A new term was revealed recently in a conversation among Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers. One of those in the discussion talked about her desire to jump off the Covid Coaster. Immediately, everyone knew what this term meant and could relate.
The Covid Coaster refers to the roller coaster of a ride that the COVID-19 pandemic has created. For the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England, it’s meant not only weeks of required closures, furloughing staffs, and a total overhaul of every food service, safety, reservation, cleaning and hospitality protocol at the inn. In some state’s it’s also meant becoming the agent for the state to screen and collect travel compliance forms from guests. Innkeepers have become experts on banking and finance, CDC and state regulations, the most effective cleaning agents, masks, social distancing, and of course wellness for themselves, their families and their guests. In addition, they’re working double time as cooks, dishwashers, wait staff, front desk staff, housekeepers and more after furloughed staff has not yet returned.
For DINE guests, the Covid Coaster has meant perhaps losing one’s job, or becoming remote worker/school teacher/parent and wife or husband and aging parent caregiver all of the sudden. Juggling so many new roles and requirements has taken its toll on the public as well as DINE innkeepers.
Adding worry about helping children with virtual learning, keeping aging parents healthy, worrying about being furloughed and/or setting up a household for remote work, classroom and home have added a new burden to just about every household in America. Bottom line: Few people have escaped the Covid Coaster at some point over the past six months.
Now more than ever, travelers are seeking a safe and nearby place to jump off the Covid Coaster and relax. The 11 DINE inns offer the ideal rest stop from all that pandemic pestering. Most want to be close to home but away from all the stress for short escapes. Chances are, if you live in New England or the mid-Atlantic states, at least one DINE inn is within an easy drive.
Take a night or two away in DINE country to simply relax. Bring the one you love whom you’ve barely had a moment to hug. Sleep well. Eat well, and spend time simply relaxing. That might involve a walk in the woods or by the lake or ocean. Alternatively, it may simply mean sleeping in, long naps and a glass of wine or cuppa Joe in front of a flickering fire. It will certainly mean delicious food, and no clean up or any other mouths to feed.
Isn’t it time for you to jump off the Covid Coaster? We hope you’ll take that important romantic respite with one of the DINE inns. Don’t forget to book directly with the inn when you make your reservations.
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