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Inn BoonsBoro to open Feb. 17

December 29, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO -- Guests interested in staying at the Inn BoonsBoro were able to begin booking reservations online Saturday, and the inn's first day of business will be Feb. 17 -- about one year after a fire nearly leveled the building, Innkeeper Suzanne McErlain said.

The three-story inn is being opened by romance novelist and longtime Washington County resident Nora Roberts and her husband, Bruce Wilder.

"We've had a lot of people show interest," McErlain said.

Several guests -- mostly fans of Roberts' work -- have booked rooms online at www.innboonsboro.com. Rates range from $220 a night during the week to $300 a night on weekends. Guests can reserve one of the inn's eight rooms by phone as soon as the phone lines are active, McErlain said.

She's had interest from people worldwide, and even from some in Boonsboro who would like to stay at the renovated inn.

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Seven of the inn's rooms are themed after literary couples; the eighth room is a penthouse. McErlain also will live at the Inn BoonsBoro once her apartment is complete.

Some construction is still ongoing as the final touches are made on a $3 million renovation project that transformed the historic Boone Hotel into the three-story inn. The inn was about 60 percent complete when the building was nearly destroyed by a fire earlier this year that spread to other downtown Boonsboro buildings.

Construction work began again, and in the past month, has moved at a "rather rapid pace," McErlain said.

McErlain said many people likely will wait to reserve a room for Feb. 21, the date of Roberts' next book signing in the area.

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