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

Bucket List Breakfast Ideas, Part 3: Muffins, donuts and breakfast cakes

Donut Muffins from Rabbit Hill InnDo you know the muffin man?  He lives in DINEcountry. When it comes to breakfast at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), it’s just as often a “muffin woman” preparing the fabulous start to the … Read more

Bucket List Breakfast Ideas, Part 2: Not your ordinary French Toast

In Part 1 of our Bucket List Breakfast Ideas series we explored pancakes with penache. Today, we’re saying move over plain French Toast, Distinctive Inns of New England is here to offer up a variety of beyond-boring French Toast … Read more

When is an inn not an inn?

With so many lodging choices for travelers, the lines have blurred between all the options.  And it’s no wonder.  Hotel chains like Holiday Inn, Knights Inn and Mictrotel Inns call themselves inns, but they’re not.  A shared room in someone’s … Read more

Five inside tips for saving on getaways to Distinctive Inns of New England

saving money on DINE getawaysNo matter what the season, a romantic getaway to any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) is always a special occasion. Time together disconnected from the pressures of work and home does the soul good and recharges … Read more

Hot days call for cool fruity dessert ideas from Distinctive inns

It’s finally beginning to really feel like summer in DINE country.  Warm days and nights call for cool desserts filled with fresh fruit of the season, and the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will be serving up … Read more

Waffle recipe makes its debut at Distinctive Inns of New England for Waffle Day

According to DaysoftheYear.com, Friday, March 25th is Waffle Day, a day that the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) celebrate with their own special recipes at the breakfast table.  This year, Dave and Sue Labrie, owners and innkeepers … Read more

Not your Grandma’s house, Part II

Delicious dessert from Chesterfield InnLast week we introduced our newest campaign, #Notyourgrandmashouse.  It’s an effort to show those who’ve never been to a B&B that today’s inns are not filled with old, uncomfortable antiques, lace covered bureaus and no, you won’t have to … Read more

Summer updates and news from DINE inns

As we move closer and closer to the first day of summer, we wanted to share some tidbits of news from the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England. From new and blooming gardens to renovated guest rooms, entertainments and a significant birthday here and there, there's plenty of news to tell. For those seeking the perfect romantic New England vacation destination this summer or just a little getaway, the Distinctive Inns of New England are ready and waiting with welcoming hospitality and some new offerings to go with it!

For the love of Ginger – 3 great ginger recipes

We're on a recipe roll in the DINE blog. In last week’s blog posting, we created a compendium of links to recipes featured from DINE innkeepers. This week we’ll continue our focus on food with a spotlight on one of the healthiest ingredients you can find – ginger. Good for what ails your stomach and offering strong anti-inflammatory compounds, many of the 11 DINE member inns offer wonderful recipes featuring this power-packed ingredient. That means even if it is sweet and yummy, you can feel good about eating ginger treats at any of the 11 DINE member inns.

Celebrate Better Breakfast Month with DINE recipes

CaptHouseInn-salmon bennieSeptember celebrates Better Breakfast Month and when it comes to breakfast, no one knows better than guests to the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England how well DINE inns can start the day. You haven’t celebrated the most important meal … Read more

Resort hotels vs. DINE inns – it’s all about the personal touch

HotelsOfferingBandBPackagesBy Marti Mayne

Recently I had the displeasure of trying to contact a resort hotel in the vicinity of the Rabbit Hill Inn.  I started on a Tuesday night and after five attempts, I gave up.  It took six … Read more

8 Lessons learned from a Red Chair

The Red Chair, has finally made its way to all of the Distinctive Inns of New England.  As we followed it from one DINE inn to another, we realized that many lessons could be learned from the wise … Read more

Celebrate National Pancake Month with Ricotta Pancakes

While Shrove Tuesday has passed (it was February 12, 2013), we still celebrate Pancake Month in the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England by sharing a few tried and true recipes for your perfect New England getaway.

Three great recipes to brighten the holidays

Just in time for Christmas, we're bringing you a few wonderful ideas from our DINE recipe vaults. Whether you need to feed cookies to Santa or feed breakfast to a crowd, these recipes will come in handy in the next week. From all of us at Distinctive Inns of New England, happiest of holidays to you and your loved ones.

What makes DINE inns distinctive?

The Distinctive Inns of New England are a collection of 11 inns offering romantic getaways, spa packages, culinary vacations, outdoor fun and welcoming accommodations in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  But what exactly is … Read more

Guest satisfaction sets DINE apart

In a recent article appearing on Yahoo! Travel, author Rosemary McClure summed up why travelers are fed up with hotels. We at Distinctive Inns of New England read the story with a snicker, realizing that the very advice the … Read more

Wine and DINE Mom this Mother’s Day

She’s there for the kids; she’s there for you 365 days a year.  Without Mom, your life simply wouldn’t be complete.  Whether she’s the grandmother to your kids, the mother-in-law to you or the love of your life to your … Read more

March Madness at DINE inns – news and offers from Distinctive Inns of New England

Much of Northern New England woke up to blue skies and white back yards this morning making for perfect conditions for those in pursuit of New England outdoor winter adventure. Would you rather escape the snow and pursue warmer-weather fun? … Read more