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.
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Hike, bike, or bounce your way to health in Tennessee
Written by: Marty Marbry, West Tennessee Regional Manager New Year’s resolutions have been made and fitness centers across the nation are filled with holiday food-laden...Read on
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: A TENNESSEE TIE-IN TO SMASH-HIT MUSICAL “KINKY BOOTS”
If you’ve traveled to Tennessee or are mulling over the idea of coming to visit, you find out soon enough it’s a special state. Not...Read on
Here’s your excuse for a Tennessee winter vacation
Written by: Dave Jones, East TN Regional Manager This year is the 25th anniversary of Wilderness Wildlife Week Jan. 24-31 at the LeConte Center at...Read on
Memphis’ Overton Square Once Again Home to Lafayette’s Music Room
Written by: Bill Patterson Everything old is new again. In the 1970s, Midtown Memphis’ Overton Square was a major nightlife destination, with 11 restaurants and...Read on
TAKE THE EDGE OFF: COZY UP IN TENNESSEE COFFEE SHOPS
When I moved to Tennessee six years ago, I thought I left behind the harsh Northern winters. It seems I packed up the negative-degree temperatures,...Read on
TAP INTO THESE TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS
Oh the weather outside is frightful but the Tennessee whiskey, wine, or moonshine in your glass is so delightful. Snuggle up on the couch, sip...Read on
WHAT’S COMING DOWN THE PIKE IN 2015 FOR TENNESSEE?
This time of year always makes us reflective as we’re thankful for the fun year we’ve had but then also looking ahead with resolutions, expectations,...Read on