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

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

Twelve “Instagramable” moments from Distinctive Inns of New England

“Today’s traveler wants more than ever from their vacations,” says Dave Labrie at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  “it’s all about the “Instagrammable” moments,” agrees Leslie Mulcahy at the Rabbit Hill Inn. In fact, recently the Urban … 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

Brew-Inn: Part VI: Favorite Microbreweries in Vermont

Pouring beer at Phelps Barn, Grafton Inn VT

Phelps Barn at Grafton Inn

This is the last in our series about innkeepers picks for favorite microbreweries, wineries and distilleries in New England. The 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have offered up quite the arm chair beer, … Read 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 V: Favorite microbreweries and distilleries in New Hampshire

Beer tasting at Whetstone Brewing.

“”We’re here for the beer” say Whetstone Station brewers in Brattleboro, VT. Whetstone Station photo.

We’ve been taking quite the New England arm chair beer tour over the past month in the DINE blog.  Originally, we started with craft breweries, … 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

The DINE Olympics-Part I

It’s been so much fun and inspiring to watch the world’s champions compete in the Olympics at Pyeongchang.  We couldn’t help but think that we have world-class guests too, and what if we could launch our own Olympic games in … Read more

Recipes that take the cake for romantic desserts

You know that the way to your mate’s heart is through his or her stomach, right?  Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or a romantic anniversary or significant birthday, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are on board to help celebrate.  … Read more

Start planning your 2018 vacations on National Plan For Vacation Day – Jan 30

Americans universally say that their vacation days are important, yet more than half (54%) of U.S. employees leave time on the table, according to Project Time Off, a coalition dedicated to telling the story of the value of vacations. … 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

Three great ways to beat the blizzard blues in DINE country

Old Man Winter has been in high gear, revving up the snow engines while sending the thermometer plunging. From blizzards to polar vortex temps, New England’s winter has been marked with near-records.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have … Read more