As we continue to hear about record breaking Covid outbreaks, each of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers hope that their guests can stay safe. While the holiday shopping tradition is among the most prized customs for many, this year we know that people want experiences, not “things” under the tree. That’s where Distinctive Inns of New England can come to the rescue with the gift of getaway to any of the 10 DINE inns. This year, give the gift of getaway via a gift certificate to a DINE inn; the ideal gift for that person who’s been cooped up inside, and is seeking a romantic getaway in a safe place where they can assure space to be socially distanced from others. Each of the ten DINE inns offer gift certificates to their respective inns. Simply contact the inn of your choice directly, and your gift certificate can be mailed to you to wrap up and give in person or mailed directly to the recipient with a note from the innkeeper and from you.
Six great reasons gift certificates to DINE inns make the perfect gift during a pandemic
Many say that half the fun of a vacation or getaway is the anticipation and planning for what you’ll do while you’re there. When your recipient opens his or her gift of getaway from a DINE inn, they not only receive a fabulous getaway, they also get something to look forward to! During the dark days of winter, envisioning the total relaxation of a DINE getaway will add light to the shorter, dark days of winter.
Perfect for the hard-to-shop-for
Everyone has that person on their list that has everything and wants nothing. Each year you scratch your head wondering what to get that person for the holidays. This year DINE inns come to the rescue! Gift the gift of a DINE getaway to that person who has everything but a great way to relax. We can just about promise that your gift certificate to a DINE inn will be their favorite gift this holiday season, and a great surprise too. While few ask for gifts of getaway, everyone who gets one loves it!
Can be customized in value, message and inclusions
You choose the amount and the inn, and work with the innkeeper(s) to create a custom message that goes with your gift certificate. The gift certificates can be mailed to you with a brochure or perhaps you’d like to purchase a beautiful handmade mug or other items from the inns’ gift store to be wrapped up with your gift certificate. From pillows and sheets to ornaments and apparel, many of the DINE inns offer small gift items that might be included with your gift certificate. Plus, gift certificates can be used toward accommodations, dinner or even outdoor experiences at places like the Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center near Grafton Inn.
Some are on sale
Right now the Chesterfield Inn is running a sale on gift certificates. When you call the inn directly at 603-256-3211 to order your Chesterfield Inn gift certificate, you will receive 25% off your gift certificate purchases now through December 15th. The Manor on Golden Pond is also offering a 15% off sale on their gift certificates when ordered by phone at 800-545-2141 this holiday season. The Inn at English Meadows is adding a $50 bonus to every $200 gift certificate ordered in December. In addition, still other DINE inns are offering holiday and winter specials. Captain’s House Inn is offering 20% off a winter stay through March using promo code WINTER (some restrictions/black out dates apply) and Deerfield Inn is offering a Holiday Saver package, Jan 1-7. Harbor Light Inn’s Winter Stay & Play package offers $75 off a 3-night stay through January. The Camden Maine Stay Inn offers a special discounts to many groups including military and first responders, Covid frontline workers, Seniors and Juniors too. And the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina’s one-or-more-night Winter Escape adds all sorts of extras on to the stay for a pampered getaway. Packages allow those gift certificates to go a little further!
We know that some of our guests are hoping to stay away from crowds during this year’s holiday shopping season. Others are hoping to jump on the Indie bandwagon and shop with small businesses this year. Ordering gift certificates from DINE inns fits both of these criteria. Your shopping experience will be as intimate as a phone call or email to your favorite DINE inn – no need to even wear a mask to order via phone or computer! In addition, you help your favorite small business/inn by doing your shopping with a DINE inn this holiday season.
Other gift ideas from DINE inns
Recently, in their Home Sweet Hotel series highlighting hotel and inn amenities you can order from home, Forbes.com highlighted the Best for Side Sleepers pillows at the Rabbit Hill Inn. Other inns are happy to pack up and send the luxurious sheets featured at the inn, while guests also love to order the custom made mugs from their favorite DINE inns as gifts too.
Remember, if the holidaze becomes too much, there’s always a DINE inn close by to sneak away for a quick and relaxing getaway. Be sure to book directly with the inn when you make your reservation.
Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic