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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All Aboard the Murder Mystery Express!

Time goes backwards as the diesel train clatters along the steel tracks, whistle blasting around every curve, bells ringing urgently at road crossings while motorists...Read on

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Tennessee Organic Farms Bring Life to the Table

As we all become more health conscious, we’re looking for ways to discover how ‘tasty’ can mean ‘nutritious.’ In Middle Tennessee we are blessed with...Read on


General Jackson Showboat Captures Musical Heart of Tennessee

The Nashville skyline glitters in the warm summer evening. Sounds of merriment float across the water from Riverfront Park as the showboat slides past the...Read on


Up High in the Sky, The Best View in Nashville

In the Golden Age of Aviation, when men and women took to the skies in open cockpit biplanes, barnstorming pilots criss-crossed rural America looking for...Read on

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Renaissance Days Come to Tennessee

Travel back to the Renaissance days of 16th Century England in the blink of an eye when you enter the village of Covington Glen in...Read on

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Back to Nature at Fall Creek Falls

Imagine yourself sitting on a wet rock ledge, feet hanging off.  Sheer drop 86 feet to a huge pool below.  A few yards away, at...Read on

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Nashville’s Coffee Culture

There is a secret ritual shared by coffee lovers. A certain magic in the aroma of fresh roasted beans, an other-worldliness that takes you to...Read on