I’m the blogger for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). I’m also a workaholic, just like my Dad was. Among other preoccupations, that means that I bring my work along on vacation. Each time we try to escape, I sneak my computer into my bag and my cell phone serves as a hotspot. My husband groans and asks, “do you have to?”. I remind him he’s retired, and yes, I do. True confession: I love all the DINE inns and thinking about them and writing about them is not really work!
Now, out in the middle of Muscongus Bay surrounded by Maine islands begging to be hiked on a beautiful sunny morning, I’m working. Technology is both a blessing and a curse. It allows us to stay connected all the time; even when we shouldn’t be.
Thus, the intention for today’s blog is to tell you how NOT to use technology when you visit the Distinctive Inns of New England. These fabulous inn escapes should be left to romance, fine foods, exploring one another and the beaty that surrounds each of the inns. Work can wait. Save these special escapes for what’s really important.
As tempting as it is to check in to make sure everything will be okay when you get back to the office, vacations are designed to give you a break from that kind of pressure. With all that we’ve faced over the past few months, allow your vacation to be your break to give your body, mind and spirit a rest.
Three pieces of advice for making the best of a DINE vacation
Turn off the computer and leave it behind- the same holds true for your cell phone.
No following news, the nagging issues in the office or kids’ homework issues. Yes, answer emergencies, but only if it’s a true one (and hopefully there are no emergencies during your vacation). The “can you take care of this one thing” requests will suck you in and you’ll miss that beautiful sunset or the foliage view as you drive by. Or worse yet, valuable time with the one you love.
Whether it’s mountain hikes, strolls along the beach, shopping in quaint villages or simply spending time with your feet up reading a good book or doing a special puzzle, focus your energies on enjoying the beauty that surrounds you at all 11 DINE inns. This also includes spending time having fun with the one you love too. This is one time when you can focus on one another without the distractions of home or office.
Enjoy great food
Here’s one thing that the Distinctive Inns of New England all do so well. From hearty, homecooked and delicious breakfasts each morning, served safely and yet beautifully to multi-course dinners at about half of the DINE inns, you can be assured you’ll dine well. There’s a good reason for that DNE acronym. In addition, it’s so much fun to explore local restaurants too. Your DINE innkeepers love to tell you about their favorite local restaurants – from fine dining to quiet and casual pubs and microbreweries, half the fun of being on vacation is discovering new great restaurants. The way to your mate’s heart is through the stomach!
There you have it. Advice I should follow on how to really enjoy your vacation. When it comes time for yours, be sure to book direct at your favorite DINE inn.
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