In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, staying healthy and traveling have unfortunately become divergent concepts. While travelers throughout the world struggle to find some sense of optimism, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are here to offer any small solace possible to those watching vacation plans disappear. Every traveler must decide for themselves whether they postpone the trip or take it. For those who chose to take the trip, the 11 DINE inns await with a welcoming elbow touch or air hug and plenty of antibacterial soap for your visit. We in DINE country encourage healthy travelers to continue their plans for romantic vacations to our New England inns. However, if there’s any question of compromised health or concern on your part, we encourage you to stay home and work with each property to re-schedule your getaway.
Each of the Distinctive Inns of New England provide a safe and clean place for your New England getaway. We’ve heard from many of the DINE member inns that already vigilant cleaning schedules have been increased and hand sanitizer has been added to rooms.
We hope that you can stay healthy while traveling to our inns and while we all navigate the Coronavirus together as a nation. Whether you’re traveling or not, here are some tips for ways to stay healthy in the coming weeks.
Get your Zzzzzz’s: Perhaps the most important thing you can do before and while traveling is sleep. On any given day, your body needs rest, but when traveling, you may be crossing time zones, carrying luggage to and from destinations, walking all day, and so forth. You feel like you’ve been sitting in a car or on a plane on the way to your destination and wonder why you’re tired. Traveling is harsh on your body so make sure you get plenty of rest. Sleep re-sets your body, mind and soul. Most importantly, sleep helps to keep the immune system strong. So, take the nap while on vacation and sleep soundly in those amazingly comfortable beds at your favorite inn. It’s good for you.
Hydrate! When you travel, your body is taken out of its normal routines and exposed to different elements it’s not used to. Low humidity on planes, excessive alcohol consumption (i.e. the “hey I’m on vacation” effect) an overzealous pace, and new foods will lead to fatigue and increase blood pressure. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Experts suggest consuming a cup of water per hour while you’re traveling. Drink enough water even though it may not be convenient to find public restrooms on the road. Water is the foundation of a healthy body and healthy bodies are the basis of a good vacation. Healthy bodies are also better able to fight off viruses and other germs encountered in new places.
Keep your distance: In an effort to control person-to-person exposure, we’re hearing about the new concept of social distancing. Health experts are suggesting that everyone keep a distance of at least six feet from others. This is particularly important outside the home as you don’t know where others in the room or vicinity have been and to whom they’ve been exposed. While inns and B&Bs encourage interaction with other guests, they are usually set up to allow guests plenty of privacy too. Private rooms and baths, plus private tables for dining is the norm at DINE inns.
Eat breakfast & healthy: Honor your Mom and embrace the most important meal of the day. Breakfast feeds the body after a night’s rest and starts to replenish the energy reserves for a day of exploring and working hard to stay healthy. Include fruit in your breakfast to augment the vitamins and fluids your body seeks, and make sure your breakfast includes some protein for extended stamina. Luckily, this is easy to do. Every DINE inn offers a multi-course breakfast featuring locally sourced foods and fruits, hand-crafted entrees that are meant to fuel your day and fresh-roasted coffee. By the way, that cuppa Joe carries a healthy boost too. Throughout the day, be sure to stick to healthy food choices. Sure, try the local eateries – your DINE innkeeper will offer some great suggestions for healthy ones. Snack on fresh foods like apples that’ll help keep you feeling full, add fiber and keep the doctor away.
Wipe Away Germs: We’ve heard it repeatedly. Carry hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes. Better yet, wash hands often. It’s the action of rubbing hands together for at least 20 seconds under water that removes the germs. Take advantage of the multiple trips to the bathroom after hydrating to kill two germs with one stop, and wash hands often. Take advantage of every hand sanitizer dispenser you pass too.
Most importantly, if you’re not feeling well or have compromised health already, hold off on the trip until the virus and flu scare have passed. On behalf of all DINE inns, be well.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic (complimentary breakfast shown in top photo here).