Michelle and I are staying at the Best Western in Tavares. It's close by on 441. It's not on the shores of Lake Dora but a quick hop from Wooten Park, where the show will be held. Rooms were available three weeks ago, and it was a decent price (whatever that means).
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/e ... 1&refid=1&
If any of you would like to stay in Mt. Dora, we also have a room reserved at the Lakeside Inn. We reserved this last year before the show was moved.I don't think this falls under the "arm and a leg" level, but it is a quaint hotel that has loads of charm. I will be calling to let this room go within the week, so if any of you want it, just PM me and we can make the swap.
As for the show, it has moved to Tavares this year. For those not familiar with the area, this is in Lake County, named appropriately because there's water everywhere. For years the show was in the town of Mt. Dora. which wraps around the East and Southeast side of Lake Dora. This year the show will be in Tavares, which lies on the north and west of Lake Dora. Same Lake, different town, opposite shoreline.
See the attached maps here.
For those who might consider the Lakeside Inn, don't let the distance to Wooten Park fool you. It's not that far. And from what I understand there will be train rides (Which leaves from a point right outside of the Lakeside Inn), and boat shuttle rides across the pond.
If you are looking for a hotel and Tavares is full up, try neighboring Eustis.