Three things daylight savings time allows us to do at DINE properties

Reminder to move clocks forward for Daylight Savings TimeDaylight saving time, or DST, starts for 2019 this weekend. Across the country (with a few notable exceptions like Hawaii and Arizona), people will be moving the clocks forward an hour in the quiet hours of the morning on Sunday, March 10. If daylight savings time were absent for eight months of the year,  we could not enjoy the most sunlight possible. Our mornings would be bright and cheerful, but the sun would tend to be set before we leave work each day all year long, and we’d drive to our DINE getaways in the dark. That would stink.

We at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) look forward to this annual “spring forward” ritual.  And here’s why.

Longer days mean you arrive in daylight

When we move the clocks forward, we gain an extra hour of daylight.  This means that in when we leave work from March through November, we’re generally leaving in the daylight.  If a DINE romantic New England getaway is in the cards for you, that also means that you are more likely to arrive at your favorite DINE inn in the daylight too!  There’s simply an undeniable pleasure to driving up to your favorite DINE inn and seeing it in daylight or dusk versus with lights lit.

Longer days mean less accidents on the way to your getaway

Daylight savings time lasts eight months, and studies show that the net effect of DST on traffic accidents is overwhelmingly positive. In fact, according to Popular Mechanics,  studies actually estimate that we could save about 366 more lives per year if we extended DST all year round. Simply put, it is easier to drive in daylight. In addition, since traffic is generally heavier at the end of the day than at the beginning of the day, the overall benefit of daylight lasting longer is actually multiplied.  We want you to arrive safely at your favorite DINE inn, so when we add an hour of daylight driving time, the net impact is positive on your getaway.

couple walking on the beachMore time to enjoy exploring

In simple terms, more daylight offers you more time to enjoy not only your stay but the environs around your favorite DINE inn.  By adding an hour of daylight, DINE guests attain an extra hour to hike, explore, shop, ski, swim, walk, visit attractions, enjoy spa services, and so much more.  If napping is your favorite getaway activity, DST offers up an extra hour of daylit nap time too!  Whatever your favorite activity might be, that extra hour of daylight adds extra time to do it during the day.

According to the Dayton Daily News, The first country to implement Daylight Saving Time was Germany on April 30, 1916. World War I was going on, and the Germans thought they could more easily ration coal by shifting the clock in the summertime. The U.S. first observed it in 1918, but the following year Congress voted to overturn it. Instead it was regulated by local officials who decided whether to observe Daylight Saving Time or not, until Congress passed the Uniform Times Act in 1966 to standardize the time in across the US.

While daylight savings time is somewhat controversial in some circles, the fact remains that you’ll need to turn your clocks ahead at some point between March 9th & 10th or risk being late to your next DINE getaway…not to mention everything else in your life!

Plan your next daylight savings time getaway and book direct at any of the member inns.

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

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