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

Going Healthy with Spinach: Breakfast pies from Distinctive Inns of New England

Spinach Pie from Harbor Light InnAs we kick off the summer season and watch the seedling spinach plants start growing into salad-sized, we thought it might be helpful to share some of our best breakfast pie recipes featuring this healthy ingredient.  After all, every romantic Read more

Ten of the best kitchen hacks ever from Distinctive Inns of New England

Bill Bagwill, breakfast chef at work at the Cliffside Inn.While the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are experts at providing romantic getaways and personalized hospitality, they’re also wizards in the kitchen with a pinch of Yankee ingenuity.  Invention rises from necessity, and for most of … 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

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

From Harvest to Holidays: Fall Bread Pudding recipes to please a crowd

Hallowthanksmas cartoonWe’ve affectionately dubbed the time between Columbus Day and Halloween “HallowThanksMas”. This is a time that all eyes are on the three holidays that mark the last quarter of the year.  Now that we’re down to “ThankMas” season, we start … Read more

DistinctiveInns.com: Your go-to place for fabulous inn recipes

Apple dessert from Rabbit Hill InnAs you know from visiting the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) there are some fabulous cooks within our ranks of innkeepers.  From breakfast to dessert (and sometimes they are combined for a fabulous start to the day), you’ll … Read more

Hot days call for cool fruity dessert ideas from Distinctive inns

It’s finally beginning to really feel like summer in DINE country.  Warm days and nights call for cool desserts filled with fresh fruit of the season, and the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will be serving up … Read more

March is for chocolate lovers in DINE country

Baked Fudge Cake from Camden Maine Stay InnWith American Chocolate Week being celebrated March 20-26th, we here in DINE country have jumped on to the cocoa-bandwagon and created a number of wonderful chocolate-filled packages.  For those who love chocolate, get your bonbon bonus by booking any … Read more

Gluten free winter soup recipes from Distinctive Inns of New England

shoveling-winter blizzardsAs about 80-million people along the Eastern Seaboard are hunkering down for winter storm Jonas, the 2016 blizzard of the century, all we can think of here in DINE country is comfort food. Storms seem to rev the inner-chef in … Read more

Recipes from Distinctive Inns to ring in a healthy new year

As we turn the corner on a new year, resolutions always abound. And each resolutions revolving around food top the list for number one, two or three. Whether it be to eat more of it, eat less of it, or … Read more

Porch sitting, the newest sport in DINE country

The dog days of summer are upon us in DINE country, and we thought we’d bring you an armchair view of what’s happening at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). From patio or porch dining and from … Read more

Six warning signs you shouldn’t ignore from DINE

Warning: Distinctive Inns of New England getaways may be addictive

These days everything comes with some kind of warning.  Whether it’s “hazardous to your health”, “slippery when wet” or “contains small pieces”, it seems that everything has some kind of inherent risk.  Therefore in full disclosure, the Distinctive Inns of Read more

Foodie Fun:  A  New Hampshire to Vermont DINEtinerary

While all DINE member inns serve up fabulous food for breakfast and some also offer dinner too, the Manor on Golden Pond and the Rabbit Hill Inn offer an ideal itinerary for those who define a great vacation by fab food. Close to one another, an itinerary that includes Rabbit Hill Inn and Manor On Golden Pond offers foodies specialized classes, fun food tours and the chance to sample exquisite dining in both of the inns’ dining rooms too. Both Manor on Golden Pond and Rabbit Hill Inn offer four diamond dining, afternoon tea, very special breakfasts and unique food activities and experiences.

Berry Good Recipes from Distinctive Inns of New England

We’ve gone through our recipe files to bring you some “berry” good recipes for wonderful fruit-filled desserts compliments of Distinctive Inns of New England. When in berry season, join us in making some "berry" good desserts!

Spring Fling Recipe Collection

In our last two DINE blog entries, we visualized spring via a collection of flower photos.  For a short moment it helped us forget the snow outside our windows.  Slowly but surely Old Man Winter himself is even growing weary, … Read more

The local way to DINE

When traveling throughout New England, choose a DINE member inn and you’ll find a building that tells a local story. You’ll enjoy an inn with historic significance where the owners went to great time and expense to preserve the neighborhood story and add everything from Victorian artifacts to contemporary finishes. One thing that you can be assured of, the Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers have invested in the community labor force and regional economy to build and preserve the building for a one-of-a-kind accommodation.

Easter recipes perfect for springtime entertaining too

One of the reasons that Distinctive Inns of New England are so well loved is because of the fabulous food guests discover upon each visit.  Afterall, the don’t call this group DINE for nothing! Of course, if you’re looking for … Read more

Fine Fall DINEing

As days shorten and leaves turn color, we all tend to hunker down.  There’s nothing better than snuggling up to a crackling fire with feet up and soul mate beside you.  Of course, we’re biased, but the best place for … Read more

Wine and DINE Mom this Mother’s Day

She’s there for the kids; she’s there for you 365 days a year.  Without Mom, your life simply wouldn’t be complete.  Whether she’s the grandmother to your kids, the mother-in-law to you or the love of your life to your … Read more