Four little known holidays to spur your winter DINE getaway

Romantic getaways at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandMove aside Valentine’s Day, you’re so overdone.  And what happens to the 40 million singles who shun the hearts-and-chocolates day? They are left out.  You may “get lucky” on St Patrick’s Day but if you’re not a green beer fan, this holiday is lost on many a traveler too.  We at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have scoured the almanac of holidays and offer you some of the lesser known incentives for your next DINE holiday.  While most DINE getaways don’t necessarily necessitate a holiday excuse,  if you’re looking for a great travel alibi, some of these lesser-known holidays might just give you the incentive you need to book your next DINE vacation.

National Hugging Day –January 21st

The best thing about hug is when you give a one and you automatically receive a hug in return, whether it be to your children, your spouse or your favorite innkeeper.  According to, “National Hugging Day was created in 1986 by Rev. Kevin Zaborney from Caro, Michigan. Strangely, this day is copyrighted.”  Quite frankly, we at DINE think there is no better place to give and/or receive a hug than at one of the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England.

Spouse’s Day – January 26

couple smiling at each otherInstead of your anniversary or Valentine’s Day, Spouse’s day is the perfect day to celebrate your love.  And the best way to do that is to book a New England inn getaway in DINE country. While National Spouses Day is an unofficial holiday, husbands and wives are encouraged to celebrate each other on this day. Conventional wisdom says on this day, people are supposed to take time out of their busy schedule to show just how important their spouse is to them. We’d suggest one better – take a few days out of your winter calendars to shake off the doldrums with a romantic getaway to celebrate your spouse with a DINE getaway.

Galentine’s Day – Feb 13

Single gals would just as soon forget Valentine’s day; for them a much more exciting holiday highlights the month of February –  Galentine’s Day, which falls on 13 February every year. As the name suggests, Galentine’s Day is a celebration of female friendship and the ideal motivation for a girlfriends’ getaway.  Galentine’s Day Photo of three young women smilinggot its start on the television show ‘Parks and Recreation’ . We can thank Amy Poehler for making Galentine’s Day popular when she played Leslie Knope on the show. In Knope’s own words, “Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style.” This year grab the gal pals and consider a girlfriends getaway to DINE country where breakfast is made to order and there’s no need for clean up afterward.  (Note: We also saw references to February 13th being called Palentine’s Day too – a day dedicated to celebrating platonic friendships. Thus whether your friends are gals or guys, February 13th is still a great day to celebrate friendship with a getaway to a DINE inn.)

Husband Appreciation Day – Always the third Saturday in April (April 18, 2020)

The intention of this special day is for wives to show appreciation to husbands in a marriage with no children. For those with children, Father’s Day recognizes the value of husbands with kids, but this special day, supposedly recognizes husbands without children.  We think that it certainly can be extended to husbands with or without children and makes the perfect excuse for a New England inn getaway.  No need for gifts and Rabbit Hill Inn, Vermontflowery accolades for your husband – a romantic getaway to a DINE inn is certainly the perfect show of appreciation.  And just so all the wives don’t feel left out, don’t worry – there’s a Wives Appreciation Day in September.  We’ll be focusing on that in the fall!

Whether you choose to book your DINE getaway around one of these novel holidays or you wish to celebrate your own holiday, anniversary, birthday or celebration vacation, be sure to book direct when you make your reservation at any of these DINE inns.

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

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 Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic (complimentary breakfast shown in top photo here).

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