Best Day Ever

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Hands down, today was the best (non family) day ever! I have never had a more exciting day in my life that did not involve either my parents, husband or kids.

It started at 4:30 this morning, with Tony telling me alarm was going off, and to get up. I woke up my friend Mark and we were on the road by 5am for Boonsboro, MD. We made amazing time on the way there, although I spent $30 in tolls! Yikes!

As soon as we arrived, we hopped in line to get my ticket. The ticket guarantees I get my book signed and I can pay for my book at this time. While waiting in line, I met 3 other Nora Roberts fans, and we started talking like we had known each other for years! Poor Mark, who has never read Nora Roberts, was given permission to go in search of geocaches, his original purpose in the ride along

I purchased the new book, The Obsession and a fabulous hat!

Then it was off to wander the streets of Boonsboro. I have been here before, twice in fact, but have never had the opportunity to roam for hours. I walked through a beautiful cemetery while waiting for Mark to get back from a cache, then we went to lunch at Vesta’s.

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Mark and I split a delicious Warrior’s Pride pizza. It was Ryder Montgomery’s favorite pizza in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy.

We walked around, grabbing a few more caches, ending up at the Museum of History. There is a geocache on the front porch, and while signing it, the proprietor of the museum was coming back from somewhere. Normally the museum is only open on Sundays through the summer, or by appointment, but he offered to show us through the first floor.

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The displays ranged from the expected Civil War memorabilia, such as this bullet cluster. These are formed when bullets collided in midair.

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There was also this beautiful suit of parade armor.

Then it was back to the bookstore for my signing.

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I know have a personalized book, signed by Nora Roberts. How fabulous is this?! She also signed my hat!

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Here we have my new circle of friends, we’re already planning another trip for the release of Bay or Sighs! It’s so wonderful to meet people who love the same things you do. And they really enjoyed watching me fangirl like a crazy person!

What a great day!

Other posts about Nora Roberts include:
J.D. Robb
Love Clears the Vision

Vesta Pizzaria

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This was a last summer trip, but I was browsing some pins on Pinterest and I found this one. I thought to myself, I’ve been there! So it’s time for my first restaurant review! Hooray!
I need to start this pin by saying I am an enormous Nora Roberts fan. If its written by her, either under her name or J.D.Robb, I’ve read it, most likely, multiple times. It drives Tony nuts that I own books of hers that I have read 5-6 times. For those of you who are already Nora fans, you know she wrote an entire trilogy about Inn BoonsBoro. From their we fan out to Turn The Page bookstore and right along the line to Vesta Pizzaria. Of course in the books, she changed names, made up characters and so on.
In reality, her husband owns Turn The Page, she herself owns the Inn BoonsBoro and her son owns Vesta.
Last summer Tony’s cousin got married in Maryland. One of my first thoughts was that BoonsBoro, MD is only a half hour out of the way. Oh we are so going!
Tony agreed after my 30 second statement. I immediately launched into planning mode! I knew I wanted to see it all! Of course we went to the bookstore! I didn’t want to go into the inn because we weren’t staying, I wish I had now! We also had lunch at Vesta.
It’s a very small town vibe. In no way is it a big corporate chain. Relaxed and super family friendly environment. Don’t let the basic environment fool you!
The food was amazing!! Tony was just indulging me, but after his first bite, his first words were ‘Ok, good idea!’
I immediately felt smug because I love being right!
You have the front room where you can either place your order or sit and be social. Then there is a short hallway, leading to the back room, where there is more seating and some arcade games.
I feel the biggest pull for this place is the food! We just ordered a large and loaded pizza. It was so great! We forced ourselves to stop eating, mainly so we would have leftovers for the drive.
The scenery is beautiful, the roads are windy, it is a perfect place to go to relax and enjoy a slower pace. I give this restaurant 2 super yummy thumbs up. That sounds a little cannibalistic, so never mind! It’s still really good! Go eat!
Original pin and restaurant website is at http://www.vestapizza.com