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

Conventional wisdom when visiting Distinctive Inns of New England

Hearts on the beachAs vaccinations continue throughout the country, travelers are emboldened and feeling the urge to hit the road.  For many, a drive-to getaway to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England fits the criteria for what feels safe and doable.  … Read more

What to expect on your next DINE getaway

Couple taking a road trip to a DINE innAs we move farther into spring, the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are hearing the loud cry from travelers ready to hit the road once again.  Study after study of traveler sentiment have proven there’s plenty of pent … Read more

New travel guidance loosens restrictions for travel to DINE country

girl with maks ready to travelAs more and more people are vaccinated, travel becomes possible for those yearning for vacations to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Surveys show that more than 80% of would-be travelers are anxious to hit the road for vacationsRead more

Five perfect ways to celebrate spring at Distinctive Inns of New England

Tulips and daffodils at Rabbit Hill InnNew England offers such beauty as spring comes slowly yet intently to this beautiful part of the country. The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) make the perfect home base to explore the fifty shades of green that emerge during … Read more

When is it safe to travel?

Tavel safe graphicAs vaccinations roll out, and CDC guidance tells us that vaccinated adults can feel safe gathering in smaller groups, all travelers’ eyes are turning toward Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  While each of the New England states are still … Read more

State by State Guide to Maple Sugaring Celebrations in New England Plus Recipes

Maple syrupMarch is the month for maple syrup making in and around the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and the ten DINE inns invite guests to visit sugar shacks throughout New England. As the days get a little longer and … Read more

Spotlight on The Deerfield Inn, Historic Deerfield, MA

Deerfield Inn, holiday decorThroughout our series, we’ve created profiles of DINE members.  Today we will focus on the Historic Deerfield Inn, located within a living museum offering insight into colonial America.  We’re delighted to have created spotlights on each of the Distinctive Inns Read more

Celebrating National Heart Month: Colorful heart-healthy recipes

Cape Porpoise, Maine lobster trap tree with heartsEach February,  from coast to coast we celebrate American Heart Month.  It’s a time when  by Americans are encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Focusing on your heart health is so important now more than ever. People … Read more

Cookie recipes from DINE kitchens even Santa can’t resist

high tea at Captain's House InnIt’s certainly looking like Christmas with pine boughs, simmering mulled cider and plenty of fresh holiday wreaths and trees at the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  And with the fresh pine smells come scents of Christmas cookies baking … Read more