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

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

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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Distinctive Inns of New England

February & Valentine’s Day Packages

February is for lovers and when it comes to romance, the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have cornered the market.  All year long each of the DINE inns offer fabulous romance packages, … Read more

#Love is the most popular hashtag of 2016

loveLove makes the world go round, according to the popular saying.  It certainly makes it rounds on the Internet as #love is the most popular hashtag for 2016, according to both the Today Show and Shortstack.com.  How interesting that after … Read more

A merry and bright holiday message from DINE country

Grafton Inn holiday decorIt’s sure beginning to feel like something exciting is about to happen in DINE country.  As we approach both Hanukkah and Christmas there’s that feeling of excitement in the air at the Distinctive Inns of New England’s member inns.  As … Read more

Cyber Monday Deals from Distinctive Inns of New England

Cyber Monday deals for 2016 from Distinctive Inns of New England

We’re counting down the days to Cyber Monday when the Distinctive Inns of New England offer up their best sale of the year.  We held off in revealing our  Cyber Monday offers until Thanksgiving, but here’s your chance to find … Read more

DistinctiveInns.com: Your go-to place for fabulous inn recipes

Apple dessert from Rabbit Hill InnAs you know from visiting the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) there are some fabulous cooks within our ranks of innkeepers.  From breakfast to dessert (and sometimes they are combined for a fabulous start to the day), you’ll … Read more

Apples, pumpkins, scarecrows and witches, oh my!

Yoda, Chesterfield Inn's cat

Yoda, the Chesterfield Inn’s feline innkeeper, poses for his fall photo on the front step.

Autumn is in full swing in New England, and when it comes to fall fun, there’s no place better to call home base than the … Read more

Fall guide to leaf peeping getaways in DINE country

Once we turn the calendar to September and Labor Day passes, all eyes are on autumn.  With kids back to school and football starting, it sure feels like the days of summer are waning.  Yet with fall comes visions of … Read more

Summer 2016: Time for a Distinctive Inns road trip

Road trip graphiAccording to all the travel pundits, 2016 is supposed to be the year of the road trip, perfect timing for romantic New England getaways and outdoor exploration.  The 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are excited to learn … Read more

What Distinctive Inns of New England can teach Fairmont’s Le Château Frontenac and vice versa

Hotel Frontenac,As a regular inngoer, I don’t often find myself in the halls of a hotel beyond the obligatory conference stay. But recently I was treated to a trip to Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, and I jumped at the … Read more

Best go-to breakfast recipes for feeding a crowd from DINE innkeepers

If there’s one thing that innkeepers know it’s breakfast.  Visit any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and you’ll be treated to a breakfast that’ll fuel you throughout the day and that you’ll remember for a long … Read more

Hot Deals and other packages from Distinctive Inns of New England – Part II

Drinks on the patio at Chesterfield InnAsk any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers, and they’ll tell you that travelers love packages.  By bundling meals and entertainment/adventure together, DINE inns create almost the same offerings as an all-inclusive New England resort.  Packages … Read more

Five things guest love most about DINE guest rooms

Harding Room at Captain's House Inn, Chatham, MAStay at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), and we’re pretty sure that the beautiful guestrooms will be among the top memories you have for your romantic getaway. While usually the food and the welcoming … Read more

Cyber Monday offers from Distinctive Inns of New England

Cyber Monday offers from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandThe Monday after Thanksgiving has popularly come to be known as Cyber Monday, a form of online “Black Friday”.  Last year the Distinctive Inns of New England got in on the Cyber Monday fun making their best offers of the … Read more

Wreaths of distinction from DINE

As I travel around visiting the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) the beautiful decor which changes from season to season leaves me in awe.  Autumn in New England brings colorful leaves, and with a late foliage season, we’re … Read more

Test Drive a B&B

Gen-X guests at Rabbit Hill InnHave you seen the commercials for Buick where the two young women are talking about the “hot” guy in the car across the street and one says “my grandfather used to drive a Buick”. The other answers, “that’s definitely NOT … Read more

Fall foliage getaway tips from Distinctive Inns of New England

Wreath at Rabbit Hill InnWith Labor Day being the unofficial end to summer, we’re gearing up for a colorful fall foliage season in DINEcountry.  According to Yankee Magazine, wizards of New England fall foliage predictions,  we can look forward to  peak foliage coming … Read more

What’s new at Distinctive Inns of New England – Part I

With 12 distinctive inns, we’re going to have to split our blog posting about what’s new at our New England inns into two parts.  Each of our romantic New England inns has a new feature or one that changes so … Read more