Jump Inn & Cool Off:  Great swimming pools at DINE inns – Part I

It’s summer. The thermometer is rising and already we’ve had a record number of 80+-degree days in a row.  The sunny days of summer are upon us and we say bring on the heat! You’ll find plenty of ways to … Read more

Rhubarb desserts from DINE kitchens

Now that we’ve gone from winter to summer in one week, welcome to summer in New England! Spring is a pipedream in DINEcountry.  While spring foliage is gorgeous throughout the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), the weather can … Read more

DINE inns celebrate freedom to travel and roam

As we approach the July 4th holiday, thoughts tend to move toward BBQs and fireworks.  Yet, better known as Independence Day, the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) like to also focus on the meaning of the … Read more

June blooms in DINE country – Part II

Spring wreath on the side door of Captain Jefferds InnLast week we took you on an armchair tour of many of the gardens and blooms at the coastal members of Distinctive Inns of New England. Now that we’re a week later, so much is in bloom you will be … Read more

DINE Innkeepers best kept secret spots revealed – Part I

Distinctive Inns of New England shares secret spots. One of the best things about staying at an inn or B&B is the innkeeper(s). The innkeepers of the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are such a wealth of information about the local community.  Travelers love to live … Read more

Sweet treats for Mom on Mother’s Day from DINE

Mothers Day - daughter hugging her mother.She says she’s got everything she could ever want, so what do you give to Mom for Mother’s Day?  Last week we wrote about the gift of getaway to any of the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), a … Read more

The one thing Mom really wants for Mother’s Day – B&B getaways

She’s the most important person in the world – to you and to your kids. Whether you’re her soul mate and she’s the mother of your children, or you’re lucky enough to be one of her kids, you want to … Read more

Elopements, Small Weddings & Recommitments at New England Inns, Part V – Connecticut

waterfront weddings at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWe’ve had fun exploring the options for elopements, small weddings and recommitment ceremonies at New England inns in our Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) blog series.  This is the final chapter in the series.  After offering some great options … Read more

Elopements, Small Weddings & Recommitments at New England Inns, Part IV – Maine

couple walking on the beachWe continue our series on elopements, small weddings and recommitment ceremonies at New England Inns with ideas from Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) members in Maine.  For those seeking a beautiful coastal Maine town and inn, both the Captain Read more

Elopements, Small weddings and recommitments at New England Inns – Part III– New Hampshire

Wedding couple in front of Manor on Golden PondWe started our series of blog stories about elopements, small weddings and recommitments at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with a story about packages and offerings from inns in Massachusetts.  From there, we wrote about offerings from DINE member … Read more

Elopements, small weddings & recommitments at New England inns – Part II, Vermont

Wedding carriage at Grafton InnWe started our series about New England elopements, small weddings and recommitment ceremonies last week.  Part I of our series focused entirely on small weddings and elopements in Massachusetts.  Since June will soon be busting out all over with … Read more

Elopements, small weddings & recommitments at New England Inns – Part I, Massachusetts

April, May and June are months when love springs eternal. Elopements and recommitment ceremonies are meant to be small gatherings of those you love most, and spring is a perfect time to celebrate in New England.  A small and intimate … Read more

When is a B&B not a B&B? When it’s an Airbnb

romance at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandMake no mistake about it.  An Airbnb is not a bed and breakfast.  Interestingly, the Airbnb concept chose the name because of all benefits and positive images that B&Bs conjure up.  Yet, beyond the name, there are few similarities between … Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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