East TN, Middle TN, West 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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Skiing on Kentucky Lake

Cool off and chill out on Tennessee’s waterways

With the heat index on the rise, it’s time to bust out the swimsuits and head to the nearest watering hole for some fun, sun...Read on

Dollywoods Splash Country RiverRush 2013

Make your Facebook friends envious of your Tennessee summer vacation

The temperatures are climbing and summer travel thoughts are mounting. Fulfill your wanderlust with a trip to Tennessee as festivals, larger-than-life exhibits and music fill...Read on


Top Secret Trail reveals Tennessee’s hidden charms

Wanna know a secret? Tennessee is home to some of the best-kept ones around including having its own “Secret City.” The state wants to let...Read on

Shiloh National Military Park3, Shiloh

Historic Classics this side of the Mississippi Delta

Sharecroppers, famous authors and Civil War generals’ stories haunt the Mississippi Delta, cropping up small towns like Henning and booming cities like Memphis. The history...Read on


The day my heart stopped or The day I rode Dollywood’s FireChaser Express

It was a peaceful, dark and early morning when I awoke in my hotel room in Pigeon Forge. My eyes instinctively squinted when I turned...Read on

Ramsey House Plantation, Knoxville, provided by Arts & Cultural Alliance

Play [Vintage] Ball!

The sound of the wooden bat hitting against the white, red-stitched ball sending it soaring in the air can be heard amongst the screams of...Read on

4/24/09 Governor Bredesen attends The Hermitage’s 12th Annual President’s Gala

Plan your spring break around these must-see Tennessee festivals

Festivals sprout up just like the many flowers that blanket Tennessee during springtime. Food, arts and music festivals begin to fill the calendar in March...Read on