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

C is for Cookies at Distinctive Inns of New England

Valentine's Day at DINE innsYou don’t have to wait for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on May 15th or National Cookie Day on December 4th to enjoy some of the best cookie recipes offered at New England inns.  Every day is cookie … Read more

A day in the life of a DINE innkeeper – no Labor Day-off for them

While most enjoy a day of rest on Labor Day, innkeepers and staff at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are busy at work, making memories for their guests.  No rest for the weary at the DINE inns Read more

DINE innkeepers offer 150 years of innkeeping wisdom

DINE innkeepers gather at Rabbit Hill InnWe knew that the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) were owned and managed by an savvy bunch, but until we added up all their years of innkeeping experience, we didn’t realize the collective wisdom there was.  No wonder … 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

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy: Our favorite summer lemon recipes

We’ve seen all sorts of quotes about what to do when life hands you lemons.  Some recommend keeping them because, “hey, they’re free”. Others say “add their zest to your life”.  Still others recommend stuffing them in your bra and … 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

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

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

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 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

Microbreweries in Massachusetts: Favorite picks from DINE innkeepers

DINE innkeepers choices for best microbrews in MassachusettsFrom Cape Cod’s microbreweries to nano-brews in the Berkshires, Massachusetts is filled with craft brewing options for beer lovers.  Pair a tour of Massachusetts microbreweries with a stay at any of the Distinctive Inns of New England members located in … Read more

Spring Flings at Distinctive Inns of New England

spring means flowers with snow this MarchIt may seem like spring is a long way off with all the snow we’ve received in DINE country! Anywhere from under a foot to 40” of the white fluff has fallen around the 12 Distinctive Inns of New 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

DINE Inns offer Olympic Level Adventure – Part II

Last week we introduced the world to our own world of adventure and Olympic-level athletic sports at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  In Part I of this series, we talked about everything from Olympic-level trivia and … Read more

Create the perfect romantic dinner: Recipes from 5 DINE inns for Valentine’s Day and beyond

romance at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandFebruary is for lovers. February is also for lovers of food.  And for those who love love and food, this blog post is for you!  Ask anyone what they’re doing for Valentine’s Day, and at least 50-percent will respond that … Read more