Social Distancing means privacy during your next DINE getaway

Do not disturb signIf you’d asked any of the innkeepers from Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE)  what the term social distance meant a year ago…or even six months ago…they would likely have scratched their heads and guessed it had to do with … Read more

The new inn experience 2.0

Open sign No aspects of travel will be quite the same in the aftermath of the Coronavirus…whenever the aftermath arrives.  In the meantime, the entire travel industry is scrambling to re-open safely and carefully, including the 11 Distinctive Inns of New EnglandRead more

State by State Guide to Re-opening in DINE Country

Flags - Memorial DayIn any other year – and hopefully in future years – Memorial Day weekend is a busy start of the summer season for members of Distinctive Inns of New England.  With spring fully underway, gardens blooming, boats going into … Read more

Travel 2.0: Guest etiquette advice as DINE inns re-open

Back to business signWhile re-opening dates vary from state to state throughout New England, soon the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will be allowed to welcome guests back.  During the initial stages of re-opening, state-ordered limitations will be strict, creating a new Read more

The “new normal” for DINE inns and why they should be your first getaway this summer

people with masksThe COVID-19 pandemic has seeped its way into the corners of every business in America, including the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Closed right now but poised to re-open in the coming weeks, the 11 DINE inns are busy … Read more

A compendium of quarantine distractions from Distinctive Inns of New England

Groundhog with signIt’s amazing to think back just a little more than two months ago to Groundhog Day when the most important prediction in our lives was how many more weeks of winter we’d have to endure. And even when March came … Read more

Spring inspiration from Distinctive Inns of New England

Spring bouquet at Inn at English MeadowsAfter nearly a month of social distancing and staying at home, we’re willing to bet that a little inspiration will go a long way. Just as Easter signals rebirth, so does springtime in New England. While all of the Distinctive Read more

A message of caring from Distinctive Inns of New England

Connections via handsCoronavirus has crept its way into every moment of our lives.  From TV, newspaper, radio and online messaging to the very lifestyle we’re all now adapting to, the new normal is anything but normal.  Yet, despite the psychic whiplash we … Read more

Tips for staying healthy while traveling in DINE country

Girl offfering appleIn light of the Coronavirus pandemic, staying healthy and traveling have unfortunately become divergent concepts. While travelers throughout the world struggle to find some sense of optimism, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are here to offer any small … Read more

Go Red with Recipes for American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day  

February marks two important holidays of the heart.  First, throughout the month we celebrate American Heart Month.  Second, on February 14th Valentine’s Day celebrates heart-felt love.  Red is the color of both of these holidays, and the Distinctive Read more

Three ways DINE inns offer vacations that are all about you

hotel check inRecently we at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have been hearing commercials on the radio about how Westin Hotels offer stays “all about you”.  We in the innkeeping world find the notion of a hotel chain, with hundreds of … Read more

Four little known holidays to spur your winter DINE getaway

Romantic getaways at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandMove aside Valentine’s Day, you’re so overdone.  And what happens to the 40 million singles who shun the hearts-and-chocolates day? They are left out.  You may “get lucky” on St Patrick’s Day but if you’re not a green beer fan, … Read more

A compilation of comfort: Recipes for comfort food in 2020

Beautiful photo of Spinach Pie from Harbor Light InnWelcome to a new year and a new decade.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will start the year and the decade out with something they know well….comfort.  From the comfort of welcoming inns, to recipes for the best … Read more

Advice for 2020 from DINE inns: Take the trip!

2020 logoAs we close out 2019, we can’t help but think about goals and plans for 2020. After all, it’s not just the end of a year, but the conclusion of a decade.  This is the year to make important new … Read more

Distinctive Inns of New England presents Holiday Hot Deals

Holiday Hot Deals announcementCongratulations, you’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, now it’s time for the best deals of all.  For 11 days starting with December 4th through December 18th – each DINE inn will announce a … Read more

Holiday Hot Deals – The best offers of the year from DINE inns

photo of hands typing on a keyboardFor those who say bah humbug to Black Friday, guess what? You can sleep in this year. And no need to worry about finding Cyber Monday offers either. When it comes to great deals during the holiday season, Distinctive Inns Read more

Captain’s House Inn: The perfect shop, stay and play getaway in Chatham Cape Cod

Christmas tree in dining room at Captain's House InnAs we careen toward the holidays, a series dedicated to innkeepers’ tips on amazing shopping seems timely. Thus, this is the third in our series about innkeepers’ favorite shopping locations featuring the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  In … Read more

Shop tax-free and stay with inn getaways to New Hampshire

Last week we started a series exploring the ideal places to shop and stay in smaller towns offering unique stores for that hard-to-shop-for person, starting in Vermont.  After the National Retail Federation surveys showed holiday shopping will increase by … Read more

Pair Holiday Shopping with inn getaways in Vermont

Rabbit Hill Inn Christmas Tree in the Parlor with 1800 white lightsA National Retail Federation recently predicted that holiday spending will be up by 4-percent this year for an all-time high of $730.7 billion dollars in total holiday spending.  Their survey conducted in October also found that an astonishing 39-percent of … Read more

DINE’s solution to health impacts of Daylight Savings Time ending

Day Light Savings Time end reminder to turn the clocks backTwice a year, when Daylight Savings Time starts and ends, our bodies are jerked out of rhythm and for days afterward, we suffer through impacts ranging from lack of sleep to depression.  Prepare yourselves, friends, you’re about to go through … Read more