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

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

2017 is the year of distinctive inns travel

2017 is the year of Distinctive Inns travelWant to be a gazillionaire?  Go on vacation, says Catharine Hamm, Travel Editor at the LA Times.  In her article entitled Will 2017 will be the year of magical travel? Hamm points out that the ideas for Instagram and Dropbox … Read more

Basic is no bonus for romantic getaways

HappinessPeter Greenberg, highly acclaimed travel expert, writer and CBS News Travel Editor, recently stated, “I’ve argued for years that the branding message for many airlines should be “we’re not happy until you’re not happy.” In his story on PeterGreenberg.comRead more

Buyer Beware: Travel Scam Advice

DINE inns won't scam guestsRecently we read some great advice from travel pundit, Peter Greenberg, about travel Scams. In an article entitled Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Travel Scams Greenberg explained the reason behind many of the popular scams, how to … Read more

Five ways to be the greatest inn guest

Guests arrive as strangers and leave as friendsd at DINE innsEveryone loves to be loved, especially travelers.  Humans seek approval and conversely, the most powerful punishment comes from shame.  Thus, we at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are here to tell inngoers how to be number-one on every innkeepers’ … 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

Singles, this one’s for you: DINE celebrates the unattached on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day packages for singles at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandThey say Valentine’s Day is for lovers, but for the 50-or-more percent of Americans who remain unattached and single on Valentine’s Day it’s a ruthless reminder that they’re on their own to buy chocolates and roses. Distinctive Inns of New 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

The Up side of Down Time

Graphic provided by U.S. Travel Association & Project Time Off

Graphic provided by U.S. Travel Association & Project Time Off

According to the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) , a curious phenomenon has occurred in our country. In less than 15 years, U.S. workers have lost a week of vacation time. … Read more

Electric car owners get charged at DINE properties

Tesla owner charges car at Gateways Inn

Dan, from the Boston area, charges is car at the Gateways Inn & Restaurant recently.

As Tesla and other electric cars gain popularity, the need grows for a network of charging stations throughout the U.S. No one is more concerned … Read more

Six things DINE does that hotels don’t

Carolyn Conway has joined Harbor Light Inn

Let’s face it, there are a number of benefits you’ll find at our inns that you simply won’t find at chain motels or hotels. When it comes to hospitality and extras, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have it … Read more

Six warning signs you shouldn’t ignore from DINE

Warning: Distinctive Inns of New England getaways may be addictive

These days everything comes with some kind of warning.  Whether it’s “hazardous to your health”, “slippery when wet” or “contains small pieces”, it seems that everything has some kind of inherent risk.  Therefore in full disclosure, the Distinctive Inns of Read more

DINE inns thank veterans with November specials

Man in U.s. Marine Corps Uniform Saluting American FlagFor many years, B&Bs throughout the country have taken to thanking veterans and active military for their service with special offers in November, in honor of Veteran’s Day.  This year, in keeping with our efforts to thank those under-recognized groups … Read more

What’s your Travel Effect?

The Travel Effect campaign is working hard to reverse that thinking and to prove that the travel experience actually does have a measurable and purposeful impact. The Travel Effect campaign is working hard to prove through new and original research the economic, societal, business and personal benefits of travel. We at Distinctive Inns of New England support the #TravelEffect campaign. The 11 Distinctive Inns of New England have seen first hand the truth behind the "hidden" health benefits that travel can have on us all.

From Sea to Sea: Southern Coastal DINEtinerary

The beauty of our Southern Coastal DINEtinerary is the proximity of the three inns included. With each inn under 2 hours from one another, it leaves plenty of time to explore the region. This six day Southern Coastal Itinerary offers two days each three wonderful inns, with plenty of time for beaches, sightseeing and great dining. Starting from the southern-most DINE property, this DINEtinerary can be accomplished easily from south to north or north to south.

The local way to DINE

When traveling throughout New England, choose a DINE member inn and you’ll find a building that tells a local story. You’ll enjoy an inn with historic significance where the owners went to great time and expense to preserve the neighborhood story and add everything from Victorian artifacts to contemporary finishes. One thing that you can be assured of, the Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers have invested in the community labor force and regional economy to build and preserve the building for a one-of-a-kind accommodation.

Five tips to a great DINE vacation

Everyone needs time to regroup and revitalize. The 11 DINE inns each specialize in proving the ideal environment for rest, relaxation and romance. To insure that you make the most of your DINE getaway, here are a few tips on how to prepare for the perfect vacation.

DINE inns welcome spring with sun and snow

Depending on where you were in DINE country on the first day of spring, you were either welcomed with a foot of snow or flowers in the yard.  The photos on Facebook were a keen reminder that from one end … Read more

When Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

As a parent of pre-teens, I follow Macaroni Kid on Facebook and the Web for the sage insight it offers into the complexities of the teenage mind.  I get great advice for calmer and happier parenting, which in many cases … Read more