Why Dads love DINE

Ask any guy what they love about inn/B&B getaways and they’ll give you “the look”. That expression that says, “I think you know what I love about going to a romantic B&B”. Besides the obvious answer about what guys love most about the fabulous guest rooms, there are some surprising additional reasons guys love to travel to inns and B&Bs.  When it comes to making a choice for the ideal place for a romantic getaway, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) checks all of the boxes on the “guy’s bucket list”. The 12 DINE inns offer up the adventure, romance, fabulous breakfasts and yes, romantic and intimate rooms too. You might be surprised to learn about what Dads love about DINE inns, revealed in a very informal poll of inngoing Dads. Here are six great reasons Dads love DINE.

Breakfast for two at Rabbit Hill InnThe Breakfasts!

You might not think that breakfast would top the list for reasons men love to visit our inns but remember the way to their hearts is through their stomachs. Perhaps there’s more than one reason our acronym is DINE!  Most guys love to start the day with a good breakfast, but hectic schedules and lack of willingness to cook in the morning often mean that breakfast is eaten on-the-go or at his desk.  Having the opportunity to be served a fabulous breakfast at each of the DINE member inns, tops many men’s’ list for another great reason to vacation choose a New England inn getaway over a vacation rental.


Going to fun new places and exploring the towns, villages and regions surrounding the DINE properties is another important reason Dads love DINE.  From discovering a new beach on Cape Cod, Niantic or Newport to boat rides on Squam Lake, a concert in the Berkshires, historic museums in Deerfield, microbreweries and hiking in Vermont and New Hampshire, there’s so much to explore in DINE country.  Just being outdoors and out from behind a desk is exhilarating for many of the guys who visit DINE inns.


Between phones, email, social media and texts, Dads spend a great deal of time plugged into one device or another. The pressure of not only answering but monitoring all the chatter has added a new element of stress that many guys are not aware of.  Add to that the pressure of the job, household and family, and it’s no wonder that escaping the stress of everyday life shows up on the list of why Dads say they love DINE.  “Get away to a DINE inn and put away the devices”, is advice DINE innkeepers give when they see the look of relief on Dads’ faces when they arrive for a digital detox vacation.  Every guy needs a chance to simply forget the stressors of the day and DINE inns offer the ideal place for that much needed R&R.

Romantic getaways at Distinctive Inns of New England1:1 Time

When asking my husband about why he loves DINE getaways, I was a bit disappointed not to hear “time with you” on the top three in the list! When I reminded him of that, he smiled and said, “I was saving the best reason for last”.  DINE inns offer the ideal romantic settings to simply focus on one another.  Revive the Romance is what R&R stands for at our DINE inns, with plenty of rest and relaxation thrown in.

The DINEing

With a trip to a DINE inn comes a fabulous dinner, either enjoyed at the inn’s restaurant or at a local eatery.  Whether enjoying dinner at the Gateways Inn & Restaurant, Manor on Golden Pond, Rabbit Hill Inn, Deerfield Inn, Harbor Light Inn Grafton Inn or Chesterfield Inn’s dining rooms, taverns/pubs and restaurants, or enjoying dinner out on the town while staying at Captain’s House Inn, Cliffside Inn, Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, Captain Jefferds Inn or Camden Maine Stay, you’re sure to once again find a way to Dad’s good graces through his stomach.  It’ll be a memorable part of your DINE stay.

And of course, the romance

Too often kids, household chores, jobs or older parents fill the days and nights.  Before he knows it, the day is done and Dad’s drained!  Go on vacation and Dad is revived! Romance and intimacy can finally take their rightful place at the top of Dad’s list.  Another great reason for a DINE vacation!

Don’t forget, DINE getaways make ideal gifts for Father’s Day; perfect for the guy who has everything but time to relax!  Each of the Distinctive Inns of New England offer gift certificates that can be easily ordered and then presented on Father’s Day (and other gift bearing holidays too – anniversaries, Christmas!).  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 Dad’s relaxing romantic getaway can begin.

In 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.