What to pack for a pivotal year in travel

pack quotePivot is the buzzword of 2021.  We’re seeing not only the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) pivot as the pandemic moves on, but also travelers anxious to get back to DINE country. As we all navigate through a return to what we want to call normal (will it ever be again?), some vestiges of the pandemic will remain having learned that caution can also be convenient.  Innkeepers at the ten DINE inns have found some of the changes implemented during the pandemic were so popular they are here to stay, while other precautions will soon go away.  Either way, while we navigate through a pivotal year of travel, there are some things to keep in mind and other things to be sure to pack when you enjoy your next DINE getaway.

Pack your mask

girl with maskWhile masks are one of those pandemic essentials that we all hope will soon go by the wayside, for now it’s a good idea to pack them.  Slowly some businesses are moving toward not requiring them, but not all.  Whether the DINE inn you’re visiting requires it (vaccination or not) or not, there are still businesses surrounding DINE inns that may require you to wear a mask. Be sure to bring your favorite mask(s) and please plan to wear them if requested.

Pack for fun

After the year we’ve had, you deserve to have a really fun getaway to your favorite member of Distinctive Inns of New England.  Whether it’s hiking, biking or exploring the mountains, or simply soaking in the sun beachside, lakeside or  harborside, you’ll find a DINE inn ideally suited to your vacation.  Don’t forget to pack the hiking boots, backpacks, bathing suits and swimming noodles for your next DINE getaway.  Ask before you arrive, because many of the DINE inns offer complimentary use of beach chairs, towels and more for your outdoor fun, making it easier to pack a little lighter!

Yoda the cat at Chesterfield InnPack your patience

Innkeepers are facing the conundrum of the decade: demand for travel is up yet finding help is one of the hardest challenges for innkeepers this summer.  Finding enough people to provide the kind of distinctive service DINE inns are known for has been difficult for innkeepers this year.  Staff people and innkeepers alike are juggling the work of two and three people in some cases.  We know that no one likes to be kept waiting, so if it happens, please know it pains your innkeepers as much as it pains you.  If you arrive at the front desk, and only the cat is there to welcome you, fear not.  Your innkeepers will be back in the blink of an eye. We hope as we transition through this pivotal year, guests will pack their patience if they are kept waiting longer than we or you want!

One last piece of advice from your friends at Distinctive Inns of New England. Plan ahead! Demand is sky high among travelers anxious to return to romantic getaways at their favorite DINE inns.  While there’s usually room at the inn, those who plan ahead will find the most availability, especially during holiday weekends.  Believe it or not, it’s actually not too early to begin planning for your fall foliage getaways.  It will be a busy summer for all of the ten Distinctive Inns of New England, so pull out the calendar and start planning to savor that summer soiree soon!

Most of all, don’t forget to book directly with your favorite inn.  Skip the booking engines and contact DINE inns directly for the best service, rates and availability.  We look forward to welcoming you soon for your next DINE getaway.

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

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