Green themed recipes for St. Paddy’s Day

Green Goblins at Deerfield InnAs we approach St. Patrick’s Day in New England, we can’t help but think of all those green-themed recipes being whipped up in the kitchens at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  While our first choice for you on … Read more “Green themed recipes for St. Paddy’s Day”

Three things daylight savings time allows us to do at DINE properties

Reminder to move clocks forward for Daylight Savings TimeDaylight saving time, or DST, starts for 2019 this weekend. Across the country (with a few notable exceptions like Hawaii and Arizona), people will be moving the clocks forward an hour in the quiet hours of the morning on Sunday, … Read more “Three things daylight savings time allows us to do at DINE properties”

Beautiful bountiful breakfasts from Distinctive Inns of New England

This blog was inspired by a recent photo shoot at Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vermont, one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  When reviewing the photos, it occurred to us that even breakfast food can be a … Read more “Beautiful bountiful breakfasts from Distinctive Inns of New England”

Book Direct: It’s the best way to save and get the room you want

Booking a hotel room or inn stay used to be so easy.  You’d pick up the phone and call your favorite member of Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Today, with online booking it’s a little harder to know who … Read more “Book Direct: It’s the best way to save and get the room you want”

The Up side of Down time: Vacations are healthy

Vacations are healthy signSome say that the annual #PlanForVacation Day is one of those self-serving holidays created by the Travel Industry to promote sales.  Okay, we’ll there’s surely a little bit of that there, but for years, the U.S. Travel Association has been … Read more “The Up side of Down time: Vacations are healthy”

Thinking outside the box: Small corporate retreats at New England Inns

Meeting at Deerfield InnBy Marti Mayne

This is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart because some of the best meetings I’ve ever been to have been held at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) member inns.  As a former … Read more “Thinking outside the box: Small corporate retreats at New England Inns”

Make 2019 the year of bucket list vacations: Pair adventure and romance with a DINE inn

New year's resolution listJanuary is resolution month.  And the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have solutions for your resolutions.  We’re willing to bet that at least one of your resolutions has to do with more travel, more adventure or perhaps more romance.  … Read more “Make 2019 the year of bucket list vacations: Pair adventure and romance with a DINE inn”

Your guide to ringing in a distinctive 2019 at a DINE inn

Your guide to New Year's Eve at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandNew Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating old and new acquaintances and creating memories to never forget them.  There’s no place better than one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) to ring in the new year … Read more “Your guide to ringing in a distinctive 2019 at a DINE inn”

At last! The 12 Days of Christmas Offers for 2018 from DINE inns

12 Days of Christmas promotional announcementYou’ve made it through Cyber and Black Shopping Weeks, now it’s time for the best deals of all.  For twelve days in a row – from December 1 through December 12th – each of the DINE inns will announce … Read more “At last! The 12 Days of Christmas Offers for 2018 from DINE inns”

Forget Cyber Monday – Distinctive Inns of New England offers 12 Days of Christmas deals

1 Days of Christmas banner for DINE promotionGo ahead, sleep in on Black Friday.  You can relax; no need to worry about finding Cyber Monday offers. When it comes to great deals during the holiday season of savings, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) has 12 days … Read more “Forget Cyber Monday – Distinctive Inns of New England offers 12 Days of Christmas deals”

Pie Recipes: From traditional apple to pie-themed bars and hand pies to DINE on

We’ve entered that food-filled period from harvest to holiday.  This is a foodie’s idea of heaven, and the innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are serving up all the wonderful fall-themed foods you can imagine.  When we … Read more “Pie Recipes: From traditional apple to pie-themed bars and hand pies to DINE on”

What the world needs now is love sweet love from innkeepers

What a tumultuous few weeks we’ve had.  Between campaign ads bombarding our airwaves, and the sad news of bombs invading our politicians’ mailboxes and guns infiltrating our places of worship, it feels like there’s no place we can get away … Read more “What the world needs now is love sweet love from innkeepers”

Shoptember: November is for shopping in DINE country

“But what is there to do in November?” ask guests considering a visit to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  The ideal activity to add to a romantic getaway filled with plenty of time with hot toddies … Read more “Shoptember: November is for shopping in DINE country”

Five things you’ve always wanted to know about innkeeping: DINE innkeepers answer

Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers at Chesterfield InnSo, you want to be an innkeeper when you retire?  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers hear it all the time.  It’s the image of merrily baking muffins, greeting guests with lively and interesting conversation, and making new … Read more “Five things you’ve always wanted to know about innkeeping: DINE innkeepers answer”

In Gourds We Trust: Fall decorating ideas from DINE inns

We can not allow fall in New England to pass us by without adding some decorating ideas from the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers.  A trip to any of the 12 DINE inns during any of the autumn … Read more “In Gourds We Trust: Fall decorating ideas from DINE inns”

C is for Cookies at Distinctive Inns of New England

Valentine's Day at DINE innsYou don’t have to wait for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on May 15th or National Cookie Day on December 4th to enjoy some of the best cookie recipes offered at New England inns.  Every day is cookie … Read more “C is for Cookies at Distinctive Inns of New England”

DINE inns include so much when airlines and hotels continue to gouge

It seems like every travel article we read covers some kind of new fee.  From resort fees at hotels to baggage fees on airlines, we’re left thinking, “what’s next?”.  In the ever-increasing list of fees, we at Distinctive Inns of Read more “DINE inns include so much when airlines and hotels continue to gouge”

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy: Our favorite summer lemon recipes

We’ve seen all sorts of quotes about what to do when life hands you lemons.  Some recommend keeping them because, “hey, they’re free”. Others say “add their zest to your life”.  Still others recommend stuffing them in your bra and … Read more “Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy: Our favorite summer lemon recipes”

Why DINE vacations are healthy: Catch up on sleep

We all know that a good night’s sleep is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. We’re told from a young age that we need our sleep, but too many of us are burning the candle at both … Read more “Why DINE vacations are healthy: Catch up on sleep”

Three great ways to master the art of travel to New England inns

Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers show compassionNow that we’re in the heart of the summer travel season, we thought it might be worth taking a step back and exploring what travel expert and advocate, Christopher Elliot refers to as “the art of travel”. In his columnRead more “Three great ways to master the art of travel to New England inns”