DINE innkeepers share Great Pumpkin decorating tips and recipes

grafton Inn rockers and pumpkinsWhen it comes to fall, it’s not just the brilliant foliage that makes the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) glow. Pumpkins adorn mantles, porches and steps at the 10 DINE inns, along with mums of all colors and corn stalks too.  You’ll also find pumpkins and gourds featured on the breakfast and dessert tables too.  Pumpkins are New England’s signature fall symbol, and a favorite decorating option for DINE innkeepers.  Follow along on our pictorial blog post for ideas on how to creatively use pumpkins to adorn your own homes.  At the end, we’ve even provided a link to some fabulous pumpkin recipe ideas. Better yet, come witness these fabulous fall features on a romantic getaway to DINE country.

Ideas from DINE innkeepers for decorating with pumpkins

Let us offer some ideas for your own fall decorating. Starting with the Inn at English Meadows in Lower Kennebunk Village, just across the bridge from Kennebunkport, a few well placed pumpkins and mums will create that perfect fall feel!Pumpkins and Mums - Inn English MeadowsPumpkins and mums at Inn at English MeadowsContinue up the Maine Coast to Camden, and innkeepers at the Camden Maine Stay Inn prove that distinctive gardens combine well with pumpkins during the fall season. A few beautifully placed pumpkins adorn the steps for a warm guest welcome.

Pumpkins at Camden Maine Stay InnNext, we travel to the Captain’s House Inn in Chatham, Cape Cod, where summer hangs on a little longer than the Northern part of DINE country, yet pumpkins and corn stalks remind us that fall is definitely here! Once again, pumpkins by the door and in the gardens create a beautiful fall scene.

Corn stalks and pumpkins at Captain's House InnIn Cape May, MA fall is all about Halloween as the nearby festivities of Salem, MA take center stage.  Right next door in Marblehead, those that seek a beautiful fall getaway, just out of the way of Salem’s witches and goblins will find it at the Harbor Light Inn.

Large white 2-story house with black shutters flying the USA flag over the door.On to Grafton, Vermont where you’ll find pumpkins stacked and seated throughout the Grafton Inn campus.  Innkeepers here like to use pumpkins to adorn their stone walls and walkways. Mums, cornstalks, orange and white pumpkins all make the perfect natural fall decor throughout the property.

Two stacked pumpkins at Grafton Inn in VTMum plants, corn stalks and pumpkins at Grafton Inn in VTJust down the road at the Rabbit Hill Inn, you’ll find pumpkins on the steps and innkeepers and guests in the chairs on the porch.  Placing a pumpkin on each step makes for a great fall visual.Donn and guests in fall at Rabbit Hill InnFall in the Berkshire Mountains is gorgeous, and the Deerfield Inn takes advantage of the nearby farms to gather pumpkins and cornstalks to decorate for one of the most colorful seasons of the year.

cornstalks and pumpkins at Deerfield InnIn New Hampshire, you’ll find piles of pumpkins adorning walkways, stone walls and interior spaces too at Chesterfield Inn, located right on the border of New Hampshire and Vermont.

fall scene at Chesterfield InnPumpkins, hay bales and mums at Chesterfield InnAt Manor on Golden Pond, the orange of pumpkins appears in the brilliant foliage surrounding Squam Lake and the view from the inn. On the Connecticut shore, you’ll find pumpkins of all colors.  The innkeepers at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina decorate throughout the inn with unusual white and yellow pumpkins.  Find these, and you’ll have the perfect fall display where ever you put it!

Yellow pumpkin at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaAs a bonus, click here for some yummy recipes featuring pumpkin goodness from your friends at DINE.

Ready for your own fall getaway instead of an armchair view of all the cool pumpkins you’ll find at your favorite DINE inns.  Be sure to book your reservations directly with your inn when you plan your next trip to DINE country.

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