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FAQs for first-time inngoers: Busting the B&B myths

Couple enjoying puzzle at Rabbit Hill InnToo often we in the B&B industry hear that travelers don’t choose to stay at inns because they don’t want to have to talk to anyone, or they’re afraid they’ll have to sit at a breakfast table with strangers and … Read more

Vegan Recipes from DINE innkeepers – Part II

Farm delivery to Rabbit Hill InnWe asked our newsletter readers what they’d like to see covered in the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) blog, and we heard back that more vegan recipes would be appreciated.  Last week we covered vegan breakfast recipes.  Today … Read more

Vegan Breakfast Recipes from DINE innkeepers – Part I

Vegan recipes from DINE innkeepers As our loyal blog readers know, we love to feature recipes on the DINE blog.  With 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), we’ve gathered quite an impressive compendium of recipes.  Best of all, every one of the recipes featured … Read more

DINE innkeepers go the extra mile: Part II in our customer service series

Customer service at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandLast week we started our series on customer service at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with tales of extraordinary service from innkeeper archives.  In last week’s blog entry we shared tales of helping guests find lost wedding … Read more

Turn intolerable travel into inspiring adventures featuring fine customer care

Lately, phone, TV and computer screens are exploding with stories of horrendous experiences traveling in the not-so-friendly skies. Over the past months, the traveling public has been plagued with consistent messages that travel (at least via air) is not only … Read more

Honeymoons & Mini-moons in Rhode Island– It’s all about you. Final in the series

We’ve spent the last few weeks writing about customized honeymoons and mini-moons in New England. Today we’ll wrap up our series dedicated to combining the perfect honeymoon with personalized hospitality at the Cliffside Inn. And for those who don’t … Read more

Honeymoons & Mini-moons in Massachusetts – It’s all about you. Fourth in the series

bridal couple at Grafton InnToday we’ll continue our series dedicated to combining the perfect honeymoon with Distinctive Inns in Massachusetts.  For those who don’t have time for a full honeymoon, a Massachusetts mini-moon is the perfect answer.  You’ll find four of the 12 Distinctive Read more

Distinctive Inns of New England honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Month

DINE inns honor teachers during teacher appreciation MonthThroughout May we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month, a tradition that dates to 1985 when the NEA declared the first week in May Teacher Appreciation Week.  At Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), we like to extend a week-long celebration to … Read more

Waterfront Honeymoons and Mini-Moons in CT: It’s all about you. Third in the series

sun chairs at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWe’ve been writing about New England honeymoons and romantic getaways in this series on the Distinctive Inns of New England blog.  But what happens when there’s not time for the whole honeymoon? More and more often we’re seeing a trend … Read more

Behind the scenes at a Distinctive Inns of New England meeting

Distinctive Inns of New England meetingIt’s difficult to know all that goes into making a New England Inn association successful.  It takes a hard working group of innkeepers, 12 distinctive and dedicated inns, and an esprit-de-corp dedicated to quality and professionalism. The Distinctive Inns Read more

Honeymoons in New Hampshire: All About You – second in a series about New England honeymoons

Honeymoons are the ultimate romantic getaway.  Perfect New England honeymoons all share one thing in common – romantic accommodations at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). When it comes to the ideal inn honeymoon that’s customized to your every … Read more

Honeymoons in Vermont: All About You – first in a series about New England honeymoons

Rabbit Hill Inn, romantic getawaysAre you getting married in New England and seeking a New England honeymoon destination?  Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offers the ideal respite for those seeking a romantic honeymoon destination, bursting with personalized hospitality.  With 12 DINE inns to … Read more

Bucket List Breakfast Ideas, Part 4: Incredible Eggs

Bucket list recipes for eggs from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandThe American Egg Board calls them the incredible edible eggs. There’s even an Incredible edible egg website and Facebook page, featuring none other than the Bacon Brothers.  When it comes to egg-celent breakfasts, eggs often take center stage at … Read more

Bucket List Breakfast Ideas, Part 3: Muffins, donuts and breakfast cakes

Donut Muffins from Rabbit Hill InnDo you know the muffin man?  He lives in DINEcountry. When it comes to breakfast at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), it’s just as often a “muffin woman” preparing the fabulous start to the … Read more

Bucket List Breakfast Ideas, Part 2: Not your ordinary French Toast

In Part 1 of our Bucket List Breakfast Ideas series we explored pancakes with penache. Today, we’re saying move over plain French Toast, Distinctive Inns of New England is here to offer up a variety of beyond-boring French Toast … Read more

When is an inn not an inn?

With so many lodging choices for travelers, the lines have blurred between all the options.  And it’s no wonder.  Hotel chains like Holiday Inn, Knights Inn and Mictrotel Inns call themselves inns, but they’re not.  A shared room in someone’s … Read more

Hold the gluten, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us

Captain Jefferds Inn heart shaped cookiesWhat’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 … Read more

Bucket List Breakfast Ideas, part 1: Pancake Recipes with Panache

Recipes for Pancakes during National Pancake MonthFebruary is National Pancake Month when hungry Americans dedicate all of February to pancakes.  And it doesn’t stop there.  National Pancake Week is the 3rd week in February and Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) is prepared to help you … Read more