We’re winding up our blog series on five great things to do at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) in the winter with a trifecta of ideas from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut inns. While there are far more than five reasons to visit the nine DINE inns in the winter, we’ve brought a deep delve into some of the winter highlights throughout DINE country From snowmobiling to dogsledding and topped off with warm spirits by a flickering fire, each week we’ve bring you five great reasons to choose a DINE inn this winter. To date we’ve covered ideas from Inn at English Meadows, the Chesterfield Inn, Harbor Light Inn , Rabbit Hill Inn and the Grafton Inn. Today, we’ll wrap up the series with a winter itinerary that takes you from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, then on to New Hampshire’s Lakes region, finishing up at the Connecticut shore.
Winter fun at Captain’s House Inn
Winter on Cape Cod has a very different feel than in the summer. The peacefulness of a deserted beach helps to remind visitors to the Captain’s House Inn of the beauty of the Cape’s shores. This is the time to enjoy a romantic getaway to the Captain’s House Inn, relaxing in your whirlpool tub and enjoying a flickering fire. Start out the day with a sumptuous breakfast, complete with fruit, baked goods and a choice of sweet or savory entrees. You’ll be fueled for a day of exploring the quiet time on the Cape until it’s time for tea. Treat yourself to afternoon tea complete with sweet treats. It’s all included in your stay. Better yet, upgrade (for a small additional cost) to a high tea, which will fill you until dinner time. For the ideal romantic getaway or honeymoon, you might want to opt for the honeymoon package, packed with flowers, champagne and couples massages. Everything you need for an over the top romantic escape.
Winter excitement at Deerfield Inn
Located in the Berkshire Mountains, there’s plenty of outdoor recreation that brings visitors to the Deerfield Inn. Nestled within the living museum of Historic Deerfield, a recreated 18th century colonial village, the Deerfield Inn offers a wonderful respite to experience the museums, shops, history and outdoor fun in Western Massachusetts. Best of all, Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern at the Deerfield Inn offers the ideal way to top off a day of outdoor fun. With weekly specials, local craft brews, specialty cocktails, and fun events, Champney’s is a favorite for inn guests and locals alike. With many configurations of guest rooms, the Deerfield Inn can also comfortably accommodate families in suites and double queen rooms, or couples seeking romantic getaways in king rooms. Pair a beautiful room with the Romance Package or add enhancements to your stay for a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary or a romantic holiday in Massachusetts.
Wine down at Inn at Harbor Hill Marina
Now through April 2nd the Connecticut Winter Wine Trail Passport Program paired with a stay at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina B&B , within a short drive of many of the participating wineries, makes a perfect reason to visit the Mystic region. The Passport Program features 12 participating farm wineries, offering the chance to experience the wine-making process firsthand, take tours, taste award-winning varieties, and win over $6,000 in fabulous prizes at the end. The calendar is packed with wine lovers activities too, like Chocolate & Wine Pairings, Paint & Sip Workshops, Igloo Spheres, live weekend music and more. Return for the inn’s wine reception and you have a perfect wine lovers’ weekend! If wine is not fine, a winter getaway at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offers just the relaxing escape you need. Like Cape Cod, the Connecticut shore has a peaceful winter vibe. Walk hand in hand on the boardwalk, along the water or snuggle under warm quilts with a view of the water from your beautifully appointed guest room. The Relax and Recharge Package offers the ideal quick getaway for a night or more of pure R, R & R (relax, recharge and romance) complete with a late check-out. There are a number of packages to choose from to add to the memories of your winter getaway here.
A SPAcial winter adventure at Manor on Golden Pond
Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, there’s a wide variety of winter adventures awaiting here. For skiers, Gunstock Mountain, Loon, and a number of Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts are all within an easy drive. Snowmobilers will also find plenty of snow right now, with flakes falling as we write this and 100+ miles of groomed trails. Winter hikes abound in the area abound, so bring snowshoes, XC skis or boots to enjoy a walk in the woods. Yet, if a snuggle by the fire is more along the lines of your idea of winter relaxation, nearly all of the Manor on Golden Pond’s guest rooms offer wood-burning or gas fireplaces, and many with whirlpool tubs. Foodies will enjoy the morning breakfasts from a menu of entrees followed by dinner in the Van Horn dining room or a warm toddy in the Three Cocks pub. Time it right, and you might even get in on one of the Manor’s epicurean escapades with their Cooking School. Top it all off with a spa treatment at the Manor’s in-house Season’s Spa, and you’ve got the perfect indoor and outdoor getaway. Choose from a number of Spa Packages offered by the Manor on Golden Pond.
That’s it DINE friends. We’ve now covered well over five great reasons to visit each of the DINE inns. We look forward to your wonderful winter experience in DINE country. Don’t forget, when you book your romantic getaway, be sure to contact the inn directly for the best availability.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic
In Maine: Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport.