Cellphones were once again headline news this week when Pope Francis suggested to Catholics that they lift up their hearts not their cellphones during mass. Cellphone usage has been a nemesis of the Pope for some time. According to the Washington Post, during a sermon he urged Catholics to be mindful of the impact cellphones can have, saying “We know that sometimes they can keep people apart rather than together, as when at dinnertime everyone is surfing on a mobile phone, or when one spouse falls asleep waiting for the other who spends hours playing with an electronic device.” We at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have seen cellphone use keep couples from enjoying vacation time together. A romantic getaway to any of the 12 DINE inns offers the chance to reconnect and rejuvenate. Yet as Pope Francis laments, too often we see cell phones keeping vacationers tapping on 3-inch screens, not connecting with one another.
Cellphones have become mini-offices. We connect, research, share and live by mobile feeds and messaging. While they call it social media, we know that cell phones can be anything but social. They keep couples staring at their screens not into one another’s eyes. Cell phones can make the other one who’s not in on the conversation feel lonely. It happens too often.
Don’t get us wrong; we’re not advocating that you leave the cell phone behind at home. We’re simply suggesting alternatives to 24/7 mobile moments. Here are three alternatives to social saturation during vacations.
Ask the Innkeeper for ideas and recommendations
Rather than turning immediately to Yelp, Google or TripAdvisor for ideas on restaurants, attractions or maps, ask your innkeeper for an insiders’ view. Innkeepers trounce Google when it comes to insider insight. They will give you the surreptitious scoop on everything from where to find the best burger and beer deal to secret photo op locations. Innkeepers are the Google of their locale, and you can trust that they’ll have the inside skinny that no other app or browser can deliver.
You’ll find the most comfortable bed you’ve slept in for a long time at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England. Take advantage of the fabulous beds, luxurious linens and ideally your room with a flickering fireplace. Let the light of the fire provide the blue light for the time you’re on vacation with us. We promise it will be the best way to connect with the moment and the one you love.
Connect and “friend” each other
There’s no better way to connect than to go away on vacation. And there’s no better place for a romantic getaway than the 12 DINE inns. Take advantage of all the romantic amenities, not to mention the time together with no outside stressors. Put the phone down and enjoy simple, uninterrupted time to connect with one another. It doesn’t often happen outside of vacation time.
There’s plenty of time during our lives when mobile is marvelous. We at Distinctive Inns of New England depend on our cellphones too. Yet, when you come on holiday with us, take a vacation from your phone. This is one time when you can put the phone down for something better. We’ll do our part to deliver the setting. Your turn to make the most of it!
In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic