Tips for safe inn travel during fall 2021

Rabbit Hill Inn room view

Fall is one of the favorite times of year for the guests of Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  The days are sunny and warm, nights are crisp and the colors have already just started to change in part of Northern DINE country.  The innkeepers at the ten DINE inns are busy perfecting their pumpkin and fall recipes and fireplaces are beginning to burn once again. It’s a beautiful time of year for a romantic getaway to your favorite DINE inn. Yet, while we’d hoped to be well on the other side of the pandemic, the Delta variant remains a threat to travel this fall.

In an article created by The Cleveland Clinic, pulmonary and critical care physician Joseph Khabbaza, MD explained, “As long as we apply our everyday precautions to our travels, the risks can be minimized significantly.” “We can do this by maintaining distance and wearing a mask around those who are outside of our small circles, keeping our hands sanitized and not touching our eyes, nose, or mouth if our hands are not clean. Being in environments where mask compliance is strong is also important in minimizing risk and keeping occurrences of COVID-19 transmission low.”

Traveling during the pandemic that sadly continues to rage on requires a more detailed and cautious approach than in past years. It can, however, be accomplished while minimizing risks to you. Here are a number of tips that will help ensure a successful fall getaway to your favorite DINE inn.

Know the Covid protocols for where you’re staying

masks and hand sanitizerEach of the DINE inns have taken great care to understand, follow and often exceed the state and federal requirements for guest safety. Each of the inns have been very transparent, explaining their approaches to cleaning, masking, contactless check-in and other guest safety protocols, both on their websites and in confirmation letters.  The only way they can ensure their guests will remain safe, however, is for all guests to follow the guidelines outlined by DINE innkeepers.  Thus, take the time to familiarize yourself with the procedures innkeepers will be taking and will expect from guests.  Bring the mask you’ll be asked to wear and plan to follow rules at the inns to keep everyone, including yourself, safe. Knowing what’s required of guests ahead of time will allow you to set your expectations on par with the experience and pack everything you need.

Bring your Vax Card

Increasingly, businesses throughout the country are requiring proof of vaccination to be able to enter. From large events like football games and concerts, to small intimate restaurants, increasingly you will be asked for proof of vaccination before entering.  At this time, none of the DINE inns are requiring vaccinations in order to stay, but that could change among both inns and the businesses that surround them. It’s a good idea to make a few copies of your vaccination card.  In addition, just to be safe, keep a photo of it on your phone too.

Plan ahead, book soon

Chesterfield Inn fall foliageAll of the Distinctive Inns of New England are open and welcoming guests as they have all summer. With pent up demand after a year of hunkering down, the inns will remain busy this fall.  As we say at the beginning of each autumn season, Book Now or Forever Hold Your Peep! For best availability, book your getaway as far in advance as possible. While luckily it’s not a health concern, one of the biggest deterrents to travel this fall could be limited availability. Plan in advance and your chances of getting the guest room you want are much better.

Most importantly, remember to book directly with your favorite DINE inn for the best availability and customer care.

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

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

Note: Photo above offers a view of beautiful fall mums lining the patio at Inn at English Meadows.