What’s the difference between a New England vacation rental or hotel and Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE)? Probably the largest difference you’ll see is the level of hospitality. Another obvious difference between New England hotels and Distinctive Inns of New England is the attention to detail and all the extras. Ask for a special order at New England resort, and you might get it, but it will cost you. You may find one or two gluten free offerings on the menu, but you won’t find the tailored breakfast you will find at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England. And if you’re vegan, you’re pretty much limited to one or two options.
Distinctive Inns of New England specialize in personalized hospitality, starting with breakfast. Before you even arrive, the innkeeper will have asked if you have any special dietary restrictions. Your Gluten-free, Vegan, Low-fat, food allergies won’t upset us. Your complimentary breakfast will be tailored around your dietary preferences and will be included in the cost of your stay. When did you find a complimentary breakfast so beautifully tailored to you at an Airbnb or a hotel? At Chesterfield Inn, you can even request that your breakfast be delivered to your room.
Are you outdoor oriented? A foodie? Looking for soft adventure? Your innkeeper will help you plan a day of activities that are personalized to your interests. The Rabbit Hill Inn and the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina have designed a number of different itineraries customized to just about every interest. They, along with all the other DINE innkeepers, will also sit with you in the morning and help you plan the perfect day on the town. Stay at the Grafton Inn and you’ll be treated to all of the trails, facilities, guided hikes and tours at the Grafton Outdoor Center too. And history buffs will be treated to a living museum when they stay at the Deerfield Inn.
If a spa experience is more along the lines of your personal preference, the Manor On Golden Pond has a fabulous day spa right there at the inn. The Captain’s House Inn works with a nearby Sol Spa to arrange for services for their guests, and couples massages are available in your room at most of the Distinctive Inns of New England.
Each of the Distinctive Inns of New England offer afternoon refreshments, ranging from afternoon tea to evening receptions. The Cliffside Inn presents a beautiful wine and hors d’oeuvres reception or afternoon tea in late afternoon, and if dietary restrictions are an issue, your preferences will be taken into consideration. That same afternoon tea or evening reception would cost upward of $20 per person at a New England resort or hotel.
While most hotels will have a 24-hour front desk, DINE inns have late arrivals covered. You’ll be notified of instructions for finding your keys prior to arrival at O-Dark-Hundred, and in your room the lights will be on and awaiting your arrival. Recently, a guest arrived at 11:00pm and found cookies that were still warm awaiting her arrival at Cliffside Inn.
And when it comes to special requests, there are a number of other surprising needs you’ll find covered at Distinctive Inns of New England. Are you into single malts? Gateways Inn & Restaurant has one of the region’s largest selections of single malt whisky. Serving in the military? The Captain Jefferds Inn offers a discount to active military and free rooms to veterans on Veteran’s Day too. Asking your soul mate for his/her hand in marriage? The innkeepers at Harbor Light Inn offer up the ideal fire pit, perfect for a quiet evening with an adult beverage, and help with surprise proposals if you wish. Lose a button? The Manor on Golden Pond offers up very clever sewing kits in each room for just about any wardrobe malfunction you might have. Finally, if you’re into Italian art, sculpture or just want to practice the language, Roberta and Claudio, innkeepers at the Camden Maine Stay Inn, will be happy to offer up a lesson or conversation in Italian culture or language, as both were born and lived in Italy into their adulthood.
And last but certainly not least, when you stay at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England, you will be handed $50 in DINE dollars to be used at the next DINE inn you go to. When is the last time your vacation rental or your hotel paid you when you left? Isn’t it usually the other way around?
Of course, all of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England offer up free wi-fi and free parking, the combination of which might run you as much as $50 a day at a New England resort. So next time you have a special request or just want a little personalized service, choose one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England, and we promise your special order won’t upset us.
Plan your pampered 2017 getaway at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.
In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic