We all have those romance bucket list items. You know, exotic places that feature prominently in the books we love, events we hope to one day attend, authors we dream of meeting but have no idea what we'd say to them if we actually did? A couple weeks ago, I crossed one of those items off my list.
|Front porch of Inn Boonsboro|
For the longest time I've wanted to stay at Nora Roberts' Inn Boonsboro in Boonsboro, Maryland. When tickets went on sale for an intimate event with Kristan Higgins at the Inn, I decided to steel myself against credit card sticker shock (you only live once, right?) and go for it.
|One of many beautiful floral arrangements at the Inn|
The event was so much fun. There were only about 12 readers and we all stayed at the Inn with the exception of one local couple who joined us for the Friday evening wine and cheese reception. Kristan and her wonderful husband, known to readers as McIrish, visited with readers at the cozy reception then Kristan answered questions for almost two hours.
|PJ & Kristan Higgins|
Nothing was off-limits, many stories were shared, and my tummy hurt by the end of the evening from all the laughter. We picked right back up Saturday morning with a delicious brunch in the inn's dining room with Kristan spending time at each table to ensure that every reader who had come would have one-on-one time with her. Kristan Higgins is one of the kindest, funniest, most genuine people I've ever met and her books reflect that. If you ever have the opportunity to meet her in person, take it.
|PJ & McIrish|
Boonsboro, a small, charming town about 60 miles northwest of Washington, DC, was founded in 1792. It sits at the foot of South Mountain and is surrounded by historic towns and sites, including the Antietam National Battlefield. If you're a history buff, you'll love this area!
|One of the memorials at Antietam National Battlefield|
If you've read Nora Roberts' Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, you already know the town well. In fact, walking down the main street is like stepping into the pages of those books. Turn the Page Bookstore is the site of many book signings featuring some of the most recognizable names in romance fiction, as well as authors just starting out.
|Upcoming signing at Turn the Page Bookstore|
And if you stop for a meal at Dan's Restaurant and Tap House or Vesta Pizzeria and Family Restaurant, you may just find yourself scanning the tables for familiar (fictional) characters while enjoying delicious, locally-grown food.
|Dan's Cobb Salad|
When I called to make my Inn reservation for the event there were only two rooms still available. I chose the Eve & Roarke (lead characters in Roberts' J.D. Robb In Death series) room and could not have been happier. It was fabulous!
|Eve & Roarke room|
All of the rooms - and suites - at Inn Boonsboro are named for well-known fictional couples and styled accordingly. As Eve & Roarke live in the future, my room had a very space age, contemporary feel and a bathroom that was out of this world.
|Tub in Eve & Roarke room|
If you follow me on Facebook, you no doubt saw how excited I was about everything in that bathroom. Seriously, I could have spent the entire weekend in the shower!
|Library at Inn Boonsboro|
You know an inn owned by Nora Roberts is going to have plenty of books. Above is a view of the library where inn guests can relax with one of the many novels available.
Everything at Inn Boonsboro is first class. From the food...
|Delicious offering from chef at Inn Boonsboro|
to the heavenly bed sheets, to the gracious service, the locally made toiletries, the signature scent, themed decor, and fresh flowers in each room...
|Bed in Westley & Buttercup suite|
|Westley & Buttercup fireplace|
|Westley & Buttercup tub - so Medieval!|
and more, guests are pampered from the beginning to the end of their stay. Innkeeper Michelle and the top notch staff will make your stay a memorable one.
A stay at the Inn Boonsboro would not be complete without a stroll across the street to Gifts Inn Boonsboro where many delights await, including those signature scents from the rooms at the Inn, replica key chains for each room, and beautiful offerings from local artists. I dare you to leave without buying something. I couldn't!
Have any of you ever stayed at Inn Boonsboro?
What are the bucket list items on your romance list?
In which room would you choose to stay at Inn Boonsboro?
Choices are: Eve & Roarke, Jane & Rochester, Nick & Nora, Marguerite & Percy, Titania & Oberon, Elizabeth & Darcy, Westley and Buttercup, and The Penthouse. (click for more photos and information about Inn Boonsboro)
One randomly chosen person posting before 11:00 PM (Eastern), October 15, will receive a Boonsboro package of goodies, including a Nora Roberts tote bag and three ARCs from a recent signing. (My thanks to Turn the Page Bookstore for the autographed ARCs.)