Three muffin recipes, perfect for spring and summer from DINE kitchens

Rhubarb Strusel muffins from Captain's House InnWe’re all spending more time in the kitchen as we’ve hunkered down during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Try to find flour on the grocery store shelves – it’s right up there in value with toilet paper and has been conspicuously missing … 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

DINE innkeepers check in during the pandemic – updates on their lives – Part 2

Brian Mulcahy at his deskLast week we started our series offering insight into the day in the life of a Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeeper during the Coronavirus shut down.  While most DINE innkeepers are finding themselves with more personal time, they … Read more

What do DINE innkeepers do during quarantine – Part I

The Covid-19 pandemic has shuttered lodging in the six New England states.  Since early April, lodging properties and restaurants have been closed per state orders.  While the mandates have varied from state to state, all of the Distinctive Inns of 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

Distinctive Inns of New England presents Holiday Hot Deals

Holiday Hot Deals announcementCongratulations, you’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, now it’s time for the best deals of all.  For 11 days starting with December 4th through December 18th – each DINE inn will announce a … Read more

Shop tax-free and stay with inn getaways to New Hampshire

Last week we started a series exploring the ideal places to shop and stay in smaller towns offering unique stores for that hard-to-shop-for person, starting in Vermont.  After the National Retail Federation surveys showed holiday shopping will increase by … 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

Tomatoroma:  Three perfect recipes for gardens overflowing with tomatoes

Photo of colorful tomatoes at Rabbit Hill InnAs we think about turning the calendar from August to September, it’s not only those shorter days that remind us that fall is coming.  One peek into the garden, replete with ripened tomatoes, reminds us that fall is almost here.  … 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

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

June blooms in DINE country – Part II

Spring wreath on the side door of Captain Jefferds InnLast week we took you on an armchair tour of many of the gardens and blooms at the coastal members of Distinctive Inns of New England. Now that we’re a week later, so much is in bloom you will be … Read more

June blooms in DINE country

Pansies welcome guests to the Camden Maine Stay Inn.June is busting out all over in gardens, fields and areas surrounding the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Despite a chilly and somewhat gloomy few weeks, spring is coming to New England and bringing beautiful color to … Read more

Spring into summer with fabulous light desserts from DINE

After an awfully rainy and cold spring, a few days of warmer weather are tempting us into believing summer may finally come to New England. The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are poised and ready to welcome summer with … Read more

DINE Innkeepers best kept secret spots revealed – Part I

Distinctive Inns of New England shares secret spots. One of the best things about staying at an inn or B&B is the innkeeper(s). The innkeepers of the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are such a wealth of information about the local community.  Travelers love to live … Read more

The one thing Mom really wants for Mother’s Day – B&B getaways

She’s the most important person in the world – to you and to your kids. Whether you’re her soul mate and she’s the mother of your children, or you’re lucky enough to be one of her kids, you want to … Read more