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

February is for lovers at New England’s Distinctive Inns

Valentine's Day at DINE innsWhile it may be the shortest month of the year, February is long on love.  February is American Heart Month, and National Creative Romance Month! There’s no better way to get the heart beating than a romantic getaway to … Read more

A holiday tour of Distinctive Inns of New England – Part II

Last week, we took you on an armchair tour of the beautiful holiday decorations in our Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) member inns found in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.  This week, as we look forward to a white … Read more

Five reasons to make Distinctive Inns your home for the holidays

Captain Jefferds Inn, decorated for the holidaysAccording to BedandBreakfast.com’s Winter Traveler survey, 24-percent of travelers are planning a holiday getaway.  That means just about one in every four travelers will not be home for the holidays. More than half of those planning to stay at … 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

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 Inn to Inn getaways – Part III – Connecticut to the Cape

waterfront rooms at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWith gas prices the lowest they’ve been in a decade of summers, we’ve been focusing in on one-tank inn-to-inn itineraries, perfect for that New England romantic getaway this summer. We started with an inn-to-inn escape in Northern New England, … 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

Vegan Recipes from DINE innkeepers – Part II

Farm delivery to Rabbit Hill InnWe asked our newsletter readers what they’d like to see covered in the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) blog, and we heard back that more vegan recipes would be appreciated.  Last week we covered vegan breakfast recipes.  Today … Read more

Vegan Breakfast Recipes from DINE innkeepers – Part I

Vegan recipes from DINE innkeepers As our loyal blog readers know, we love to feature recipes on the DINE blog.  With 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), we’ve gathered quite an impressive compendium of recipes.  Best of all, every one of the recipes featured … Read more

DINE innkeepers go the extra mile: Part II in our customer service series

Customer service at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandLast week we started our series on customer service at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with tales of extraordinary service from innkeeper archives.  In last week’s blog entry we shared tales of helping guests find lost wedding … 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

Honeymoons & Mini-moons in Massachusetts – It’s all about you. Fourth in the series

bridal couple at Grafton InnToday we’ll continue our series dedicated to combining the perfect honeymoon with Distinctive Inns in Massachusetts.  For those who don’t have time for a full honeymoon, a Massachusetts mini-moon is the perfect answer.  You’ll find four of the 12 Distinctive 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 3: Muffins, donuts and breakfast cakes

Donut Muffins from Rabbit Hill InnDo you know the muffin man?  He lives in DINEcountry. When it comes to breakfast at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), it’s just as often a “muffin woman” preparing the fabulous start to the … Read more

Bucket List Breakfast Ideas, Part 2: Not your ordinary French Toast

In Part 1 of our Bucket List Breakfast Ideas series we explored pancakes with penache. Today, we’re saying move over plain French Toast, Distinctive Inns of New England is here to offer up a variety of beyond-boring French Toast … Read more