Why Dads love DINE

Ask any guy what they love about inn/B&B getaways and they’ll give you “the look”. That expression that says, “I think you know what I love about going to a romantic B&B”. Besides the obvious answer about what guys love … Read more

Brew-Inn: Part VI: Favorite Microbreweries in Vermont

Pouring beer at Phelps Barn, Grafton Inn VT

Phelps Barn at Grafton Inn

This is the last in our series about innkeepers picks for favorite microbreweries, wineries and distilleries in New England. The 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have offered up quite the arm chair beer, … Read more

DINE inns offer the ideal kick off to summer with specials and packages

Summer bench at Rabbit Hill InnSpring has finally sprung throughout DINEcountry, and the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are celebrating with a collective promotion called the DINE kick-off to summer.  Only once or twice a year do so many of the 12 Read more

Brew-Inn, Part V: Favorite microbreweries and distilleries in New Hampshire

Beer tasting at Whetstone Brewing.

“”We’re here for the beer” say Whetstone Station brewers in Brattleboro, VT. Whetstone Station photo.

We’ve been taking quite the New England arm chair beer tour over the past month in the DINE blog.  Originally, we started with craft breweries, … Read more

Brew-Inn, Part IV: Favorite microbreweries, distilleries and wineries in Connecticut

Beer tasting at Outer Light Beer company in CT

Photo credit: Outer Light Brewing Company

We’ve been taking the ultimate beer tour of New England in the DINE blog, which has expanded beyond craft brews to include distilleries and wineries too.  This is quite the “spirited” tour and it … Read more

Brew-Inn, Part III: Favorite Microbreweries, Distilleries and Wineries in Maine

This is the third in our Brew-Inn series, where we highlight favorite microbrewery picks from the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers.  However, as we continue to travel throughout DINE country, we discover not only favorite microbreweries but … Read more

The DINE Olympics-Part I

It’s been so much fun and inspiring to watch the world’s champions compete in the Olympics at Pyeongchang.  We couldn’t help but think that we have world-class guests too, and what if we could launch our own Olympic games in … Read more

Start planning your 2018 vacations on National Plan For Vacation Day – Jan 30

Americans universally say that their vacation days are important, yet more than half (54%) of U.S. employees leave time on the table, according to Project Time Off, a coalition dedicated to telling the story of the value of vacations. … Read more

February is for lovers at New England’s Distinctive Inns

Valentine's Day at DINE innsWhile it may be the shortest month of the year, February is long on love.  February is American Heart Month, and National Creative Romance Month! There’s no better way to get the heart beating than a romantic getaway to … Read more

Three great ways to beat the blizzard blues in DINE country

Old Man Winter has been in high gear, revving up the snow engines while sending the thermometer plunging. From blizzards to polar vortex temps, New England’s winter has been marked with near-records.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have … Read more

A holiday tour of Distinctive Inns of New England – Part I

We’ve been so busy talking about the 12 Days of Christmas offers, we have not yet had a chance to show off the gorgeous decorations at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  However, before we move on, … Read more

No resort fees here: DINE inns offer amenity-filled getaways

DINE inns filled with amenities, not crowded seatsWhen asked about hidden hotel and airline fees Peter Greenberg, A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter, producer, and Travel Editor for CBS News ,says “Welcome to the home of the brave—and the land of the fee.”  In his Travel Tip article … Read more

25 gorgeous fall photos to inspire distinctive New England inn getaways

Rabbit Hill Inn wreathWith the first day of fall upon us, and Mother Nature at work turning leaves already in Northern New England, we thought it was time to get you excited about what’s about to come as autumn colors turn in DINEcountry.Read more

Advice for timing your fall foliage trip to Distinctive Inns of New England

Fall scene near Rabbit Hill Inn

A fall scene near Rabbit Hill Inn. Photo by Joe Ruddy.

Fall in New England is just about as beautiful as any place in the world can be.  Combine gorgeous harvest hues with crackling fires, sumptuous breakfasts and the most … Read more

Dessert for breakfast: A compendium of breakfast recipes for a sweet start to the day, Part I

Lemon Yogurt pancakes with cranberry syrup - recipe from Captain's House InnBreakfast is half our name, and at our bed and breakfasts and inns, you’ll always find a sweet start to the day.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) say bravo to “bressert”, our term for breakfast and dessert combined … Read more

One Tank Romantic Getaways to New England – Part IV – The Berkshires

Over the past month, we’ve been celebrating the lowest summer gas prices in years with a blog series on one-tank romantic getaways to the Distinctive Inns of New England.  Each week we featured a few of the 12 member Read more

One tank romantic getaways to New England Distinctive Inns – Part II – Marblehead, MA to Camden, ME

Last week we talked about how AAA had declared a 12-year low for gas prices at the beginning of the summer.  Since this is the summer for road trips, we’re exploring all the fun one-tank inn-to-inn romantic escapes.  In Part … Read more

Look what’s in store for the summer at DINE inns

Now that the calendar has officially turned to summer, you can move into vacation mode and start planning for your summer romantic escapeTwelve Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) await with everything from drinks on the porch to … Read more

FAQs for first-time inngoers: Busting the B&B myths

Couple enjoying puzzle at Rabbit Hill InnToo often we in the B&B industry hear that travelers don’t choose to stay at inns because they don’t want to have to talk to anyone, or they’re afraid they’ll have to sit at a breakfast table with strangers and … Read more

Turn intolerable travel into inspiring adventures featuring fine customer care

Lately, phone, TV and computer screens are exploding with stories of horrendous experiences traveling in the not-so-friendly skies. Over the past months, the traveling public has been plagued with consistent messages that travel (at least via air) is not only … Read more