A preview of Distinctive Inns of New England summer gardens – Part II

We took you on an armchair walk down our garden memory lane, offering a peek into spring gardens throughout DINE inns in last week’s blog article.  This week, we’ll continue the tour in an effort to continue getting you psyched for spring getaways to DINEcountry. Our 12 member inns are welcoming April showers and just starting to get gardens ready as the last of the snow melts in the northern reaches of DINEcountry, and spring blossoms really start popping out in the southern parts of New England. Yoda, the Chesterfield Inn cat, poses for a spring photoWe start our tour at the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH where Yoda, the official greeter, poses for her annual April picture amidst a beautiful spring bouquet.  This is just a preview to the flowers to come from the Chesterfield Inn’s gardens.

In Vermont, the snow piles are just about melted, and soon this is the activity you’ll see at the Rabbit Hill Inn.  Brian will make his annual trek to the nursery for hanging baskets, picking out only the very freshest, and raised beds will be planted with herbs for use in the kitchen.  And it won’t be long now before the tulips and daffodils explode in color.

Planting gardens at Rabbit Hill Inn Brian Mulcahy of the Rabbit Hill Inn selects hanging baskets for the porchTulips and daffodils at Rabbit Hill InnIn Chatham, Cape Cod, spring usually comes a little sooner than in the Northern parts of DINEcountry.  It won’t be long before the Captain’s House Inn’s gardens will be filled with strawberries and the colorful blooms that are seen throughout the inn all summer long.  First come the spring blooms, like these.

Spring flowers in the gardens at Captain's House Inn, Chatham, MAThen later come the summer flowers enjoyed by guests throughout the summer and fall months.

Colorful flowers at Captains House InnCaptain's House Inn gardensNext we travel to Kennebunkport, Maine where Captain Jefferds Inn offers gorgeous gardens throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Master gardener and co-owner Erik Lindblom has designed and planned gardens so that guests are treated to color all spring, summer and fall.

Captain Jefferds beautiful gardens, Kennebunkport, MECaptain Jefferds Inn summer gardensWhile an armchair visit to spring and summer time gardens in DINEcountry is fun, being there is so much better.  Be sure to plan your romantic New England getaway to one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England soon in order to view these gardens yourself.  Then share your photos of the two of you tiptoeing through the tulips during your own New England holiday.