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Middle TN Writer

Dayle Fergusson

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel writer and editor for most of my career. I’ve traveled the world looking for adventure as a pilot, sailor, professional writer and photographer. I love living in the South, with its rolling green hills and friendly people, and look forward to taking you with me as we explore Middle Tennessee’s music, culture, history, entertainment, dining and the outdoors. Expect unique surprises as we embark on these adventures together. Describe your perfect Tennessee day. Sailing the Wanderin’ Star on an Old Hickory Lake sunset cruise. The slow gurgle of our sleek Catalina 25 sailboat cutting a wake, sails full, a warm summer breeze in your face, sky streaked with color, the sun bleeding golden into the water. A champagne cork popping high above the deck, with a toast to “whatever comes next.” All of it captures our love of life, and doesn’t get any better than this. Where’s the first place you’d take a friend visiting Tennessee? When friends come to visit, a trip east to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains is always top of the list. As the terrain rises, the blue haze shrouding the forested hills and mountains is alluring. It’s fun to pitch a tent in the forest and share stories around a campfire, or snuggle into a mountain cabin by a sparkling stream. In the evenings, we’ll listen to the haunting calls of hoot owls courting or catch a glimpse of masked raccoons, those brazen bandits on their nighttime raids. Gatlinburg is like a quaint Swiss mountain village, rustic shops filled with local arts and crafts, homemade taffy, unique collectibles and treasures for everyone. If you could meet one historical Tennessean, who would it be and why? (This can be someone still living.) Dolly Parton would be my favorite Tennessean to meet. I first heard her sing at a live concert in Murfreesboro with Kenny Rogers. With natural, irrepressible charm, she completely stole the show and had everyone eating out of her hand. I admire her spunk, her sense of humor, her positive outlook on life, her genuine, transparent honesty. Dolly is a testament to her ability to rise above humble beginnings and succeed, and to never lose sight of the importance of giving back to others.

Stories By Dayle

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Caving in Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland

Caves and tunnels have always held an irresistible lure. The intrigue of exploring mysterious subterranean spaces or discovering the unexpected around every corner is like...Read on

Bicentennial Mall

Walk the Road of Tennessee History at Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall

When I fell in love with my own Southern charmer from Tennessee so many years ago, I had no idea of the amazing number of...Read on

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Marathon Village Transforms into Nashville’s Hip New District

The Marathon automobile manufactured in Nashville from 1910-1914 may be a forgotten memory for most, but when urban visionary Barry Walker discovered the shuttered derelict...Read on

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Nashville Celebrates Shakespeare in the Park

There is no more enchanted place to hear Shakespeare than under the stars in an outdoor theatre.  In the shadow of the Parthenon, the magical...Read on

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Old Fashioned Fun at Middle Tennessee’s County Fairs

As sophisticated as we all may be, there’s nothing like letting go of the stresses of adulthood and rediscovering our inner child at the county...Read on

Trolley and Capitol

Pedal Tavern, Free Bikes Among Many Ways to Explore Downtown Nashville

We’re going on a road trip and I hope you’ll join me. How many different ways can you explore Music City? Until I set out...Read on

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Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles on Rare Display at the Frist

Sleek, sexy and dazzling – the stunning collection of rare 1920′s and ’30′s automobiles that grace the gleaming floors of the Frist Center for the...Read on