Dessert for breakfast: A compendium of breakfast recipes for a sweet start to the day, Part I

Lemon Yogurt pancakes with cranberry syrup - recipe from Captain's House InnBreakfast is half our name, and at our bed and breakfasts and inns, you’ll always find a sweet start to the day.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) say bravo to “bressert”, our term for breakfast and dessert combined … Read more

Get sauced in DINE country – great summer sauce recipes

BBQ sauce recipes from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandSummer time is grilling time, so we polled the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers asking for some creative additions for the BBQ.  From Dave’s Tomato Butter to Leslie’s Root Beer BBQ glaze, we encourage you to “get sauced” … Read more

One Tank Romantic Getaways to New England – Part IV – The Berkshires

Over the past month, we’ve been celebrating the lowest summer gas prices in years with a blog series on one-tank romantic getaways to the Distinctive Inns of New England.  Each week we featured a few of the 12 member Read more

Look what’s in store for the summer at DINE inns

Now that the calendar has officially turned to summer, you can move into vacation mode and start planning for your summer romantic escapeTwelve Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) await with everything from drinks on the porch to … Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Hot days call for cool fruity dessert ideas from Distinctive inns

It’s finally beginning to really feel like summer in DINE country.  Warm days and nights call for cool desserts filled with fresh fruit of the season, and the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will be serving up … 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

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