A preview of summer gardens – Part I

Cliffside Inn's mascot Koty, sitting in the spring daffodilsSpring has sprung, the grass is riz (in some parts of #DINEcountry), DINE inns are where the birdies is! At long last, spring has come to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and sunshine plus warmer temps mean spring flowers are sprouting and days are filled with spring renewal in New England.  We’re loving the longer days too.  It gives our guests more time to enjoy the beauty of New England and our 12 member inns. Nothing beats a romantic getaway in the springtime in DINE country!

While we’re not quite at this point with our gardens, the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England are really looking forward to bringing you gorgeous springtime gardens once again this year.  And just to get you psyched for what’s to come, here’s an armchair tour of what you can expect to see blooming in DINE country within the next month or so.  Don’t wait until then to book your DINE getaway, though.  Call your favorite DINE inn and start dreaming of tiptoeing through our tulips in the next few weeks.

CamdenMaineStay-fiddleheads CamdenMaineStay-onefiddleheadFiddleheads are not only a delicacy on the plate, they are beautiful to see in the process of blooming in a spring garden.  These fiddleheads were captured by Claudio Latanza in the gardens at the Camden Maine Stay Inn last spring.  You’ll see them when you walk through the garden paths on your next visit to Camden, Maine. spring crocuses at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaInnkeeper, Sue Labrie, begins filling planters at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina with pansiesBoth photos above were taken recently.  The crocuses popped through the soil last month, a sure sign of a Niantic, CT spring at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  Sue Labrie, innkeeper and co-owner, is seen here planting her infamous planter boxes that will soon be in full bloom throughout the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. Lillies of the Valley at Deerfield Inn, Deerfield, MASpring gardens at Deerfield InnYou’ll find sweet smelling Lily of the Valley surrounding the Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield, MA. The inn comes alive with colorful spring flowers in April, May and June.

Azalea bushes at Cliffside InnLook for colorful azalea bushes in bloom throughout the May and June at Cliffside Inn.  And guess who that adorable mascot at the top of this blog posting, tiptoeing through the daffodils belongs to?  You got it.  That’s Koty, the Assistant Innkeeper at the Cliffside Inn!

Crab trees in bloom at Chesterfield Inn, West Chesterfield, MAIt won’t be long now before the crab apple trees are in full bloom at the Chesterfield Inn, and before we know it, guests will enjoy afternoon refreshments on the patio at the inn.

Stay tuned next week for the second part of this story about all the beauty that’s coming from spring gardens at Distinctive Inns of New England properties.  In the meantime, start planning your romantic New England getaway to any of the 12 DINE properties where spring gardens will soon be in bloom.