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

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

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

Got Buttermilk? Sweet summer recipes for leftover buttermilk

How many times has it happened to you?  A recipe calls for a small amount of buttermilk, then you have the majority left over in the container.  Some people enjoy drinking buttermilk, but most don’t, but love it mixed into … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No resort fees here: DINE inns offer amenity-filled getaways

DINE inns filled with amenities, not crowded seatsWhen asked about hidden hotel and airline fees Peter Greenberg, A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter, producer, and Travel Editor for CBS News ,says “Welcome to the home of the brave—and the land of the fee.”  In his Travel Tip article … Read more

Pet friendly New England inns and their mascots

Dog on the porch at Chesterfield InnWhether you travel with your four-legged friends or miss them terribly when you travel, fear not.  Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) has you covered.  Among the 12 DINE inns, you’ll find a number of mascots serving as not … 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

Advice for timing your fall foliage trip to Distinctive Inns of New England

Fall scene near Rabbit Hill Inn

A fall scene near Rabbit Hill Inn. Photo by Joe Ruddy.

Fall in New England is just about as beautiful as any place in the world can be.  Combine gorgeous harvest hues with crackling fires, sumptuous breakfasts and the most … Read more

Dessert for Breakfast, Part II: Another collection of sweet breakfast recipes

Last week we started our series about sweet breakfast treats.  We’re not sure it’s original, but we coined the term “bressert” to refer to that wonderful beginning of breakfast served at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  … 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