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

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

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

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

#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

All things bright and gingerful

Ginger reipes from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandDo a search on the Internet for ginger, and you’ll most likely be taken to information about red-heads.  People with red hair are nicknamed “gingers”, but when it comes to the holidays no matter what color your hair is, ginger … 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!

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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

Nine ways to find fall color in DINE country

As we write this blog post on the first day of fall, we can’t help but be reminded of the brilliant harvest hues that will soon. Back in 2013 we posted this blog about what’s soon to come with beautiful  … 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

Fall in love in DINE country: Part II, a love story from Deerfield Inn

Last week we started a series on the DINE blog about love stories from DINE country.  We told a fun story about how two people found young love at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  With romantic New England Read more

Don’t miss summer attractions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

As August approaches, we can’t help but think how quickly summer will be over.  August is prime time for outdoor fun and romantic getaways in New England and the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are ready to welcome … Read more

July 4th travel advice

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The Grafton Inn offers up a good old fashioned Summer Carnival on July 3rd.

As we approach the “unofficial” start of the summer vacation season, we’re looking forward to parades, fireworks and guests arriving for July 4th weekend.  According … 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

Celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Veggie Month with recipes from DINE

NationalFruitsandVegeMonthJune is busting out all over with fresh and colorful fruits and vegetables.  And when you pair farmers markets and New England Farm Stands with the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) what you get is one fabulous culinary Read more

Distinctive Inns of New England celebrate donut day with advice and recipes

DINE inns offer advice on celebrating National Donut DayThe first Friday in June has been set aside for one fabulous foodie holiday. This year, June 3, 2016 marks National Donut Day, a food holiday venerated by epicureans throughout the country.  Good thing it’s on a Friday. Make … Read more

Bucket list summer adventures at Distinctive Inns in Massachusetts

Jane Howard, at Deerfield InnIt may still be spring, but summer travel is increasingly on everyone’s minds.  With lower gas prices and warmer temps already underway in the six New England states, travelers are looking toward New England summer vacations. The 12 Distinctive Inns 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