Signs of the holidays at DINE inns

December is here in full force and the eleven Distinctive Inns of New England have once again pulled out all the stops to create visions of sugarplums and to jingle the bells for guests.  Whether you’re looking for great holiday decorating ideas or simply need a romantic New England getaway, jump in the car and go over the river and through the woods to your favorite DINE inn.

We wanted to share some of the behind-the-scenes views of all that goes into decorating and entertaining guests during the holidays. A picture tells a thousand words, so here are some of the scenes of the holidays from DINE inns throughout New England.  Stay tuned to the DINE Facebook page for more holiday scenes from DINE inns too.

For the Rabbit Hill Inn, the holidays begin with the annual trek to The Rocks Estates Christmas Tree Farm in  nearby Bethlehem, NH. Each year, Brian Mulcahey goes in search of the perfect 8-foot Fraser Firs, Brian’s tree of choice.  If you’ve never been to The Rocks Estates, it’s a must-do when in New Hampshire or Vermont.  Be sure to bring your holiday cards and mail them there so they can be postmarked from Bethlehem!

Mantels are a all decorated at the Rabbit Hill Inn, and for those who’ve visited the inn, there are plenty of mantles to enjoy.  Check out a few of these Rabbit Hill Inn mantels for some ideas for your own mantels.

The Captain’s House Inn is ablaze in a sea of red, white and green.  At this time of year the focus is on holiday tea parties and they are filled with merriment and cheer! Here, one of the interns, Kellie works with the Chef Kevin to prepare for a holiday tea.

And look at all the fun to be had by holiday tea party revelers at Captain’s House Inn!

Each seat in the Captain House Inn’s Dining Room wears a Santa hat to add to the festivity!  You simply can’t help but feel jolly in this dining room!

At the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, the theme is a seaside holiday.  Here co-owner Sue Labrie and fellow innkeeper put the finishing touches on their Christmas by the Sea holiday tree.

And at the Grafton Inn, one of the oldest  inn and taverns still operating  in New England, the decorations are purely traditional.

And here is one very special tree – the tree that gives back to those in need.  Hopefully soon this tree will be “undressed” as guests take the tags and fulfill the wish of those less fortunate listed there.  For more information on the Grafton Inn Giving Tree, visit their blog.

Stay tuned to the DINE blog for more scenes of the holidays from your favorite DINE inns.  With 11 inns to feature, it’ll take more than one blog entry to show off all the beautiful holiday decor.  Better than taking an armchair tour, be sure to book a holiday getaway at your own favorite DINE inn.  Click here for a calendar showing availability at all member inns in a one-stop location.