We decided to make it a real road trip and come down from VA for the event. We're going to make it a multi-day trip and we'll be travelling with our 6 month old Newfoundland puppy (only in behavior because at 60 pounds even we've stopped referring to him as a puppy). We're planning to do the Dragon's Tail in TN on the way to the event for fun. Any recommendations for places to stay or things to do in Charlotte NC, Asheville NC, Knoxville TN, Chattanooga TN, Nashville TN, Bowling Green KY or Louisville KY, or on the road between those stops? We're starting to do our research - and keep in mind we'll have the dog - but wanted to solicit feedback from residents or from frequent visitors. Thanks kindly. We're looking forward to seeing other owners at the event and along the way.