I live very close and would love to offer to all to stay at my place but I just can't do that for a number of reasons, although when the time gets closer perhaps. i do plan on hosting at least a lunch on Sunday for my Bonabuds who can make it and possibly other events. Cathy's place is farther away but near the site there are a number of hotels.
the Embassy Suites does offer a fest deal/price I believe and i do think there is shuttle service from any of the hotels in the area but specific of that I don't know off hand. before booking the cheapest hotel ask me first. Hampton Inn probably reasonable . there a couple a few more miles away i wouldn't necessarily reccomend but nothing gosh awful or anything and because many of the hotels in the area serve the business community I think the weekends are often cheaper.
anyway this is a bit far off of course but there are 5 hotels i know of that are approximately equidistant from the fest and thats just a couple miles.
the zip code is technically 21030, the hotels may be 21031 and the fest is at the far reach of the 21030. but thats a starting spot to search go to
http://www.hotaugustblues.com/faq/ for exact address
Ok no problems then Spider, if the ground is wet/mushy there is pavement close enough for you to be able to see. and the parking lot is close enough, they have parking in the fields and stuff but you can drive right up to the lodge from the parking lot ,which is close to the stage
and lol, its been 20+ years since i worked there but Embassy Suites used to have a complimentary Happy Hour, i will always remember Happy Hour....could write a whole other set of lyrics for that