Spring has sprung and the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are ready to greet you with romantic getaways and culinary adventures. New England inn travel tends to be a little quieter in the spring months, which means it’s the perfect time to plan your next escape. Picture exploring and photographing rushing waterfalls around Rabbit Hill Inn and Grafton Inn, quiet harborside walks near the Harbor Light Inn, or hand-in-hand walks on the deserted Cape Cod beaches near Captain’s House Inn or Kennebunkport’s beaches near Inn at English Meadows. How about hikes in the mountains or meadows near Manor on Golden Pond and Chesterfield Inn with spring popping out all over in fifty shades of green. For the truly intrepid, there are some exhilarating early season rafting trips near Deerfield Inn, and watching the boats begin to come and go from Niantic Harbor is adventure for many at Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. Whatever you consider adventure, you’ll find everything from quiet and relaxing getaways to invigorating adventure during your spring getaway to the nine DINE inns.
With the cost of just about everything on the rise, we know that travelers are looking for the most affordable way to enjoy a New England inn getaway. The innkeepers in DINE country are here to offer some suggestions for spring getaway savings. Read on for three great ideas plus a few extra savings tips from individual inns.
DINE is a one tank getaway
Most of the Distinctive Inns of New England are within a one-tank drive from just about anywhere in New England. As we revealed in a recent blogpost about saving on gas, fill your tank on Monday which is usually when gas is at its cheapest rate of the week. Your drive to your favorite DINE inn shouldn’t involve another fill up until the next Monday when you re-fill your tank once again at the lowest rate of the week.
One good getaway deserves another
After your next DINE spring getaway you’ll be craving more. DINE member inns agree that one is not enough. To ensure that your craving for inn travel is fulfilled, upon check out, your DINE innkeeper will offer you a $50 Reward Certificate that can be used on your next 2-night DINE getaway to any other inn (not valid at the inn where you obtained it). Start planning where to use your $50 DINE Reward Certificate as soon as you leave your first DINE escape and you’ll always have something to look forward to!
Book directly with the inn
Many people don’t realize when they search for the name of an inn or any lodging property on Google and see that blue “Book A Room” box, that they’re not connecting directly with the inn they searched. Instead, they’re being directed to an Online Travel Agency (OTA) that will make a reservation for you. These are called third party bookings. When you book on a third party site, like Booking.com, Expedia or Hotwire, that OTA “owns” your reservation. That means if anything changes and you need to change the dates of your stay or other aspects of the reservation, the innkeeper can’t help you. The innkeeper also can’t upgrade your room or cancel or reschedule your reservation. All changes must be made through the OTA. However, when you book directly with the inn, the innkeeper has the opportunity to upgrade your room or change your reservation if necessary. This is an important way to save on cancellation fees if a change must take place. Read more about how this works on this blog post.
Take advantage of spring deals and dining opportunities at DINE inns
Thursdays are Burger & Brew nights at Grafton Inn’s Phelps Barn. Order the pub burger with your choice of house-made fries, kettle chips or mixed greens with a beer for just $14. Want an upgraded burger? It comes with the fixings and the beer for just $17 on Thursdays only. You’ll also find live music on Wednesdays on the patio and on Fridays at Phelps Barn (schedules vary).
Take advantage of the savings for last minute planners at Harbor Light Inn. When booking a room the day before or the day of arrival, mention the “Last Minute Getaway” Special and receive up to 10% off on non-discounted rooms. Sorry, but this special only applies to new and last minute reservations. Active members of the military also receive that 10-percent discount. Simply show an active military ID upon check in. See more here.
Save $75 on your July 4th stay at Deerfield Inn. Simply stay for an extended holiday from July 1-7 and save $75 off your second night. Make your reservation online using Promo Code: FUN by adding it to the room reservation under “enhancements.” (Please Note: Discount will be added following completion of your reservation by the innkeepers so it won’t show immediately in your cart.). For those thinking ahead, the same offer holds true for those who extend their New Year’s Eve stay from January 1 – 7, 2023 for two or more nights. Learn more here. In addition, you’ll find nightly dining specials at Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern too.
Be sure to plan your next getaway to the Inn at English Meadows for a Sunday through Thursday stay. Midweek rates are lower than weekends through the end of May. Check rates here.
Here’s to spring savings, one-tank getaways and romantic escapes at any of your favorite DINE inn.
In Maine: Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic