Middle TN, Nashville Writer

Dayle Fergusson

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel writer and editor for most of my career. I’ve traveled the world looking for adventure as a pilot, sailor, professional writer and photographer. I love living in the South, with its rolling green hills and friendly people, and look forward to taking you with me as we explore Middle Tennessee’s music, culture, history, entertainment, dining and the outdoors. Expect unique surprises as we embark on these adventures together. Describe your perfect Tennessee day. Sailing the Wanderin’ Star on an Old Hickory Lake sunset cruise. The slow gurgle of our sleek Catalina 25 sailboat cutting a wake, sails full, a warm summer breeze in your face, sky streaked with color, the sun bleeding golden into the water. A champagne cork popping high above the deck, with a toast to “whatever comes next.” All of it captures our love of life, and doesn’t get any better than this. Where’s the first place you’d take a friend visiting Tennessee? When friends come to visit, a trip east to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains is always top of the list. As the terrain rises, the blue haze shrouding the forested hills and mountains is alluring. It’s fun to pitch a tent in the forest and share stories around a campfire, or snuggle into a mountain cabin by a sparkling stream. In the evenings, we’ll listen to the haunting calls of hoot owls courting or catch a glimpse of masked raccoons, those brazen bandits on their nighttime raids. Gatlinburg is like a quaint Swiss mountain village, rustic shops filled with local arts and crafts, homemade taffy, unique collectibles and treasures for everyone. If you could meet one historical Tennessean, who would it be and why? (This can be someone still living.) Dolly Parton would be my favorite Tennessean to meet. I first heard her sing at a live concert in Murfreesboro with Kenny Rogers. With natural, irrepressible charm, she completely stole the show and had everyone eating out of her hand. I admire her spunk, her sense of humor, her positive outlook on life, her genuine, transparent honesty. Dolly is a testament to her ability to rise above humble beginnings and succeed, and to never lose sight of the importance of giving back to others.

Stories By Dayle

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Touring the Natchez Trace on Two Wheels

Ready for a road trip? When you hear the open road calling and you’re eager to feel the wind in your face and adventure in...Read on


Sumner County’s First Courthouse Relives History

It’s been 224 years since one of Sumner County’s first courthouses last held session, but history will be remade on July 21, 2014 when the...Read on

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Highland Rim Speedway is Fun for All the Family

They start young at Highland Rim Speedway. Some of the top Legends race car drivers are 16 years old and began racing go-karts at 9...Read on

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Eat, Drink and Solve the Murder at Mel O’Drama Dinner Theater

Murder is in the air as the lights dim, transporting the audience into the palatial Boudreaux Manor in the French Quarter. It’s the perfect evening...Read on


Hatch Show Print Celebrates 135 Years

Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the country, was born in Nashville in 1879, the same year Edison invented...Read on


Take a Segway Tour of Nashville

I’ve just discovered the easiest way to explore downtown Nashville – getting up-close and personal with all the attractions, effortlessly taking the hills without so...Read on

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Nashville Is the Hot Spot for Outdoor Summer Concerts

It’s time to kick up your heels and dance your way through summertime in Nashville. The city is the casual hotspot for outdoor music and...Read on