Like it or not, we’re already on the countdown to the holidays. The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are preparing to help guests celebrate this year with beautifully decorated inns, plenty of fanfare and some great gift ideas to extend the memories and adventure from your DINE getaways. We know it’s tough to find the perfect gift for that someone on your list who has everything, so the 9 DINE inns are offering these gift ideas now to give you plenty of time to schedule your next romantic getaway and pick up these perfect holiday offerings. Each DINE inn offers an in-house gift shop. Some inns also enjoy a full retail shop either at the inn or operated next door. Enjoy a harvest-to-holidays getaway to your favorite of our New England inns, and be sure to pick up a few of these gifts for your preferred travel partner.
DINE inn mugs
Each of the DINE member inns offers guests the opportunity to take home one of their unique mugs. Each mug is customized with the inn’s name and is the perfect reminder of all the wonderful breakfasts you’ve enjoyed there. Many of these mugs are hand-thrown and made right here in the USA by Deneen Pottery, a family-owned business operating in a solar-powered headquarters.
In some cases, DINE members offer coffee roasted exclusively for their inns and custom blended teas. Ask your innkeeper about taking home some of the fabulous coffee or teas that start the day during your stays. When paired with one of the inns’ mugs, this makes a great reminder of your DINE getaway for that person with whom you love to travel.
Soaps, lotions, shampoos
One of the wonderful things about staying at a DINE inn is the fabulous collection of bath amenities you find in your room. From soaps to shampoos and even a bottle of “Poopourri,” you’ll find beautifully crafted offerings at your DINE inn. Often you’ll find take-home sized containers of these amenities in the inn’s gift shop. If you don’t see them, ask your innkeeper about purchasing larger sized bottles. They make great stocking stuffers, not to mention a pleasant reminder of a fabulous getaway.
All of the DINE inns offer guests the use of their monogrammed robes during their stay. How many times have you wished you had one of those fabulous robes to take home? Ask your innkeeper about purchasing one of their robes. You’ll find them in the inns’ gift shops and/or by asking. Your travel partner will love wrapping themselves in those luxurious robes. We think this’ll make a great gift for men or women.
Sheets and pillows
There’s something about the wonderful bedding you find at DINE inns. DINE innkeepers pride themselves in choosing the most luxurious of sheets, blankets, quilts and pillows. After all, a great nights’ sleep is part of that perfect DINE getaway. Why not replicate that luxurious bed at home? Many of the DINE inns sell everything from those comfortable sheets to pillows and once in awhile even mattresses. Ask your innkeeper if you can purchase your favorite bedding from them and wrap your travel partner in that perfect night sleep this holiday season.
Gift cards & gift certificates
The ultimate gift this holiday season will be a gift card or gift certificate to enjoy another getaway at a DINE inn. Ideal for that special person who has everything, the gift of getaway is something that’ll always bring a smile. Each DINE inn offers either gift cards or gift certificates for sale year round. Whether you choose a gift card to your favorite inn or combine the $50 DINE Getaway Certificate you get with each stay for a stay at another DINE inn, the gift of a visit to a DINE inn is sure to be a favorite present this holiday season. Simply ask your innkeeper to create the personalized gift card for you to give, and present it along with a DINE bookmark, also obtained upon check out from each DINE visit.
You’ll need to schedule your DINE getaway sometime before the holidays to pick up these great gifts. If you’re unable to do that, call the inn and shipping can be arranged. Don’t forget to book directly with the DINE inn of your choice to get the best rate and availability.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic
In Maine: Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport.