Five perfect ways to celebrate spring at Distinctive Inns of New England

Tulips and daffodils at Rabbit Hill InnNew England offers such beauty as spring comes slowly yet intently to this beautiful part of the country. The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) make the perfect home base to explore the fifty shades of green that emerge during our New England springs.  With DINE inns spread between five New England states, you’ll find so much to do during your spring getaway, you may want to plan an inn to inn getaway, which is easy enough with no two inns more than about 2 or 3 (many less) hours from one another.  As travel grows safer and safer for vaccinated travelers, DINE’s ten New England inns offer the ideal close to home destination to dip your toes back into romantic getaways and outdoor adventures  You’ll find that plus plenty of fine food in DINE country.  Let’s explore some of the exciting things to do during your next spring getaway to the Distinctive Inns of New England.

Take a walk on a secluded beach

couple walking on the beachOnce summer comes, New England’s beaches may be filled with sunbathers hoping to get back out and enjoy a seaside vacation.  Take this opportunity now to spend some time on a beach which you still may have it to yourself. At least in the spring, there’s plenty of time for social distancing.  Stay at the Inn at English Meadows, and choose from a number of beautiful sandy beaches in Kennebunkport, Maine within a short drive or an exhilarating walk.  Walk along Niantic’s seaside boardwalk or take a short drive from the waterfront Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic, CT to Niantic Beach. Stroll down the street from Chatham’s Captain’s House Inn to the Chatham Fish Pier and just beyond to take in beautiful sunsets on nearby Cape Cod beaches.

Go take a hike

Hiking - a favorite activity of DINE inn guestsTake in wildflowers just coming into bloom and budding trees in Maine while hiking in Camden Hills State Park, taking in the views of Camden Harbor from atop Mt Battie, just a five minute drive from the Camden Maine Stay Inn.  The innkeepers there also recommend the many beautiful trails at the Coastal Mountains Land Trust too.  You’ll also find beautiful trails in and around the Grafton Inn, taking in views of the beautiful village of Grafton, VT from the inn’s own Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center.

Watch the water fall

Goodrich Falls, Bartlett, NH

Goodrich Falls. Credit:

Spring is the ideal season for waterfall watching.  The streams and rivers are rushing and the waterfalls are dramatic in their abundance.  Take in beautiful waterfalls in the nearby White Mountains, Northeast Kingdom and Franconia Notch, all within an easy drive from Rabbit Hill Inn.  Not only are the waterfalls beautiful, but the rivers rushing make for great rafting on the rivers in Western Massachusetts, within an easy drive of the Deerfield InnZoar Outdoor offers plenty of springtime rafting trips, just be sure to wear something warm on your feet – the water is still pretty cold!  A river also runs through Grafton, VT and winds around the Grafton Inn.  You’ll enjoy watching the water fall there too!

Go shopping in tax-free New Hampshire

Did you know that New Hampshire is one of the last tax-free states in the country?  Save your spring shopping for the outlets and independently owned shops in New Hampshire.  Both the Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness, NH and the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH offer up great outlet bargains within an hour’s drive and plenty of eclectic apparel, gift and garden shops within a short drive.

Make this the last fireside getaway of the season

Fireplace room at Harbor Light InnOnce summer comes, it’s just too warm to enjoy that flickering fire in the comfort of your room, so make your spring getaway to Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, MA your chance for that last beautiful fireside chat.  Best of all, throughout the summer, you’ll enjoy the gas fireside table outdoors near the pool, perfect for that afternoon cocktail!

Spring has sprung in and around the Distinctive Inns of New England.  As you contemplate getting out and traveling after a long year of quarantine, we hope you’ll consider staying at any of DINE’s safe and romantic inns.  Be sure to book your stay directly when you feel it’s okay to travel once again.

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Maine:  Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden and Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield