i can't even decide in WHAT general area i want to stay. normally, we like to be close to everything. we don't like the hassle of driving back and forth a lot. however, we stayed on the pigeon forge strip with family 2 years ago, and it was WAY too commericial for our taste. after seeing the outskirts of gaitlinburg (nearby to PF), i wished that we had stayed there which was still close to everything and a bit more quaint when off the main drag. think i might feel the same about being on the main drag in branson.
anywho, back to branson--is there a place near the strip (so less time spent going back and forth in traffic from room to activities) where i would feel like i am NOT staying in vegas? something wooded, quaint, pretty view, etc? or should i just bail on easy strip access and go with a lake resort?
we do prefer a resort atmosphere but are open to hotel or condo. we have two kids, ages 6 and 8. looking to come mid july. haven't picked activities yet but thinking silver dollar city, chinese acrobats, russian circus, go karts, and who knows what else. need to get on this and figure something out!!! thanks!