Chattanooga, East TN, Knoxville, Memphis, Middle TN, Nashville 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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7 Haunted Houses to get the Scare of your Life in Tennessee

Halloween: the time of year people think it’s great fun to be freaked out by other people in scary costumes. Unless you’re easily scared like...Read on

Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair that will take place October 18 & 19, 2008


Fall has just begun and Tennessee’s festivals are in full swing. Here’s the low-down on what you can still experience this October: NATIONAL SOUTHERN GOSPEL &...Read on

Stairwell from Second Story Professional 12-09

Meet Tennessee’s Ghosts this Fall

Want to hear a spooky story this fall? Travel to Tennessee for a hauntingly good time that can only be Made in Tennessee. Hotels Book a...Read on



Tennessee is filled with creative people. The talent that lies within these borders is unmatched from Grammy Award-winning artists, world-renowned performers, and Broadway actors. Will...Read on

RRR Festival 2009

The 6 Tennessee Music Festivals You Need To Attend

Music is a year-round event in Tennessee, but there’s something about the leaves changing colors and the air getting cooler that cultivates lots of music...Read on

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History waits to be discovered in Granville

By the time a traveler sees Cordell Hull Lake arriving on route 53 the cell signal is spotty at best. Passing by the Granville Marina...Read on

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9 Tennessee Food Festivals That Leave Mouths Watering

When the leaves are ablaze, forks around Tennessee are raised to endlessly eat around the state. Take a bite out of the Volunteer State with...Read on