Winter fun in DINE country – romantic New England inn coastal getaways

The Beach Boys sang, “Al the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray, I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day”.

And that’s just what the guests of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) love to do … Read more

DINE’s recipes for a romantic Valentine’s Day

Romantic getaways at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandAs we approach the month of love, we thought it might be a great idea to offer some ideas for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) recipes from the heart.  After all, the stomach is simply a by-pass when it … Read more

Make 2019 the year of bucket list vacations: Pair adventure and romance with a DINE inn

New year's resolution listJanuary is resolution month.  And the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have solutions for your resolutions.  We’re willing to bet that at least one of your resolutions has to do with more travel, more adventure or perhaps more romance.  … Read more

Your guide to ringing in a distinctive 2019 at a DINE inn

Your guide to New Year's Eve at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandNew Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating old and new acquaintances and creating memories to never forget them.  There’s no place better than one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) to ring in the new year … Read more

What happens at DINE meetings? Innkeepers smile

Twice a year the innkeepers and owners of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) meet to go over business, promotions and new ideas.  If your ears were burning earlier this week, they may have been talking about you … Read more

Pie Recipes: From traditional apple to pie-themed bars and hand pies to DINE on

We’ve entered that food-filled period from harvest to holiday.  This is a foodie’s idea of heaven, and the innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are serving up all the wonderful fall-themed foods you can imagine.  When we … Read more

Shoptember: November is for shopping in DINE country

“But what is there to do in November?” ask guests considering a visit to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  The ideal activity to add to a romantic getaway filled with plenty of time with hot toddies … Read more

Five things you’ve always wanted to know about innkeeping: DINE innkeepers answer

Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers at Chesterfield InnSo, you want to be an innkeeper when you retire?  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers hear it all the time.  It’s the image of merrily baking muffins, greeting guests with lively and interesting conversation, and making new … Read more

In Gourds We Trust: Fall decorating ideas from DINE inns

We can not allow fall in New England to pass us by without adding some decorating ideas from the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers.  A trip to any of the 12 DINE inns during any of the autumn … Read more

Why you don’t miss your chance to win 12 mini-getaways to Distinctive Inns of New England

Lord Hobo-DINE promotion and Rabbit Hill Inn's Facebook artIf you follow Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) on social media, you’ve been hearing all about the “Crafted in New England” campaign where DINE is giving away the grand prize this week.  It’s big enough that we think … Read more

A dozen great ways to beat the heat in DINE country

Recently, the temps in Southern Maine reached levels not seen for the past 107 years! New Englanders have been suffering through one of the warmest summers in decades. Yet innkeepers at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England are taking … Read more

Twelve “Instagramable” moments from Distinctive Inns of New England

“Today’s traveler wants more than ever from their vacations,” says Dave Labrie at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  “it’s all about the “Instagrammable” moments,” agrees Leslie Mulcahy at the Rabbit Hill Inn. In fact, recently the Urban … Read more

Five great ideas for sizzling savings at Distinctive Inns of New England

waterfront rooms at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaNow that June is busting out all over, all eyes and calendars are turning to plans for summer vacation.  Let this be your summer for bucket list getaways, starting with Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). The 12 DINE innsRead more

Going Healthy with Spinach: Breakfast pies from Distinctive Inns of New England

Spinach Pie from Harbor Light InnAs we kick off the summer season and watch the seedling spinach plants start growing into salad-sized, we thought it might be helpful to share some of our best breakfast pie recipes featuring this healthy ingredient.  After all, every romantic Read more

Brew-Inn: Part VI: Favorite Microbreweries in Vermont

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, wine and spirits tour over … 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

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, but quickly our exploration expanded to include distilleries and wineries too.  We like to call … Read more

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

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 makes for the perfect itinerary for … Read more

Sweet maple deals and maple festivals to celebrate the sweetest month in New England

Maple Syrup is an essential ingredient in most DINE maple recipesThey call March the sweetest month of the year.  As the sap starts flowing, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers start pulling out the maple recipes and maple syrup goes top of mind for all in Northern New England.  … Read more

5 ideas for great weatherproof getaways when it seems like spring will never arrive

March snowstorms in #DINEcountryHow many of you are saying “enough is enough”?  Two Nor’easters in a row and now talk of another one next week?  For many travelers, this weather is getting old, unless of course, you’re a skier, snowmobiler or fatbiker.   The … Read more