Winter fun in DINE country – romantic New England inn coastal getaways

The Beach Boys sang, “Al the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray, I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day”.

And that’s just what the guests of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) love to do throughout the winter.  The best way to enjoy winter in New England is to spend time exploring, skiing, zipping, then eating, sipping, snuggling and sitting by the fire.  We love to see our guests embracing a New England winter’s many sports and pastimes. Thinking winter in New England not a good time for a romantic getaway at a beautiful inn? You have it all wrong.  Let us prove how much fun our guests have in the winter with the next two blog postings here on the DINE blog.

We’ll start in the Southern part of DINE country, on Cape Cod and continue up the coast to enjoy coastal shots of winter in DINE country.  Visit the Captain’s House Inn in Chatham, MA this winter and here’s what you might see.Two snow covered chairs at Captain's House Inn, Cape CodAren’t those chairs just beckoning you to “sit and selfie”?  There’s something just so enticing about snow covered chairs in the winter.

Tea time at Captain's House InnReturn to the inn for the Captain House Inn’s signature afternoon tea.  Then, it’s back to your room for an afternoon of total relaxation and a little bubbly!  There’s a chair there too calling your name!

Guest room at Captain's House Inn with champagne bottle near byIf you’re looking for a sweet treat before bed, be sure to check the kitchen for evening desserts and snacks. Their creative chef likes to concoct seasonal and holiday themed fun creations.

Snowman cookie at Captain's House InnMoving on up the coast to the Connecticut shore, there’s been some snow in Niantic, CT and at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina this winter.  Here guests enjoy quiet walks along the boardwalk and the solace of a winter day on the water.

winter view of Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaBoardwalk along the bay in Niantic, CT at sunriseThere’s just something so peaceful about looking out at the views of the marina at sunrise or sunset.

View of the marina in the winter from the Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaContinuing up the Coast, we come to Maine where the Captain Jefferds Inn is still celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special through February.  What could be more romantic than a two night get-away in a quiet, luxurious inn, says Captain Jefferds Inn innkeepers who’ve appropriately named their special “February is for Lovers“. Upon arrival you will find locally made gourmet chocolates with a half bottle of prosecco waiting in your room to set the perfect tone for your special visit. This complimentary package will be included with two nights stays anytime in February 2019.

Guest room with fireplace,champagne and chocolates at Captain Jefferds InnEnjoy a walk on the beach, XC skiing nearby at the preserve, shopping in Dock Square and don’t miss the Valentine’s Day version of the lobster trap tree!Cape Porpoise, Maine lobster trap tree with heartsThen return for a relaxing soak in the tub with the one you love!Beautiful soaking tub at Captain Jefferds InnHeading further up the Maine Coast, your winter travels bring you to the Camden Maine Stay Inn.

Camden Maine Stay InnHere winter has welcomed guests who love to ski at the Camden Ski Bowl, explore the shops in Camden – an easy stroll from the house – or simply relax with a good book. When you venture in-town, don’t miss the waterfall, roaring at this time of year from snowmelt.

Waterfall near the center of Camden, MaineIf you’re looking for a reason to walk, join innkeeper Janis, and her four-legged assistant innkeeper for a romp through the neighborhood!Camden Maine Stay innkeeper, Janis, with her dog.Our next DINE coastal getaway takes us to the Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, MA. Located in the historic district, this inn also offers an easy stroll down to the harbor for winter views.

Harbor Light Inn, Marblehead, MAAfter a fabulous breakfast buffet, you’ll be energized to explore this historic town.

Breakfast buffet at Harbor Light InnAnd at the end of the day, Harbor Light Inn guests enjoy gathering at the inn’s cozy tavern, where live music is sometimes found on the weekend, and light bites are available too.

Harbor Light Inn tavern

Then retire to your guest room and fall asleep to a flickering fire.20 distinctive guest rooms at Harbor Light InnNext week we’ll explore winter fun in the mountains and lakes regions of New England.  In the meantime, don’t forget to book direct with any of the DINE members for your next winter getaway.

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

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

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 Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic