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Renovated Inn BoonsBoro to open

February 06, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO -- When Inn BoonsBoro officially opens the doors of its romantic-themed rooms to guests Feb. 17, they might want to hear from Kayla Aufdem-Brinke about her night in the Westley and Buttercup room two days earlier.

The 6-year-old granddaughter of inn owner and romance novelist Nora Roberts and her husband, Bruce Wilder, chose that room because of the youngster's fondness for anything to do with princesses such as the lead character from "The Princess Bride."

"Kayla's really excited," said her mother, Stacie Aufdem-Brinke, who will stay with her along with Kayla's father. Dan Aufdem-Brinke, Nora's son, also runs Vesta, a restaurant across the street from the inn.

The $3 million renovation project for Inn BoonsBoro was nearly derailed when a fire swept through the 1 N. Main St., building on Feb. 22, 2008. But the work to rebuild the historic structure began almost immediately, leading up to the grand opening.

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Eight guest rooms include a penthouse and seven themed rooms named for literary couples. They include Nick and Nora Charles of "The Thin Man" series; Jane and Rochester from "Jane Eyre"; Elizabeth and Darcy from "Pride and Prejudice"; Marguerite and Percy from "The Scarlet Pimpernel"; Titania and Oberon from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Westley and Buttercup from "The Princess Bride"; and Roberts' own characters, Eve and Roarke, from her "In Death" novels written under the name J.D. Robb.

Rooms range in price from $220 to $300 per night depending on the night of the week and the room. A Web site promo for the inn advises the establishment is not suitable for children under 12 or pets with the exception of service animals.

Complimentary wine, soft drinks, fruit, cheese and crackers are available to guests along with coffee, tea and bottled water, according to the Web site.

Inn BoonsBoro robes and other gift items will be available for purchase at Gifts Inn BoonsBoro on Main Street.

Roberts' excitement about the project was only briefly interrupted when the fire occurred. She quickly got back up to speed as the renovations began anew in the early spring of 2008.

In an interview before the fire, Roberts, who has lived in the Boonsboro area for more than 30 years, said all of the rooms would be decorated in the period of the different romantic fictional couples.

"I want them to be inviting and comfortable -- atmosphere and comfort will be the key," she said in the interview.

Roberts said then she was working with Boonsboro furniture store owner and local historian Doug Bast and also hoped to include in the rooms some of the items her mother left her.

Built around the late 1700s, the building that houses Inn BoonsBoro previously was the Boone Hotel and once was known as the Eagle Hotel.

Information about the inn, including room rates and availability, can be found at www.innboonsboro.com.

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