I guess I should book my hotel today...
Bike course is changing this year - details will be known probably in the next few weeks. If anything the course will be more scenic, and on roads (more of them at least) off the main road (208).
As for hotels, there are several brand new hotels off of Exit 126 (Massapponnax) where there are also several new restaurants/choices for food.
For those who want something closer the best bet is to go to VRBO.com and find a house you can rent for a night or two. Well worth the money (generally will cost less) and most likely closer to race sight - but make sure with the owners before plopping your reservation down.
Hotel booked. Whew. One less thing to think about.