East TN 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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Time Travel: 48-hours in Tri-Cities

If you plug in Tennessee’s Tri-Cities into Google Maps, starting with Johnson City continuing to Kingsport and finishing in Bristol, the whole trip will take...Read on


10 Must-Attend Tennessee Spring Festivals

It’s almost time to shake off the cold temperatures, trade out bulky sweaters for cotton shirts and shorts, and start planning for a spring vacation....Read on


Discover the unexpected – and legendary – on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail.

Over the past several years, Tennessee’s been drinking to the “legalization” of moonshine and the proliferation of distilleries and craft breweries. But one of the...Read on


Star of ABC’s Nashville Drawn to Music City

Check out this great article by Nashville writer Kristin Luna. It’s featured in our new 2015 Tennessee Vacation Guide. Get your copy today. By Kristin...Read on

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Tennessee Offers 51 Reasons to Watch the Grammy Awards Sunday, Feb. 8

Written by: Bill Patterson If it’s the Grammys, you’re sure to find Tennessee connections to the annual show. It’s no secret that Tennessee boasts a...Read on

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7 Tennessee Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Love is in the Tennessee air. Scrambling for ideas? Tennessee has it covered from music in all parts of the state to adventure in its...Read on


Celebrate Love in all its forms in West Tennessee

Written by: Marty Marbry, West Tennessee Regional Manager Elizabeth Barrett Browning asked the age old question, “How do I love thee? Let me count the...Read on