DINE innkeepers shut the door on 2020 and welcome in 2021 in ten words

Hello 2021Throughout New England the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are gleefully shutting the door on 2020, easily the most difficult year for all of them, and welcoming 2021 with cautious optimism.  As they join revelers throughout America … Read more

Cookie recipes from DINE kitchens even Santa can’t resist

high tea at Captain's House InnIt’s certainly looking like Christmas with pine boughs, simmering mulled cider and plenty of fresh holiday wreaths and trees at the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  And with the fresh pine smells come scents of Christmas cookies baking … Read more

An armchair tour of Christmas decorations in DINE country

Holiday planter at Chesterfield InnIt’s not beginning to look like Christmas at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). We’re thick in the heart of the holiday season here.  From whimsical to traditional to exquisite, the 10 innkeepers at DINE inns have once again pulled … Read more

Give the gift of getaway to DINE country – the perfect safe & socially distanced holiday present for the person who has everything

Give the gift of getaway to a Distinctive Inn of New EnglandAs we continue to hear about record breaking Covid outbreaks, each of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers hope that their guests can stay safe.  While the holiday shopping tradition is among the most prized customs for many, … Read more

Let DINE homes be your home for the holidays

Fall decorations at Deerfield InnHoliday season 2020 will be a little more distanced this year.  While spikes in Covid-19 are on the rise, traditional Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings are being given a second look.  Sadly, some families have decided not to gather for the … Read more

Romantic Fall Packages in DINE Country, Part II – Massachusetts and New Hampshire

coupleIn the second of our Fall In Love series of packages from the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), this week we explore options for finding love in all the right places at DINE inns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. … Read more

Fall foliage New England inns photo tour

Fall mums and pumpkinsWe interrupt our series on Covid precautions and travel updates at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) to bring you a glimpse of the beauty of fall in DINE country. While fall color has been a little early … Read more

Update on Covid protocols, new procedures and state-mandated travel orders for Massachusetts & Maine DINE members

hand cleaningThere have been some updates, easing and changes to the travel restrictions for visitors to the six New England States since our last state by state update in June. Since then, restrictions have been lifted in every New England … Read more

Why this is the year for your leaf peeping getaway to New England

Deerfield Inn wreathIn years past, travelers seeking a New England fall foliage inn getaway would be scrambling by now to find availability.  But 2020 is not like any other year.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) would normally be close to … 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

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

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

February is for lovers and winter getaways at Distinctive Inns of New England

Dessert buffet at Harbor Light Inn.We all know that February is for lovers and Valentine’s, but don’t lose track of the winter beauty that New England offers too.  The ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer the ideal location for lovers to celebrate Valentine’s … 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

Un-be-LEAF-able places to view fall foliage near New England inns – Part I

Deerfield Inn wreathWe’re getting closer and closer to prime fall foliage season in Northern parts of DINE country while it’s still summer time in the southern part of New England.  All 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are offering up fabulous … 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

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