In Gourds We Trust: Fall decorating ideas from DINE inns

We can not allow fall in New England to pass us by without adding some decorating ideas from the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers.  A trip to any of the 12 DINE inns during any of the autumn months will reveal some great ideas using all species of gourds and mums to decorate inside and out.  As if Mother Nature doesn’t provide enough of a cornucopia of color, these 12 distinctive inns offer everything from gorgeous wreaths to centerpieces and more using a variety of gourds, pumpkin and squash, not to mention corn stalks, hay and scarecrows too.  Every romantic getaway to one of the DINE inns will reveal creative decorating ideas leaving you saying, “Oh my gourd!” each time you see another one!

Autumn centerpiece at Cliffside Inn.

Pumpkins and gourds are the name of the game when it comes to autumn decorating at Cliffside Inn.

According to Google, pumpkins, squash and gourds are members of the enormously diverse Cucurbitaceae family, which contains more than 100 genera and over 700 species. Take an armchair tour of the yellow gourd road through DINE country with us as you gather some wonderful decorating ideas for your own homes.Double front doors mean double wreaths at Cliffside Inn during fall months.

Grafton Inn fall mantle.

This pumpkin and gourd collection sits on the mantle of the Grafton Inn.

Centerpiece at Chesterfield Inn.

This fall centerpiece at Chesterfield Inn features the best of fall’s bounty.

Porches offer the ideal setting for your fall decorations.  Gather seasonal gourds, pumpkins, corn stalks and mums to decorate like these innkeepers do!  A few scarecrows added in will help add a festive fall feel.

Fall porch scene at Rabbit Hill Inn

Guests relax with innkeeper, Donn, at Rabbit Hill Inn.

Fall decor, Captain Jefferds Inn, Kennebunkport, ME

A fall display of color at Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport, ME using the pumpkins, gourds and flowers of the season.

Fall decor, Captain's House Inn, Cape Cod

Beautiful fall mums and unusual pumpkins are found throughout the grounds at Captain’s House Inn on Cape Cod

Sometimes the simplest of fall’s bounty makes for the best greeting to guests.  Whether it’s a single pumpkin or fall’s beautiful bittersweet, the photos capture the best of autumn’s artwork.

Deerfield Inn fall decorations.

A simple, yet meaningful fall welcome to the Deerfield Inn.

Fall decor at Camden Maine Stay Inn

Camden Maine Stay’s decorations include Japanese pumpkins and glass apples.

Fall sunsets can make for the most dramatic of photos, especially when colorful mums add to the landscape.

Niantic fall sunrise

A fall sunrise seen from Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offers gorgeous fall colors.

Sometimes in the fall we turn to animals to help us decorate the lawn.  This guy made his Columbus Day debut a few years ago on the lawn of the Manor on Golden Pond.

Moose on the loose at Manor On Golden Pond

And while it’s not exactly a household pet, we defy anyone who see’s a moose, like this one spotted over Columbus Day at Manor On Golden Pond not to take a photo and post it!

Yoda, the Chesterfield Inn cat, Halloween

Chesterfield Inn’s Yoda’s Fall/Halloween photo.

And farm stands offering up piles of pumpkins and gourds offer the perfect place to find components for your autumn decor.

Berkshire farm stands near Lenox, MA

Fall pumpkins and gourds are found at the many farmstands near the Gateways Inn.

And when all is said and done, one of the best parts about decorating with gourds is sitting back, enjoying a glass of wine and reviewing the beautiful artworks you’ve created.

Harbor Light Inn tavern

Enjoy a glass of lovely red at the Harbor Light Inn’s tavern after a day of decorating.

Next time you need decorating ideas, no matter what the season, pay a visit to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England. Learn more about planning your next romantic getaway to the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.

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