Vacations & Kindness: Therapy for the Soul

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Images of violence have filled the airwaves of morning and nightly news this week.  Each morning we’ve awoken to another image of excessive force and violent behavior from law enforcement and toward law enforcement. From political rallies to routine traffic stops, violence has seeped its way into our lives.  Our sense of security is eroding.  As a group of 12 New England inns dedicated to providing a respite from uneasiness, the surge in hostility around us arouses even deeper commitment to offering peaceful hospitality and a reprieve from the extreme uncertainty that has plagued the news this week and this year.

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me

As innkeepers, we are harbingers of vacation dreams.  Our guests come to our 12 inns to escape, relax and find a peace that’s often difficult to achieve with the demands of work and family at home.  It’s at our 12 distinctive inns that the images of violence fades as the kindness of hospitality blends into repose.  While it’s a tall order, the innkeepers in DINE country are committed to letting the peace that needs to replace news of the violence envelop our guests.  We know that we can’t solve the problems of gun violence, but for the few we can touch, let the peace begin with us.

So often, we see guests arrive after fighting traffic jams, mired in the concerns of work and family or the news of the week.  Something magical happens within the first hour of arrival at our inns.  The sense of departure, for how ever short it may be, bubbles to the top and suddenly all those cares fade into a calmness that then incites relaxation.  How does it happen?  Quietly and with kindness, the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) make it our mission to provide the sense of tranquility that vacations are all about.

In our blog posting about Tea and Sympathy, It’s What Innkeepers Do Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers share stories about helping their guests – through sicknesses, grief and flat tires.  It’s what innkeepers do – they are counselors, nurses and doctors, therapists and mechanics.  DINE innkeepers are there to help and provide support.  And in uncertain times, DINE innkeepers offer up a place to go to escape and focus in on what’s good in life.

Sometimes hearty fresh food, stimulating conversation, quiet time with loved ones, a walk in the woods or along the seashore are as therapeutic as medicine.  Vacations are about connecting with what matters; about taking time to focus on what’s important. Getaways are about finding perspective on life’s priorities in an environment completely free of life’s demands.  There’s always time for images on the news; our lives are dominated by them and distract us from the priorities of our souls.

This summer, take time away from the news of violence, politics, war, terrorism and the economy.  Start planning your escape, no matter where it is, to focus in on the good in your life.  Leave the confines of the environment that offers up the demands and news of the day and push the envelope on discovering what really matters.  Vacations will do that for you.

Learn more about the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites where your relaxing romantic getaway can begin.

Take time for vacationsIn Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.