We know that inns and B&Bs are not for everyone. Some people choose to stay in other kinds of accommodations because they’d rather sleep in a tent or in a bunk. Others choose hotels because that’s where the conference is. Still others are loyal to points. We understand that. Yet, when it comes to a romantic New England getaway, we may be biased, but we kind of think that the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England are a good…no, wait…a great choice. We know it’s a bit unusual that we’d write about reasons why you wouldn’t want to stay with us, but if you’ve never spent a night at an inn or B&B OR never visited a DINE property, you might want to know a little bit about why you wouldn’t want to stay at one before trying it.
You enjoy frozen toaster waffles & bruised bananas
You definitely wouldn’t want to stay at one of the Distinctive Inns of New England if you enjoy the typical hotel or motel breakfast buffet of frozen waffles, warm yogurt and bruised bananas. If peanut butter on toast is your idea of a great way to start the day, then don’t choose to stay with us because the gourmet, homecooked, hot and hearty breakfast you’ll get at a DINE inn may simply not appeal to you. Yet, if you love to start the day out with a multi-course breakfast, including freshly roasted steaming coffee and a choice of juices, fresh baked muffins or pastries, followed by the entrée(s) of the day and prepared with care for you, then make your next getaway a culinary adventure at one of the Distinctive Inns of New England. Oh yes, and by the way, breakfast is complimentary. Yes. It’s included in the cost of the stay, so you can also say goodbye to that $25 hotel breakfast buffet when you stay at a DINE inn too. Click here to read all about the better way to breakfast at a DINE inn.
You enjoy your anonymity
If you would rather that the person checking you in at the front desk not know your name or your preferences when you arrive, then a 2-or-3-star hotel or motel, or even a campground might be for you. If you are very fortunate, they might call you by name after looking over your reservation, but don’t plan on even a handshake or a smiling welcome. Sure, they’re usually polite, but not very warm. Visit any of the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England and even if you’ve never been there before, the innkeeper(s) will greet you enthusiastically, give you a tour of the property and an orientation to the area, ask if you’d like help with any dinner reservations and even offer you a cold drink, tea, afternoon refreshments or in some cases a beer, wine or cocktail! When it comes to personalized service DINE inns win the award. You may arrive a stranger, but you’ll always depart as a friend, complete with a hug from the innkeeper! Next time you leave the hotel you’ll get a receipt for your stay and if you’re lucky a nod of the head goodbye. Next time you leave one of the Distinctive Inns, you’ll leave with a smile and a reservation to return.
One thing we’ll admit. You know what you’ll get when you stay at a Marriott, Super 8, Comfort Inn or Sheraton. You’ll have a room with a bed, a TV, a private bathroom, and a desk. You can be pretty sure there’ll be a window, but there is rarely a view. Cookie cutter? Yes. Unique and authentic? No. If luxurious linens, inimitable furnishings, unique artwork, spacious rooms and appointed baths are your idea of the ideal getaway amenities, then that’s when you look to Distinctive Inns of New England for your next New England vacation. There you’ll find not only unmatched styling, but each room is a different experience filled with romantic amenities designed for the perfect couples retreat.
The screaming kids down the hall bring back memories of home
We know that it’s hard to leave the kids at home when you go on vacation. We understand that your suitcase may be filled with mementos and photos of the kids, and we don’t blame Moms and Dads for feeling that twinge of guilt for escaping for that much-needed respite. What we don’t wish upon couples trying to get away for some rest and romance is the screaming child down the hall. Yet all too often, what happens at family-oriented motels and hotels is the crying baby, child’s tantrum, or even worse, the teenagers running down the halls knocking on doors. One thing you won’t find at Distinctive Inns of New England are kids and teenagers running amuck. Most of our rooms are designed for just two people, and while well behaved children and teens are welcomed at DINE inns, it’s rare that they travel without well behaved parents. While we love families, our specialty is romantic adult and couples vacations in DINE country.
You want to spend your nickels and dimes
Plenty of people like to get rid of their loose change. But we kind of feel when it comes to hotels and resorts, it’s more like loose dollars (as in $50s and $100s). Those $50/night parking fees, added to the $25/day resort fee, bellman and concierge tips, pay-per-view TV expenses, wi-fi connection fee, and of course the $5 bottle of water all start adding up to hundreds by the end of a vacation. Peter Greenburg, travel guru tells us that According to a report from New York University, hotels will earn about $2.25 billion from extra fees and surcharges this year. That’s up six percent from the previous year, and about double from a decade ago. You won’t find those hotel extra fees at Distinctive Inns of New England. Sure, if you choose to enjoy a cocktail in the bar or fireside dinner, you’ll be asked to pay and even tip your server, but say goodbye to all those ridiculous fees you keep hearing about at hotels and resorts. Say hello to complimentary tea and afternoon refreshments, stocked guest pantries, evening receptions, a glass of port before bed, well maintained DVD libraries and in-room TVs/DVDs, as well as innkeepers who are happy to carry your luggage to your room. If you’d like to leave a gratuity for the housekeepers and staff you’re welcome to and it’s appreciated, but it’s not mandatory. Leave your nickels and dimes, and your dollars too for that matter, in your pockets. You’ll find strong wi-fi connections, afternoon or evening tea and receptions, DVD libraries, and of course a delicious breakfast are all included in the cost of your stay at Distinctive Inns of New England.
As we know, our distinctive inns are not for everyone. Some simply prefer lackluster over luxurious, and we totally endorse “to each is own”. Yet, next time you’re not sure which way to go – Distinctive Inn or Holiday Inn, we hope you’ll choose our welcoming hospitality and enjoy your next getaway in DINE country.