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

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

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

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

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

Five ways to find peace, calm and serenity at DINE inns

electionoverIt’s been a tough week.  Heck, let’s face it –  it’s been a tough election year. Highlighted by a contentious and often nasty Presidential race, then compounded by senate and congressional battles we were barraged by negativism. And then there … 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

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

What we love about inns and B&Bs

Innkeepers from Deerfield Inn and Chesterfield InnSubaru loves to talk about what they love to love about their cars.  This got us thinking about what we love to love about our inns and B&Bs.  The innkeepers at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) often … Read more

Don’t miss these summer attractions at Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island inns

Summer, Rabbit Hill InnLast week we blogged about some of the many attractions near DINE inns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This week, as we turn yet another calendar page we realize there’s about a month left of summer.  That’s 30 days 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

Find your bucket list adventure in Connecticut and Rhode Island

Moonrise over Niantic BayThis is the last in our series about finding bucket list adventure in DINE country.  Over the past few weeks we’ve presented the ultimate bucket list ideas for fun and adventure at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New 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

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

Waffle recipe makes its debut at Distinctive Inns of New England for Waffle Day

According to DaysoftheYear.com, Friday, March 25th is Waffle Day, a day that the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) celebrate with their own special recipes at the breakfast table.  This year, Dave and Sue Labrie, owners and innkeepers … Read more