Each year near Thanksgiving time, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers gather to review the past six months and plan for the winter and spring marketing. The meetings are dynamic, analytic yet also filled with the friendship and comradery of innkeepers – some of whom have worked together since the inception of DINE, over twenty five years ago. The November 2021 DINE meeting was the first time that the members met face-to-face in two years. The group was scheduled to meet when the pandemic started in late March, 2020. That meeting was put on hold until this month. The overriding sentiment among all ten DINE inns was thankfulness that to date each of the innkeepers have weathered the storm of the pandemic. Exhausted after a remarkably busy summer, they were all overwhelmingly grateful for their own health, the health of their staffs and guests, and their thriving businesses, despite a long shut-down at the height of the pandemic.
This week, we pause our series on holiday events in our “Hallmark Christmas” towns, to give thanks collectively as an association for the guests that gather in our inns. Without these guests, our inns are just buildings. With guests, they become flourishing destinations, abuzz with smiles and happy people enjoying much needed time in quality locations. Last Thanksgiving we asked DINE innkeepers to tell us why they were grateful. You can read their answers here, but a similar theme ran through their answers. DINE innkeepers are grateful for their own families, their staffs and their loyal guests.
We all agree that Thanksgiving offers a special time of the year when we can celebrate the opportunity to reflect and count our many blessings. We at Distinctive Inns of New England are grateful for all of the wonderful guests who have taken time from their hectic… often challenging… lives to recharge and regain their well-being at our inns. Each of the DINE innkeepers are also unbelievably appreciative of their loyal, dependable and often courageous team members whose kind hearts and sincere devotion to our guests continue to inspire us in countless ways. Our inn staffs have stepped up to manage additional cleaning, serving and hospitality protocols we never imagined we’d have to implement. We’re so grateful for their willingness to learn and employ so many new ways of delivering hospitality with care and attentiveness.
As we gather for family get togethers, Thanksgiving feasts and football games, we ask you to join us in taking a moment to reflect on thankfulness. Covid has taught us to make each day count, and we are thankful to be there to make your days count too.
From all of us at Distinctive Inns of New England to your families and our friends, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. May the blessings of the season overflow like ours do.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic