’s almost time to shake off the cold temperatures, trade out bulky sweaters for cotton shirts and shorts, and start planning for a spring vacation....Read on


Discover the unexpected – and legendary – on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail.

Over the past several years, Tennessee’s been drinking to the “legalization” of moonshine and the proliferation of distilleries and craft breweries. But one of the...Read on