An armchair tour of Christmas decorations in DINE country

Holiday planter at Chesterfield InnIt’s not beginning to look like Christmas at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). We’re thick in the heart of the holiday season here.  From whimsical to traditional to exquisite, the 10 innkeepers at DINE inns have once again pulled … Read more

Give the gift of getaway to DINE country – the perfect safe & socially distanced holiday present for the person who has everything

Give the gift of getaway to a Distinctive Inn of New EnglandAs we continue to hear about record breaking Covid outbreaks, each of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers hope that their guests can stay safe.  While the holiday shopping tradition is among the most prized customs for many, … Read more

Heading into the holidays, DINE innkeepers give thanks

Thankful signIt’s been a year like no other in every innkeepers mind, especially among the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) members. The Covid-19 pandemic shut down inns across the country, and the 10 DINE inns spent months developing new safety, … Read more

Romantic fall packages in DINE Country, Part I: Maine, Connecticut & Vermont

While many believe that fall colors end in early October, that’s simply not the case everywhere in New England.  In the Northern parts of DINE country, fall color may be past peak, but it’s definitely not gone. In the … Read more

Fall foliage New England inns photo tour

Fall mums and pumpkinsWe interrupt our series on Covid precautions and travel updates at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) to bring you a glimpse of the beauty of fall in DINE country. While fall color has been a little early … Read more

Update on Covid protocols, new procedures and state-mandated travel orders for Massachusetts & Maine DINE members

hand cleaningThere have been some updates, easing and changes to the travel restrictions for visitors to the six New England States since our last state by state update in June. Since then, restrictions have been lifted in every New England … Read more

Why this is the year for your leaf peeping getaway to New England

Deerfield Inn wreathIn years past, travelers seeking a New England fall foliage inn getaway would be scrambling by now to find availability.  But 2020 is not like any other year.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) would normally be close to … Read more

DINE’s elopements and micro weddings ideas in Maine and New Hampshire

Wedding at Manor on Golden PondAccording to a survey conducted by TheKnot, a leading digital wedding brand, in 2017, the average cost of a wedding was $33,391, with high spenders spending an average of $105,130 on their wedding day. Considering this is the cost … Read more

Garden fresh colorful summer dishes from DINE kitchens

vegetables in bowl - foodSummer is here in DINE country and the colors are beautiful.  Throughout the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), kitchens are overflowing with the colors and dishes that make summer so delicious.  From red raspberries to blueberries, the greens from … Read more

State by State Guide to Re-opening in DINE Country

Flags - Memorial DayIn any other year – and hopefully in future years – Memorial Day weekend is a busy start of the summer season for members of Distinctive Inns of New England.  With spring fully underway, gardens blooming, boats going into … Read more

DINE innkeepers check in during the pandemic – updates on their lives – Part 2

Brian Mulcahy at his deskLast week we started our series offering insight into the day in the life of a Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeeper during the Coronavirus shut down.  While most DINE innkeepers are finding themselves with more personal time, they … Read more

Spring inspiration from Distinctive Inns of New England

Spring bouquet at Inn at English MeadowsAfter nearly a month of social distancing and staying at home, we’re willing to bet that a little inspiration will go a long way. Just as Easter signals rebirth, so does springtime in New England. While all of the Distinctive Read more

A message of caring from Distinctive Inns of New England

Connections via handsCoronavirus has crept its way into every moment of our lives.  From TV, newspaper, radio and online messaging to the very lifestyle we’re all now adapting to, the new normal is anything but normal.  Yet, despite the psychic whiplash we … Read more

February is for lovers and winter getaways at Distinctive Inns of New England

Dessert buffet at Harbor Light Inn.We all know that February is for lovers and Valentine’s, but don’t lose track of the winter beauty that New England offers too.  The ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer the ideal location for lovers to celebrate Valentine’s … Read more

Un-be-LEAF-able places to view fall foliage near New England inns – Part I

Deerfield Inn wreathWe’re getting closer and closer to prime fall foliage season in Northern parts of DINE country while it’s still summer time in the southern part of New England.  All 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are offering up fabulous … 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

Jump inn and cool off: Beaches, lakes & natural swimming holes at DINE inns – Part II

Last week we explored all the great ways to cool off in pools and man made ponds found at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  This week, we’re going to explore all the fabulous ocean and lakeside beaches plus … Read more

June blooms in DINE country

Pansies welcome guests to the Camden Maine Stay Inn.June is busting out all over in gardens, fields and areas surrounding the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Despite a chilly and somewhat gloomy few weeks, spring is coming to New England and bringing beautiful color to … 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