The Nest on Lake Weir

2-Night Stay with Boat Rental at The Nest on Lake Weir in Greater Orlando

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Hotel at a Glance: The Nest on Lake Weir<p>

In the 1940s, a wealthy horse breeder built his “summer dream home” on Florida’s Lake Weir, incorporating cypress wood, lighting from a dismantled ship, and fireplaces made of native stone. Several decades and a few owners later, the estate—now a small inn made up of several cottages—still has a country charm to it. Cottage guest rooms have a shabby-chic aesthetic, with weathered-wood furnishings, frilly linens, and a shared lakefront deck. Guests spend their days swimming, kayaking, fishing, and boating, and at night, gather on the beach for cookouts and bonfires.<p>

  • Boat party: This Getaway includes a 2-hour pontoon rental for up to 10 people
  • What’s cookin’?: There’s a grilling area onsite, and some rooms feature kitchens with microwaves and refrigerators
  • A private dock is onsite at the inn
  • Enjoy a seafood feast at local joint Gator Joe’s, which has fried alligator tail and peel and eat shrimp
  • Sand ‘n sun gear: beach chairs, umbrellas, and beach towels are all provided by the inn
  • Horse country: The neighboring town of Ocala is known for its historical horse farms and international polo matches

Lake Weir, Florida: Residential Boating Town with Scenic Back Roads

Shady oak trees and Spanish moss line the city of Ocklawaha, a quiet boating community set on the banks of Lake Weir about 1.5 hours from Orlando. Residents and a handful of visitors flock to the 5,000-acre lake year-round to swim, sail, kayak, and fish. There’s beautiful scenery away from the water, too— people often take their motorcycles and vintage cars on a cruise through the scenic back roads, and or take their RVs to set up camp in the surrounding woodlands.

Twenty-five miles north in central Florida’s “Horse Country” is the Ocala National Forest, which encompasses 383,000 acres of lakes, rivers, and hiking trails. You’re also a short drive from Gainsville, home to the University of Florida Gators and its nearly 50,000 students.

What You Get

Two-night stay for two in a king bed room

  • Option 1: $209, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $368 value)
  • Option 2: $255, valid for check-in Friday–Saturday (up to a $408 value)

Two-night stay for two in a queen bed room

  • Option 3: $259, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $468 value)
  • Option 4: $305, valid for check-in Friday–Saturday (up to a $508 value)

Included in all options:

  • $10 dining credit to Gator Joe’s
  • Two-hour 10-passenger pontoon boat rental (gas not included)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 9/27/13
Travel by: 11/27/13

  • Blackout dates: Not valid 8/30-9/2, 10/4-10/5,10/18-10/19, 10/25-10/26, and 11/1-11/2.
  • Cancellation policy & fees: 72-hour cancellation required
  • Taxes: 2% Marion county tax plus 6% sales tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Complimentary kayaks
  • White sand beach
  • Gas firepit on the beach
  • Lakefront deck
  • Complimentary chairs with umbrella and beach towels

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 9/27/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 11/27/13
  • Not valid 8/30-9/2, 10/4-10/5,10/18-10/19, 10/25-10/26, and 11/1-11/2
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • Reservations must be made online
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Gas not included with boat rental
  • 8% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

King Bed Room (Rooms 1–3)

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: N/A

Queen Bed Room (Rooms 5–6)

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: N/A

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: not available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 69 miles from Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB); about 72 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO); about 24 miles from Ocala International Airport (OCF)
  • By car: about 66 miles northwest of Orlando

Customer Reviews

The view and atmosphere was great...... the owners were not very friendly. We enjoyed ourselfs anyway. The rooms were awesome and we enjoyed the boat rental.
November 20, 2013
Beautiful Setting
CHRISTINE W. · November 19, 2013
Best get away in a long time. Florida native and had never been there before. So beautiful and worth the trip. Planning on going again.
Nika R. · November 12, 2013
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