East TN, 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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Rambling Along Historic Route 1 from Nashville to Sparta – 20 Must-See Sites

One of Tennessee’s perfect road trips is to take Route 1 and travel leisurely from Memphis to Bristol. You’ll experience the music, history, people and...Read on

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Add these 4 Tennessee festivals to your August calendar

Travel along Highway 127 for 690 miles of yard sale shopping during the Highway 127 Corridor Sale: World’s Longest Yard Sale Aug. 6-9. From Michigan...Read on

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Turn Back Time By Touring These Tennessee Antebellum Homes

Nothing stirs emotion quite like visiting a Civil War-era home and Tennessee is rich with Antebellum ones – where generals planned strategies, Confederate women prepared meals for Union...Read on

Dale Hollow Lake in TN (2)

Hit the Road for More Tennessee Adventures Before Summer Ends

Don’t miss more summer fun in Tennessee. Make plans now before the kids go back to school and those first cool breezes of fall begin...Read on

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Welcome to Morristown, An Outdoor Adventurer’s Paradise

There’s an energy that surrounds Morristown. A clean air, blue sky beckoning that sings across hiking, mountain biking and horseback-friendly trails and occurs naturally in...Read on

Lower Broad, Nashville

Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee’s Famous Route 1, Part 2 – Jackson to Nashville

Today, we continue celebrating 100 years of Tennessee’s historic Route 1, the Memphis to Bristol Highway. Last week, we listed the first 20 of 100...Read on