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

Distinctive Inns of New England honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Month

DINE inns honor teachers during teacher appreciation MonthThroughout May we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month, a tradition that dates to 1985 when the NEA declared the first week in May Teacher Appreciation Week.  At Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), we like to extend a week-long celebration to … Read more

Bucket List Breakfast Ideas, Part 4: Incredible Eggs

Bucket list recipes for eggs from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandThe American Egg Board calls them the incredible edible eggs. There’s even an Incredible edible egg website and Facebook page, featuring none other than the Bacon Brothers.  When it comes to egg-celent breakfasts, eggs often take center stage at … Read more

Hold the gluten, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us

Captain Jefferds Inn heart shaped cookiesWhat’s the difference between a New England vacation rental or hotel and Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE)?  Probably the largest difference you’ll see is the level of hospitality.  Another obvious difference between New England hotels and Distinctive Inns of … Read more

A merry and bright holiday message from DINE country

Grafton Inn holiday decorIt’s sure beginning to feel like something exciting is about to happen in DINE country.  As we approach both Hanukkah and Christmas there’s that feeling of excitement in the air at the Distinctive Inns of New England’s member inns.  As … Read more

Cyber Monday Deals from Distinctive Inns of New England

Cyber Monday deals for 2016 from Distinctive Inns of New England

We’re counting down the days to Cyber Monday when the Distinctive Inns of New England offer up their best sale of the year.  We held off in revealing our  Cyber Monday offers until Thanksgiving, but here’s your chance to find … Read more

DistinctiveInns.com: Your go-to place for fabulous inn recipes

Apple dessert from Rabbit Hill InnAs you know from visiting the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) there are some fabulous cooks within our ranks of innkeepers.  From breakfast to dessert (and sometimes they are combined for a fabulous start to the day), you’ll … Read more

Apples, pumpkins, scarecrows and witches, oh my!

Yoda, Chesterfield Inn's cat

Yoda, the Chesterfield Inn’s feline innkeeper, poses for his fall photo on the front step.

Autumn is in full swing in New England, and when it comes to fall fun, there’s no place better to call home base than the … Read more

Nine ways to find fall color in DINE country

As we write this blog post on the first day of fall, we can’t help but be reminded of the brilliant harvest hues that will soon. Back in 2013 we posted this blog about what’s soon to come with beautiful  … Read more

Fall guide to leaf peeping getaways in DINE country

Once we turn the calendar to September and Labor Day passes, all eyes are on autumn.  With kids back to school and football starting, it sure feels like the days of summer are waning.  Yet with fall comes visions of … Read more

Summer 2016: Time for a Distinctive Inns road trip

Road trip graphiAccording to all the travel pundits, 2016 is supposed to be the year of the road trip, perfect timing for romantic New England getaways and outdoor exploration.  The 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are excited to learn … Read more

Best go-to breakfast recipes for feeding a crowd from DINE innkeepers

If there’s one thing that innkeepers know it’s breakfast.  Visit any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and you’ll be treated to a breakfast that’ll fuel you throughout the day and that you’ll remember for a long … Read more