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We are trying to plan a last minute trip (Aug or Sept) with our 4 month old baby and our dog.

We're from St. Louis, MO. Says it's 8 hours to Asheville. Open to ideas but just looking for somewhere not much farther (10 is probably our max) where we can rent a house/cabin in a beautiful setting and relax as a family away from the hustle and bustle.

We like to hike. Water with a small beach area that the dog could put her toes in not a must but would be a bonus.

Any suggestions?

Completely unfamiliar with the area and am not sure where to begin.

Gatlinburg is also an option (or any surrounding areas that may be quieter).

Thanks in advance!

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If you can make it from St. Louis to Ashevillle in 8 hours with a 4 month old baby and a dog, you must be Batman because it would require the Batmobile. Plan on 9.5-10 hours, even though the primary route is all interstate. Plus, your clocks lose an hours travelling east. Asheville and communities to the west have some dog-friendly rental cabins on creeks, and there are some cabins to be found on VRBO on Fontana Lake, 90 minutes west of Asheville on the south side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and accessed by getting off I 40 at Dandridge, TN and cutting through Gatlinburg and GSMNP. The Highland Lake in in East Flat Rock , about 45 minutes SE of Asheville, is on a small lake, is dog-friendly and has an excellent restaurant, cabins or rooms in the main Lodge. Lake Lure is an hour SE of Asheville, about 600 feet lower elevation, and the lake is gorgeous. Rentals on the lake are tight in August and September. Good luck.

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I would research Nolichucky Bluffs Cabins/Greeneville TN the Log Cabin. The Log Cabin sets on the top of a bluff overlooking the river and mountains. The first time we stayed the beauty and serenity took by breath away. It would be a good destination point for day trips to Western NC, Asheville , Hot Springs, Max Patch is a wonderful area to hike and explore.

I stay as far away from Gatlinburg as possible.

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Look at the Swiss Chalets in Asheville they are dog friendly

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thank you all!

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I'm a big fan of Hot Springs, NC. Little town with good restaurants, etc. in a gorgeous setting. 40 minutes into Asheville for sight-seeing or dinner. But the French Broad river is lovely, the Appalachian Trail goes through town, there's a hot springs resort there and would be a lovely place to stay -

https:/…hot_springs.htm

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Thank you onemoreroad!

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You got some great advice. Cabins would be great if you can find one that suits. A 4 month old...and a dog! Best of luck!

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https://www.romanticasheville.com/cabins.html

Check that page out. Theres several options. I prefer asheville over gatlinburg for food, beer, peace, and serenity. However, gatlinburg has alot to do as far as games, museums, rides, etc. Its always packed though, and more chaotic. All restaurants down town asheville allow dogs, and the food here cant be beat.

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