Grab your suitcase and gas up the car: Nora Roberts’ Inn BoonsBoro is opening this weekend.
In a spiffy article in USA Today, reporter Carol Memmott received a tour of the new building – and wrote up a lovely account of the inn and Nora’s career, with no sniffing down the nose at the romance genre.
I might have to lie down a moment.
My favorite quote is Nora, who is also known on Fandom_Wank as “Maid of Wyn,” talking about how difficult it was to come up with seven happy romantic couples on whom she could base the decor of the rooms:
“The whole idea was the rooms’ themes had to be linked to literary couples who ended up with happy endings,” says Roberts, who says she was challenged to find enough couples to fill the bill. “Romeo and Juliet? Dead. Tristan and Isolde? Dead. Not happy. Dead, dead, dead. Rhett Butler and Scarlett? He didn’t give a damn. You try finding seven of them.”
But Roberts did find enough lovestruck couples to inspire guest rooms whose decor is informed by the time periods in which their stories are told.
The peek inside the hotel is making me twitchy to hit the road for Maryland right freaking now. And I love that the different rooms feature locally-produced bath gels and lotions, some of which are available for purchase online. That’s just spiffy.
The picture of the inn at the top of the article is just beautiful. When I last saw the building in July 2008, it was mostly rock walls and plywood. Holy crap is it good looking now. It’s amazing to think that just about a year ago, a fire caused everyone to start over with the renovation.
I fully realize I’m squeeing all over the place, so let me add one more thing: Boonsboro is like a lot of small towns in the US. There’s a lot of empty storefronts, and it’s a small community in the middle of a lot of fields and hills connected mostly by highways or two-lane roads, and it’s easy to miss how fun small communities can be. People don’t believe me when I say that Jersey is full of little towns like that.
The fact that Nora Roberts, Maid of Wyn, is doing so much to revive Boonsboro and using the celebrity of her name to bring people back to the small town just rocks. I hope the inn is a screaming mad success, yo. Bring it on.