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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There’s Nothing Like New Year’s Eve in Nashville

Nashville is Party Town at this time of year, inviting you to kick up your heels, celebrate the season and get ready for 2014. Music...Read on

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A Country Christmas Captures the Holiday Spirit at Gaylord Opryland

Step into the magical world of Christmas at Gaylord Opryland and you’ll find yourself sprinkled with stardust.  It’s that easy. The wintry nip in the...Read on


Amish of Ethridge Share Secrets of the Tennessee Simple Life

Barely out of sight of the hustle and bustle of today’s technological society, the Amish of Ethridge, Tennessee exemplify a simpler way of life. Most...Read on


Granville Celebrates Its Past with a Victorian Christmas and Parade

The historic steamboat town of Granville, on the Cumberland River, has witnessed an astonishing evolution in its lifetime. Driving into town on a Saturday afternoon...Read on


The Johnny Cash Museum Joins the List of Must-See Nashville Museums

Enter the Johnny Cash Museum and prepare to embark on an intimate encounter with the Man in Black. Nestled in the heart of Nashville’s downtown...Read on

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Thanksgiving 2013 is Stuffed with Fun Activities in Nashville

Thanksgiving is the perfect prelude for the Christmas holiday season. It reminds us to take the time to give thanks, give back, celebrate family and...Read on

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Explore Backroad Treasures on Tennessee Quilt Trails

Following the trail of old barns and colorful quilts across the hills of Tennessee will take you deep into the heart and soul of this...Read on