Five great reasons for a fall getaway to DINE country

Pumpkins and Mums - Inn English MeadowsThroughout Northern New England, fall is in the air.  Even in the southern parts of the region, crisp er mornings offer a keen reminder that the most colorful season of the year is on its way.  Distinctive Inns of New Read more

Picture yourself at the perfect DINE summer getaway

Summer, Rabbit Hill InnWhile Memorial Day feels like the unofficial start to summer, the calendar officially turns to summer this week on the longest day of the year, June 21st.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have also unofficially turned their sights … Read more

Nine fine ways to celebrate Mom in DINE country this Mother’s Day – Part II

Mother's Day greetingIn Part I of our series on how to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day, we offered ideas from four of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  This week, we’ll fill in the full nine fine ways to tell Mom … Read more

Nine ways to unplug and find romance at Distinctive Inns of New England

Rabbit Hill Inn, VermontWith Valentine’s Day coming up, couples everywhere are wondering how to create a memorable celebration of love.  We at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) advise the key to celebrating each other is to go unplugged.  Put your auto-responder on … Read more

Muffins and breakfast bread ideas from DINE Kitchens – Part 2

We started our series focused on muffins and breakfast breads last week in Part 1, when we focused on Chesterfield Inn’s Mocha Muffins, Rabbit Hill Inn’s Donut Muffins, juicy peach muffins from Inn at English Meadows and a sumptuous … Read more

Muffins and breakfast bread ideas from DINE kitchens – Part 1

Muffin photoAs the thermometer dips and inside time is on the rise in the winter months, innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) take to the kitchen to bake wonderful goodies to add to breakfast table.  Winter is all about … Read more

3 ways DINE inns can support your new year resolutions

New year's resolution listJanuary is the year of resolutions, and we at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) understand those can be tough to uphold.  It’s easy to make new year’s resolutions; the tough part is fulfilling them. Even tougher is when you … 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

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

Please respect and understand the new rules: Here’s why

maskThe first half of 2020 is behind us and its been one for the record books.  A history making pandemic has led to the largest drop in GDP in the history of our country. Hundreds of thousands of lives lost, … Read more

Three muffin recipes, perfect for spring and summer from DINE kitchens

Rhubarb Strusel muffins from Captain's House InnWe’re all spending more time in the kitchen as we’ve hunkered down during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Try to find flour on the grocery store shelves – it’s right up there in value with toilet paper and has been conspicuously missing … Read more

Travel 2.0: Guest etiquette advice as DINE inns re-open

Back to business signWhile re-opening dates vary from state to state throughout New England, soon the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will be allowed to welcome guests back.  During the initial stages of re-opening, state-ordered limitations will be strict, creating a new Read more

Meet the all-female sizzling kitchen squad at Gateways Inn & Restaurant

by Marti Mayne

There are famous trios like the three musketeers, Ghost Busters, and Snap, Crackle and Pop, but when it comes to magic in the kitchen, no other trio holds a candle to the “quad squad” of the Gateways Read more

A compilation of comfort: Recipes for comfort food in 2020

Beautiful photo of Spinach Pie from Harbor Light InnWelcome to a new year and a new decade.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will start the year and the decade out with something they know well….comfort.  From the comfort of welcoming inns, to recipes for the best … Read more

Creative French Toast Recipes from Distinctive Inns of New England

As the weather turns from fall to winter, innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England start thinking about hearty breakfast recipes to fuel guests for a day of exploring New England hillsides and beaches.  While the tradition of baking … Read more

DINE inns bust the B&B myths once again

By Marti MayneSign saying Life is too short for B&B myths. DINE inns bust them.

Wrap up stories about B&Bs always catch my eye.  The minute I see the word “inn” or “B&B” in the headline, I’m compelled to read on to see whether the story will bless or bash the concept … Read more

Work sucks, the boss sucks – DINE will fix that

Photo of woman writing - Trust yourself - Be the boss".From time to time, every working traveler has muttered that works sucks. When you’d rather be traveling, work really can suck.  And for those who are not the boss, it’s not uncommon that the boss sucks from time to time … 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

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

Hey B&B doubters, six reasons to choose inns

Harbor Light Inn, Marblehead, MABy Marti Mayne

Recently CountryLiving.com posted a story about six reasons to never stay at a B&B.  The author criticized, grumbled and moaned about the small queen bed, breakfast that wasn’t served at the time she wanted and “grandma’s décor”, … Read more