DINE inns open the door to 2022

New Year's eve celebrations at DINE innsAs the calendar turns from 2021 to 2022, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) get ready to open the door to a new year.  Perhaps nothing is more evocative of hospitality than a welcoming door to one of ten Read more

Great ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers from DINE kitchens

Thanksgiving foodNeed some ideas for what to do with all the Thanksgiving leftovers? Let Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers offer some recipe advice once the clan grows weary of turkey sandwiches.  From a creative all-the-leftovers-in-one pot idea for Turkey … Read more

DINE inns offer quintessential holiday experiences – Part II – in Massachusetts

Deerfield Inn wreathThe holidays are coming and each of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offers that perfect traditional New England experience.  DINE innkeepers get calls each day asking where travelers can find that perfect “Hallmark experience.”  Rest assured, Hallmark lovers … Read more

Pumpkins, Halloween and fall fun in DINE country

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina's porchWhile post-Halloween often signals a shift to holiday season, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) continue to celebrate pumpkins, ghosts and fall fun throughout November.  Hayrides, pumpkin patches and Witches Balls give rise to fall food tours, farm stands … Read more

The Great Pumpkin – Part II – baking with pumpkins

Photo of pumpkins at a farmLast week, we took an armchair tour of the creative ways Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers decorate their inns with pumpkins, corn stalks and mums.  They offered tips for ways that you can use pumpkins to decorate your … Read more

DINE innkeepers share Great Pumpkin decorating tips and recipes

grafton Inn rockers and pumpkinsWhen it comes to fall, it’s not just the brilliant foliage that makes the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) glow. Pumpkins adorn mantles, porches and steps at the 10 DINE inns, along with mums of all colors and … Read more

DINE innkeepers say “Yes” to the guests

“I’m a people pleaser,” says Angela Comstock, General Manager of the Grafton Inn in Grafton, VT, one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). In a recent zoom meeting, DINE innkeepers talked about operations while Covid continues to be … Read more

The Tart of the Meal from Distinctive Inns of New England

funny lemon comicWhile some boast of the Art of the Deal, when it comes to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), it’s all about the Tart of the Meal.  Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it’s … Read more

Come sit a spell in DINE country – a pictorial essay

Camden Maine Stay guestroomAs we begin to feel more comfortable to roam and travel to places we love once again, we can’t help but crave those places that bring us comfort, especially at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Wooded hikes, rushing … Read more

Add-on’s create the perfect memorable DINE getaway at inns in Massachusetts, Part 3 in the series

Lydia Harding Suite at Captain's House Inn

We’re returning to offer ideas for add-ons and enhancements to make your trip to the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) memorable. We started with ideas for inns in Maine and New Hampshire. Last week, we covered fabulous … Read more

Recipes for a Perfect Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in bedMom’s special day is coming up.  Doesn’t she deserve the best, starting with breakfast in bed! We’ve scoured the recipe files from the kitchens of Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and offer a variety of great ideas for Mom’s … Read more

New travel guidance loosens restrictions for travel to DINE country

girl with maks ready to travelAs more and more people are vaccinated, travel becomes possible for those yearning for vacations to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Surveys show that more than 80% of would-be travelers are anxious to hit the road for vacationsRead more

Five perfect ways to celebrate spring at Distinctive Inns of New England

Tulips and daffodils at Rabbit Hill InnNew England offers such beauty as spring comes slowly yet intently to this beautiful part of the country. The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) make the perfect home base to explore the fifty shades of green that emerge during … Read more

State by State Guide to Maple Sugaring Celebrations in New England Plus Recipes

Maple syrupMarch is the month for maple syrup making in and around the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and the ten DINE inns invite guests to visit sugar shacks throughout New England. As the days get a little longer and … Read more

Celebrating National Heart Month: Colorful heart-healthy recipes

Cape Porpoise, Maine lobster trap tree with heartsEach February,  from coast to coast we celebrate American Heart Month.  It’s a time when  by Americans are encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Focusing on your heart health is so important now more than ever. People … Read more

Cookie recipes from DINE kitchens even Santa can’t resist

high tea at Captain's House InnIt’s certainly looking like Christmas with pine boughs, simmering mulled cider and plenty of fresh holiday wreaths and trees at the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  And with the fresh pine smells come scents of Christmas cookies baking … Read more

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

Romantic Fall Packages in DINE Country, Part II – Massachusetts and New Hampshire

coupleIn the second of our Fall In Love series of packages from the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), this week we explore options for finding love in all the right places at DINE inns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. … 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