Best spring and summer packages and enhancements from Massachusetts inns

Purple lilacs on a desk at Deerfield InnWith warm weather and May flowers comes the spring itch to travel.  We’ve surveyed the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) for their most popular and well loved packages and enhancements.  Some of the ideas they offered will save money.  Some packages will add value.  Each of the ideas featured in this series offers fabulous enhancements to a DINE getaway.  Last week we featured ideas for  your spring and summer escapes from inns in Vermont and Maine.  This week, we’ll focus on how to add to your next getaway to any of the Massachusetts inns in DINE country.

Lobster picnic & Marblehead Welcome Bag from Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, MA?

Nothing says delicious more than lobster.  What’s better than a lobster picnic?  Sharing it with the one you love.  The innkeepers at the Harbor Light Inn have put together the perfect afternoon for two including a lobster picnic for two.  Whether you prefer to stay Lobster rollclose to the inn and enjoy your picnic by the pool or want to stroll to one of Marblehead’s beautiful harbor view parks, what a day it will be! The Lobster Picnic for Two package  includes two lobster rolls (with side of chips) provided by Little Harbor Lobster Co, a bottle of wine (choose from a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Additional wines available for an upgraded price) and one box of Sweet Sloops from local chocolatier Harbor Sweets.  It all comes neatly package in one of the Harbor Light Inn’s picnic baskets that is yours for the day.  The price is $89 in addition to your stay. Please note there’s limited availability, advance order required and the picnic basket must be returned after the meal.

Welcome to Marblehead gift bagTo further enhance your stay, consider opting for the Welcome to Marblehead Gift Bag from the famed local marketplace,  Shubies.  Your special bag will be waiting for  you in your room just to add a little WOW to your stay.  Included in the bag is everything you need to enjoy and then remember your getaway, including Grafton Village 2 year Cheddar, Busseto salami, Crostini crackers, a hand crafted and locally made Marblehead marble coaster, two commemorative Harbor Light Inn coffee mugs, all wrapped in a beautiful, insolated tote bag that’s yours to keep.  The price is $90, in addition to your lodging costs.

You too can be Fancy Nancy at the Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield, MA

The Deerfield Inn offers families and couples the perfect respite.  Their calendar is filled with everything from weekly dining specials to events for the whole family.  This summer is filled with dates to mark on the calendar and plan  your getaway around.

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On June 11, July 9, August 13, bring your favorite child or grandchild to a Fancy Nancy luncheon dressed fancy (like their favorite character, Nancy) and enjoy a special lunch at Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern while listening to a reading of Jane O’Connor’s modern kids classic, the well-loved “Fancy Nancy”. It starts at 11:30am and a full children’s menu and lunch menu will be available.  Limited seating is planned so reservations are suggested 413-774-5587.

Then, on Father’s Day (June 19th), let Dad leave the grilling to the Deerfield Inn.  All day, Dads will be celebrated at Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern with a Father’s Day $16 burger special. From 11:30am – 8:00pm, Build Your Own Burger starting with a Black Angus Beef Burger, Champney’s Faroe Island Salmon Burger, Champney’s Veggie Burger or Special Burger of the Night.  Add additional toppings or no additional charge including sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, blue cheese. Why not treat Dad to a weekend getaway and really make him feel special?

You don’t have to wait for a holiday to enjoy dining specials offered at Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern.  Every Monday night is $16 pizza night with  your choice of two burgerssauces and additional toppings.  Tuesdays are $16 Burger nights with a choice of beef or veggie burgers and loads of possible toppings. On Wednesday nights oysters are back starting at 4:00pm until they run out.  Finally, Fridays are prime rib night served with mashed potatoes and horseradish sour cream.  Reservations are always highly encouraged as these dining specials are popular.  Call 413-774-5587.  On Thursdays from June 2 through September 1, take in Concerts on the Terrace, combining a drink and/or dinner with live music featuring a different local musician each week, rain or shine. Once again, reservations are requested to make sure there’s seating available.  Call  413-774-5587.

Honeymoons, celebration vacations and babymoons at Captain’s House Inn, Chatham, MA

Springtime is the time to visit Cape Cod, before school lets out. You’ll have the beaches to yourself (mostly!). Before booking your stay at the Captain’s House Inn, consider one of their fun packages and lodging specials.  No need to go to the trouble of arranging that amazing vacation; let the innkeepers here package it all for you and put together all the ingredients.

Escape with the one you love and enjoy a romantic experience at the Captain’s House Inn taking advantage of their Honeymoon Package. Whether celebrating a honeymoon couple on beach– or just want a romantic getaway – your commitment to each other deserves to be commemorated in a diamond-rated style. The Honeymoon Package includes a couples massage at locally owned Sol Spa, a bottle of bubbly, a cheese and fruit board with crackers and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival.  Add to that a bouquet of flowers upon arrival, a choice of Captain’s House Inn champagne flutes or mugs to take home with you as a souvenir, a full gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay made special with a complimentary mimosa.  Another feature of the Captain’s House Inn is their lovely afternoon tea served daily and included in a stay for all guests.  The package is topped off with a late check out at 12 pm and a complimentary room upgrade when available.  This package is $495 in addition to the room rate and is based on availability. A 20% spa gratuity is included in the package.

Usually first comes the honeymoon then comes the baby, but of course, not always.  Yet, for soon-to-be parents, a babymoon allows time to recharge and ready for couple - pregnantparenthood, plus spend quality time with your partner, all while getting a little bit of the pampering you deserve! The Captain’s House Inn Babymoon Package includes a couples massage at Sol Spa (including a 20% gratuity), a bottle of sparkling cider and a box of assorted chocolate truffles upon arrival, a comfy, specially designed pregnancy pillow for your use during your stay, a full gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay with optional room service, afternoon tea served daily, a late check out of 12 pm and a complimentary room upgrade if available. This package is based on availability and is priced at $395 in addition to the room rate.

Simply add either of these Captain’s House Inn packages to your reservation on the online booking form and indicate choices when offered.

We’ll feature ideas for spring and summer special getaways from inns in Connecticut and New Hampshire next week.  Remember, when you make your reservation book online directly with the inn or call for the best rates and availability.

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

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod

In Maine:  Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton.