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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why DINE vacations are healthy: Catch up on sleep

Reese the cat with a guest from Rabbit Hill Inn

Reese, the Rabbit Hill Inn’s feline innkeeper, enjoys 40-winks along with a guest, as they both catch up on some sleep!

We all know that a good night’s sleep is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. We’re … Read more

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

Got Buttermilk? Sweet summer recipes for leftover buttermilk

How many times has it happened to you?  A recipe calls for a small amount of buttermilk, then you have the majority left over in the container.  Some people enjoy drinking buttermilk, but most don’t, but love it mixed into … Read more

A dozen great ways to beat the heat in DINE country

Recently, the temps in Southern Maine reached levels not seen for the past 107 years! New Englanders have been suffering through one of the warmest summers in decades. Yet innkeepers at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England are taking … Read more

Berry Blue Breakfast Recipes for Summer

Blueberry breakfast recipes from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandEvery romantic getaway to the Distinctive Inns of New England comes complete with a hand-crafted breakfast each morning.  Meant to fuel you for the day, the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer some of the most delicious and … Read more

Why Dads love DINE

Ask any guy what they love about inn/B&B getaways and they’ll give you “the look”. That expression that says, “I think you know what I love about going to a romantic B&B”. Besides the obvious answer about what guys love … Read more

Five great ideas for sizzling savings at Distinctive Inns of New England

waterfront rooms at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaNow that June is busting out all over, all eyes and calendars are turning to plans for summer vacation.  Let this be your summer for bucket list getaways, starting with Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). The 12 DINE innsRead more

Going Healthy with Spinach: Breakfast pies from Distinctive Inns of New England

Spinach Pie from Harbor Light InnAs we kick off the summer season and watch the seedling spinach plants start growing into salad-sized, we thought it might be helpful to share some of our best breakfast pie recipes featuring this healthy ingredient.  After all, every romantic Read more

Ten of the best kitchen hacks ever from Distinctive Inns of New England

Bill Bagwill, breakfast chef at work at the Cliffside Inn.While the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are experts at providing romantic getaways and personalized hospitality, they’re also wizards in the kitchen with a pinch of Yankee ingenuity.  Invention rises from necessity, and for most of … Read more

Brew-Inn: Part VI: Favorite Microbreweries in Vermont

Pouring beer at Phelps Barn, Grafton Inn VT

Phelps Barn at Grafton Inn

This is the last in our series about innkeepers picks for favorite microbreweries, wineries and distilleries in New England. The 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have offered up quite the arm chair beer, … Read more

DINE inns offer the ideal kick off to summer with specials and packages

Summer bench at Rabbit Hill InnSpring has finally sprung throughout DINEcountry, and the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are celebrating with a collective promotion called the DINE kick-off to summer.  Only once or twice a year do so many of the 12 Read more

Brew-Inn, Part V: Favorite microbreweries and distilleries in New Hampshire

Beer tasting at Whetstone Brewing.

“”We’re here for the beer” say Whetstone Station brewers in Brattleboro, VT. Whetstone Station photo.

We’ve been taking quite the New England arm chair beer tour over the past month in the DINE blog.  Originally, we started with craft breweries, … Read more