DINE inns get down to to the business of distinction

DINE innkeepers join the Red Chair in a reunion outside the Deerfield Inn.

DINE innkeepers join the Red Chair in a reunion outside the Deerfield Inn.

When we read the story entitled “What I Love About B&Bs” in the Washington Post, each of the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England felt it was music to their ears.  We all happen to think the author, Zofia Smardz, is pretty “smardz” indeed. As she pointed out, the breakfasts, the chatting with other guests and the hospitality of the innkeepers really make her feel at home, an experience she simply doesn’t find at hotels, according to the story.  Ms. Smardz even loves the doilies she sees at Victorian B&Bs (although she may be hard pressed to find them at a DINE inn).

The membership of Distinctive Inns of New England met this week at Deerfield Inn for their bi-annual meeting.  We discussed promotions for the upcoming year and we’ll let you in on a little secret.  We’ll be focusing in on the differences between inns and hotels throughout the upcoming months.  We’ll be helping travelers to “get inn to it” and ideally to understand all the added value and special nuances of a DINE stay.

The Distinctive Inns of New England is a marketing consortium of luxury New England inns.  While the organization was originally conceived to serve as the ideal itinerary for New England visitors, it’s grown to from its initiation to include an active social media campaign to stay in touch with DINE guests and special promotions for inngoers.  While the work of the organization is important, it’s not all work and no play!  At semi-annual meetings DINE innkeepers enjoy plenty of convivial fun and catching up too.

The recent meeting was held at the Deerfield Inn where every DINE member got the chance to debut the fabulous renovations which have occurred in the last year after Tropical Storm Irene wiped out much of the inn’s infrastructure.  Having just re-opened after an 18-month re-build, all DINE members whole heartedly agreed that the Deerfield Inn’s rebirth is nothing short of perfect.  The Red Chair even joined in the fun to reunite with all the DINE innkeepers who hosted its journey throughout New England.  Scroll down for some insight into the hard working DINE innkeepers at the recent meeting.

DINE colleagues discuss upcoming promotions.

DINE colleagues discuss upcoming promotions.

Sue and Dave Labrie from the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offer insight from their marketing experience on the CT shoreline.

Sue and Dave Labrie from the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offer insight from their marketing experience on the CT shoreline.

Chef Matt Skobrak, along with Karl and Jane Sabo offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Deerfield Inn's new kitchen.

Chef Matt Skobrak, along with Karl and Jane Sabo offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Deerfield Inn’s new kitchen.

Karl Sabo explains the centrifuge machine and how it creates an intense pea soup among other delights.

Karl Sabo explains the centrifuge machine and how it creates an intense pea soup among other delights.

Judy Hueber of the Chesterfield Inn joins the guys in the Parlor at the Deerfield Inn.
Judy Hueber of the Chesterfield Inn joins the guys in the Parlor at the Deerfield Inn.
Leslie Mulcahy of the Rabbit Hill Inn and Melissa Gullotti of the Grafton Inn listen as Nancy Stafford of the Cliffside Inn tells a funny story.
Leslie Mulcahy of the Rabbit Hill Inn and Melissa Gullotti of the Grafton Inn listen as Nancy Stafford of the Cliffside Inn tells a funny story.
Breakfast included a delicious Eggs Benedict dish to start the day.
Breakfast included a delicious Eggs Benedict dish to start the day.
The meeting concluded with a group shot of the DINE members along with the Red Chair in the newly opened Champney's Restaurant.

The meeting concluded with a group shot of the DINE members along with the Red Chair in the newly opened Champney’s Restaurant.