Your guide to ringing in a distinctive 2019 at a DINE inn

Your guide to New Year's Eve at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandNew Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating old and new acquaintances and creating memories to never forget them.  There’s no place better than one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) to ring in the new year in distinctive style.  Many travelers wait until the last minute to make reservations.  That’s okay in some cases, but other DINE inns fill up for the following year’s new year’s celebration on January 1st.

Here’s a rundown on the celebrations and DINEing at the Distinctive Inns of New England.  There’s still time for your New England romantic getaway.   Act quickly.  The early worm gets the best champagne glass.

Guide to New Year’s Eve availability and celebrations at DINE inns for 2018

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic, CT still has rooms available from December 28-December 31, 2018. Many guests enjoy staying here and visiting the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos nearby where there’s always a “holiday buzz”. Both are just 20-30 minutes from the inn.

If you’re seeking a New Hampshire romantic getaway for New Year’s Eve, consider the Manor on Golden Pond overlooking Squam Lake.  There is still availability for New Year’s Eve this year, and this is one festive place for a fitting celebration.  Look forward to a six-course chef tasting dinner with musical entertainment, special holiday cocktail, and champagne toast at midnight with all the New Year’s Eve party favors.

The Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH is sold out for 2018, so be sure to book early for your 2019 New Hampshire New Year’s Eve getaway.  Each New Year’s Eve their dining room is decorated with gorgeous Christmas tidings, and their chef prepares some festive special dishes.  This year, specials will include Roast Duck and Oyster Bisque.

In Vermont, the Grafton Inn still has a few rooms left and their annual New Year’s Eve dinner in the Old Tavern Dining Room is open to the public.  Served from 5:00-9:00pm, choose from a wide list of enchanting starters, entrees and desserts in a prix-fixe dinner.  There will also be live music, and New Year’s Eve hats and party favors too, so don’t miss it.

In Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the Rabbit Hill Inn’s festive New Year’s Eve party is a legend among returning guests.  The good news is that each year they hold a themed party with new theme every year.  The night is highlighted by music by a DJ, special “on-the-house” cocktail, a sweet table and champagne at midnight. All this zany fun is included in the room rate for the evening.  In addition, the Chef’s team designs a spectacular NYE dinner menu. The bad news is that this event is sold out for 2018, and is often filled by returning guests.  Get your request for a reservation in early for 2019 or 2020’s New Year’s celebration at the Rabbit Hill Inn.

New Year's eve celebrations at DINE innsIf you’re heading to the Berkshires for New Year’s Eve, you’re in luck! The Deerfield Inn, in Historic Deerfield, has availability for New Year’s Eve and beyond.  Look forward to some celebratory specials on their dining menu, plus a New Year’s toast for guests that linger later. Nearby in Northampton, (about 30 mins away) the First Night celebration is popular among guests.  Also, nearby in Orange (another 30-minute drive) guess also enjoy the Starry Starry Night event.  It’s similar to a First Night celebration and concludes with fireworks and a puppet parade held at around 10:30pm.

The Gateways Inn and Restaurant, located in the heart of Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains, in Lenox still has availability for overnight stays and dinner.  Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with a five-course dinner for two, a champagne toast at midnight and dancing to the live music of Misty Blues. Dinners are open to both guests and the public.  In addition, add in the New Year’s Eve package including a two night stay in the room of your choice and breakfast each morning for a true Massachusetts romantic getaway.

In Chatham, Cape Cod, the Captain’s House Inn was full for New Year’s Eve 2018, but a cancellation just opened one room. Act fast to get the room.  The inn does tend to book early, so you’ll want to get your reservation in early for 2019 or 2020 when you hear about their package. The Captain’s House Inn three night package includes high tea, an ice cream sundae bar, buffet supper on New Year’s Eve, plus two passes to all the Chatham First Night festivities, and an extended New Year’s Day brunch with mimosas and sake bloody Mary’s. Now that’s one great way to ring in the new year.  Act soon to book your stay next year.

If you’d rather stay close to Boston, Marblehead’s Harbor Light Inn is just about 30 minutes away from Logan Airport – perfect for those flying in. There’s still availability for overnight accommodations. On New Year’s Eve, start with the Harbor Light Inn’s traditional afternoon coffee, tea and dessert.  Then, the inn will be hosting a New Year’s Eve cocktail party for guests with mouth-watering appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast before you head out for evening. Sleep in the next day because your room rate also includes a delicious brunch  on New Year’s Day. This is an ideal celebration for last minute planners!

Those heading to Newport, RI will find a wide line-up of parties, celebrations, comedy shows and more.  Stay at the Cliffside Inn and you’ll have easy access to all of Newport’s events. If you over indulge, walk it off on the Cliff Walk the next day – just steps from the inn!  The Cliffside Inn still has rooms available for New Year’s Eve.

If you’re heading to Kennebunkport, Maine for New Year’s Eve, you’re in luck.  Not only does Captain Jefferds Inn have availability, but their New Year’s Eve special offer is one you can’t refuse.  Stay for two nights on New Year’s weekend and get half off on the New Year’s Eve rate in the room of your choice. Enjoy a night on the town, then sleep in on New Year’s day because a relaxed “late checkout”, and Bellini’s with breakfast are in store.  Plus, as an added treat, you’ll find sparkling wine and chocolates in your room too! Most rooms require a two-night stay. Call direct to take advantage of this special at 207-967-2311; don’t plan to book it online.  The offer is valid on Saturday, December 29, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Further up the Maine Coast, there’s still availability at the Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden, ME.  There are so many places to ring in the New Year within walking distance of the inn, so go ahead enjoy that glass of champagne and don’t worry about driving back.  There are still rooms available for New Year’s Eve at the Camden Maine Stay Inn.

And if your New Year’s resolution is to keep the holiday spirit going, plan a January getaway to any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England.

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

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

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

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport