The Faces of DINE

Brian ShieldsRecently, the members of Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) met for their semi-annual meeting. These meetings rotate between the nine inn members, and this one was held at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  DINE meetings offer the chance the membership to review progress with marketing programs and perhaps more importantly, to set priorities, brainstorm ideas and gather as colleagues. Founded in 1995, DINE is one of the few regional marketing organizations for inns and B&Bs left.  Over the past few days, the membership reviewed priorities and set an agenda for the future to ensure the organization can continue into the future.

One of the most important realizations that surfaced in long discussions about the future of DINE was the importance not just of the organization but of the distinctive innkeepers who participate in the group.  While DINE is a New England marketing organization, it’s also a place where innkeeper colleagues can come to share ideas and issues with others who truly understand the job of innkeeping. The sharing and caring of colleagues will take on a key role in the future of DINE.

Today, in honor of the members, each of whom brings an important perspective to the group, we will share the smiles, and photos of the group at work and at play. Here’s to the faces of innkeepers who make up the energy behind DINE.

Every meeting starts and ends with a review of DINE’s marketing activities, along with a brainstorming session.  Here’s a photo of the group hard at work. DINE meeting tableAfter an afternoon of meetings, the innkeepers break for a dinner filled with colleagues and lots of smiles. Here, Julia, innkeeper at Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, is joined by Angela, innkeeper at Grafton Inn.Julia and Angela, DINE membersBoth founding members of DINE, Judy from Chesterfield Inn joins Leslie Mulcahy to toast the organization’s 28 year tenure.

Leslie and Judy, founding membersElizabeth, innkeeper and owner of the Inn at English Meadows is amused by the stories at the table.

Elizabeth from Inn at English MeadowsIt’s always hard to fit all members at one table, so this is a partial group shot.

Dinner table with DINE innkeepersOne of the traditions at DINE meetings is the group photo. Here are a few takes on the attempts to get a good one. DINE group photoMore faces to be sure we don’t leave anyone out…Another member who started his DINE career shortly after the founding of the organization, Brian Shields from Manor on Golden Pond, and his wife and co-owner/innkeeper, Mary Ellen. Mary Ellen Shields at Captain's House Inn Brian Shields







Presenting Laurie, innkeeper and restauranteur at Deerfield Inn

Laurie McDonald, Deerfield Inn innkeeper DINE’s trusty President, Carolyn, innkeeper at Harbor Light Inn does a great job of running meetings and organizing DINE meetings.

Carolyn Pyburn, Harbor Light Inn

Here’s Brian Mulcahy, hard at work during an earlier DINE meeting at Captain’s House Inn last fall. Brian Mulcahy at Captain's House Inn

Captain’s House Inn innkeepers, Steph and Drew are shown here at the DINE meeting at Captain’s House Inn.

Steph and Drew at Captain's House InnThere you have it, the faces of DINE and the members the true energy behind the organization’s success. We hope to welcome those who wish to meet DINE innkeepers at our nine DINE member inns soon.

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

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

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic