What to Do, Where to Stay in Boonsboro, Md.
Travel staffer Christina Talcott spent a recent weeknight at Inn BoonsBoro in Boonsboro, Md. Here is her reporter's notebook.
About one hour from the Beltway
Total: $330 | Gas: $20 | Dinner: $30 | Lodging: $280
Take Interstate 270 north to I-70 west; then take Exit 49 to Alternate U.S. Route 40 toward Braddock Heights/Middletown, and follow it about 11 miles into Boonsboro. The inn is at Main, Potomac and St. Paul streets.
WHERE TO STAY
Nora Roberts's Inn BoonsBoro (1 N. Main St., Boonsboro, 301-432-1188, http:/
WHERE TO EAT
Roberts's son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Stacie Aufdem-Brinke, own Vesta Pizzeria & Family Restaurant (2 S. Main St., Boonsboro, 301-432-6166), which serves pizzas, huge salads and soft drinks, beer and wine. Vesta, like the Inn BoonsBoro, has a sensational story: Its original location was destroyed in an electrical fire in January 2007, eerily echoing a plot point in Roberts's 2005 novel "Blue Smoke." Across the street is Palettie (1 S. Main St., 301-432-0500), which serves bistro fare, including steak, pasta and quiche. Also in Boonsboro is Mountainside Deli (311 S. Main St., 301-432-6700), which opens weekdays at 6 a.m. for breakfast (8 a.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sundays) and makes a killer pit beef sandwich (get the barbecue sauce and horseradish) for $5.25. Nearby Sharpsburg has other options as well.
WHAT TO DO
Roberts-related sites in town are Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe (18 N. Main St., 301-432-4588, http:/
About eight miles from Boonsboro is Antietam National Battlefield (5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, 301-432-5124, http:/