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Visiting T&D's new B&B

Tori Spelling and hubby Dean McDermott have put out the welcome mat for reality-TV viewers in `Tori & Dean: Inn Love.'

January 12, 2007|Maria Elena Fernandez | Times Staff Writer

When you work and play in the 90210 your whole life, you can miss out on some things. Like staying at a bed-and-breakfast. But one day you decide that life is an adventure and you trade in your five-star hotel digs in Ottawa for a local B&B, and low and behold, what happens?

Despite everything being so "old and musty" -- and even a raggedy stuffed teddy bear smells like urine -- your first child is conceived there and you begin to think more lovingly about this little inn that has housed you and served you breakfast while you and your actor-spouse toil in front of cameras for a movie.

In a nutshell, that's how Tori Spelling and her new husband, Dean McDermott, came to invest her $800,000 inheritance (minus the taxes, people!) to buy a Temecula-area inn that they will renovate and operate in front of reality-TV cameras for Oxygen. Premiering on March 21, "Tori & Dean: Inn Love," will offer an intimate view (yes, there is a camera in their bedroom and maybe even one in their bathroom) of their blossoming marriage, business venture and the birth of their first child (a boy due in late March).

Tori & Dean were at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena on Wednesday for the television industry's midseason media tour. Showing off her mommy belly in an ivory baby-doll dress with black trim, black designer stockings and black platform shoes, Spelling was at ease and good-natured, even when questions about her much-publicized rift with her mother, Candy Spelling, came up. (No, they have not made up.)

Although she lived only two years in the 100-plus-room mansion that her parents purchased when she was already a young woman, Spelling said it was easy to adjust to the cozier size of the bed-and-breakfast that she and Dean went on to share in Canada after deciding to ditch their fancy hotel.

"I had never stayed in a B&B and had some trepidations," she said. "B&Bs are creepy and they're old. Go back to chicness, ugh .... Indeed, it was old and musty and had people's old things. But B&Bs are good for us because we conceived in Ottawa, and that's how we came away with the idea to reinvent it for our generation."

In other words, there will be no must and urine odors wafting from the couple's "chic" four-bedroom bed-and-breakfast. And more than likely, while they live there, Dean will be the one making breakfast for their guests because Tori says she does not usually wake up early enough to partake in that meal.

"I'm more into happy hour and hors d'oeuvres," she said proudly.

Asked if they were worried about the track record of couples (think Jessica Simpson or Britney Spears) who have allowed reality cameras into their new marriages, Dean said confidently, "We're going to be the exception."

Later, Tori explained that their show will take things to a new level because it will document them as they become parents and start a business together.

And also because "I know what tuna is."


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