In 2024 just book the trip!

2024The New York Times publishes a popular Morning Newsletter offering a news recap, along with updates on cultural, lifestyle, arts and other insights.  As we count down to 2024, the newsletter’s focus this week has been on a look back … 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 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  And with the fresh pine smells come scents of Christmas cookies baking in … Read more

We Gather Together to Be Thankful for our Guests

DINE innkeepersEach 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.  This is a transition year for DINE and unfortunately, that meeting didn’t … Read more

Crisp Recipes from Distinctive Inns of New England

While we’re still enjoying summer like temps in DINE country, the forecast is sure to bring crisp temps. Nothing gets us more excited for fall than those cool mornings along with some mouth-watering “crisp” recipes from innkeepers at Distinctive Inns 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

B&Bs vs Airbnbs: The differences, pros and cons

By Marti Mayne

vacation rental bedroomMore than just the word AIR differentiates B&Bs from Airbnbs. They are two distinctly different lodging options. The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are here to explain how they differ and to explain some of the … Read more

Three DINE recipes adapted for the perfect St Paddy’s Day treat

Green heart cookiesSt Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and with that comes some tasty treats from the kitchens of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  In keeping with our acronym, the innkeepers at DINE love to offer up special … Read more

Ideas for winter fun at Captain’s House Inn, Deerfield Inn, Manor on Golden and Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

Spa packages at Manor On Golden PondWe’re winding up our blog series on five great things to do at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) in the winter with a trifecta of ideas from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut inns.  While there are far more than … Read more

Ideas for New England Winter Fun at Grafton Inn, Vermont

Grafton Inn guest roomOnce again we’re delving into the five best things to do in the winter at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  One by one we’re doing a deep dive into each of the nine DINE inns to offer wonderful … Read more

Ideas for New England Winter Fun at Rabbit Hill Inn

Rabit Hill Inn - winterWe’ve been covering the top five ideas for enjoying a New England winter at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) on the DINE blog.  Last week we covered all the fun to be enjoyed indoors and out at Harbor Light Read more

Ideas for New England Winter Fun in Marblehead, MA

couple with heart handsThis winter, fall “inn love” with romantic winter getaways at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Nothing says romantic like falling asleep to the flicker of a fire or an exhilarating walk by the harbor.  We all know that February … Read more

Ideas for New England winter fun at New Hampshire inns

Chesterfield Inn snow and winterWinter is certainly here in full force this week at Distinctive Inns of New England.  After weeks of above normal temps, the Polar Vortex has descended. Old Man Winter is finally here and the best way to embrace it is … Read more

Ideas for value-filled winter fun at New England inns

couple - winterWinter has finally arrived in New England and the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers are officially stoked for some winter fun.   The nine DINE inns offer everything from skiing and riding to sleigh rides, winter hiking, skating and … Read more

A new year’s resolution you’ll want to keep: DINE even more in 2023

making resolutions in 2017Did you make a resolution on January 1st and are finding your determination waning right about now? The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are here to rescue your resolution resolve. Throw out those old notions of “shoulds” and … Read more

The DINE mantra for 2023: Kindness

Innkeepers are kind to guestsKindness does not come as a new concept to the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). In fact, the nine DINE innkeepers are among the most kind-hearted people you’ll ever meet. Recall the Tea & Sympathy story on … Read more

In 2023 opt for experiences not more stuff

New year fresh startRecently, an article on WellnessMama.com appeared and really got us thinking here at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). It was shocking to read all the statistics about how much stuff people in America  have and accumulate. We at the … Read more

A virtual tour of holiday decorations at DINE inns – Part II – Massachusetts inns

Captain's House Inn's Tea themed treeThe halls are all decked, the stockings are hung by the fire with care, and the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are preparing for a white Christmas. Book a holiday stay at any of the nine DINE Read more

Holiday festivities & specials in DINE country – Part III, Vermont festivals and packages

holiday on tree at Rabbit Hill InnIt’s tough to find two more quintessentially New England towns than Grafton and Lower Waterford, VT, and when it comes to a Norman Rockwell inspired New England holiday towns, these are two very special places.  We continue our blog series … Read more

Holiday festivities & specials in DINE country – Part II, NH festivals and packages

Photo of holiday tree at Chesterfield InnWith snow falling in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont as we write this, we can’t help but think it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) want to let you in … Read more

Holiday festivities in DINE country – Part I, Massachusetts holiday events

Nautical Santa at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaHoliday shopping season may have started before Thanksgiving, but what we like to call the Harvest to Holidays time of year is getting underway now.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) embrace the holiday season with beautiful décor, festive … Read more