Three great ways to beat the blizzard blues in DINE country

Old Man Winter has been in high gear, revving up the snow engines while sending the thermometer plunging. From blizzards to polar vortex temps, New England’s winter has been marked with near-records.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have seen anywhere from a few  to 20+ inches of snow this week.  Now, as we get ready for colder temps to move in, we get ready for what we call “snuggle weather”.

What better way is there to beat the blizzard blues than to spend time with the one you love sipping hot toddies together in front of a crackling fire, or to cuddle up with a great book and the one you love.  Winter is the ideal time for romantic getaways.  Even if the hands are cold, the heart can be warmed with a New England inn romantic escape in DINE country.

In case you have trouble convincing your travel mate to come with you, here are a few great ways to beat the blizzard blues at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England.

Grafton Ponds snowshoers

Snowshoers pose at Grafton Ponds, near Grafton Inn

Embrace winter adventure

From snowshoeing at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center at Grafton Inn, to skiing near Rabbit Hill Inn,  there’s adventure to be had, especially after all the fluffy new snow we’ve gotten in Northern New England.  Take a winter hike, or grab a sled for an old fashioned ride down the hill.  Simply plan to bundle up, have some fun outside, then return to the inn for a warm cup of tea or perhaps a couples massage at Manor on Golden Pond.

In Cape Cod, combine a stay at Captain’s House Inn with a winter walk on the beach. And in Niantic, CT you can do the same with a stay at Inn at Harbor Hill Marina and in Kennebunkport with a stay at Captain Jefferds Inn. The solace from the quiet beaches reminds you that Mother Nature is at play every day in our lives.  Newport’s Cliffside Inn offers the chance to walk along the famous Cliff Walk and see the ocean in winter, spring, summer and fall! And while staying at the Harbor Light Inn, stroll down to the harbor for a reminder of the ocean’s soothing influence.

How about a thrilling ride down the Camden Snowbowl’s Toboggan Slide?  When was the last time you went togobbaning?  Stay at the Camden Maine Stay Inn and ski the Camden Snow Bowl or catch the National Toboggan Championships, Feb 9-11, 2018 for everything from amazing to zany.

Sneak away for a hot date

Take advantage of quiet season rates with hot date pricing midweek in January.  January non-holiday rates make this the perfect time to sneak away for a date night with that special person.  Better yet, add a Sunday stay on to your winter weekend getaway to any of our 12 New England inns, and you’ll make a 3-day weekend out of it.  Check out the Hot Deals on and you’ll find everything from “Third Night Almost Free” at Deerfield Inn to Midweek specials at Gateways Inn. Chesterfield Inn’s Date Your Mate package even includes breakfast in bed!

Warm the heart with a Valentine’s Day getaway

February is for lovers, which makes it the month for romantic getaways.  Start planning your Valentine’s Day escape now.  Valentine’s Day week is one of the busiest of the winter, so for best availability, you’ll want to start planning your Valentine’s Day getaway soon. A great place to start yo

Breakfast in bed at Chesterfield Inn

Breakfast in bed at Chesterfield Inn.

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Whether you enjoy quiet winter walks on the beach or  snowmobiling or snowshoeing in the mountains, the 12 DINE inns offer the ideal place to relax and explore, both inside and out.  Beat the blizzard blues with a getaway at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking on links below that will take you directly to each of their websites.

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in GraftonIn 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 Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

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

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