Start planning your 2018 vacations on National Plan For Vacation Day – Jan 30

Americans universally say that their vacation days are important, yet more than half (54%) of U.S. employees leave time on the table, according to Project Time Off, a coalition dedicated to telling the story of the value of vacations. This broad-based alliance of travel organizations is committed to changing the thinking and behavior of Americans about their vacation time.  We’ve written in previous blog postings about Project Time Off’s research on the adverse health impact of non-used vacation time.  Today, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) wants to focus on doing something about it.  Join our 12 New England inns as we join Project Time Off in celebrating  National Plan for Vacation Day on January 30, 2018 – a day to start planning your vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.

According to information distributed by Project Time Off’s State of American Vacation 2017 Report, the most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. “A majority (52%) of workers who say they set aside time each year to plan out their vacation days take all their time off, compared to just 40 percent of non-planners. They also tend to take longer vacations,” says the researchers at Project Time Off.

Thus, the obvious remedy…wait no longer to start scheduling your vacation time in DINE country. According to Project Time Off, it’s as simple as 1-2-3.

  1. Confirm your vacation benefits – be sure you understand how many vacation days you’re entitled to.
  2. Review your calendar for the year – when can you schedule romantic getaways, outdoor escapes or spa vacations to any of the 12 DINE inns?
  3. Start dreaming and start planning! Put plans to paper and schedule your DINE getaways on your calendar. You’ll be much more likely to take them and use all the vacation time you deserve if you plan and commit to your vacations on paper.  Chances are, your boss will appreciate the pre-planning too and it’ll allow you and your mate plenty of time to coordinate calendars too.

While we’re planning, let’s look at the best times to visit Distinctive Inns of New England

Any time is a great time to enjoy an intimate escape to a distinctive New England inn.  You’ll find even one night away allows you to feel more refreshed and ready to tackle what’s thrown at you.  Two days are better, and a week is heaven!

The Distinctive Inns of New England have shoulder seasons and high seasons.  Let’s review the season and look at times when you’ll need to allow more time for planning your getaway to a DINE member inn.


Plan to visit any of the Distinctive Inns of New England this spring.  However, note that during the first few weeks in April, Rabbit Hill Inn will close for Spring Cleaning, and Camden Maine Stay Inn will be closed in April until Friday, April 20.

Be sure to give your visit to Captain Jefferds Inn plenty of planning time from June 4-9th during the Kennebunkport Festival.  Rooms tend to fill up quickly during this food, wine and music event.

Anytime after Memorial Day gets busier and busier on Cape Cod, so be sure to plan early for your spring and summer getaways to Captain’s House Inn.

You’ll want to plan around Deerfield Academy’s Commencement Weekend on May 26th and 27th for rooms at the Deerfield Inn.  This is a weekend that tends to fill quickly and well in advance.

Balcony of Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaSummer

Summer is vacation time in New England.  Throughout the summer months, allow plenty of planning time to secure your favorite room at inns in DINE country, especially on weekends.  If you start planning and reserving your dates now, you’ll find the best availability.

Harbor and beach-side inns, like the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, Captain Jefferds Inn and Cliffside Inn tend to be busiest during this time of year.  But plan your getaway in the spring, and you’ll find plenty of great room options.

During the popular Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Shakespeare & Company  seasons in the summer months, the Gateways Inn & Restaurant fills up quickly, especially on concert nights.  Pick your performances now, buy your tickets and book your rooms soon to get in on wonderful outdoor concerts and performances in the Berkshires.

The Grafton Food Festival celebrates local farms and foods on July 8th this year. This popular festival draws foodies from throughout the country.  You’ll want to book your Grafton Inn Food Festival Package soon to insure your best choice of rooms.


Fall colors come earlier to Northern New England and last later in Southern New England.  Popular times at the inns will follow the color, so give plenty of extra time if you wish to travel on weekends and holidays during the peak fall foliage.

View of peak fall foliage

Columbus Day weekend and the weeks surrounding the holiday, will fill up very quickly for Rabbit Hill Inn, Grafton Inn, Chesterfield Inn and Manor on Golden Pond.  Many people book their rooms a year in advance.  There’s nothing more spectacular than the fall colors in Northern New England; be sure to make your reservations soon to see Mother Nature’s artistry.

Halloween in and around Salem, MA is anything but a ghost town when it comes to lodging! Salem and its surrounding towns are packed with people coming to enjoy a howling great schedule of events in this region so well known for witches and goblins.  You’ll want to reserve your room at the Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead as soon as you can plan your Halloween-time getaway.

Help us spread the word! On January 30th tell everyone about the vacation you’ll be planning and use the #PlanForVacation hashtag. Better yet, tell them about your vacation in #DINEcountry!

As you can see, planning is crucial when it comes to insuring you take advantage of all your vacation time, and get that favorite room too. Visit the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites where your next New England romantic getaway can be reserved. Then on to step 3 – start dreaming of your romantic New England inn getaway!

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

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 Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

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