Muffins and breakfast bread ideas from DINE kitchens

Muffin photoAs the thermometer dips and inside time is on the rise in the winter months, innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) take to the kitchen to bake wonderful goodies to add to breakfast table.  Winter is all about … Read more

3 ways DINE inns can support your new year resolutions

New year's resolution listJanuary is the year of resolutions, and we at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) understand those can be tough to uphold.  It’s easy to make new year’s resolutions; the tough part is fulfilling them. Even tougher is when you … Read more

DINE inns open the door to 2022

New Year's eve celebrations at DINE innsAs the calendar turns from 2021 to 2022, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) get ready to open the door to a new year.  Perhaps nothing is more evocative of hospitality than a welcoming door to one of ten Read more

Five reasons to choose DINE vs Mom and Dad’s sofa this holiday season

couple sitting on sofa There’s nothing better than home for the holidays, unless of course that involves sleepless nights sharing the sofa with Mom and Dad’s cat. Instead, let the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) be home away from home. Spend all the … Read more

Three good reasons to give the gift of a DINE getaway this holiday season

Holiday packageThe Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have the answer to that quandary for what to get the boss, your employees or your mother-in-law who has everything but praise for you. This holiday season, give the gift of getaway, and … Read more

Great ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers from DINE kitchens

Thanksgiving foodNeed some ideas for what to do with all the Thanksgiving leftovers? Let Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers offer some recipe advice once the clan grows weary of turkey sandwiches.  From a creative all-the-leftovers-in-one pot idea for Turkey … Read more

We gather together to count our blessings

DINE group photoEach year near Thanksgiving time, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers gather to review the past six months and plan for the winter and spring marketing.  The meetings are dynamic, analytic yet also filled with the friendship and … Read more

DINE inns offer quintessential holiday experiences – Part I – in Maine

Ornaments on the Christmas tree at Rabbit Hill Inn.Innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) wish they had a nickel for each time they answer the question, “Do you offer a Hallmark movie experience?”. The answer, Virginia, is yes! There is a Santa Claus, along with … Read more

The Great Pumpkin – Part II – baking with pumpkins

Photo of pumpkins at a farmLast week, we took an armchair tour of the creative ways Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers decorate their inns with pumpkins, corn stalks and mums.  They offered tips for ways that you can use pumpkins to decorate your … Read more

DINE innkeepers share Great Pumpkin decorating tips and recipes

grafton Inn rockers and pumpkinsWhen it comes to fall, it’s not just the brilliant foliage that makes the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) glow. Pumpkins adorn mantles, porches and steps at the 10 DINE inns, along with mums of all colors and … Read more

DINE innkeepers say “Yes” to the guests

“I’m a people pleaser,” says Angela Comstock, General Manager of the Grafton Inn in Grafton, VT, one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). In a recent zoom meeting, DINE innkeepers talked about operations while Covid continues to be … Read more

Isn’t it time to be inspired again?

Quote about hopeTravel planning has been on hold for many for so long it’s hard to remember what it felt like to anticipate that next trip to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  While summer felt like a time … Read more

Tips for safe inn travel during fall 2021

Rabbit Hill Inn room view

Fall is one of the favorite times of year for the guests of Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  The days are sunny and warm, nights are crisp and the colors have already just started to change in part of … Read more

The Tart of the Meal from Distinctive Inns of New England

funny lemon comicWhile some boast of the Art of the Deal, when it comes to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), it’s all about the Tart of the Meal.  Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it’s … Read more

Come sit a spell in DINE country – a pictorial essay

Camden Maine Stay guestroomAs we begin to feel more comfortable to roam and travel to places we love once again, we can’t help but crave those places that bring us comfort, especially at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Wooded hikes, rushing … Read more

Customer service is what makes DINE inns distinctive

By Marti Mayne

Customer Service quoteI’ve recently had the chance to experience good versus bad customer service at lodging properties and am now even more convinced it’s the remarkable customer service at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) that make them … Read more

Add-on’s create the perfect memorable DINE getaway at inns in Massachusetts, Part 3 in the series

Lydia Harding Suite at Captain's House Inn

We’re returning to offer ideas for add-ons and enhancements to make your trip to the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) memorable. We started with ideas for inns in Maine and New Hampshire. Last week, we covered fabulous … Read more

Add-on’s create the perfect memorable DINE getaway at inns in CT and Maine, Part 2 in the series

couple-watersideLast week we covered all of the fabulous enhancements and add-ons from inns in New Hampshire and Vermont to make for the perfect memorable getaway.  Now that the CDC guidelines allow vaccinated travelers to roam outdoors without masks, isn’t it … Read more

Add ons to make your stay even more special – Part 1

couple - holding fingersAfter fourteen months of the same four walls, isn’t it time to bust out of the place that’s become home, classroom, office and restaurant all in one?  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) await to help you dip your … Read more

Recipes for a Perfect Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in bedMom’s special day is coming up.  Doesn’t she deserve the best, starting with breakfast in bed! We’ve scoured the recipe files from the kitchens of Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and offer a variety of great ideas for Mom’s … Read more