When I heard that Nora Roberts’ hometown of Boonsboro, Maryland wasn’t all that far a drive, I resolved to take a trip over there someday to check it out for myself. “Someday” occurred last November, on a Saturday.
Boonsboro is featured in Nora Roberts’ Inn Boonsboro trilogy. If you haven’t read them yet, you’re in for some great storytelling.
Boonsboro is a nice little town that reminded me of some Shenandoah Valley towns. People were friendly. I wandered into one store and saw people chatting around a big table with cups of coffee, the same as you see in some restaurants in the Shenandoah Valley. In those conversations, everybody’s busy commenting on the state of the world and sharing the latest town news.
One of the places I made sure to visit was the bookstore Turn The Page, which appears in the first series in the trilogy (The Next Always). It was the sort of bookstore I’d love to live in for a long, long, long time. There are Nora Roberts books galore (natch), plus soaps and lotions with themes relating to the rooms at Inn Boonsboro (I bought a pomegranate soap with the Percy/Marguerite Scarlet Pimpernel theme). For Eve Dallas fans, there are coffee mugs decorated with a quote relating to her first taste of real coffee in Roarke’s presence, plus other memorabilia.
I also wandered in and out of some other shops. There are a couple of nice art galleries in town selling jewelry, paintings and other interesting items. I bought an ornament since one of my nephews recently bought a house of his own.
I walked by Inn Boonsboro but forbore from going inside, out of respect for their privacy. I wouldn’t mind a weekend there. (Someday….*sighs wistfully*) It might be hard to pry me out of their library.
And of course, how could I leave town without visiting Vesta, the restaurant featured in The Last Boyfriend? I sat in the corner and observed all the goings-on.
The interior walls are painted yellow to create a friendly atmosphere. I was quite impressed by my waiter who seemed to have a photographic memory — I ordered a salad, customizing it somewhat. Without taking a note, he flawlessly remembered the entire order.
And if you ever go there, definitely get the breadsticks. They were some of the most delicious I’ve ever had in my life.
I wish I could have lingered longer, but it was a bitterly cold day. Maybe another time, when the weather’s a lot warmer.