Coronavirus has crept its way into every moment of our lives. From TV, newspaper, radio and online messaging to the very lifestyle we’re all now adapting to, the new normal is anything but normal. Yet, despite the psychic whiplash we may all be feeling, it’s encouraging to see that people wrapping their hands, hearts and heads around precautions and compassion. While we grapple with the journey up the curve of this virus, we’re also witnessing great acts of kindness and caring throughout our country.
As Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) contemplates its 25-year anniversary in 2020, we come together as a group to offer up what we know best – comfort and hospitality. Some inns remain open to provide places to escape and self-quarantine while others take their annual spring leave for deep cleaning and spring projects. All of the innkeepers at the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England remain optimistic that when travelers are once again able to venture into DINE country, our inns will be havens for comfort, hospitality, fine food and at long last…a hug.
All DINE inns have always adhered to and exceeded the standards for cleanliness. Just last week, we watched as one DINE innkeeper pulled out her alcohol spritzer to spray a door handle before opening it. Extra sanitation and cleaning procedures beyond the already stringent protocols have been enlisted at our inns that remain open and will continue at all inns as all innkeepers grasp the “new normal”.
Refunds for cancellations from worried guests are being handled by each inn individually with all the compassion possible. Guests are welcome to call or book online for future reservations at any time. Breakfasts for guests only are being handled on an individual inn-by-inn basis in accordance with local and state directives.
While the situation could change daily, here’s an update on DINE properties as of March 21, 2020. (Please check with individual inns for updates).
Gateways Inn, Lenox, MA: Still accepting overnight guests and taking reservations for the future. Restaurant, Piano Bar and lounge are closed per state directives.
Harbor Light Inn, Marblehead, MA – Remains open for overnight guests. Starting Saturday, March 21, 2020, the front desk will be open during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The tavern is closed to the public and no in-bar seating for guests. In-house guests may order a bottle of wine to enjoy in their rooms.
Captain’s House Inn, Chatham, MA: Remains open for overnight guests while deep cleaning takes place throughout the inn.
Deerfield Inn, Historic Deerfield, MA: The inn is accepting overnight guests. The restaurant is closed to outside dining. Take out service in Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern is available from noon to 5:00pm. Historic Deerfield museum has delayed its opening day of daily operation to May 15, and closing the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, the Memorial Libraries, and the Museum Store until further notice.
Chesterfield Inn, West Chesterfield, NH: Open and accepting reservations. Room service available to guests only; ask about meals. Hand sanitizer available to everyone who enters.
Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness, NH: The previously scheduled spring closing started early. Presently the Manor is closed to guests for overnight stays and dining through April 9. Innkeepers are awaiting updates on state regulations for when dining can resume.
Grafton Inn, Grafton, VT: Closed from now until April 9, 2020 for all rooms and dining; their previously scheduled shutdown period was simply extended to include this week. Upon re-opening, the inn is considering take out options Thursday-Saturday and will announce definitely after re-opening.
Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, VT: Rabbit Hill Inn will remain open to guests until March 26, 2020. The inn’s previously scheduled 3-week closure for maintenance, deep cleaning & repairs will continue until April 24, 2020.
Camden Maine Stay Inn, Camden, ME: Closed through April 12, 2020 for previously scheduled renovations and maintenance and will re-evaluate opening date in late March. Cleaning practices will be intensified once the inn is reopened.
Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME: Present reservations being honored through March 22, 2020. Otherwise, in an effort to help people self-quarantine new reservations for March 23-April 3 are not being taken. The inn is scheduled to re-open on April 4,2020. Visit website for booking and updates. In addition, to encourage future travel, purchase an Inn at English Meadows gift certificate and receive a $25 bonus for each $200 spent. Contact the inn directly to order.
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, Niantic, CT: Presently open for already-reserved guests. Plans for future travel being determined right now. Please call the inn directly for reservations.
Just as spring has finally officially arrived after a long winter, we know that the threat of this pandemic will pass eventually. In the meantime, we at Distinctive Inns of New England hope all our past, present and future guests can stay healthy and safe. Travel is a force for good, and when it’s time for adventure once again, know that DINE inns will be safe, clean and welcoming havens for your next romantic vacation.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic (complimentary breakfast shown in top photo here).
(Photos above include images from Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, Gateways Inn, Rabbit Hill Inn and Camden Maine Stay Inn).