As we move farther into spring, the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are hearing the loud cry from travelers ready to hit the road once again. Study after study of traveler sentiment have proven there’s plenty of pent up energy to travel, and romantic getaways to DINE inns are high on the list. What makes a visit to a DINE inn attractive is the ease in getting there (all are within a one-tank drive from anywhere in New England), they’re independently owned allowing flexibility and care in ultimate customer service, and the food is tremendous. Best of all, after months and months of at-home cooking, someone else will create, serve and clean up that meal!
As vaccinations continue to be delivered throughout the country, travelers are feeling freer to begin to travel. Yet, for some, vestiges of the pandemic protocols will continue. Whether you’re a weary or an eager (or both) traveler, there are a few things you might want to know to expect during your next DINE getaway.
Masks and social distancing will continue
While some New England states are lifting mask requirements, businesses will have the option to require them even without that mandate. Out of an abundance of care and concern for guest safety, expect to be asked to wear a mask at DINE inns. In addition, social distancing and contactless check-ins and housekeeping will most likely continue through the spring, summer and fall of 2021. DINE innkeepers have heard from the majority of guests that they appreciate the efforts undertaken to keep everyone safe. Most of all, DINE innkeepers appreciate the understanding of guests to continue to be vigilant until the pandemic is over.
Sanitization and cleanliness protocols will remain in place
Hand sanitizer, thorough cleaning, careful food prep and service will all remain in place for the near future. While they vary from inn to inn, contactless check-in and housekeeping practices honed during the pandemic will most likely stay in place to ensure guest safety. This does not mean that innkeepers will skimp on comfort and amenities. In fact, the opposite is true. The assurance that you’re staying in a thoroughly clean and sanitized inn where guest safety is paramount is probably the best amenity of all!
Book soon or forever hold your peep
One thing that may change in the spring, summer and especially fall months will be demand for getaways at DINE inns. Being owner-occupied, independently owned, incredibly hospitable and indulgent, getaways to DINE inns will be high on the list for dipping one’s toes back into the world of travel. That means your favorite room may not be available on holiday weekends or during fall foliage season. There’s a simple way around this challenge. Book your getaway soon. It may mean a little more advance planning than you’re used to, but the early booker will get the room they want! Innkeepers are taking reservations as far ahead as December and winter 2022 now, and spring and summer weekends are beginning to fill up. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of room at the inn, but there may not be as you get closer and closer to those popular travel times. Be sure to plan accordingly.
Prepare to be pampered
Perhaps most important of all, even with Covid protocols in place, you can be assured that haute hospitality, a warm welcome, fresh, local and tenderly prepared food will continue to be highlights of your getaway to a DINE inn. After a year of lock-down, home schooling, remote work and night after night in the kitchen, DINE innkeepers understand you need some pampering and especially a romantic setting to be alone, at last. You’ll find comfort, kindness, wonderful amenities and a perfect setting for that privacy you couldn’t find at home still reign at your favorite DINE inns. It’s just what you need for your next getaway.
Be sure to book directly with the inn, avoiding third party booking engines for the best rates and service for your upcoming DINE getaway.
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