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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The holidays are in full swing with only  eight shopping days remaining. If you are like me, I’m still out and about shopping for the...Read on

Host of Christmas Past, Fayetteville, Tennessee.


Christmas is almost here! If you’re scrambling to find that perfect gift for someone on your list, I have a few suggestions you may want...Read on

9/2/2010- Collierville Tourism

Shop local this holiday season in West Tennessee

Written by: Marty Marbry, West Tennessee Regional Manager, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development To some the phrase “holiday shopping” instills a sense of foreboding. The...Read on



This year was a pretty big year. Tennessee saw a lot of visitors, a lot of growth, and a plethora of new attractions. It’s time...Read on

Winterfest 25th

Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebrates 25 Years

Written by: Dave Jones, East Tennessee Regional Manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Smoky Mountain Winterfest celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with...Read on

Belle Meade Christmas2


If there’s one thing Tennessee does well, besides being the global music destination of choice, it’s blowing the dust off history and bringing it back...Read on

Courtesy of Melly Kay, Flickr Creative Commons

Just in time for the holidays: Tennessee sweet treats

The holidays are right around the corner and if there’s one thing many agree with, it’s that holiday calories don’t count. Good thing, too, because...Read on