Fall Crisps, cakes and cookies from DINE kitchens

Mums and pumpkins at the entrance of Chesterfield InnWhile we are still enjoying warm weather at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) properties, the shorter days clearly signal that fall is on its way.  We love the most colorful season of the year in DINE country, as … Read more

DINE’s elopements and micro weddings ideas in Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut

weddings-just marriedFrom the Berkshires, White and Green Mountains to the shores of Cape Cod, Marblehead and Niantic, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) members offer the ideal venues for micro weddings and elopements.  Last week we examined all the great Read more

State by State Guide to Re-opening in DINE Country

Flags - Memorial DayIn any other year – and hopefully in future years – Memorial Day weekend is a busy start of the summer season for members of Distinctive Inns of New England.  With spring fully underway, gardens blooming, boats going into … Read more

A compendium of quarantine distractions from Distinctive Inns of New England

Groundhog with signIt’s amazing to think back just a little more than two months ago to Groundhog Day when the most important prediction in our lives was how many more weeks of winter we’d have to endure. And even when March came … Read more

Spring inspiration from Distinctive Inns of New England

Spring bouquet at Inn at English MeadowsAfter nearly a month of social distancing and staying at home, we’re willing to bet that a little inspiration will go a long way. Just as Easter signals rebirth, so does springtime in New England. While all of the Distinctive Read more

A message of caring from Distinctive Inns of New England

Connections via handsCoronavirus has crept its way into every moment of our lives.  From TV, newspaper, radio and online messaging to the very lifestyle we’re all now adapting to, the new normal is anything but normal.  Yet, despite the psychic whiplash we … Read more

Meet the Innkeepers: Drew, Todd and Karen from Captain’s House Inn

Captain's House Inn at dusk with lightsAfter nearly a decade as innkeepers at the Captain’s House Inn, James and Jill Meyer passed the reigns on to a team of owners/innkeepers with strong roots to Chatham and the legacy of hospitality and tourism the town offers.  … Read more

Go Red with Recipes for American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day  

February marks two important holidays of the heart.  First, throughout the month we celebrate American Heart Month.  Second, on February 14th Valentine’s Day celebrates heart-felt love.  Red is the color of both of these holidays, and the Distinctive Read more

Congratulations and farewell to 2 DINE innkeeping couples

With the new year come new innkeepers in the Distinctive Inns of New England‘s (DINE) ranks. We bid a bittersweet farewell to Erik and Sarah Lindblom of the Captain Jefferds Inn and to James and Jill Meyer of the … Read more

Captain’s House Inn: The perfect shop, stay and play getaway in Chatham Cape Cod

Christmas tree in dining room at Captain's House InnAs we careen toward the holidays, a series dedicated to innkeepers’ tips on amazing shopping seems timely. Thus, this is the third in our series about innkeepers’ favorite shopping locations featuring the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  In … Read more

Creative French Toast Recipes from Distinctive Inns of New England

As the weather turns from fall to winter, innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England start thinking about hearty breakfast recipes to fuel guests for a day of exploring New England hillsides and beaches.  While the tradition of baking … Read more

Oh my gourd! Mum’s the word. Amazing fall color at New England Inns

Fall is the season of color for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and many say this is one of the most brilliant fall foliage seasons in memory.  Prior to the big N’oreaster that hit New England this week, there … Read more

Un-be-LEAF-able places to view fall foliage in DINE country – Part II

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina's porchLast week, we started our armchair leaf-peeping tour through the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with Part I of the journey to Vermont, the Berkshires and Camden Hills.  This post will complete the journey with ideas for amazing ways … Read more

DINE inns bust the B&B myths once again

By Marti MayneSign saying Life is too short for B&B myths. DINE inns bust them.

Wrap up stories about B&Bs always catch my eye.  The minute I see the word “inn” or “B&B” in the headline, I’m compelled to read on to see whether the story will bless or bash the concept … Read more

Way more than six reasons to stay at an inn or B&B

Photo showing Couple at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaRecently a story appeared on the Capital One blog about six reasons to stay at a B&B on your next trip.  The author, Rachel Hartman, did a great job of explaining some of the top reasons people stay at … Read more

Work sucks, the boss sucks – DINE will fix that

Photo of woman writing - Trust yourself - Be the boss".From time to time, every working traveler has muttered that works sucks. When you’d rather be traveling, work really can suck.  And for those who are not the boss, it’s not uncommon that the boss sucks from time to time … Read more

Dog Daze of Summer DINE Deals:  Exclusive offers for DINE readers

Dog Days of Summer Deals - Dog with tennis ballFor many, the dog days of summer refer to the end of summer when weather is warm and travelers scurry to fit in last minute getaways.  Perhaps that means for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers they work like … Read more

Jump inn and cool off: Beaches, lakes & natural swimming holes at DINE inns – Part II

Last week we explored all the great ways to cool off in pools and man made ponds found at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  This week, we’re going to explore all the fabulous ocean and lakeside beaches plus … Read more

Jump Inn & Cool Off:  Great swimming pools at DINE inns – Part I

It’s summer. The thermometer is rising and already we’ve had a record number of 80+-degree days in a row.  The sunny days of summer are upon us and we say bring on the heat! You’ll find plenty of ways to … Read more

Rhubarb desserts from DINE kitchens

Now that we’ve gone from winter to summer in one week, welcome to summer in New England! Spring is a pipedream in DINEcountry.  While spring foliage is gorgeous throughout the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), the weather can … Read more