Get inspired by DINE decorations

We know innkeepers are harbingers of hospitality and fabulous foodies, but did you know they are also distinctive decorators too?  When it comes to the holidays, the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England pull out all the decorating stops.  Whether you’re planning to take a holiday getaway to DINEcountry or  do your travel virtually from your armchair, we wanted to share some of the beautiful decorations you’ll see this holiday season at many of the DINE inns.  There are too many photos to show you in one blog post, so stay tuned next week for more “DINEspiration” if you’re still looking for ideas for your own decorating.


When it comes to decorating, think about grouping “like” objects together. This collection of silver Christmas trees with tealights creates a lovely centerpiece at Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport.

Cliffside Inn decorates their tree and their mascot, Koty.

At the Cliffside Inn, everywhere you look you’ll see beautiful and traditional decorations, in keeping with this grand home, including a holiday scarf for your friendly canine innkeeper, Koty.


At the Captain’s House Inn, the holidays are for kids and adults.  Above you’ll see some cute ideas from innkeepers, adding red and white table cloths to the dining room, santa hat covers for the seats in the dining room, and Cape Cod ornaments on the trees. We couldn’t resist sharing a photo of the youngest innkeepers at Captain’s House Inn, meeting their favorite holiday guest, Santa!  After all, the holidays are all about children!


When you visit the Deerfield Inn, be sure to don your best holiday sweater, especially on Saturdays.  Saturdays Dec 13, and 20 are ugly holiday sweater contest night after 5pm at Champney’s Restaurant.  The favorite ugly sweater wil be chosen at the end of the night, but you don‘t have to still be there to win. A few other suggestions for adding some “holiday spirit”: choose a signature holiday candy cane martini with infused vodka, white chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps or try some of the Berkshire Brewing Company’s Holidale while you’re showing off your favorite holiday sweater! 

Holiday trees and wreaths at Rabbit Hill Inn

Our last collage of holiday decorating ideas comes from Rabbit Hill Inn where trees and wreaths are inspired by the room in which they are found.  Just guess where that Bon Appetit wreath is found?  Easy! The grand green and white tree is a focal point of the living room.

Stay tuned for more holiday decorating photos on next week’s blog posting and throughout the week on the DINE Facebook page. And while some inns are already full for New Year’s Eve, there’s still plenty of others with availablity for your romantic getaway to ring in the new year.  You can book online directly at any of the 11 DINE member inns or from their page on too!